The two-wheeled road to adventure

Getting in the saddle is always a pleasure but going into a season of damp and dark, how do you keep an open mind to cycling experience?     When you imagine an adventure, you’re dragged far from mundanity and into a world of risk, self-reliance and new experiences. Amazing – why then isn’t that …

The Beautiful tandem: Cycling and art

Cycling has fired artistic imaginations, charged communities and inspired great creative minds, but there’s more to it than meets the eye. Long ago, someone asked Grant Petersen, the US bike designer and founder of Rivendell Bicycle Works what was special about bikes. “Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world,” …

The Return of the Ordinary

From independent Cornish postmen to globe-trotting adventurers, the once-deceased Penny Farthing is finding a new appreciation among cyclists. To get a Penny Farthing in motion you have to kick off like a skateboard, before vaulting onto the seat. From there your intuition might tell you to avoid leaning too far and stay on the slow …

Cycling movies – five of the best

As Joseph Gordon-Levitt grinds his gears on the big screen in Premium Rush, &bike takes a look at four other classic movies about life on two wheels. When you look back, there’s a surprising wealth of films about cycling. Premium Rush, the would-be blockbuster about a courier’s race against time is neither the first, nor …

Cycling and the city: Learning to love each other

Revolution may be afoot as governments plan to make more urban cycling havens, but cities can’t learn to love cycling superhighways. Or can they? Cycling in the city, and particularly in midtown, is anarchy without malice – The New Yorker, Talk of the Town Falling in love and learning to love are two different but …

Find your own road: Portrait of a courier

Forget what you know about brake-free bikes and rule-shredding ways – a courier’s story is as colourful as it is confounding, from midnight races to consignments of hamsters. For Seb, it came down to a tough decision between the world of competitive racing or the competitive world of cycle couriers. Depending on which streets you …

The female challenge

Women in cycling are under represented and under resourced.                                                                                             …

Still raging: The heritage of cycle protests

The humble bike has a huge part to play in the history of protest, from the streets of San Francisco to Tiananmen Square “Protesting about new roads has become that rarest of British phenomena, a truly populist movement drawing supporters from all walks of life.” The Economist, 1994 More than any other, the bicycle is a …

T-shirts of a cycling superfan

A summer of cycling excellence has led to some great spinoffs – we look at some of those you can wear.                                                 Ever found yourself shaking your head at a superfan’s shoddy …