This is the first in a series that I’m grandly calling The Cycle Touring Hall of Fame. Here’s Tony Pizzo in the spring of 1920. He’s a sailor and on his way through Washington DC on a Coast-to-Coast bicycle tour: handcuffed to his machine. The handcuffs were sealed by Mayor Hylan in New York April […]
Archive | April, 2012
Tomorrow’s the London Cycling Campaign Big Ride, which aims to be the biggest ever mobilisation of cyclists (and pedestrians and rollerstakters) on the streets of London. There are feeder rides from every corner over the capital, read about them here. If you want to join a probably small but perfectly formed Bike Show peloton, then […]
In the concluding half of an extended interview with engineer and bicycle inventor Mike Burrows, we talk about Mike’s biggest passion: laid back bicycles. He explains how these human powered vehicles came about and where he hopes they’re going. Plus Simon Nurse discusses the possibility of a cycling equivalent of the London Marathon.
The People’s Republic of China is officially proclaimed, following the victory of the Communist Party forces in the civil war. Winston Churchill makes a landmark speech in support of the idea of a European Union. George Orwell’s ‘1984’ is published. Albert II, a rhesus monkey, becomes the first primate to enter space, on a US […]
Mike Burrows is probably best known for his design of the Lotus 108 pursuit bike that Chris Boardman rode in the Barcelona Olympics, winning the first gold medal for a British cyclist in over 70 years. But Mike has made a huge contribution to pedal powered machines more widely. His compact road frame first developed for Giant is now a design standard and his designs have moved the world of laid back or recumbent bicycles on from the early, pioneering days in 1970s California. Burrows remains inventive, opinionated and passionate about bicycles.
This is the first of a two part extended interview.
“You road I enter upon and look around! I believe you are not all that is here; I believe that much unseen is also here.” Walt Whitman, Song for the Road In one of the final rooms of the Royal Academy’s blockbuster exhibition of new work by David Hockney that closed earlier this week there […]
For a second year, the Bespoked show in Bristol has provided a platform for a new generation of British bicycle framebuilders to showcase their work. Featured in this episode: Paul Villiers, Tom Donhou, Ted James, Ricky Feather and Jonathan Paulus. In a podcast-only extra, cycle sport journalist Lionel Birnie gives his take on the spring classics thus far and a look ahead to this weekend’s Paris Roubaix.