Bicycle Framebuilding Class

Bicycle Framebuilding Class

A bicycle framebuilding class for building up (you guessed it) a bicycle frame.  Designed by you, built by you, ridden by you, admired by all.

This class is on hold pending finding a new instructor (know anyone?). Aiming to find someone who has built at least a dozen frames, so someone good, but obviously not a master (without a decade of experience).  So  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.

This class will be six sessions with a max of 4 students give you 2-on-1 time for the jig and the attention of Stephen for the most difficult parts.

Week 1: Frame design, fitting, critical measurements, basics of lugged frame construction, ordering materials.
Week 2: Cutting and notching the tubes and brazing basics as you work on water bottle mounts, etc.
Week 3-6: Class splits into pairs to assemble and braze frame in one of 2 jigs, doing a mix of notching, cleaning up joints with dremel and files, and more brazing.

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: Can be fixie, gravel, touring, or classic road bike, but it must be built with lugs, so it’ll wind up being classic geometry and skinnyish tires–1″ or 1-1/8″ tubes, around 72* head tube, 28.6mm seat tube, no bent chainstays, etc.  Save the fancy stuff for the second frame.  See the list of available lugs here:

Class Details: 6-session class, over 6 weeks. Consumables included in price, but frame materials (lugs, tubes, dropouts, etc) are not.  Instruction Fee: $200, Materials, Tools, and Shop Fee: $340 = $540.

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. The first three 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). Additionally, you can makeup the last three classes during Open Shop for no charge, but the instructor will not be present, it’ll be someone else as shop monitor.  If you need additional shop time with the instructor it’ll be available after classes (makeups at $45/hr, additional time $75/hr).  There are no refunds after the first class of a multi-session class.