Archive | June, 2012

#VendrediVideo – 24hr delay

First up, a great video submitted by Simon Hillier:

What happens when you have the chance to turn your passion into your second career? We follow Nikole Herriott as she visits her father Lance on his first day of retirement. He has said goodbye to his ship welder past to focus his considerable talents on his lifelong passion: wood.

Director: John Cullen
Editor: Paul Proulx
Camera: Vinit Borrison & John Cullen
Producers: Supplemental
Sound: Jon Wayne Brown
Colour: Wade Odlum

A short film about French born, Los Angeles based artist Yannick Sire of Sire Custom Performance Directed by Oli+Joe.

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And finally a personal hero of mine, who i was lucky enough to meet last night at Bike Bath, Graeme Obree. We chatted about frame building, flux, steel, carbon fibre, the Cobble Wobble, his new drivetrain design and finally the possibility of his son taking a course with us at The Bicycle Academy…

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The Bicycle Academy Team Kit

Yep, that’s right… we’re very proud to announce that we will be working with Morvelo to produce The Bicycle Academy team kit. We worked with the designer Liam Smale (UNHEARDOF) to come up with the “Practice Makes Perfect” kit, and we’re thrilled with the results. We’re taking pre-orders here until Friday the 29th June : )

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It’s been a super busy week for us, but here’s a selection of great videos for you to enjoy.

First up something a little abstract for most, but none the less – it’s about crafting something special:

Clouds: beta from DEEPSPEED media on Vimeo.

This looks good

Rapha always impress with the quality of their output

Gentlemen’s Race Australia from RAPHA on Vimeo.

This is for a great cause

FOR THOSE WHO SUFFER WE RIDE from Chris Cairns on Vimeo.

(making of)

Last of all Made in England – Brian was asked to be one of the featured builders in this book, but due to tight schedules it didn’t work out which is a real shame – but it’s going to be great book and we can’t wait to get a copy for the workshop!

The artisans behind the handbuilt bicycle from Push Projects on Vimeo.

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Workshop updates…

We’re now in the workshop which means that we’re finally in control of progress. We couldn’t be happier.

I’m updating our Facebook page with progress all the time… here are some of the photos so far.

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#VendrediVideo – 2 weeks rolled into 1

We’ve been exceptionally busy building the workshop over the past few weeks, so much so that we didn’t post our usual video post last Friday BUT we’ve remembered this week, so enjoy, there’re some really special videos here…

Documentary in production. Singing Cobbler is a story about a shoemaker from North of England who tries to break into the Italian shoe market in Milan.
On his journey, he talks about his boxing, singing and dancing careers and meets people from different chapters of his life, including those of Ricky Hatton, Billy Graham, Richard Hawlley, Jessie Jackson, Frank Warren, Jazzcoteque dance group, and many others.. Predicted completion for December 2011. Music score from the fantastic Mr Alex Baranowski!!

ITV’s 2012 Tour De France Advert: Featuring Youth by Daughter

A short film created using bicycle parts.

Created by Stephen Meierding
Opening Title Design: Mark Mccormick
Camera Assistants: Shelly Rangsiyakl, Johnny Huttenberger, Jesalee Go

This is a brief behind the scenes look into the now famous SPY ToC cycling commercial featuring Matthew Busche and Mike Montgomery.

We popped this in for Brian…

The Tourist Trophy is the greatest motorcycle road race in the world, the ultimate challenge for rider and machine. It has always called for a commitment far beyond any other racing event, and many have made the ultimate sacrifice in their quest for victory. A story about freedom of choice, the strength of human spirit and the will to win. It’s also an examination of what motivates those rare few, this elite band of brothers who risk everything to win. The vision of top commercials director Richard de Aragues, this promises to be one of the most thrilling films of 2011.

TT3D : Closer To The Edge official trailer from Oldetrip on Vimeo.

We’ve saved the best until last… ;)

“I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent; curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism, have brought me to my ideas.” – Albert Einstein
In early February 2012 Humans Invent visited the ‘Flying Scotsman’ Graeme Obree at his home in Saltcoats, Scotland. The 46-year old maverick was embarking on hand-building a bicycle in his kitchen capable of breaking the human powered land speed record this September in America. A man with a history of being marginalised for his innovation, Obree had returned to once again challenge conventional engineering and bike design by using his unique investigative mind to create a blueprint for a hand-built bicycle that could reach speeds up to 100 mph.
Humans Invent returned to Obree’s flat in May to see what progress had been made and how his restless inquisitiveness and curious nature had impacted the design and build process. Still working from his kitchen table, with bags of nuts and bolts, dust filling up his flat and still with a solitary jar of coffee as his fellow engineer, Obree has finished the main frame of the bike and is a matter of weeks away from officially unveiling the design of the bike.
Read the article in full here –!/7239/graeme-obree-hand-building-the-world%e2%80%99s-fastest-bicycle/
Or watch our first film with Graeme Obree – Return of the Flying Scotsman: Graeme Obree –!/6131/return-of-the-flying-scotsman-inside-graeme-obree/
And for more information go to and

Graeme Obree: Hand-building the fastest bicycle in the world from Humans Invent on Vimeo.

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A return to form: Erlestoke Twelve

The week leading up to any race I do a weather watch, usually to check for rain incase in I need spare mud wheels, For Erlestoke 12 however I was checking for how hot and windy it might be! Saturday arrived and Dad and I packed the car and headed to the race.

Come 12 o’clock I queued up at the start line, with fellow racer Szabi Bandli, we chatted over previous races but more importantly I kept a cool head. I got off to a reasonable start, careful not to go into the red, holding back on climbs, whilst keeping an eye on my single speed competitor. The course was great, a few parts were riding slow but I knew they’d get quicker, first lap complete, quicker than I thought, bottle swapped with out stopping. I kept like this up for 4 or 5 laps, dad told me I had a 15minute lead, this was good news, I slowed a little, only 4hrs in and a long way to go.

6pm came and the temperature began to cool, I was feeling strong and loving the course, it had emptied out which made it easier to maintain a steady pace, Andrew & Maria and my Mum & sister had come to spectate which was nice and my local club members who had finished racing were also offering encouragement.

Around 10pm we checked the split back to the closest rider and I was well up, I swapped onto my rigid bike for one more lap, I still feel I had more in my legs, apart my knee which had begun troubling me. Rolling in at 10.30pm we checked my time, I had won the single speed title and as I wasn’t counted in the open I called it a day, 15 laps in 10hours 30minutes, 1st single speed, unofficially 5th overall.

Big thanks to The Bicycle Academy for their continuing support, Mulebar for keeping me fuelled, Morvelo for their comfy kit, my Dad for being a pro pit man and everyone for there cheers.  Yet another great event from SPAM biking and I loved the Charge Cooker 29er frame,  Surface Jacket  and Giro prizes!

Next race for me is Bontrager 24:12, 12 hour solo, its not for a few weeks so I have a chance to rest and rebuild.

Big thanks to Duncan from MBK Photos for the photo of me riding in the sun.
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