Let me introduce the team: A gorgeous old lady's bike for cruising around the city; my azonic jump bike for the odd occassion i make it to the 4X track, a gaint anthem for cross country riding through the gorgeous bushlands around Sydney, long rides around the Sydney suburbs or just long distance commutes; a beautiful, chrome lowrider with lots of twists and bling purely for my aesthetic pleasure; a back, dk BMX i rode to and from hardcore shows a few years back.
I'm a 26 year old Surry Hills local, who lives, breathes and works in the colorful land of 'youth culture'. I love Wednesday night fixie adventures, winters down the snow, writing my zine, and listening to music - anything short, fast and loud will do.
I'll have a think about what to write- Could you send me some info on what kind of zine, writing styles etc... so I can get an idea of what to do?
Unfortunately, I'm not riding as much in London although I've done a few rides. Mainly because the weather is so unpredictable over here that it's hard to organise anything. Also, the rides seem to be a lot more about drinking and less about actual riding.
I's so jealous, Sydney is so beautiful at this time of year! A ride down to the beach would be lovely! saying that London is amazing and commuting by bike is a lot more common and accepted over here than back in Australia. Send my love to everyone and hope to hear from you soon.
Glad to hear you are well. It's amazing the kinds of growth and discovery that occur whilst traversing the globe - cliched I know, but true nonetheless.
It's a pity you aren't able to do as much riding as you'd like. Even a few days of rain here is frustrating, so I can't imagine what it's like to live at the mercy of ongoing shitty weather. As for the drinking/riding issue - I can totally relate to what you're saying. In fact, I find even the Wednesday night rides can end up being more about going to the pub, than riding. Although last week there was only a small crew of us and instead of going to the pub, we ended up in a cool little Chinese restaurant in Kensington after a ride out to La Perouse and back, and we actually got to have a decent conversation, rather than competing over beer and loud music.
As for the zine, my vision is to compile a constellation of personal reflections on bike riding - a vague description, I know. Nothing overly formal, and it can be as long or as short as you like, although maybe try and keep it under 1000 words. If you want to include something visual - a drawing, photos etc - that's cool too. I think bikes are such visual objects, so it makes sense to include images. I'm happy to send you a copy of the first two editions of my zine, maybe they might provide some direction. Do you have an address in London I can send them too?
Cool, I'll get onto the writing now. (Well maybe tomorrow- I have the most hideous british flu imaginable today). I'll try to submit it before the magazines arrive (with the postal strikes that might be ages) but I would love to see what the magazine looks like. I'll email you my address.
That wednesday ride sounded really nice. Have any more girls joined? Unfortunately the london fixed and single speed website (and scene) is still really sexist with repeated posts just being about pictures of naked women that people have found on bikes.
I'm meant to be going on a pirate ride next weekend where we visit all the historic maritime sites in London that have a pirate history. Carlin would have a field day.
How's the London winter treating you - hopefully you manage to find a break in the rain and cold for some riding. The Wednesday night crew here have been pretty slack lately, but things are picking up.
Just wondering if you sent me your mail address? I haven't received it, but maybe it went to junk mail. You can send it to email@example.com - that way I will definitely get it.
Wishing all the best for christmas and new years :)
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