Bamboo Bicycle Club

Bamboo Bicycle Club

While there will always be a market for supermarket-quality, colour-coded ‘fixies’ with substandard bottom brackets, wouldn’t it be great if it was eschewed for the infinitely more intriguing and sustainable bamboo bicycle? James Marr and Ian McMillan run London’s Bamboo Bicycle Club, which have been enabling riders to build their own bikes… at a grass root level.

Bamboo Bicycle Club

James and Ian run weekend-long workshops which result in a completed bamboo frame joined with hemp tape and epoxy resin. It may be a messy process but surely worth the satisfaction of riding a bike you have made yourself. If you can’t make it into the London workshop, Home Build Kits are available, with step-by-step instructions, for only 320 quid.

This independent documentary is inspirational:

Bamboo Biker Boys from Jonathan Stow on Vimeo.

Bamboo Bicycle Club

  • colin

    seriously? Must be running low on material…

    • No shortage at all. Just like a bit of a break on Sundays. Cheers Colin!

      • colin

        Fair enough!

  • Alister

    Bloody brilliant!! I’ve assembled a few bikes and it feels fantastic to ride on something when you’ve had your own hands all over it. I think the next level is to build your own frame and this process looks like a very approachable way of doing that. Thanks for posting.

  • Phil Minors

    Well done! They took something they enjoyed doing and have a made a life out of it!