Velorutionaries - Alessandro Gasparato
What do you do for a living?
I’m a deputy store Manager for Barbour, the classic British wax jacket manufacturer. I work in the store just off Carnaby Street, where we stock a more limited range of products called Heritage.
What are you passionate about?
I do love music, any kind really. I also love traveling, playing tennis, cycling and hiking.
How long have you been a cyclist?
Coming from Italy I have always sat on a saddle! It’s been my main vehicle throughout my teenage years. I suspended the cycling period when I got a vintage Vespa, but since I moved to London in 2013 I rediscovered the great functionality of bikes...plus it’s free to go around the city with one.
What bike are you riding?
I was originally interested in getting a VanMoo. I’ve always been interested in the concept of simple Dutch-style commuting bikes, but then I visited your store in Great Portland Street and I saw a Pelago Bristol. What a beauty! One week later I had already ordered one, and it is my daily companion right now.
It is a black single speed, back pedal, rear brake bike. I have customised it with my black Brooks B17 Flyer, and with a front steel basket attached to the front rack.
What appeals to you about cycling?
It is difficult for me to pinpoint specific reasons since I have been always in contact with bikes; it is not a rational thought but more the sense of ‘normality’. It represents freedom, a more sustainable way of moving, cheaper and also quicker travel in most cases. I do like the sense of participation you get from cycling, especially here in London where you have a proliferation of clubs, and so many commuters or bike-lovers.
How often do you ride?
I do cycle every day with my Pelago bike. During weekends I also use it for short pleasure rides. It comes in handy for carrying my groceries back from the market.
What’s your favourite cycle route or destination?
I do love riding when I am in Italy, especially the countryside or hilly- mountain places in my region, Veneto: I do this with race bikes though. Here in the UK I don’t have a favourite destination, since I use the bike for commuting, and I haven’t had a chance yet to visit the countryside with a bike. If I have to choose one I think I can say the Regent’s Canal. It is a bit crowded, but the view is great.
Published from Velorution Magazine Issue 5