Level 3 VRQ Frame Building Course

The Level 3 VRQ Frame Building Course (601/4576/6) includes the entire frame building process from professional standard bike fitting to the design of the frame geometry then onto hand mitring the tubing to the brazing and alignment process.
As long as you are practical and are confident in using hand tools we will be able to teach you how to build a frame. No previous experience is necessary.

The qualification alone does not make you a professional frame builder, it is a starting point from where you can go on to develop your skills after having been taught a good foundation. We also offer a professional development program for those who are wanting to go on and build a frame building business.

During the course you will be producing 2 frames. One of your own design for your own riding pleasure and another to our pre set design (mtb or road) using Reynolds 631 tubing - Task 1 assessment of your brazing skills.  The second frame is built to your own design and either 631 or 853 Reynolds or Columbus Spirit is included - Task 2 and 3 assessments including design.

Both frames are yours to keep, build and ride.

Items covered on the course 

Frame designs
Manufacturers geometry charts
Bike CAD design
Bike fitting
Workshop Safety
Tube cutting and Mitring
Brazing and Torch Skills
Fillet brazing and lug brazing
Tig welding - introductory session only
Alignment Checks
Braze-ons and Fittings
Reaming and facing
Finishing and preparing for painting

The course is a modular programme over 19 days. During the course you will produce 2 frames to keep, one to a supplied set design (mtb or road in 631) and one of your own design and tube choice lugged or filet braze or both (631/731/853 or Spirit).

Practical assessments are completed when you are ready with Bryan, your assessor and theory elements (2 days allocated) are reviewed with detailed feedback for revision until complete for submission. The assessments form part of the course and you are fully supported by the team here, time for practice and repeats as necessary are factored in.

Course times 9am - 6pm and 7pm - 9pm (optional) so we recommend that you take advantage of the on site bunkhouse. The idea is you immerse yourself in the art of framebuilding making the most of your time with us whilst being looked after, fed and watered in a stunning location.

Module 1:

Frame designs
Manufacturers geometry charts
Bike CAD design
Bike fitting

Module 2:

lug brazing and mitring
filet brazing and mitring
stainless mitring and brazing
TIG welding (Initial introduction, the frames will not be built TIG welded)
mitring Reynolds 631 tubes to set design (mtb or road)

Module 3:

designing a frame for your own personal use
brazing a 631 frame set design (mtb or road)

Module 4:

brazing a frame to own design and tubing

Cost of the course is £3650 includes 2 sets of tubing with cast dropouts, (there will be an up-charge for Paragon dropouts. We don't recommend your first course uses stainless steel tubing).

Dates for 2019: Call Julie on 01227 709706 to discuss

Alternatively the modular nature of the course a programme can be developed to suit your timetable by contacting Julie who will discuss your requirements - julie@downlandcycles.co.uk

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