List of Framebuilding Tools and Toolmakers

Hey Everyone,
I could use some help with a list of toolmakers, big and small. I know there are a few on this forum as well. Once I have a list I can dive in and pull out what individual tools they have and pretty up the list.

I hope we can also build this thread with some reviews and user photos!

What makers am I missing?

Farr Frameworks
Cobra Framebuilding
Rossman
Alex Meade
Benchmark
Galaxy Gearworks
Sputnik
Incepi
Engin Cycles
BikeFabSupply
Paragon
Lichen
Simple
Ti Cycles
To Make Things (WIP)

DIY:

Konga
Pithy
PVD

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Alex Meade
Benchmark
Konga Bicycles

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Alex Meade, frame/fork jigs, tube blocks, dummy axles.

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https://lichenmfg.com/shop/

Any YouTube university educated frame builder has to give a shout out to Steve, He has a few 3D print files. Hope he joins

https://www.pithybikes.com/pithy-bikes-jig-copy-1

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Updated the list.

Keep them coming!

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Oscar of Simple makes the Arctos jig (and other fixtures/things, by pretty-please request).

https://www.simplebicycleco.com/tools

-Chris

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You could add PVD under DIY - he publishes full plans for his SKYNET and WOPR frame jigs

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https://www.instagram.com/academytools/ :soon: https://www.instagram.com/thingstomakethings/

TiCycles has heatsinks TiCycleTubes — TI CYCLES FABRICATION

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Damn, I was going to say The Bicycle Academy, but now I see they went out of business late 2022. I’ve got their LCFF, a clever design does what it says on the tin.

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Looks like thingstomakethings are taking over the tool business
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Thanks everyone. I recently came across http://oakes.bike/ thanks to this forum. When I checked a month ago, they had some cool dies and parts. However, the website is dead now. Does anyone know more about that company?

I expanded this topic to general tools, that are specific to the frame building process. It would be cool if people could post a picture and write up a quick review/summary!

Digital Angle Finder With V Groove

Digital Angle Finder with Magnetic V Groove Base

  • Useful for setting up bends, fixtures, and mitering tubes
  • This is the only one I have found with a small V groove for tubes!
  • Magnetic base is easy to use
  • One tip: Cobra Joe’s video demonstrates zeroing the angle finder on the horizontal arm, but IMO, that arm can easily be +/-.2 off. Its much more accurate to zero on the “straight” part of the tube (circled in red below)

Pipe Cutters

Maybe everyone already knows this, but I was surprised at how well pipe cutters work. to trim tubes. THe ones with six ball bearings seem to work well. I will find the exact models we use. Or maybe someone has the beta on the best cutter?

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I’m glad to see they are going to keep making tools. My Bicycle Academy wooden tube blocks are some of the most useful tools I own.

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and they follow this…

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Ah good to hear. Sounds like the business itself had to go, but it’s reassuring that those involved are working on an alternative business model for the tools and the teaching it seems.

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Essential tool if you don’t have a lathe and need things cut square (or I guess perfectly round and flat?). I use mine a lot for making stems.

Mines a Ridgid that’ll do 6-35mm tubes. I think it was $100 cad. It’s pretty burly and the cutting wheels are somewhat easy to find locally and very easy to get from everyone’s favourite billionaire.

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I know there are a few good hand file brands out there (Nicholson, Bahco, an Italian one?) but I’m not sure what’s current or recommended.

A list and links to some solid hand files would be greatly appreciated!

Currently, I have a few Bahco files that seem to be ok: Amazon.ca

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Makes some really, really nice tools.
Hahn Rossman

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Thanks! I stumbled across their tools a while back, but could not remember the username

This dimpler is really really cool: