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...
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
We don’t show enough of this; the completed bikes that our students build… well; James spent some time with us at the start of the year, on a 7 day bespoke course . This bike was a labour of love for James and I think you’ll agree the final bike is something very special indeed. [...]