Dublin The Bike Issue

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"Two wheels good, four wheels bad" is our mantra. We have neither the temptation, nor indeed the qualification, to rev up an engine to get from a to b. That said, why would we want to? It's claustrophobic, the view is...meh, and it makes the freshman fifteen look like small fry (up.)

Trends suggest that in Dublin 2020, nearly as many people will cycle to work as walk, whilst car use will continue to decrease. That said, unless city infrastructure improves, cycling will never truly thrive. Bicycle theft is hugely off-putting to potential cyclists, whilst increasing bike vandalism is heart-sinking. Even card carrying cycle-cities like Copenhagen struggle, with 222 bike thefts a day, nearly no arrests, and bike shops and household insurance companies benefitting from bike theft. All that, and once you get on the road, there are cyclists positively mummified in Lycra shouting at you because you're not as fast as them, motorcyclists bullying you in the cycling lane, and potholes. Lots and lots of potholes.

Let us know how you'd like to see these problems remedied by tweeting us @lecooldublin.

Who still hasn't taken the stabilisers off? Kate, Ciaran, Michael, Amy or Ciara?

"I make pictures from my noodle" - Lynn MacPherson
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May 08 2014


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
Location Map

when
7.30pm

how much
€28

gig
Martha Reeves and The Vandellas

Taking another listen to songs such as Heatwave or Dancing in the Street and it’s easy to see why this really is a no-brainer. While it is a full five decades since this Motown royalty had a hit with the latter song, witnessing Martha tell the stories behind all these untouchable soul classics is a rare opportunity. A personal favourite, Nowhere to Run, is one of the definitive examples of the Detroit label’s timeless sound. With huge drums propelling a thumping bassline, the horn section acts like a Greek chorus warning the song’s narrator of the impending heartbreak. Sustaining such intensity throughout a song is typical of the amazing Holland-Dozier-Holland production with Martha’s shrieking paranoid performance hammering home this powerful pop perfection in under three minutes. Stone. Cold. Classic. / Simon Judge

 

May 08 2014


where
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
See HERE

gig
This Is How We Fly

The abundance of hipster urbanites and millennials in attendance at The Gloaming's recent gig in National Concert Hall demonstrated one thing: trad is the new black, baby. And, much in the same vein as The Gloaming, This Is How We Fly have sought to redefine ceol traidisiúnta for a new generation. A collective of musicians creating music with a traditional grounding and contemporary edge, the group released their eponymous album last year, having previously dazzled crowds with their infectious live performances. Drawing from an eclectic range of influences, they incorporate stepdancing and looping fiddle-led melodies. The seeming ease and effortlessness of the music belies the underlying complexity, but don't be fooled: these are four musicians at the top of their game. Let This Is How We Fly show you How It's Done. / Amy O'Connor

 


where
32 Cook St, Dublin 8.

when
See link

how much
Depends


On Track

It doesn't take much to build a bicycle that stops people in their tracks, especially in Dublin. The velocity rims, the pastel frame, the hardcore saddle and a tendency to break red lights. On Track,, has been ahead of this game for quite a while, with its unrivalled custom builds. Not only that, but On Track's expertise and passion for track bikes means that it stocks a host of exotic brands you won't find anywhere else. It's run by ex-courier Chewie (Matthew), who has a keen eye when it comes to quality parts and mechanics and is always on hand, whether you need a new wheel or just a repair. Tucked away on Cook Street and with adorable and appropriately named Shakes acting as a lovable guard dog, On Track is not just for the Sheldon Browns of the world. It is a real treasure trove not to be missed. / Axel O. R. Merckx

 

