‘Let's Roam’ is an exhibition and zine which explores cycling in Newham in terms of its changing social relevance. The London 2012 Olympics saw Great Britain dominate in cycling disciplines. As part of this legacy Newham now has a world class velodrome and velo park. However, elite level sport represents only a small part of cycling in the UK.
‘Lets Roam’ compares the current picture of cycling in Newham to its history in the cycling boom of the early twentieth century and post war period. Cycling Clubs, such as Roamer CC in Plaistow were prevalent in the pre and post war eras and had a significant role in social life as well being at the centre of sporting and recreational activity.
Newham also had a significant history as a hub of bike manufacturing. Bates cycles was based in Plaistow from the 1920's. Bates were an innovative frame builder in the 'Classic Lightweight' era of the pre and post war cycling boom.