You'll notice in the photos on the World Bike Project (or is it Bamboo Bike Project) the joints were made by just wrapping the natural fibers around the tubes and then just basically slopping on the epoxy resin (from a donated 50 gallon drum of the stuff) with paint brushes. The result was certainly strong (and the bikes were indeed intended as cargo hauling bikes to begin with) but not exactly sleek or polished like any bikes which we are accustomed to seeing. ... BUT these were built in Ghana, with the crudest of hand tools, as a first attempt, and by a non-industrialized village population, which may never have even seen photos of any fancy modern examples to copy from - so all the more impressive!
Originally Posted by ChiapasFixed
Kind of reminds me of a picture I once saw of prehistoric rock paintings onto which someone had photo-shopped images of cave men hunting mammoths... on bicycles. ~ Funny, of course, but in fact, I think that given a bit of guidance, and some minimal tools, even our ancestors 20,000 years ago could have built a bamboo bike. I think you should go for it!
Remember, the concept has been around for a long time.
Here is a bamboo bike from The Bamboo Cycle Co. (1894-1899)
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