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Rob Ainsley. First Philip Larkin, now Rob: Hull has a lot to answer for. Cucumber packer turned writer and editor (not an untypical career path), Rob left his hometown, "famous for building a mile-long suspension bridge that links a city of 300,000 with some turnip fields," to teach English in Japan. Eventually his students got wise to the fact that Northern isn't actually English, and kicked him out. These days he works for a .com, and likes to split infinitives to deliberately annoy people.

Tony Ambrose, a/k/a the Grim Reaper, has been spreading malicious but truthful rumours for the past nine years through the pages of the Bristol Cycling Campaign. He has been active in cycle campaigning since the late 1970s when some misguided people elected him chairperson of the London Cycling Campaign. He now lives in Bath, a great city for downhill cycling.

Dave Atkinson was the art editor of Cycling Plus before he ran off to Chile.

Simon Baddeley is an Associate of The University of Birmingham. He runs workshops on political-management relationships in the UK, Sweden and Canada, and publishes in academic journals.

Robert Baker is a physician. That's all we really know about him.

Richard Ballantine is the author of Richard's Bicycle Book. When he is not riding or writing he divides his time between London and New York. Just in time for the millennium, his latest title is Richard's 21st Century Bicycle Book.

Guy Browning writes for The Guardian, and is creative director of Smokehouse, a consultancy. He's the author of Innervation: Redesign Yourself For A Smarter Future.

Roger Bruhn is a self-described aging liberal hippy who makes photographs and designs stuff for a living in Lincoln, Nebraska. He has published a book, Dreams in Dry Places, Photographs of Historic Nebraska Architecture, and has written for Salon.com and Nebraska Public Radio, among other 15-minutes-of-fame-type things.

Jo Burt. Best known in the cycling world for Mint Sauce, the mountainbiking sheep who has appeared in MBUK magazine for over a decade, Jo has always had a road bike quietly tucked away in the corner which he rides when he thinks no one is looking. Had to sell a Colnago once because he couldn't look her straight in the eye after he'd crashed and put a teeny dent in her.

Lynette Chiang is an advertising copywriter who appears to be on extended sabbatical from Saatchi & Saatchi. Either that, or they have one hell of a flextime policy. A shy, retiring, couldn't-navigate-her-way-out-of-a-paper-bag bike rider from Downunda (a suburb of Australia), in May 1997 Lynette pedalled away from security and prosperity on a small folding bicycle.

Chipps Chippendale considers himself responsible for the singlespeed movement in the UK. In his spare time he is mike ferrentino's stunt double

John Stuart Clark is a prolific freelance journalist and photographer specialising in cycling issues and travel. Based in Nottinghamshire, the well-rounded 'Brick' also wields his pen as a political cartoonist. John was BikeReader's first catch.

When not otherwise engaged on the front lines fighting velophobia, De Clarke is a software engineer at the Lick Observatory in California.

Ryan Cousineau. A dab hand with the pastiche.

Robert Crampton grew up in Hull but has lived in London for the last 15 years, most of them in Hackney. He's a feature writer and columnist for The Times, and cycles about 30 miles a week, mostly to and from work. He's married with two kids. His four-year-old daughter is already a formidable cyclist, on a bright pink trike.

Travis Culley, a director and playwright, has worked as a bike messenger in Philadelphia and Chicago, where he currently lives.

Sue Darlow once set out to cycle from Oxford to India, but wound up in Egypt instead after refusing a lift on a truck all the way to Iran on the cross-channel ferry. Now she lives in Italy. You connect the dots. She contributed photos and even the odd article to New Cyclist and Open Road publications for many years.

Paul Davies draws funny pictures for a living, to wit: "Cartoon illustration for intelligent good looking people with a generous nature." His clients include big multinationals and very tiny people.

Mike Davis. An Eastern Mystic and mountain biker who can't jump (we prefer levitation ourselves), Mike favours one gear -- or lots of gears, depending on his mood. He writes about bikes for a living, though the magazines keep dying on him.

Alain de Botton has written five books, including How Proust Can Change Your Life, or, It's Not About the Sweetcake. His latest is The Art of Travel. He lives in London.

Jeff Della Penna lives in Lubec Maine, the very northeastern tip of the United States, with his wife and two children. He hammers out local news stories for the regional papers and is working on two books as well as a collection of short bicycle-related stories and bicycle mythology under the working title Diary of a Mad Mountian Biker. He spends his free time bike touring the Canadian and French Islands along the eastern coast.

