James Thomas of BicycleDesign.net and Gary Fisher at Interbike 2009

Welcome to Bicycle Design! Since 2005, this blog has been the place for discussion of design in the bicycle industry. All types of bicycles (and other human powered machines) are covered here, from the latest high-end road and mountain bikes to transportation oriented bikes and unique utilitarian designs.  Hopefully, those of you who love bicycles as much as I do can find something of interest in these posts. Keep in mind that my posts are only the beginning though. I encourage you to leave a comment if you have anything to add. Discussion is what makes the blog interesting.

But enough about the blog… you may be wondering who writes this stuff? That is me pictured on the right, next to some other guy who also likes bicycles a bit. My name is James Thomas, and I am an industrial designer who is perhaps a bit obsessed with bikes and cycling. I design other types of consumer products by day, but bicycles are my passion and I like to share my thoughts about them through this blog when I can find some free time (though free time is pretty limited for me with a family, a full time job, and a house full of bikes). For a little more background on me, you can check out my very first post, read an older interview with me from BikeBiz magazine, or see a profile of Bicycle Design on Bike Radar.

In addition to design and cycling, I have an interest in photography…especially at bike races. My photos have been featured in Pez Cycling News, Road Bike Action magazine, and Cyclocross Magazine just to name a few. If you are interested, you can see more bike related shots in my Flickr bicycle racing collection or in my Instagram feed.

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You can reach me directly through the contact form on this site if you have a tip to share or a design to submit (for advertising inquires, visit this page). Due to the volume of email, I can’t always respond (see that free time issue that I mentioned earlier), but I do read and appreciate each of the messages that I receive.

Thanks for reading,


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