Paul Smith’s Cycling Scrapbook!

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Designer Paul Smith’s love of cycling is no secret. His earliest dream was to become a professional cyclist, but an injury at the age of 17 curtailed his aspiration. Paul Smith’s Cycling Scrapbook brings together the memorabilia and projects Paul has collected and worked on throughout his life.

The 256-page oversized book, published by Thames and Hudson, has been designed by Aboud + Aboud and contains over 500 illustrations. This book is not only a love letter from Paul to the sport, but a document that shows the evolving technologies, fashions, aesthetics and branding in cycling. Throughout the book there are intense oil portraits of cycling heroes such as Eddy Merckx, Jaques Anquetil and Tom Simpson by Nottingham-based artist Karl Kopinski.

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Cub House Swap Meet this Saturday!

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Life as a London Bike Courier.

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It’s always fun telling people at dinner parties that I work as a cycle courier. Quite often they’ll simply look at me in disbelief, or as if they’re trying to calculate how this perfectly ordinary-looking woman, with her blow-dried hair and ability to discuss the Man Booker shortlist, could possibly metamorphose into one of those hooligans they’ve seen blazing through junctions.

Occasionally they’ll ask, “Yes, but what do you really do?” It’s as if they’re trying to find a way of explaining me to themselves. I don’t look like a cycle courier, so there must be more to me than that. Am I a PhD student doing this to make ends meet? Am I an actor researching a role? Am I an unfortunate soul who simply can’t find any other job, and thought this might be a more glamorous dead end than working in Tesco?

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Emily Chappelle is the author of What Goes Around: A London Cycle Courier’s Story

Ford-Terry Bukowski!

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Born to run!

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