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.
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.
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.
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
11 Day course. This our more in-depth course which will allow you to fine tune
and learn more frame building skills
are only 3 places on each course, book early to avoid disappointment.
cost 6 day £1050 + cost of frame parts (from £180)
cost 11 day £1950 + cost of frame parts (from £180) (over 11 days, 1
building day £195 payable with frame building deposit +parts
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)
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
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
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
29er Mountain bike frames Columbus 29'er
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
A £300 deposit (£600 for 11 day
course) is required to
secure your place.
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
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
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.
is good local riding; both on and off road, local pubs serving some of
Kent's finest ales.
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
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
Are you able to suggest any suppliers and also a list of equipment that I
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The course fee covers
tuition, use of the workshop equipment and safety equipment.
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