This course offers a comprehensive overview of bicycle design and frame-building (either for custom or production bikes) exploring the most relevant aspects of the whole process: from the initial contact with the customer, the selection of most appropriate frame materials and bike components, the different frame-building and welding techniques, the use of design software Bike Cad and essential workshop tools, to paint-design and the final assembly and completion of the bike.
No previous knowledge on the subject required; this introductory course is suited to all cycling enthusiasts, professional bike mechanics, industrial designers and, generally, any person interested in acquiring a broader knowledge and better understanding of the bicycle. This course has a 5 hours duration.
The design of a bespoke bike on the software Bike Cad provides the conducting thread for this course: As we advance on the design of a bike frame, we proceed to explore all the different areas related to the process – biomechanics, bike geometry and design, the selection of frame materials, different welding techniques- paying particular attention to all the most relevant aspects of frame-building.
This introduction course provides a good starting point for any student looking to acquire further knowledge and to advance in this field. This introductory course is mostly based on the first session of the Bike Design and Frame-Building Course (DCB-I and DCB-II)