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Details of the tall bike’s finish.

Bamboo Detail

You may have caught yourself oogling at the pictures of the tall bike and wondering why exactly it was so striking.

The answer is straightforward:  we tried a new trick with the finishing.  Beyond just prepping the surface for a clear coat, we stripped the bamboo of it’s cuticle exposing the grain beneath.

This not only highlights the grain of the bamboo but makes the natural tones of the bamboo really pop when given a clear coat.  So we decided to play nice and share a few more photos of its finish!

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Source Cycles feature in Luxe Life

Luxe Life Magazine

We were recently featured in a Chinese design magazine.

Granted you need to be able to read Chinese to get the full scope. In short, this article details our motivation to create a stronger community for bicycling and sustainability.  You’ll just have to trust us on this one!

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Bamboo Lattice

Our friends at Factory Five are big fans of quality bikes, parts and equipment.  They’re the cool cats behind the Lattice Chainring, one of the lightest, most stylish track chain rings on the market.

They recently spotted our most recent post and were moved to do a little write-up on how well their ring goes with our bamboo frames.  Match made in heaven if you ask us.

Be sure to follow their blog!

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New whip Wednesday.

Charlie has been an avid supporter of Source since the start.

So naturally, with Source Cycles he kept close tabs on the bikes while we were prototyping, waiting to pounce on a reason to get a bamboo bike when they finally hit the market.

As a surprise gift for his sister, he decided to pick her up a one-off bamboo frame.  A first of its kind, this bike will be sure to catch attention in the States, highlighting yet another cool product of our beloved Chengdu.

Again, big thanks to Charlie for his tireless support.  If you ever catch this cat around town, give him a tip of the hat, or better yet, buy him a beer!  And be sure to follow what’s happening in and around Chengdu by checking out ChengduLiving.com.

With a touch of Natooke.
With a touch of Natooke.
Sweet light.
Sweet light.
Source!
Source!

New whip.

Complete build.
Complete build.

New whip.

Joint detail.
Joint detail.
Top tube detail.
Top tube detail.
The man himself.
The man himself.