At first glance the FLIGHTRIDER looks like an ordinary set of panniers. It’s only when you set about dismounting them, and unzipping the seams that you see their genius.
Laid face to face, they re-zip together into a secure, padded flight bag for your cycle. If you've ever arrived at an airport with tarpaulin and gaffer tape, watching this transformation might just give you a little endorphin rush.
Launched at Bristol Bespoked in April, with second phase road testing in May and June. It’s likely you’ll see these at an airport soon, accompanied by relaxed cyclists, dreaming of the open road and the adventure that awaits them.
FLIGHTRIDER was developed in Bristol,
by Sara Gwynn & Andrew Riddington.
Ridz is a serial tinkerer. Unable to accept that something cannot be made, he can usually be found trialling materials & methods in his joinery workshop, or 'resistant materials laboratory' as it has come to be known. A regular cycle tourer, Ridz decided to build a Flightrider to take his precious Lynskey on a tour of Georgia with a small group.
'The continuous faff & agro associated with transporting my touring bikes on aircraft forced this invention out of me. I've relished every minute of tackling the design & function of the Flightrider. Input from, and collaboration with the usual suspects has made the process tremendous fun.'
Sara has always enjoyed discovering how to do things. As an antidote to the time she spends rootling around in research and data, she, quite simply, likes to make things, and make them well. William Morris’ advice about having only the things we know to be useful or believe to be beautiful is a guiding principle. Sara is a sometime cycle tourer – occasionally swapping the hills of Bristol for the hills of France, Scotland, Spain and Wales.
'Bringing the Flightrider into existence has brought those pleasures together and let me hang out with a bunch of generous, talented people, so it’s been a joy from start to finish.'