Award Winning Bamboo Bike

  Posted on August 18, 2014   ·   1 min read   ·   # comments   ·   #design  #woodworking 

Objective: Exceed the Vancourite-hipster threshold by building a fixed-gear bicycle using bamboo and carbon fibre.


  • Constructing a frame jig to allow freedom around joints for carbon-fibre layup
  • Accounting for the non-uniformity of bamboo poles at the frame lugs
  • Maintaining compatibility with standard bicycle components
  • Ensuring the frame isĀ treatedĀ for typical"Wet" Coast weather


Track bicycle custom geometry.

Frame dimensions with tubes shown to determine the required cut lengths of bamboo.

Frame jig modeled in SolidWorks.

Bamboo poles after heat treatment in the oven, preparing for the next heat treatment.

Dry fitting of bamboo poles after mitering.

Bottom bracket junction with mitered bamboo.

Slotted bamboo to fit the dropouts.

Frame wrapped, sanded, and ready for finishing details.

Applying the final touches to the bottom bracket.

Aaaand we're done!

For a detailed step-by-step guide, head over to my Instructable.

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