bamboo bike Part 5: final sanding/finishing and assembly

In hindsight, I definitely applied too many separate layers than was necessary. This also meant that I sanded more than was necessary, and used more epoxy than was necessary. Anyhow, at last I arrived at the last layer:

final wrapping

final wrapping

last layer of twine/epoxy!

remove the tape: last layer of twine/epoxy!

close up, I like how you can see the fibers like wood grain

close up, I like how you can see the fibers like wood grain

final rough sanding

final rough sanding

ready for finishing

ready for finishing

ready for finishing

ready for finishing

ready for finishing

ready for finishing

ready for finishing

ready for finishing

with finish

with finish

hung from the rafter of my garage, ready for assembly

hung from the rafter of my garage, ready for assembly

Although I always have random bike parts, I rarely have a full (compatible) set. I was very pleased to produce a rideable bike at the end of the day.

so many parts!

so many parts!

Here’s the video of the assembly:

As many websites before me have already touted, bamboo frames ride beautifully. There is noticeable damping. Plus they look great and make people smile.

Thanks for reading.

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3 thoughts on “bamboo bike Part 5: final sanding/finishing and assembly

    • Hi, I stained it using regular wood stain (Minwax natural color, I think). Then I did two coats of a matte finish polyurethane. In other articles I saw that spar varnish was highly recommended since the frame will flex, just like boat spars will flex. I tried this finish and found it to be so glossy that it was very prone to scratching. So I settled for a matte polyurethane instead, and it seems flexible enough. Perhaps they make matte spar varnish?

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