here or see the blog post here.
It was a full house inside Screen 2 at Cinema City Norwich. There were even a few latecomers standing at the back, determined to catch a glimpse. Recently Tim has made the documentary available on-line so you can watch the whole thing via the internet. Smashing!
So far It's been broadcast in several countries and will be available in 2013 onboard Fly Emirates In-Flight Entertainment, so book early to avoid disappointment... or just watch it right here, right now!
TopBox Media followed our story and have released the results for your delectation.
Follow the project and its comical eleven month journey to fruition, condensed into 51 action packed and often hilarious minutes!
(Broadcasting enquires via ScorpionTV.com)
Quantum Industries Norwich were totally accommodating and very generous with their support and time to develop these new ideas. The end result was a champagne and strawberry launch event to reveal SplinterBikeQuantum - a fully working prototype to test the changes from the original design. Our aim now is to develop this new format to create SplinterBikeThree that my No.1 SplinterBike pilot James Tully will mount in an attempt to set the Hour Record for 100% wooden bicycles... Stay tuned!
2013: Lots of thrills and inevitable spills heading our way this coming this year! Not only will you be able to witness James and his indestructible underpants suffer at least one attempt at riding SplinterBikeThree for an hour, but also... designs are being layed down for a brand new wooden framed bicycle which is scheduled to be launched in restricted numbers from April 2013.
The new SplinterBikeHʌɪbrɪd comprises a wooden frame and wheels like you've never seen before, along with quality non wooden components. Follow me on Twitter for regular sneak previews and developments.
Please email me if you have an interest in being one of the early purchasers.
All the best for 2013! Michael Thompson.
...time to seal the deal!
It's taken a while to get all the Lignum Vitae bushings made and set in SplinterBikeQuantum's monocoque and now the time has come to glue the two halves together and permanently encase the bottom bracket and pedal gears.
I recycled some old Crown Green Bowling Bowls to create the Lignum Vitae Bushings for all the areas that turn in opposing directions.
...this bank holiday weekend!
At last, winter is over and despite the current damp spell I'm busy assembling the new and improved SplinterBike in preparation of our next mission... The Hour Record for 100% Wooden Bicycles - this will require No1 SplinterBike rider James Tully to pedal SplinterBikeThree for 60 minutes and the total distance travelled, without putting his feet down, will be the new Hour Record for 100% wooden bicycles.
I'm starting from the ground up and as usual, the only materials I can use are: wood and glues, no bolts or screws!
In addition, I have been asked by the Cultural Olympiad, which is part of the London 2012 Olympics, to produce a special model that has an adjustable seat and handlebar positions to give more people the chance to have a ride. SplinterBikeQuantum will be included in the Adain Avion event as part of the London 2012 Festival – a chance for everyone to celebrate London 2012 through design, dance, music, theatre, the visual arts, film and digital innovation.
...unboxing the SplinterBike DVD
So, the DVD has been available for over a week now and people from all over this crazy planet of ours have been busy placing their orders and enjoying the film.
We have had many wonderful texts, emails, tweets and facebook comments about our adventure, one of which I would like to share with you now...
"I laughed so much I had to change my shorts!" Eric Swenumson, California, USA
One of our BIGGEST fans (he's very tall, and goes by the name of Rogier) has even captured the moment that his copy arrived at his home in Belgium, by making an Unboxing Video!
A huge thank you to everyone who has already ordered their copy; everyone else can order it via this link: SplinterBike DVD
Encountering problems ordering your DVD? If so, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 4th February 2012:
World Première of the SplinterBike film, which captures the surprising highs and inevitable lows of our long and often arduous journey. Produced & Directed by Tim Mills - TopBox Media.
I must confess, I was slightly apprehensive about it all. I hadn't seen the documentary in advance and there is something quite unnerving about watching the last year of your life on a 30' wide screen along with 96 people for the very first time! Tim had assured me on several occasions that I had nothing to fear (but fear itself) and that everything was going to be portrayed as it should be.
James however, had resigned himself to accept whatever was coming and didn't hold back on the Shandys prior to us taking our seats in Screen No2 of Cinema City. Now that's how a true Triathlete conducts himself!
If you would like to order the DVD for your own personal delectation, then simply click here and send Tim a message. He will respond and put you on the list. Enjoy, we all did!
10.30am - Saturday February 4th
Cinema City - Norwich - Tickets £2.50
Click below to register your attendance via facebook
If you don't do facebook (like me) then email: SplinterBike@hotmail.co.uk
Be quick, limited capacity!!!
This morning, the postman delivered the post as per usual. Little did I know that amongst the usual tittle tattle of broadband offers, double glazing bargains, charity appeals and the odd Crimbo card or two was a little piece of SplinterBike history... FAN MAIL!!!
Each year, our biggest fans, Bob and Sally Turner produce a Christmas CD for their friends and family. Last year they we're inspired by the work of Theo Jansen and his amazing Strandbeest project.
This year, is our year... Bob and Sally have designed their CD cover using the Splinterbike story to help bring a smile to all who recieve it. The CD is entitled "Another Reason to be Cheerful" and it includes 20 uplifting and thoughtfully selected tracks to inspire the listener.
Thanks for sending us a copy!!!
Here's your chance to get in the SplinterBikeClub! An exclusive elite of wooden bicycle enthusiasts, hacking away in their sheds and garages to make the world a better and slightly funnier place.
The money raised will help us develop our ideas and stretch the possibilities of 100% wooden bicycles to breaking point. We also want to raise funds to tour our ideas and concepts within schools and colleges.
We are keen to get you involved with our bike project. Maybe you are struggling to find the perfect gift for that special person this Christmas? Why not give the gift that keeps on giving and buy them a piece of SplinterBike history!
Not only will you become a member of the SplinterBikeClub, you will also receive this keyring which has been made from the same wood stock from which the original SplinterBike was created. A blend of Ekki and Birch come together to create the perfect fob for your shed or garage key.
Click this link and climb onboard today... ONLY £49 including shipping. (my shed key not included)
I have just returned from my 1800 mile trip to Switzerland and back.
I took SplinterBikeTwo to show the delegates at the
My new friend Iwan, the chap who booked me to give the SplinterBikeProject lecture, found out about us when he was asked to organise a dinner speaker. He simply typed into Google... Wood, energy and technology and up we popped and off we went!
This video shows the last minute of my presentation, if you or your organisation would like me to speak at your event then please get in touch via the Contact Us page or click here.