Issue 13 of Treadlie Magazine

Well we managed to get issue 13 of Treadlie Magazine out! It’s always such a crazy time, not just the lead up to Christmas but the whole spring period is so busy with bike things, all good things but so many of them! I was really happy with this issue to be able to profile Melissa Agate or Sanso, as you may know her. Besides having the most beautiful bike in the known universe she is also an accomplished musician. But it is what she is doing to create spaces for girls to ride, both on the street and online, that is really interesting.

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I also caught up with Eben Weiss, of Bike Snob NYC, when he visited Melbourne for the Melbourne Writers Festival. As Carole Whitehead, one of our favourite photographers, commented, he’s ‘not so snobby after all’. It was interesting talking to Eben about the changes to New York City, and the simultaneous changes in him and the way he rides. He’s still cranky though, and listening to his stories of attitudes about driving in NYC, I can’t really blame him.
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Paul and Charlie Farren are two of my favourite people in Melbourne, along with their exceptional bicycle collection. It had been a long time since we’d had an antique bicycle featured in the Treadlie Centrefold so I got in touch with them and this is what Paul suggested. Its an amazing bicycle, on the cusp between a modern day ‘safety bicycle’ and a penny farthing. Paul and Charlie Farren also have one of the most photogenic green doors in the business, always a magical combination!
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We also take a look at cycling photography in this issue. Its fascinated me, the way that cycling and photography seem to have grown up together, and developed in tandem, staying favourites throughout the years. We talk to a couple of photographers, from old school to a modern day cycling photographer like Ashley Gruber. The photo are stunning!

T13_ShootOutAnd of course there is much more than that! You will find Treadlie at newsagents and Magnation stores as well as some local bike and book shops. Or of course you can subscribe, either here or on the iPad.

 

Not so snobby after all

NYC blogger, Bike Snob NYC or Eben Weiss, was in Melbourne earlier this year as part of the 2013 Melbourne Writer’s Festival. I met up with him, both to pre-record an episode of the 3CR Yarra BUG Radio Show and also to interview him for Treadlie Magazine.

As anyone who has read his blog will know, Eben does a fine line in snarky wit and has a low tolerance for the wankier aspects of bike culture. My bike, well at least the one I use most days, is pretty well kitted out with bits and pieces that it occurred to me, Eben might find pretty wanky. Hammered mudguards, porteur rack, custom leather saddle and grips. Not to mention the coaster brake. So meeting him for a ride down to 3CR’s studio in Collingwood was a fairly nervewracking affair.

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Luckily, Eben was either too jet-lagged or too polite to comment on or notice any of it. I mean, there was an almost imperceptible smirk when at one point I let slip about the coaster brake, but as I said, too polite. Or too jet-lagged.

We rode down to Collingwood, discussing gentrification and its effects, mixed neighbourhoods and inner-city wankers, the pros and cons for cyclists, before meeting ace photographer Carole Whitehead for a photo shoot. Brooklyn and Fitzroy were compared while we sought out photogenic bluestone and graffiti. We finished up at the 3CR studios with plenty of time to chat before recording our interview. The interview unfortunately, I can no longer find online. The story, you can read in Issue 13 of Treadlie magazine.

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All the questions

As someone who regularly has to think about what questions to ask an interview subject I’ve often wondered how those questions appear to the subject themselves. Sometimes when a writer hands in a story I’ve comissioned, I’ll find myself trying to work out what questions they asked from the story they’ve handed in. I know, its almost impossible to do so, but still find myself quizzing over it. Email interviews are the worst, your questions are there, set in stone so to speak, and evoke often very different reactions than if the same questions had been part of a conversation.

So, its a novel experience to be on the receiving end. When I was contacted by A City with Quirk for an interview I thought it might be a bit of fun. The questions that were sent to me, from writer Mark Lawrence, showed someone had done their research, enough so that I felt compelled to put a bit more effort into my responses. What I really enjoyed about it was coming away from the experience feeling that I’d discovered something new! Great questions can force you to consider connections, in this case, between different areas of work, in a way that you haven’t before. I think as an interviewer you’d have to be pretty happy with that!

If you’d like to read the interview you can do so here.