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Frame Building Courses

Frame Building

for those of you wanting to ride something a bit special, something you have made yourself then this is the course for you. Come and learn the skills of frame building at Downland Cycles. Build a bike frame to fit you perfectly.

The courses caters for absolute beginners, and no experience of brazing or welding is needed to attend our courses. As long as you are practical and are confident in using hand tools them we will be able to teach you how to build a frame.

Fork Building

We offer a 1 day fork building course for students who wish to add a lugged fork to their frame. You can come back at any time and complete your forks or add it onto the end of the 6 day course.

Courses Available

We run 2 frame building courses on a monthly basis. These tend to fill up 3-5 months in advance, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

6 Day course.
This is our standard course taking you throughout the entire bike building process

11 Day course.
This our more in-depth course which will allow you to fine tune and learn more frame building skills

There are only 3 places on each course, book early to avoid disappointment.

course cost 6 day £1050 + cost of frame parts (from £180)

course cost 11 day £1950 + cost of frame parts (from £180) (over 11 days, 1 rest day)

Fork building day £195 payable with frame building deposit +parts



Frame building is taught by Bryan and Martyn. Bryan specialises in frame design, bike fitting and has learnt frame building with David Bohm from Bohemian Bikes in Arizona. 

During the course you will be able to learn the art of frame building choosing various techniques of tube joining, either full lug brazing or fillet brazing or you can choose a mixture of them depending on your frame design.

(students fillet braze test piece)


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What you can build.
On the course you can build your own steel frame road, track, trekking, cyclo-cross, expedition or hard tail mountain bike frames.

We teach you to build in steel and we offer a choice of Reynolds and Columbus tube sets. (You can't build in Reynolds 953).

Tandems, Recumbents, BMX and Trikes are beyond the scope of the 5 day course.

The frames will be constructed either using lugs or using a fillet brazing technique.

Recommended tube sets for frame type

Touring frames
Reynolds 631 or Columbus Life
Reynolds 853 or Columbus Spirit

Road Frames
Reynolds 631 or Columbus Life
Reynolds 853 or Columbus Spirit

Track frames
Reynolds 631or Columbus Spirit

Mountain Bike frames
Reynolds 631 or Columbus Life
Reynolds 853

29er Mountain bike frames
Columbus 29'er
Reynolds 631
Reynolds 853

Cycle Frame Building Course
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Course Fees

The cost of the 6 day course is £1050 +materials (from £250). Fork building day is £195. Included in this price is all tuition, notes to read before you start (on receipt of deposit), use of all tools and equipment and a plentiful supply of tea, cakes and biscuits. Accommodation is not included in the cost of the course, we will send a list of local B&B's, Hotels and Campsites when you place your booking. On site bunkhouse is also available

A £300 deposit (£600 for 11 day course) is required to secure your place.

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to book either phone or click on the link below to book online. To secure you place the course a £300 deposit is required (£600 for 11 day course)

Phone 01227 709706 to book today




Young Frame Builders

Under 16 and want to build a frame then bring your own adult along to share your frame building experience or to build a frame each

Build share - 2 people 1 frame = 1 course fee

Build each - 2 people 2 frames = 2 course fees


We have shared bunk house accommodation for students. Price is £38 per night, this includes breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, afternoon cakes and a cooked evening meal.

There is good local riding; both on and off road, local pubs serving some of Kent's finest ales.

If you fancy a day off from riding or just want to relax stay in and sit in the garden and watch the buzzards, woodpeckers and owls that's fine.

Wireless internet is also supplied.


What students have to say 

*This course was a steep learning curve for me, but itís testament to the
teaching that I didnít realise quite how steep until the end of the course,
looking back on what Iíd achieved. I came along with no brazing experience
and little knowledge of frame design. I left with a custom-fitted,
lightweight touring frame that Iíd built myself under Martynís expert
guidance. If you want to experience the sense of achievement that comes
with building your own bike from scratch, to your own specifications, I
would strongly recommend this course. Just donít be surprised if you get
bitten by the frame-building bug and are already planning your next build by
the time you get home!*
All the best

Just want to say thank you very much and that I had a great time this week.
You are a very good teacher.
I went back to work this arvo and on my way home tonight I was wishing I had
your class to look forward to tomorrow.

I want to jump in the deep end and buy the equipment and start having a play
by myself.
Are you able to suggest any suppliers and also a list of equipment that I
should purchase?
Many thanks.

The Story of My Bike That I Made Myself

Owen Byrne, April 2013

Terms & Conditions

  1. To secure a place on a course a non-refundable deposit of £300 is required at the time of booking for 6 day course and £600 for the 11 day course..

  2. Deposits are non-refundable, we will try to accommodate a change of date, providing this is agreed at least 12 weeks before the original course start date and your place can be filled by someone else.

  3. The balance of the course fee must be paid at least 8 weeks before the agreed start date of the course. This is non-refundable.

  4. If booking a place within 8 weeks of the start date the course fee must be paid in full at the time of booking. This is non-refundable.

  5. We will make every effort to accommodate requests for specific material choices. We reserve the right to substitute material of an equal or superior specification, if the original choice is not available.

  6. The material cost will be calculated after a frame design has been agreed. Any variation in the agreed material specification, or requirement for additional materials, must be paid for before the end of the course.

  7. The course fee covers tuition, use of the workshop equipment and safety equipment.

  8. Every effort will be made to ensure that course participants produce frames of the highest quality. These frames cannot be covered by any warranty.

All items, bikes personal property and cars are left / parked at owners risk


Downland Cycles Training Centre
2 Stone Cottages, Lynsore Bottom, Canterbury, Kent CT4 6EG
01227 709706

Visits by appointment only. Please email before visiting

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