If building a custom bike frame is on your DIY to-do list, you'll be able to cross it off next month. The Bamboo Bike Studio, with locations in Brooklyn and San Francisco, is taking its popular bike-building workshops on the road for the Celebrate American Bike Making Tour, with stops in Boulder November 3-6 and November 17-20, and in Denver November 10-13.
"The tour is a response to the encouragement of interested parties around the U.S. to visit their respective cities, as well as the desire to nurture the faith in a larger community of builders," writes Merrily Grashin, the company's local spokeswoman.
The Bamboo Bike Studio offers build-your-own bike kits made from sustainably harvested bamboo, starting at $632 for a custom bike frame or $700 for a complete bamboo coaster bike; sign up for one of the local sessions to put it all together in a workshop setting, using a process that involves wrapping the joints in carbon fiber epoxy, installing components, and customizing the bikes with special touches like handmade head badges.
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The most popular, in Denver as in Brooklyn, will be the single speed complete ($948), but you can also choose from a range of road bikes and touring bikes (the top of the line 20-speed road bike is $2,100).
For registration and more information on the Boulder and Denver workshops, visit www.BambooBikeStudio.com.