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Want to be part of a cycle revolution? Help us pioneer an open source, DIY bike for all; live at Design Museum London 8-10th April 2016
Want to be part of a cycle revolution? Help us pioneer an open source, DIY bike for all; live at Design Museum London 8-10th April 2016
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Hi! This is James Marr, founder of Bamboo Bicycle Club and part of the Autumn Yard Design Collective. From Friday 8th to Sunday 10th of April, we will be taking over the foyer at Design Museum London to pioneer the ‘bike of the future’. 

Working with Oxford Brookes University, Bamboo Bicycle Club have been pushing the boundaries of 3D printing technology to radically improve custom bicycle design. Against the backdrop of the Design Museum’s Cycle Revolution exhibition, this free, live event will showcase the results of this collaboration, providing a glimpse into the bicycle workshop of the future.

Brought together by our shared passion for sustainable design, technology and education, the collective’s goal is to pioneer an open source, wholly customisable bike that can be grown in your own home. Everyone deserves access to this knowledge - and nothing beats the feeling of riding a bike that you've made with your own hands. 

Can you help us make this vision a reality? 

Future Bike: Live Challenge
Friday 8th - Sunday 10th April 2016
14.00 - 17.45h Fri  |  10:00 - 17.45h Sat / Sun
Design Museum, Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD

The collective is working closely with architectural students from the University of East London to develop and pre-fabricate the installation on campus, within a few miles of the Design Museum. The design of the installation design takes reference from future bike, using 3D printed components and UK sourced bamboo. See the students in action during the exhibition installation on Friday afternoon 8th April.

We have some awesome rewards for all of you who can contribute - take a look at some of the many rewards on offer!

Very rad sticker pack, designed by Our Place Studio
Very rad sticker pack, designed by Our Place Studio
Supersoft, breathable bamboo jersey t-shirts
Supersoft, breathable bamboo jersey t-shirts
Make your grand design a reality with a consultation with Studio Bark
Make your grand design a reality with a consultation with Studio Bark
A selection of home build kits from Bamboo Bicycle Club!
A selection of home build kits from Bamboo Bicycle Club!
Workshops for one, two, or four people at Bamboo Bicycle Club
Workshops for one, two, or four people at Bamboo Bicycle Club
The Aero Bicycle, currently on display in the Design Museum's Cycle Revolution exhibition
The Aero Bicycle, currently on display in the Design Museum's Cycle Revolution exhibition

We appreciate that some of you really want to support this project, but have very little to spare. For the modest sum of £1, why not join us on the Future Bike’s inaugural ride on Sunday 10th April? We want as many future bike riders as possible to take part!

If you are utterly skint, please do join us anyway for the free Design Museum live challenge on Fri 8th - Sun 10th April to learn about the design, printing and build process, the materials involved, as well as a chance to get a bit hands on!

Every weekend for the last three years, Bamboo Bicycle Club have been teaching people of all ages to build their own bikes by hand, from natural, sustainable bamboo, hemp and eco-resin. We want to explore the future of DIY, independent bicycle building, creating a harmony of new technologies, sustainable materials and traditional techniques. Here are just a few reasons why: 

  • Imagine a world where you can create your own home-grown bicycle; and customise it for snow, cargo, or even with 100mm tyres. This is the concept that we are trying to pioneer, using 3D printing technology, which will rapidly become a commonplace and low cost tool. 
  • This technology is incredibly important to the future of bicycle design, as it enables materials to be produced locally, whilst making the most of local sustainable materials. This minimises the current market dependence on imports and the embodied energy in the mineral extraction, manufacturing process and shipping of traditional metal frames, profoundly decreasing the carbon footprint of your average bike. 
  •  We want to greatly improve the process of DIY, custom bike building. Despite bamboo being an abundant, cheap material, constructing a classic bamboo bike from scratch is labour intensive and requires knowledge of materials and fabrication that most people don’t have. The prototype design for Future Bike reduces 40 hours worth of labour into one day and simplifies the bike building process, giving an exponential number of people the ability to build their own long-lasting, low impact bike themselves.

