Why we ride – A cycle touring zine

Why would anyone travel by bicycle when we have planes, trains, and cars? They allow us to go further, faster, and explore more with a limited amount of effort in a limited amount of time. So why choose to go slower, to sweat, and to travel less distance? It’s a question to which I’ve never had a fully articulated answer. It just makes sense. But this is not satisfactory to baffled friends, family, and co-workers. I’ve tried many times to explain in more details.

‘I go cycle touring because…’

My voice normally trails off after those five words. Memories flood me, highlighting moments in time, bringing back heightened feelings, and it’s all too much. How can I bottle up all of this in one coherent sentence? I can’t. Instead, I chose to ask other cycle tourists why they do it. The Cycle Touring Festival in May was the evident place for it.

Armed with my film cameras and my audio recorder, I went around asking people their reasons to go touring. I also asked them to share one of their memory as I believe those are linked to why they travel this way.

The result of my investigation can be found in my new zine, Why we ride.
You can download it at this link for whatever amount of money you want (£0 is fine too).

It’s not perfect. I only spoke to 16 people, so this is by no means a scientific definitive answer to the question of why go cycle touring. I had only just fallen back in love with analog photography at the time and didn’t always know what I was doing. A roll of film came back blank and I ended up having to use my back up of expired film. But I like this zine nonetheless. It’s an exploration of a question I often think about, and it’s an experience of building a zine that I have enjoyed immensely.

If you’d like to read it, the download link is over at my website.

Queer Out Here – Issue 02

Back in February, issue 01 of Queer Out Here came out.
If you have been following this blog for a while, you know what I’m talking about. If not, here’s a very quick recap:

Queer Out Here is an audio zine that explores the outdoors from queer perspectives.

My friend Jonathan and I were frustrated at not being able to find media focusing on queer people’s experiences of the outdoors. So we decided to create our own and launched a call for submissions. To our relief, we were not the only one thinking that way. People sent us their recording and we edited issue 01. It came out in February.

We loved the experience and received a lot of positive feedback about the project. So we decided to go on and launched a call for submissions for a second issue. Slowly but surely we began to receive audio pieces. Until at the end of the summer holidays, the call for submissions closed. We got editing, Skyping a lot, and listening to all the pieces endlessly until we were happy with the final result. Issue 02 came out on the 19th of October.

Come take a reflective journey into the outdoors. Bask in spaces present, remembered and imagined; travel from mountain lakes to holy wells, from canals to backyard ponds; grapple with physical and emotional hardship; take your ears adventuring! (We’ve even got a marriage proposal thrown in for good measure!) The pieces in Queer Out Here Issue 02 include audio postcards, conversations, music, musings, field recording and poetry from queer/LGBTQIA+ folks around the world.

You can listen to the whole of issue 02 on our website, iTunes, or Stitcher.

And of course, feel free to share the issue with your friends and on social media.

Feedback is also more than welcome. You can reach us via e-mail (link on our website), Twitter, Facebook, and SoundCloud. We also have a newsletter if you want to be kept up to date with our next call for submissions and other news. Subscribe here.