Journal

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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Olivia's Cyclocross Bike

Olivia Campbell of Scarpa Racing visited The Bicycle Academy late in 2018 with a plan to build herself a race ready steel cyclocross bike that could also be used for summer bikepacking adventures. The bike has been painted with a design inspired by Olivia's cycling experiences and is named after the small Cornish fishing village Coverack where she visited her grandparents as a child.  "I learnt a huge amount [...] this was the first time I'd built and designed a bike. It was great to have a brief and then work through the process. Ideas moved in all directions but ultimately came back to answer the key things I was looking for. Learning from experts in the trade and collaborating with friends was also a really...

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NOPE! Cycles: A One-Man-Band Cycling Brand

NOPE! Cycles is the name of Moritz Ploss’ frame building business based in Stockholm, Sweden. Moritz studied a frame building course at the end of 2017 and since then has been working hard to establish his first frame building workshop whilst also studying a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. We’re really enjoying watching NOPE! grow so we asked Moritz to tell us a bit more about how he is transitioning from student to practitioner. In this article Moritz tells us a bit about his experience on the 7 day frame building course at The Bicycle Academy workshop.   “Thinking back to my time at the Bicycle Academy, the first thing that comes to my mind is a cold and rainy autumn...

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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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