Frame Building Courses

Frame Building Courses – Burning ambition to build your own handmade steel frame?

There are frame building courses and then there are frame building courses.  On our course 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?

Our workshop in Shipley West Yorkshire is equipped with all the tools required for building steel frames. Some tools are well over 60 years old and they still serve us well, which is a testament to the methods we set up of 80 years ago.

Building a bicycle frame from steel is a great experience, and the unique frame that you build will be a source of pride for many years to come.

We will help you with every aspect of the build. So if your unsure on the exact geometry you want or the tubing and parts you want to use, we will talk you through it.

Our 1 week course provides 1to1 tuition and is provided over 6 days.

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Frame Building Courses – Why Choose Us?

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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Instruction & Guidance

No frame building course is worth attending unless the instructor has the knowledge and experience of hundreds of frames. Paul will be with you at every step, with instruction, guidance and ready to take over the torch when necessary.  So at the end of the week you will have a great frame which you can ride for many miles.

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Relaxed Atmosphere

No matter what your background or cycling level, you will find our frame building course very relaxed.  The workshop is available from 8am to 8pm during the 5 day course.  At the end of the week Paul will take you out for a drink to celebrate your achievement, no matter whether its a beer, a coffee or a herbal tea!

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What Will I Learn?

The frame building course structure is as follows –

  • Frame Sizing & Design
  • Tube & Lug Preparation
  • Fork Build (f your doing our 5 day course)
  • Main Triangle Assembly
  • Main Triangle Brazing & Alignment
  • Rear Triangle Assembly, Brazing & Alignment
  • Filing & Frame Finishing

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What Will I Learn?

At the end of the week you will have a frame that you will be proud of.  Paul will oversee your build to make sure you keep to a high standard all the way through the process.  So instead of a mediocre frame at the end of the week, you’ll have a professional quality frame.

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Deciding what to build on our frame building course

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’re well connected to transport links.  Shipley station 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.

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“Just a quick one to say a big thank you for your time, patience and real attention to detail.  I honestly thoroughly enjoyed the course and now have a real appreciation to what is involved in building a beautifully crafted frame.” – John Skates

“It was something I’d always wanted to do and now I’m riding the frame I built and I couldn’t be more pleased!  Paul was patient and attentive and I learnt a lot in just 1 week.”- Adrian Delaney

“I was very apprehensive about the brazing of the frame, and it is difficult at first because your trying to do 2 different things with both you’re hands at the same time but I really enjoyed it.  Couldn’t have done it without Paul’s expert help though. I can’t wait to build the bike up once the frame is finished at the powder coaters.”- Ben Andrews

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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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Where can I look at frame parts and  tubing?

Our main supplier of lugs and braze one is Ceeway –

And for tubing you can also check our Reynolds Technology –

Do I need to pay for the course up front?

No we just ask for a 25% 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 £350 upwards, depending on what you choose to build.  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.

There is an Ibis just across the road, next to the canal, with plenty of parking.

There is also The Abbey Lodge Hotel, which is just up the road if you want to stay somewhere independent.

Shipley has plenty of restaurants no matter what your taste.  Obviously being near Bradford you can get a great curry!

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 For 1 To 1 Course (other dates available ask for details)

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