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Forever stoked: John Alcantara from NYC to the mountains

In Interviews, New York by Claire

Seconds after saying hello, New York courier John Alcantara is immediately halfway through a story about his upcoming ride from Seattle to Portland and out into the Oregon Outback. He talks quickly, excitedly and happily about cycling, and it is infectious. He refuses to sit down for an hour, wiggling …

ClaireForever stoked: John Alcantara from NYC to the mountains
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Corey the Courier: stories from New York

In Interviews, New York by Claire

Corey Hilliard, known as Corey the Courier, has a story for pretty much every aspect of cycling. A courier in Philadelphia and New York, I meet him in Brooklyn with a list of things to ask about ranging from cycling cross-country, winning and hosting alleycats, couriering for the last 17-odd …

ClaireCorey the Courier: stories from New York
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Over Yonder: Dan talks stupid adventure riding, endless dirt trails and exploring Germany

In Interviews by Claire

On Dan’s portfolio it mentions that he has: ‘Ridden past the cumulative elevation of Mount Everest in 16 hours and 344km with a fractured hand.’ He lists this in the ‘extra curricular fun’ department and adds that he always reaches the end with the grin – despite the number of …

ClaireOver Yonder: Dan talks stupid adventure riding, endless dirt trails and exploring Germany
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The Berliner Fahrradschau in pictures: a ridiculous amount of good stuff

In Culture by Claire

I found myself feeling incredibly lucky that so many people I know like bikes. It is largely on purpose, but it still feels like wild luck. At the Berliner Fahrradschau, after four hours of trackstand and tricks sessions, I laughed when I imagined a few other friends giving me suspicious …

ClaireThe Berliner Fahrradschau in pictures: a ridiculous amount of good stuff
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Cycling in Stockholm: Isa on CATS Sthlm

In Interviews by Claire

Isa Svärd is a gravel-loving fixed gear and road rider from Stockholm. I met her at the European Cycle Messenger Championships, between beer-hauling, Copenhagen exploring, checkpoint marking and after-partying. She talked about her female-friendly fixed gear crew CATS Sthlm and about what riding in Sweden is like.

ClaireCycling in Stockholm: Isa on CATS Sthlm
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Kreuzberg, Berlin: SHE36 fixed gear girls group

In Berlin, Interviews by Claire

In Berlin, before the wall fell the 36th Kiez, or neighbourhood, was Kreuzberg. Today a girls’ fixed gear group has grown around the southern side of the city with a name that hat tips the old city design. SHE36 started out of a desire to make sure women had a …

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Berlin’s cycling cafe: Standert

In Berlin, Interviews by Claire

Coffee, tick. Bikes, tick. Memorabilia-lined walls, tick. In Berlin slang a couple of years ago, people said “Standert” to mean ‘standard’ and ‘obvious’. When Max started designing bikes, the idea of opening a Berlin bike cafes that designed their own bikes too, was just that. It remains one of a …

ClaireBerlin’s cycling cafe: Standert