Archive | January, 2012

A little experiment…

Although not something that we’ll focus on at The Bicycle Academy (at least not for a while) I thought that it would be cool to lern to build with Lugs, so that’s what I’ve been doing this week. It’s been great fun and I’ve learned loads … I’ll write up more about the whole experience once finished (last day tomorrow).


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#VendrediVideo – Motomethod and Kilroy

This video was sent to me during the week by a friend of mine (and TBA backer) John Malcomson ‘Malco’ of Bolehills coolness.

It’s so exciting to hear about other similar projects that exist out there, projects that create community and allow people to do stuff that they otherwise wouldn’t get to do. I love their attitude too; ”..everything’s here, everything that I have you have” – these guys have got it right.

Motomethod Community Motorcycle Repair Shop in Vancouver, BC is a full repair shop, for nearly all makes and models of motorcycles, old or new. Motomethod is the first in the industry to allow the rider to come in and ‘rent a bay’ and repair their own bike, or learn how.
Directed by the Zenga Bros.

And this video’s been submitted from last week’s guest #VendrediVideo blogger – Simon Edwards…

After slamming and breaking our prototypes in public and in front of cameras, we finally started production of the Kilroy frame. The tests that Wonka ran lead to the conclusion that we had to manufacture a tube set just for this frame, with particular reinforced parts to absorb and handle the stress of the jumps. Together with Columbus we decided to change the alloy in order to avoid very thick and heavy tubes and gain in strength nevertheless. We are proud to present the first freestyle frame in Niobium steel. The Columbus Niobium steel is a special micro alloyed steel with Manganese, Chrome, Nickel, Molybdenum and Niobium that is designed to provide superior mechanical properties

We went to Italy for the launch of the production and invited Wonka to join us and get involved into the process of creation. Thanks to Renaud Skyronka for filming this monumental happening.

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Radio Silence…

Sorry for the radio silence recently, I needed to take a breather after such an intense period leading up to and during the crowd-funding effort. Truth is it took a lot out of me and spat me out the other side, I was working from 9:00am until 03:30am almost every day for 3 months on the crowd-funding campaign whilst holding down my day job and trying to juggle everything else in my life too.  We’ve also had Christmas in the middle of all that and no matter how hard you try it’s almost impossible to make much happen at that time of year. But things are going well and I’ve made some more really exciting steps towards getting up and running this spring.

I’ll be updating everyone in full shortly, including a target timeline, an update about the rewards (I’ve only just had everyone’s details in!) and some great news about some new supporters that I’m itching to tell you about!



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#VendrediVideo – Knives and 3D printed lugs!

This weeks videos are courtesy of Simon Edwards who kindly sent in some links for the VendrediVideo feature… enjoy!

VRZ 1. is a track bike frame with 3d printed stainless steel lugs glued together with carbon fiber tubes.

this method allows to build custom frames in a short period of time.
you could change the geometry to what ever you like, then the lugs gets generated by a software.
now we just need to print the parts finish them and glue the frame together.

The fork is 480 g and the frame weight is 1100 g (for stainless-Carbon Frame)! if we print the lugs in titanium, it will get even lighter.
The printed lugs could also be used with steel or titan tubes!

Meet writer turned knife maker Joel Bukiewicz of Cut Brooklyn. He talks about the human element of craft, and the potential for a skill to mature into an art. And in sharing his story, he alights on the real meaning of handmade—a movement whose riches are measured in people, not cash.

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#VendrediVideo – two for one special!

Ok, last week I didn’t get round to publishing the #VendrediVideo blog post so, to make up for my lateness I’ve included two!


Paul McKinnon from Evolution Custom Ind in Sydney, Australia. He talks to us about his passion for fabrication and desire to continue to perfect his craft every time he puts his hands to metal.

A film showcasing the talents of Demon Frameworks who will be at Bespoked Bristol 2012.

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#VendrediVideo – Erik Noren

“Deep Custom” is a short documentary about Minneapolis-based custom bicycle frame builder, Erik Noren and his company, Peacock Groove Cycles.


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