My friend Natalie, who like myself is big into bikes was interviewed for an article in our national newspaper The Irish Times. The article was written following the introduction of the Dublin Bike Scheme, 10 cyclists throughout the city were interviewed about their bikes and their experiences of cycling in Dublin.
Natalie Keville, Designer for Exhibit Design Group
“I built this myself last year – it took me six months and I got most of the parts from the US, in places such as Ben Cycles in Milwaukee. I love fixies because they are really suitable for city cycling. You gain greater efficiency and power because there is no coasting, which is great for keeping control in heavy traffic. I love the light weight, simplicity and low maintenance, but the best part is the sense of fun and achievement of the actual build. It all started just after I left college, when I had a bit of money. Mine cost €1,400 and it’s a black Pake Track frame, with Nitto Jaguar stem, straight chrome Conago forks, deep Vs, Sugino messenger cranks, a Brooks team pro saddle and custom-made wooden handlebars (wild cherry strips laminated to a five degree curve). The only downside is the frequent near death experiences. I have been hit by two taxis this year! Cars need to be more aware of cyclists.”
Extract from article “Heels on Wheels” by Deirdre McQuillan
Pictured above is a great shot Natalie and her lovely bike taken for the article.