May 08 2014


where
The Library Project, 4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
Until May 10th

how much
Free

exhibition
The Contact

As a tug of war continues to take place between Russian and Ukrainian forces, The Library Project improvises on the troubled unity between these post-Soviet countries. Combining Olena Bulygina’s Statis and Natalia Pokrovskya’s The Edge Effect, this is an essay on the confused existence of Ukraine’s independence and Russia’s meandering power. Remnants of both the U.S.S.R’s 70-year reign in Ukraine, and its 20 years of independence, coexist within the exhibition while The Contact’s images of abandoned opulent palaces are reminiscent of both countries' Soviet pasts. Ultimately, the authenticity of both artists' photographs are a cleansing representation of modern European history in an area so used to romanticising our troubled past. / Ciara Roche

   
 

May 08 2014


where
The Fumbally, Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8.
Location Map

when
6:30pm

how much
Free to observe

competition
Irish Aeropress Championships

Baristas have it tough. We endure ungodly alarm clocks, second degree burns and the roughest hands that even Kiehl's finest hand salve couldn't salvage... all in the name of serving you some tasty caffeine realness. But after you've been shipped out, there's the occasional event where we get to geek out at. Invented by the chap who sold a small stack of frisbees to college kids, it cleans itself as you plunge through. The Irish championship winner claims a shiny gold AeroPress, goes on to compete in Rimini and will probably have some form of facial hair and/or body modification. Get down to The Fumbs, and make like the blind judges and start pointing fingers (if you can find locking space) / Connor Clarke

 


where
Dublin to Howth



when
Anytime, takes just over an hour

how much
Free


Howth (for the fish)

Howth. The picturesque, scenic, coastal village that is famous for fish, day trippers and Maud's ice-cream. Some say the best way to get there is on the train and to breathe in the stunning views. We say take your bike and earn your fish supper. Fun fact: Howth was originally an island - think of that as you meander on this cycle that takes just over an hour. The route is really flat, with a bike lane for much of Clontarf. Once there, Howth is best discovered on foot and by the waterfront. Lock the bikes at the foot of the pier, get a bag of Beshoff’s chips and head down the pier or lie on the grass opposite. The only issue is that you can’t enjoy a Guinness with your chips - for that, you will have to go to Findlaters and dine inside. If too tired/tipsy/lazy then you can even bring your bike on the Dart back to town. / Chewy

 

May 09 2014


where
The Academy, 57 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
11pm

how much
€16.50

fundraiser
Love System

It’s an exciting time to be L, G, B, T, Q and/or A in Dublin. After almost four decades of stop-start progress on homosexual law reform, spearheaded by some of our boldest and best, there’s a real sense that equal marriage rights, the Holy Grail of the LGBT movement, are finally within our grasp. Right now we’re riding a wave of post-Pantigate positivity but, rest assured, Those Who Shall Not Be Named will cast every hex and Cruciatus Curse they can muster in the coming months, as they try sway public opinion. Thankfully, Le Galaxie (Le Gryffindor in some circles) are here to pre-empt these dark arts with a love-fueled night of music and joy, benefiting the non-profit advocacy organisation Marriage Equality. Also lending support to the cause are Daithí, Ships and Mother’s disco- loving DJs, so don’t come expecting a quiet one. / Joey Kavanagh

 

May 09 2014


where
The Abbey Theatre, 26 Lower Abbey Street, D1
Location Map

when
7.30pm

how much
€13 – €45

theatre
Twelfth Night

The Bard’s comedy of romantic errors gets all shook up in the Abbey’s take on this tale of love, lust and gender bending antics. Deftly utilising the mastery of Shakespeare’s wordplay as a canvas upon which to saturate with his distinctly new gen approach, director Wayne Jordan probes the inherent ‘queering’ nature of the love knot of characters that are tightly bound together as a girl loves a boy who is a girl who loves a boy. To contextualise this classic with a very current issue highlights the brilliance of Shakespeare’s ability to produce truly timeless work, as well as offering a thoroughly contemporary take on modern love. Despite celebrating his 450th birthday just last month Shakespeare remains, as ever, leaps and bounds ahead of the pack. / Sophie Donaldson

   
 

