Thursday, December 24, 2015

First outing for my Volunteer tour of Cycle Revolution exhibition and Red 313

Yesterday I got the chance to run my latest 'Volunteer' tour at the Design Museum and I was surprised at both the number of people who joined and their engagement with the topic.

If you're interested there'll be more volunteer led Cycle Revolution Tours (The Wednesday ones are by me).
A very Conran Christmas

On the way in I passed  Conran's  HQ  looking Christmas-sy. Sir Terence Conran is a prime mover's behind 'Modern British Design' as well as which he's a  benefactor  who has helped preserve parts of the Thames Docklands'  and is leading figure behind establishing the Design Museum.

Anyway back to the 'Tour' - The things that came out of the tour for me were:

1) Children/young people are really engaged with cycling - it's the school holidays and there were plenty there.

2) People recall their early cycling experiences - one visitor told me how his father delivered to him a birthday present of a bicycle as a kit of parts which the deal was that they'd assemble  when he performed satisfactorily his mathematics 'Times Tables'.

3) I shouldn't forget that although males enjoy the 'artefacts'  of high-tech bikes girls too really like cycling.
Who would have thought you could make a wooden bike?

4) Cyclists are often evangelical and want to get more involved - as we get more people involved it's a beneficial circle- better facilities and cycling becomes safer.

It's hard not to use a historic perspective when talking about cycling but other angles are possible, many people spoke about the 'Santander Bikes' (formerly Barclay's Bikes) and how London was more successful at encouraging bikes and their use than say Birmingham (but less than Paris).

Points I need to follow up include the weight of the fantastic Lotus 108 - made famous by Chris Boardman.

The lightweight (and low profile - just 25 mm) Lotus bike

[Note: it's  8.35kg (18.41lb) without pedals]

Red 313

This Red bicycle is a Gramercy by Martone and comes in at a cool £1,300


And here's a bike in the Design Museum shop

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