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Learning to cycle in London: a case study in bossing it

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Last year my friend Cynthia, who in her spare time runs marathons and 100k races, mentioned that she couldn’t cycle. It was impossible not to say ‘let’s go to the park for a spin.’ Then after that? She cycled London to Brighton, naturally. Here’s her story in a short video …

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Meet Michaux: Heck yes to stylish messenger bags

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Michaux cycling bags don’t look functional at all – they look gorgeous and trendy but this is confusing and rare. Technical and street style don’t usually go together, at least not commonly where women’s cycling is concerned. Rachel, who founded the company, lent me one of the roll-top messenger-style rucksacks …

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Scrapbook: joy-filled Friday

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This week I have been very very cold. Then I rediscovered my winter kit and became very very smug and subsequently very very sweaty. London has been reminding everyone that it does in fact know what winter is and it’s very good at it, thank you very much. Here, warm …

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30 years of bike messenger stories: meet Keirin Berlin

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Born from the heart of Berlin’s messenger scene, Keirin is a cycle cafe facing the problems of rising rent. It’s half cafe, half bike store, with the bike stuff gently exploding out into the cafe. The owner, Mortimer, has spent years riding different cities as a messenger. He has a …

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Scrapbook: all the beautiful places

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A bumper edition this week and my favourite section is ‘beautiful things’, filled with a plethora of videos from around the world that make the world look appropriately stunning. That, combined with what’s effectively Lonely Planet’s new guide of ‘hot cities for 2016’ – a concept that’s always interesting – …

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The unseen UK: Anna Hughes’ 4,000 mile epic along the UK coastline

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Touring cycling is about taking the time to breathe in the view. The vibe is vastly different to racing but comes with its own intenseness and adrenaline. Anna Hughes cycled her bike 4,000 miles solo around the UK, following the coastline always keeping the sea in view, and saw so …

ClaireThe unseen UK: Anna Hughes’ 4,000 mile epic along the UK coastline