With the bike as their companion, Mike White and James Lucas – joint editors of Boneshaker Magazine, the sideways look at cycling – are Bristol-based cyclists with one thing in common: an appreciation of taking it slow. Their quest for all things two-wheeled has set them off on a voyage of discovery viewed through a different lens. James also co-founded the Bristol Bike Project.
Location: Bristol, England
What does your independence mean to you?
James: My independence takes quite a different shape these days, what with a 3 year old in tow – I guess it used to mean the freedom to up sticks and change direction at the drop of a hat, but that's not quite the case anymore. My independence these days tends to resonate around my physical health and mental wellbeing, more than the ability to simply disappear on a whim or to 'do what I like'. Independence is a bit of a myth anyway - for the vast majority of us, interdependent is in fact what we really are - I've come to realise that that's actually okay and something to be embraced.
Mike: Choosing my own path. Finding my own way - not always the same thing. It means being responsible for my own happiness, and for allowing serendipity to steer sometimes. In all these things, a bicycle and a well-packed bag make the perfect companions.
What does your travel mean to you?
James: Travel for me at the moment tends to revolve around me and my bike. I don't take short-haul flights and I don't have a car. So I'm on my bike and the train for the most part. Slow travel. Especially with a 3 year old that's just learnt to ride a pedal bike. Moving simply for the sake of motion. It doesn't have to be far and wide or across oceans. By foot too – I love the book 'Of Walking in Ice' by Werner Herzog and his belief that by simply walking for three weeks to see his friend, he would keep them from dying. To quote Marcel Proust, "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."
Mike: Now I think about it, as above! I'm one for slow exploring, tree climbing, river swimming, listening as well as looking, making time to let the tiny details sink in and amaze me. Again, all done best by bike.