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By Calfee Design
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About this project

Our bamboo kit is an easy to follow system for building bamboo bikes. With ten detailed how-to videos, a comprehensive tool kit, and tested materials, you can build as many bikes as you'd like.  Some have started their own business around this system.  Schools and Universities have offered it as a special project or extracurricular activity.  Ride with pride when you build your very own bamboo bicycle frame. 

 And your choice of drawing printed on tough vinyl banner material is included in the Tool Kit: Road, MTB26, MTB27.5, MTB29er, City, BMX

 You'll also get an extra Down Tube to practice mitering.  It's the most difficult one to miter, so this gives you an extra chance!  

 Road and City bikes use 700c wheel size.

 MTB is available in 26", 27.5" and 29" wheel sizes. BMX is 20" but we'll soon offer 16" as well.

 You'll choose the drawings from the bike types mentioned above but you can customize to your heart's content.  Once you get the idea on how to do this, you can make any kind of bike.  It's a good idea to start with a "normal" bike for your first try.  Then you can see the possibilities and build any kind of bike!  

Rear Spacing:  We are currently set up to supply tooling in 130 mm and 135 mm rear spacing.  

Dropouts: The dropouts are able to accommodate disc brakes and derailleurs but are also slotted so you can make a single speed or internal gear hub bike.  Thru Axle dropouts are not available at this time.

Head tubes: Available for use with 1 1/*" steerers and 44mm (tapered) forks. You'll choose this, and the size frame at the end of the campaign.

Bamboo makes a fine material for a bike. Since we built the first modern bamboo bike in 1995, we've been amazed by the strength and the ride quality.  It has the best vibration damping for the smoothest ride.  But best of all, you can build it yourself without needing a welding setup.  And it's so cool that nature provides it in a huge range of tube diameters and wall thicknesses.

 Our design allows you to build any size of any type of bike.  For each size, we select the right set of bamboo for you. You will choose your size after the campaign.  

       

Risks and challenges

This kit has been under development as an educational kit since 2007. We have seen lots of success but also some real challenges. Some people take to building their own bikes very easily and are used to spending time making something they are proud of. Others have not done well and have simply given up on it, saying it's just too hard.

Making the tools and providing quality metal parts and bamboo will not be very risky at all. We've already got the supply of those things set up. It's just a matter of submitting a larger purchase order. The real challenge will be in supporting those who are struggling too much building their own bike.

In the early days, some unsafe bikes were built. That was with the epoxy and natural fiber wrapping method. With the casting tape method, we've eliminated most of the risks of not wrapping in the proper direction. But there will likely be a headstrong kid who rushes into this and tries to build a bike with not enough careful consideration for the task at hand. If that describes you, then ask a friend who does more of this sort of thing to go in on it with you. Or suggest a class at your school.

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    You will receive our American Apparel Calfee Teeshirt, and a postcard thanking you.

    You will choose your model and size after the campaign.

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    MATERIALS KIT WITHOUT BAMBOO
    ***Warning*** This Kit includes only the frame materials, not the tools. Ideal if you provide your own bamboo, and if want to make another frame with your #7 HOME RENTAL DIY KIT or #8 HOME DIY KIT
    Includes the dropouts, bottom bracket, seat insert, head tube (choose length and type, 1 1/8" or 44mm), casting tape and JB Weld.

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    CALFEE REWARDS KIT
    You will receive our American Apparel Calfee Tee shirt, our bamboo fiber socks and our Bamboo Bicycle poster.

    You will choose your models and sizes after the campaign.

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    MATERIALS KIT
    ***Warning*** This Kit includes only the frame materials, not the tools. Ideal if you want to make another frame with your #7 HOME RENTAL DIY KIT or #8 HOME DIY KIT

    Includes the casting tape, JB Weld, all bamboo tubes (including 1 extra) and the dropouts, bottom bracket, seat insert, head tube (choose length and type, 1 1/8" or 44mm)

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    HOME RENTAL DIY KIT
    Ideal if you want to build only one frame, your dream for less.
    Includes:
    -#8 TOOL KIT minus the Mitering tool:
    Vinyl banner drawing (choose which type), fixture tooling, wrapping tools.
    -#6 FRAME MATERIALS KIT
    -1 month rental of Mitering tool ($50/Month thereafter)

    You will need to provide:
    -Workbench
    -Melamine Board (flat 48’’x36’’)
    -Bench Vice
    -Hack saw
    -Marker
    -Knife
    -two files
    -Tape Measure
    -Drill
    -Dust Mask
    -Sand Paper
    - Nitrile Gloves
    - Electrical tape

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    TOOL KIT
    Ideal if you want to build one or several frames, alone or with friends.
    Add materials kits as needed, depending on how many frames you'd like to build.

    Included :
    -FULL TOOL KIT
    Vinyl banner drawing (choose which type), fixture tooling, wrapping tools, mitering toolset.

    You need to provide or order separately:
    -Frame materials (bamboo, metal parts and casting tape)
    -Workbench
    -Melamine Board (flat 49’’x36’’)
    -Bench Vice
    -Hack saw
    -Marker
    -Knife
    -Two files
    -Tape Measure
    -Drill
    -Dust Mask
    -Sand Paper
    - Nitrile Gloves
    - Electrical tape

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    HOME DIY KIT
    Ideal if you want to build one or several frames, alone or with friends.

    Included :
    -FULL TOOL KIT
    -ONE FRAME MATERIALS KIT

    Need to provide:
    -Workbench
    -Melamine Board (flat 49’’x36’’)
    -Bench Vice
    -Hack saw
    -Marker
    -Knife
    -Two files
    -Tape Measure
    -Drill
    -Dust Mask
    -Sand Paper
    - Nitrile Gloves
    - Electrical tape

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    SMALL GROUP KIT

    Ideal for group, educator, workshop. Good way to provide a very interesting project for your students.

    Includes :
    - 2 tool kits (Only one mitering tool)
    - 6 frame materials kits
    - 1 Supplies kit


    Need to provide :
    -Workbench
    -Melamine Board (flat 49’’x36’’)
    -Bench Vice
    -Hack saw
    -Marker
    -Knife
    -Two files
    -Tape Measure
    -Drill


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    EVERYTHING DIY KIT

    
Ideal for group, educator, workshop. Good way to provide a very interesting project for your students.

    Include :
    - 2 tool kits (Only one mitering tool)
    - 6 frame materials kits
    - 1 Supplies kit
    - 2 Workshop kits


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    MASTER DIY KIT
    Bamboo bike program for up to 12 students. Craig will travel to your location and conduct a 1 week bamboo bike building training session. 4 sets of tools for 4 groups (3 people per group) are provided. Metal frame parts for 12 frames are included. Local bamboo must be provided. Shipping is Craig's airfare and excess baggage fees to your country. Delivery dates subject to scheduling and demand.

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