This is my second home-made frame. This time I used bamboo rods connected with carbon composite joints.
I have seen many amazing constructions made of bamboo and I always wondered, why such light, strong, stiff and elastic material is not widespread used for building of bicycle frames. Since I finished my carbon frame, I was thinking about using bamboo for my second frame. Later on, I found an article describing a bamboo frame Craig Calfee built for himself a few years ago. At that moment I was fully determined to build it too.
Bamboo Bike Features:
Amazing Vibration Damping – Even better than Carbon fiber!
High performance frame. Weighs about 4 pounds but has good stiffness.
Crash tolerant. Bamboo is a lot of tougher than most people realize.
This is not just a cool bike. It is appropriate for everyday use and for racing. The vibration damping is a performance advantage on longer rides. Each frame is built to order and every frame is a unique. Tubes are selected for the weight of the rider. The geometry of the frame can be any of our usual geometries: Pro, Tri or Cross. Custom frames can also be made.
Details. The bike is made from Bamboo that has been smoked and heat treated to prevent splitting. Lugs are available in carbon fiber or hemp fiber, for the all-natural look. The chainstays are available in carbon fiber for extra stiffness in the drivetrain.
Finish. We coat the bamboo with Tung oil to seal it up.
Awards. Calfee Bamboo bikes have won awards for Best Road Bike, Best Off-Road Bike and Peoples’ Choice Award at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show.
A Calfee Bamboo bike won 1st place in the open class at the Great Western Bicycle Rally’s Concourse d’Elegance show.
If there were an award for “Bicycle with lowest carbon footprint” (least amount of carbon dioxide emissions in the production of the frame), this frame would win, hands down.
Super Green Boards – I take a lot of pride in making high quality, durable boards, made from eco-friendly materials. It takes me about two weeks to make a board… just think, in two weeks you could have a Downhill, Slalom or Longboard custom made to your specifications.
These are two of my favorite Toys, so it is Way Cool to me to see them being made with Bamboo, which I Love so much too !!!******
I Love finding more and more things made of this Super Green material Bamboo !!!******