A Week Spent with Dave Yates Learning the Skills of Framebuilding – A Complete Bike

Dave Yates Frame Building Course Complete Bike Bars

A few weeks after receiving my frame back from Dave, and I’ve finally assembled the kit to build it.

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A Week Spent with Dave Yates Learning the Skills of Framebuilding – Frame Painted and Ready to Build

Dave Yates Frame Building Course Painted Frame Chain Stay Details

I was very excited to receive a frame sized box from the courier today and couldn’t wait to open it.

A Week Spent with Dave Yates Learning the Skills of Framebuilding – Day 5

Dave Yates Frame Building Course Day 5 Getting Ready for Day 5

I started every morning by pulling my boots on and going to have a lovely cooked breakfast. The boots didn’t hurt so much now, the Elastoplast on each heel and big toe were doing their job well!

A Week Spent with Dave Yates Learning the Skills of Framebuilding – Day 4

Dave Yates Frame Building Course Day 4 A Look Around Daves Workshop

Bikes are not much good if you can’t attach cables for brakes and gears, it would also be nice to carry a water bottle or two. That means that day 4 was all about ‘braze-ons’ – those little guides that you pass cables through!

A Week Spent with Dave Yates Learning the Skills of Framebuilding – Day 2

Dave Yates Frame Building Course Day 2 Cutting Downtube Head tube mitre

Day 2 started with a plan, more pictures, sore feet, a huge blister and a tube box still full of tubes yet to be worked on…

A Week Spent with Dave Yates Learning the Skills of Framebuilding – Day 1

Dave Yates Frame Building Course Day 1 Sub Assembly Lugs Cut

This is a little off topic, I normally keep this blog just for my SBDU Ilkeston bikes. However, I’ve just spent a fascinating week in Coningsby, Lincolnshire, with Dave Yates learning how to build a bike frame.