Design cycles

Having inspired everything from global art shows and lovingly crafted magazines to artist-collaboration jerseys, bike culture has proved fertile ground for the design industry of late. Aesthetically, the undisputable beauty and elegance of these sleek machines translates well into illustration, but for many creative types it's the emotional experience of riding itself that seals the deal - and the affection runs deep.

"Bicycles are my passion as well as my poison. They consume my every sinew," enthuses John McFaul, founder of McFaul Studio and now a full-time freelancer, who wore his heart on his sleeve in 2010 with a fortnight of bike-themed events under the banner 'A Beautiful Machine', and worked with cyclewear brand Milltag on a jersey to pay homage to iconic Manchester club The Hacienda. "Cycling, for me, is cathartic," he goes on. "I need it. It's beautiful. I tell it everything. Those bikes of mine know it all, and the wind, too, knows far too many secrets."

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