Join Date: May 2006
Location: Cayman Islands
Bikes: Cignal Silverado MTB
I too am looking at building a frame or two for myself only. Littlefish is a very good site for learning the basics. I have also looked at http://www.sonic.net/~maryking/index.html
for how Drew did his. Lots of nice ideas there, especially if you are looking at making a folding frame. A Google search turns up many more. I agree that a lugged frame will be easier to build but more labor intensive.
The next thing I did was to obtain a copy of the Paterek frame building manual. I am currently waiting on it to arrive and this will cover some of the technical bits.
Next was to learn about brazing. Quite a few manuals are available to review and learn. Check your local library. Quite straightforward to do one you learn what to look for and have the appropriate tools. I have an OxyAcetylene kit and it is great! Reasonably priced at Harbour Freight!
My next major step will be ordering parts and doing the job. I have also thought of getting a cheap, unrideable lugged frame, measure the angles and dimensions, take it apart, clean up the joints of all the brazing material and see if I can get it back together to the original measurements? Easier and cheaper to screw up on than an actual frame that I am going to use.
Last edited by mjww; 01-16-07 at 07:26 AM.