:: FRAMEBUILDING CLASSES
Few things in life are more rewarding than riding a Ti Cycles
frame into the sunset, but building your own frame, by hand from
scratch, is right up there.
A few times per year Ti Cycles offers customers the chance to
build their own steel frame under the instruction and direction
of veteran frame builder Dave Levy. Through our framebuilding
classes we offer students the chance to work with the tools of a
professional builder, seeing every aspect of the construction
process that goes into creating their own steel bicycle frame
Ti Cycles framebuilding classes are a great introduction to the
craft of bicycle frame building, both for the cycling enthusiast
wanting the ultimate in personalized equipment or for a hobbyist
wanting a glimpse into the world of professional frame building.
Several past class participants have gone on to launch their own
successful careers as custom frame builders.
Framebuilding classes are structured into four 8-hour sessions
split over two weekends, with approximately 32 hours of direct,
personal contact with one of the preeminent framebuilders in
Extra shop time is also available if needed, and all students
leave the instruction period with a complete steel frame and
fork, built to the same standards as our own Ti Cycles Custom
frames, ready for paint. Students are free to build any style of
frame that is compatible with the Hydra frame jig from Bicycle
Did we mention personal? Unlike commercial framebuilding schools
where class sizes can spill into the dozens, students in a Ti
Cycles framebuilding class are never overlooked amongst 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,
* Basic fitting
* Introduction to materials
* Tube mitering
* Lug preparation
* Drop out prep and brazing
* Lug brazing or TIG welding introduction
* Frame and fork alignment
* Finish work and braze-ons
All classes are held in the Ti Cycles Fabrication frame shop in
Portland, Oregon, and are of course subject to availability.
Along with 20+ years experience teaching frame building classes
and 25+ years experience building custom frames, instructor Dave
Levy has been an avid cyclist for more than 35 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.
The cost of a Ti Cycles framebuilding class is $2400 for
instruction, plus materials for a lugged or TIG welded frame and
fork. Please inquire as to the availability of instruction in
All materials are available through Ti Cycles.