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Build Your Own Bicycle Frame: SPRING 2013

Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 10:00 AM - Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

Somerville, United States

Build Your Own Bicycle Frame: SPRING 2013

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This ticket grants admission to all sessions of Build Your Own Bicycle Frame at Artisan's Asylum. It includes access to the Asylum welding shop outside of class during Paul's scheduled office hours to work on your bicycle and a $200 fee to cover the price of building materials.
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Event Details


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 or cantilever brakes and a 28.6mm threadless headset. Extras (handlebars, seat, peddles, and wheels) are totally up to you!

Class Goals:

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 $200 included in your registration price. Students may customize their build with a selection of dropouts and braze-ons.

Instructor Biography:

Paul Carson
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.

Event Time:

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, March 16, 10:00AM - 1:00PM: Lecture & Consultation

Session 2: Saturday, March 23, 10:00AM - 1:00PM

Session 3: Saturday, March 30, 10:00AM - 1:00PM

**No class April 6**

Session 4: Saturday, April 13, 10:00AM - 1:00PM

Session 5: Saturday, April 20, 10:00AM - 1:00PM

Session 6: Saturday, April 27, 10:00AM - 1:00PM

Session 7: Saturday, May 4, 10:00AM - 1:00PM

Have questions about Build Your Own Bicycle Frame: SPRING 2013? Contact Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

When & Where

10 Tyler Street
Somerville, 02143

Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 10:00 AM - Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

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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.


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