Frame Building Courses

5 Day Frame Building Course – Burning ambition to build your own handmade steel frame?

We are confident almost anyone can build their own bicycle frame using our tried and tested methods.  For the price of having a bespoke frame made, why not have a go at building it yourself? Book a place on our bicycle frame building course.

5 Days 1 to 1 tuition for only £1150 plus materials

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Experience & Knowledge Of Frame Building

There are many ways to build a frame, but if you want to avoid mistakes you need to have methodology for each part of the process which is tried and tested.  Paul has 20 years experience of working with lugged steel frames, as well as over 80 years of passed down knowledge from previous Ellis-Briggs framebuilders.

As part of your course, Paul will be on hand to answer any questions you may have, demonstrate and give guidance on techniques and help with brazing if required.  Whatever your ability Paul will be there to make sure you have a solid well brazed frame that you can really be proud of.

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Deciding what to build

We will happily discuss with you your planned build. If it’s your first frame we recommend that you don’t try to stretch yourself too far, especially if you want to be doing the majority of the build yourself.

Although we love handcut lugs for example, you would need a week just to prepare the lugs! So we recommend a road or track frame with plain lugs, horizontal dropouts, a minimal amount of braze-ons and sidepull caliper brakes for your first frame.

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Only Bicycle Frame Building Course In Yorkshire

As far as we are aware we are the only framebuilding course offered in Yorkshire.  However even if you are not local to us, Yorkshire is well worth a visit.  We well connected to transport links.  Shipley staition is 5 mins walk and is only 15 mins from Leeds station.

Just down the Road from us is Salts Mill and Saltaire Model Village, which is a world heritage site and well worth a visit.


One week is just long enough to build a steel lugged frame.  However we can arrange to have it painted for you at the end of the course.  We offer full respray and painting services on new and classic frames.

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Do I need to pay for the course up front?

No we just ask for a 50% deposit to secure the date and full payment 2 weeks before your course is due to commence.

How much do the materials cost?

Cost of silver solder, flux, tubing, lugs, dropouts and braze-ons can be had for around £150 to £200 upwards.  We will advise you what to buy.

Can I build 953 or XCR frame?

These tubesets take a lot of skill and experience to use, so they are usually well outside the scope of a 2 week course.

Are there any hotels or B&Bs near you?

Yes there are several within walking distance.

Can you arrange painting of my finished frame?

Yes we can arrange painting and chrome plating of your frame to your design.  Including custom transfers if required.

Do I need to know what size frame I want to build?

We can either work it out from your current bike, a bike fit you have had done or we can build to a standard size based on your height and build.

Do I need any special clothing?

In order to be safe in our workshop we require you to wear sturdy footwear, which fully enclose your foot.  A steel toecap is recommended. You will also need to have your arms and legs covered.   Clothing should me natural fibres such as cotton.  Long hair needs to be tied up out of the way.

Will I be able to setup my own business building frames after I finish your course?

No but you will know whether or not it is something you would like to pursue.  If you are still interested we can provide a longer more intensive 2 week course once the first has been completed successfully.

What if once I am on the course, I find I can’t do it?

We will make sure you finish your frame so you have a rideable bike frame at the end of the course.

Upcoming Course Dates & Availabilty

2018 Mon 19th Nov to Fri 23rd Nov – Full

2019 Mon 28th Jan to Fri 1st Feb – Available

2019 Mon 18th Feb to Fri 22nd Feb – Available

2019 Mon 11th Mar to Fri 15th Mar – Available

2019 Mon 18th Mar to Fri 22nd Mar – Available

2019 Mon 1st Apr to Fri 5th Apr – Available

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