Handmade bicycle frames for road and mountain

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Frequently Asked Questions

Some real, some imagined questions below. Please ring or e-mail with real ones; the answer might be a pleasant surprise…

wheel How much do the frames cost?
wheel Do you build-up complete bikes?

wheel I like your frames but don’t know what size I’d need.
wheel How is the Geometry measured?
wheel I’ve got my own ideas for a frame; would you build it?
wheel What welding technique do you use?
wheel Most steel frames don’t feature a detachable mech. hanger, why yours?
wheel Do you do full suspension frames?
wheel What size of seat post do Taylor frames use?
wheel What paint finishes do you offer?
wheel Are the frames ready to be built-up?
wheel Can I try out one of your frames?
wheel Do you do restoration or repairs?
wheel How did you get into making bike frames?
wheel Are you some sort of Engineer by trade?
wheel I’m interested, where do we go from here?

wheel How much do the frames cost?
Bare metal road or mountain bike frames start at £600. For sliding dropouts add £50. I charge for paintwork  (if required) at cost, as detailed down the page.arrow

wheel Do you build-up complete bikes?
I certainly do, either with parts supplied by myself or the customer, new or second hand. arrow

wheel I like your frames but don’t know what size I’d need.arrow
If it’s convenient to visit my workshop then my sizing jig can be helpful to replicate a riding position, around which I can design a frame. Often the customer will have a bike already and we can go out for a ride together, discussing the riding position as we go, before measuring the bike up in the workshop. The design of the new frame can be based upon the current one with changes as required. Alternatively, many good bike shops offer a fitting service that provides a dimensioned drawing of a frame, which I can work from.

wheel How is the Geometry measured?

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The drawing above shows how the various measurements are defined. On frames designed around suspension forks, the geometry is taken with the forks sagged by 20% of their travel (that is, a 100mm travel fork is compressed by 20mm on the geometry drawing). arrow

wheel I’ve got my own ideas for a frame; would you build it?
Provided the ideas seem good, and it looks right when drawn out, then yes.arrow

wheel What welding technique do you use?
Bronze welding. In this process the joint is heated with an oxy-acetylene flame to around 700 degrees C (well below its melting point). A nickel-bronze alloy rod is simultaneously melted and allowed to flow over the edges of the joint and join with them, leaving a slightly rippled fillet. Small parts such as cable guides & bottle cage bosses are silver soldered. arrow
 
wheel Most steel frames don’t feature a detachable mech. hanger, why yours?
To me it’s the only sensible thing to do. Something has to give in the event of a heavy fall to the right, or a stick caught-up in the drive train; much better that the mech. hanger should bend rather than the frame itself or the rear mech. Changeable with a multi-tool, each frame is supplied with a spare to carry in your camelback or tool bag. I haven’t bent one yet that I couldn’t straighten up in the workshop later…. arrow

wheel Do you do full suspension frames?
Not yet. arrow

wheel What size of seat post do Taylor frames use?
All my frames so far have taken a 27.2mm diameter seat post, and conventional 1 1/8” ahead sets. Bottom bracket shell widths are either 68 or 73mm. Please ask for details of larger diameter seat posts options. arrow

wheel What paint finishes do you offer?
The frames can be supplied finished in one of 3 ways:

  1. Bare metal, hand scuffed with scotchbrite, ready for your own paint finish.
  2. Plain colour powder coated. The powder coat is applied over a 2 pack etch primer; the decals are positioned and finally the whole frame is given a clear topcoat in either matt or gloss. A very durable finish, available in a huge range of colours. Cost £50.
  3. 2-Pack wet paint. The bare frame is lightly blasted to provide a good key, etch primed and then wet sprayed with a 2-pack paint. The decals are then applied and the whole thing is clear coated in a matt, satin or gloss lacquer. Available in a huge range of colours including metallics, pearlescents etc. Probably not as bombproof as powder coat, but a higher quality finish is achievable. Recommended. Cost from £80.  arrow

wheel Are the frames ready to be built-up?
Painted & powder coated frames are supplied ready to build-up; bare metal frames will require 3 finishing operations once painted, these being:

  1. The seat tube reamed out to 27.2mm.
  2. The steerer tube reamed & faced.
  3. The bottom bracket faced.
These 3 operations are best perfomed after the frame has been painted, but I can carry them out on a bare metal frame if required. Alternatively, any good cycle shop will be able to carry out these operations, probably for less than 20. arrow

wheel Can I try out one of your frames?
My own bikes are always available for a test ride; other sizes might be available given a bit of notice.arrow

wheel Do you do restoration or repairs?
I do. Anything from fitting additional bottle bosses to complete bike rebuilds.arrow

wheel How did you get into making bike frames?
I started off messing about with motorbikes, & designed and built my first motorcycle frame in 1986. That one didn’t come to much, but later frames were better & I still use a Taylor framed creation as my daily transport. Having been introduced to the joys of mountain biking in 2003, I built my first bicycle frame in 2006. arrow

wheel Are you some sort of Engineer by trade?
Yes. After leaving school I served a four-year apprenticeship, followed by a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Since then I’ve worked in automotive chassis design for 20 years. arrow

wheel I’m interested, where do we go from here?
The usual ordering procedure would be to discuss the customer's specific requirements by email, phone or in person if convenient. I’ll then create a CAD drawing of the proposed frame, which, once approved by both parties, will form the basis of our contract. I ask for a deposit of £100 before starting to cut metal, the balance to be paid on collection or delivery of the completed frame. arrow