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The Bicycle Academy provides frame building courses and skills masterclasses for novices, enthusiasts and pro’s, and fully equipped workshop hire for those who don’t have their own. We specialise in teaching and are renowned for the exceptionally high standards that our students achieve.

We know that it takes a long time to become a master at something, so our courses are designed to teach you the theory and practical skills that you need to be able to engage in meaningful practice. A careful balance of explicit and tacit learning. Not directed doing, guided discovery.

We won’t just teach you how to make bicycle frames, we’ll teach you how to learn.

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TBA Africa Bikes – great news!

I wrote a little update back in April to highlight the fact that we have been working hard to find an organisation who could help us to get all 150 of our fantastic student-made TBA Africa Bikes equipped with components. We had the component supplier lined up but didn’t have the funding secured at that [...]

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TBA Africa Bikes – an update

I started The Bicycle Academy in 2011 with the desire to “make framebuilding more accessible”, and if at all possible to do so in a way that would benefit others who were most in need. Before starting The Bicycle Academy I had either volunteered or raised money for a few different charities that provide people [...]

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A helping hand…

The Bicycle Academy exists to stimulate and support the framebuilding community and to make framebuilding more accessible. We do that by providing courses, access to workshop hire and supply of equipment and consumables. I think we do a good job but sometimes it’s important to go a step further and really get behind an individual who [...]

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BTR Fabrications #pushforthepinner Kickstarter Campaign!

BTR Fabrications was just “two guys with a dream in a shed” working day jobs and building bikes in evenings and weekends. Since they started the feedback from their customers has been awesome and their frames have been featured in mountain bike magazines and selected as one of the best products of 2014 by the Dirt 100. [...]

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Academy Tools…

Over the past few months we’ve been working on a side project, Academy Tools. We did a bit of a soft launch at Bespoked so that people could see what we’ve been up to, and we’re chuffed with the feedback. We design every Academy Tools product in-house working closely with brilliant makers. We’ve worked with [...]

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Bespoked 2014

The UK Handmade Bicycle Show is the highlight of our year – we get to catch up with lots of friends and meet lots of fantastic new people and this year was no exception… Our stand was flat out busy all weekend with loads of past students popping by to say hello and lots of [...]

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Meet Robin and Ted, our new Framebuilding teachers!

I posted details for a new frame building role on our website in early January resulting in a surge of interest and a temporary website crash! We had a lot of interest, of an impressive level, from across the world. It really affirmed what we’re doing and just how far we have come in 18 [...]

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