Custom Frames





Mikael Przysuski proudly displaying his frame. Mikael, from Sweden, was the first course participant in Dave's new workshop.



You can read an article published in Kadens magazine about Mikael's course by clicking here



Thank you to for allowing us to use the article, and to Mikael for translating it into English!







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Two more satisfied course participants, Larry Strung from Canada, and Caspar Drenth from Holland with their frames.







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Patrick Couser riding the frame he made. Patrick has kindly supplied this link to his record of the course, and details of how he designed his frame


(PS Helping build chicken sheds is not a mandatory part of the course!)







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Luke Muir and Dave O'Regan with their frames. Dave used Pauls dropouts on his frame, and he also made a unique seat stay bridge (below)


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Learn the traditional arts of framebuilding with Dave Yates

Would you like to discover the 'secrets' of designing and building bicycle frames? Dave Yates offers a 5 day course in traditional framebuilding where you will design and build your own custom steel frame. All levels of skill can be catered for, from absolute beginners with no engineering experience at all to perhaps people who have the hands on engineering skills but have never had the opportunity to build a frame. The course is aimed primarily at the "enthusiastic amateur" who harbours the desire to realise a dream, and at the end of your 5 day course you will have a fully functioning custom frameset.


To ensure that Dave can maintain a high standard of personal tuition, places are limited to 2 per course. All courses are fully booked for 2017. However, if you would be interested in a place should we have any cancellations, or you would like to be notified when we set dates for 2018 please let us know by email


Why attend a Dave Yates Course?


"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery"


Others may try to copy Dave's Framebuilding Course, and even try to pass off his work, words and ways of working as their own BUT they cannot offer you the unique learning experience that Dave can.


Dave, a former metalwork teacher, is a world renowned framebuilder. With over 30 years framebuilding experience Dave has designed and produced every type of frame, nearly 12,000 to date. No one else can offer you this level of expertise and experience.


Dave has been running Framebuilding Courses since 1998. He has unrivalled experience, teaching people of all ages, from all walks of life, from complete beginners to experienced framebuilders wanting to refine their techniques, from the UK, Canada, The Netherlands, Sweden, France, Spain, Germany, Norway, Poland, Australia and beyond!


You may have to wait to secure a place on one of Dave's courses, but the simple fact that Dave's courses are booked up so far ahead speaks volumes for the quality of his courses.


"The best things in life are worth waiting for"


Can I build any kind of frame?

No! You only have 5 days, and unless you have lots of experience of framebuilding the time available is only sufficient for most people to build either a conventional lugged road frame and forks, or a fillet brazed frame only, either ATB or road. We have a large stock of tubes, components and braze-ons for you to choose from. However, if you have any specific requests for tubesets and/or particular components that we do not hold in stock we will do our best to obtain them for you.


Click here to see some of the frames made so far on Dave's course.


You can only build a steel frame. You cannot build an aluminium, titanium, all or part carbon frame. You can use Reynolds 525, 631 or 853 for your frame, but you cannot use 953. You can make a frame with S&S couplings, but you cannot fit the couplings yourself, Dave must fit these to your tubes before the course. If you have the necessary experience you may be able to fit an eccentric bottom bracket or build a tricycle frame, but you cannot build a tandem, recumbent, BMX, 24" (or smaller) wheel, folding or suspension frame.


Click here to read an account by Steve Beech, 'How I Built My Bike' on Dave's course.


Areas covered on the Framebuilding Course:

1. Frame design considerations:

Joining methods

2. Workshop safety

Personal protective equipment
Compressed air

3. Brazing/Joining

Joint preparation
Brazing techniques
Cleaning up
Use of silver solder

4. Finishing

Giving your frame the 'professional' look


How much does it cost?

The cost of the course is £1,250 + materials and consumables, which start at around £190.

The course fee includes all tuition, a course handbook to read before you start, use of workshop equipment and safety equipment, unlimited tea or coffee in the workshop, and answers to any questions about framebuilding you care to ask during the course. The course handbook will be made available as soon as a deposit is received.

Most tubesets can be provided. Reynolds is the preferred choice, but if we don't have what you want just ask - we can probably get it!

Free entertainment will be provided by the Eurofighters, Tornados, Jaguars etc of nearby RAF Coningsby. If you are lucky the Spitfires, Hurricanes or Lancaster of the Battle of Britain Memorial  Flight may also make an appearance.

This is a unique opportunity that no one else can match!


Course times

Courses run from 9am until 5.00pm Monday to Thursday, and 9am to 1pm on Friday, with a 45 minute break for lunch. (You will need to make your own arrangements for lunch.)


Want to learn more?

If you would like to learn cycle mechanics or wheelbuilding, we recommend The Bike-Inn who have run specialist courses since 1991. Based in Lincolnshire like ourselves, they offer courses in both, recognised as the leading courses in the UK. They also offer Wheelbulding and Cycle Maintenance & Roadside Repairs DVDs and can supply all the specialist cycle tools and components you will ever need.