Journal

Academy Tools Frame Fixture

It takes a lot of consideration, development, testing and and design work to create truly great products. It can also take a long time. In this case the process has taken longer than we had anticipated, much longer. But we weren't willing to compromise on the end product, so we got our heads down and put everything into making sure that we achieved the quality and functionality worthy of the Academy name. Just like everyone else who truly cares about what they produce. As far as we're concerned there's no point in doing anything unless it will be meaningfully better than what ever else exists. It's not about making a version on a theme, or just putting our name on something. We're working to move things forward....

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Dear Susan and Mike Rotch

We’re proud to get behind and support many frame builders in various different ways. From loaning equipment, making workshop space available or just generally trying to help them connect the dots. Peter Georgallou of Dear Susan Bicycles is someone who we support in what ever way we can. In so many ways he’s the antithesis of a typical frame builder, but that’s why he’s so important. He makes things that are free from the constraint of a customer spec, that exist because they have a story behind them, pieces that have meaning and so inherent value rather than value because of demand or price tag. From Grayson Perry’s Princess Freedom to the #PubesMobile - Peter’s creations are unique, playful and...

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A look back at Bespoked 2017

Bespoked -  The UK Handmade Bicycle Show is only a few weeks away and we can't wait. We've been looking back at some previous shows and remembering some of the awesome award winning bicycles and builders that have links to The Bicycle Academy. It's really nice to look back and remember that Bespoked always boasts a high level of achievement from former students. We also take pride in the fact that some of the best frame builders in the country trust our tools, we can't wait to see this years exhibitors.   Follow the links in each heading to find out more about each of the builders and their bicycles. Toad - Geoff's Road Bike picked up a Road.cc choice Road Bike Award. Toby Gallagher studied a Fillet...

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A look back at Bespoked 2018

Bespoked -  The UK Handmade Bicycle Show is a yearly focal point for The Bicycle Academy. We're already looking forward to this years show and we thought we should share some of our favourite award winning bicycle builds from last year's show. All of the builders that we have selected are connected to The Bicycle Academy - some are former students and some are Academy tool users. It's really nice to see such a high level of achievement from former students and we take pride in the fact that some of the best frame builders in the country trust our tools. We work hard to make sure that our frame building products and services are the best available.  Follow the links in each heading...

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Dear Susan inbound for NAHBS

The North American Handmade Bike Show begins this weekend. Petor of Dear Susan, and former student of The Bicycle Academy, will be exhibiting something unique.  We are always really excited to see Petor's latest creations. He is one of the most exciting frame builders currently working in the industry. Petor muddles technical brilliance with a compulsion for creative exploration and a Doctor Frankenstein approach to frame assembly standards. Each Dear Susan bicycle is the product of a truly unique approach to frame building. We first met Petor in 2014 when he came to The Bicycle Academy to make his Talldax bike. What's a Talldax bike? It's a tall bike designed for doing Audax rides, obviously... Petor elaborates: 'The first few audaxes in January are always super fun, but imagine...

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