Archive for the ‘Working with Bamboo’ Category

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 […]

Heat Treating Bamboo (video)

Posted: 13th June 2010 by Nigel in Bamboo Bike, Working with Bamboo

Here is a video I made on heat treating bamboo. For more information about why it is important to heat treat bamboo, and for step-by-step instructions with pictures, see this post.

Heat Treating Bamboo

Posted: 11th June 2010 by Nigel in Bamboo Bike, Working with Bamboo

Heat treating is an important process for preparing bamboo. Essentially it removes a lot of the moisture, making the poles lighter, and most importantly it cooks the sugars in the shoots. Bamboo is a species of grass, much like sugar cane, and is full of sugars. When these sugars are cooked, they turn from being […]

Bamboo Harvest

Posted: 9th June 2010 by Nigel in Bamboo Bike, Working with Bamboo

Today was an exciting day; I harvested the bamboo to use for my bike. I had been searching around for some appropriate timbre bamboo, and I really didn’t find anything. All commercially available bamboo was from Asia, even though it grows like a week here. Fortunately I found someone on craigslist who was “thinning out […]