Bikevibe is a Norwegian based journal documenting cycling culture in cities all over the world. Upcoming issue Bikevibe Helsinki releasing August 2020.

With the aim of making cycling more diverse, inclusive, and accessible, London’s cycling community is becoming a hub for creativity and independence. Ride With Wolves and London Bike Kitchen are two of the companies leading they way for positive change.

Pedal-power

London

With over 250 custom parts, the Velopresso contains the world’s first pedal-powered precision coffee grinder. The result is a beautiful hybrid of bicycle and coffee machinery sure to impress any caffeine addicted cyclist.

Tim and Sarah have specialised in working with vintage frames, and through Isambard’s Cycles they aim to restore and customise classic bicycles.

If there is one thing that gives Alex Bindon, of The Hackney Peddler, goose bumps, it is frames finished with an insane amount of detail.

Juice it up

London

Nutrition and riding go hand in hand, especially at CycleLab & JuiceBar in Shoreditch.

My name is Catrine Håland. I live in Hackney, East London and work as a freelance photographer. I cycle around on a mid 80’s pink Raleigh Prima, with the odd flower decorations.

Andy Donohoe

London

My name is Andy Donohoe, I’m a photographer and I live in London Fields, Hackney, London. I ride a Technotrat (90’s Italian) single speed and and 90’s Paletti road bike.

Matt Blease

London

When deciding upon London as the next city for Bikevibe, there was one name on the top of our list: Matt Blease. The London-based illustrator had been a favourite of ours on Instagram for years. Recognised by his playful lines, sense of humour and skateboard and cycling references, we knew that this was someone we wanted to have a chat with.

Going hunting

London

I’m a competitive person. No doubt. I want to be the best at everything I put my heart and soul into. And when you compete for something you‘re always looking for that special way of doing things that makes you stand out. This was my exact plan when we went to cover Six Day London, an elite track cycling competition featuring some of the world’s best professional riders, alongside the rest of the press. 

The Kennedys

London

It is a real rarity to meet people who make successful careers out of their passions. However, London couple Florence and James Kennedy have managed to combine their love for bicycles with two successful and influential businesses.   

Rouleur celebrates the drama and beauty of road racing. Since the magazine was first launched in 2006 the London-based publication has manifested itself as one of the world’s finest cycling journals. It serves as an inspiration and aspiration to riders and other publishers alike and manages to capture the passion and the drama that comes with the sport beautifully. Here we are celebrating the British pioneer of cycling magazines and giving you all 67 covers of Rouleur.

Rapha was founded in 2004, but the journey started long before that, in the problem solving mind of Simon Mottram. We visited Simon at the Rapha headquarters in London to talk about how Rapha became the giant of today’s cycling culture. This is the conversation.

With a brilliantly simple digital compass, London start-up Beeline rekindles that sense of adventure we all felt when we first rode into the unknown.

As wonderful as it is, living in London (or any other larger city for that matter), every now and then you need to escape. As Joseph Martin-Kelly puts it “everybody can hop on a Ryanair flight and “escape” to another major city but the act of getting from A to B, physically, cannot be beaten”.

Leon Cerrone

London

Leon Cerrone gets his inspiration from 50’s and 60’s Ivy League and looks as stylish on the bike as off. We had a chat with the London-based retail manager and rider about the evolution of fashion in cycling. 

B1866

London

For such an iconic brand as Brooks it is only fitting that you’ll find them located in one of London’s most iconic areas, Covent Garden. 

From a flat on top of a bike shop in Hackney, East London, Goodordering makes cycling bags that will satisfy both the tech- and the design geek. Here, Janna of Velondonista.com, talks to founder Jacqui Ma about making cycling more fun and the value of family.

Central London might seem like a jungle, but once you figure out what’s what it is easy to get around by bike. If you haven’t heard of Santander Cycles, there is a good chance that you may know the scheme as Boris Bikes, after Boris Johnson, who was the Mayor of London when the scheme was first launched in 2010. Regardless of the name, the bikes are becoming increasingly popular with both tourists and locals.

If there is one poster child for London’s efforts to turn the city into a cycling friendly capital, it is the East-West Cycle Superhighway.

London cycling has become an incredibly politicised topic. In this essay, Sai Villafuerte examines London’s cycling culture.

Caren Hartley is the jewellery maker who turned frame builder. Her love for blue, metal and angles results in bikes that are equal in beauty and function. And most importantly, perfectly fitted to the rider.

Established in 1948 by Monty Young, Condor Cycles can be described as the very definition of British cycling heritage. We had a chat with Condor’s head of design, Ben Spurrier, about the current trends and why he believes Condor has been the key to the brand’s success (and what will keep them going for another 60 years).

SeaBass just might be the best name for a bicycle shop, like ever. Luckily, the guys running the show, Charlie and Sam, are pretty great too (as are their bikes, their staff and their dog, Seabass). We had a chat with Sam about what made them decide to open their own place.

Brompton’s iconic folding bikes have earned a cult following worldwide and have played a pivotal role in London’s re-emergence as a more liveable city. We visit the Brompton factory to find out how the largest bike manufacturer in the UK has stayed true to their reputation for quality, innovation and design.

Being capable

London

This is a story about Emily Chappell, a woman quite out of the ordinary. It’s a story about pushing limits, about nostalgia and about never letting oneself get too comfortable.

Look Mum No Hands is the place where coffee and bikes combine – resulting in one of London’s most visible communities for bike enthusiasts.  

Preparing for this issue was very interesting. Here you have this major city just a short two-hour flight away from Oslo, and yet, believe it or not, this was my first time in London. I know, who hasn’t been to London right? However naturally I’ve heard a lot about London, and the one thing that stuck with me were the perception that riding in London is dangerous.