The home build kit arrived yesterday morning, really impressed with the speed of delivery! The kit looks great and the instruction booklet is a real work of art.
At the end of the workshop, each bike reflected the personality of whoever had made it. Some were lean and sporty. Others were pristine, methodically made and expertly finished. My bike is charmingly flawed, clearly the work of someone who charges into things without thinking them through and then hopes for the best. The bike is me. I don’t think I could love it any more than I do.
In a society where we spend most of our lives hunched over a computer screen, it was wonderful to have the opportunity to be creative, use my hands, and build a one-off, bespoke product that I can cycle around London. Nevermind one that suits my body-type and personality far more than anything I've ever seen in a typical bike shop.
Really enjoyed the workshop, the small group, the social context, the positive atmosphere and the high level of knowledge from James and Emmanuelle.
After cycling through South America - The bike was unexpectedly brilliant,” she said. “That was the first time I’d ever built a bike and I really didn’t know if I was going to get to the end.”
A brilliant workshop. Has all the equipment you need to build a bamboo bike frame and to assemble a complete bike. The people running the place have loads of experience and are glad to help when you swing by. They are generous in lending their workshop and knowledge.
I went for the weekend workshop of building a frame and I can't remember the last time I had so much fun.
They are also keen to improve their processes and they have a genuine interested in the environment, which is reflected in the materials they use and their general attitude.
Highly recommend going here!
I built a bicycle in 2015/16 and had an amazing time on the workshop weekend. James is super knowledgable and was able get me most of the parts I needed plus some extra ones for a touring bike at wholesale prices! When there was a problem with my top tube alignment he got it fixed for me and I went on to make by pride and joy! For a little extra he lets you pop in on the evening at to finish your frame and build using his tools. It’s worth it as you will save a tonne of cash building an awesome custom bike. Next time I plan to build a gravel bike for the Transcontinental.
I built my road bike at a workshop in 2015, been riding it pretty much every day since. Certainly one of the best ways to spend a weekend and as a bonus you come away with new skills and a unique, beautiful, functional bicycle. Get involved and join the club!
A fantastic way to spend a weekend. Really enjoyed the process of building my own frame from bamboo. James was on hand to give help where needed, but gives you enough space to feel like your bike is you own creation. If your lucky, you might get the odd cup of tea too...
if you have ever had a frame tailor made for you, and wanted to have a shot at building one yourself, these guys are ideal for you. I just love the bike they helped me make, and the backup they have provided throughout.
I had a great staff and a great time working on my custom bikes for myself and fiancé. I definitely recommend this place for bike enthusiasts.
Just had a chat to a member of staff (James) about changing some parts of a bike that was ordered as a Christmas present. The conversation went as smooth as spreading warm butter on a crumpet and James's solution to my situation was as good as the beer that I drank from the home build bamboo kit. Keep up the good work at the bamboo bicycle club!!
Built a bamboo bike from their home-build kit (2017). Heartily recommended and I learnt loads about bike mechanics (and bamboo). Particularly pleased with support I received during the build. The finished bamboo bike is great and am very proud of it.
Amazing place and amazing experience. Everyone you meet there is super nice and you're led through the process of making the bike in a structured and easy-to-follow way but which also allows you to make creative choices and build the bike as you'd like it.
An awesome weekend building the bamboo bike frame and great hosts of a fun part of London. 2000+ miles later the frame is going strong and as comfortable and individual as ever.
I built a bike last year over a weekend workshop. It took an extra day or so to paint and finish. I use it every day for commuting to work and it’s been fantastic for well over 1000 miles now. Building it was a great experience and I’d thoroughly recommend this to anyone - it’s not too tricky and you end up with a unique bike, customised to exactly what you want it for!
The best of the best!!!
Great build last weekend - 29er single speed - super fun, learnt loads, messy. James is super helpful and massively enthusiastic! Thanks!
I attended a bamboo frame making week end and really enjoyed the whole activity. Very good organization and team plus an interesting group of like minded makers. The frame and subsequent bike is my favorite, much loved and admired. the skills and techniques I learned have bean used to make a powered bike trailer and am now working on a recumbent .
Build a bamboo bike frame over a weekend, then go back finishing. You end up with a bike that is custom made to fit you and have a great time doing it. I really enjoyed it. Took the bike out for it's first ten mile run this morning.