Monday, 31 October 2016

An Amazing Two Weeks, Instagram Highlights!

I had an amazing two weeks in Frome, Studying at The Bicycle Academy.
Not only did I design and build my very own frame and forks, I saw some great sights on my rides in the countryside around Frome.

You can see all the pictures on my Instagram page here:






It was a good day today! I brazed the rear dropouts into the chainstays, mitred the chainstay's to the bottom bracket, which was a very satisfying job, breather holes drilled in bottom bracket. Then the seat stays were bent as they needed more clearance for my choice of tyre, then the ends cut and notched to the rear dropouts, the last mitre's were cut for the seat stay to seat tube interface and breather holes drilled. The drive side chain stay still needs dimpling for tyre clearance and notching for chainring clearance. All this followed by more brazing practice, there really aren't enough hours in the day! Paul's teaching and advice today was invaluable! Thank you! 👍 Tomorrow I hope to get the frame all fillet brazed and possibly start the fork. I am thus far very happy with my progress! 😋 Thanks to @thebicycleacademy @ndrwdnhm @86customs @tedjamesdesign @sturdycycles @academytools @btr_fabrications and Dorota for all your help so far, it is mind blowingly awesome to be on this journey with such cool people and feel like part of the family. #framebuilding #thebicycleacademy #learning #doing #theresnoplacelikefrome #knottybear #laidbackcyclist #cycling #brazing #fabrication #design #awesomepeople #family #beautifulplaces #bicycle #steelisreal #newbeginings #neverstoplearning #therightpath #portuerbike
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I now have my basic frame all fillet brazed, and with anxiety levels running at 11 it was a stressful but very enjoyable learning process. Paul only beat me once during the brazing, but he does get the best out of you. I am extremely happy with the quality of my first fillets and intend to leave them as they are "warts and all" so I have something to judge my future work by. It was very nice to have Jake Rusby in house watching over the process, he is a very talented builder a great help too, thank you! I still need to add the rear stay bridges and all the braze on's and some other bits of fluff, hopefully the extra top tube and weeks and weeks of work to do 😉 Thanks to @thebicycleacademy @ndrwdnhm @86customs @rusbycycles @tedjamesdesign @sturdycycles @academytools @btr_fabrications and Dorota for all your help so far, it is mind blowingly awesome to be on this journey with such cool people and feel like part of the family. #framebuilding #thebicycleacademy #learning #doing #filletbrazing #theresnoplacelikefrome #knottybear #laidbackcyclist #cycling #brazing #fabrication #design #awesomepeople #family #beautifulplaces #bicycle #steelisreal #newbeginings #neverstoplearning #therightpath #portuerbike
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How Do All 😉 Today was sadly my last day at The Bicycle Academy 😿 and here is my finished, hand made, custom frame and forks for my Porteur style bike with double top tubes. And it was all finished, "just by the skin of my* teeth" at 17:30 this evening. It all looks rather messy and cooked at the moment but once cleaned up and flux free it should look much nicer. I got quite emotional on the ride back to the hotel as it was all over quite suddenly and there was no time to stand back and enjoy the fruits of my labour before having to leave, well it was Friday and people do have homes to go to 😊 as I was not able to take the frame and forks with me due to being on the train I will have to wait until I am reunited with them before I can really enjoy them. To get this far in just ten days from virtually nothing, I feel was a real achievement! I have to say a very special thank you to *Paul Burford @86customs for going the extra mile for me in the final push to get the bike done on time, by mitering the second top tube and shaping the front disc mount so I could concentrate on building the fork and then brazing the parts in. And also for shaping and TIG welding the double chainstay cut outs which make it possible for me to run my large tyre /crankset combination, he is a true craftsman and it was a joy to watch him work! Thank You Paul 😘 Thank You to @thebicycleacademy @ndrwdnhm @86customs @rusbycycles @tedjamesdesign @sturdycycles @academytools @btr_fabrications and Dorota for all your help, it was mind blowingly awesome to be on this journey with such cool people and feel like part of the family. You have provided me with the tools I need to continue forwards with meaningful practice, and hopefully a future in Frame Building, not to mention an awesome new bicycle to ride 😘 #framebuilding #thebicycleacademy #learning #doing #filletbrazing #theresnoplacelikefrome #knottybear #laidbackcyclist #cycling #brazing #fabrication #design #awesomepeople #family #beautifulplaces #bicycle #steelisreal #newbeginings #neverstoplearning #therightpath #portuerbike
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