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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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30 years of bike messenger stories: meet Keirin Berlin

In Berlin, Features by Claire

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 (Mo), has spent years riding different cities as a messenger. He has …

Claire30 years of bike messenger stories: meet Keirin Berlin
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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
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Timothy Pulleyn on the Etape of the Pastries (the Transcontinental Race)

In Interviews, Leeds by Claire

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

In Interviews, London by Claire

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

In Interviews, London by Claire

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

In Interviews, Vancouver by Claire

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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Seven beautiful films about bikes, from the Oakley film club

In Culture by Claire

Maybe people who cycle are more creative*. Maybe it’s the fact that there are so many different types of cyclist, using bikes in totally different ways. That’s always going to give you an amazing melting-pot of minds. Either they make damn good films. Oakley holds a Friday Film Club in …

ClaireSeven beautiful films about bikes, from the Oakley film club
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Behind the scenes: Katy Parkes’ Studio

In Interviews, London by Claire

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