Nobody’s expecting you to make it…

I’m close by Strand… it’s late afternoon, radio crackles: ‘Two-Two… Two-Two, come in. Rush coming down now.’ I’m all right with that… £3.75 will take me over £40 for the day, homing in on the big Five-O. I press the …

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Inner Glow

I have ridden with Team Glow – the all-female cycling network founded by world record-breaking track cyclist Glynis Francis – for a few years now. It all started in 2011 with her successful bid to get 100 women cycling in the Manchester 100 sportive. …

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Brexit, Bikes & the Bigger Picture

Author, journalist and round-the-world record-breaker Julian Sayarer‘s writing has appeared in several issues of Boneshaker over the years. Here, in a special long-form feature from the road, he shares thoughts on an unravelling in Europe… Four years ago, leaving the UK …

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Into the night

Twenty years ago they needed a legend… needed a myth… something to help get it off the ground. They said that London’s couriers had started it, drinking after work on a Friday night, daring one another to ride until they …

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Chapter 3: The Bell

This is an exclusive extract from “Mind is the Ride”, a Boneshaker book project by Jet McDonald. The book is currently crowdfunding with Unbound, and Boneshaker readers can get an advance copy of the book for the discounted price of …

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Into Bear Country

The rain was pouring down as we touched down in Belgrade. Running between puddles, we rushed from the door of the terminal and jumped into our minibus as quickly as we could. The city had been enjoying an endless summer …

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Lake Jumping

View from the bike “From busting big skids down gravel roads to riding to friends’ houses around town, riding bikes has always been a passion of mine, ever since I was a kid. Another hobby I have is exploring back …

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We ride to win!

Juan Jose ‘Juanjo’ Mendez started cycle racing when he was 14, but in 1992 a motorbike accident brought his career to a sudden stop. “I was pronounced clinically dead. I was in a coma for twenty days. When I woke …

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Rickshaw Riders

India has an estimated eight million cycle rickshaws creaking and clattering around its dusty streets as cargo movers, couriers and taxis. They’re one of the oldest forms of wheeled transport but they are also beginning to be recognised as part …

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Perucha

The first thing you notice when you step into the workshop is the boat, 32ft long and 15ft to the top of its mast. It takes centre stage in the only squatted workshop in Madrid where you can get a …

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