This class is a two-quarter sequence in which students learn how to design and build a bicycle frame. I designed my commuter bike so it had the power and speed I wanted to ride around campus and also have enough stand-over so I could get on while wearing a skirt. My frame is brass-brazed and equipped with a mixture of road and mountain components.
After designing my frame in SolidWorks, I printed a to-scale picture to measure build off of. After each tube was cut and brazed, this picture was used to verify that my frame matched the design.
Since precision is very important in building bicycle frames, various cutting and assembly jigs were used to minimize error. After every tack and braze, the frames were measured on a precision granite table to ensure that none of the tubes were out of plane.