Archive | August, 2013

Instagram @TheBicycleAcademy

Over the past few months we’ve become a little addicted to Instagram. We use it every day, a number of times a day – posting photos of what goes on at The Bicycle Academy and poring over the work of other builders.

It’s a great way of showing people how great our students are doing and some of the interesting projects that Brian gets up to. A few months ago our account was even selected by Instagram to be a featured account, not sure how many of our new followers are keen of bicycle frame building or just following for the hell of it, either way it’s cool to share what we’re up to.

Congratulations! You are currently featured on Instagram’s list of Suggested Users. Our Suggested Users List is a dynamic list that highlights some of the top accounts on Instagram. Being on the Suggested Users List means that we see you as a model Instagram account. An account is usually featured for a couple weeks before it is cycled out to give others the opportunity to be featured.


The Instagram Team

So, if you’d like to see what we’re up to day to day follow us @TheBicycleAcademy

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We teach the pro’s too…

Along with teaching complete novices we also teach the bicycle manufacturing industry and other frame builders too…

Today we taught someone we greatly admire, Jonathan Paulus, one half of the fantastic Paulus Quiros – winners of the Peer Award at this year’s Bespoked Bristol. Jonathan, the designer of all Paulus Quiros bikes is meticulous in his approach to everything that he does, a quality that is patently obvious when you learn more about the depth of design and engineering that goes into their bikes.

We look forward to working with Paul in the future and can’t wait to see the results of his own work.

This was Jonathan’s very first ever ‘tube-tube’ fillet after a morning of foundation work with me… #straightoutofthetorch

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Dirt Magazine take our Brazing Masterclass

We regularly get asked how we manage to teach people to fillet braze to such a high standard in such a small amount of time, in fact it’s probably fair to say that in some cases people just don’t quite believe that it’s possible. The standard assumptions include “oh, well the student must have been a natural”, ” yeah, but surely you’re doing a lot of it for them”, ” but that’s just because you use GasFlux” or “it’s because Brian does all the teaching, isn’t it?”. A couple of months ago I discovered that even the mighty Dirt Magazine seemed to be unconvinced at just how realistic it was to teach people to the standards that we claim, so I figured that the best thing to do was to invite them down to see for themselves.

I invited Ed H, the tech editor (and shed based frame builder taught by the brilliant Robin Mather), and Ben W, office tea boy and complete novice, down to The Bicycle Academy for the day to be taught by me with the premise that what ever the result they would write about it, good or bad, I wanted to show them what we did and let them make up their own minds…

“If you want to know how to make a frame or just fillet braze like a god, then The Bicycle Academy is where you need to be. The combination of Andrew Denham’s teaching skills and Brian Curtis’ fillet brazing technique is something very special indeed. Practice does indeed make perfect, but the level that these guys can get you to in just a matter of hours is nothing short of mind-blowing.”

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Renovate and repair…

Along with teaching and making we also renovate and repair for people. Recently we had Kateland the person behind Viaggio in with a project of hers that needed a new seat-stay bridge … of course Sam did a great job and Kateland finished the project brilliantly…

Get in touch if you’d like us to do something for you.

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Meet Paul, our new framebuilding teacher…

This is really exciting for us, we’ve recently recruited Paul Burford as one of our framebuilding and TIG teachers. Paul is one half of BTR Fabrications – the british frame building company famed for their great TIG welded DH and FR hard tail MTB frames. Paul teaches both the Classic and Advanced Courses along with TIG welding, which he’s exceptionally good at! We’re going to launch our TIG welding courses by the end of August so stay tuned for details…

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