(No) Native New Yorker

© Satish Indofunk

It was stinking hot in Manhattan last week – post-thunderstorm, postseason NBA and post-numerous sleepless nights for me bar hopping round town. Just the right time to give the Citibike a spin: like many New Yorkers, I would be trying these out for the first time. Right down to the financial institution sponsorship, this was …

The beauty of beer

© Michael Fajardo

If I had a drinking establishment, I’d call it Handle Bar, I thought. So pleased was I with that name, I had a tentative look online to find handlebar trophy mounts, the kind that look like you had hunted a bike like it were a deer and then stuffed it and framed it on the …

Cycling hell or training nirvana?

© Michael Lokner

“Those who travel to mountain tops are half in love with themselves, half in love with oblivion” – Robert Macfarlane, author of The Wild Places. Frost and nerves distort and inflate the expressions of the riders bombing through Richmond Park. Gritting teeth like firemen plunging into collapsing buildings; it’s hard to decide whether that mask …

What Sandy did: Cycling after the storm

© ccho

Residents of the Big Apple have a story to tell about the great storm of 2012. Two weeks after Hurricane Sandy hit, one Brooklynite recalls climbing onto a neighbour’s roof, exhausted and confused, and watching in disbelief as the constellation of lights across the city fizzled and dimmed. Another describes the bewilderment as crowds of …

Mumbai’s 130-year old cycle couriers

© Scott McLeod

Every morning workers at one of the most reliable, effective and revered delivery companies gets on their bikes and sets about servicing the culinary needs of hundreds of thousands. The city is Mumbai, the consignments are lunches and the company is a fascinating example of how bicycles can transcend the advances of time and the …

Boutique boom: From Bobbin to Voltage

Making and selling bikes used to be simple and unimaginative. Today businesses are changing to access a vibrant market for boutique brands. What does your bike say about you? It’s not a question that you’re necessarily going to ask as you stand, wallet fidgeting in your pocket, and about to blow your hard-earned wages on …