Bike Building

My name is Kai and I am posting to the forum as one of this year’s Maker Mentor program participants ( Cameron Russell, who is a staff member at Generator, is my mentor and we were talking about the possibility of me making a bike during the next year. The first part of our process is to figure out whether building a bike frame using the Metal Shop at Generator would be possible, and whether there are members of the Generator community that might be good resources. A couple of things that we also talked about were:

  • What type of metal / tubing should I use to build a frame? Aluminum? Steel?
  • What type of frame would be easiest to build - a lugged steel frame? a welded frame?
  • Do we need special brackets in order to hold the components of the frame in place for welding?
  • What should my first steps be in figuring out whether this project is possible?

If you or anyone you know could be a resource in helping me build a bike frame at Generator, please let me know on the forum or by email at or reach out to Cameron at

Thank you very much!


Are you committed to metal? The challenge with using metal is the welding. Looks like there are successful wood frame builds using cnc routing, which I think would be hugely more doable. For instance: