is down to the perfect combination of rider and machine – and now the
very bike that the British team has been riding in this year's Tour of
Britain is available to researchers online.
Team Sky’s carbon
fibre Pinarello road bike has joined nearly 9000 plastic objects at
the Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP) at Arts University College at
Bournemouth. It has also been digitised as part of a JISC-funded project which has
made over 1500 objects from the collection available online.
Louise Dennis, assistant curator at the museum, explained why the bike
design is of interest to researchers: “The material something is made
of has a great effect on its speed and plastics have been used by
manufacturers to overcome many of these issues. Carbon fibre is a
plastics-based composite material which allows the bike to be extremely
low in weight and yet be stiff, strong and responsive. In addition the
geometry of the tubing and the smoothness of the material help to
Ben Showers, programme
manager at JISC, said: “The ubiquitous nature of plastic objects means
that it is easy to take their impact for granted – but the newly
digitised collection at the museum includes some wonderful artefacts
and objects that will help inspire students, teachers and entrepreneurs
contributing to our productive and innovative creative economy.
“We now really want other academic and cultural institutions to learn
the lessons from this valuable project, which is a great example of how
a small scale digitisation project can become fully embedded and useful
to teaching and learning in an individual college as well as being
sustainable in the longer term,” he added.
The plastic objects now have a dedicated section on
the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) website which shares the
collection with a wider audience and places it alongside other archives
from other art institutions such as Central St Martins, London College
of Communication, and the Design Council Slide Collection.
View the new online collection at: