Another reader’s bike

Another reader’s bike

Another reader's bike

New Reader’s Bike

Another beautiful bike!  Thanks for sharing Cameron, and make sure to check out his blog post about it!


Guest Post from Zack Jiang – Frame wrapping guide

Hey guys this is Zack Jiang with Bamboo Bike Supplies (, we provide essential supplies for those wanting to build their own bamboo bikes. I’m also one of the founders at Stalk Bicycles ( I got in touch with Mike a few months ago and wanted to do a guest post. I’ve been steering myself out of the fabrication scene and been wanting to open up and share more on the craft of building with folks. I decided on a quick guide for composite wrapping. This was my biggest hurdle when I first started a few years ago but in my opinion also one the most essential factors in building a quality frame. Check it out: Here.

New Reader’s Bike

Juan in Columbia is finishing up his bike.  Thanks for sending your photos!


New bike-centric bamboo supplier!

Happy to report we have more options these days for getting what you need to get it done.  I have been talking lately with Zack Jiang of Stalk Bamboo Bikes, an Oakland based bamboo builder.   In addition to the amazing work he is doing at Stalk, he has an ebay store to help you get the bike building essentials at a reasonable price.  Check out his store here.  This is the real deal Zack hand-picks the best tubes and has even visited the hemp farm (yes, you can do in the bay area).   To contact them directly please email:

Reader/Engineer Takes on the Bamboo~

You should all take a look at this engineering manual that documents Blair Frandeen’s bamboo bike building experience.  He’s got specs, diagrams, new techniques, cost analysis and all kinds of useful stuff.  Thanks to Blair for sharing!

New builder friendly bamboo supplier!

It can be hard to get your hands on high quality bamboo, but in particular hard to find a bamboo supplier that is willing to work with you to get the poles you need.   Bamboo Habitat just sent me some samples of black and henon bamboo that were pretty amazing.  They were properly aged and dried.  More to the point he seems willing to go out of the way to get you what you are looking for.  In comparison bamboo fencer was difficult/impossible to reach and only seemed interested in the project after they found my website.  (Just for full disclosure this is not a paid advertisement, believe me I don’t make money from this site).

Map the BamBikes!

This google map is open to all for collaboration.  Post a picture of you bike!

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Help Philip

9 days and less than $1000 to go.  Again… help a fellow bike builder get started with his business (not me, a reader).