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On Your Bike!
Cycling fans rejoice, Barnsley Civic is celebrating Yorkshire’s involvement in this year’s Tour de France with its latest exhibition, Bikeshow.
For the first time in its hundred and ten year history the Tour is setting off in Yorkshire, and to celebrate Barnsley Civic has curated a fantastic exhibition to coincide with the event. Bikeshow delves into the history of the race in a fun and interactive way and explores that latest technological and design-led advances in the sport. We are proud to be involved in the exhibition, having loaned some bike-related products, and we took the trip to discover what the rest of the show had to offer.
An estimated worldwide audience of 3.5 billion, a track over 3,600 kilometres long, 21 gruelling stages – these are the type of stats you are greeted with upon entering Bikeshow. Joined by a set of cheery illustrations that make the race seem all the more real, the mix of stories and stats are engaging, funny, and at times downright unbelievable. We enjoyed walking around the space, discovering more and more as we went.
Further along the exhibition space come the framed woollen jerseys, vintage pieces that for devoted cycling fans bring nostalgia and joy all at the same time. It was a beautiful display and we just couldn’t stop ogling them!
After holding back for so long we were desperate to see all the bikes on show. Designer Philippe Starck’s Pibal bike was all kinds of wonderful in the flesh, as was Ross Lovegrove’s bamboo offering, Bamboo Bicycle, but there was so much more to see too!
The exhibition also holds a number of other products that have either inspired bike designs or vice versa. Our Thonet 214 Chair was proudly on display as the inspiration for Andy Martin Studio’s bentwood bicycle, as was our Zanotta Sella Seat – a classic stool from Achille Castiglione that makes excellent use of a Brooke’s leather bike saddle for its seat. Further displays included the Knoll Wassily Chair for its use of tubular steel, as well as a host of other pieces.
We highly recommend a visit to the exhibition as there’s lots to see and do, whether you are a devoted cycling fan or not. The exhibition runs from 16 May to 12 July, so be sure to pop in on your way to the Grand Départ!