Project Pilot Run: A Sewn Collaboration
Flatland BMX is performed on flat surfaces without ramps or jumps resulting in less wear and tear on the bike than is common to extreme BMX. There are many niché products but in the world of flatland BMX, an appropriate air travel bicycle bag is missing. It costs upwards of $150, each way, to check a bicycle on a plane. In this sponsored project, 21 students designed the means of safely and cost-effectively transporting a Flatland BMX bicycle by air. Students worked with a local professional rider and consulted with a sewn goods designer both of whom assisted students in the development of their designs and manufacturing strategies. At the end of the project, a select group of students was chosen to deliver a working prototype to the professional rider. This pedagogical paper follows the progress of the students from the initial pitch through the final presentation of the product.