Josie Dew has cycled 200,000 miles through 41 countries and written four books. Her third, A Ride in the Neon Sun, clocks in at almost 700 pages. Somebody stop us before we upload more statistics.

Andy Dickson was launch editor of the late lamented™ Maximum Mountain Bike, sat in the big chair at Mountain Biker International, and briefly piloted the CTC's mag. All this after serving as xeroxer-in-chief of Moving Target, a London Courier 'zine, way back in the mists of time. Plus he looks a little like Bob Dylan, if you squint real hard. Eventually we'll post a picture to prove this.

Doug Donaldson, a former maintenance, skills and nutrition editor for Bicycling magazine, is also the author of Bicycling Magazine's Guide to Bike Touring and a freelance writer for publications including Better Homes and Gardens and Men's Health. Donaldson lives in eastern Pennsylvania and always hears Phil (Liggett's) voice on the longest, hardest climbs.

Richard Drdul loves to humiliate himself in front of others, and consequently he rides all sorts of weird bicycles, including a recumbent, a folding bike and a unicycle. He's too cheap to pay for parking, so he rides his bike to work, to meetings and pretty much everywhere else.

David Eccles. Artist, writer, time-trialler. He did the illustrations for Now We are Sixty, available in the humour section of a bookstore near you.

mike ferrentino is an impotently angry man who traded a decade's worth of grease crusted beneath his fingernails for a decade's worth of callouses on his two primary typing fingers. bikes are the only thing that keep him behaving in a halfway human manner. his total disregard for upper case letters is not in homage to e e cummings. it is, in fact, a sign of the laziness he wears like a ratty old housecoat. he writes for bike magazine.

Patrick Field has long billed himself as the world's slowest professional cyclist. A Cycling Today mainstay for years, he contributes to numerous magazines. We're told Patrick appears on old episodes of 'The Bill' [for our American audience: think 'NYPD Blue' without the... no, better not even go there], so he must be an actor, too. An estimable essayist and inveterate campaigner, Patrick also runs the London School of Cycling.

Jim Foreman learned how to fly back when a real aeroplane had propellers, by gum. These days he cruises America's interstates in his RV [Brits: that's a caravan. A big one] and of course, cycles, which he "took up to rediscover what I lost the day I became old enough to get a driver's license."

John Forester is an engineer, expert witness, and educator in effective cycling. He even wrote a book about it: it's called Effective Cycling.

Euan Ferguson is the former Comment Editor of The Observer, and now writes a weekly column for it.

Paul Fournel is a member of Oulipo, a collective of avant-garde writers whose works focus on the problems and puzzles of language. He is presently the cultural attaché at the French Embassy in Cairo.

Cass Gilbert spent two years cycling from Sydney to London in aid of charity, sending dispatches to Cycling Plus and the Rough Guides newsletter. He's a former cycle courier and au pair. Don't often see those two on the same CV.

Fi Glover is a BBC journalist and presenter.

Cynthia Gorney's credits include The New York Times Magazine, Health, Harper's Bazaar and Money. She is also the author of Articles of Faith: A Frontline History of the Abortion Wars.

Since the late 80s, the cartoons of Jonny Hawkins have appeared in over 250 publications, and his work has been licensed on calendars, cd-roms, t-shirts, framed art, plaques, greeting cards... you get the picture. He has a nationally syndicated comic feature, HI and JINX, that appears in newspapers across the US.

Chip Haynes is a suburban cyclist in Clearwater, Florida and a regular contributor to Mason St. Clair's Wire Donkey bicycle commuting newsletter out of Nashville, Tennessee. Chip began riding bicycles in the 1950s, and continues to do so into his 50s. Of the twenty-some odd bikes in his garage, not a one is a mountain bike, although at least one has been through the mountains -- on BikeCentennial in 1976.

Matthew Frederick Davis Hemming is an animator, writer and amateur automotive ethologist based in the stinky megalopolis of Toronto, Canada. He has four cats, two dogs, one fish, one daughter and one wife. He has a shiny bicycle, and his favourite colour is Prussian Blue.

David Henshaw holds court in Castle Cary, England. Where else? Along with his consort Jane, David issues forth the lively A to B, a handy magazine which aims to guide the reader through the maze of alternative transport with news and reviews of folding and electric bikes. And it's laminated, too.

Peter Henshaw. Professional editor, A to B contributor, and quite possibly a relative of David. Any other editors in the family, boys?

