Bicycle frame building class is over

April 27, 2010 · 4 comments

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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.

Fillet Braze

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.

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1 pdxebiker April 27, 2010 at 11:38 am

Looks good! I’m interested to see how you apply what you learned. I took the basic repair class from UBI, and agree – its best to dedicate your full attention to the class.

2 Dan April 30, 2010 at 8:59 am

Thanks @pdxebiker. I’m interested to see how I’ll apply what I learned too. :-)

3 keith May 3, 2010 at 9:10 am

when are you taking orders?

4 Dan May 3, 2010 at 9:39 am

Hi Keith. I want to experiment with a couple other geometries before building for others. I really like the Chop Mountain Bike project bike and think it would be a nice customizable bike choice after some refinements. I get a lot of positive comments on that one when I’m around town on it.

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