-I teach a very limited number of one-on-one, one to two week long classes each year. That’s right, one student at a time, Monday through Friday. In rare cases I will consider doing a 2-student lesson if you have a friend who wants to do it at the same time. You can pick a one week intensive (7-8 hours a day) class, or take your time and do more riding/fun and spread it out over 2 weeks (3-4 hours a day).
-We’ll collaboratively design your new bike using BikeCAD pro (you’ll have unlimited use of the program during your one week class, but if you want to continue using it after that, you’ll need to purchase a license from the fine folks at Bicycle Forest). As many of you know, I’m a huge geometry and fit geek – so you’ll get to pick my brain and learn all about how I do a bike design, talk through tradeoffs of every variable, and figure out your ideal geometry/wheel size/componentry.
-You’ll be given full use of the WW shop machines and tools and my undivided attention to help you operate them. The course fee includes all materials (S and S couplers are an additional $400) needed to complete your frame and I guarantee that you will leave with a rideable and safe frame (this may mean I have to do some aspects of the construction myself if you’re having a lot of trouble). You will also have as much practice time and material as you’d like to learn to TIG weld or braze, as well as unlimited use of BikeCAD pro to design bikes to your heart’s content.
-I offer 2 pricing options:
Option 1: $2100 – Fly on the Wall. This is the watch-and-learn but no actual building option. If you’ve always wanted to see how I build a frame but don’t want to actually do it yourself, come hang out and watch me build yours!
-In your spare time, enjoy our 500+ miles of singletrack, right out the back door (or, in the winter, the infinite fatbike terrain and 7 ski resorts within a 30 minute drive). Park City is the only IMBA gold-level ride center in the world and you can make great riding vacation out of your trip. I’m happy to provide info on local trails and yes, I want to ride with you!
-Build your bike up and ride it when it’s still warm from the torch (ok, that’s an exaggeration). But if you’re interested in test riding your bike before it even gets powdercoated, we’ll order parts in advance and assemble so you can test ride right here in UT.
-Super excited about building after watching for a few hours? Upgrade at any time to:
Option 2: $3200 – You Build It, Walt Helps. This is the real business – you do it all, and I provide as much help/instruction/encouragement as it takes to make sure you end up with a great frame. If you want to get a jump start on building your own frames in the future, this is the option for you. Be ready to work hard!
-All materials included. If you blow a hole in a tube, I’ll hand you another one, no problem. Need weird dropouts or unusual BB shell or a curved tube? Done. 880t or ER70 welding rod, silver or bronze brazing wire, flux, argon – it’s all included.
-Build anything you want. Dirt jumper? Crazy slack/short 29er? 650b? 36er? Time trial bike? Fattie? We can do any size of seatpost/dropper, any fork, curve tubes, do any unusual geometry or use any unusual component. The world is your oyster. Tandems and full suspension bikes cost extra, but you can do them – the world is your oyster, build your dream bike!
-Learn the basics of TIG, fillet brazing, and lug work (or just one) and practice as much as you’d like on my professional level equipment. Unlimited practice scrap/tubing is available for your use/destruction.
-If you’re really struggling, I will step in and help you finish any task necessary so that your bike ends up safe and fun.
-Just as with Option 1, you’ll be in mountain bike heaven and have time to ride. We can assemble your new bike for a test ride or two while you’re here as well as long as we order parts in advance.
-In some cases I will ask you to do “homework” before arriving to familiarize yourself with some basic movements for welding. This can include sending you a big box of mitered scraps for practice if you have access to welding equipment (check with your local maker space, DIY associations, community college, etc), recommendations on equipment, etc. Full phone/email support for you while you start practicing on your own.