With more than 30 years of fabrication and cycling experience, it is our pleasure to help customers repair, retrofit, and refurbish bikes and parts of any vintage for years of continued enjoyment.
TITANIUM: An incredibly strong and durable material with a beautiful history in cycling. Titanium is our specialty. In addition to fabricating thousands of small parts and components, over the course of two decades Ti Cycles has repaired virtually every brand of titanium frame on the market, from mass production models to hand built boutique brands from around the world.
STEEL: Of all modern frame building materials, steel is the classic. No material has been used longer or most consistently in the bicycle industry. Over the past three decades we have modified, repaired, and restored hundreds of steel frames and parts, from an 1880s Victor Victoria tandem to a turn of the century Iver Johnson to modern stainless steel race bikes.
CARBON FIBER: We have the experience, skills, tools and resources to repair or modify steel and titanium frames and parts incorporating carbon fiber elements. For the repair of completely carbon fiber frames and components, please visit Ruckus Composites.
ALUMINUM: We can align, face, chase, tap, inspect, and paint your new or vintage aluminum bike. We regularly design, fabricate, and manufacture components and parts of or with aluminum. Please note that cracks and other damages that require welding are generally not economical to repair on aluminum bike frames. The low cost and high availability of the material, combined with technical considerations such as heat treatment requirements, make weld repairs of aluminum frames cost prohibitive.
Reliable materials are an essential part of our process.
We use the same high quality titanium and steel material stock for frame repairs, modifications, and retrofits as we do for our own new fabrication.
There are countless ways for a part to break, fail, or otherwise go wonky. Don't fret -- if it was made once, it can be re-made again.
In many cases the root cause of a failure is obvious -- a crash, a collision, an impact -- and sudden.
Sometimes the damage is insidious, sneaking up over time and attributable to user error, defects in materials or construction, a flawed design, or lack of maintenance.
Whether it be a broken wheel, a cracked frame, or a missing part; Whatever the cause, whatever the bike; if it is repairable, Ti Cycles can fix it.
We take pride in quality work. With more than 30 years experience as fabricators of custom cycling equipment we have the knowledge, tools, and skills to repair, replace, or restore your bike and gear.
A dented tube. A twisted rear triangle. A stripped eyelet. A 'roof racking' impact in a garage. It happens!
We can fix it.
Derailleur hanger replacement.
The beauty of high quality, durable products is that even if they outlive current compatibility standards -- and they will -- a retrofit, modification, or upgrade to perform additional functions or accept new components is often worth the investment.
Convert your trusted vintage frame to accept disc brakes!
Upgrade the front of your classic road bike to fit a new fork!
Turn your weather beaten city bike into a low-maintenance commute cruiser with mounts for fenders, racks, and a Gates Carbon Drive belt.
Upgrade an obsolete bottom bracket or other frame component to a modern standard compatible with current components.
Add stand-over clearance, extend your head tube to raise your bars, or otherwise change the fit of your lifelong bike to keep up with changes in your riding posture.
Manufactured by S&S Machine in Roseville, California, a Bicycle Torque Coupling™ or BTC™ — more commonly known as an S&S Coupler — consists of two precision machined fittings and a threaded locking nut and are designed to allow titanium or steel frames to be broken down into two pieces for compact transport in a standard airline size case.
Ti Cycles specializes in S&S Coupler installation and also carries the complete line of S&S travel cases and accessories.
S&S Couplers utilize an interlocking, tapered tooth design to create a joint that is incredibly stiff and strong yet able to be opened and closed with a simple pocket-sized wrench.
All S&S couplings, including titanium, use a 17-4 Stainless steel coupling nut for the ideal combination of durability and light weight. Titanium coupling nuts are not available.
Compatible with titanium or steel frames with round tubes in common sizes, these ingenious pieces of hardware can be integrated into a new frame at the time of construction or retrofitted to existing bikes, and allow a basic full size road or mountain bike -- including wheels and handlebars -- to fit inside a single 26"x26"x10" case that meets sizing guidelines for regular airline luggage.
