Colour Bolg

Meet our very own Velorutionary

Richard and his Ratty Black

Vive the Velorution

We’re delighted to partner with fellow Londoners and bespoke cycling enthusiasts, Velorution, and especially glad to see that one of our riders was featured in their recent ‘Velorutionaries’ series.

Here’s the chat they had with Richard – VFX supervisor at The Mill and staunch London commuter – which was originally published in Velorution Magazine.

What do you do for a living?

I am a VFX supervisor and compositor at The Mill. I mainly work on commercials and music videos, advising agencies and directors from the storyboard stage to air date.

What are you passionate about?

I love, and have always loved, anything to do with bikes and helicopters right from an early age. Learning to fly was something I just needed to prove to myself, but cycling is part of my everyday life.

How long have you been a cyclist?

Since school age. I was lucky enough to grow up in Jersey when it was a lot safer to cycle on the roads, so if I wasn’t cycling to school I was out on my bike with my friends.

What bike are you riding?

I ride a Black single speed ColourBolt designed and built by the wonderful Jay Pond Jones and his team. Jay was the creative director on an ad I worked on, and during that time we discovered our mutual love for bikes. After a quick visit to see the range of bikes he had already designed it took me about a minute to be convinced to buy one. This is a bike you never sell.

What appeals most to you about cycling?

It’s the only thing that consistently keeps me fit. Most of my job warrants me sitting down for long periods of time, and going to the gym isn’t always an option, but cycling home at the end of a hard day is a great stress reliever – it saves me from the joy of staring at someone’s arm pit on the tube!

How often do you ride?

I ride everyday from West London to work and back, and as much as I can at the weekend. I have always encouraged my two boys to cycle, which makes getting the whole family out easier.

What’s your favourite cycle route or destination?

After a full week on the busy city roads my eldest and I like to get out into the country. We’ve enjoyed Burnham beeches and Black Park but are always looking for new places to explore.

For more info on Richard’s commuting machine – the Ratty Black custom single speed – click here. For the full Velorution magazine and an even further insight into everything bespoke, urban and two wheeled, you can purchase it here. Eager to start a custom build of your own? Then get in touch with us today!