Recently i caught up with one of our favorite story tellers to find out more about the driving force behind Manual for Speed and what we can expect in the future. Click Read More, for the full Q&A and a full spread of images…
When in Chicago last month I was fortunate enough to hang out and spend some time with Heritage Bicycles. I love what these guys are doing and took the opportunity to ask them a few questions about their store, own branded bikes and position within Chicago. Click here to visit them or press read more to read the interview.
24/7 Big Time has a new Featured Rider interview, this time with Apis Jyeah. I had the chance to meet Apis when I was in KL last year, he is an all round great guy, very humble and very fast. Make sure you head over to 24/7 Big Time to read Apis Jyeah’ interview and to see some good riding photos like the one below.
One of the best things about being out here is being able to connect with people that at one time or the other we could only communicate with via the interweb. When it comes to food proof really is in the pudding so there’s only so far instagram can go.
Musette Bakery are one such outfits. These guys were one of the first to welcome my move and I wanted to share with you what they are all about. Check them here! Be sure to Click Read More to see the whole interview…
- It’s the cliché but who are you and what do you do!
We are Musette Bakery, a brother (Christian) and sister (Erika) team with a shared love of baking and sports, and we make delicious baked treats that don’t only taste great, but have the nutrition necessary to power an elite athlete.
- Why the cycling market?
Pure and simple: because we love cycling. We’ve raced for over 7 years and have even organized a few of our own races, but we simply love being on bikes and when we aren’t on bikes we think about them and the food we will eat on them while riding. We approached this market because it’s something that we wanted for ourselves, and we started by baking our own goodies for races and rides. When other people began to ask for them or gave us ideas for that they would like to eat, we knew it was time to share them with the larger community!
One of the privlages I had on my recent return home was spending time with ‘Trakke’. Unfortantely Angus had departed by this point and therefore the photos were left to myself and the iphone.
Trakke- is the brainchild of Alec Farmer, the premise being to produce high quality handmade messenger bags right here in Glasgow. I knew myself and Alec would get on as soon as we met – his production philosophy is spot on. These bags are in many ways counter culture; timeless yet classic, simple but well thought out, they don’t have a lifespan other than that inflicted by the owner. Trakke as the brand name is itself derived from the idea of people finding their own path as well as hinting toward a Scandanavian design aesthetic. Alec has turned to a professional sail-maker to assist him in the production who has enhanced the craftsmanship of the operation and in turn the bags through experience with directional stitching and reinforcement adding to the level of detail you can expect. This has afforded Alec more time to invest in product design. The studio space reflects the out of the box thinking Alec is applying, with parachutes draped around and various prototypes in testing. You can see this has filtered through into the current range with buckles and bag furnishings employed from unusual sources such as maritime and military. The waxed cotton that is the main material used is bought in rolls that aside from standard black will be used until then end of the roll and another color brought in, so if your digging the mustard yellow like I was get on it! The waxed cotton builds up a patina of use and is one of these materials that looks wrong brand new. I know Alec has some interesting Harris tweed colabs in the works as well as an extended range beyond the backpack and Messenger bag. Check out the website here, or if your local shoot him an email and go see Alec and indulge in the process of being able to see your bag being manufactured by some pretty awesome humans.
We were fortunate enough to catch up with one of our favourite illustrators, Rich Mitch, and to ask him a few questions about himself and his work. If you know his work you will want to read on and if you are not familiar with his work you are missing out and should want to read on too. Make sure you click below or on the image above to read our interview. A big thank you to Rich for taking the time out to chat with us.