On yer (designer) bike

Philippe Starck and Ross Lovegrove are among the designers showing their bicycle-based creations at Bike Show – a new exhibition celebrating the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire.

Bamboo Bike, Ross Lovegrove
Bamboo Bike, Ross Lovegrove

Bike Show, which is being curated in conjunction with Eleven Design, is being held at The Civic in Barnsley, and presents a series of bikes that aim to appeal to enthusiastic MAMILs (that’s middle-aged men in Lycra) and novices alike.

Dror Peleg, Frri Bike
Dror Peleg, Frri Bike

The Civic says,  ‘With an emphasis on the influence of cycling culture on contemporary design, the exhibition explores technological advancements and the best in innovation, presenting particularly unusual and pioneering examples of two-wheeled transport’.

Pibal, Philippe Starck
Pibal, Philippe Starck

These include Lovegrove’s Bamboo Bike; Starck’s Pibal and Ben Wilson’s bright and decidedly utilitarian Donky bike.

Donky Bike, Ben Wilson
Donky Bike, Ben Wilson

The Tour element is represented by a vintage bike ridden in the race by Greg LeMond and jerseys and shoes used by notable cyclists.

Tour Chair,  Rui Alves.
Tour Chair, Rui Alves.

The show also looks to reveal how cycling has influenced other areas of design, displaying the Wassily Chair by Bauhaus designer Marcel Breuer – said to be inspired by his Adler bicycle in its use of steel tubing. Visitors will also get the chance to see contemporary pieces including Rui Alves’ Tour Chair.

Jurgen Kuipers, Sawyer Low Ride Kit Bike.
Jurgen Kuipers, Sawyer Low Ride Kit Bike.

The show will coincide with another celebration of le Tour’s Northern Grand Grand Départ at Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery, Yellow, for which Alan Kitching, Margaret Calvert, M/M Paris and Wim Crouwel are among the designers who have created work inspired by the event’s Yellow Jersey.

Joey Ruiter, 36 InnerCity Bike
Joey Ruiter, 36 InnerCity Bike

Bike Show runs from 16 May – 12 July at The Gallery at The Civic, Hanson Street, Barnsley, S70 2HZ

Sandwich Bike, Basten Leijh
Sandwich Bike, Basten Leijh

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