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“By bike a new and un­fa­mil­iar Lon­don un­veiled it­self, a Lon­don dom­i­nated by road sur­faces and traf­fic, a Lon­don com­posed of load­ing bays and stand-by spots, char­ac­terised by a sense of move­ment and flow. As a cy­clist you in­habit the gaps be­tween traf­fic, and as a courier you profit from what Jonathan Ra­ban calls, in Soft

City, ‘the slack in the metropoli­tan econ­omy’.” Jon Day’s stun­ning es­say Cy­clo ge­og­ra­phy (ex­tract on p70) not only charts his life as a mes­sen­ger but also cap­tures the gritty beauty of ne­go­ti­at­ing Lon­don’s con­gested streets. It’s some­thing we aim to mir­ror this is­sue, fo­cus­ing the ur­ban lens on the cap­i­tal to dis­cover the sin­gle speeds, sto­ries and style that shapes this bur­geon­ing com­mu­nity. Don’t worry if you’re not born and raised in Lon­don – there’s plenty to en­joy and em­pathise with as the themes of al­tru­ism, in­no­va­tion and es­o­teric en­joy­ment unite ur­ban cy­clists ev­ery­where. En­joy the is­sue and see you in 2017…

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