We were at Dun Laoghaire’s Cool Earth Fair, – representing the Dublin Cycling Campaign. The ‘Campaign’ is Dublin’s cycling conscience. They’ve been fighting for fifteen years to make Dublin a better cycling city. We love their work. And for a few months now we are active members. During events we are often in the Dublin Cycling Campaign stall to sell t-shirts, snap bands and bells and to convince cyclists to become a member.
For Cool Earth, we used our delivery bike to transport the stall. We pedalled the delivery bike straight into the convention hall, unpacked our crates, and turned the delivery bike into an integral part of the Campaign’s stall.
The Campaign was not alone; there were more brazen bikers at Cool Earth. Rothar, for example. We learnt they actually offer bike maintenance tutorials. Using their tools, workshop, and skilful advice, you can easily learn to maintain your own bike.
Rothar artfully uses bicycle parts to brand itself. Like here, with gear wheels and chains.
Speaking of art. We met an inspired young female artist, creating jewellery out of bicycle components. Sleek and rugged, with attention to detail. Her jewellery was sold in the Rothar stall and we bought these earrings straightaway – they consist of old chain connectors.
That jewellery made us thirsty for more. At home, we looked at the artist’s webshop. We were surprised to find romantically intricate pendants. Like this one, called ‘love birds’.
Quite beautifully different from the brash biking jewellery. So you see – there’s more to cycling culture than first meets the eye. Never judge a bike by its cover.