How to build a bamboo bike


Michael Mann of Boston University was inspired by the various bamboo bike mentions, but was frustrated he couldn’t find a How To. So he started a blog chronicling the steps he took to build his own bamboo bicycle. In the video he talks about his project and why bamboo is a good choice for DIY bike construction.

Watch this video on YouTube

At his blog, Mike writes about bamboo selection, the metal parts you need and how to get them, the all important frame jig, mitering joints, joints with fiber and epoxy and seatpost issues.

Mike was featured today at BU Today. With all of this info I’m tempted to try my hand at building up a bamboo bike. It might make a good summer project with the kids.


  • Jym Dyer
    June 7, 2010 - 12:59 pm | Permalink

    =v= Check out Richmond Spokes, making bamboo bikes just up the Bay a ways!

  • June 7, 2010 - 3:36 pm | Permalink

    OK, I realize I may be prejudiced about this since I'm a framebuilder who was actually taught by a master framebuilder, but the idea of someone building one of these off some instructions on the Internet scares me. Whipping down a mountain at 40 MPH on a bamboo and epoxy bike you built from the Internet? Does not sound like a good idea to me.

  • June 7, 2010 - 4:19 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, I kind of wonder about a PVC jig like that guy has.

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