Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Peugeot 108, Citroen C1

As well as bicycle design I have been known to dabble in a bit of car design too. OK 23 years of dabbling, but my latest as possibly last piece of car design was recently released at the Geneva auto salon.
The latest generation of PSA small cars have an interior design I worked on (with Matthieu Hagnere). It was a fun project because we worked with a team from Toyota and the same interior can be seen on the new Aygo.

Peugeot 108 In progress sketch


Friday, September 27, 2013


Just as with frames and complete bikes, clothing designers were in the weight weenie groove at Eurobike this year. There were plenty of examples of light weight helmets but is was shoes that seem to have got the most attention this year. It makes sense when you think how hard it is to loose a gram or two from the weight of a pedal to look at shoe design and the weights seem to have plumetted in the last couple of years.
The was also a move towards personalization, headed by the likes of Giro and Bont, which is another strong movement in the bike world generally.

The Mavic Huez shoe boasts the lightest weight of the show, at sub 200g each.
Boa rivalling closure system, the Northwave SLW2
Northwaves light and slippery looking sole

DMT Airtech

Bont Trithlon shoe
The big news on the Bont stand was the launch of their personalization programme, MY BONT.

Giro are already well into the idea of personalization

Monday, September 16, 2013

Peugeot AE21 at the Paris salon du Cycle

I really need to get batter photographs, but here are some very poor images of the Peugeot AE21 at the salon du cycle in Paris.
There were three prototypes on show, one of which was ridable in the electric bike test area. 
It's the first time I've seen the black and orange version or the full black one (gloss and matt black), and they both looked cool!

Matt black with gloss black sides

Matt black with bright gloss orange sides

Here you can see the integrated lock, behind the bag

Friday, August 2, 2013

100 editions of the Tour de France, 1919

1919 La Sportive ridden by Firmin Lambert BEL
For the 1919 race several of the big name bike manufacturers, including Peugeot, Alcycon, Automoto, La Français and Labor formed the 'La Sportive' team to try to stop the increasing salary demands of the top riders and to reduce the costs for an industry on its knees after the hostilities. La Sportive would last three Tours (all of which they won, unsurprisingly since they equipped half the peloton). La Sportive was opposed by the J.B. Louvet company, which fielded its own team led by the Pelissier brothers, Henri (who went on to win the Tour in 1923) and Francis.

The war had taken it's toll on the country, with over 6 million either dead or wounded. The riders had suffered too, with many killed in action, and the remaining ones were obviously totally unprepared for such a test. It was and still is, the slowest ever Tour at 24.06 kph though despite that there were only 10 finishers.

It seems trivial to talk of the actual racing when great campions, like Peit-Breton, François Faber, Octave Lapize to name but three were lost in the war, but the racing went on and it's a credit to those who dragged themselves around the war torn roads of France that year.

It's also widely credited as the Tour that introduced the yellow jersey though recent research seems to suggest that it was actually first seen in the previous, 1914, race.

Eventually it was Fermin Lambert who prevailed but Christophe had ridden another great race, though yet again succombed to numerous crashes, punctures and another set of broken forks!

Peugeot AE21 on Car Body Design

Nice to see that bicycles are being recognised elsewhere in the media, for example on the Car Body design site. You can see one of the five videos there, that were made to launch the bike and feature a tour of some design and fashion hotspots of europe.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Peugeot AE21

A mention recently on Bicycle design of the AE2 electric city bike, which will be launched later this year.  
There are more photographs on the Peugeot design Lab web site and some of my sketches.

In the first design I had the bag in the frame but it wasn't really a practical solution.

Same concept but with the bag in the U of the frame.

An idea for a very simple tubular frame incorporating a lock and pump as well as the bag.
The first sketch where I created a container for the bag. The style is also much more sculptural.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

100 editions of the Tour de France, 1914

1914 Peugeot ridden by Philippe Thys BEL
Thys wins his second of three Tours and again Peugeot are triumphant, with a totally dominant display which saw them take the top three places overall plus 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th.
The stage from Le Harve to Cherbourg passes through Pont-Audemer, a familiar town to all Lavallois-Honfleur riders
It's hardly surprising that they were dominant, with a team consisting of 4 riders who had won, or would win, the Tour and another 4 podium finishers. But that's not the full story since Peugeot were up against a formidable field with the peloton containing 11 riders who would finish the careers having won the Tour.

This was the last Tour before the Great War and in fact the same day the riders set out from Saint Cloud on the outskirts of Paris, Serbian secret agent Gavrilo Princip assassinated Austro-Hungary's Archduke Ferdinand. The Tour was to finish exactly a week before the Nazis declared war on France and invaded Belgium. Many of the Tour riders would be lost in the war.