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Bamboo Bike Fixie Build (HIPSTER ALERT)

Old 12-14-14, 08:49 PM
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Bamboo Bike Fixie Build (HIPSTER ALERT)

Here's my bamboo fixie that I finished a few months ago! Used tonkin bamboo for the tubes and carbon fibre for the lugs. Total cost of the project was around $700 (including bike components, frame jig, etc.). It rides like a dream and my other road bike is seeing fewer and fewer miles...

I've ridden it here in the Wet Coast for the past few months and so far it's holding up. No signs of failure yet!



More pictures of the build can be found here. I was thinking of making another one in the coming year... any critiques or suggestions?

(Please ignore the mismatched tires... they have since been replaced!)
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Old 12-14-14, 09:03 PM
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Nice!.......and unique. Very interesting.
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Old 12-14-14, 09:12 PM
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don't care much for the build at all, but homemade frames are always ok
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Old 12-14-14, 11:33 PM
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Thanks for sharing!

How is the ride quality? More toward stiff or flex under weight/ power?
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Old 12-15-14, 02:10 AM
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The bamboo really soaks up the road vibrations, so it's as if the asphalt has been repaved everywhere I go! Makes for a very comfortable ride.

I don't really notice much flex when I'm climbing out of the saddle, but I could be mistaken since I'm only a novice cyclist.

Thanks for looking!
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Old 12-15-14, 02:50 AM
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This whole business of stiffness and flex has been discredited ... but roadies still cling to it.

Nice build. Good onya for giving it a go. Hope you have many happy miles together ... and during winter, don't park her too close to the fireplace
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Old 12-15-14, 06:18 PM
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Originally Posted by europa View Post
This whole business of stiffness and flex has been discredited ... but roadies still cling to it.
Maybe I should've used the term rigidity.
Wasn't really pointing it toward performance. More about feel and the confidence that comes with it, even though stiffness assists with power transfer. During a climb, sprinting across a flat, shifting your weight while going around a long meandering curve, etc.
Have you ever tried riding a bike out of jelly/ jello?

Also, it's a good sign of something that has gone wrong on an otherwise rigid frame.
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Old 12-17-14, 10:36 PM
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what exactly did you use for the carbon work? I'll be building a bamboo bike in the spring and using carbon fiber instead of hemp is so much cooler.
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Old 12-17-14, 10:42 PM
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Did you weight the frame? lol just curious. Congrats on the unique build!
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