31 Mar '15, 9pm

This bike isn't built, it's grown.

I have been fascinated by building a bamboo bike since i first saw the Calfree bikes on the web. However in one of his videos Craig Calfree talks about the costs and time involved in building the bikes being very high and generally cost prohibitive for the average buyer. Just what the world needs another $2000 bike. After seeing videos of how they are made its easy to understand. But this got me thinking about the design itself as being the problem. Your typical bike design has far too many joins and sections that require resin bonding, to cut a long story short i came to the conclusion that a recumbent design would be optimal due to its simplicity, then i found Klaus Volkmanns youtube clip about the bamboo recumbent he made and rode all around south america. Easy and cheep design seemed a winner. Then i stumbled upon Thomas Kretschmers “direct drive” hub bike. A front whe...

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