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N55 space frame vehicle made from lashed/epoxed bamboo? Answered

What do you think of building one of the N55 recumbent trikes or other space frame projects with bamboo lashed together similar to the way bamboo scaffolds are built but using epoxy to make it permanent?

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MeanUncleBobcaitlinsdad

Reply 4 years ago

Thanks, but I've seen most of those and have even watched a few videos of bamboo bikes being built. What I meant was to use something like hemp rope or similar and lashing the spaceframes together. I think the basic (ancient) technique is the same as scaffold and other building/making.

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caitlinsdadMeanUncleBob

Reply 4 years ago

You can try but and it will work but the quality you are looking for is a rigid structure that can take the weight of the rider and be stiff enough to stand up to the pedaling force applied. If you have lashed something together, the joints are still a bit flexible and the poles will eventually move and slip in the lashings. You might end up with some kind of Fred Flinstone looking contraption to reinforce or bolster up the joints but hey, it sounds like a fun project.