Since July we’ve taught over 80 people on our Frame Building Courses and Brazing Masterclasses, and we’ve had lots of amazing feedback. We’re very proud of what we do and work hard to make sure that every student gets the most from their time with us.
“I really enjoyed every second of the course, and it seems to me that the thing that you’ve achieved above all else (and I know its at the core of what you want to achieve) is something much more valuable than just skilling-up your students! You’ve managed to generate a level of self-belief and de-mystification which makes me KNOW that I am capable of building something for my self. I don’t just have the skills (although I’m in awe of how much of them I seem to have accumulated) but I also have the belief, enthusiasm and confidence to go ahead and use them.
I’m nothing to do with the bike trade these days, but I know teaching. I know excellent teaching when I see it, and the true test is the ability to make people travel through something difficult without letting them see how difficult. I arrived at the end of today having built a frame. At no point during those four days did I doubt that I was capable. At no point did I come close to giving up on something. At no point did I stop and realise quite how far I’d come until I sat down with a beer and looked at the photos of the brazes on the frame I made!
I would be very surprised if you don’t manage to have this effect on all your students: you’ve achieved something very impressive!“
Tom Walker – Frame Building student
“I turned up to learn a bit, achieve a personal ambition and hopefully do something to improve someone else’s life a little, the fact was I left with my life being improved a lot.
I clearly remember Andrew telling me to “enjoy it” during my last few minutes of brazing, just as the whole process came to a climax, the fact was I enjoyed every second, and stepping back from the frame with the torch still in my hand I felt pretty emotional.
There’s a great balance in the team you have there, I hope you get to share yours and their time with as many people as possible.”
Andrew Grace – Frame Building student
Our Masterclasses have been very popular, and we’ve got some great results from some complete novices through to highly acclaimed builders:
“You always want to stay on top of your game and keep your skills in check so I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to spend the day with the Grand Master of the oxy/acetylene torch Brian Curtis. Brian is a brazing hero, having worked at Rickmans Honda and Curtis bikes with his very distinctive unfiled fillet brazing. To be able to pick his brain frame builder to frame builder was a great day and I felt very lucky to share a bench with him! If you would like to get your hands dirty and fancy having a go at frame building check out The Bicycle Academy”
Tom Donhou – Brazing Masterclass student
We’ve also been lucky enough to help some well known frame-builders to develop their brazing with a few words of advice:
“Tried a different technique for this fillet, I will be sticking with it and improving on. A few wise words from @thebicycleacademy helped a lot.”
Ricky Feather (@feathercycles) – Instagram.
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