Journal

Grinduro Scotland 2018

Grinduro, with it’s varied timed sections ranging from gravel road climbs to technical descents was back in Scotland for it's second visit last month.  There really is no perfect bike (or rider) for the event, and this is what gives it it’s charm. The event always has a certain “run what you brung” feel which everyone loves with bikes this year ranging from fixies to tall fat-bikes! As such it attracts a broad spectrum of riders of all styles to the Isle of Arran, who maybe wouldn’t normally get a chance to ride together. That is the magic of Grinduro. We were approached by Giro when the American sensation first planned a visit to UK shores.  With full support from Columbus and...

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Frame Flex - GCN Tech

A few months ago GCN came to The Bicycle Academy to shoot a short series about frame building, covering each of the main steps of the process as Simon built his very own custom frame. During the shoot we had some long discussions about the different approaches that can be taken with frame design and the subject of frame stiffness was one we debated quite a bit. This isn't surprising as, after all, it is the main variable than can be altered during material selection, but interestingly it was clear that each of us had a different understanding of the actual result of stiffness and flex in terms of real life performance. The truth is that frame stiffness has a...

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Global Cycling Network x The Bicycle Academy

Around a year ago we were approached by the Simon Richardson at Global Cycling Network to help them build their dream steel bicycle. It sounded like it would be lots of fun, but we were so busy that it simply wasn’t possible for us to fit them in until recently. Simon’s brief to us was [...]

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Old Skool x New School – Tom Ritchey Video

Video by Alex Rankin The first in the upcoming series of ‘ Old Skool x New School ’ events created by The Bicycle Academy. A collaboration between the legends of the framebuilding world and some of the new wave of framebuilders. Tom Ritchey, an icon of the sport and a framebuilding legend, visited The Bicycle [...]

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OS x NS

This is going to be a lot of fun… Brazing Masterclass The Bicycle Academy presents a Fillet Brazing Masterclass with Tom Ritchey TBA Masterclass format, with Tom, Andrew and the team providing tuition throughout the day. Spaces are very limited so please get in touch ASAP to make a booking. This really is a once [...]

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