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Noviceframebuilder.co.uk is a website for bicycle framebuilders starting out in the United Kingdom. I have started it because I was unable to find a similar resource anywhere that provided relevant information all in one place for prospective bicycle framebuilders, who have probably been on a basic course to build a bike frame and then wish to carry on building more at home with the minimum expense. It does not attempt to instruct you in how to build a bicycle frame from scratch but hopefully will offer information you only realised you needed when you decided to do it yourself. Whilst input from professional framebuilders is more than welcome the site is really for those who will probably never build bicycle frames as a livelihood. The basis of the site reflects my own experiences and the things I did not learn on a course and had to find out for myself. Currently there are several frame building schools and courses in the UK to acquire the necessary basics and some now offering advanced and related subject tuition. Of course most of the site will be dedicated to building in steel which is both the most accessible material and many would say still the best, but there are undoubtedly homebuilders who build in aluminium, carbon fibre and maybe titanium. There is even a course to build your own Bamboo frame.

Any contributions to the site are welcome, be it comments or articles on your own techniques or experiences, or reviews of courses you have attended or books you have read.

Please forward any contributions to stephen@hiltoncycles.com

Stephen Hilton