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Let the good times roll at the Spin London bike festival

Posted at 7:00 pm, May 3, 2013 in Fun London

When the word ‘urban’ is used about a festival it usually evokes images of baseball caps, jeans slung too low and lots of graffiti font. Not this one. Spin London on May 3-5 is London’s, nay, the world’s first ever urban-focused bicycle show and festival claiming to be ‘the hottest ticket the city has to offer for cycle enthusiasts, commuters & the uninitiated.’ Think less Lycra and cleats and more BMX, fixed gear and merino garments.

They will be helpfully dividing the Loading Bay Gallery at the Old Truman Brewery into sections including a fashion forum, a makers lounge for bike art and custom bikes as well as plenty of bike brands in the bike hall so you should be able to easily navigate your way around and see what turns your wheels.

To get everyone going there will be live music, the Cyclr radio show, cycle-art installations, talks, food, drink, Pedal Powered Cinema and so, so much more. Luckily it’s a bank holiday weekend so you can really go for it and still have a day to recover. Jude Brosnan

If you don’t know where to start, here are some people we think you should definitely drop by and say ‘hi’ to:


rolla-girls (c) Rollapaluza

A pair of custom built rollers hooked up to a dial that shows how fast you are going as you race against your opponent or mum, whatever, this is fun and you get to see peoples’ ‘race’ faces. Rollapaluza will be situated by the entrance.

Boneshaker Magazine:

Boneshaker Magazine

A well-oiled publication that promotes a self-propelled life on two wheels. This advert-free magazine is packed full of bike related stories and artwork from around the world. Find them in The Makers Lounge, stand M6.

Bicycle Taxidermy:

Bicycle Taxidermy

Yes, this is a thing now. You can get your beloved out-of-action steed mounted to put on display as a constant reminder of the journeys you’ve shared. Vegan friendly. Bicycle Taxidermy will be hung all around Spin for you to search out.



Only a year old, these new kids in town are mixing British tailoring with performance fabrics. If you are worried you don’t look good in Lycra don’t worry, few do and Vulpine have the merino solution. Find them in the Fashion Forum, stand F22.

Foffa Bikes:

Foffa Bikes

London-based brand taking customization to the next level with an uncomplicated online bike builder where you can select your parts out of a number of combinations. Find them in Cycle Alley, stand C6.

For info, see Spin LDN listing.

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