Chainbreaker #4

Chainbreaker #4

by Shelley Lynn Jackson Author

Shelley is a bike mechanic in New Orleans and she loves bikes with a passion. This issue addresses the concept of "the city" (and it's relation to cycling and car culture), getting hit by cars, capitalism, racism, and urban transportation policy, the consumer nature of bicycle accessories, the bike! bike! conference in New Orleans, Ethan's trip to the Republican National Convention, how to fix brakes, an interview with Black Label bike club, the "indiginous" types of bikes in various parts of the country, and tons more! It also talks about harrassment of women in bike shops and culture. This zine is so inspiring and encouraging. After I first read it I wanted to grab a wrench and get to work, and I did at Plan B. Chainbreaker is an amazing zine for those who are curious as to what all this bike business is all about or those who have been into bikes for years. 

    Comments/Reviews

    One of the most inspiring, dedicated project in the world of independent publishing. While I think bikes have a certain trendy appeal in some circles, Shelley and cohorts obviously put a great deal of time and energy to not only riding and thinking about bicycles, but also in examining their relationship to them. I agree that riding a bike changes your relationship to the world around you. Never preachy, but rather, thoughtful, curious, and interesting. If you ever order a zine because of an MRR review, this should be the one!