“Brixton Cycle” is renowned for community spirit. We are creating a safe” environment around the shop. We lend out tools and stuff for free, but we have a tool policy. ‘No manners, no spanners’. We stand by it. We like to be treated how we deserve to be treated. Just common courtesy. Not too much to ask. This is us.” Continue reading
“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 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
“We have seen a lot of that happen in London and, as a whole, a lot of community focused projects are disappearing and it is felt in the community. Not just the immediate community, but also the widespread community that is being served. We have all different types of cycling that is being covered by the shop. People who ride the track, the mountain bikers, the BMXers. It is more than just commuting. It is fanatical, almost, in the love for cycling in all its different forms.” Continue reading
“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
“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
“Brixton Cycles is the longest standing cooperative bike shop in Britain. We are a community resource for the area. We store things used in the nearby BMX park; we lend out tools; give away second-hand parts for free; and we do ‘Women Only’ bike workshops. We give back a lot.
“I knew people who worked here and I was working at a large bike shop but was unhappy. I got fed up and my friend knew I was not happy and said I should come and work with them.
“That was in April 2004.” Continue reading
“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
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
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