Bradley Wiggins, Laura Trott, Boris Bikes, Fixies, Bromptons, empty cycle lanes, bike snobs… it’s never been cooler to be a cyclist.
But what does the popularity of bikes and the way we ride say about us?
The Secret Life of Cyclists is a panel discussion looking at the tribes and tensions surrounding modern cycling.
Why is it so popular? Why is it so dominated by middle aged men in lycra?
Is it indicative of our modern obsessions with mindfulness and freedom? Is it the new golf? Are Brompton’s cool?
Featuring smug cyclists, vexed motorists and astute social observers, The Secret Life of Cyclists aims to answer sort out the psychopaths from the cycle paths.
Speakers include broadcaster, cycling expert and author of Get On Your Bike Rebecca Charlton, ex-Brixton Cycles Co-op member, cycling instructor and “grease monkey” Barney Stutter and long-term presenter of ITV’s Tour de France coverage, Gary Imlach in a debate chaired by writer and journalist Stephen Armstrong.
The talk will take place on Wednesday 1st November in the beautiful chapel at The House of St Barnabas. Doors open at 6:30pm, the event will start at 7:30pm. Guests are invited to stay in our not-for-profit members’ club afterwards, to socialise in the bar and continue the discussion.
This will be the 19th event in the ongoing series, 37 Things You Need To Know About Modern Britain, which is a partnership between BUG and The House of St Barnabas, forged from a mutual desire to examine modern life and popular culture.
The House of St Barnabas is a charity whose vision is to create a future where lasting work is a reality for people affected by homelessness and social exclusion.