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article imageBike constructors' challenge searches for innovative pioneers

By James Walker     Oct 10, 2014 in Sports
Five teams of creative engineers are being sought for the Bespoked Constructors' Challenge, an event in the UK next year that aims to showcase the diverse range of bespoke bikes available.
The teams have to design, build, make and ride their creation for it to be considered for judging.
The event aims to "broaden and diversify the appeal of bespoke bicycles", integrating new technology and design flair to create a modern, unique bike. Cycling has seen a rise in popularity in recent years and especially in the UK where it has been helped by the success of the country in the London 2012 Olympics.
The show's organizers said "While sport cycling is enjoying great attention from the press at present, the Constructors’ Challenge will highlight how bicycles have been used traditionally for quick, easy, efficient transport - ideal for modern towns and cities. Bespoke bicycles are not limited to top-end road or mountain bikes, this event will demonstrate the diversity of possible uses for this simple and adaptable machine - and that they form a viable alternative to the car for regular work and daily life."
The article on the S-Works McLaren Tarmac on highlights the best that bespoke bikes can offer. The ride in question is built by McLaren in partnership with specialised, designed to complement the firm's range of supercars.
Only 250 have been made at a cost of $20,000 each although they do come with a helmet and pair of racing shoes in the same "Tarmac Black" and "Papaya Spark" colours as the bike itself. Emphasis is placed on styling and weight reduction so the frame is built out of carbon fibre and was tested in a wind tunnel.
The Engineer reports that some other notable bespoke bikes from recent years include ones with frames made of nylon and even bamboo. Additionally, the world speed record was set in 2013 on an unconvential custom bike built and rode by Graeme Obree, at 56.62mph.
It is designs like this, utilising the best and sometimes unusual technology to create world-class cutting-edge bikes, that will be sought and highlighted at the Bespoked Constructors' Challenge. Teams have until October 13st to submit an application to take part in the contest so there is still time to see your dream bike become a reality. It will certainly be interesting to see what bikes are unveiled at the event next year although in any case they are likely to be something slightly above what your standard ride is.
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