3D printing is no longer in its nascency; industrial uses of this technology range from printing bone replacements and prosthetics, to food. We’re even seeing the first generation of these printers available in schools and colleges. It is inevitable that 3D printing will soon become embedded into everyday living, learning and working - our responsibility as designers is to guide this technology for good, ensuring productive and useful outlets for its application. 

We want everybody in the world to be able to access our research, development and design and for that, we need your help.

Our base costs are as follows: 

£3.5K - materials and construction of workshop space
£2.5k - tools and equipment for bike building and construction of space
£2K - graphic design and printing flyers and exhibition information graphics
£2K - 3D printed lugs for bike, installation and components (wheels etc.)
£1K - film making to record the process from exhibition build to finished bike
£1K - research booklet print and build guide, plus school workshops and live presentations 

This is a true labour of love. We believe everyone should be able to benefit from our work, so we as a collective are not charging for our time - just the base costs to host the live event and make it relevant to schools, the general public and cycling enthusiasts alike. 

The live challenge is an exciting, engaging way to share our research so far, while Design Museum London provides a fantastic national platform for us to spread our message. 

We are hoping for overfunding, as this will allow us to take this Future Bike workshop and educators from Autumn Yard to schools and events, to teach as many people as possible about sustainable design, technological experimentation, self reliance and materials.

Design concept

We have spend several months together refining the concept. Above are the ready-to-go CAD drawings that will be realised by the 3D printer. The drawings show us exactly how the components fit together, including the bamboo sizes. As noted in the video, this will all be made available over the live event as an open source design - for you to try yourself.

Come along to the Design Museum to find out more!

Bamboo Bicycle Club London helps people who are passionate about cycling to build and ride their own self-build bicycles. Founded by James Marr and Ian McMillan, two bike riding engineers, who decided to create a bicycling community with others who are interested in building their own beautiful, robust and environmentally friendlier bamboo bicycle frames. The club continues to grow and innovate, creating a friendly community of bike builders, creative thinkers and cyclists.

Studio Bark is a pioneering architectural practice that delivers inspiring, yet cost-conscious environmental architecture, with a hands-on approach to research, design, fabrication and education. The practice was founded in August 2014 and has four directors: Nick Newman, Sarah Bland, Steph Chadwick and founder, Wilf Meynell. Their rigorous environmental ethos and ambitious design approach first came into the public eye after their Paragraph 55 Periscope House was featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs.

Our Place is an independent design studio specialising in branding, typographic, editorial and digital projects. The studio was built on the foundations of two friends’ mutual love of clean, contemporary design, with a focus on craft and collaboration.

UTILE create beautiful design & art delivered across multiple platforms. The studio combines expertise in branding, animation and digital with the more traditional practices of illustration, sign-painting and typography.

Greatcoat Films is an independent film production company specialising in online commercial content, music videos and short form documentary films.

Alexandra Marr + Associates are specialists in travel and lifestyle PR with clients ranging from European countries and UK destinations to Michelin-starred restaurants, luxury hotels and bamboo bikes.

A Big Thank You... 

...for taking the time to read this far! We’re really excited about the possibilities stemming from the Future Bike Live Challenge. Please do give generously to help us make the bike of your dreams into a reality - for you, and everyone who shares a love of cycling and the natural world we live in. 

A huge, heartfelt thanks from all of us at the Autumn Yard Design Collective.

Risks and challenges

There is minimal chance of post-funding risk as Bamboo Bicycle Club and Studio Bark have both extensively run similar (and significantly larger) live challenges, workshops and builds before, e.g. Bark Live-Build at Warren Lodge, pop-up workshops at Edinburgh Cycle Festival, among others. The six participating organisations have rigorously planned the event, minimising the chance of anything going awry.

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    Invitation to ride with the Bamboo Bicycle Club team on Sunday 10th April 2016 as they test ride the Future Bike! (Bring your own bike).

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    Pack of 6 awesome waterproof stickers for your bike, notebook, wall, or wherever, plus a thank you credit on the Bamboo Bicycle Club website + invitation to ride.

