Brendyn Rogers – Design, Frame and Build
Dan Hale, Shifter Bikes – Wheel Build
This bike was made by one happy guy in his little backyard shed. Why bamboo? Bamboo is nature’s tube for bikes, easy to grow and use. It needs a few basic tools to work with. The ones used were mostly quiet and neighbour-friendly: a Japanese saw, files, sandpaper and the trusty Triton saw table.
The carbon fibre/epoxy composite build part is messy (you don’t want to know about it) needing care and patience. A unique feature is the split and rejoined bamboo to optimise tube shape and strength. Bren was built on a homemade frame jig.
A few details: one gear, 8.8 kgs, 73º head tube, 73º seat-tube, 200 mm head tube – roughly road bike geometry. Is it good to ride…? Yes!
Bren is the second bamboo bike built by Bren. Bren has ridden the first to his proper job for five years, rain, hail, shine, no problem.
Bren will build more bikes!