"Life is like riding a bicycle - in order to keep your balance you must keep moving" - Albert Einstein
Mr Einstein was an avid bicycle rider and whilst he does not endorse the Forever C vintage bicycle, we are sure he would be a fan.
A team of young designers have come together in a collaboration to create a limited edition originals range of Forever bicycles. They took their ideas and craft to the humble postman's bicycle that Forever produce for the Postal Service. Modernising the design for added comfort, updating running gear and showing some flair with some brilliant colour pallets, the result is the Forever C range of classic bicycles.
Forever bicycles have been in production since 1940. They have made great contributions to the development of China's bicycle industry and the culture it inspired. Back then bicycles were rare, only those with power and money could buy one. With the establishment of the People's Republic of China and the setup of state-owned bicycle factories around China, the Chinese people showed great enthusiasm for the new traffic tool. Through the entire 1960s and 70s, the bicycle remained a difficult industrial products to acquire and it was considered a household luxury. During this period the sewing machine, watch and bicycle were regarded as the three most important and valuable assets that a family could own. A Forever bicycle was on the top of every newly weds gift wish list.
Over time the bicycle has been overtaken by motorcycles and cars. With the introduction of the Forever C range, we hope to revive the zeal that once surrounded the two wheeled transportation.
The two wheel, pedal powered community spreads wide and large. From those who use their self-propelled vehicles to communte to work and study (or pub) to those that ride bicycles for the fun and exhileration, we like you all. Here you can find some Events and happenings to enjoy or ponder. We welcome you to share with us anything happening locally to you, which we can then share with everyone here.
Melbourne Bike Fest www.melbournebikefest.com.au
Meredith Music Festival www.mmf.com.au - December 9-11, Meredith, Victoria
Golden Plains, music festival www.goldenplains.com.au - March 10-12, Meredith, Victoria
Womadelaide, music festival www.womadelaide.com.au - world music festival, March 9-12, Adelaide, South Australia
Coachella, music festival www.coachella.com - April 13-15 & April 20-22, California, USA
Fujirock, music festival www.smash-uk.comfrf11/ - July 27-29, Niigata, Japan
Glastonbury, music festival www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk - June, 2013, Glastonbury, UK
Primevera Sound, music festival www.primeverasound.com - May 30-June 3,Barcelona, Spain & June 7-10, Porto, Portugal
Inmusic Festival, music festival www.inmusicfestival.com - June 21-22, Lake Juran, Zagreb, Croatia
Sydney Bike Polo, www.sydneybikepolo.org - regular sessions held in Alexandria Park, Alexandria.
Christchurch Hardcourt Bike Polo, www.chchardcourt.wordpress.com - regular sessions in Heathcote Domains courts, Christchurch
Tokyo Hardcourt Bike Polo, www.tokyobikepolo.blogspot.com - regular sessions held in Tokyo and links to other Japanese clubs.
Treadlie Magazine www.treadlie.com.au
Melbourne Bike Fest www.melbournebikefest.com.au
The Squeaky Wheel www.thesqueakywheel.com.au
Surf Aid International www.surfaidinternational.org
Little Vegie Patch www.littlevegiepatchco.com.au
Ai Weiwei Piles 1,200 Bikes On Top Of Each Other, For Dazzling Effect
Article first published by James Gaddy on FastcoDesign.com
The humble bike has inspired artists ever since Marcel Duchamp put a bicycle wheel on top of a stool in 1913--even Picasso, during the bleakest period of World War II, used a pair of handlebars and a bike saddle to whimsically conjure the skull of a bull. The artist Ai Weiwei, who was detained in a secret location for 81 days by the Chinese government last summer, continues this tradition with a new exhibition in Taiwan.
As part of what the museum bills as the first large-scale solo exhibition of the artist’s work to be held in the Chinese world, Ai Weiwei’s most recent work, Forever Bicycles, installs 1,200 bicycles--some hanging from the ceiling, some standing upright on the floor--one behind the other. The bikes have no handlebars and no seats and instead use those parts of the frame to extend upward and outward to connect to other wheels and other frames, creating the illusion of a labyrinth-like space in a three-dimensional area.
Installed at the highest point of the museum, nearly 100 feet high, the sheer quantity of bikes allows this most functional of objects to take on an abstract quality when viewed from a variety of different angles. The exhibition, entitled Absent because the artist is not allowed to travel and therefore will not be present at the show, contains 21 additional works by the artist, already famous for his Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium in Beijing. It will be on view until January 20.
All Forever bicycles are delivered 90% assembled to your door. Pedals, front wheel, handlebar, seat & front brake require assembly and adjustment. We recommend you take it to your local friendly bicycle mechanic for first service and final assembly. For those with sound mechanical skills you should be able to put together your classic bicycle in approximately 25 minutes.