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New Framebuilders Resource Website

New Framebuilders Resource Website

Eric Meinert of disc brake fixture fame ( has started a framebuilders resource website which has the largest number of frame building related links I have ever seen. Hopefully he will develop it further as framebuilders offer content. It also has a Facebook page. It covers the frame building community Worldwide so includes the UK. The web address is

Welding and Brazing Equipment Suppliers

I have at sometime used the services of most of the suppliers listed below:

Gas UK, Contract free gases and a range of welding supplies.
Tel: 0800 133 7490
Gas UK,
Unit 6/7 Haydock Lane,
St Helens,
WA11 9UY

Hobbyweld, Contract free gases, nationwide agents for local collection.
Tel: 0800 433 4331

Ryval Gas, Contract free oxygen and other welding gases. Home delivery only. also a range of equipment.
Redfield Road, Lenton, Nottingham, NG7 2UJ

Weldability-sif, extensive range of welding equipment and consumables, including gas fluxers. Access via The Bicycle Academy and support a framebuilding school

The Welders Warehouse, General welding supplies

Weld UK, General welding supplies

Cheltenham Welding supplies (Noz-Alls Ltd), General welding supplies and the only place I have been able to find propane gas economisers.

Rapid Welding and Industrial supplies Ltd., General welding supplies, including single stage propane regulators with gauges.

Plasmatech, suppliers of gas fluxers

Welding Safety Links

HSE documents:

Gas welding safety

Pneumonia vaccination in welders

Take care with acetylene

Safe use of compressed gases in welding and allied processes

Welding Health and Safety index

American Welding Society Health and Safety fact sheets:

Safety in welding, cutting and allied processes

Online-Sign: online sign maker for safety notices to help make your own safety signs

Framebuilding related Suppliers

St John St Cycles, 91-93 St John Street, Bridgwater, Somerset TA6 5HX
Custom framebuilding seems to lead to the need to purchase difficult to obtain parts and sizes. This seems to be the most likely place to source a difficult part.

Atlantic Boulevard, Star Works, Church Street, Bury, Lancashire BL9 6BN.
Telephone: 0161 762 0456
Top class frame restorer and frame repairs. Happy to paint custom frames.

BikeCAD Bicycle design software, Computer aided design program, the industry standard.

Axminster. General metalworking and engineering tools and supplies. National network.

Machine Mart. General metalworking and engineering tools and supplies. National network.

Beesley’s Tools. Excellent source of Dremel and Proxxon rotary tools and bits.

Metal Mania. Suppliers of small quantities of steel and aluminum etc for jig building. Also sells through an Ebay shop

Miles Tool and Machinery centre. Replacement parts for that broken Dremel!

Cromwell. Major supplier of engineering/metalworking and welding equipment and consumables

Chronos. Source of reasonably priced engineering tools

Metallin. Supplier of extruded aluminium profiles cut to length and fittings for jig building.

Forward metals. Suppliers of small quantities of aluminium sheet for custom projects. free cutting service

Cycle Design USA. Manufacturers and suppliers of fine brazing fluxes and metals, available in the UK from Ceeway.

Superstar components. Supplier of budget bicycle parts and accessories, including a low priced Bottom Bracket Cutting and Facing set.

Webbline-UK. Supplier of wide range of bicycle tools, including framebuilding tools Pewter headbadges custom made by Geoff Moorhouse to your design. Extremely good value

RS components. Major suppliers of electrical and electronic equipment but also some engineering stuff and heavy duty metal extrusions for jig building.

RDG Tools.  Source of reasonable priced engineering tools, also has an Ebay shop

Toolstop. Online low price tool retailer. The only source I could find of Rigid tube benders in the UK

Metal Polishing Supplies. Unit 19 Fairway Business Centre, Airport Service Road, Portsmouth, PO3 5NU
Telephone: 0800 988 7020
One stop online supplier of metal polishing (incl stainless steel) equipment and consumables

Framebuilding related Resources

Matt Wilkinson’s grant sponsored report on frame building in the USA 2011.

