Ricky builds a touring frame.

Ricky C. came to Metal Guru to fulfill a long time goal of building his own bike frame. As it turned out he had a very specific type of frame in mind… an expedition touring frame.

With touring specific geometry, 26″ wheels, loads of tire clearance, rim and disc brake mounts, three water bottle mounts, rack mounts, fender mounts, double eyelets, extra long chain stays for heel clearance and a kick stand plate this bike is ready for extended touring either on or off-road.

The gallery below shows photos of Rick’s progress through the class.

Great job, Ricky!


4 comments on “Ricky builds a touring frame.

  1. Rick C. says:

    Thank you again for a great class this past week. I learned more about machining, welding, and brazing than I could have hoped for. The course was very well balanced between lecture, hands-on practice and actual application. The bike frame looks fantastic (if I do say so myself!). I especially appreciated your over-the-shoulder guidance and readiness to step in when welding or brazing got a little dicey. After all, this was more than just a “project;” I wanted to make sure that I walked away with a well-built, quality custom frame. Your expertise and great attitude made the whole learning process and execution very approachable. I look forward to building more frames and, in due time, taking on the harder to weld/ braze situations.

    Best regards,

    • carl snarl says:

      Rick, it was my pleasure. I am so happy to have helped you to achieve such a long standing goal of building your own frame. Thanks so much for the kind words.

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