We’re Hiring!

We’re going to be hiring a few key roles over the next few months, and we’re starting with a Financial Administrator. If you’re interested or know someone who might be then please do get in touch…

Job Description:
Financial Administrator

Position reports to:
Managing Director

The Bicycle Academy main office, The Welsh Mill, Frome, Somerset

Job purpose:
A dynamic award winning business is looking for a Financial Administrator to help achieve their growing ambitions.

Key responsibilities and accountability:

  • Managing day to day administration of a small company
  • Creating and documenting internal financial procedures
  • Processing purchasing payments
  • Creating sales invoices and allocation of income
  • Correct posting of costs
  • Bank reconciliations
  • Finalising month end accounts
  • Filing VAT returns and fulfilling basic tax requirements
  • Creating and submitting time-sheets to payroll provider
  • Administration of employee contracts
  • Keeping diaries and arranging appointments
  • Scheduling and attending meetings, creating agendas and taking minutes
  • Ordering and maintaining stationery and office equipment
  • Sorting and distributing incoming post and organising and sending outgoing post
  • Dealing with general telephone and email enquiries

Other Duties:
To undertake such other duties, training and/or hours of work as may be reasonably required, and which are consistent with the general level of responsibility of this job. To conduct yourself in a manner that always keeps up the appearances of The Bicycle Academy.

Key skills and Interests:
The ideal candidate will be professional, positive and outgoing, a natural forward planner with a strong initiative and capability of working autonomously. Attention to detail is crucial and work undertaken needs to be completed thoroughly and methodically to a high standard. Embrace training opportunities pertaining to workplace practice and health and safety. You will be personable; be an excellent face-to-face and telephone communicator, calm under pressure and enjoy working within a team as well as independently. An interest in cycling, craftsmanship or education an advantage but not essential.


  • Experience of financial administration and an office environment essential
  • Experience of word-processing and spreadsheet programs essential
  • Experience of FreeAgent an advantage
  • Experience of Google apps an advantage
  • Experience of WordPress an advantage

Contract, salary and benefits:
21 – 35 hours a week within 9am – 5:30pm, Monday to Friday.

£18,000 (pro rata)

About the company:
Short listed as “One of the 100 most resourceful, original, exciting and disruptive business in the UK” by Smarta.com, The Bicycle Academy is Europe’s biggest bicycle frame building school. Specialists in teaching, the company attracts students from all over the world to learn at the Frome based school.

In addition to training courses, The Bicycle Academy provides flexible workshop hire, and also designs, manufactures and sells its own range of frame building tools. Situated in newly refurbished premises within 10 minutes walking distance of the town centre The Bicycle Academy provides a well equipped, dynamic and vibrant working environment.

Please e-mail hello@thebicycleacademy.org with a covering letter and CV, alternatively you can send postal applications to:

The Bicycle Academy
Unit 19a
The Welsh Mill
Park Hill Drive
BA11 2LE

Closing date:

Friday 8th July 2016

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An example of student work…

We don’t show enough of this; the completed bikes that our students build… well; James spent some time with us at the start of the year, on a 7 day bespoke course . This bike was a labour of love for James and I think you’ll agree the final bike is something very special indeed. James is the head designer for Fabric so obviously the build features some of Fabrics top finishing kit including saddle, bottles and bar tape.

Frame: Custom design, geometry / fit done through Torke Cycling. Columbus HSS main tubes. Internal cable routing and Flat mount disc.
Paint: Done by Fatcreations, House Of Kolor Shimrin Purple with House of Kolor pearlescent white front and logos. Forks read Don’t Worry Be Hoppe. Seat tube quote: “Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely, in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting “Holy Shit, what a ride!” – Hunter S. Thompson
Forks – ENVE Composites Road 2.0 disc
Drive: SRAM Force 1×11
Wheels: Hunt Bike Wheels 38mm Carbon disc
Seat Post: Zipp Carbon SL
Stem: Zipp
Bars: Zipp Carbon SL
Tape: Fabric
Saddle: Fabric ALM Ultimate
Tyes: Challenge Tires Roubaix
Bottles: Fabric Cageless

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Nick from Charge and Fabric took part in the Hack Bike Derby so made his bike here at The Bicycle Academy, including some pretty shonky workmanship in the true spirit of things…”Hacked” seems like an appropriate title.

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TBA Africa Bikes in Namibia!

We’re proud to say that our TBA Africa Bikes have safely arrived in Namibia, and are already being given out to teachers, students and healthcare workers.

Many of our TBA Africa Bikes have been donated to Kindergarten Teachers working in Outapi, Namibia. A collaboration between SunCycles Namibia, BEN Namibia, DAPP Namibia, and supported by the FNB Foundation (FNB Namibia) and The Bicycle Academy.

You can see pre-primary teachers learning to take care of their bikes, as well as riding them.

There are currently 30 bikes being assembled for a youth after school programme in Otjiwarongo, and the rest are in Walvis Bay being assembled for use by health outreach workers.

Pre-primary school teachers in Outapi being taught how to maintain their TBA Africa Bikes, this one was made by Dereck Cutler, one of our first students…

One of our TBA Africa Bikes being tested out along the skeleton coast in Namibia…

We’re going out to Namibia later this summer to help with the assembly and distribution of the bikes, so will keep you posted …

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Hack Bike Derby

The Hack Bike Derby Annual Invitational is an excuse for framebuilders to make some bikes for the hell of it then race them against each other.

The event is something that I’ve wanted to make happen for about three years, but with an already full plate it has been too hard to fit in, up until now. I didn’t have any more time, but I simply couldn’t put it off any longer.

This year’s event was Klunker themed, and it was awesome. The weather was terrible, almost biblical, but everyone was fully committed to living the hack bike dream and as a result we had one of the most memorable bike weekends ever.

There’s already plans for next year’s event, so if you’re interested please get in touch…

Video by Alex Rankin / Photos by Adam Gasson / Artwork by Adi Gilbert

The event is created by The Bicycle Academy, sponsored by Bell Helmets, Bontrager and Break Fluid Coffee.

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Frickin laser beams

This special method of brazing is only possible after 10,000 hrs (or 500 frames) of torch time. Yup it’s reserved for those who’ve racked up the magic number of hours to become a true master. The last hour / frame is particularly teasing as you question why it’s not about how good you actually are at brazing, but once over the mark it’s quite a relief and you forget all about that meritocratic silliness. Even better you don’t need to worry about learning ever again because you’re officially a master now. Imagine that. Rad.

Of course, we taught Scott (shown here) to smash out some sh!t hot brazes in around 8 hrs, but that’s because we don’t believe in glass ceilings, the tooth fairy, or putting butter on a burn…

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Design Museum – Cycle Revolution

“Cycle Revolution at London’s world leading Design Museum celebrates the diversity of contemporary cycling in Britain from every day commuting to Olympic level competition and looks at where design and innovation may take the riders of the future”

British bespoke bicycle frame building is showcased in the exhibition in a recreation of a bicycle making workshop featuring artisans from across the UK, curated and produced by The Bicycle Academy. Featuring Academy Tools products the workshop is split up into the 6 stages of frame building to clearly illustrate the process of bicycle making to the visiting public.

It was a real honour to be asked to contribute to this exhibition and we’re really proud of the result.

The exhibition runs from November 2015 to June 2016 https://designmuseum.org/exhibitions/cycle-revolution

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