“Cycle Revolution” at the Design Museum

Phil L writes:

Last week whilst in London I visited a cycle exhibition – called “Cycle Revolution” – at the Design Museum and have to say it’s a great exhibition, well worth going to see if you are down that way.  If you aren’t familiar with its location, it’s not far from Tower Hill or London Bridge tube stations.  Check it out on the Design Museum’s website or read this article in the Guardian.  It’s on until 30 June 2016.  If you travel in by train, the exhibition features in the 2-for-1 ticket concession.  If you go on your own, there are plenty of discounts on the admission price on the usual cycling websites.

Here’s a synopsis of the show which aims to celebrate the diversity of contemporary cycling in Britain from every-day commuting to Olympic-level competition and to look at where design and innovation may take the riders of the future.

The bikes on display include:

  • Bradley Wiggins’s 2015 Hour-Record bike and 2014 World Championship Time Trial bike
  • Bikes and other kit and equipment from Chris Froome’s 2015 Tour de France victory
  • Chris Hoy’s 2012 Olympic Track bike
  • The Mike Burrows bike ridden by Chris Boardman at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games
  • Eddy Merckx’s 1972 Hour-Record bike
  • Francesco Moser’s 1984 Hour-Record bike
  • The earliest existing prototype Brompton
  • A 1978 Breezer Series 1
  • A 1969 Raleigh Chopper.

There’s a builder’s workshop – showing the tools and materials that create a bespoke machine.  Six independent British bike builders are profiled – Donhou Bicycles, Toad Custom Cycles, Hartley Cycles, Robin Mather Cycles, Mercian Cycles and Shand Cycles.

High profile cyclists including Norman Foster and Paul Smith discuss their passion for cycling and hopes for its future in a film.

“Pedals to Medals” Exhibition at Coventry Transport Museum

Iain Dawson, our Publicity Officer, writes:

Sadly, we didn’t get time on Saturday’s ride to visit Coventry Transport Museum’s excellent exhibition on competitive cycling, but if you have any interest in the history of sports cycles, from the early days up to and including the Chris Boardman era, the exhibition is well worth a visit.

Entrance to the Pedals to Medals exhibition (and the rest of the museum) is FREE, and it runs until the 14th October so plenty of time to hop on a train (or pedal!) and get up to Coventry to view it.

The museum is open from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. 7 days a week, and it has a decent café in the foyer to boot.