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Pinkbike Poll: Could You Build Your Own Mountain Bike Frame?
Welding can be tricky to learn, but fillet brazing is easy enough to learn in an afternoon if you've got someone experienced to teach you. Like you won't be the next Curtis or anything in a matter of hours but I'm gonna claim it won't take much longer for someone with some basic metalworking experience to produce structurally acceptable seams. I took up a framebuilding class some time ago and have the privilege of sharing a workspace with some skilled folks. I've built two hardtails so I'm very much a novice still. The first one was a joke really, made from a bunch of recycled tubes for a hack bike derby. The second one turned out pretty ok but I made a lot of mistakes during building it and had to partially rebuild the rear triangle twice. I'll post them over at the homemade bikes thread some day for your enjoyment. It's a very labor intensive and time consuming hobby, but in the end it's so satisfying to ride something you built yourself, warts and all. I'd recommend giving it a try if the opportunity presents itself - maybe start with a rack, adding bottle cage bosses or a disc brake tab to your townie. Then again, there's no shame riding a stock frame, since at the end of the day what matters most is actually going out and enjoying your bike no matter who built it!
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