The Trike Lab designed and assembled two tricycles which lead a Bike ride to Munich.
The first trike is a repair trike that gets your best and favourite bike-mechanic with all the tools he needs directly to where you and your bike got stranded and need a mechanical fix. The second one is a Keg-bike, because delivery of refreshments is always needed and always needs to be done in proper biking style.
On the last day of Schmiede the newly built trikes & the Muslauf team packed their tools and started a 2-day Biking Caravan to Munich.
The last video in the series about Ljubljana's bike scene.
Interviewed are three bike builders from Ljubljana's Muslauf society. They all start their builds by re-using old bike frames, giving them a new life, matched by their new purpose and the users' needs.
All three of them have a unique and distinctive style and philosophy, but what connects them is a wish that the bikes would have a deeper personal meaning to the user, that they would be something more than the average bikes usually are - they perceive personalization as means of sustainability and responsibility in design.
Perhaps ever since the BMX craze in the 80s, bikes have not been discussed by the youth and young adults as much as in the past few years. Designer bikes started to be in vogue by the chic, and converting your own bike to a stripped down fixed gear became a must for the hip. Restoring an old bike grew more and more popular and, apparently, so did the global popularity of Tour de France.
All around the World, bikes developed into a form of self-expression and identity. And a very urban identity, that is. Bicycles became more than just a mode of transport. What kind of a bike you ride started to epitomize who you are and which urban tribe you belong to.
In this sense Ljubljana is not an exception. The town has a vibrant scene of urban bikers which got documented by Tilen Sepič. His exploration will result in a series of five short videos, each of them coming out at the beginning of a new week. One by one they will probe into a different aspect of Ljubljana's small, heavily interconnected, but also very diverse and growing biking community.
Directed, shot and edited by Tilen Sepič.
Music: Home Alone by Marvel (out on rx:tx rec)