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Bicycles play an integral role in the lives of all within this issue, and not just to transport; they are objects of desire, inspiration for design and central to business opportunities.

Greg Softley has spent 20 years building a collection of rare steel bikes that have drawn tears of envy and delight from many a cyclist. Gemma Baxter has designed a collection of gear that is sure to turn heads and Jacqui Ma has built a business around the need to transport stuff efficiently on a bike.

And although Owen Kelly and Bobbie Bayley are definitely using bicycles to transport, their focus is to map their architectural findings on a 7000-kilometre journey.

On another note, do you find that although you’re keeping up a cracking pace you are increasingly being overtaken? That will be an e-biker casually sailing past. The uptake of e-bikes is rapidly increasing and with this interest we thought we’d take a look at 12 bikes and what they offer.

Meanwhile in Copenhagen an architecture firm is building a profile for its spectacular, elevated cycling paths, which weave and connect through public spaces and transport systems.

Finally our toolkit is chock-a-block with a mouthwatering selection of bikes and accessories, so rest those cycling legs for a moment and delve into the fascinating world of all things bike.