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I stumbled upon this today, and am re-sharing it mostly so that I can find it later if my #Calfee #DIY #Bamboo build doesn't work out. The CF lugs appear much easier to make than expected.
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My 20% project for the next 3 months is helping Special Olympics of Northern California find ways to use technology for maximum impact. Here's the main tool we'll use to make it happen:
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The seatstays and chainstays still need to be mitered, but at least it's beginning to look like a bike! #calfee #diy #bamboo

So far there's only been one unanticipated modification: my first cut, where the seat tube meets the bottom bracket, was severely offset because I had naively assumed the mitering bracket was level with the hole saw. To make it work, I had to make the seat tube shorter than it should be. It should still be stable.

My biggest worry now: how level is the head tube and bottom bracket going to be?
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That'll buff right out.
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That moment of panic when you realize you have no idea what you are doing... #calfee #diy #bamboo
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YouTube is your friend. Did that square come with a piece missing or was it cut out?
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Meet my future 29'er Mountain Bike. It's going to take a few weeks before it's in riding shape, but so will my foot!

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Yeah, ehhh?!? 
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Great news for those of us who feel lazy sometimes.
Riding your bike for one to days a week can reduce your risk of death by 30 percent.
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That byline is in error; everyone still has a 100% chance of death.
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#Calfee #DIY #Bamboo progress report: I am nearly done with the cutting and bending portion of the exercise, only the seat
stays remain before it is JB Weld time!

Before this kit came in, I didn't even know "miter" was a word. Predictably, my first cut went very poorly (the bracket does not align the piece vertically!), so my seat tube is 1-2cm shorter than it should be. I'm so paranoid of screwing up further, that it takes forever: each 5 minutes of video is easily an hour and a half of my time. It doesn't help that the videos diverge from the parts sent on occasion: the video doesn't take into account bent seat stays, and the ridges on the dropouts are on the opposite side than the video. Bending the aluminum parts is much harder than the video makes it look: I'm currently on crutches and have to get a friend to help out on those bits, and even he struggled on the first one.

Following the video can be very frustrating, as attention to details is pretty key: Craig does not walk you through everything, but instead assumes that you are paying full attention at all times. For example, in the seat stays portion, one of the seat stays is magically cut in between frames: follow along, young whippersnapper! Overall, it's easily the most fun I've ever had in my garage.

If Calfee really wanted to make this user-friendly, they'd take a blithering idiot like me, see all the head-scratching moments, and use it to improve the video. Instead, I think the difficulty will likely remain the cost of entry. I am extremely skeptical at this point that my frame will be level and symmetric enough to be a good ride. A wee bit of hope remains, however. I went a bit overboard on buying components for the build, so I've got an investment to protect at this point.


Cross-posted from:
http://www.bikeforums.net/framebuilders/1093446-build-thread-calfee-diy-bamboo-kit-2.html#post19329790

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That frame looks georgeous, very safe and naturally built. Sure it lasts forever.
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NHTSA’s full investigation into Tesla’s Autopilot shows 40% crash rate reduction.

The robots have come to save us, basically.
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40% of time it doesn't crash 100% of the time.....silly statistics. ;)
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As much as I love them, it's not often that I walk through the door and tell my wife "I wish your parents were here". I am totally in over my head, and at the moment stuck trying to remove the hole saw bit from the drill. #diy #calfee #bamboo
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Nope, it's actually quite fun! If you are new to woodworking, the lack of guidance is a bit frustrating - mostly because I can't just grab more bamboo from the local Home Depot when I end up with unplanned modifications. 😀
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Getting the work bench put together ... #calfee #diy
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I hope you're wearing a static wrist strap, even if electronics aren't involved. Safety first. #neverforget
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First time I've ever seen Google announce in public the great lengths they go to when it comes to securing user data. 
Learn how security is designed into Google’s technical infrastructure. Google uses this infrastructure to build its internet services, including both consumer and enterprise services.
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It reminds me of software engineering, if only we were open enough to laugh about the pain.
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Yes! hard job!
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