May 09 2014


where
Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square North, Dublin 1.
01 872 2077
Location Map

when
1pm

how much
Free

talk
City Bike Tales

Poetry or prose, the Irish Writers Centre want to hear your Bike Tales. Alan Clarke, the singular illustrator and dabbler in writing, will be goading volunteers for information about their city bike tales. Romantic late-night cycles down the canal; eyes meeting at the traffic lights; flirting with the guy in the repair shop...or maybe for you it's wheelies gone wheelie wrong, or getting the wrong bike for Christmas - "Er, Mum, I wanted a BMX". Maybe your tales are about courier-drama, darting between traffic Premium Rush style, or about trying to charm your way out of a ticket for jumping the lights. Either way, perform them with the precarious grace of a unicyclist, the dedication of a velodrome-vixen, and the loyalty of the leader on a bicycle made for two! / Kate Coleman

 


where
See links

when
See links

how much
See links

le other
Saddle Style

Staying slick but safe when cycling around the city is an art form of its own, so we've a small guide to sourcing your cycle-chic look. Check out Knog's eleasticky, laptop-recharged lights for speedy/theft proof night-riding. available at P&K Cycles, while Hi-Viz gets hi-fashion with Georgia in Dublin and MotionFox, which can both be found in Freewheeling. You should also nab yourself a life-saving Bern or Sawako Furuno helmet, because it's the difference between a close shave, and an unhappily ever after. For fun girls who are determinedly fashion-first, there's always Morganna Murphy's knitted jewellery, available in Atelier 27. Her cartoon-chic creations are daubed with hi-vis strips, so girls who just wanna have fun can be safe too! / Kate Coleman

 

May 10 2014


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
Location Map

when
7pm

how much
€10 each

party
Douze Points Party

Eurovision is the most liberal EU construct there is. If it was a person, it'd be old school Tory 'ah do what you want'-ness. Bunga bunga sits alongside transvestites in all their glory, and Johnson & Johnson get a rare peak in baby oil sales, to an extent they haven't seen since the glory days of Adam Rickett. I mean, Eurovision is so liberal they even let Israel play. And she doesn't even go here. Celebrate the Neverland that is Eurovision at The Sugar Club, where sequins and feathers will be de rigueur, with "Pat Butcher" as an overarching make-up and jewellery inspiration/theme. Forget the Eastern Bloc, have a Block Party, as the party will carry on after the votes are in, so cash in your good gambles for a cocktail and a boogie. / Kate Coleman

 

May 10 2014


where
Merrion Square, Dublin 2
Location Map

when
8:30am

how much
€25

fundraiser
Women on Wheels

Women on Wheels know that the Giro doesn't have to be the big masculine love-in it's portrayed as in the media, and that it's impossible to wear that much day-glo Lycra without looking like a Klaxons fan club on holiday. That's why Women on Wheels will be doing their own Giro final stage, in aid of Oxfam. It'll be an incredibly scenic, careering ride along the coastline, in a pack of gals dat got glutes. There'll be no competition, which takes the pressure off, so no one needs to go all Dastardly and Mutley on anyone else's ass. Warning though: it's a pretty long cycle for the cross-town hopping amongst us, so have the Deep Heat and Tiger Balm ready for you when you get home... / Kate Coleman

   
 


where
Seapoint 40 mins, DL 50 mins, 40ft over an hour, Dalkey 1.5hrs
*All one way

when
See above

how much
Free


The South Coastal Stretch

Get a cycle gang together and meet at the sticks at Grand Canal Docks. Tell everyone to pack togs and a towel. For this cycle you are going to hug the coast, depending on your energy you can head to Dun Laoghaire via Sandymount / Seapoint or for a longer stretch you can head to the 40ft ...or even Dalkey. The promenade at Sandymount strand has some arsey rule about no bikes but if you are careful you should be okay. The alternative, a narrow road with barely enough room, is vicious for cyclists. You can go through Blackrock Park and end up right at Seapoint, with Dun Laoghaire and the 40ft just a bit further along. Options for pints and seafood are plentiful. Uzo’s in Blackrock is not cheap and large groups would have to book in advance but it's great. See also Purty Kitchen in Monkstown or Fitzys in Sandycove. / Chewy

