The drive to build, to form structures, is innate to humans. For cyclists, the ultimate expression of that natural drive is to build a bicycle from the ground up, starting with the frame.
Some call it art. Some call it craft. At our frame building seminars, everyone calls it fun!
A few times per year Ti Cycles offers two individuals the chance to build their own steel frame under the instruction and direction of veteran frame builder Dave Levy.
Our framebuilding seminars are a thorough introduction to the craft of bicycle frame building and provide an opportunity to experience the process firsthand, working with the tools and materials of a professional builder.
Whether you're a cycling enthusiast wanting the ultimate in personalized equipment, a hobbyist on the hunt for a new project, or an inspired individual on the road to becoming a professional frame builder -- you will have a blast making your own steel frame and fork set.
Frame building seminars are structured into four 10-hour sessions split over two weekends, with approximately 40 hours of shop time with direct, personal contact with one of the most experienced frame builders in America.
Extra shop time is also available if needed, and all participants leave the instruction period with a complete steel frame and fork, ready for paint. Attendees are free to build any style of frame that is compatible with the Hydra frame jig from Bicycle Machinery.
Did we mention personal? Unlike commercial bike schools where class sizes can spill into the dozens, attendees of Ti Cycles framebuilding seminars are never lost in a crowd. Maximum class size for all sessions is four students, ensuring plenty of face time and detailed personal instruction.
Classes cover all aspects of traditional steel frame building, including:
* Basic principles of fitting rider to frame
* Introduction to materials and tools
* Tube measurements and mitering
* Lug preparation
* Drop out prep and brazing
* Lug brazing or TIG welding introduction
* Frame and fork alignment
* Finish work and braze-ons
All introductory frame building seminars use professional grade steel tubing and parts developed specifically for bicycles. Advance level seminars in titanium are available for experienced builders; a demonstrated proficiency in TIG welding is a pre-requisite for consideration.
All classes are held in the Ti Cycles Fabrication frame shop in Portland, Oregon, and are subject to availability.
Along with 20+ years experience providing frame building instruction and 25+ years experience building custom frames, instructor Dave Levy has been an avid cyclist for more than 40 years. His experiences include racing both on- and off-road, coaching, trail riding, tandeming and touring.
In addition to his work at Ti Cycles, Dave Levy is also the President of the Oregon Bicycle Constructor's Association, Co-Designer at REN Cycles, and a ride leader with Portland Velo.
The cost of a Ti Cycles steel frame building seminar is $2400 for instruction, plus materials, for a lugged or TIG welded frame and fork.
Please inquire as to the availability of instruction in fillet brazing.
All materials are available through Ti Cycles.
The cost of a Ti Cycles titanium frame building seminar is $5000 for instruction, plus materials, for a TIG welded frame pending a demonstrated proficiency in TIG welding.