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Mike Burrows

Mike Burrows (born 1943) is a bicycle designer from Norwich, England, best known for the design of the pursuit bike manufactured by Lotus for Chris Boardman, though he also made a replica of 'Old Faithful' for Graeme Obree when he was attempting, and getting, the world hour record.

Mike has long been involved in the recumbent bicycle/tricycle world, having designed the Windcheetah (or Speedy to its friends) trike and more recently the Ratcatcher, Ratracer and Ratracer B. He has collaborated on projects with Richard Ballantine and is a founder member of the BHPC.

He is also involved in utility cycling and has designed a folding cycle (the Giant Halfway), an especially thin machine (the 2D) that takes up little space in a hallway and a freight bike (the 8-Freight) in use with cycle courier companies such as Outspoken and makes customised screen and PA carrying freight bikes with extendable "batwings" for AV2Hire.com limited.

In the 1990s, Mike worked for Giant Bicycles and caused a change in road bike design with the compact frame TCR amongst other innovative designs.

Mikes' designs often feature cantilever suspended wheels. He supplied a bike fitted with a front monoblade to television science presenter Adam Hart-Davis, which featured in some of Hart-Davis' programmes. Hart-Davis also owned a Speedy, finished in his trademark pink and yellow colours.

Bibliography
Mike has also written a book which has been recently (2008) updated to its 3rd edition:- Bicycle Design: The Search For The Perfect Machine (ISBN-13 978-1905005680). This goes through all the important parts of bike design without getting too technical.
 

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