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Copenhagen courier Trine talks messlife and girl bike gang Pånch: ‘From the first day you’re like part of the family’

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The 2016 European Cycle Messenger Championships came to an end in Copenhagen in July and hundreds of riders migrate across the continent to Paris for the World Cycle Messenger Championships. Trine from Copenhagen is one of them and we met in Paris to talk how the courier community is more …

ClaireCopenhagen courier Trine talks messlife and girl bike gang Pånch: ‘From the first day you’re like part of the family’
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Meet Omnium: “Our remit: non-embarrassing cycling kit”

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Claire Pepper is an award-winning fashion and fitness photographer with a crushing obsession over beautiful cycling tops. This month she launched new company Omnium which bodes well for the UK, aimed at people who gush over good graphic design, sharing smaller brands from around the world and including women’s kit. …

ClaireMeet Omnium: “Our remit: non-embarrassing cycling kit”
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When a tailor turns to cycling: meet Ollie Trenchard

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When a Savile Row tailor turns his hand to his first love of cycling, good things happen. Ollie Trenchard is one of the Row’s young tailors, a pattern cutter who has a tendency to make his own outfits when no one else is making them just right. With an obsessive …

ClaireWhen a tailor turns to cycling: meet Ollie Trenchard
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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
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Timothy Pulleyn on the Etape of the Pastries (the Transcontinental Race)

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Anyone who’s looking to do the Transcontinental bike race should try and get sponsorship from a patisserie, says Timothy Pulleyn. The fixie rider is used to scaling Yorkshire hills but this summer he figured switched that for the Transcontinental bike ride from Belgium to Istanbul. He rode for 11 days …

ClaireTimothy Pulleyn on the Etape of the Pastries (the Transcontinental Race)
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Feminine, practical cycling style: meet Michaux Club

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There is a line between fashion and practicality that women’s cycling gear often struggles to nail properly. Michaux Club is Rachel Bonney’s creation that manages to do get it spot on. Michaux straddles femininity and real practicality, with nods to NY-style messenger bags that influence the entire design. Think sly …

ClaireFeminine, practical cycling style: meet Michaux Club
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Survival Techniques: positive adventures of the mind

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Adventures and heads are intrinsically linked. A lot of the time exploring and pushing boundaries outside the city gives you a feeling of headspace, even if that’s not the goal. Illustrator, designer and ex-professional freestyle skier Naomi Edmondson has created a beautiful, happy, fun project called ‘Survival Techniques’. Her colourful …

ClaireSurvival Techniques: positive adventures of the mind
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Saved by the Bell designs and cat caps: Meet Forward Cycling

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Forward Cycling make gorgeous, weird, spectacularly not-shit kit. Women’s cycling kit is coming on leaps on bounds, picking up speed in the move from wearable to genuinely desirable gear, and brands like Vancouver-based Forward Cycling are helping. Think Saved by the Bell-themed jerseys, cat hats, and an earth-loving ethos, and …

ClaireSaved by the Bell designs and cat caps: Meet Forward Cycling
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Behind the scenes: Katy Parkes’ Studio

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It’s been six months since I talked to Katy Parkes‘ about her fledgling rucksack company, Dereks Designs. We met for the first time back in December to talk about the story behind Dereks, creating the designs and how she’d decided to start her own business. One of her comments that …

ClaireBehind the scenes: Katy Parkes’ Studio