Bicycle Technology

Bike frame building 101

Bicycle Frame Building 101

Cost: $2950 CAD

Learn the art of steel frame-building in this two-week course, designed by the man who helped get it all started on the West Coast — bike legend Paul Brodie. This is a hands-on course using the same jigs and fixtures that helped to create over 4,000 hand-built Brodie frames. Design and build your own hard-tail frame. Graduate from the course with a full understanding of the building process and enjoy the thrill of riding a bike you built yourself!

The course includes a brief MTB history, frame design/geometry, tube selection, full-scale drawing, shop safety, tube-mitreing, jigs and fixtures, welding/brazing, frame alignment, and finish work.

When you begin, you need to have a clear idea of what style of bike you wish to build, and which front fork style you wish to use.

Course options

  • Frame material is 4130 cro-moly; TIG welded or fillet-brazed (no lugs)
  • Wheel sizes: 26" / 650b / 29"
  • Brake mounts: disc or V-brake style: MTB/single speed/cyclocross/road/cruiser
  • Paint: not supplied

Have questions?

Read our bicycle frame building FAQs or contact us and ask.

Need accommodations?

Find out about accommodation options.

Abbotsford — Aerospace Centre

June 3-14 | 40008, 10 sessions, Mon–Fri, 8 am–4 pm
Jul 8–19 | 40172, 10 sessions, Mon–Fri, 8 am–4 pm
Sep 9–20 | 80037, 10 sessions, Mon–Fri, 8 am–4 pm
Oct 21–Nov 1 | 80073, 10 sessions, Mon–Fri, 8 am–4 pm
Nov 18–Nov 29 | 80223, 10 sessions, Mon–Fri, 8 am–4 pm


Phone 1-888-823-8734 to register for winter/spring courses

Registration for fall courses will open on July 2, 2019

University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)

33844 King Road, Abbotsford, BC

Canada V2S 7M8


The University of the Fraser Valley is situated on the unceded traditional territory of the Stó:lō peoples. The Stó:lō have an intrinsic relationship with what they refer to as S'olh Temexw (Our Sacred Land); therefore, we express our gratitude and respect for the honour of living and working in this territory.