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Singapore artist makes tyre tracks into iconic world landmarks

Just 100 sets of prints available — and they're going fast...

Want some gorgeous bike-inspired art that uses bikes in its creation? These works by Singaporean artist Thomas Yang are made entirely by inking bike tyres, the lines then created as tyre prints.

Yang's bike art site 100copies.net initially offered 100 of each print in the Tyre Tracks Series, which portray landmarks in London, New York, Paris and Beijing.

They sold out quickly so now he's offering 100 sets of all four prints, which might seem to stretch the idea of a site that only offers 100 of anything, but, hey, he's an artist — if he can't break his own rules, whose can be break?

And it means 100 more chances to grab these very striking works.


The London drawing — God save the Bike — is of Tower Bridge. Yang says: "Come traffic, hell or high water, nothing will stop London’s rising bike culture, thanks to its protected cycle lanes. Admire its leafy parks and iconic architecture, including the Tower Bridge, meticulously crafted here with 11 unique tyre tracks. Keep calm and ride on."


Popping across the channel to Paris and Bicycle Mon Amour features la Tour Eiffel. "Ride down the breezy boulevards of Paris and you'll see why it's easy to fall in love with its cycling culture. The Eiffel Tower was re-created using 12 unique tyre tracks, as a tribute to a romance that goes far, far beyond the Tour de France," says Yang.


Half a world away to China and Beijing's Forbidden City is the subject of The Unforbidden Cyclist. Yang says: "Like rice, the bicycle is deeply ingrained in China's culture. Once a sign of backwardness, the "people's vehicle" is now enjoying a hip revival. 11 unique tyre tracks went into creating the Forbidden City – one of which belongs to the legendary Flying Pigeon."


Finally we return - the long way round - to the West and new York City where the Empire State Building is the subject of The Cyclist's Empire. "A celebration of New York’s rise as a cycling city. 7 different types of bicycle tyre tracks were used to create the Empire State Building, to reflect New York’s ever-growing tribe of cyclists – from the daily commuter to the delivery boy," says Yang.

The full set of prints is $360, including shipping from Singapore. More details at www.100copies.net. You better be quick, though, there are just 19 sets left.

John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc founder Tony Farelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined road.cc in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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