• In July of 2018, I travelled to Japan with a group of 13 other RISD students as a part of a study abroad course. We spent 3 weeks at the Tokyo College of Cycle Design (TCD) in Shibuya, Tokyo, learning from bicycle building masters with decades of experience. Through a Japanese apprenticeship model, we each designed and built a custom bicycle frame that was fitted to our proportions. The bicycle frames are Chromoly steel with brazed joints.
  • My original road bike vector design sent to the TCD faculty for approval. 
  • My bicycle frame after 3 weeks of work. 
  • (Left) A freshly brazed joint. (Right) A brazed joint after filing and sanding.
  • We first observed skills through demonstrations by TCD faculty. Afterwards, we would return to our stations and practice those skills on our own, with guidance from faculty and Teaching Assistants.