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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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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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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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The Coefficient of Drag: A Thing About Riding Bikes

In Interviews, London by Claire

Steve Hockett is a Manchester-based designer who likes cycling and who has made a strange zine about bikes and has laser cut some bananas in his excitement. The Coefficient of Drag is a new zine about riding bikes, which he’s made by accident.

ClaireThe Coefficient of Drag: A Thing About Riding Bikes
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Meet Omnium: “Our remit: non-embarrassing cycling kit”

In Interviews, London, Products by Claire

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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Learning to cycle in London: a case study in bossing it (video)

In Features, London by Claire

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 …

ClaireLearning to cycle in London: a case study in bossing it (video)
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When a tailor turns to cycling: meet Ollie Trenchard

In Interviews, London, Products by Claire

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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Meet Michaux: Heck yes to stylish messenger-inspired bags

In London, Products by Claire

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 …

ClaireMeet Michaux: Heck yes to stylish messenger-inspired bags
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The unseen UK: Anna Hughes’ 4,000 mile epic along the UK coastline

In Interviews, London by Claire

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