Bicycle Framebuilding Class

Bicycle Framebuilding Class

We’ve finally got it–a bicycle framebuilding class for building up (you guessed it) a lugged bicycle frame.

This class will be taught by Martin DeWinter, who besides being an ex-certified Belgian welder, has a bunch of frames under his belt, all fixed gear, all lugged and brazed.  This class will be six sessions with four students max to give you 2-on-1 time for the jig and the attention of Martin for the most difficult parts.  10hrs of open shop included to give you time to build and finish your frame without rushing.

It is not designed for future professionals though.  If you want to go pro, or learn from an absolute master, go to Yamaguchi ($2700), United Bicycle Institute ($2950), or Bohemian in Tuscon ($3100).  If you’d like to learn the basics in a fun and affordable environment, come to us.

Week 1: Frame design, fitting, critical measurements, basics of lugged frame construction, Brazing basics, cutting and notching tools, review of design, ordering materials.
Week 2: Cutting pieces to size, notching, and fitting
Week 3-5: Class splits into pairs to assemble and braze frame in one of 2 jigs
Week 6 & Open Shop: Finish up frame, with brazing dropouts, seat stay bridge, brake and water bottle bosses, and clean up.

Prerequisites: there are no prerequisites for this class, but it does require patience and ability to work with power tools, open flame, and the desire to do it right (don’t want a wonky frame that’ll fall apart).  18 or older.

Notes: You can build a mountain or a road frame, but it must be built with lugs, so it’ll wind up being classic geometry–1″ or 1-1/8″ tubes, around 72* head tube, 28.6mm seat tube, etc.  See the list of available lugs here:

Class Details: 6-session class.  Consumables included in price, but frame materials (lugs, tubes, dropouts, etc) are not.  Instruction Fee: $300, Materials and Shop Fee: $160 = $460

Materials Budget (estimated):  tube set $120 , lugs $35-50, seat stay caps $7, drop out $20, water bottle and brake bosses $30-50

Refunds/Rescheduling: THIS ONE IS DIFFERENT  We hope you can make the class, but things happen.  If you need to cancel or reschedule, we can refund your money 7 days ahead of the start of the class (minus a $25 registration fee) or we can reschedule you for no fee (7 days out).  There are no refunds or rescheduling after that 7 day window.  ALL of the classes cover critical material for the building of your frame.  So if you miss any classes that need to be made up before proceeding to the next step, you will be required to make it up with a private lesson before continuing on with the class (at a discounted rate of $45/hr).  There are no refunds after the first class of a multi-session class.