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Brano Meres created his own carbon fiber bike frame after being inspired by one made by Damon Rinard. He has some very interesting pictures of the whole process on his site. I particularly like the frame jig he created out of wood to hold the foam base material.

Everything began after I read the article “How I Made a Carbon Fiber Bike in My Garage” by Damon Rinard. Thanks to this excellent article, I decided to make a MTB frame, even though I’ve never dealt with carbon composites before (except carbon brakeboosters I made for my bike long ago). I always wanted to own this kind of frame.

Make your own Carbon Fiber Bike – Link

Related:
Making a Carbon Fiber/Epoxy Composite Bike – Link

From the pages of MAKE
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MAKE 09 – page 168 -Link

Marc de Vinck

I’m currently working full time as the Dexter F. Baker Professor of Practice in Creativity in the Masters of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship Program at Lehigh University. I’m also an avid product designer, kit maker, author, father, tinkerer, and member of the MAKE Technical Advisory board.


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  1. Vrogy says:

    I rather like his bamboo + carbon fiber bike frame.
    http://www.bmeres.com/bambooframe.htm

  2. Marc says:

    MAKE liked it too……http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2005/04/bamboo_bicycle.html

    I wish I had the time to make something like this.

  3. Cyclelicious says:

    Brano is currently working on a road bike version of this. He’ll be at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Portland next week.

  4. James says:

    This is so cool! I’m inspired to maybe try it…

    Note: might want to tag this with “bicycles” …

  5. James says:

    Link above doesn’t work– its:
    http://www.handmadebicycleshow.com/2008/

  6. Marc says:

    Thanks James, I made the edit.

  7. Tao Schencks says:

    The links to the articles are very inspiring, but this is not for the feint hearted!

    Working with these products takes time, care and a lot of knowledge.

    If you are in any doubt, so make yourself a Bamboo bike, like Vrogy said!

    http://www.carbon-fiber-bike.com

  8. George Hincapie says:

    I had carbon fiber for lunch