I'm considering building my own bamboo bike frame, which can be done for about $150 to make a frame that would usually retail for about $2000. The process seems involved but not out of my ability range. It requires the use of propane torches, mitering, epoxy, and frame design, none of which I have ever done. Resources are pretty solid online, with a bunch of guides to cross reference and ideas to draw upon. These two are catching my eye in particular, the former about single speed and fixed gear cycling and the latter about bamboo frame construction:
I really like the idea of having a unique bike that I can really say is mine and get extremely upset about when it inevitably gets stolen. It's spring/summer and I could use a project to work on. I want to know if anyone here has any experience building bikes (not necessarily constructing a frame but assembling them) or knows anyone who's really into it, if this is feasible for a newcomer, or really anyone who has opinions on fixed gear/single speed bikes they'd like to share. Or anyone really, who wants to help me out with some perspective.
The project would, of course, be accompanied by a Bring & Brag thread with pictures and write ups of my progress. I'll also try to carry a camera and note on me while riding it to upload photos of my mangled corpse should my construction prove faulty.