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Building a bamboo bike part 4: stuck in a bind

Our Dave finally gets a week without any sanding. Although it's probably just a sanding holiday.....

Happy Friday everyone! If you've been following Dave's bamboo bike build then you'll know that he's mostly been sanding things. But it all changes this week, with the tubes all mitred and stuck together. It's time to get gluing!

Our kit from the Bamboo Bicycle Club comes with hemp sheet and 2-part epoxy for sticking your bike together. It's a bit of a messy job, and of course it'll give Dave another thing to sand once all the glue has set. He'll be glad of that, we're sure. If you're enjoying the series, head over to our Youtube channel later to see the next instalment where Dave will be getting his paintbrushes out to finish off the frame and get it ready yo be built up. And then he'll have to ride it...

If you're interested in building your own bamboo bike then these kits are £260 and contain everything you need to get your frame built. Even sandpaper.*

*not enough sandpaper

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Drinfinity | 6 years ago

Agreed on the PPE. I’ve built a couple of stitch and glue kayaks with this stuff. I would usually wear a disposable overall, and always wore disposable sleeves to cover my forearms (from a medical supplies place). Carbon filter breathing protection. It’s a serious sensitiser.

I wonder if the hemp cloth is the neatest fibre to use in the resin. It’s certainly eco, but would it be smoother using glass? Fibreglass mat is basically just fancy melted sand, and the Romans had it, so it’s hipster enough.

Watching this build with interest.


mikebelluk | 6 years ago

I'll second that. I use epoxy resin to build and repair carbon fibre kayaks and paddles, and now have to wear full activated charcoal masks due to the reaction I have to the dust and the amines in the hardener. The problem with epoxy is that it isn't smelly like styrene based resins, so it's easy to work with it and disregard the safety info as I have found out .. rhinitis, dermatitis.


DrG82 | 6 years ago

My one tip to anyone going this would be to wear a good dust (and vapour if you have one) mask when using and sanding epoxy. The stuff really isn't good for you and it can really mess you up if you become sensitised to it. A friend is and he can't even drink beer any more (it's that serious!)

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