Urban Velo

A Bicycle Framebuilding Crash Course

“Get comfortable. You’ll be spending a lot of time practicing.”

Roughly an hour after walking into the shop on the first day of class I had a welding torch in my hand, sloppily sticking thick pieces of metal together. I knew that building a frame within a normal work week wasn’t going to be easy, and this confirmed it loud and clear.

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  1. DPOWJanuary 9, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Excellent article Brad! I’ve been looking forward to reading that for months.

  2. JeffJanuary 10, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Hey, Brad, really interesting article. I’m envious. Sounds like you spent a fair amount of the week on basic welding skills. In retrospect, do you think an evening class at the local community college would be a good investment, or better to do it the way you did?

  3. Chrissy JJanuary 11, 2012 at 1:50 am

    Learning to weld is a skill you may call on in the future… when I’ve taught people to weld, I always say, if you can paint a straight line with a brush, then you can MIG or TIG weld. Most times I’m proved right, too.

    Well done on building your own bicycle, too. You must be proud of your work- I would be!

  4. Tim HJanuary 11, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Really great article! Sounds like a fantastic experience. I’d be interested to see more pictures. Any idea if this sort of experience is available from other builders? I appreciate the full disclosure. Must be a great feeling to build that relationship between your business and his.

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