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I've seen some bamboo bike frames out there in the world. I am curious as to how they ride? Is it similar to a steel, aluminum, or carbon fiber frame?

Do you think it's worth the effort to build one yourself? If anybody has built one you got any tips that would make the process easier?

Just looking for some general information. Thanks.

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I've been doing my own research and found a link that gives you step by step directions. build-its.blogspot.com/2010/09/building-bamboo-bike-frame.html This project looks very manageable. Perhaps a good winter project with the intent of finishing for the spring. I'll keep you posted. –  J Gomez Oct 25 '11 at 19:57
    
you should post that as an answer. I love it! –  Mac Oct 26 '11 at 4:04
    
Some bamboo links of interest: bamboosero.com and calfeedesign.com/products/bamboo and I believe developing economies are favoring bamboo bicycles as well bamboobike.org/Home.html –  memnoch_proxy Oct 26 '11 at 4:19
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I've been doing my own research and found a link that gives you step by step directions. build-its.blogspot.com/2010/09/building-bamboo-bike-frame.html This project looks very manageable. Perhaps a good winter project with the intent of finishing for the spring. I'll keep you posted. –  J Gomez Oct 26 '11 at 16:01
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A friend of mine builds recumbent bikes from bamboo.

He gets good quality bamboo which are some 4 inches diameter, and they need to be cooked (a mix of boiling in water and baking, has to do with some chemical reactions on the bamboo starch that help to harden the fibers and prevent decomposition).

Then, after he cuts the appropriate shape, he paints/seals every surface with Araldite carbon-fiber high-hardness resin (this is not a technical description!).

The actual resin code is LY 5052, I found some info in the Araldite site, there are a lot of other resins.

The tubes are tied to one another with lots of loops made from some natural-fiber rope he uses.

The bikes ride well, he managed not to breake any one of his bikes yet (and he is not light on them). Since bamboo is a composite material, I think the ride would be similar to some composite frames, a.k.a. carbon frames.

A link:

http://ecobamboobikes.blogspot.com/ (in portuguese, some photos, google-translatable)

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