 

May 11 2014


where
Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.


when
10pm

how much
Free (Book online)

screening
Breaking Away

Cinema has been known to produce many a great cyclist. Elliott in E.T., Butch Cassidy, Juno, Pee-Wee Herman - the list goes on. One of the great cyclists, though, is young Dave Stoller, the protagonist of Breaking Away. A little charmer, Breaking Away is an Indiana-set coming-of-age film centering on a group of friends wiling away their final summer in their hometown, among them Dave, an Italophile who idolises the great Italian riders and harbours lofty ambitions of one day becoming a champion rider. At the insistence of his friends, he joins a local cycling team and what ensues is a warm, feel-good gem that offers killer bike sequences, astute commentary on class, young Dennis Quaid and even a smidgeon of romance. Five yellow jerseys out of five. / Amy O'Connor

 


where
Phoenix Park / Hole in the Wall

when
One hour, each way.

how much
Free

le other
Phoenix Park / Hole in the Wall

Another nice cycle is the Phoenix Park via IMMA. Try meeting your cycle gang at Portobello bridge and head down the South Circular Road or the canal to IMMA, it's recommended you take in the views over the gardens (and posbbily an exhibtion or two) before you head across to the park. The Phoneix Park is one of the largest walled city parks in the world and is the home to the largest obelisk and smallest President in Europe. It also has a ton of cycle routes and you can take in Farmleigh House, the Zoo and gawk at the American embassy. Do make sure you get over to the Hole In the Wall for a glory pint and Glen Pond for a photo opp. It’s then a quick spin straight back to town. / Chewy

   
 

May 11 2014


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
Location Map

when
See HERE

how much
See HERE

cinema
Advanced Style

The older lady is truly in Vogue for the first time. Whilst ageing with grace and poise has always been sartorially celebrated, doing so with attitude and aplomb has not. Ari Seth Cohen began his Advanced Style blog in 2008, before The Row's 40+ lookbook or Channel 4 docs on Britain's elder stateswomen of style, and here he is with a feature doc following some of New York's most fashionable women. More is more. Their jewels are like knuckledusters, their lipsticks are lippier than Russell Crowe after a pint, and they are classy broads, wickedly funny, witty and of today. There's nothing nostalgic about them - they have that innate je ne sais quoi, that style and grace that a chosen few are born with, and this film will have you reappraising our constrictive definition of fashion and style. Hey, 19-year-olds with snapbacks and bushy eyebrows, make way... / Kate Coleman

 

May 11 2014


where
Bello Bar, 1 Portobello Harbour, Dublin 8.


when
7pm

how much
Free

book launch
Dublin Jazz Book

The idea behind the Dublin Jazz Book is rather simple. Look to ourselves rather than rely on classic standards by the Jazz Gods, most notably Dizzy, Miles and erm, John. What are the compositions local jazz musicians are hoping to bebop into our souls in time? This project is the work of composer Sam Kavanagh and Steven McNamara from Roji Designs. The book itself contains the sheet music for 53 compositions from 28 composers including stalwarts such as Hugh Buckley ad fledglings like Daniel Jacobson. The compositions can be downloaded for free but tonight it's all about celebrating the joys of jazz beyond the obvious. Call it the class of 2014 if you will. / Zach Joyce

 


where
Various, see links.

when
Check link for details

how much
Check link for details

le other
Smaller Wheels

You'd wonder what Arthur Bushe, Secretary to the Revenue Commissioners back in the 1700s, would think of Bushy Park these days and, in particular, of the section of the park that's dedicated to BMXing, roller blading, skateboarding and general non-mainstream, non-team, sporting activities. He'd probably roll his bushy eyebrows and look for a way to tax them. Luckily, for those of us who live in the 21st century and have an interest in more underground pursuits, Bushy Park is just one of the amenities that Dubliners can use as a skatepark. There's also SOFD, GTF and Balheary Skatepark for anyone who likes to mix it up with smaller wheels. With Hill Street, a documentary that tells the story of Irish skating opening up in the next fortnight, the time is right to thread the boards and get all Back To the Future again. / Vernon Steel

