Lex to Build her Own Bicycle in 2021
Professional cyclist and former bike shop employee, Lex Albrecht holds two ParkTool pedal wrenches. Lex loves bike tools and will be learning how to build a steel bike frame in Arizona.
Have you ever wondered exactly where a bicycle comes from? I'm going to know exactly where one of the bikes in my fleet was created:
"There's a big project lined up on my calendar for later this year: The Bohemian Framebuilding School in Tucson, AZ in November 2022 is where I'll be a resident student, not only learning how to design my own bicycle frame, but also building the bike with my very own hands. (And some tools.)
Attending the framebuilding school in Tucson is like a dream come true for someone who loves bikes as much as I do. (Even more so, because I love learning how to use new tools.) Enjoying mixing tools and bikes together is nothing new for me: I learned how to work on bikes during my student days, working in bike shops. The first step was to figure out how to put together new bikes that come delivered to the bike store only semi-assembled. The next step was dialing in my tuning skills on these bikes to make sure the shifting and braking were perfect. Then I moved to up to learning how to get well-loved (and the not-so-well-loved, but well-used bikes back in shape.). Aside from bike shop jobs over many years, a summer at a mountain bike rental location in Ontario Canada was a great opportunity to get better at truing wheels. ;).
Knowing basic bike mechanics was the perfect way to gain the skills I needed to maintain, adjust and do small repairs on my own bike. That was pretty handy for a frugal kid on a student budget, and one who likes to go on adventures where help isn't always close to hand.
I'm pretty excited to kick off my off-season, graduating to the next level of bikes and tools. When I enrolled at Bohemian Framebuilding School, I got to choose between buidling a steel bike, or learning how to build a carbon fibre bike. I chose to make a steel bicycle, partly because I really want to know how to weld.
I'll keep you posted"
- Lex Albrecht
If you want to learn how to weld a bike frame or how to make a carbon fibre bike, check out the Bohemian frame building school's website: https://www.framebuildingschool.com