Andrew Denham: Headmaster
Andrew is a mechanical design engineer who loves cycling. And he gets things done. He founded the Black Canon Collective mountain bike club, now in its fifth year of designing, raking, digging and building trails at a magical spot in Longleat woods. Andrew is also the organiser of the ‘World Famous’ Cobble Wobble bicycle hill climb, an annual (steep!) celebration of cycling, cobbles and tomfoolery in Frome, Somerset. Andrew is the founder of The Bicycle Academy, he learned to braze from Brian and is great at teaching.
Brian Curtis: Chief Brazer
Brian knows a lot about brazing bicycle frames. He’s seventy years old and has been making frames since BMXs were born. Before that he was one of the UK’s top motocross scramblers, riding on the frames he built himself at Rickmans. Brian still brazes every single bike for Curtis Bikes, the company he founded, and makes all the bikes at Curtis Frames, his very own brand of bikes. Brian is, for want of a better way of putting it “our artist in residence”.
Tony Corke: Fitting and Design Expert
Tony is a bicycle fitting instructor and bicycle designer. Plagued and blessed by a burning desire to understand the intricacies of individual cycling optimisation. Tony has had the privilege of a prestigious apprenticeship in cycling analysis as well as the opportunity to work with, and learn from, some of the very best in the industry. He has also had the great pleasure of fitting and designing hundreds of custom bicycles and is very exited to be working with the Bicycle Academy to further realise the fantastic potential of the humble hand built bicycle.
Tony teaches all our fitting and design courses.
Paul Burford: TIG Pro
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 is our new Frame Building Teacher and will be with us for a few months. He teaches both the Classic and Advanced Courses along with TIG welding, which he’s exceptionally good at!
Themba Burford: doe-eyed workshop dog
Themba is by far and away the nicest dog we have ever met, and she’s brilliant at eating biscuits off of the floor. Although she’s Pauls dog, she spends most of her time at The Bicycle Academy daydreaming whilst sprawled out across the workshop floor and looking all soppy eyed at our students.
Sam Chedgy: Apprentice
Sam was one of the crowd-funding backers who pledged their time to help get things started. He painted and plastered and enjoyed himself so much that he asked if he could work off the cost of a frame-building course. Well, we were so impressed by Sam’s attitude that we offered him a job! Sam takes care of all the course material prep, he keeps the workshop stocked and and is learning to braze, build frames and operate tooling from the rest of the team.
Abbie Fitzwater: Office Guru
Abbie is new to The Bicycle Academy and the world of cycling. She is currently on a steep learning curve regarding all things surrounding the wonderful art of frame building and fillet brazing. She is on hand to take your bookings and always ready to help with any other questions or queries you may have.
And 200 people behind the scenes
There might be four of us in The Bicycle Academy workshop, but there are many, many more people who helped us get up and running. Our brazing stations, pillar drill, jigs and tools are all here thanks to a crowd funding campaign. In just six days we raised over 100% of the funding we needed, thanks to donations from 183 people and 23 more who offered their time and skills on top.