I initially set out to make a café racer style bicycle, using among other things the Joe Lewis Detroit fist as my inspiration. After spending quite a bit of time in my friend’s shop trying to perfect my welding skills, I bailed on this idea. I did not feel confident enough welding the thin walled steel tubing I wanted to use or that I would be able produce something I was happy with. I still want to do something like this in the future but I’ll have to learn and hone TIG welding. However, I decided late in the project to switch to another arguably more interesting concept: make it out of bamboo!
While completing the switch to bamboo my inspiration started to shift. I began to examine a more natural, jungle type aesthetic. I called upon memories of Kipling’s The Jungle Book to frame my aesthetic and design. I eventually settled upon:
“Riding and seeing this bicycle should feel like living with Mowgli in The Jungle Book or a friendly FARC guerrilla fighter on patrol”
- Handmade, resourceful looking
- Natural fibers
- From materials you would find in the jungle
I also wanted a warm art deco feel to it therefore I finished it with a slightly tinted urethane to help bring out warm tones in the bamboo.
Overall I am very happy with how the project turned out and in the future I hope to make a few more of these with the knowledge I’ve gained. For future work I still need to finish acquiring the parts to turn the frame into a rideable bike. As my budget allows I will build this bike up and show it off around town and campus.