Calfee Design announced their new bamboo bike building kit at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show on Friday. For the crazy low price of $580, you get the tools and supplies you need to build your very own bamboo bicycle frame.
From their experience with the Bamboosero Project, Craig Calfee and his team created a kit to allow the ambitious home maker to build his or her own bamboo bike. For the $580 introductory price, you get a tool kit, a materials kit, and a one month rental for a mitering tool.
The tool kit includes a jig and various other tools you’ll need to build the frame. You still need to provide some other basic tools such as a hacksaw, bench vise, files, knife, and so forth.
The materials has everything else you need to build a frame for a road, mountain, city, or BMX style bicycle: bamboo, casting tape, bottom bracket, dropouts, epoxy, seat tube and head tube. The casting tape is used to join the bamboo pieces together.
Calfee Design’s booth included proof-of-concept bikes built by high school students using this kit. The frames are fairly heavy. You’ll need to provide the forks and all of the components, too: wheels, gears, chain, crank, brakes, cabling, handlebars, steerer, seatpost, saddle.
Calfee explains more over at the Kickstarter page for this project. I personally would love to get one of these for my birthday.