In London, a bike becomes the simplest, afforable option

Barry Sandland/TIMB - Brixton Cyclmes supporter outside the shop

Barry Sandland/TIMB – Brixton Cycles has become a lifeline for many of those struggling to get by in the area.

“I needed a bike because my other one was stolen. I cannot afford to take the bus, you know what I mean? It’s just too expensive.” Continue reading

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