Bicycle frame building Posts

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

David Mercer – Mercer Bikes, Cape Town, South Africa

David Mercer – Mercer Bikes, Cape Town, South Africa

I met David Mercer at the Bespoke Bike Show in London in April 2014. I was impressed with the bicycle he had brought to the show, a touring bike he called the Monkey King. It could definitely be described as multipurpose, with a lot of hand made details including custom made stainless racks. David is a Vet by training and now splits his time between working as a Vet and building custom bikes, racks and tools. He kindly agreed to answer some questions about his workshop techniques which interested me:

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