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 Fillet brazed, lugged, or TIG welded construction. They will learn about bicycle geometry and handling, and what configurations are typically applied to what kind of riding applications. They will learn 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 a steel roadbike frame set up for fast city riding, commuting, or touring, with caliper brakes, headset style of your choice. 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.)
If using TIG Welded construction, demonstrated advanced TIG welding skills are required. If using fillet brazed or lugged construction, no previous experience required.
Students will coordinate with the instructor in their first session to select and order materials. Materials costs are not included in the class registration fees.
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 12, 10:00AM - 1:00PM: Lecture & Consultation
***No Class Saturday, January 19 - Materials being ordered & shipped***
Session 2: Saturday, January 26, 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Session 3: Saturday, February 2, 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Session 4: Saturday, February 9, 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Session 5: Saturday, February 16, 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Session 6: Saturday, February 23, 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Session 7: Saturday, March 2, 10:00AM - 1:00PM
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.