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Join Date: Dec 2007
Bikes: IRO Mark V Pro, home made bamboo track bike, eddy merckx corsa extra, Airnimal Joey commute, UGADA Tikit
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anybody worked with bamboo?
ok, so im getting really excited about making a bamboo prototype bike. bamboo is readily available in southern mexico where i live, and i think it could open up a world of possibilities down here where folks are disempowered and tools and technology are expensive, which is why it is almost impossible to be insdutrious for many here.
i already have a couple organizations that work with bamboo intrested in supporting a project to build a mexican bamboo prototype bike...
so im running around trying to figure out what bottom bracket shell/sleeve to use, what track ends, or dropouts, headtube, etc.
the prototype will probably be a single speed bike with 29" wheels, assembled using local "henequen" (the stuff we make rope from) fiber "lugs" with polyurethane resin, possibly in combination with carbon fiber cloth.
should i use titanium parts for the bracket and head/seat tubes? chro-molly? track ends, or horizontal dropouts? or should i canibalize discarded frames for these parts?
i imagine this will be similar to building a carbon fiber frame in some respects.