Hendrik Hertzberg served on the White House staff throughout the Carter Administration, and for several years was President Carter's chief speechwriter. He's been editor of The New Republic and Executive Editor of the The New Yorker, for which magazine he is currently Editorial Director.

Jenn Hopkins does words and pictures, tea and cake, a dull day job, and more riding than might be healthy. She thinks Britain is the most beautiful and amazing place on the planet, and that singlespeeds are the best thing ever un-invented.

Richard Hopper is a world record holder, along with 1507 others, for the most people juggling in the same place at the same time (European Juggling Convention, Edinburgh, 1998).

James Jarvis's interests include bicycles, cats, mountains and psychedelic rock music. And drawing.

The world's longest-running puncture jinx (no suggestions, please, she really has tried everything) and an obsession with walking in the American desert have caused Ruth Jarvis to reserve her bike primarily for commuting to her job as the editor of Time Out's travel guide series. It still beats the 38 bus.

Boris Johnson is MP for Henley and editor of The Spectator.

Peter Jones collects Munros -- that's a Scottish summit exceeding 3,000 ft. -- and enjoys cycling in Tibet, though he also goes caving, so he's evidently not a sea-level kind of guy.

Dan Joyce became a cycling journalist after the gods frowned on his earlier career choices: atheist Christian-bookseller then vegan kebab-chef, in which role he was struck in the sternum by a skewer laden with a 30-kilo 'elephant's leg'. He has since edited, worked on, or written for Cycling Plus, Bycycle, Bike Culture Quarterly, Encycleopedia, New Cyclist, Mountain Biking UK and What Mountain Bike. He is currently the editor of Cycle, the magazine of the CTC.

Steven Jurczak, freelance writer and soul rider currently living in Connecticut (yes, there's good riding in Connecticut), diligently maintains a "1-ride-to-1-disastrous-wipeout" ratio, which is a perfect score if you look at it the right way.

Kevin Kelly helped launch Wired magazine, was publisher and editor of the Whole Earth Review, and is currently involved with the All Species Inventory.

In a previous life Guy Kesteven edited Maximum Mountain Bike. He's now working at What Mountain Bike, as 'Scoop' on Bikemagic.com, and also contributes to MBwales.com and other curious places.

Christopher Ketcham is a freelance writer living in New York City.

Bill Ketzer is a heavily tattooed curmudgeon from Albany, New York. He is a legislative director for the New York State Legislature and refuses to drive his car to work.

Eli Knapp hopes to someday head for the hills -- the distant hills. Meanwhile he's a graduate student studying Environmental Science in Santa Barbara, California, where he likes to ride no-handed back and forth to the corner store.

Charles Komanoff is active in the pedestrian/cyclist movement in New York City as a founder of Right Of Way, as "re-founder" of Transportation Alternatives, and as editor and author of The Bicycle Blueprint and Killed By Automobile.

Bob Lafay is a hang glider pilot and retired aerospace tooling engineer who got tired of working to high tolerances. He's bicycled in Europe, China, Cuba and (so far) 33 U.S. states, and left the snowy weather of Pennsylvania for sunny California in 1967, where he can bike all year. His cartoons have run in Dirt Rag magazine, and he's published a book of hang gliding cartoons.

Simon Levermore is something of a web overlord, what with his duties at The Big Bike Site and HDRA -- Europe's largest organic gardening organisation, but add a 'Y' after the 'H' and it sounds like a nemesis of James Bond. Latin scholar, too.

Carvel Lonsdale, international man of mystery, writes for Singletrack magazine.

Thirty-something Alec MacHenry is no longer in possession of the raw ingredients to have a green mohican, but compensates by obsessing about the lush gritty local Pennine singletrack. He's been riding for a few years now, but seems to have found his spiritual home (mostly) riding a bike with one gear.

Jef Mallett lives in Michigan, where he is art director for Booth Newspapers' state capital bureau. He's also the editorial cartoonist for the eight-paper chain. He writes, illustrates, edits copy, runs the photo desk and occasionally performs tech support. He even does some janitorial work now and then.

Claude Marthaler. Nominally Swiss, but a world citizen if ever there was one, Claude has been wandering the earth for some time on an extremely heavy bicycle which he has nicknamed 'The Yak'.

Simon Mason lives in Kingston upon Hull, which has 258 pubs. He is the author of the book Secret Signals; think shortwave espionage, not sticking out your hand to go left or right

Geoff Maxted, a writer and photographer, lives in the dark, dank lands of Lyonnesse. A lifelong cyclist on road and trail, he is being dragged, kicking and screaming, into what polite society is pleased to call middle-age. He has written for MBR, Maximum Mountain Bike and On Your Bike, as well as sundry other publications. Geoff also runs a portrait studio and teaches photography at a local college.

