Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Happy Valley, Pennsylvania
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I bought a kit from Proteus Designs back in the mid '70s. I built a couple of frames, and engineering school wasn't going so well. So I answered an ad in Velonews for Trek. They said to come on out, so I did and worked there for a while. Even if you could do that, which you can't, it makes sense to go to a school and at least have some feedback from someone that knows how to teach. I am completely self-taught, there was zero training at Trek.
I didn't build any frames for quite a few years. I considered going to Doug Fattic's school to get warmed back up after such a long layoff. I'm sure I would learn a lot if I did, but I did find that brazing came naturally even after years of not having practiced. Granted, there are techniques that you get really good at brazing 30 frames a day. I have to admit I've learned a lot from looking at other builder's work on-line. As far as engineering school goes, I'm not good at accepting failure so now I have a Ph.D. Sometimes I wish I had stayed in the bike industry, but it's a difficult way to make a living.