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    Default Learing both TIG-welding and brazing

    Hi everyone,

    long time lurker and first time poster, never built a frame yet. I believe I am following the forum's guidelines but don't hesitate to correct me if I'm wrong.

    I'm curious to inquire, especially around professionals, how frequent it is for steel framebuilders to master both TIG-welding and brazing, and what would be your thoughts for somebody interested in both? On top of my head the only builder I know who does both is Tomii Cycles (I'm sure there are more).

    I'm currently learning to tig-weld in school, which I love, but I've always had a soft spot for fillet-brazed frames (which we won't be doing in school). I'm kinda thinking that by the time I'm good enough with TIG to build decent frames, I probably won't feel like going through the same lengthy process with brazing, and the time I would be using learning to braze could be used to get even better at TIG-welding. Whether I consider building frames as a hobby or professionally is not much of a concern to me in this case, as I like to learn stuff just for the heck of it.

    Anyways, just looking to get some insights from people who've dabbed in both, especially since it will probably guide my choice of framebuilding class.

    Thanks all

    P.S: I am in no way interested in bringing back the never-ending "debate" of which is "better" between Tig-welding and brazing

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    Default Re: Learing both TIG-welding and brazing

    In the Y3K era if you are new and inexperienced you should master both types of joining tasks.

    PS There is no better. A task like this doesnít affect the ride or the bicycle. Itís an economic choice.

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    Default Re: Learing both TIG-welding and brazing

    They are both invaluable skills to have, learn to MIG whilst you are going, knowledge isn't a burden to carry around with you.
    Bill Fernance
    Bicycle Shop Owner
    Part Time Framebuilder
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