Published in Treadlie issue 16, March 2015.
“Alright, here we go!” Daniels Langeberg says into the iPhone camera that’s strapped to his helmet before putting it on and hitting the road. What follows is nearly four minutes of time-lapse footage of Dans ducking and weaving through mainly oncoming traffic through the streets, parks and underpasses of Hangzhou, China in his first ever alleycat race.
At 2:16 he has a collision with a white car and the time-lapse stops momentarily while he collects himself and gets back on his bike. He hits the tarmac again in another bingle at 3:10. For the second time he quickly hops back on and carries on with the race. It’s this attitude of having a go and not wasting time dwelling on setbacks that has led to the 30-year-old’s long and twisting list of achievements – a successful urban design career in Shanghai, winning several fixed gear races in China, almost becoming a travel show presenter on Chinese television, and now launching a pedicab business, EcoCaddy, in his home town of Adelaide.
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Published in Treadlie Issue 12, September 2013
Petra Cremming is a garden perv. Riding around Melbourne, from her home suburb of Brunswick right over to the other side of the Yarra, gives Petra the perfect vantage point to peer over fences and check out the flowers, vegies, succulents and grapevines that populate the inner city’s front yards. It’s a professional interest as much as a personal passion – Petra has been a florist for well over a decade. For the past two years she has run her own business, Pomp and Splendour, from her backyard studio, creating whimsical arrangements for weddings, other events and local businesses, as well as collaborating with creative Melburnians on photo shoots, pop up shops and other projects. Continue reading “Petra Cremming”
Published in Treadlie Issue 11, June 2013
When Auckland’s Velociteers performed at Melbourne’s Bikefest earlier this year on the big blue Melbourne Bike Share bikes, it was the first time they’d all ridden the same model in a show. Usually members of the cycling dance troupe ride their own bikes – a mixture of road bikes, step throughs and fold-ups, from Giants to Raleighs to Bromptons. In synchronised cycling this can present a challenge – balancing wheel size with bike speed and rider ability is tricky business when, for example, you have eight people riding in concentric circles in two rows staggered outwards from a central axis (a move they call ‘The Spoke’, which is very popular with audiences). Continue reading “Velociteers”
Published in Treadlie Issue 10, March 2013
“Hipsters have all the fun,” says a YouTube comment below the video clip for Perth band San Cisco’s “Golden Revolver”, in which the band mates are seen building a raft out of barrels and pallets, sailing it down a mangrove river, gleefully falling in the water when it tips over, and then finally having a picnic. It might look like it’s all fun and games, but the truth is it’s hard work being a member of San Cisco. DIY is San Cisco’s middle name – they built their own rehearsal studio in Fremantle and run their own record label, Island City Records, home to their self-titled debut album.
On top of all that, guitarist and synth player Josh Biondillo and bassist Nick Gardner also like to build bikes. Not that there’s much time left for that sort of thing. “If you can fit in an 8 hour sleep that’s pretty good, let alone building a bike,” says Nick. Continue reading “San Cisco”
Published in Treadlie Issue 9, December 2012
Kumo is a Japanese word meaning ‘cloud’. Canberra metal worker and renaissance man Keith Marshall chose it as the name for his handmade custom bike frame business, Kumo Cycles, to invoke the idea of gliding through the air, like a cloud, when you hop in the saddle.
“I’ve always had my head in the clouds, I’m always lofty with my ideas,” he says. “I like clouds as an aesthetic thing, they’re mutable and changeable and they’re always dynamic and different, and I like my frames to be like that. Also, I decided that I wanted my bikes to be light and effortless; I wanted them to integrate with the rider without you ever thinking that you’re sitting on a chunk of steel. The cloud part of the logo represents the effortless, airy, floaty ride that you get on the steel, and the lightning bolts are the tempestuous beginnings of the bike in flame and filth and heat.” Continue reading “Kumo Cycles”
Published in Treadlie Issue 8, September 2012
Eleanor Jackson lives on Whynot Street. It’s a fitting home base for someone who says yes to so many endeavours – performance poetry, broadcasting, artistic collaborations, and of course, cycling. Originally from Melbourne, Eleanor moved to Brisbane nearly two years ago, drawn by the sun and the city’s “amazing grass roots arts scene”.
“I met this great tattoo artist in the first week that I was here, and she said Brisbane is a fabulous place to get on with what you love because you won’t be distracted by everything being exciting all at once,” says Eleanor. “She made it sound a bit cynical but over time I’ve come to realise that it actually is a great benefit to this city. Like, I’m not overwhelmed by it. I love bikes, and I love poetry, and I feel so wholehearted about those things, but I’m not worried that I have to go to the latest opening or the newest cafe or the most crazy new taquiera.” Continue reading “Eleanor Jackson”
Published in Treadlie Issue 7, June 2012
“I like pretty things to the extent that they’re practical. Beyond that it just doesn’t make any sense to me,” says Lara McPherson. “Like, I’ll wear high heels if I can ride in them. If they make it harder, what’s the point. I’ll just wear flats.”
As a sustainable fashion advocate, McPherson loves nothing more than hopping on a bike in a cute outfit. “Bikes go so well with all the things I love. Bikes and food – goes perfectly together. Bikes and fashion – perfect together.” She became a full-time bike commuter in 2011 after racking up a few too many parking fines in the city. She got rid of her car and started riding everywhere, every day. “Now I love it and I miss it if I don’t ride every day. I think I vastly underestimated how positive an impact it would have on my physical and mental health. Having a ride in to work every day puts you in the best mood, and then you get to ride home.” Continue reading “Lara McPherson”
Published in Treadlie Issue 6, March 2012
It was maybe fifteen years ago when Luis Guarch’s dad was throwing out some old things and asked his son if he wanted his two old BMX bikes. “He said, ‘Do you really want these bikes? They’re no use to you anymore.’” One, a 1980 Mongoose Supergoose, was Luis’s first childhood bike; the other, a 1982 Golden PK Ripper, had won him several trophies as a kid on the racetrack. Luis took them both home.
They stayed in storage for another half a decade until, about eight years ago, something inspired Luis to restore the Supergoose. “Everyone said, you’re mad, you’re going through a mid-life crisis,” he laughs. Dull, dirty and with faded pads, Luis brought the bike back to life in vivid colour – bright cobalt blue and acid yellow. “The addiction started then,” he says. Continue reading “The Collector: BMX Bandit”
Published in Treadlie Issue 5, December 2011
While so many members of the music industry have been bemoaning its decline, one socially-conscious singer-songwriter has found a way to flourish. For more than two years now Jack Stafford has been on permanent world tour. A digital nomad with an acoustic guitar, Jack has relied on a frugal attitude and the kindness of strangers to take his music to Europe, North America and Oceania. And while touring through New Zealand, Australia and South East Asia, he travelled by bike. Continue reading “Jack Stafford”
Published in Treadlie Issue 4, September 2011
Fittingly for this issue of Treadlie, ABC journalist Jennifer Macey cites two literary references as the childhood inspiration for her cycling obsession. First, the bicycle adventures that featured heavily in Enid Blyton books; and second, the Sweet Valley High Super Edition, Perfect Summer, in which the Wakefield twins and their friends do a drama-filled bike tour up the coast of California. “My sister and I were obsessed with bike touring from a really young age,” Jennifer says. “It took a while before we actually went on our first tour – we were in our twenties when we went around the south islands of New Zealand. It’s so great. I guess that’s my main love – bike touring.” Continue reading “Jennifer Macey”