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Cycling with… Max

20 Jan

We went cycling with Max – an art historian who knows everything about Amsterdam’s architecture. We learned about the band of ‘rogue’ architects behind the ‘Amsterdam School’, the famous architectural style of the 1900s for Amsterdams social housing projects — which still bring in millions of tourists to Amsterdam each year. Do check it out!

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Cycling With in the Irish Times

17 Jun

Cycling With in the Irish Times

So nice – I got a mentioning in the Irish Times today. Together with my friend Paddy Cahill. With all the work that goes into shooting our cycling films, I haven’t found time to keep this blog updated, though. 

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Cycling with Job Cohen

23 Apr

We (that is: the Cycling With team, being – Paddy Cahill and myself) went for a cycle through Amsterdam with its former mayor: Job Cohen.
Please do check out our film; I bet you’ll like it. Thanks, Phil


Cycling With Amanda…

27 Mar

… a new cycling interview by the team (ie: Paddy Cahill and myself)! Go check it out. You’ll love it.

Cycling With… Ellen

1 Nov

Paddy Cahill and myself went for a cycle with Ellen Rowley. Ellen is an Architectural Historian who lives with her family in Ballybough, Dublin.

During our cycle, we talked to Ellen’s daughter Lillo, we looked at the architectural heritage in the north of Dublin (a beautiful part that often goes ignored), the architecture of the 20th Century and her special interest the social housing schemes by the former city architect Herbert Simms.

Ellen recently compiled a book of essays on Irish Architecture “i.e. Patterns of Thought”.

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Cycling With…. Paddy and Philip

1 Sep


Last weekend, Paddy Cahill and myself were in Dublin, shooting more ‘Cycling With…’ documentaries. Here’s a look behind the scenes.

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Cycling with… Jim Latimer

25 Aug

Jim Latimer is a promising musician at the beginning of his career. He has recently moved back to Dublin from London and is enjoying a fresh look at living in the city and all it has to offer.

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Wild, rugged, outdoor cycling – Movember Cycle in Dublin

28 Nov

Like I wrote in my last blog post, the Ollie and Lisa from GreenAer hosted a very special cycling tour through Dublin, this weekend.

I’m showing the pictures, just to show you I wasn’t exaggerating. 

Well – what do you think? Something we should do more often?



Cycling and Moustaches

20 Nov

I’m not sure whether all my readers are aware of Movember – the global grass roots charity that aims to promote men’s health by growing a moustache in November. The moustache is called a Mo, and November thus becomes Movember.

It’s a cool movement and it has done tremendously well in Ireland.


Last year, Movember Ireland raised over EUR 1.6 million. The funds were used, amongst others, to build research centres for prostate cancer in Trinity College. The funds keep several staff employed there full time now. And this is just one of many concrete examples of how Movember has changed the face of men’s health.  

With this blog, I’m urging you – all my readers – to generously help this great charity again this year. And: I’m also urging you to have some good cycling fun at the same time. You can help in the battle against prostate cancer this year by joining the Movember cycle tour:

Bike Like a Bear – the Great Movember Outdoors Cycle‘.

The event takes place on the 28th of November, starts at GreenAer (12a Magennis Place, just off Pearse St.) at 14.00, and ends in the city centre at 17.00. Cyclists with a convincing ‘rugged outfit’ have a chance to win great prizes as well. If you can’t make the cycle tour, feel free to donate to the folks cycling for charity.


Let’s show the world our appetite for doing good is even bigger this year than last.

If we succeed, I imagine the Movember folks might reward us with an even longer period of fundraising in 2012, having us start in October already, growing beards instead of moustaches, calling it Octobeard.

Has a ring to it, no?

Bikes in Bathtubs

18 Jun

Fixed gear bike in White Bathtub

The Cycle Chic Blogger Conference in Barcelona is not turning out to be a typical conference.

There are no keynote speakers, no coffee buffets, no powerpoint presentations. Also, there is no conference location; no cloakroom, no blue carpet with diamond shaped pattern, no tl-lighting. Instead, the conference almost completely takes place outside – on the streets of Barcelona. The one indoor conference location we did visit, was CityBici – on the Avengida Diagonal.

CityBici is the showroom and office of Jaime and Vanessa. It’s also their home. Jaime and Vanessa – a couple with their first child on its way – set up CityBici this January, after they had said goodbye to the safe lives they had before (Vanessa used to work for American Apparel, Jaime worked in packaging). With CityBici, they want to bring biking beauty to Barcelona.

One approach they are taking, is setting up unique bicycle exhibition points. The first exhibition point has recently opened in Cafe San Thelmo – an espresso boutique across their street. The Cycle Chic Bloggers were given a preview of what further exhibition points may look like. Jaime and Vanessa had placed bikes in their house like a curator would place art in the Hugh Lane Gallery. A golden Dutch bike hung next to a a group of oil on canvas squares, steering wheels  were scattered on the desk of Jaime’s office, and a fixed gear bike was placed diagonally in the bathtub.

All in all, it seems like a decent, clean approach to cycling. We loved it.

Bikes on the Wall

Bikes next to the Oil on Canvas

Cycle Chic Conference Room

Jaime Dieppa and Mikael Colville Andersen, discussing bikes

Bikes in the Bathtub -- best done diagonally

Jaime and Vanessa - Barcelona's beautiful bike pioneers