This week’s studio guest is none other than David Thurston, my very own dad. A London cyclist since the 1970s when he lost his driving license, he explored China in the early 1980s on a Bickerton folder and is now discovering that with Parkinson’s Disease, cycling is more fun than walking.
Also featuring an interview with Irish nutty professor Michael Killian, inventor of the revolutionary Sideways Bike (pictured) with independent front and rear steering, news of Sheldon Brown’s struggle with Multiple Sclerosis and an report by Alex Murray on a high end off-road wheelchair.
Jack Thurston and Jo Upton in search of the best bicycle gadget at Cycle 2006, the UK’s biggest cycling exhibition and trade fair. Glow in the dark pedals, GPS tools, bike storage, heart rate monitors and lights galore.
We are also granted an exclusive audience with the legendary champion of all cycling champions, Eddy Merckx. Eddy shares his views on cycling in Britain, Floyd Landis’s doping disgrace and the latest developments at his boutique framebuilding company.
In this last show of the current season we’re getting technical, with a visit to the Brompton factory. Bromptons are the best all round folding bicycles in the world and the invention of Andrew Ritchie, who started making them in his flat more than 25 years ago. They are still made in west London – in fact the only form of transportation still manufactured in the capital. Matt Tempest is awed by the brazing, bending and bashing that goes into a Brompton. Plus the demystification of wheelbuilding with Ian McCormick.
The Bike Show will be back with the falling of autumn leaves.
This year’s Bike Week coincides with the London Architecture Biennale, which has got a lot of cyclists thinking about architecture and a lot of architects thinking about cycling. At the launch of the Reinventing The Bike Shed exhibition, I speak with organisers Adam Thorpe of Bikeoff and Stephanie Laslett of Feilden Clegg Bradley and Associates about how the exhibition came about and what’s on show.
The show also spotlights the Christiania Bike from Denmark, in conversation with its creators Lars Engstrom and Annie Lerche and Andrea Casalotti of Velorution, the bike shop on a mission to bring these fantastic multipurpose workhorse tricycles to the streets of London.
And a quick heads-up for the ‘Midsummer Madness’ summer solstice bike ride, on the night of Tuesday 20st June, through the night up to the top of Primrose Hill for the sunrise and down to the Globe Theatre for breakfast on Wednesday morning. All with the redoubtable Barry Mason of Southwark Cyclists.
This week newbie cyclist Alex Crawford and veteran London bike messenger Buffalo Bill swap notes on how to survive the winter on two wheels. Featuring interviews with Simon from Brixton Cycles and Simon Mottram from Rapha. We also discuss the distressing news of yet another killing of a London cyclist by a left-turning heavy goods vehicle and what this means in terms of road safety policy.
Featuring the mighty Sheldon Brown on the marvels of classic English 3-speed bicycles. Sheldon Brown is the technical guru at Harris Cyclery and owns one of the world’s greatest collections of weird and wonderful bikes, including a bizarre fixed gear tandem, a bike that allows its rider to choose between drop and straight handlebars whilst riding and a roadster dating from 1916. Also in the show is Astrid Van Herpen of Pro Velo in Brussels talking about cycling in the Belgian capital.