April 2015 Posts

Frame Building at Downland Cycles

Frame Building at Downland Cycles

By David Cabourn

I wanted to let you know about my experience as a novice frame builder when I took a course with Downland Cycles, who also exhibit at Bespoked in Bristol each year.

I had always dreamt of building my own frame and one Christmas decided to see just how practical making that dream come true would be. After a little internet research I decided not only was it achievable it was also within the modest budget I had available to me.

Downland Cycles in Canterbury run a five day frame building course at their dedicated workshop in Canterbury with the additional option of building a fork on the 6th day. So I booked my course and began dreaming of the bike I was going to hand build.

Bespoke 2015

Bespoke 2015

I was given the privilege of exhibiting at this year’s Bespoke bicycle show in Bristol where I hoped to generate interest and contributions to this website. I was gratified to meet many frame builders who were hobbyists rather than professionals, though even the professional builders were accommodating with knowledge. I hope that many of those I met will indeed keep in touch to help disperse their knowledge.
Below are the aspects of the show I thought may be helpful to framebuilders, though actually having a stand at the show leaves little time to get around and view!