Mark has been teaching frame building for many years now and has been asked many times to help riders make their own frame and now with the input from Adrian Parry we have frame building slots throughout the year. One week per month only, with a maximum of two students per slot. Every discerning cyclist longs for a custom frame. Whilst the allure of the perfect fit and a one-off finish is enough for some, the option of creating your own frame from scratch under the supervision of two master frame builders offers something extra special, as well as group ride bragging rights.
We have been running the courses since day one but are now delighted to be able to offer you the opportunity to do exactly that throughout the year as a part of a comprehensive and customisable package. On our 5-day frame building course, we will welcome you into our workshop and share our enormous wealth of experience with you, to help you create your own tailor made bicycle frame.
The course will be taught by Reilly Cycleworks own frame builders Mark Reilly and Adrian Parry. With nearly 30 years experience of building award winning frames, Mark's level of knowledge and range of skills are unparalleled, having made titanium popular in the UK, designed mirror polished logos etc and taught more than one award winning frame builder over the years, his work highly copied. Mark is now joined by Adrian Parry, who recently joined us from Roberts Cycles in Croydon, where he worked for over 25 years. Adrian’s skills are incredible and his teaching methods very thorough and of the highest level possible. In addition to this Damon, one of the three company founders, will be on hand to offer design input and help with paint schems and colours etc if needed.
So whether you’re interested for yourself, or you want to get rid of a loved one for a week after christmas, get in touch today and guarantee yourself a place!
What You Can Build
On the course, you can build your own custom steel frame. You have the freedom to choose what you want to build and will be involved heavily throughout the design process.
We can teach you to build anything from a sprightly new road or track frame to a mud-loving cross/gravel or hard-tail mountain bike frame or even something to go touring with, the choice is yours. Unfortunately, tandems, recumbents, BMXs and trikes, as well as builds in stainless steel, are too complex to fit into the 5-day course. We are often asked whether you can build a stainless steel frame from 953 or Xcr, the answer is unfortunately no at this time. Upon payment of your course fee (8 weeks prior to the start of the course) we will contact you regarding the design of your frame. We have years of experience building frames and can help you with advice and guidance to make sure you get the most out of the course. You have the option of the classical styling of a lugged frame, or the smooth, seamless beauty of a fillet brazed construction. When making a fillet brazed frame we always suggest using a cast BB shell and fillet brazing the 3 main joints due to time constraints.
We recommend the following combinations of materials and applications: Touring Frames Reynolds 631, 853 or Columbus Life Road Frames Reynolds 631, 853 or Columbus Life/spirit Track Frames Reynolds 631or Columbus Spirit Mountain Bike Frames Reynolds 631/853 or Columbus Life 29er Mountain Bike FramesColumbus 29’er
We also have an account with Dedacciai in Italy should you wish to use their tubes.
Reynolds of course are British whilst Columbus and Dedacciai are made in Italy. All are of equal quality, which is super high end.
We use frame parts from Long Shen in Taiwan, Paragon machine works in the USA and quite recently dropouts from Bentley components, made right here in the UK. Other parts can be specially ordered. In addition we can supply forks and parts from Enve, Headsets and Bottom Brackets from Chris King and a whole array of other parts, just ask at the start.
We don’t currently paint in house instead we use 3 artisan painters, all based in the South East. Many show winning frames will have been painted by one of our chosen painters but prices vary hugely, so again, just ask again at the start.
Below are the main areas that will be covered over the 5 days, with an explanation of what they cover.
• Thorough explanation of the fundamental differences between frames designed for different applications. From the suitability of materials, to the effects of different geometries and the different methods of joining tubes.
• The creation of a CAD drawing, using BikeCAD software, which includes the information needed to set up the jig and start cutting tubes.
Tools and Safety
• Workshop tour, with tool explanations and demos.
• Health and safety and workshop rules.
• Description of the differences in properties between varying tube sets.
• The difference between single, double, triple butted tubes.
• How to choose suitable tubing for your build.
• Tube preparation (includes cutting and mitering).
• Demonstration of the jig.
• How to set up the jig for your build.
Brazing and Welding Methods
Explanations of different joining techniques used for frame building. Brazing theory and techniques. Outline procedure for brazing your frame. Practice brazing. Brazing of your frame.
• How to make sure everything is straight and true. Inspection
• Final checks on your frame, including all brazed areas.
• Frame cleaning, finishing and filing.
• Preparation for paint.
Accommodation is not included in the price, but here are a few local places to stay:
Telephone: 01273 694143
The course will run from 9am to 5pm from Monday to Friday.
The cost for the course is £1200 + materials. (these range from £100 – £300)
We require a £350 deposit, which is non refundable to secure your place. The balance due before the course starts. We accept most major cards, paypal and bank transfer. This price includes all tuition, use of tools, workshop space and unlimited tea and coffee.
At the end of the course you will walk away with the frame you have made whilst with us, mostly these are of show quality and something you will may not achieve on other courses.