“Some days you go out and it’s raining, the wind’s in your face and it’s cold and you can’t find a B&B and you think ‘I’m not doing this again, it’s absolutely ridiculous’. Then you get up next morning, the sun’s shining, you go down some wonderful roads, and you think I was just born to cycle, and you’re just so happy and high, it’s fantastic…” Midge, 66, Portpatrick, Scotland. Boneshaker believes in the power of words, the beauty of images and the love of cycling. This issue the happy hum of tyres on tarmac sings again across every page: life-changing tandem adventures, learning to love your punctures, the simple pleasure of bike-frame badges. We hear about the art of bike dance, bike design, even about bikes themselves making art – and so the simple, joyful convergence of bikes and beauty and life are reaffirmed.
‘My Beautiful Bike’ by Minotaur Shock, an 8-page profile on the artisans of Portland, Oregon and more Slowcoast antics from Nick Hand. From bike workshops in Columbia, to tandem cycling for the visually impared, they have really gone to town on bringing you the most interesting and inspiring articles that will get you out on your bicycle, or even making something unique with its parts.
We never leave a rider behind, Breaking the chain, Thinking caps, My Beautiful Bike, UpTwo’s Company, Magnificent Revolution, Slowcoast Soundslide, El Taller del Mago, Let Sleeping Dogs Lie, Papergirl: The art of gift-giving, Work your muscle, ditch the engine, Gettin’ Cross, Cycle-camping, Even the name is beautiful.