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Phase Five: Hemping

Published: 19th June 2015

Written by: James Marr


After experimenting with many different binding materials and weighing the advantages and disadvantages of each, we decided on a unique type of hemp that is sustainable and great for our weekend workshops.

As a fibre, hemp UV resistant, and has a strong webbing structure – perfect for composite bonding. Because of its strength and durability, hemp is often the material used for rope and also as the canvas for sails. The growth of hemp has been shown to reduce air pollution, enrich soil, and conserve forests, making it our choice sustainable material.

Bike building continues with the next step – creating the hemp lugs. Builders use epoxy to create a natural composite. This process is similar to how a carbon fibre bike is formed… just a bit more natural.

The hemp can be left natural or painted or stained. This creates some unique finishes!

Photo Courtesy of James Cannon