What a great year!

Just over a year ago we opened our doors to our very first student, Darron Coppin, on the 9th July 2012. Since then we’ve taught over 160 people and had a great time doing so…

…We’ve expanded into a new workshop, we’ve had bookings from people across the UK, from France, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, Finland, Spain, Italy, Israel, Slovenia, Chile, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and the USA. We’ve taught novices, enthusiasts and helped refine the techniques of pro’s. We’ve been asked to train the mass production industry, consult on other projects, made over 100 frames for charity, launched the very first Balance Bike building course, launched a range of TIG Welding, Advanced, Fitting and Design courses, hosted numerous free demo’s, given talks at some fantastic events, converted some high profile disbelievers, won the Spirit of Cycling Award at Bespoked Bristol and been shortlisted as 25th out of the “100 most resourceful, original, exciting and disruptive small businesses in the UK” out of an original list of over 1500 nominees.

And that’s just the beginning, we’ve got plenty more still to come!

So, what about Darron? What’s he doing now? Well, he’s making beautiful bicycles of course! After an unsuccessful experience somewhere else Darron came to The Bicycle Academy looking to learn to fillet braze. He launched Sven Cycles soon after in 2012 and has been building great bikes ever since. Take a look at some of the lovely bikes he’s been making and the elegant new ‘Ladies Roadster’ bike he’s just unveiled…

 

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