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has anyone tried to build there own frame?(13 posts)

has anyone tried to build there own frame?jradford
Jan 28, 2004 2:33 PM
I have been doing some looking and it seams like it could be fairly simple if you are using steel and lugs. I like to tinker and this might be something I might get into.

Does anyone have stories of this and how they turned out.
not that easy....C-40
Jan 28, 2004 3:51 PM
Unless you want to go into business, the inital cost of even the most basic tooling to miter the tubes and accurately align a frame can get pricey. With cheap frames starting at $150, it's hard to justify.

A Google search on "bicycle frame building" will produce a lot of information.
re: has anyone tried to build there own frame?Mike Tea
Jan 28, 2004 4:39 PM
Marco from Finland who hangs out sometimes at has made a few (three that I have pics of) and he does it with simple shop tools and home-made jigs.

He hung around on some of the internet framebuilding groups (try "framebuilding bicycles" at Google Groups) where guys like Bonty and Murray hang out.

He's used lugs and fillet brazing.

If you want to e-mail me your eee-addy I'll send it to him. I'm sure he could give you lots of info. Here's a cruiser frame he did -
Fantasy Camppitt83
Jan 28, 2004 5:32 PM or maybe You spend a week in lovely Worcester, MA building your own frame. Afternoons are downtime. I think it's ~$1500 and you get the frame. Pricey, but looks cool.
Saw one in Italy too....teoteoteo
Jan 29, 2004 5:58 AM
I saw one similar to hot tubes except it was in Italy. You ride half the day and build the other half.
re: has anyone tried to build there own frame?ukiahb
Jan 28, 2004 5:44 PM
Ther is a great write-up on a homebuilt lugged frame at

and it looks like turned out very well......
re: has anyone tried to build there own frame?yeah right
Jan 28, 2004 6:38 PM
I made a fillet-brazed track bike, though my fillets weren't as nicely finished as the other fellow's.

Anyway, it's a lot of fun, and a ton of time, but assuming it turns out, very rewarding.

I did it at a class at school. ME204!

I'm planning on making a lugged mtb in the spring too.
That class must have been a lot of fun, sure wish theycdhbrad
Jan 29, 2004 6:15 AM
had classes like that when I was in college. Enjoy your bike, it looks great.
Home builder hereNessism
Jan 28, 2004 7:30 PM
I've made five rideable frames so far and working on number six. I think lugged steel is the way to go for a novice, at least it works well for me.

The building process is not that hard as long as one has a solid shop sense. One challange is tools however. You will need access to basic brazing and framebuilding tools, such as bottom bracket and head tube facing cutters.

Check out the framebuilders forum and buy a framebuilding book or two. And don't be afraid to try. You will quickly be able to access if you have made a solid braze joint; as long as the joints are sound, the frame will be safe. After that, just pratice and refine your skills.

Go for it.

re: has anyone tried to build there own frame?RadicalRonPruitt
Jan 28, 2004 10:02 PM
I am currently building my own frames.
Just joined an email group for frame builersmtpisgah
Jan 29, 2004 9:34 AM
I have been thinking about it too. Not sure it is worth the money but the enjoyment factor may outweigh it.

The following is the confirmation email they sent, it may help you with some info.

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Learn from a master...Steve-O
Jan 29, 2004 10:18 AM
If I had the disposable $$$ I'd love to go to his school..
re: has anyone tried to build there own frame?Mariowannabe
Jan 29, 2004 12:57 PM
I just took the one-week class at Hot Tubes from Toby Stanton. It was an awesome experience. I built Columbus Foco beauty. Unless you're an experienced welder, I think you'd be well serviced by taking such a course.