BIKECULT.COM - BIKE WORKS NYC - ARCHIVE BICYCLES - © DECEMBER 2011
Bamboo Bike Studio road bicycle (2011, Brooklyn)
An ever evolving bamboo bike.
When I was making the frame in January, I was planning it
becoming an xtracycle-type bike with big 700c clinchers.
But when I started bike assembly in August, all I could see
was natural-color wood and carbon black, to accentuate with metallic alloy.
Hanging around was a single wood rim and a Ritchey carbon wheel.
Both for tubular tires, black and gum-color rubber.
Discovering how relatively light it could be,
there were Ritchey carbon bars and stem from another project,
and the gum-color Hudz on Campy carbon ergo levers from Phil.
Wrapped together with Toshi leather bartape and Berthoud plugs.
Then I found one of the coolest front hubs ever made.
The Velo Orange Grand Cru set-back seatpost made nicely for my fit.
Naturally, the cork-color Gilles Berthoud Aspide saddle was ideal.
Without cable anchors and no desire to cut holes for internal routing,
I wrapped the rear cables round the top tube and seatstay, attached with plastic tape.
I really like how the gear housing swings between the seatstays.
To accommodate Campy ten-speed properly, Ben welded-on a derailleur hanger,
and I replaced the 8mm bolt attaching seatstay to dropout with a 10mm chainring bolt.
The jig for holding derailleur hanger in position for welding.
I'm stuck on a good way to mount a front derailleur...
Instead, looking into a multi-speed crankset.