Archive for the ‘The Build’ Category

The Carbon Fiber Layup

Posted: 27th June 2010 by Nigel in Bamboo Bike, The Build

Once the frame was tacked with 5-minute epoxy, we were ready for the layup. Here is what you will need for a wet layup: 1. Carbon fiber tow, basically 5mm wide unwoven carbon fiber (find it on eBay) 2. Epoxy resin and hardener suitable for use with carbon fiber 3. 100 grit sand paper 4. […]

Tacking the Frame

Posted: 22nd June 2010 by Nigel in Bamboo Bike, The Build

Once all the sections of bamboo have been heat treated, cut to length and mitred, and once the metal sections have been prepped, then you are ready to prep the frame for a wet layup. A wet layup takes several hours, and requires the frame to be held at different angles and loads to be […]

Building the Frame (pictures only)

Posted: 18th June 2010 by Nigel in Bamboo Bike, The Build

Last night Jame Kay and I put together the frame and did the wet layup. I will do a complete post later, but for now you can look at the pretty pictures.

Mitring the Joints

Posted: 18th June 2010 by Nigel in Bamboo Bike, The Build, Working with Bamboo

To ensure a strong frame, you need to mitre the joints well, and it is a fairly challenging process. When you join two square objects, it is pretty straight forward. You just cut a straight line and bam! you are good to go. Joining two tubes is more complicated, since you have to cut a […]