Lee McCormack likes a close shave.

Jim McGurn is a cycling historian and author. His latest book is an updated edition of On Your Bicycle. In the late 80s/early 90s he published and edited New Cyclist magazine, which later became Cycling Today, and along with Alan Davidson founded Open Road, responsible for Bike Culture Quarterly, Encycleopedia and Bycycle. Now conducts The Company of Cyclists.

Marty McLennan worked in Japan for two years with the Nagano Ski Patrol. Then he crossed from Shanghai to Pakistan by bus, train and yak during one of the offseasons, biking back home via the Bering Strait. He's worked as a photographer, writer, editor, rugby coach, sailing instructor and ski promoter.

Will Meister lives quietly on the South Downs. Having wasted a decade or two in the city messing with computers, he now concentrates on his boyhood enthusiasms: bicycles and books.

Deborah Moggach is the critically acclaimed author of a dozen novels, including Tulip Fever, which caught Steven Spielberg's eye. Her latest is Final Demand.

Wade H. Nelson is a freelance writer living in Durango, Colorado, last of the great ski towns. He writes magazine pieces and a lot of corporate sales literature.

Edgar Newton writes for Velo Vision. He also contributed regularly to Bike Culture, and served as Bycycle's editor for a spell.

Patrick O'Grady. Think Hunter Thompson if he'd skipped the Hell's Angels and hung with REAL bikers.

Jeremy Parker is an American transplant to the UK, and a "Longtime shaper of the mobile satellite communications industry and joint author of the original Comsat Technical Review paper describing the Marisat system, the original mobile satellite system," according to his CV. As soon as we know exactly what this means, we'll let you know.

Photographer Jason Patient's clients include magazine and book publishers, local authorities and websites.

Awaiting that Raymond Chandler-esque disintegration and rebirth, Jolyon Patten works as a lawyer in the City and lives near the British Museum. This sometimes makes him feel like an old relic, as does a young daughter. He has found that he tends to learn by doing something the hard way first, and then realizing there's a simpler solution -- not so much a learning curve as a lot of steep inclines and plateaux.

Jeremy Paxman works for the BBC. Oh, all right, we have a bit more biographical material than that. Paxman has been presenting 'Newsnight' since 1989, and terrorizing students on 'University Challenge' since 1994. He's won numerous awards, written widely for newspapers and magazines, and has a coupla books under his belt. And he's a fly-fisherman. "Come on, come ON," he says to the fish.

Howard Peel, a former cycling officer for the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, is still wondering what to do when he grows up. Although effectively unemployable due to a first class degree and an inability to take management seriously, he is currently working as a climbing instructor. Described by his wife, Lisa, as 'a ranting loon'.

Grant Petersen started Rivendell Bicycle Works.

Jacquie Phelan helped found the National Off-Road Bicycle Association in 1982, then went on to win three national championships for good measure. She presides as the 'Wombat Dowager' in the Women's Mountain Bike and Tea Society (WOMBATS), and has organized and taught hundreds of women's mtb workshops. When not attempting to improve her banjo picking skills, Jacquie writes for various magazines and publications.

Guy Procter is the features editor of Trail Magazine. His career highlight: low flying through the Lake District at 500mph in an RAF Hawk. When not scaring the pants [Brits: trousers] off vacationing Americans, he makes do with Peterborough.

Jan Richman is a writer who lives in San Francisco in a fabulous rent-controlled apartment. She teaches creative writing at the Academy of Art College, and she is currently working on a novel about Tourette's syndrome and roller coasters.

Richard Risemberg is a writer, editor, photographer, and cyclist in LA. Yes, it's possible. He does live in the Miracle Mile, after all.

Mark Roland. New Yorker who edits Bicyclewire.com.

Ken Rubeli. Contemplative Aussie.

Robert Rutkowski makes fat silk tubulars in his basement. Do the authorities know about this?

Eli Sanders is a writer and former bike messenger living in Seattle. His work has appeared in The Boston Globe, Time Magazine, The Seattle Times, and The Stranger.

Matt Seaton is parents editor of The Guardian, a contributing editor to Esquire magazine, and a freelance writer. His book about the experience of being a racing cyclist, The Escape Artist, is published by Fourth Estate (April, 2002). He lives in London.

