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Build Your Own Bicycle Frame: WINTER 2013

Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 10:00 AM - Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 1:00 PM (EST)

Build Your Own Bicycle Frame: WINTER 2013

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General Admission
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. it does not include the price of building materials.
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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!

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.)


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.

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, 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

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

When & Where

10 Tyler Street
Somerville, 02143

Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 10:00 AM - Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 1:00 PM (EST)

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Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

Artisan's Asylum is a 40,000sf. fabrication destination featuring 160 artists' studios, 12 workshops and unlimited ideas and energy. We're located just north of Union Square in the heart of #SomerNova, Somerville's innovation campus.

Tours daily; visit for all the information.

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