Cromoly Brazing Frame Building

Cromoly Brazing Frame Building

Who Will Benefit:
First Time Frame Builders
Career Oriented Mechanics
Enthusiasts Desiring to Build Their Own Frame

Prerequisites: None - this is an entry level class.

What our graduates say about this class

What You Will Learn

Since many of the higher quality custom bicycle frames are brazed, it is no surprise to us that our most popular frame building course is our Chromoly Brazing Frame Building class. We recommend it for the avid cycling enthusiast, the bicycle shop mechanic, shop manager, or the student who aspires to become a professional frame builder. Both lugged and fillet brazed frame building is covered.

Though the course is intense, numerous beginners with average mechanical skill or no previous building experience, have completed it successfully. In most cases, every step of the construction is done entirely by the student. If necessary, however, instructors are always nearby and willing to help.

With the exception of tandems, full suspension mountain bikes, cargo bikes and recumbents, we do not restrict you from building any particular type of bicycle. As long as the available fixtures and lugs can accommodate your design, you can build the bicycle. Past students have successfully built road, mountain, hybrid, touring, cyclocross, trials, BMX, fat bikes, and track bikes. Students who successfully complete this class will leave with a high quality custom chromoly bicycle frame ready, or nearly ready for painting.

Some of the brazing topics covered include:

  • Frame Geometry
  • Frame Fit
  • Frame Design
  • Lugs vs. Fillet Brazing
  • Tubing Selection
  • Shop Safety
  • Tool Selection & Use
  • Equipment Setup
  • Brazing Technique
  • Jig Setup & Use
  • Tube Mitering
  • Tube Prep
  • Finish Work
  • Painting Recommendations

All materials and supplies necessary to build a high-quality custom frame are included in the tuition price. The choice of tubing used will vary somewhat depending on several factors; primarily the design determined by the student. In all cases the tubing will be high quality chromoly. Each frame will be built with a full compliment of braze-ons and dropouts. If buliding a lugged frame in our brazing class, students will use high quality investment cast chromoly lugs. Lugs are only available for traditional designs. For additional information about this class, see our Frame Building FAQ page.

Tuition Information

The cost of the two week Cromoly Brazing Frame Building Course is $2,950 with a $150 registration fee required with your signed class application. It is a good idea to call us before sending in your application to verify availability. Click here for a schedule of classes. For more information, check our Frame Building FAQ page.




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