Chance to see Chris Boardman's Lotus Type 108 Olympic Pursuit Bike

Design Museum exhibition celebrates the ways in which design and sport are combined

by Sarah Barth   August 1, 2012  

For a chance to get a close up view of Chris Boardman's world record setting Lotus Type 108 Olympic Pursuit Bike, get on down to the Designed To Win exhibition at the Design Museum in London.

Boardman set a world record for the 4,000m in Barcelona in 1992 on this steed designed by Mike Burrows, which is usually on display at the Museum of Liverpool.

The frame is an advanced aerofoil cross-section using a carbon composite monocoque.

A total of fifteen Type 108s were built including one prototype in 1991, as well as three frames for use in the Olympic Games.

Designed to Win explores the various ways in which design has shaped the sporting world, by analysing key moments where design played a significant role in progressing sport.

A number of other notable bikes are on display, including a prototype steel frame and handlebars designed by Graeme Obree and Eddie Merckx's steel frame with drop handlebars and wire spoke wheels, designed and built by Colnago.

It's open between between 27 July - 9 September and costs £5.00-£8.80.

The Design Museum is also running an evening event on Friday 7 September at 6.30pm, entitled Bike v. Design.

They say: "Few other design objects provoke such passionate enthusiasm as the ‘humble’ bicycle. In an evening of discussions, demonstrations, screenings and presentations, mingle with some of the leading riders and players in bike design as we get down and dirty and just plain geeky over bikes."

Participants include Brooks, Bike Film Festival, 5th Floor, Condor Cycles, Cosmic Bike Polo, Moulton Bicycles, Charge Bikes, Singular and many more.

Thanks to the Design Museum for the use of their images.

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Another one of the 15 Lotus bikes is on display in an exhibition at Coventry Transport Museum until mid-October. It is only a small exhibition which mainly features local riders and bikes manufactured in Coventry, but includes items donated by Tommy Godwin including a Yellow Jersey worn by Tom Simpson.

posted by NeilG83 [237 posts]
1st August 2012 - 11:55

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Some amazing bikes there.

Is it just me, or is there something incredibly sad about them not having pressure in their tyres?

posted by CarbonBreaker [80 posts]
1st August 2012 - 21:07

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