Preparing Bamboo Poles

Storage

Raw or dried bamboo tubes should be stored at room temperature, away from direct sunlight and excessive heat or changes in moisture to prevent cracking or mildew growth.

General Cleaning

Gojo is a great degreaser for any excess oils on the bamboo and the pumice acts as an gentle scrubber to help get rid off any excess grime on the bamboo. Grab yourself a green scrubber and some Gojo and give the bamboo tubes a good cleaning. Wipe off any residue from the cleaner with a damp cloth and allow the bamboo to air dry.

Sealing & Finishing

Start with 120grit sandpaper and sand the entire bike frame (minus the metals). Be sure to sand along the grain.

Once your finish, wipe down the entire frame with a degreaser. Do this a second time with a clean towel.

In my experience a quality shellac or polyurethane works great, I’d recommend 4-6 layers for a sturdy finish. Be sure to allow each coating to dry completely and prepare the surface as needed between each coating.

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