If you'd like to learn how to build bicycle frames, I'm happy to offer classes and individual instruction. I offer instruction as requested, so you can schedule at your convenience. Class size at my shop in Shelburne Falls MA is a maximum of two students, so you'll receive intensive individualized guidance. If you have a larger group and an appropriate facility, I can bring my equipment to your location to hold a class.

I can tailor instruction to any needs you might have, but my typical class in brazed steel frame construction consists of 80 hours of instruction and shop time over two weeks, covering the following:

  • introduction to brazing equipment, safety, and technique
  • practice joints, both lugged and fillet brazed
  • how to fit cyclists
  • handling characteristics, rake, trail and wheelbase
  • consideration of wheel sizes and brake type
  • measurements, accuracy and math
  • frame design based on fit data, done full size on paper
  • tubing selection, butting and thickness considerations
  • introduction to various types of jigs and fixtures
  • introduction to machine tools in framebuilding
  • frame construction, start to finish, including a fork
  • finishing techniques
  • consideration of paint and coatings

Tuition and materials, including 80 hours of instruction and shop time M-F 8AM-5PM for two consecutive weeks, is $3050 per student assuming two students. You'll leave with a completed frame, perhaps lacking only in some final work with files and sandpaper before being ready for paint. I do limit the types of frames to upright double-diamond bikes with road (650 or 700) or MTB (650 or 26") wheels. Recumbents, tandems, fatbikes and other frame types are beyond the scope of this class, although the tools and techniques you'll learn can be applied readily to frames of all descriptions.

If you'd like to schedule a class, please contact me. If you'd like individual instruction or would like me to come to your location, please contact me for details.
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