"Wow that is so cool!" That is a typical initial response from someone seeing or hearing about our bamboo bike building workshop, in the Denver area (Lakewood, CO to be specific). That response is usually followed by "What is the black stuff?" and series of other questions about bamboo bikes. So we thought it would be helpful to answer them again here.
Not only is bamboo sustainable. It is as light as carbon fiber and has a ride quality that is superior to aluminum.
What is that black stuff?
It's carbon fiber thread and epoxy wrapped in specific patterns depending on the load each joint takes.
How long does a bamboo bicycle last for?
With proper care…a long long time. Like any bike if you leave it in the rain, choose not to service it, and constantly leave it smashed into a bike rack…it could shorten the life of not only the frame but the rest of the bike as well.
Is there a special way to maintain a bamboo bicycle?
Nope, we coat epoxy on the bamboo to keep it from drying out so just maintain it like any other regular bike!
I’m kind of worried about riding a bamboo bicycle... is it safe and secure?
Yes – absolutely! Bamboo bicycles actually offer delightful performance: natural shock-absorption, super light, and stiff manoeuvring.
Will parts from my old bike fit?
As of right now, your bamboo bike frame will be designed around a 700c wheel, with a 25.4 seat post size, a 68mm bottom bracket, and 1 1/8 press fit headset. If you understand what all that means then you can decide if your old bike parts will fit, if you don’t, we will be happy to take a quick look and tell you what parts you might be able to switch over.
Can I buy a bamboo bicycle from CCBIKES?
At this time CCBIKES doesn’t manufacture bicycles. We strongly encourage people to be part of the bicycle-making process as much as possible. After all, it creates a stronger sense of ownership of your bike!
If you have other questions that are not addressed here, please feel free to contact us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (720-437-0638)