Bicycle Technology

Bike frame building 101

Bicycle Frame Building 101

Cost: $2950 CAD | $2150 US

Learn the art of steel frame-building in this two-week course, designed by the man who helped get it all started on the West Coast — bike legend Paul Brodie. This is a hands-on course using the same jigs and fixtures that helped to create over 4,000 hand-built Brodie frames. Design and build your own hard-tail frame. Graduate from the course with a full understanding of the building process and enjoy the thrill of riding a bike you built yourself!

The course includes a brief MTB history, frame design/geometry, tube selection, full-scale drawing, shop safety, tube-mitreing, jigs and fixtures, welding/brazing, frame alignment, and finish work.

When you begin, you need to have a clear idea of what style of bike you wish to build, and which front fork style you wish to use.

Course options

  • Frame material is 4130 cro-moly; TIG welded or fillet-brazed (no lugs)
  • Wheel sizes: 26" / 650b / 29"
  • Brake mounts: disc or V-brake style: MTB/single speed/cyclocross/road/cruiser
  • Paint: not supplied

Have questions?

Read our bicycle frame building FAQs or contact us and ask.

Need accommodations?

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Abbotsford — Aerospace Centre

Jun 5-16 |40011, 10 sessions, Mon–Fri, 8 am–4 pm
Jul 24-Aug 4 | 40010, 10 sessions, Mon–Fri, 8 am–4 pm
Sep 11-22 | 80167, 10 sessions, Mon–Fri, 8 am–4 pm
Oct 23-Nov 3 | 80107, 10 sessions, Mon–Fri, 8 am–4 pm
Nov 20-Dec 1 | 80355, 10 sessions, Mon-Fri, 8 am–4 pm

Registration for these courses start Dec 1:
Jan 15-26 | 20043, 10 sessions, Mon–Fri, 8 am–4 pm
Mar 12-23 | 20013, 10 sessions, Mon–Fri, 8 am–4 pm
Jun 4-15 | 40008, 10 sessions, Mon–Fri, 8 am–4 pm
Aug 13-24 | 40156, 10 sessions, Mon–Fri, 8 am–4 pm

Phone 1-888-823-8734 to register

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