Cycling Revolution exhibition at the Design Museum, London

The Design Museum's last exhibition at its current location celebrates the modern bicycle in all its forms

It’s been on for a while now, but the Design Museum’s Cycle Revolution exhibition continues until 30 June. It’s the museum’s last exhibition at its present site near Tower Bridge before it ups sticks, reopening in Kensington on 24 November.

The museum says that the exhibition “celebrates the diversity of contemporary cycling in Britain from every day commuting to Olympic level competition and looks at where design and innovation may take the riders of the future.”

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Amongst performance bicycles on display are Sir Bradley Wiggins’s Hour Record Pinarello as well as the bike on which he won the 2014 World Time Trial Championship. There’s also Sir Chris Hoy’s London 2012 track bike.

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Going further back, there’s the bike on which Eddy Merckx set the hour record in 1972 as well as that used to better it in 1984 by Francisco Moser.

Sir Chris Hoy's London 2012 track bike at the exhibition

Sir Chris Hoy's London 2012 track bike at the exhibition

Also on show is the Lotus bike ridden to gold by Chris Boardman at the 1992 Olympics.

The craftsmanship of bespoke frame builders is celebrated

The craftsmanship of bespoke frame builders is celebrated

There’s a look at the craftsmanship of British bespoke cycles too, with the recreation of a framebulder’s workshop.

There's a fair collection of the weird and wonderful too

There's a fair collection of the weird and wonderful too

And for a look at less performance oriented bikes, there’s a 1969 Raleigh Chopper as well as the earliest prototype Brompton and a collection of weird and wonderful machines.

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It's not all modern bikes

It's not all modern bikes

Finally, there’s a look at how cycling is changing city infrastructure and how the needs of cyclists are increasingly being met by urban planners, designers and architects.

Entry is £9.10 for adults, with concessions for students. And for those who want to pedal there, there are cycle racks outside the museum and the railings along the riverside can be used, although space is limited.

All photos: The Design Museum


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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.