Frame Building Class


Class overview

Class overview, what is accomplished, what do they leave with. one-on-one frame building class. 

Bike: We will build a bike frame utilizing reasonably traditional geometry (horizontal top tube or possibility of sloped, road like angles), using a lugged construction method for the lowest learning curve. In our first class, we select the materials and tuning the geometry. Basic materials are included in the price with advanced materials adding to it. Customizations such as belt drive, adjustable dropouts and varying shift and brake styles can easily be incorporated into the design. 

Timing: Ideally, large chunks of time will be best, and if consecutive weeks are possible, that is even better. I am willing to work with you on timing, within reason, taking my schedule and workload into consideration. You can see I have broken down the steps below and most are a day or two sections, some may overlap or combine so this is not a strict schedule. 

Skill: If you enjoy making things, willing to learn, and don't mind getting a little dirty—that's enough. I will teach you how to braze and walk you through the entire process.  

Finishing: A single color, in-stock powder coat is included. I will powder coat the bike, as this is a special skill. I offer discounted retail parts if you choose to build the bike and you have access to the shop and tools to assemble your bike. A wheelbuilding class can be added on for an additional fee, if desired. 

topics, timeframe and price options

The class is 10–11 Instructional days, 2 Supervision Days. We will work with you on a schedule and can accommodate consecutive days or spread over two months. 

Supervision days would be where you have use of the shop to do any finishing/cleanup work and I would be there for consolation and refreshers or quick lessons—I see most of the days including a bit of this time as well.

Frameset: Design and Material Selection - .5 Day
Brazing: introduction w/ Brass and Silver - 1 Day
Break for material delivery - 1 week
Fork: Material Prep, Brazing and Finish Filing - 2 Days
Chainstays: Material Prep, Brazing and Finish Filing - 1.5 Day
Main Triangle: Material Prep/Mitering, Jig Setup and Brazing - 2-2.5 Days
Seatstay: Material Prep, Brazing and Finish Filing - 1 - 1.5 Days
Braze-ons, Bridges: 1 day
Finish Filing, Face, Chase & Powder Prep: 1 - 2 days

Cost Estimate
Materials and Finishing:  XXXXXX
Basic: Good, Quality and Functionally Appropriate: $700
High Quality: thin wall tubing, premium lugs, premium dropouts: $900
Instructional Time: $2,700

Total: $3,400–3,600
$1,500 Deposit Due at the beginning of class to be payed with a check at our first meeting. 

Additional Supervisions Days (Above 2 included): $30/hour
Component Buildup: Will charge a reduced rate and make tools and space available
Wheel Building Class

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Contact us to set up a class

We have openings for 1 on 1  classes for Fall 2017 & Winter 2018. 

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