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Issues and Inspiration
This section of Bike Culture contains some of our favorite bits of cycling writing. Read these and you'll never be far from your bike again.
In this extract from his book JUST RIDE, Grant Petersen of Rivendell Bicycle Works explodes some of the myths surrounding clip-in pedals
By ROBERT POOLE
Do we shape history or does history shape us? Can we understand the forces that govern this world and use them to shape the future for homo-sapiens? By RICHARD BALLANTINE
A slip-up during a radio-interview reminded JIM McGURN just how varied is the international world of cycle culture.
RICHARD BALLANTINE asks; 'Where are we going, and how are we going there'?
Why do people hate cyclists? Because they do – only some of them, true, but more than we like to think. ROBERT POOLE recounts a painful experience.
It’s a daily dilemma: I ride up the side of a long, static queue of traffic, and, on my other side, past a group of people waiting at a bus stop......
JEFF POTTER rode a Russian bike on a journey through American attitudes to cycling.
By JIM McGURN
Even bicycles leave a carbon footprint.
By JIM McGURN
Our thanks to CARLTON REID, founder of BikeBiz.com. for finding this.
Englishman ROBERT POOLE experiences a very different approach to cycling on a visit to Germany.
A guide to Cycling and Ecology. By GRAHAM BELL
JIM McGURN on bikes and literature.
Englishman COLIN CLARKE was working in Australia when compulsory helmet laws were introduced. This prompted him to study the worldwide research on the subject, with some surprising results.
MIKE BURROWS gained public recognition after designing the Olympics superbike, and cyclists had been aware of his inventiveness for years before that. We talked to him about his feelings and his future.
Cycles of every kind are the medicine dispensed by Doctor COLIN GUTHRIE.
Once again, the pro-helmet lobby, consisting largely of non-cyclists, is pushing for compulsion. Never before has there been such need for facts and analysis. Confirmed helmet-wearer STEVEN McKAY looks at the latest findings. TIM KIRK helped with the research.
JIM McGURN finds that we often travel further than the distance we cover.
The relationship between cars and pedal cycles is a long and complex one. JOHN STUART CLARK takes a sideways look.
JIM McGURN discovered that most people don’t discover just how magic cycling can be unless you put them on a saddle and say ‘Pedal!’
IVAN ILLICH's incisive insights into the social and economic role of the bicycle and the wastefulness of our current transport system are an inspiration
By ROBERT POOLE
"Follow your genius closely enough and it will not fail to show you a fresh prospect every hour." (Thoreau).
This piece is as relevant today as it ever was. Compiled and edited by ROBERT POOLE.
When teacher GRAHAM PATIENT brought cycling into the curriculum, school became the smart place to be.
Ex-bike mechanic ALEXANDER J. BIER gives some impassioned insights into the world of bike mechanics and customers’ expectations.
This article by Jim McGurn first appeared in the Ecologist Magazine, in the UK
On leaving the sanctuary of eternal neatness.
How do world travellers settle down again to their own beds? Or do they ever? LYNNE CURRY went to meet Anne Mustoe
EDGAR NEWTON writes about the life and philosoophy of Ivan Illich
Celebrated cycling physician Dr Williams makes good use of humour. Here is an extract from an article first published in The British Medical Journal 4th Oct 75
Historian ROBERT POOLE describes how common rights to the highways were abandoned decades ago.
Life does not always lay itself out in happy patterns. This occurred to the two young Washington Post reporters who tracked down the Watergate culprits. They discovered that one of the President's guilty team, a suit with few scruples, was also, like them, a card-carrying bike freak. They found it very hard to take. By JIM McGURN
JOSIE DEW is a keen cycle tourist. Here she explains how she deals with the kind of harassment and problems experienced by many women cyclists
Amsterdam-based artist ERIC STALLER has come to hope for a future that is technological yet human. Among his works, which range from large-scale architecture to whimsical mini-sculpture, there is a strong pedal-powered element, closely allied to his personal philosophy.
In many cities of the world, the rickshaw is the only way to travel - although it's not without its cost...
DAN WERNER tells the tale of Rickshaw Willie, rejuvenated by his Main Street Pedicab.
The experiences of a lone female tourist.
JEAN ASCHER of the Copenhagen-based Circus ChangHigh describes how it all started, and how he's now part of a profitable unicycle circus with a worldwide reputation.
The travelling pedal-powered sound system against war and injustice!
It’s Leicester’s Saffron Lane velodrome, August 1974. The newly crowned British 20 kilometre champion, Maurice Burton waves his bouquet. Sections of the crowd are booing. Is it because the champion rode a tactical race – or perhaps because his skin is a different color? By EDMOND HOOD
Trudi Edmunds was inspired to start her bicycle basket business by a gift from a friend. By STEVEN RUSSELL from an interview originally published in the East Anglian Daily Times
If you haven't learnt to ride a bicycle by the time you reach adulthood, the chances are you never will. Paramedic STEVE EVANS, bucked the trend, proving that an 'old dog' can indeed learn a new trick!