One of the highlights of trips like this is bumping into people whose work you’ve admired and being able to see the fruits of their labor in person. For me, finally meeting Matthew of Saffron Frameworks at the Karoobaix was one of these moments. Matthew’s work is clean, precise and artful, as embodied in this disc all road bike, built especially for the Karoobaix. (more…)
Hope presents a video behind the HB.160, their carbon fiber, made in the UK MTB frame.
In cities like London, the battle for space unfortunately takes place between automobiles and cyclists. While it’s not a laughing matter, this film by a team of 16-19 year olds, is sure to bring a smile to your face.
XPDTN3 join Paul Errington and Olly Townsend on a 3-day trip in beautiful Northumberland, close to the Scottish border in the UK.
Jake Rusby is a framebuilding instructor at the Bicycle Academy and one that specializes in beautiful fillet brazed construction. In a way, through teaching students this artistry, he’s passing the torch of knowledge to the next generation of framebuilders and since the Bicycle Academy’s student reach is worldwide, his impact will only have positive results in the industry as a whole. This is Jake’s personal bike. It’s an all-day road frame, built with Dura Ace, with a more relaxed geometry when compared to a crit racing machine. Jake wanted a bike he could spend every waking moment on, soaking in the sun in the British countryside outside of Bristol, where he recently just relocated from in London.
What is most impressive about all of this is that Jake painted this bike himself. He wanted the contrast of a single color, with areas of intensity in the details. After masking off dozens of dots, he began the painting process, resulting in a halftone-inspired final product which achieves his intention quite well. Other details I found intriguing are the split seat stay bridge and head badge, both acting as a reflection of the other.
Bikes like this are all about the little details, adding to the overall composition. Hopefully, that’s a message conveyed to the students Jake teaches as well. See more of Jake’s work at the Rusby Cycles website.
Knowledge is best passed, like a torch, through experience. There are many institutions which educate hopeful framebuilders in the art of design, construction, and finishing of a bicycle frame. They each take their own approach to this process and many of our favorite builders have learned in this hands-on, classroom environment.
Nestled in an industrial building, within the town of Frome in Somerset, the Bicycle Academy threw their towel into the framebuilding education ring a few years back and in that time, have grown their curriculum into an impressive institution. All this could not have been possible if it were not for the successful crowdfunding operation and the 183 people who donated money and 23 individuals who donated their skills to jumpstart the Bicycle Academy. (more…)
… and if you wanna see more, check out BTR Fabrications.
There’s so much content from the UK pouring into the site over the next few days, so I thought this would fit in nicely. The Adventure Cycle Festival is coming next month in the Lake District. Be sure to click through to their site to read more and see the official press-release below.
Oftentimes I walk into situations not knowing what to expect and am completely blown away. Today was one of those times and I can’t wait to share this story with you next week. Huge thanks to the Bicycle Academy for the rad last day in Europe.
Here’s a look inside Tom Donhou’s framebuilding shop in the UK.