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Old 08-26-14, 08:54 PM
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It looks like something the Professor would build on Gilligan's Island. Awesome!
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Haha!
love that!

The completed bike as the last pic is 14lb. I didn't weigh the frame alone sorry.
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Looks like a bike to work day tomorrow, but may have a shower at some point so it was time to fit the fenders.

Bamboo of course




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And just a touch of new skool to contrast the old, Garmin Ant+ speed/cadence.

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Got a new bar with a short reach that is very flat and a shallow drop.
31.8mm though so had to buy a matching stem

Planet X is great kit.

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Tonight got the bottle cage mounts made and bonded on.

M6 nylock nuts and lots more of the 2 pack epoxy and of course... Bamboo.

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Another ride and some dirt and Tarmac, nothing fell off and the new bottle cage mounts stayed on

The Planet X bar and stem put the levers in a better position, time for some miles.

wheel re-build on the cards, but the bike is basically done.
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Originally Posted by alex jb
Another ride and some dirt and Tarmac, nothing fell off and the new bottle cage mounts stayed on

The Planet X bar and stem put the levers in a better position, time for some miles.

wheel re-build on the cards, but the bike is basically done.
Well, obviously we're all even more awed than we were before. (Seriously - I am awed.)

..But aren't you worried about Pandas???
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Well, obviously we're all even more awed than we were before. (Seriously - I am awed.)

..But aren't you worried about Pandas???
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not too much, I don't think there are many in South Leicestershire!

I do use the canal tow paths a lot though, hope no dogs decide it's a fast moving stick to chase!
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Changes to the bamboo bike

Digging up my old build thread.
I have made a few changes to the bike, compressionless cable, new wider/longer bamboo fenders.
Done a couple of thousand miles on it now.

My winter update is a bit more hi-Tech though, been getting parts together for hydraulic brakes and Di2...
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Any pics post gravel ride of this bike? looks like great bike
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Just stopped by to say there's no way that build weighs 14 pounds, fix your scale.
Thereís a unit mix up, it weighs more like 14Kg not lb
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It works!
Not that much of a surprise really, just plug and play canbus.
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Stripped apart the brand new lever and climbing switch, cut the hood and mashed it all together with the TRP Di2 adapter kit.
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My kids bought me some nice Brooks bar tape for Xmas too
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Originally Posted by Spoonrobot
Just stopped by to say there's no way that build weighs 14 pounds, fix your scale.
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Thereís a unit mix up, it weighs more like 14Kg not lb
That's about 30 lbs.

Honestly, for a ready to ride disc brake bike with big tires and a saddle bag...that's still pretty light. Doubt it's more than a few pounds over what most nice store bought gravel bikes weigh.
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That's about 30 lbs.

Honestly, for a ready to ride disc brake bike with big tires and a saddle bag...that's still pretty light. Doubt it's more than a few pounds over what most nice store bought gravel bikes weigh.
Exactly, cheers Abe

My other bike is much more of a weight weenie
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After finishing (temporarily) the install I took the bike to work today.
Loving the Di2, think I will swap the up/down with the interface & laptops when I plug it in and figure out how to.

The biggest difference is the Hylex... freaking awesome!
So light but solid feeling and repeatable when wet/mud hit them.
Being a long time Shimano brifter user, I didnít realise how nice a road brake lever with only one plane of movement feels!
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Exactly, cheers Abe

My other bike is much more of a weight weenie
Ughh.

I'd take the bamboo one given the choice. More comfortable, and you could burn it for warmth if you ever get lost in the woods
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There’s a 70’s Honda twin under the sheet, that’d Be much better for starting a fire, the carb spits fuel back through the filter all the time
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Thereís a 70ís Honda twin under the sheet, thatíd Be much better for starting a fire, the carb spits fuel back through the filter all the time
Let's compromise:

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Now there’s a practical rig, I like it.
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Originally Posted by alex jb
Now thereís a practical rig, I like it.
Nice build, thanks for sharing!

I follow Bamboo Bicycle Club on instagram, nice to see a little more in-depth example of what they do. A bamboo bike is on my "someday when I've checked off a lot of other boxes" list.

How's the ride quality? Supple like steel or something different?
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The ride is more compliant and damps the buzz more than the Planet X Kaffenback that it replaced. It’s a bit heavier, so that will be part of it.
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Enjoyed a chilly ride in the smattering of snow this morning, prefer the buttons on the switch swapped which I did last night in the Etube software.
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