Re-cycling

I had a great day yesterday at the Science Museum Wroughton, recording a series of video interviews promoting the Festival of Innovation (12 – 13 September). I was there to talk about twenty transport icons that shaped the modern world.

One was a Moulton bicycle, the first significant design change to the bike since J. K. Starley’s ‘Rover’ safety bicycle hit the scene in the 1880s. The Moulton is a small-wheel, compact cycle with full suspension that is easy to ride, mount and store.

Rover safety bicycle, 1885, in Science Museum collections (credit: Science Museum / Science & Society)

'Rover' safety bicycle, 1885 (credit: Science Museum / Science & Society)

Raleigh Moulton Mk3 bicycle, 1970

Raleigh 'Moulton Mk3' bicycle, 1970 (credit: Science Museum / Science & Society)

I’d never ridden one, so I arranged to use the Wroughton staff bike (which is a Moulton) to get from the entrance gate to the hangar I was filming in. Top fun – especially when I realised it had a coaster brake. I’ve never ridden a coaster brake before. I wondered why something seemed to be rubbing as I dawdled along the airstrip… I probably should have done my research properly first! Still, I did my bit for the planet.

Moulton Major bicycle used as staff site transport at the Science Museum, Wroughton (credit: David Rooney)

Moulton 'Major' bicycle used as staff site transport, Science Museum, Wroughton (credit: David Rooney)

I made it in one piece and went on to spend time with hovercrafts, trucks, planes, cars and bikes of every description, including our Boeing 247D and Douglas DC-3 airliners:

Boeing 247D airliner flying into Science Museum Wroughton, 1982 (credit: Science Museum / Science & Society)

Boeing 247D flying into Science Museum Wroughton, 1982 (credit: Science Museum / Science & Society)

Douglas DC-3 airliner at Science Museum Wroughton (credit: Science Museum / Science & Society)

Douglas DC-3 airliner at Science Museum Wroughton (credit: Science Museum / Science & Society)

More next week on the rise of the passenger plane, as there’s a significant anniversary coming up…

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