 

May 11 2014


where
Various, see link.,


when
See HERE

how much
Free


Grande Partenza

"I need a Giro, I'm holding out for a Giro 'til the end of the night," Bonnie Tyler never sang. After days of the city being decked out with pink bunting and projections, the Giro d'Italia is set to bound through Dublin, with the peloton whizzing through the likes of Lusk, Malahide and Clontarf, before concluding in Merrion Square. For cycling aficionados looking to snag a glimpse of which cyclist will reign victorious and acquire the pink jersey, there are several viewing points along the route. As for the favourites, keep an eye out for (and put a sneaky tenner on) the diminutive Nairo Quintana, Joaquim Rodriguez and Australian elder statesman Cadel Evans. As Enrique has been known to croon, "I can be your Giro, baby. I can kiss away the pain." / Amy O'Connor

   
 

May 12 2014


where
South Temple Lane 

when
Regular opening hours

how much
Depends


Square Wheel Cycleworks

This blink-and-you’ll-miss-it bike shop houses mechanics so famously knowledgeable in the way of the wheel, they need not even bother with features as simple as a shop sign. An organised maze of new and second-hand fixies, BMXs, mountain bikes and the odd spare part, they'll piece up that 5 year old second hand that you bought from your cousin, and spare you the sales pitch for a new 3000 euro German model that will be wasted on your 20 minute commute. As lunch times act as an agony aunt service for the confused commuters of Dublin and their faulty parts, try pop into Kieron during the weekday mornings for any advice you may need. What may look like a no hope case of bicycle death, may just need a look over by a true bike whisperer and a spare part siphoned from a second hand bike now only sold in Bolivia. / Ciara Roche

 

May 12 2014


where
The Light House Cinema, Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7
Location Map

when
HERE

how much
HERE

cinema
Frank

In a departure from his recent dramatic fare, director Lenny Abrahamson exhibits outstanding black comedy in his latest film, Frank. The head inside the other head is Michael Fassbender; take it on trust and the masterclass performance that it is indeed the Kerryman beneath the giant facade. Abrahamson’s latest film tells the story of an unpredictable and eccentric musician with an aim to perplex and amaze through improvised, new-wave rock. This weird and wonderful film also follows Jon, an aspiring musician with big dreams backed on limited talent, and his bizarre adventure from the wilds of Wicklow to the bright lights of SXSW with Frank and his band, the name of which I cannot pronounce. A quirky delight that showcases all that is wonderful in Irish cinema. / Claire Mullane

 


where
96 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.

when
9.30am-7pm

how much
Depends


Freewheeling

I'm a bicycle addict. Dutch, lowrider, fixie, needs fixie...I am to bikes, what Jordan is to men. I'll ride them all. Freewheeling is like a sweet shop. They're all coloured-y and shiny. You wanna lick the paintwork, it's as appealing as a giant lollipop from Disneyland. There's a bit of fantasy, but not too much, because the shop doesn't just offer a wide range of bikes, but the price ranges are also equitable. You can as easily find a quality starter-bike as a luxury splurge. They also stock clothing and accessories by stylin' brands, like MotionFox, who add a bit of pizazz and urban street cred to the humble hi-vis, a staple in the safety conscious cyclist's wardrobe. It's a dream world on Pearse Street. Freewheel down there sometime. / Heidi Blume

   
 