The Custom Bicycle. pdf download of 1979 book with chapters on framebuilders from around the world

Sheldon Brown’s technical information homepage, needs no introduction.

CTC, The Cycle Touring Club, now the National Cycling Charity – JOIN!

Bespoked (formerly Bespoke Bristol), the annual custom builders show.

Bikecad, the leading computer aided design software, based in Canada but downloaded worldwide. Limited online try out.

Useful Online Bicycle Trail Calculator

Pipe Layout Calculator. This is an app for iphone, ipad and ipod touch which, although designed for pipefitters, will produce fish-mouth templates suitable for mitring bicycle tubes.

Tubemiter for Mac. Free software download for producing mitre templates, only works on Apple macs. Basic program similar to tubemiter exe. Does not offer any centre line on the template.

Tubemiter exe. This program can still be found by searching the internet. Runs only on Windows but in my experience it will not run on any windows platform later than XP

The Paterek Manual. A comprehensive framebuilders guide available from the author. Detailed advice on choosing a lathe and other lathe related resources.

Towergate Insurance. Downs view House, 141-145 Station Road East, Oxted, Surrey RH8 0QE.
Tel: 0344 346 0409     Email:   The only broker I have been able to find to offer Liability insurance to home custom framebuilders.

The Seatpost Man. John Lee (based in Chorley, Lancashire), can remove any seized seatpost from all frame types.
Tel: 07539474088          



Framebuilding Supplies

CEEWAY: 80/82 West Street, Erith, Kent, DA8 1AQ, UK
Telephone: 01322 442 990
One stop supplier for all framebuilding requisites.

THE BICYCLE ACADEMY: Welsh Mill, Park Hill Drive, Frome, Somerset BA11 2LE Telephone 01373 473767
Stockists of a range of Columbus and Reynolds tubing and other
parts and tools. Now selling a range of jigs and tools through their Academy Tools brand Also a full range of welding equipment and consumables through their Sif shop.

Shaftmoor Industrial Estate, 226 Shaftmoor Lane, Hall Green, Birmingham B28 8SP
Tel : 0121 7773 853
Sell their own tubing and lugs. Contact with your requirements and
they will forward price lists etc. Minimum order £150. Will sell to
amateur framebuilders but will ask for your experience.

ANVIL TOOLS: 502 Violet Street,Golden, Colorado 80401
Superb framebuilding jigs and tools. Order with confidence but note Import duty and VAT will be added.

SPUTNIK TOOL: 370 Old County Road, Sedgwick, Maine ME 04676
All tools made individually by Jeff Buchholz

COFA ENGINEERING: Cottage Farm workshops, Whale Wharf lane, Littleton, BS35 1NW
Tel: 01454 411720 07872 330444
Manufacturers of custom bicycle frame building parts and frame building jigs

BEAR FRAME BUILDING SUPPLIES: Unit 8, Acacia Close, Cherrycourt Way, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 4QE
Tel: 01525 851337

Framebuilding Courses

THE BICYCLE ACADEMY: Welsh Mill, Park Hill Drive, Frome, Somerset BA11 2LE Telephone 01373 473767
The Bicycle Academy also offers hire of full workshop and jig facilities for builders who wish to build their own bikes after completing a course, Marvelous if you find this convenient enough.

DOWNLANDS CYCLES: Downland Cycles Training Centre
2 Stone Cottages, Lynsore Bottom, Canterbury, Kent CT4 6EG
01227 709706

BICYCLES BY DESIGN (Home of Swallow bicycles):
The John Rose Building, High Street, Coalport, Shropshire TF8 7HT
Telephone 01952 459900

DAVE YATES CYCLES: Ivy House Farm, Hawthorn Hill, Coningsby, Lincoln
LN4 4UW (The original framebuilding course)
Telephone 01526 343322 (During opening hours only please, Mon, Tues, Weds, Fri 9am – 5pm)

PHOENIX HOTWORKS: London Frame builder Darren Barber offers 5 day courses only, but they are 1:1.

NERVE BIKES: Unit 3, 83 Railway Road, Newhaven, East Sussex BN9 0AP
Telephone 01273 515994