Bamboo Bicycle Club first ride - video

Handmade bike gets the BikeRadar treatment

We recently received a bike from Bamboo Bicycle Club and BikeRadar's Joe Norledge was the lucky guy who got to give it a go. So how did it feel riding something that's mostly made from a member of the grass family?

It would be churlish to try and measure a bike like this against a state of the art carbon machine – that's not the point of one of these rides. Forget the tiny flaws and rough look to the build – that's a huge part of the charm.

To get one of these bamboo beauties you go on a two-day course to make your own (although home-build kits are now available too).

Have a watch of the video below and see what we made from the custom bicycle.

How did we find our new bamboo bike? watch and find out

Video: Bamboo Bicycle Club

Like the idea of a bamboo bike? Discuss it with us and other cycling enthusiasts in our commuting forum thread here.

Gregor is BikeRadar's Beginners and Family section editor after leading a cycling heavy youth and regularly clocking up more than 34 miles on the ride to work each day. He's interested in the lighter side of cycling, such as commuting, children's bikes and the occasional short sportive. He also helps to keep BikeRadar's forum in check, and can often be found joining in conversation threads on how to step chafing and the like.

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