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handlebar - Bolide HR Handlebar

Bolide HR Handlebar

  • Object:

    handlebar

  • Place of origin:

    Sheffield (manufactured)

  • Date:

    2015

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pinarello Lab (designer)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Cicli Pinarello, Treviso, Italy

  • Museum number:

    CD.1-2015

  • Gallery location:

    Rapid Response Collecting, Room 74a, case 1

Physical description

Pinarello Bolide HR Handlebar, 3D-printed black titanium bicyle handle bars.

Place of Origin

Sheffield (manufactured)

Date

2015

Artist/maker

Pinarello Lab (designer)

Dimensions

Length: 97 cm, Width: 33 cm, Height: 39.5 cm

Descriptive line

Pinarello Bolide HR Handlebar, manufactured by Pinarello, 2015

Labels and date

Handlebar

This is the 3D-printed titanium handlebar used by cyclist Bradley Wiggins for his Hour Record on 7 June 2015. Wiggins covered 54.526km in 60 minutes breaking the previous record by more than 1.5km.

3D printing technology made it possible for bike manufacturer Pinarello to develop a number of versions of the handlebar in preparation for the race. Each design iteration optimised Wiggins' ride position, reducing aerodynamic drag.

Wiggins' handlebar caused controversy. Within hours of his achievement, Steve Collins, coach to the previous record holder, said: "Bradley's bike wasn't in production. [...] You can't get 3D-printed handlebars moulded to your own arms to make it easier" in a BBC radio interview.

Cycling's governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale, stipulates that all bike parts used for the Hour Record must be available for purchase off-the-shelf. The record stood because the UCI for the first time categorised 3D printing as a means of mass manufacture.

Pinarello Bolide HR Handlebar
2015

Designed by Pinarello Lab
Manufactured in Sheffield, UK
Titanium and ABS plastic
Museum no. CD.1-2015

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Materials

Titanium; Plastic

Categories

Rapid Response Collecting

Collection

Design, Architecture and Digital Department

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