Before you begin fabrication we will undertake a fit and design process. As part of this you will go through a measurement process, this ensures not only that we have the correct starting point for your design but also enables you to learn about cycling biomechanics within the context of designing a bike for a specific rider.
You will learn about the dynamic performance of a bicycle and how to effectively design a geometry to match your design brief. We will also cover the structural considerations with frame design and how to select appropriate tubing.
Before starting fabrication of your frame you will learn how to use the various tools at your disposal to effectively mark, measure and cut material to the required level of accuracy to ensure that your frame will serve you for years to come.
You will then build the frame during which time we will be adding ‘layers’ to your understanding of each individual element of the process to help improve the learning outcome for you.
On the final day of the course, after finishing the brazing of the frame and adding any small braze on parts, you will check and adjust the alignment of your frame. You will also ensure that the frame is ready to be assembled with components by reaming, facing and chasing any relevant interfaces.
We can also talk you through the various options that you have (and more importantly any inherent risks that you need to be mindful of) for cosmetically ‘finishing’ the frame before you get it painted. Will you file the Fillets? Will you have the frame powder coated or wet painted? We can help to guide you in these considerations. At the end of the final day you will leave with your very own bespoke frame, designed specifically for and built entirely by you!