May 13 2014


where
see link

when
any time

how much
free

tour
A Glimpse of Italy

Yes, there is a glimpse of Italy in Dublin that isn't besmirched by Mick Wallace's gauche football logo, and Dublin City Council are bringing it to life with this tour outline, which you can follow at your leisure. It explores the slices of La Dolce Vita that you can find in our fine museums and galleries, city-wide. From the references to Ravenna in the Yeats exhibition at the James Joyce centre, to paintings by Mancini in the Hugh Lane, whilst the National Gallery of Ireland boasts a Caravaggio and more. Molto bellissima! Do your best Medici-style Patron of the Arts humming and hawwing, as you cycle sprint from gallery to gallery, fuelling yourself with paste and caffé in the intervening bars and cafés, like a true Italian. Vieni vieni!! / Kate Coleman

 

May 13 2014


where
Mabos, 8 Hanover Quay, Dublin 2


when
See competition

how much
See competition

event
Jameson Black Barrel Craft Series

It's the last hurrah for the Jameson Black Barrel Craft Series and one of the last events to be housed in Mabos, a space which has supported and elevated a myriad of initiatives, parties and open source gatherings. Master Cooper Ger Buckley will be on hand once again to demonstrate the charring of the oak caskets. Peter O'Gara from design agency me&him&you will be donning his Bluefingers cap as he illustrates a recent Donegal Tweed project which involved customising the silk lining. Washed down by some Js and rounded off by folk-rock fiends Corner Boy, there's be no scraping the bottom of any barrel on this occasion. Win Tickets / Zach Joyce

   
 

May 14 2014


where
IMMA, Military Road, Dublin
01 6129900
Location Map

when
Until 22 June

how much
Free

exhibition
Sheela Gowda

Grounded in everyday materials such as metal sheets, cow dung and plastic tarpaulin, Open Eye Policy features only one piece of Indian iconography, a statue of the Indian god Ganesh strewn amongst rubble and upturned furniture in a room passed over by chaos. The exhibition travels through a number of political and economic questions about modern India. Installations such as Blanket in the Sky (2004) utilise the materials of steel and metal, and compare its use in the everyday work of the people of India, and the shelter and housing it coincidentally provides for many. With pieces that collate newspaper cuttings of various political issues in India, this retrospective of Gouda’s work may feature many different pieces from amongst her career, but serve to perfectly question a country currently in the midst of great change. / Ciara Roche

 


where
12a Magennis Place, Pearse Street, Dublin 2.

when
Regular opening hours

how much
See link


Greenaer

Call me lazy, but sometimes you need a bit of oomph when in a red faced battle with a steep, prolonged incline. Sorry God, legs are not enough. There's an answer, cyclists, and it is an electric bike. They're eco friendly and they'restylin'. For long-ish journeys on densely delineated OS map territory, they are economical alternatives to the car. Greenaer is the place to go if you're in the market for a cool ride for a cool rider that won't burn you through and through. Although you're looking at paying over a grand (phwoar!), they're invaluable. We bought one for my Glamour-Gran, after she'd abandoned the High Nelly at the age of 70, and tired of her Vespa at 80, and at 88 she's doing an average of six miles a day. Mental. / Kate Coleman

   
 
The Bike Institute

We talked alleycats and goldsprints with Sean Óg of The Bike Institute.

I used to work as a courier. It was great during the Celtic tiger - you would still have money to go to the pub every night and pay your rent. I moved to Barcelona before  working as a bike mechanic in Sydney.

An alleycat race is a courier race. You are given clues to various locations and you travel around the specific city trying to find them. So whoever gets all them together, gets the most points and then they win. And then there is a big session afterwards. Those couriers they like their raves, some of them are big party heads.

A goldsprint is a roller set-up. The bike won’t have a front wheel on it and the back wheel will sit on a roller, so you can pedal but you will stay in the same spot. The set up I have is that you will be on the rollers, there is a sensor on the back that will be connected to a laptop and that will be projected onto a screen and you can see yourself racing your friend or whoever else you feel like watching yourself beat. We'll have it set up for the Giro. 

The Bike Institute, 22 Lower Dorset Street, Dublin 1. PHOTO: Sarah Orr