Andy Singer's cartoons have found a home in publications ranging from the Amicus Journal to The New Yorker to Z Magazine. He's also published a book called CARtoons.

Neal Skorpen grew up in Colorado, got his BFA from the University of Oregon in 1995, then spent several years working as a computer game artist. He's now teaching at the Art Institute of Portland as well as cartooning. Anything else you may have heard is lies, lies, lies.

Michael Smith, a non-native New Yorker for the past 25 years, is a founding member of Right Of Way and has never owned a car. He lives with his wife (also a non-driver) and two children on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and makes his living with "stupid computer tricks." His essays have appeared in the New York Times, the New York Daily News, Newsday, and Salon.com.

Phil Somerville is a cartoonist whose work appears in the Australian Cyclist.

Rob Story won the Trailwood, Kansas Elementary School Spelling Bee in 1975. He writes about adventure travel and sports for a variety of halfway decent magazines, including Outside, Men's Journal, and Rolling Stone. He's the author of Outside Adventure Travel: Mountain Biking, published by WW Norton. He also acts as Editor-at-Large for Bike and Skiing magazines. He lives in Telluride, Colorado.

Gordon Stovin is a fixed gear riding, baggy short wearing, decaff (non dairy) latte drinking, car disliking sort of bloke who contributes regularly to the Outcast. He also provides shelter for a pet poodle.

Jack Thurston is a writer, broadcaster and cyclist and has lived in London since 1980. He presents a weekly radio show about cycling on London's experimental art radio station Resonance 104.4fm.

Dave Till, a friendly but not particularly sociable technical writer and Canadian, sleeps like a baby in American roadside motels because he finds the sound of traffic on the nearby Interstate more soothing than any lullaby.

Carapace Completed Umber runs Harris Cyclery in West Newton, Massachusetts, and is a large web presence in the cycling world.

Diane Vadino is a senior contributing writer @ Spin magazine. Her work has also appeared in Us, Allure, Jane, and Seventeen. She's presently working on a novel in which mountain biking does not figure prominently.

During the day Nick Wallis works full time for the right-wing military-industrial complex on computer systems for high tech killing machines. At nights he rides haphazardly on an eclectic selection of road/off-road machinery. You may recognise him on the trails by his stuning bottle blonde looks. He's also the only non-female member of the Brighton Bike Babes, and proud to wear the team sunflower.

Geoff Waugh is a UK-based photographer who has worked for more magazines and newspapers than we care to detail here. Please click on his name for an exhaustive list. Despite watching countless riders flying umpteen times, he cannot get his wheels off the ground to save his life, the great big jesse. He also wants to understand singlespeeds. Please help him.

Les Woodland has written over a dozen cycling books since joining the staff of Cycling in London in 1970. His mother said then that it wasn't a job for a grown man and he's never given her cause to think she was wrong.

The rugged and windswept Steve Worland is Technical Editor at MBUK. We'll give you one guess what MB stands for.

Ken Worpole's particular interests are to do with the quality of contemporary urban life, the planning and design of urban landscapes and institutions which support more convivial forms of democracy -- and the pleasures of life in the open-air. He is a contributor to The Guardian and The Independent, along with a number of political and environmental journals.

Simon Yeend, pronounced 'Yend' is a subeditor with the Evening Standard, in London. Correct us if we're wrong, Simon.


The following contributors all have something in common: they don't know they're contributors. Please click here to jump the hypertext express for more information on this state of affairs.

Mike Adams doesn't bother trying to listen to sounds only dogs can hear.
Bill Beacham. Disgusted in Tunbridge Wells
Helen Curtis is not a mountain-biker.
Owen Edwards meets Bikeman.
André Gorz. Yes, that André Gorz.

Paul Greening. Anyone who cycles in northern Laos has our undivided attention.

David Lemon gets into a succession of pickles in Africa.

Michael Leunig. Great Oz cartoonist.
Rietta Loch
. We find her rather Hemingwayesque, but without the machismo.
P.J. O'Rourke. Humorist.
Eileen Palmer. She really got around.
Tim Parr. Urban cyclist.
Alissa Quart. Hard to believe we haven't managed to get in touch with her...
Brooks. Chicago courier with a good eye for detail.


The following contributors are unlikely to have access to a modem or heavenly ISDN line.

Daniel Behrman
Alfred Jarry
Theodore Roosevelt
Bruno Schulz
Thomas Stevens
Edward Thomas
Mark Twain
H G Wells