S&S Machine's own line of purpose-built cases look like any common hard-sided suitcase, making traveling with a bicycle no different than with any other piece of luggage.
Tandems, recumbents, cargo bikes and other oversize cycles of titanium or steel can also be coupled, with most fitting into two 26"x26"x10" cases.
All necessary tools, hardware and accessories are available to order from our website and shipped straight to your door or bike shop.
STRENGTH & DURABILITY:
Whether installed at the time of original manufacture or added later as a retrofit, S&S Couplers have no negative impacts on the structural integrity of a bike frame.
Over the course of several decades S&S Machine have conducted a litany of destructive and non-destructive tests that all show the joinery to be stronger than Reynolds 531 steel tubing.
There are also innumerable anecdotal accounts, like those of former courier and de facto S&S spokesperson Joel Metz, who has logged some 100,000 miles on a single frame since it was originally coupled in 1998.
Over the course of two decades building custom frames Ti Cycles has installed hundreds of S&S Couplings, both on new frames and as retrofits, without incident. Dozens of other builders around the world have done the same, with millions of cumulative miles providing irrefutable proof of the durability of S&S Couplers.
The world's most amazing bicycle will do you no good if time on the saddle leads to aches, pains, and discomfort.
At Ti Cycles we hand-build custom bikes. But what does custom really mean? At its core the idea of a bicycle built specifically for you is not about the paint scheme or the number of gears. Those are just the fun details. The heart of a custom bicycle is in the sizing and the comfort. A truly custom ride is effortless. A truly custom bike should be admired when it is at a standstill, but not thought about when riding.
Though some would have you believe otherwise, proper bicycle fit has nothing to do with compromising between performance and comfort. On the contrary, both are inherent in a properly fit bicycle.
Another aspect of bicycle fit that warrants consideration is the fact that it is fluid, fluctuating over the years with age, changes in riding style, and variations in materials. The bike that fits you perfectly at age 20 will likely not feel so smooth at age 50. Thanks to our attention to quality, those who throw a leg over a custom Ti Cycle at age 20 will more likely than not still be riding the same bike 30 years down the line. Having been building custom bicycles since 1990, we at Ti Cycles have had the opportunity to fit and re-fit riders to the same frame.
Proper fit affects not only comfort, but also performance. All bodies contact a bicycle at the same three points: the hands, the feet, and on the seat. The nature and the location of contact is determined by the intersection of a bicycle's form and the human form. By adjusting variables such as frame material, tube lengths and angles, stem length and angle, saddle angle and offset, bottom bracket height, et cetera, a standard bicycle frame design can take on radically different incarnations, and each incarnation will have its own ride characteristics.
Ti Cycles master builder David Levy has been fitting riders to bicycles for over a quarter century, first as a racer and coach and later as a framebuilder. Through a thorough and precise system of measurements Ti Cycles can help cyclists navigate the variables of bicycle fitting to find the perfect setup, whether it be in preparation for building a brand new TCF bike or to improve the comfort and performance experiences on an existing bike.
To arrange a private session in our in-house fit studio please contact Ti Cycles via phone or email. We look forward to getting and keeping you on the road, trail and track.
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.
The lustrous classic. Ti Cycles Fabrication standard finish. A light grain pattern and relatively “silver” coloration. The best at hiding small scuffs and scratches, and the easiest to maintain at home.
Accent colors in shades of blue, purple, gold, bronze, pink, and green. Does not fade in UV light. Great for custom text and graphics.
Finer media etched matte finish with a slight texture. Relatively “light grey” coloration.
Very durable, great for contrasting text and graphics when paired with other surface treatments.
Standard surface treatment for repairs or retrofits on Moots matte finish frames.
Can be finish matched with titanium forks, stems, seatposts, handlebars, or other components.
Looks great with REN Light Matte Titanium paint option carbon fiber forks.
Coarser media etched matte finish with a slightly heavier texture than Light Matte. Relatively “charcoal grey” in coloration.
Very durable, great for contrasting text and graphics.
Can be finish matched with titanium forks, stems, seatposts, handlebars, or other components.
Looks great with REN Dark Matte Titanium paint option carbon fiber forks.