A variagated event at the Design Museum this Thursday at 18:30.
To coincide with the current exhibition exploring the tension between sport
and design, Designed to Win, the Design Museum is hosting Bike v Design –
a celebration of all things bicycle.
Featuring talks, a mini cinema and live performances, this installment of bike
heaven offers visitors the chance to get involved, bring down their own
bikes or simply relax, explore and enjoy a selection of bespoke bicycles.
The Design Museum has invited the best riders, designers and frame
builders to describe the relationship between bicycle and rider and why this
is important to them. In attendance will be Nick Larsen from Charge, Ben
Wilson, Sam Alison from Singular and Ben Spurrier from Condor.
Few objects produce such a broad level of enthusiasm as the ‘humble’
bicycle – from the famous Moulton to the fold-up Brompton and the BMX.
Bike V Design explores the way riders have developed the simple bicycle to
enhance and evolve their individual sports.
On the riverfront outside the museum will be a series of performances
featuring freestyle BMX stunts by Jason Forde and Matti Hemmings and
Circus Trick Cycling by Alice Allart. Karta Healy’s London bus of bikes will
be parked outside the museum – this double-decker bus features over 20
bespoke and concept bicycles.
Inside the museum the experience continues with a demonstration on
saddle manufacturing from Brooks England, a talk from Ricky Feather and
Matthew Sowter on their Push Projects books and the Bicycle Academy
examining the art and skill of bike frame design. Further talks will be held by
riders Juliet Elliot, Andy Ellis, 5th floor, Jacqui Shannon as well as the
Cosmic Bike Polo Team discussing and explaining the sport of Bicycle Polo.
Other contributors include the London Bike Kitchen and Brixton Cycles.
A pop-up cinema on the museum’s second floor will screen films from the
Bicycle Film Festival to complete the night.
Alice Marsh, event curator commented: ‘The current renaissance in cycling
is due not only to the fantastic success we have had this year in the Tour De
France and Olympics but also to the passion of those riders and designers
who have been pursuing their dream for the ultimate riding machine for
years. At Bike V Design we are showcasing the best of this world in a truly
amazing line up of talks, demos and events.’