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    A beautiful A2 digital print of the exhibition infographics on 175 gsm paper designed by Our Place Studio, plus a thank you credit on the Bamboo Bicycle Club website + invitation to ride.

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    Your name printed on the Live Future Bike exhibition stand at Design Museum London, plus a thank you credit on the Bamboo Bicycle Club website + invitation to ride.

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    One super-soft, breathable official Bamboo Bicycle Club t-shirt, designed and made in London from a blend of bamboo viscose and organic jersey cotton, your name printed on the Future Bike exhibition stand at Design Museum London, plus a thank you credit on the Bamboo Bicycle Club website + invitation to ride.

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    Two tickets to Cycle Revolution at Design Museum London (valid for the exhibition duration), your name printed on the Future Bike exhibition stand at Design Museum London, plus a thank you credit on the Bamboo Bicycle Club website + invitation to ride.

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    A stunning limited edition A2 screenprint of the exhibition infographics on 175 gsm GF Smith paper designed by Our Place Studio, your name on the exhibition stand, plus a thank you credit on the Bamboo Bicycle Club website + invitation to ride.

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    The full Bamboo Bicycle Club experience at their workshop in Hackney Wick! Evening live demonstrations and talks from Bamboo Bicycle Club and Studio Bark, with a mouthwatering barbecue courtesy of Autumn Yard Meat. Plus, your name on the Future Bike exhibition stand and a thank you credit on the Bamboo Bicycle Club website + invitation to ride.

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    Pledge £200 or more About $285

    Whether you're planning a new build or a retrofit, start making your grand design a reality with a professional 2 hour consultation with architectural practice Studio Bark at their office in Hackney Wick. Includes tea, biscuits and a follow-up. Plus, your name on the Future Bike exhibition stand and a thank you credit on the Bamboo Bicycle Club website + invitation to ride.

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    Pledge £250 or more About $356

    One original standard choice of Road/Hybrid/Track frame home-build kit by Bamboo Bicycle Club, your name on the exhibition stand, plus a thank you credit on the Bamboo Bicycle Club website + invitation to ride.

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    One Bamboo Bicycle Club homebuild kit; any frame, any style, with an exclusive Design Museum special edition custom design. Choose from road, hybrid, track, fatbike, MTB, cyclocross or BMX frame. Plus, your name on the Future Bike exhibition stand and a thank you credit on the Bamboo Bicycle Club website + invitation to ride and sticker pack.

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    Weekend workshop for those of you wanting to build your own bike from scratch! All tools and materials supplied, with tutoring. By the end of the weekend you will be able to walk away with a finished custom frame, as well as the all important club membership. Plus, your name on the Future Bike exhibition stand and a thank you credit on the Bamboo Bicycle Club website + invitation to ride.

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    Bring a special someone. Bamboo Bicycle Club weekend workshop for two, your name on the exhibition stand, plus a thank you credit on the Bamboo Bicycle Club website + invitation to ride.

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    Pledge £2,500 or more About $3,563

    Takeover the Bamboo Bicycle Club workshop for 3 days! We'll teach you and 3 friends to build their own frame. You chose any frame style including a cargo bike and well work on a custom design with you. You can pick your own tunes and we'll provide the coffee and tea! we'll pop your name on the exhibition stand, plus a thank you credit on the Bamboo Bicycle Club website + invitation to ride.

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    Pledge £2,500 or more About $3,563

    Sponsorship package: brand exposure to just under three million people online and through the physical event, your logo on everything related to Future Bike, plus PR opportunities from event video / live streaming, plus press opportunities over the course of the weekend.

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    Pledge £4,995 or more About $7,119

    An incredible opportunity to own the world's first Aero Bamboo Bike, currently on display at Design Museum's Cycle Revolution exhibition alongside Bradley Wiggins hour bike! Your name will also be on the exhibition stand, plus a thank you credit on the Bamboo Bicycle Club website + invitation to ride included.

    (Please note that the bike is offered as a unique collector's piece of design history and is a prototype. Delivery is subject to Cycle Revolution tour schedule).

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