44 Bay View Street
The Bamboo Bike Studio opened its doors in Camden, Maine in January, 2012. Housed in a former blacksmithing workshop that dates back to 1837, our Camden location is the Bamboo Bike Studio’s headquarters. Here, our staff preps the bikes for all Bamboo Bike Studio workshops, and runs Weekend Workshops, Master Classes, and Training for Educators.
Sunday, Monday: Closed
Friday, Saturday: 11-7
Or by appointment and chance.
• Friday afternoon the workshop is open from 2pm until 8pm for those wanting an early start.
• Saturday morning the workshop opens at 7am. We ask that students are ready to start by 8 am. We start the day by setting up the jig and tacking the tubes into place. The next step is shaping the lugs where your bamboo tubes meet. After lunch, you’ll wrap your tubes together with fibers and resin. Expect at least a twelve hour day. The shop closes at midnight.
• Sunday morning the workshop opens at 7 am. We ask that students making a fully assembled bike are ready to start by 8 am. For those building a frame only, please arrive by 10am. We start the day by removing your frame from the jig, and you’ll then file down your lugs to a smooth finish. After applying a final coat, you’ll either walk away with your frame, or learn how to install and maintain all of your components before riding away on your bike. Expect to work at least ten hours for a full bike, and six hours for a frame.
Sign up for a workshop by putting down a deposit of $350.00. Once you purchase a class, our Camden workshop will contact you regarding your frame preferences, sizing and component options.
This 12 day class is designed for students who want to make their bikes from start to finish, and play a role in designing their geometries, selecting their components, and prepping their materials. Students who complete this class leave with skills that they can use to help others build bikes. This class is recommended for those who want to set up their own Bamboo Bike Studio workshop, or for those interested in setting up a factory overseas. Prices start at $3000, and include the cost of building two bikes, one of which will be a multi-speed with internal cable routing.
Students begin the Master Class by learning to use a frame-design program. Here you’ll learn about bicycles’ angles, reach, wheelbases and positioning, and how these factors affect the responsiveness, comfort, aggressiveness, and stability of your ride.
You’ll then tackle components, and learn about gear range and ratio, crank length, seatpost offset, stem length, handlebars, and fork rake, and how these factors affect your positioning, ride quality and power generation. Together, we’ll choose each component to compliment your bicycle’s geometry and purpose, as well as your dimensions and riding style.
We’ll then walk you through the process of prepping your bike, which includes setting your jig and selecting your tubing. Master Class students will build at least one bike using our Flat Jig, and one bike using our Adjustable Wrap in Jig.
Please contact the Camden Workshop if interested in scheduling a Master Class.