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Illustrator Matt Blease: stay eclectic, stay weird

In Culture, Interviews, London by Claire

Matt Blease is an illustrator in London who draws fun smart and weird things that are frequently about cycling. He’s done work for local London bike shop SBC Cycles and Brother Cycles, through to Rapha. I asked him about how skateboarding and comic books have influenced his style, going from …

ClaireIllustrator Matt Blease: stay eclectic, stay weird
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Jenni Gwiazdowski of London Bike Kitchen: do stuff and fix shit

In Interviews, London by Claire

Jenni Gwiazdowski is Director of the London Bike Kitchen, a DIY bike space where people can learn how to fix bikes, meddle with them and be part of a community. They come in a bunch of forms, often with kitchen-based puns. She talks about starting hers in East London and …

ClaireJenni Gwiazdowski of London Bike Kitchen: do stuff and fix shit
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This is not Brooklyn, this is Dresden: U-Lock Justice Crew

In Dresden, Interviews by Claire

Dresden is definitely not Brooklyn. The city is bang on the cusp of the German-Czech border and to the east are the Instagram-friendly Saxon Switzerland hills – as a result, it’s got a pretty small fixed gear scene. But U-Lock Justice Crew host the crit ‘This is not Brooklyn’, which …

ClaireThis is not Brooklyn, this is Dresden: U-Lock Justice Crew
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Jack Dowle: starting East London Fixed and growing the community

In Interviews, London by Claire

Jack Dowle’s worked in a handful of London’s top bike shops and was one of the co-founding members of East London Fixed four years ago, wanting to grow the fixed gear scene and make new friends. I asked him about himself, his bikes and ELF. He’s usually getting lost bumping …

ClaireJack Dowle: starting East London Fixed and growing the community
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Stay Alive Studio’s Courier Collection: ‘I want people to realise they’re important’

In Interviews, New York by Claire

Cordell Murray is Stay Alive Studio. With his photography project, he wants to show you what’s inside a messenger’s bag – but it’s about a bit more than that. Courier turned dispatcher, he’s following a desire to make people feel important and connected. The project shows different couriers from different …

ClaireStay Alive Studio’s Courier Collection: ‘I want people to realise they’re important’
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Shardy Nieves on Track or Die NYC: ‘the balls to the wall wildest shit you’ve ever done’

In Interviews, New York by Claire

Track or Die NYC was born from a group of friends riding together, with Shardy Nieves documenting it through his photography. Then it took off and turned into something really big. Now, six years later, ToD hold a stack of tough, weird and boozy yearly events and are a solid …

ClaireShardy Nieves on Track or Die NYC: ‘the balls to the wall wildest shit you’ve ever done’
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David Trimble: the evolution of Red Hook Crit and how he spends his birthday now

In Interviews, London, New York by Claire

David Trimble started the Red Hook Crit in Brooklyn as a birthday party. It marked a change in fixed gear racing. Ten years later it’s now hundreds of riders deep. He’s surprised there’s still the intense love for it. As it comes to London for its third year, I asked …

ClaireDavid Trimble: the evolution of Red Hook Crit and how he spends his birthday now
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Szczecin for ECMC 2018: Jarek Środecki on couriering in Poland and populating the bike world with skull propaganda

In Interviews, Poland, Szczecin by Claire

Jarek Środecki is behind the influx of grinning skull stickers around the world as half the courier world receive sly marketing from Szczecin in Poland, intent on hosting the next ECMC. I met him in Berlin for the CMWC Sister City Alleycat. Between making a good line in socks and …

ClaireSzczecin for ECMC 2018: Jarek Środecki on couriering in Poland and populating the bike world with skull propaganda
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Anna Bugbee in NYC: adventure time all the time

In Interviews, New York by Claire

Being in a city where cycling is ‘hard’ can make you love it more. Anna Bugbee thinks so. She grew up near the mountains in a childhood of adventure, and fell in love with cycling even harder when she got to New York. Anna’s most likely to be found doing …

ClaireAnna Bugbee in NYC: adventure time all the time