"I’ve met so many good people through Bikelife. They’re not my mates, they’re family. and we’re all talented, people just don’t see it. I will never stop riding bikes, till the day I die. On my Daddy’s grave, you will see me when I’m 60 years old poppin wheelies, smoking ganja with my pack of brothers. Lifting that front wheel up from sunrise to sunset”
@Ghb_Unknown does a burnout on Carltonstrip (previously known as Imperial way strip in Croydon.
"Y’know most kids nowadays are saving up money to buy bikes. To go and get involved. It’s not all what you see in the news. Bikes driving round the streets doing wheelies and dangerous stunts. Over here we’ve got about 5 or 6 strips, we call them strips, they’re industrial, private roads, where nothing is being used there, there’s no cars going back and forth, nothing like that. So it’s more of a safe environment" - Yash
Tillbury sand quarry. the location was recently found by bikelife and has quickly become a popular riding spot. As yet they have not had any problems with police.
One of the biggest difficulties of being in the bikelife scene is the constant pressure from police for them to move on from their riding spots "They waste so much of the taxpayers money to try and stop us from riding, and for what?"
Hundreds of Bikelife members, friends and family turned up for a memorial service for Carl on the Carltonstrip (formerly Imperial Way Strip) in Croydon. some riders travelled from as far as Birmingham in order to pay their respects
tyre marks on the Imperial way strip, renamed Carltonstrip, after a burnout session in honor of Carlton who died in an accident on the strip a few days earlier.
A family gathers to watch a Motocross practice session at Joyce Green MX. many riders in the London Bikelife scene take part in races and events here. 07/06/2015
"It was very important for me to get involved in whatever sport Riley was involved in. It's important I get involved to share the bond with him for one, but to also push him in the right direction."
Dogfather teaches his son Riley, aged 9, how to pop a wheelie
"For me Bikelife is about the thrill, the freedom, the adventure, the risk it brings. I've met some humble people through Bikes that are good friends now"
Clumsy at the Belvedere Strip.
"When you get on a bike you’re free, all your worries and problems go and you’re in your own world. When you’re on your back wheel or you're on your bike you don’t worry about nothing. You just think about riding. You just enjoy riding."
Justo pops a wheelie during a meetup at the 02 Strip in North Greenwich, in front of the Canary Wharf Skyline London. 20/05/2015
"We get a bad rap because we have no facilities to practice, so a majority hit the roads or carparks and people complain. The only way we can address this issue is to have somewhere legal to ride. And then there wont be anyone on the road."
"I’ve always enjoyed riding motorbikes, but I've never really been the person to ride them on the dirt, so the bikelife scene appealed because I liked riding on flat surfaces doing stunts."
Dogfather plays around on a kid's dirtbike during a Wheelie Wednesday meetup on an industrial site near Dagenham, Essex. 20/05/2015
"It happens Mate.. I don't give a fuck.. If you're gonna do shit like that you gotta expect shit to happen, you know what I mean." - Doug
Doug just after coming off his bike on the Imperial Way Strip.
"Social media is important for us because it gives us a platform. but we were riding bikes before social media" - Dogfather
Spectators film a burnout session on their phones. Carltonstrip, Croydon.
Dog and front wheel
After coming off his bike at speed and badly injuring his ankle Paul is driven to hospital by a friend. Today was his first day riding after recovering from an accident in September where he suffered a bad back and pelvis injury.
"This is for everyone. not just for sections of people.. This is for everyone, from young to old to get involved in. It’s a day out. An event. If only the government would embrace us and give us somewhere safe to practice and have events instead of portraying us as criminals."
"kids look up to us because we’re doing things they would like to do. Like the same as David Beckham has got loads of fans, kids here have the Onewheelwaveys and the Mr_Lap_Ryders , everyone’s got their idols and we happen to be idols for some people."
"He was my best friend, I cant believe he's gone"
Arlo breaks down at a memorial for his best friend Carl, a popular member of the Bikelife community, who was killed in an accident on the 10th July 2016.
"The kids that look up to us don’t want to get into this because they want to stick their middle finger up to the law. They see us as idols; like football or rugby players. People wanna be like their idols and Bikelife has got the same kind of affect on the youth. It’s not about sticking our fingers up to the government because we’re rebellious" - Dogfather
Al rides through Tilbury sand quarry. Essex.