Working in the Brixton Cycles community

Barry Sandland/TIMB - Coop member outside Brixton Cyclers with his BMX

Barry Sandland – TIMB – Finding a community centre through Brixton Cycles

“I am the youngest member of the co-op, I think. I am 25 and have been here a little over two years now. I used to ride with two guys who used to work here. One of them still does. They put my name forward and I came down and introduced myself and I kind of fit in, I guess.

“It is an awesome, unique environment, a little unorthodox, but it works for us. We are like no other bike shop. We are not a hi-tech place and the like. We are like your bike shop. A hub where you gravitate and socialise and get your bike repaired. It is more a tight unit.” Continue reading

The little Brixton bike shop that thought it could

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Steadily, Brixton Cycles has found the financial support in their community - proof of the commitment the community has to them.

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Steadily, Brixton Cycles has found the financial support in their community – proof of the commitment the community has to them.

“The campaign has brought us to the forefront of people’s consciousness but, for us, we had no idea how many people cared about the shop. The fundraising has been, for me, very humbling. Before we began, we were concerned whether we would meet the initial target. But we met it early and it has been really awesome.” Continue reading

Brixton Cycles working to keep the community in their co-op

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Co-op owner participant at Brixton Cycles with her bike in front of the shop graffiti

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Cooperative bicycle shops are hard to find, but often key to local communities and their biking future.

“I’d like to think the co-op is really important to the community. It is community focused and that is at the top of our agenda, who we are and what we want to provide. in regards to giving out free advice, free tools, helping people, even if they do not have the money. It’s a space for people to come and meet other cycles and, if the co-op disappeared, I think it would be a big loss.” Continue reading

How gentrification has pressed against Brixton Cycles

©Barry Sandland/IMB- Brixton Cycles cooperative member with her bike

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Rising costs all across Brixton have forced the bike shop to relocate.

“Every day, coming to work here is simply lovely. It is jus the best job I have ever had. It is such a family here. I came from a corporate bike shop, so not having a boss is probably right up there in terms of what I like about this place. But I do not live in Brixton. I cannot afford that. The gentrification of Brixton is the problem we are facing now. It is just too expensive. Continue reading

When Wiggins became vintage

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Wiggins hat at STalen Ros vintage event

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Wiggins presence at the vintage fete.

“I was at the Stalen Ros vintage bike event in Ghent and I won a Wiggins cycling hat in a coffee raffle. I am still struggling with how quickly Wiggins became vintage. I mean, with his sideburns, I can understand he is a hipster icon. I might wait a while before I declare him vintage.” Continue reading

Stalen Ros and their vintage history

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Vintage market at Stalen Ros

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – The Ghent bike track hosts an annual bike market for the vintage obsessed.

Yesterday, the historic track, Stalen Ros, in Ghent, hosted an annual vintage bike fare. A chance to visualize decades of cycling from the basic bikes to components. For riders longer in the tooth, a chance to see their own history before them, the items that were fascinations in our youth, that are collectors items and oddities today. Continue reading

Eurostar’s vision of the future has little scope for cyclists

Eurostar anti-cycling policies

As of today, Eurostar is implementing new luggage policies for their refurbished fleet. Instead of seeing a future where bicycles are part of transport, they have made it increasingly difficult for cyclists to participate in the Eurostar potential. Instead of being a vision for the future, Eurostar has become a sanitised, travel-by-numbers organisation. Times are getting tougher for cyclists with Eurostar. Read on for the full rant.  Continue reading