Journal

Speed Vs Stability - GCN at The Bicycle Academy

We have recently worked with the GCN youtube channel to produce a video about road bike geometry.  They asked a few questions that we address on a weekly basis here at The Bicycle Academy. We were keen to provide some further reading and a little clarification of the topics covered in the video. Simon made a small mistake in the video, see if you can spot it. We were asked to shed some light on some of the terminology used to describe the performance of a bike by its rider. How much does a bikes geometry affect it's handling? Can it have a big impact on your overall speed? On the face of it these questions are fairly straightforward but...

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TBA at The Rapha Archive

The South West of England is something of an enclave for the cycle industry. The hilly terrain, abundant woodlands and quiet country lanes lend themselves to a variety of cycling disciplines. Perhaps it is for this reason that Bristol and the surrounding areas host a surprisingly high density of cycling brands and organisations. Shepton Mallet is home to The Rapha Archive, an outlet store that serves as an ideal detour for cyclists travelling through the area. In partnership with The Rapha Archive we have recently hosted a series of open evenings for members of the Rapha Cycle Club. These evenings presented the opportunity for members to come and see inside our workshop, talk about bicycle frame building and try some...

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Cosmic Purple Dream

One of the legendary TBA Grinduro bikes recently made a special appearance at an off road group ride hosted by cycle clothing company Rapha and route planning application Komoot. Rapha is a bit of a household name in the cycling industry but Komoot is still something of an unknown resource to many. Komoot has this to say of it’s route planning app. “For millions of people, komoot is the key to the great outdoors. From intrepid explorers and experienced off-roaders, to those who just bought their first road bike, our technology allows everybody to better find, plan and live authentic outdoor experiences.” At The Bicycle Academy we love to explore the great outdoors. Many of our students chose to make...

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Ahooga Bikes : Folding-Yet-Highly-Efficient

Frédéric Mertens came to The Bicycle Academy with a plan. His ambition was to help liberate commuters from the mental stresses and physical strains associated with travel to work. We created a customised 10 day bicycle building course that helped Frédéric to realise his ambitions and create a prototype folding bicycle frame. This frame was the starting point for his company Ahooga Bikes. In this article Frédéric tells us all about his ideas and the experience he had at The Bicycle Academy. "Every day we get up, we go out and we are immediately faced with the challenge of mobility within a busy society. If we want to begin each day positively then we need to find ways to introduce serenity...

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The Domestique - Graduates of The Bicycle Academy

At The Bicycle Academy we are proud that our reputation precedes us. We are fortunate to have taught and assisted some of the most exciting members of the frame building community. We don’t claim responsibility for the success of our former students but it is gratifying to hear them singing our praise.   Vol. 2 of the magazine The Domestique features an article that focuses on the work of the contemporary frame builders Rob Quirk and Adeline O’Moreau; graduates of The Bicycle Academy. The Domestique magazine describes themselves as a sports lifestyle publication inspired and created by the sub-culture communities that surround sports.  “We listen to those less heard stories, and document them by collaborating with some of the next generation...

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