What is a Calfee Bamboo DIY Kit?

Bamboo DIY Kit

Buy Kits Tools Drawings Parts Bamboo Instructions

Our bamboo kits are designed for a do it yourself project, with descriptive instructions and how-to videos available on the internet. Please take the time to read our Bamboo DIY page here to understand what you will need to complete your project. You may either purchase or rent the Calfee Tool Set Kit. Our Material Set Kit comes with high quality time tested materials. Our expert Calfee DIY Kit Drawings with get you dialed in to the bike you want to build. “Ride with pride” when you build your very own bamboo bicycle frame.

What Comes In a Calfee DIY Frame Materials Kit

Our bamboo DIY kits will supply you with all the materials needed to complete your bamboo bike frame. The kits includes the highest quality bamboo stock, metal parts (head tube, seat tube insert, bottom bracket, and rear drop outs), casting tape, your choice of frame drawing printed on tough vinyl banner material (Road, MTB26, MTB27.5, MTB29er, City, BMX) and a complete tool set kit.

Please Note: For a complete set of tools and materials to build a bike you will need to purchase the following Kits.

Calfee DIY Frame Materials Set Kit Road/BMX/MTB

Calfee DIY Tool Set Kit

Calfee DIY Kit Drawing.

Additional Metal Parts Kit

*DIY Tool Set is available as a rental!

What Comes In a Calfee DIY Tool Set Kit

Bamboo Tool Set

Can I make the size that’s right for me?

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 and provide the right drawings and tools. You’ll choose the instructional drawings from the bike types mentioned below 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!

The Bikes

DIY Bikes

Size Chart

Why should you use bamboo for my bike?

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.

Bamboo Stock

Instructional video


MTB is available in 26″, 27.5″ and 29″ wheel sizes.

ADV/CX models are available for 700c and 650b options combined in the same geometry.  We do not offer a 46cm frame size for this model type.  Please follow the sizing chart above.

BMX will soon be offered in a 20″ frame but we’ll soon offer 16″ as well.

Rear Spacing: Our tooling is designed for 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 1/8″ steerers and 44mm (tapered) forks.

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