Tuesday, 24 November 2015

    Cycle Revolution | Design Museum

    On Saturday morning, The Design Museum in Bermondsey, kindly invited us for a bloggers breakfast and the opportunity to be shown around their newest exhibition; Cycle Revolution.
    The exhibition is pitched as a celebration of the diversity of contemporary cycling in Britain.
    Reviewing a museum is new to Split the City, but because cycling culture is very much on the rise in London (who can go a day without seeing a Boris bike?) it made sense for us to go see it. Also, we were very excited to visit the Design Museum, because as an establishment it's prestigious and famous for its devotion to design, in every form; something we definitely appreciate. 
    It's also interesting to our blog concept as the museums current location is in South East (I throw my confetti), but come 2016 will be moving to Kensington (Nikki maniacally laughs).

    We were welcomed to Cycle Revolution by the exhibitions curator, and told a little about how the layout of the exhibit was. They've clever split the space into four cycling tribes; High Performers, Thrill Seekers, Urban Rides and Cargo Bikers.
    High Performers had the shiny names; Bradley Wiggins and Chris Hoy's were the ones I recognised. We were explained, very minimally, how the mechanics of their bikes were specially engineered to them, and to their successes. Seeing a piece of patriotic history in front of you is always glorious...you wander round it quite smugly as if you contributes.
    I thoroughly enjoyed the Thrill Seeker section! Why? BECAUSE PECKHAM. I will forever be singing Peckhams praises, but it turns out they've got something spectacular I knew nothing about; a world renowned BMX club (watch a documentary on it, seriously uplifting and fascinating). This was personally my favourite section of the exhibit. The videos they have of what I would describe as 'BMX par-core' are really mesmerising and breath-taking. 
    Urban Riders next, I thought....here come the hipsters. We've all seen the shoreditch-ites rolling around on their fixed gear's... But what surprised me is the sheer amount of love in this section; people use those Santander bikes because they care about the environment, people ride at weekends because it's social, and Mum's use it to get their kids to school simply because it's more fun.
    The reason Cargo Bikes had its own section is it would appear they're having a resurgence. The construction of this pieces is really intricate and startling delicate; what a way to transport cargo (cargo can be your kids). 

    My favourite part of the whole exhibition was the workshop. The museum invited an array of designers to create a bike, and that's when you really see how cyclists use their bikes of an extension of self. There was a beautiful stainless steel bike by Hartley Cycles, and it was very evident that the creator had trained in jewellery metal work (also awesome to see a FEMALE bicycle maker). 
    The other breath taking one came from Donhou Bicycles.

    As much as the exhibition was incredibly interesting, even to a novice like me, I do fear part of it's were lost on my ignorance. I can imagine for a cycle enthusiast this exhibition is utterly dreamy, and I strongly recommend it. 
    It's so obviously a labour of love from the curators, and a perfect farewell to Bermondsey.


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