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Want to build a bike but not too hot at welding? Try a home-made bamboo bike with this kit instead

Build your own, then ride it in under three days with full bike kit

If you’ve ever wanted to handbuild a bike but lacked the welding kit and framebuilding skills, look no further than this build your own bamboo bike kit.

Bamboobee, crowd funded on Kickstarter, has smashed though its $15,000 funding goal, with 118 backers pledging $169 in start-up funds in return for eventually receiving a DIY bike kit.

The company has doubled its funding to almost $33,000 and customers who’ve already bought once can earn a discount of anything up to 15 per cent by referring friends to the site.

The kit comes with a self assembled frame jig, as well as the tubes cut to your preferred frame size. The makers estimate that the bike should take around three days to fully assemble and set, as shown in this video:
 

 

Three sizes are available: Small for those of around 5ft 7in or below, medium for those around 5 ft 7in to 5ft 11in and large for anyone above 5 ft 11in.

Due to shipping legislation the only ingredient not included in the kit is the epoxy solution needed to bond the tubes with the hemp fibres used at the joins.

Shipping is estimated to begin in February 2015.

For more information click here.

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.

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