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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.

Old Skool X New School – Tom Ritchey Flyer

Old Skool x New School

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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we’re hiring

We’re Hiring!

We’re going to be hiring a few key roles over the next few months, and we’re starting with a Financial Administrator. If you’re interested or know someone who might be then please do get in touch… Job Description: Financial Administrator Position reports to: Managing Director Location: The Bicycle Academy main office, The Welsh Mill, Frome, [...]

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An example of student work…

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. [...]

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Nick from Charge and Fabric took part in the Hack Bike Derby so made his bike here at The Bicycle Academy, including some pretty shonky workmanship in the true spirit of things…”Hacked” seems like an appropriate title.

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TBA Africa Bikes

TBA Africa Bikes in Namibia!

We’re proud to say that our TBA Africa Bikes have safely arrived in Namibia, and are already being given out to teachers, students and healthcare workers. Many of our TBA Africa Bikes have been donated to Kindergarten Teachers working in Outapi, Namibia. A collaboration between SunCycles Namibia, BEN Namibia, DAPP Namibia, and supported by the [...]

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Hack Bike Derby

The Hack Bike Derby Annual Invitational is an excuse for framebuilders to make some bikes for the hell of it then race them against each other. The event is something that I’ve wanted to make happen for about three years, but with an already full plate it has been too hard to fit in, up [...]

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February 17, 2016 at 0209PM

Frickin laser beams

This special method of brazing is only possible after 10,000 hrs (or 500 frames) of torch time. Yup it’s reserved for those who’ve racked up the magic number of hours to become a true master. The last hour / frame is particularly teasing as you question why it’s not about how good you actually are [...]

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