Building custom bike frames is fun and a lot of work. In my Framebuilding 101 Course, I help students design and create their personalized bike frame. After the course, they take the frame home and complete the construction and painting phases. Below are comments and/or photos of the finished bikes I have received from a number of students.
I must say, it is a privilege to help each student build the bike frame they envision, and you will see the hard work they put into completing their bikes. Great work, each of you!
|Bill Eastwood||Mario Hernandez||Tom Baker|
|Chris Yorke||Mark Owen||Will Richardson|
|Daniel Plumtree||Mike Freda|
|Derek Anderson||Rob Benson|
|Derek Raymond||Seamus Braden|
|James Swinbourn||Thomas Schmidt|
|John O’Regan||Thomas Yip|
|Karen Massier||Tim Dinsdale|
“Here are a few pics of the SEVEN HUNDRED SOVEREIGN I built for my wife Eva.
Powder coated white. Single speed coaster brake. Deep v rims. Grippy tires. Comfort seat and handlebars. Translucent pedals that are white, sometimes purple, other times and glow in the dark
- 700 is the wheel size
- Sovereign is the Brodie frame dimension this frame is based on\\
- GT is a bike maker that has the same small triangle within a triangle like mine has, and also means grand tourer.
Eva LOVES it. Lots of comments on the street from fellow bike lovers.
I hope to build one for myself with you [Paul] when time permits.”
“Fabricating a steel bike frame was something that I had wanted to do for a number of years. When I found out about Paul’s course I jumped for it. I really enjoyed the whole experience. My classmates were really cool – a mix of technical knowledge and skill and bike-specific knowledge. Paul created a friendly, relaxed atmosphere while at the same time inspiring us to strive for a higher level of craftsmanship. For me this created some time pressures but I mitigated them by choosing to create a true track bike – no braze-ons! I continue to get satisfaction from the results. At first I just thought it would be really cool to win a race on a bike I made myself. Now that I’ve done that a few times the satisfaction comes from having an eye-catching, one of a kind, race-worthy machine that’s truly MINE. I still get people approaching me and asking “what kind of bike is that?” “DIY” I say and share stories about the class, the process, and Paul. Anyone can buy a bike – I’ve bought a few – but with the class I got a bike and an experience. An experience that not only enhanced my bike geekdom but gave it some cred at the same time. At least I like to think so, anyway. Thanks Paul!”
Mario uploaded his photos onto Drop Box. Here is Mario with his custom-built bike.
“Here are some pictures of my completed bike. I wanted to build a 650b trailbike with fun modern geometry. I had it painted Lamborghini orange. It has been noticed by many other riders out on the trail that ask about frame.
I am planning to continue my frame building this spring with my engineering classes. As part of our final senior design class we have an option to work on projects for people with special needs. I am planning to design and build a hand cycle for my class.”
Mechanical Engineering Student
University of Wisconsin – Platteville
“I built a single-speed Dirt Jump frame. I have used it for its intended purpose, as well as for cruising around the city. I am pretty happy about the way the details at the bottom of the seat tube and the chainstay-top tube joint turned out.”
“Fillet brazed single speed , Gates belt drive 29er built for rolling trails near my place. Fox float 29 fork. Brooks saddle and grips. Comfortable and fun to ride! Built during class #22 summer 2013.”
Mark Owen, Vancouver BC.
Little Course #14
Hey Paul ,
I finished the bike up a little while ago and wanted to send some shots of my completed bike. I think Harald did a nice job on the paint. About the bike . . . I wanted to make something similar to the style of Tom Ritchey’s Road Logic frame set, but with a slightly taller head tube and a little bit more relaxed on the head tube angle, like the Ridley I currently ride. Currently it’s patiently waiting for its maiden voyage, as there is a bit too much snow in the Rockies, but just sitting on it feels like it will be perfect. Weight came out to 18 lbs even…pretty light for FB steel I think, but new Dura Ace helps it out too…
Mike has published a couple videos about his experience in my bike frame building course and the completion of his bike. Check them out, if you haven’t already.
“I’d always wanted to complete a frame building course so my wife arranged the UFV course for my birthday. The idea was to build a bike to do some longer rides and overnight bikepacking adventures in places my cross bike couldn’t go. I recently just completed a 130 km winter bike race during Winnipeg’s worst winter in 50 years and am now very well acquainted with the bike. The thing I love about it most is getting to answer the often asked, “what frame is that?”
Chris Yorke Class #015
KarMa – Touring Bike
I am the coordinator of Bike Frame Building 101 so I thought it was about time to make my own frame. I enrolled in the course with no prior experience working with metal but I managed to make a beautiful frame. Paul is a very patient instructor and ensures that you will have a great product when finished. I am very pleased with the way my new touring bicycle turned out.
Karen Massier, Abottsford, BC