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What to see at Spin Cycling Festival this weekend

Jude Brosnan

The urban cycling festival SPIN is Back at The Old Truman Brewery this weekend and showcases some of the most innovative and eclectic bike brands from all over the world.

It's full of independent brands and progressive start-ups meaning that the people exhibiting are passionate about their bands and are genuinely excited to talk to and meet with cycling fans. Here are a few you should definitely go and say hi to.

Hartley cycles 

After being featured in the Design Museum’s 'Cycling Revolution' exhibition, bespoke frame builder Caren Hartley’s bikes are on many a London cyclist’s wish list. The former jeweller's attention to detail is out of this world and her frames are a work of art in themselves.

Hill & Ellis

If you aren’t the Lycra type, odds are that you aren’t bowled over by the extreme sporty style bike bags. Enter Hill & Ellis – these stylish leather pannier bags are handmade in Hackney and don’t look at all bike-y.

Eliza Southwood

© Eliza Southwood

You might have seen Eliza’s work on display at Look Mum No Hands. The artist specialises in bike art and her prints really capture her passion for cycling.

Loopie Route

Have you completed an epic ride or do you just really like a certain route? Loopie Route can make it into a piece of wall art using your GPS data. With lines showing the route shape and elevation, these personalised maps make great mementos.


Odds are that if you live in London, finding space for your bike (or bikes) can be tricky. Bickerton portables offer different types of portable bikes that pack down so are easy to store away.

The Summit

As well as exhibitors there will be The Summit, an area featuring talks and workshops on subjects from female entrepreneurs in cycling to the art of carbon frame-building with Enrico Sarto. On Saturday Chris Boardman will be there answering questions and a bit later on Jenni Gwiazdowski from LDN Bike Kitchen will be holding a workshop on street harassment on Saturday in association with Hollaback London. Check the full line-up as it includes lots of other authors and cycle culture experts making sure there really is something for everyone.

Anything else?

There will also be live DJs, art, food, craft beer, coffee and Eurosport’s Giro d’Italia will be screened on a large screen in the Italian Pavilion. Oh, and of course there will be free bike parking.

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