Cycle Revolution, London


Described as an exhibition of “extraordinary bicycles and the people who ride them” at London’s Design Museum, this run gives us a brief timeline of bicycles dating as far back as 1888, to mid century steel bicycles that won French tours, prototypes of brands we all love, right up to present day carbon-fiber beasts ridden by Sir Bradley Wiggins (and his helmet too).

Sir Bradley Wiggin's 2015 Hour Record Bike

Sir Bradley Wiggin’s 2015 Hour Record Bike

Sections include Cargo Bikers, Urban Riders, Thrill Seekers, High Performers and areas that touch upon builders and the future of the bicycle. The whole exhibition shouldn’t take you more than 45 minutes to complete.


A lovely little section on Cargo Bikes call for attention to remind us that these big boys are experiencing a resurgence of sorts and can be seen in bicycle capitals of the world transporting anything from children, general deliveries or animals in and around cities.

Another highlight is an original Raleigh Chopper to wring some tearful nostalgia out of anyone born out of the 70s.

1969 Raleigh Chopper

1969 Raleigh Chopper

And if foldies are your thing, then a prototype Moulton and Brompton are definitely worth a look at to see where it all began.


For us here at Ledge, however, high points of fascination were the wall mounted Francesco Moser and Eddy Merckx steel bicycles that both Moser and Merckx used to win competitions.

Moser & Merckx

Eddy Merckx’s 1972 Hour Record Bike & Franceso Moser’s 1984 Hour Record Bike

Overall, it’s a sweet little exhibition that combines at least one aspect of each milestone moment in the history of cycling and the humble bicycle.

Cycle Revolution  18 November 2015 - 30 June 2016
Design Museum, London 28 Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD

Adult £13

Student £9.75

Members Free

Morning session, 10:00 – 13:30 ;Afternoon session, 14:00 – 17:30