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Frome’s Bicycle Academy wheels in two new teachers

A FROME-based bicycle building school which teaches people how to construct bike frames is celebrating 18 months in business by recruiting two new teachers.

The Bicycle Academy’s frame building school has recruited two of Britain’s most renowned bicycle builders, Robin Mather and Ted James.

Robin, who was awarded ‘Best in Show’ at The UK Hand Made Bicycle Show 2012, Bespoked, brings more than 20 years of frame building expertise to the young business. Ted, meanwhile, was the winner of the Peer Award at The UK Hand Made Bicycle Show 2013.

The Bicycle Academy’s frame building school offers week-long courses so novices, enthusiasts and professionals can learn an array of techniques and engineering skills to build their own bike frame.

Mountain biking enthusiast and organiser of Frome’s world-famous Cobble Wobble Andrew Denham, launched the business in 2012 via a crowdfunding campaign. Since opening its workshop doors to the public, the academy has taught more than 250 students from across the world.

Andrew said he was honoured to welcome two of his personal heroes as teachers at his fast-growing business.

“The quality of their workmanship and range of techniques means The Bicycle Academy can move up another gear,” he said. “I’ve looked up to Ted and Robin for a number of years, so to be working with them is a dream come true.

“Their work speaks for itself, but it’s the passion they have for what they do that makes them the perfect fit here.”

Commenting on his new role, Robin said, “I’ve always felt it important for practising craftsmen to pass on and share their skills, to encourage the development of new ideas and improve standards.

“My career has benefitted from a culture of openness in the bicycle building industry, so the opportunity to work with The Bicycle Academy is really exciting.”

Ted said, “I always hoped to join The Bicycle Academy, after deciding to move from London to the West Country.

“For some time Andrew and I have been discussing ideas for additional courses where I can share some of the different things I do.

“We’ve also been working on some similar projects involving frame building tools – something else that we will all be developing together.”

The Bicycle Academy’s frame building courses start from £1,000, with one-to-one master classes costing £360 a day.