Inside the Tour of Rwanda

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“The country is not just going to be known for genocide, it’s also going to be known for a cycling team.” Jock Boyer,  coach, Team Rwanda Cycling and the first American to compete in the Tour de France, BBC, 24 August 2012. “At #Bigogwe, #RDF soldiers line the road cheering the riders. Who said armed …

What Sandy did: Cycling after the storm

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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

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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 …

A bicycle lesson from west Germany

Klingeling bike shop Bonn

I might be wrong, but I’m sure there was a wry smile on the face of Johannes Roth as we chatted about the UK’s current love affair with cycling. Roth runs Klingeling bike shop in central Bonn, a labour of love that sees him selling second-hand bikes, maintaining city run-arounds for 60-year-old grandmothers and restoring …

The economy of a bike part II: the Audi effect

In the first instalment of The economy of a bike we investigated the material input costs of our beloved bikes. Here, we look at their price.  It’s well known that the profit margin of an Audi far exceeds that of a Volkswagen. Despite the two cars being produced by the same company, being built on …

Growing pains of a super-cyclist

As one gets older, the appeal of being dry, warm and comfortable threatens the super-cyclist in all of us. Can you resist? Once a upon a time, I was a super-cyclist; I rode a carbon super-race frame with super skinny 23mm tyres inflated to 120psi, all of which allowed me to ride up steep hills …

Golden wheels: the economy of a bike

With the tools and tricks of the business world, some geekiness and a couple of bottles of plonk, it’s possible to  map out the economy of a bike. The rise of internet sales, volatile commodity prices, far-eastern labour inflation and the increasing ‘coolness’ of cycling has made the pedal-powered economy an interesting place during the …