The chromoly brazing frame building class is over. The United Bicycle Institute course was one of the best I have ever taken, I recommend it to anyone who wants to learn how to design and build bike frames. My knowledge and skills in this area have increased dramatically. I can now design and fabricate a bike frame. One of the best skills I learned was how to fillet braze. Trying to learn this without instruction can take years. With instruction I learned in two weeks.
If you take one of the UBI courses, set aside the time just to do that and nothing else. This course was extremely helpful but was very intense and exhausting which created a gap in my blog posts. I took several photos and will make a post of them soon.
Frame building requires an investment. Many tools and fixtures are needed in order to build bike frames. Some of them are mandatory, some of them can be substituted until a better alternative can be afforded. I’ll be going into this more in further blog posts of what the minimum set of equipment to get started would be. I want to build frames from a design so will have to figure this out for myself and will share that information.
There are many projects that don’t require a huge investment though. These projects would be electric bike conversion and chopping existing frames similar to what I have been doing up to this point. If you are just getting started and want to build your own electric bike, convert an existing bike. Save building or chopping a bike frame for much later if at all.
Converting an existing bike will only require a set of hand tools. I’ll go into the type of bike to convert and kit choices in future posts. My point is that an electric bike conversion does not require a huge investment in tools so don’t be put off by my discussions about frame building. There are many electric bike projects that can be done for almost any budget.