Archive | September, 2012

JERSEYS IN STOCK NOW!

…and they look ace.

The jerseys are available from our little online shop now. If we’ve sold out of the size that you’d like just drop us an email hello@thebicycleacademy.org and we’ll get a repeat order in very soon.

We’re very proud of these and the fact that we’ve been able to work with such a great designer (UNHEARDOF) and jersey maker (Morvélo). Here’s what Liam (the designer) had to say about the project:

I don’t want to smooch Andrew’s posterior too much but, since hearing about what he’s created, I’ve been a pretty big fan. He approached me and asked if I’d like to design The Bicycle Academy team jersey. I said yes please, thank you.

I had a pretty comprehensive brief and it quickly became clear that Andrew was a client who knew what he was after. Thankfully we share similar tastes. I had to pinch myself when Andrew said: ‘It’s always better to err on the side of subtlety.” It makes a nice change to the normal ‘make the logo bigger’.

After presenting the initial concepts and looking further into what else was out there, I realised I needed to up my game.

My ‘eureka’ moment came through some doodles when I realised the brand colours were the same as the classic schoolboy HB pencils I went through so many of at school. I presented what I thought was the winning jersey and Andrew said:

“Lush”

“…but…”

And after a few improvements we were left with the design you see.

It was a more challenging task than I had anticipated, but hugely satisfying. I’m well bloody looking forward to ponsing about in mine, and getting to work on the rest of the kit.

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Our Supporters: Weldability-Sif

We’re very proud to be supported by some great organisations. Over the next few weeks we’ll be featuring each in turn so that you can learn about what they do and how they help us to make The Bicycle Academy a great place to learn.

First up: Weldability-Sif…

Weldability Sif have a heritage dating back to 1925 and the origins of the bronze brazing process. For almost a century, they have innovated in the development of welding products, and have supported the industry with technical assistance and consistent product quality.

Weldability-Sif has supported The Bicycle Academy by co-funding the purchase of all brazing equipment and extraction for the workshop and continues to provide ongoing support with technical advice, training and the purchase of brazing rods, fluxes and consumables thanks to The Weldability-Sif Foundation.

With many of our students living far away from The Bicycle Academy workshop we have been working together to produce a special and affordable frame-builders brazing kit comprising of all the essentials to allow people to work from their own workshop / garage. We will also be providing all of our students with an ongoing discount for consumables and equipment available both directly from The Bicycle Academy workshop and its soon to be opened online weldspeed shop.

We’re really pleased to be working closely with Weldability-Sif to provide the best experience and equipment to all of our students.

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The South Downs Way: A ride report

With my last race of the season just three weeks away, and having had a few days off the bike whilst at a festival I felt I needed to do a big ride. I have been meaning to ride the South Downs Way since way marking parts of the route for a off-road triathlon back in july, the SDW is fabled among cyclists, running from Winchester to Eastbourne it is just under 100miles with nearly 3000metres of climbing, some people like to do it over two days, some people like to ride there and back non-stop, I thought doing it in a day was good for me.

Leaving Winchester at 8:30am the first few miles come easily, one minor nav error near a disputed part of the route and a minor puncture for my riding buddy we made good time to Queen Elizabeth country park, then Next to Cocking for the first tap, 35miles, topped up and feeling good we carried on, during the next section my hydration pack bladder started leaking, less than ideal! I made sure I topped up at every tap, this delayed our progress but needed to be safe!

From Amberly onwards the gradient starts to get tougher, riding my beloved single speed I cope well with hills, a few had me walking but felt it was better to preserve my legs. From Ditchling Beacon onwards we had broken the back of the ride, although I knew the worst hills were still to come! We pasted a few other riders, one had set of at 5:45am and looked to be suffering, we gave him some encouragement and left him on the next hill.

With energy rapidly running out we hit Alfriston and the last big climb of the day, it was great, chalky climb with brilliant views and a gradual gradient, after this it was a quick blast along the top near Beachy Head and down in Eastbourne.

It was a really great day and a classic ride, total ride time of 10hrs, total moving time of 8:45hrs, I’ll be back next year now I know the route more organised and more prepared and set a better time, and nobody mention doing the DOUBLE!

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