Rover Safety Bicycle, 1888
Franceso Moser's Hour Record Bike, 1984
Bradley Wiggins' Hour Record Bike, 2015
Raleigh Chopper, 1970
Tools from the Bike Makers Workshop
Apparel & Accessories inc. Brooks saddle bags
Jon Day's 1970's Fixed Gear Track Bike from his London Courier days
Ben Wilson's Donky Bike & Stairwell sculpture commission
Dear Susan's Tall Bike 2015
Boxer Rocket, 2015
Peckham BMX Club
Sir Paul Smith's testimonial & jumper collection
As the final show to be held at the Shad Thames site, it’s fulfilled the wish of founder Sir Terence Conran to hold a retrospective on the classic. Just like the simple chair or cork screw, it’s one of the most desirable mechanical shapes for designers to have a go at re-formatting. Apparently the hi-spec of the Olympic winning bikes on show are top secret, sitting alongside their earlier counterparts still looking glorious from the ingenuity of the time. A show-stopper for the display will definitely be the 1984 Franceso Moser’s Hour Record Bike with its silver steel frame and disc wheels. It is exquisitely beautiful, irrespective of its original pioneering aerodynamic performance. I think this is referred to as #bikeporn in the industry.
One section of the story is dedicated to six contemporary craftsmen with a “Bike Makers Workshop” consisting of tools from a cross range of Britain’s current game changers. Emerging world class names represent the nation’s newest talent with HartleyCycles flying the flag for the female force in the frame building industry. Caren’s initial training in metalwork for jewellery at the RCA has crossed over into soldering the stems of cycles and a new outlet for her fine art flourish.
Women’s cycling has a great presence across each aspect of the narrative with Joanna Rowsell’s daily track schedule as part of Team GB’s training thru to BMX breakthrough star Shanaze Reade. Here lies the highlight of the whole thing for me, a film clip following the story of Peckham’s BMX Club which started as a Southwark Council initiative. A derelict space was turned into a track with coach DJ CK Flash recruited to rally the community. Now with a 2nd larger home at Burgess Park, he has gone on to discover and nurture the nation’s new competing professionals. An incredible inspiring story in perfect timing as antidote to the city’s endemic preoccupation with the negative effects of the unrelenting redevelopment.
And on that note, as the bricks and mortar of London’s landscape is chopping and changing on a daily basis – one other noticeable shift is the amount of commuter footfall now revolving over to peddling. Numbers of journeys by bike are on the increase and sure to be making a bee line for this new show, not least for the shop brimming with gadgets and cycling theme gifts!
Cycle Revolution at The Design Museum