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Meet The Models

Recently we had the privilege of working with Corey Olsen who shot our most recent photos of riders Will and Jelani.

Their beautiful mugs are just the surface of two remarkable individuals, so we decided to have a sit down with them and ask the questions on everyone’s mind.

 

Jelani:

What’s your favorite food?
I love Jamaican food! Beef patties make up a huge part of my diet.

What do you think about when you’re riding a bike?
Everything. My daily bike ride is sometimes my only time during the day to really unwind and just think about life. It’s meditative!

How do you currently earn a living?
I work at Clover Club in Brooklyn. It’s an incredible bar and I love tending it.

What is your favorite object or possession?
My bicycle(s) for sure. They give me so much more freedom & mobility than public transportation or even a car could give me.

What was the last song you listened to?
I’m listening to Devil Man by Blues Pills as I write this. Their entire album is fantastic.

What is your favorite recoiling bicycle accessory?
My rain guard! Not only does it keep my ass dry, but it doubles as a reflector! Also, it’s a lot harder to steal than the 3 clip-on ones that I used to have.

What do you like to do in your down time?
Usually just relax and try to hang out with friends. I love reading a good comic book or watching a good movie.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?
Stretchy everything like Mr. Fantastic. Hands down.

 

Will:

What’s your favorite food?
Halal cart chicken over rice.  Its delicious and just healthy enough to keep you alive.  Part of my love for it comes from convenience.  You can smell it from a block away.  Almost anywhere in the five boroughs, until late in the night, you can buy a plate of this stuff in the time it would take to lock up your bike.

What do you think about when you’re riding a bike?
Its easy to get angry when riding in the city.  I know I’m in a bad mood when I have imagined arguments with cabbies who’d cut me off.  But I can usually check myself and regain peace by letting good memories and private jokes filter in.

How do you currently earn a living?
I am a mechanic and educator at Recycle-A-Bicycle in the East Village, NYC.  We use the bicycle as a tool to educate High School students about mechanics, sustainability, and job training.

What is your favorite object or possession?
I am named after my Uncle Billy, who was an avid cyclist and who passed away before I could meet him.  My favorite possession is Billy’s orange Campagnolo cycling cap from the ’70s.  I wore it every day on a solo tour from Brooklyn to New Orleans last fall.

What was the last song you listened to?
Probably something Beatles.  I recently got a small stereo for my bike and for now I’m sticking to crowd-pleasers (with some occasional Wu-Tang of course).

What is your favorite recoiling bicycle accessory?
Foam sleeping-pad!  There is nothing like packing a sleeping bag, pad, and sandwich and taking a quick overnight in the woods.  Bikes can get places that cars cannot…But really, its Plume.

What do you like to do in your down time?
Aside from building bikes I don’t need (27inch single-speed cross bike?) I love to read.  Cycling is like a ‘choose your own adventure’ book.  On a bike, no one can tell you how fast to ride, or when to turn.  No one can tell you what books to read, or how to interpret them.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?
I think time-travel would be fun, because then you can go to the past and make stupid prophecies and see what happens.  Maybe we could start a religion centered on the Dodo bird?

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