A Guide to Brazing and Soldering

A Guide to Brazing and Soldering by Keith Hale, self published and available from CuP Alloys: Last Weekend I visited the annual Midlands Model …

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Introduction to Milling – another Axminster skill centre course

At the end of November I attended a two day course as an introduction to using a milling machine. This will be another machine to …

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Introduction to the small lathe – course review – Axminster Skill Centre

This month I attended a two day course on operating a small engineering lathe prior to purchasing said item to enhance my frame building capabilities. …

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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, …

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Bike Fitting and BikeCad at The Bicycle Academy

In March 2014 I attended a one day course on bike fitting and the use of the computer aided bicycle design software BikeCad which appears …

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Book Reviews

The Paterek Manual for Bicycle Framebuilders Third Edition 2004. This used to be available direct from the author but his website appears to have gone …

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Bespoke Saddle Coverings

I have previously mentioned GRAFTON SADDLER in a review of a former Bespoke Bristol, in …


I copied this handlebar from Jon Thompson, who made some in this fashion for fixies …

Oxy-Propane Brazing Update 3

I use oxygen and propane for my brazing. I did not want the expense and …