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Bamboo Bike Build – Part 1 – Getting Jiggy With It
Let's face it, building a bike out of what is essentially panda-bear food sounds a wee bit ridiculous. The first question that comes to most peoples minds is "why the heck would you do that?" Though bamboo has hundreds of industrial and commercial uses, when it comes to bikes bamboo is actually an excellent frame building material. It's lighter and stronger than steel with better vibration absorbing capabilities than carbon fiber. I also think that it looks pretty cool. After spending a few weeks researching bamboo tensile strengths, epoxy curing agents, carbon fiber thermal expansion coefficients and a brief refresher on the Pythagorean theory from my brothers tenth grade math textbook I figured I was as ready as I'd ever be to build a two wheeled death trap fit for Gilligan himself.