photo by George Marshall in South Africa
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The sartorial street cyclist, observed
Photos by J. Dunn and Michael Lelliott
Chances are, you have seen the stylings of Mike Lelliot around your hometown. Those little rubber lights that adorn nearly every bicycle riding through the city. Knog has been around for a number of years doing their thing, but it is their frontman who stands out in a crowd. Any crowd. At 6' 7" Mike Lelliot may tower over just about everyone, but he is one of the most soft-spoken gentlemen you could come to know. He stopped by the Rapha North America office for a quick coffee and to show off a few new lights. Business done, we then rode to one of our favorite restaurants in Portland — Biwa. We took a moment to catch up with Mike over dinner and talk about riding through the city, any city.
photos by George Marshall
UK Continental rider and constructor Tom Donhou recently relocated his workshop to Hackney Wick (near the Olympic Park) in east London. We paid him a quick visit.
How did you become a bike builder?
I started off with downhill mountain bikes and BMX'ing. I began a career working in product design but found it fairly soul destroying. Then, a few years back I gave that up, travelled to Mongolia with my bike in the back of a truck and rode out across the Gobi desert, through China, Vietnam, Thailand. Eight months on the road gave me plenty of time to think. I actually thought I'd come back to the UK with a business plan for a nine-hole crazy golf course but ended up doing this.
Photo by Neil Bedford
Seventeen year-old Tao Geoghegan Hart, born and raised in east London, is part of the British Cycling Olympic Development Programme and races for CC Hackney. A precocious talent and fast talker, I met Tao at the Rapha Cycle Club in Soho to discuss crashing at Roubaix, texting Tom Boonen and modelling for Rapha.
Did you ride here?
photo by George Marshall
Name – Monique Kawecki
Occupation – Editor of Ala Champfest Magazine, a biannual print publication from London and Melbourne which focusses on investigations and insight into international creative culture. We provide a platform for emerging talent worldwide, whilst shouting about the established in their field. Co-editor is my twin sister Joanna - who is based in Melbourne - and our contributors are all based in various parts of the world such as Tokyo, Seattle, New York, Paris and Sydney. We proudly print in England on specialised paper, and are stocked internationally in places such as MOMA in New York, and the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.
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Photographers are currently based in Amsterdam, London, New York, Tokyo, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Melbourne with more locations being added.