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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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)

  • What species of Bamboo have you researched, chosen/ recommend?
    – Alex S
    Mar 31, 2016 at 8:54
  • From Wikipedia, under "Bamboo Construction": "Timber is harvested from both cultivated and wild stands, and some of the larger bamboos, particularly species in the genus Phyllostachys, are known as "timber bamboos"." Mar 31, 2016 at 12:57

Instructable for making bamboo/carbon fiber composite hextubes:

Hacking a cheap Walmart bike with bamboo hextubes:

  • Gidday and welcome to SE Bicycles. One of our goals is to make this site self sufficient and not simply link to other sites. Would you be able to edit your answer and put in a brief summary of the main points? Not copy and paste the instructables page though.
    – Criggie
    Dec 1, 2015 at 7:00
  • What species of Bamboo have you researched, chosen/ recommend?
    – Alex S
    Mar 31, 2016 at 8:55

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