What is a Calfee Bamboo DIY Kit?


Have you ever thought about building your own frame?  Well, now you can order your very own DIY Bamboo Bike kit.  Our complete DIY kit will supply you with all the materials needed like bamboo, metal parts (head tube, seat tube insert, bottom bracket, and rear drop outs), casting tape, instructional videos, and a complete tool set.  Please watch our informational video below and then click here to purchase your very own kit.



Our bamboo kit is an easy to follow, do it yourself project, with descriptive how to videos, a comprehensive tool kit, and tested materials.  “Ride with pride” when you build your very own bamboo bicycle frame.


And your choice of drawing printed on tough vinyl banner material is included in the Tool Kit: Road, MTB26, MTB27.5, MTB29er, City, BMX

MTB is available in 26″, 27.5″ and 29″ wheel sizes. BMX is 20″ but we’ll soon offer 16″ as well.

You’ll choose the drawings from the bike types mentioned above 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!

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.

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. 

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.