Building Modern Bicycle Frames Using Traditional Methods and Materials

ARTISAN LECTURE SERIES
Spring 2017

Jamie Swan, Bike Maker
Building Modern Bicycle Frames Using Traditional Methods and Materials

Tuesday, April 25th at The General Society Library
The Lecture starts at 6:30 – Reception to Follow

In this high-tech era where high-end bicycle frames are manufactured from epoxy and carbon fiber, a small community of bike makers employ steel tubing and traditional methods. These builders are often referred to as “keepers of the flame,” a particularly apt moniker because they use a torch to melt the bronze and silver alloys that bond steel tubes together into a practical and beautiful vehicle.

Jamie Swan has been in the bicycle world for more than forty years as a competitive cyclist, bike shop owner, and frame builder using traditional methods and many tools he’s made himself. Notable for their precision and artistic styling, his frames have won awards at national shows. By day, Mr. Swan is a machinist/instructor at Webb Institute, a leading college of naval architecture and marine engineering in Glen Cove, Long Island. He is pleased to facilitate hands-on learning to bolster the rigorous academic program there.

Mr. Swan is a frequent speaker on tools and industrial history, as well as bike building. He lives in Northport in a saltbox house that he and his wife restored; it’s 200 years old but looks much older. For more information on Jamie Swan, please click here.

 

 

 











When: Tue., Apr. 25, 2017 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Where: The General Society Library
20 W. 44th St.
212-840-1840
Price: $5 to $15
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ARTISAN LECTURE SERIES
Spring 2017

Jamie Swan, Bike Maker
Building Modern Bicycle Frames Using Traditional Methods and Materials

Tuesday, April 25th at The General Society Library
The Lecture starts at 6:30 – Reception to Follow

In this high-tech era where high-end bicycle frames are manufactured from epoxy and carbon fiber, a small community of bike makers employ steel tubing and traditional methods. These builders are often referred to as “keepers of the flame,” a particularly apt moniker because they use a torch to melt the bronze and silver alloys that bond steel tubes together into a practical and beautiful vehicle.

Jamie Swan has been in the bicycle world for more than forty years as a competitive cyclist, bike shop owner, and frame builder using traditional methods and many tools he’s made himself. Notable for their precision and artistic styling, his frames have won awards at national shows. By day, Mr. Swan is a machinist/instructor at Webb Institute, a leading college of naval architecture and marine engineering in Glen Cove, Long Island. He is pleased to facilitate hands-on learning to bolster the rigorous academic program there.

Mr. Swan is a frequent speaker on tools and industrial history, as well as bike building. He lives in Northport in a saltbox house that he and his wife restored; it’s 200 years old but looks much older. For more information on Jamie Swan, please click here.