LEARN HOW TO MAKEYOUR OWN MOUNTAIN     BIKE FRAME   The full article can be found atOldGloryMTB.com
Have you ever thought about designing andbuilding your own bicycle frame?It may sound incredibly hard butthere are actuall...
Here are a few things to think about when decidingif a frame building class is right for you to attend:  • No prior experi...
Good things to bring along if you have them:  • Work Clothes including a long sleeve shirt – nothing baggy    though  • Sa...
Typical Class Topics:Each instructor and class is taught differently, so these may vary from class to class.Make sure you ...
ANT Bikes FrameBuilding ClassClass Location: Holliston, MAClasses Available:• Frame Building Class – 5 days    TIG Welding...
BohemianFramebuilding ClassClass Location: Tuscon, AZClasses Available:• Beginner – 10 days• Advanced – 10 days• Welding o...
Brew BikesFramebuilding ClassClass Location: Creston, NCClasses Available:• Bicycle Frame Building class – 5   daysFrames ...
Doug FatticFramebuilding ClassClass Location: Niles, MIFor Doug Fattic’s frame building classI’m going a bit more depth th...
Some background on Doug Fattic himself:• Doug apprenticed in England with master builder Jack Briggs  in the 70’s. He has ...
Some things that are special to classes with Doug: • Emphasis on filing techniques • Brazing method to get really clean lu...
Classes Available:• Introductory class – good introduction on frame building to get  you ahead of the curve for the 2 week...
Metal GuruFramebuilding ClassClass Location: Hudson Valley, NYClasses Available:• Lessons in Welded Steel Frame   building...
Ti CyclesFramebuilding ClassClass Location: Portland, ORClasses Available:• Frame building class – 4 days (2   weekends)Fr...
United Bicycle InstituteFramebuilding ClassesClass Location: Ashland, OR and Portland, OR     Classes Available:     • Cro...
For contact information on        any of these classes visit       the original article below:oldglorymtb.com/classes-to-l...
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Mountain Bike Frame Building Classes

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This presentation includes lots of information on educational classes to learn how to build mountain bike frames. There are classes all across the United States dedicated to teaching people how to build mountain bike frames.

View the original article with links to all of the classes on my site: OldGloryMTB.com.

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Mountain Bike Frame Building Classes

