Ever frustrated by riding a bike just not shaped well for you? Ever tempted to try and build your own frame, but not sure where to start? This is the class for you!
In this class, students will learn how to build their own bicycle frame from steel tubes, using lugged construction. You will learn about bicycle geometry and handling, what configurations are typically applied to what kind of riding applications, the basics of fitting a bicycle frame to a rider, and how to set up a bicycle frame jig.
Students should expect to spend time in the shop outside of class working on weekly assignments if they hope to finish their bicycle in the two months. Shop access for homework assignments is included in the registration cost of the class.
You will come out of the class with an unpainted steel roadbike frame set up for fast city riding, commuting, or touring. It will accept caliper brakes and a 25.4mm threadless headset. Extras (handlebars, seat, peddles, and wheels) are totally up to you!
Students will leave the class having built their own bicycle frame, fitted specifically for them (or for the person of their choice) from steel tubing. Students will learn about fabricating structures made of thin wall tubing, and about brazing techniques.
(Outside the scope of this class, but highly recommended: Build up your bike. Paint your name on the side. Ride it around. Impress your friends.)
No previous experience required.
Materials are provided, covered by a materials fee of $250 included in your registration price. Students may customize their build with a selection of dropouts and braze-ons.
Paul Carson is an engineer by training and metalworking enthusiast. After years of making bicycle powered sculptures, a recumbent trike, gas powered bumper cars and other contraptions, he designed his own bicycle building process using the fixture and manufacturing process design skills he learned working as a manufacturing engineer.
Remember: You should expect to spend at least as much time outside of class as in class working on your bicycle in order to finish before the class ends!
Session 1: Saturday, January 18, 10:00AM - 1:00PM: Lecture & Consultation
Session 2: Saturday, January 25, 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Session 3: Saturday, February 1, 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Session 4: Saturday, February 8, 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Session 5: Saturday, February 15, 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Session 6: Saturday, February 22, 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Session 7: Saturday, March 1, 10:00AM - 1:00PM
REFUNDS: We offer full refunds for any class cancellations more than three days in advance of the class start date. After that point refunds are contingent upon the Asylum being able to fill the seat. No refunds whatsoever are offered for same-day cancellations. To request a refund for a class, please fill out this form.
CANCELLATIONS: Your class may be cancelled if too few people register. A decision will be made a few days before the class is scheduled to run, and you will be notified of the cancellation and your registration refunded in full.
When & Where
Artisan's Asylum, Inc.
Artisan's Asylum is a community fabrication and makerspace near Union Square, Somerville MA, that is dedicated to making creativity a way of life. It does this by maintaining a community workshop, training its members in the use of all of its professional-grade equipment, and hosting events promoting the learning and practicing of craft and creative expression.