How To Build A Vintage Bike Frame
If you have a fascination with bicycles and have wanted to know how to build a vintage bike frame from scratch, try taking up the challenge and do it yourself. Of course it takes more time and effort to build a bike frame than to buy, but a committed bike lover might well enjoy the hours spent looking for equipment, shaping and building the ideal vintage bike frame.
What You Will Need to build a vintage bike frame:
- Bike frame kit complete with all parts
- Welding Torch
- Get an idea of what kind of vintage bike frame you want to build. Familiarize yourself with different types of bike frames and select the ideal model.
- Make sure you are familiar with the process of building bikes. This might require taking apart a few and putting them back together to get an idea of how the fit together and function.
- Whether you are building a bike as part of a kit or are putting it together from scratch, collect the parts needed for the vintage bike frame. Familiarize yourself with them and how they are meant to fit together.
- Check the downtubes and the backbone. Make sure they are the right size, according to your instructions.
- Clamp the head into the jig and bend the downtubes to the correct dimensions.
- Cope the tubing. Make sure it is notched around the steering head.
- Bolt the transmission plate and check that the jig blocks and other parts are firmly in place before welding.
- Weld all the parts together. Check before the welding that nothing is in the way.
- Check that the welding has been done completely. You might need to make some touch ups.
- Once the frame has cooled from the welding, congratulations! You have your vintage bike frame.
Warning: Make sure you have some experience with welding before building your vintage bike frame, or at least have a buddy help you if this is the first thing you have welded, given safety concerns.
Tip: Ensure all of the parts are the right size and are in good condition before starting.