  1. 1. LEARN HOW TO MAKEYOUR OWN MOUNTAIN BIKE FRAME The full article can be found atOldGloryMTB.com
  2. 2. Have you ever thought about designing andbuilding your own bicycle frame?It may sound incredibly hard butthere are actually several schoolsand classes around the United Statesthat are teaching bicycle framebuilding. You don’t even have toknow how to weld or braze beforeyou start the class.When taking these classes you areinstructed on all of the topics andtechniques needed to build acomplete bicycle frame. The tuitioncost pays for the shop space, tubing,and materials needed for your ownframe.
  3. 3. Here are a few things to think about when decidingif a frame building class is right for you to attend: • No prior experience is needed in frame building, welding or brazing. Previous experience at a night class or community college brazing or welding is helpful. • Have good eye hand coordination. • Classes are usually during the day through the week with weekend off. They are usually 5 or 10 days. • Your tuition payment usually pays for the building materials of your frame, use of their facility, and their tools. However, you still need to think about lodging, food, and travel arrangements. • Most students do 100% of the frame but can ask for help at any point. • Cannot normally do recumbents or full suspension frames because of fixture issues. • Some builders offer a fork and parts to build a complete bike. Please check with your instructor on these specifics.
  4. 4. Good things to bring along if you have them: • Work Clothes including a long sleeve shirt – nothing baggy though • Safety glasses • Leather Gloves • Personal welding helmet • Comfortable closed toe shoes
  5. 5. Typical Class Topics:Each instructor and class is taught differently, so these may vary from class to class.Make sure you take a look at the class site to see what exactly you’ll be learning. • Rider fitting • Frame Geometry • Tube selection • Tube fitting • Welding methods – TIG, MIG, Oxy/Acetylene • Tacking and brazing joints • Lugs vs Fillet brazing • Finishing of frame for paint • Tool selection • Jig set up and use • Shop safety • Paint or Powdercoating
  6. 6. ANT Bikes FrameBuilding ClassClass Location: Holliston, MAClasses Available:• Frame Building Class – 5 days TIG Welding / lugless Lugged frame / braze class• Frame Building Business Class – 6 weeksFrames you can build:• Road• Touring• Cross• Mountain• Fixed gear• BMX• Basket Bike• Roadster City bike
  7. 7. BohemianFramebuilding ClassClass Location: Tuscon, AZClasses Available:• Beginner – 10 days• Advanced – 10 days• Welding or brazing seminarFrames you can build:• Build what you like within reason (no trikes, recumbents, full suspension)
  8. 8. Brew BikesFramebuilding ClassClass Location: Creston, NCClasses Available:• Bicycle Frame Building class – 5 daysFrames you can build:• MTB• Road• Single Speed• Cyclocross• BMX• 29er
  9. 9. Doug FatticFramebuilding ClassClass Location: Niles, MIFor Doug Fattic’s frame building classI’m going a bit more depth than theother classes. Doug doesn’t have aweb presence online for potentialstudents to glance at.Doug wants to work with students thathave done research in the area offrame building classes. He wants hispotential students to have askedaround and looked into other classesto find out about him on their owninstead of just a quick Google search.
  10. 10. Some background on Doug Fattic himself:• Doug apprenticed in England with master builder Jack Briggs in the 70’s. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees in the field of education. For over 30 years he has served on various school boards and is presently a board chairman. He has been teaching frame building classes since 1976 and has visited many other builders in the United States and abroad. He owns an impressive collection of handbuilt bikes from some of the most prestigious names in frame building. These frames are on display in his shop for students to look at for inspiration. Doug has also been involved with a project to make bicycles in Ukraine for 12 years for service oriented workers.
  11. 11. Some things that are special to classes with Doug: • Emphasis on filing techniques • Brazing method to get really clean lug shorelines • Incorporate frame alignment into the build process right from the beginning (others do it all at the end) • Advanced techniques – like how to do custom lug work • Let students work as late as they want in the shop after class • Lodging on site if you wish with a fully equipped kitchen
  12. 12. Classes Available:• Introductory class – good introduction on frame building to get you ahead of the curve for the 2 week training – 3 days• Standard class – 2 weeks• Longer class – more instruction time on customization and frame finishing/painting – 3 weeksFrames you can build: • Mountain • Road • Track • Most anything else within reason
  13. 13. Metal GuruFramebuilding ClassClass Location: Hudson Valley, NYClasses Available:• Lessons in Welded Steel Frame building – 68-hour course with flexible schedulingFrames you can build:• Road• Track• Cyclocross• Touring• Hard-tail XC mountain (26”, 650B, 29”) either geared or single speed
  14. 14. Ti CyclesFramebuilding ClassClass Location: Portland, ORClasses Available:• Frame building class – 4 days (2 weekends)Frames you can build:• Any style of steel frame that is compatible with the Hydra frame jig from Bicycle Machinery
  15. 15. United Bicycle InstituteFramebuilding ClassesClass Location: Ashland, OR and Portland, OR Classes Available: • Cromoly Brazing Frame Building – 2 Weeks • Cromoly TIG Welding Frame Building – 2 Weeks • Titanium Frame Building – 2 Weeks • Alumni Frame Building Week – 5 Days • TIG Welding Seminar – 2 Days Frames you can build: • Mountain bike • Road bike • Hybrid bike • Cyclocross bike • Track bike • Trials bike
  16. 16. For contact information on any of these classes visit the original article below:oldglorymtb.com/classes-to-learn-mountain-bike-frame-building/

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