Backyard Engineering: Bike Experiments In Speed

Most of us like to try new things, especially if they are relatively safe and easy to do. But, would we be willing to endure hardship in order to explore a new idea?  Probably not.  Yet, most of us will have a time in our life when we will be challenged to muster all that we have, in order to do all that we can…

EXPERIMENTS IN SPEED is a wonderful (under ten minutes) documentary film by Spindle Productions that follows the journey of bicycle builder Tom Donhou as he challenges himself to design a speed bike and test it, recreating conditions similar to Utah’s Salt Flats, to see how fast he can make it go.


Back in 2016 there was a Cycle Revolution exhibit (now closed) at the Design Museum in London. The exhibition focused on four sub-cultures of contemporary cycling: “the ‘High Performers’ – competitive and athletic riders; the ‘Thrill Seekers’ who look for extreme experiences in hazardous environments; the ‘Urban Riders’, modern knights riding on two wheels across the city; and the ‘Cargo Bikers’ who carry out their work on a bicycle.

It also featured innovative bicycle manufacturers and designers including Tom Donhou.


It is awesome to see where backyard engineering and someone’s bike experiments in speed can go.


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