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    Newbie Builder. Are my plans too ambitious?

    Currently I have zero experience, but I hope to make a frame or two in the next year. I have a membership at the TechShop, which gives me access to classes and tools I'll need to make frames. And yes, there is a class specifically for building bicycle frames. So, assuming I become a competent welder, how difficult (relatively) are my two projects:

    1. Singlespeed 29er. I plan to copy my Redline Monocog's geometry.

    2. 650b hardtail built around a 120mm fork. Short chainstays, slack headtube angle, tapered headtube.

    I figure the SS will be easier, since I'm copying an existing design which I have on-hand. It's the 650b that I'm concerned will be outside my skill level. Both frames will be done in steel, in case that matters.

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    Those are both very reasonable first projects. Remember that you will make mistakes and that your goal should be a fun, safe, rideable bike - not the world's most perfect frame the first time around. If you build one - you will probably want to build more! And they'll get better and better.

    If you wanted to build a 36" wheel full suspension recumbent with electric assist, that might not be so good.

    -Walt
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    Thanks Walt! I'm glad to have your vote of confidence.

    Anybody have helpful tips specific to the builds?
    Last edited by tychoseven; 10-13-2013 at 01:00 PM.

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    My first frame was a copied geometry 29er SS too. Click on "view all posts" and look for the ones with WWTP in the title and it walks you through the entire build. You can't search for WWTP anymore because MTBR broke the search function and doesn't appear to be too concerned about fixing it.

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    001 HERE
    003 HERE
    search for site:forums.mtbr.com wwtp001
    or similar
    I dunno how to get google to search for all th wwtp threads at once

    vB search seems to need a lot of maintenance and regular indexing, it's hard to keep keep up

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    Quote Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
    001 HERE
    003 HERE
    search for site:forums.mtbr.com wwtp001
    or similar
    I dunno how to get google to search for all th wwtp threads at once

    vB search seems to need a lot of maintenance and regular indexing, it's hard to keep keep up
    Hey, now that's slick that Google can find them all.

    To the OP, WWTP0xx is the format for all the posts. It only too 40ish postings so just keep following them from 001-038 or whatever the last one was.

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    Wow, thank you both so much. I'll read through those tonight; I have much to learn.

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    Yeah, that's great. I will add a note in the FAQ about how to find them. That was a great thread and I think everyone involved (including pros) learned a lot.

    -Walt
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    Have your design peer reviewed. Copying a crappy frame will get you little. Aim for the best designed and planned out bike you possibly can. You don't learn anything when copying a frame.

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    So I should work up a design and get the community to eyeball it? Great! I have some experience with Solidworks but it seems BikeCAD will do what I need.

    It's going to be a few months before I can really get going, but in the meanwhile the peer review sounds helpful.

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