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« We care for each other »: Pratiques mécaniques et relation cycliste-vélo

Abstract : This paper aims to integrate the material aspect of cycling into an analysis of urban cycling practices. This is done through the study of bicycle repair and maintenance practices and competences. We conduct a qualitative and quantitative analysis of 468 surveys, 60 interviews as well as of observations and informal conversations with cyclists and bicycle mechanics in Melbourne, Australia. We describe the ways in which repair and maintenance practices are linked with, and transform, different aspects of the relationship between cyclists and their bicycle. We highlight the importance of the bicycle-cyclist hybrid in repair and maintenance practices and show how a feeling of empowerment develops within the bicycle-cyclist relationship.
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Margot Abord de Chatillon. « We care for each other »: Pratiques mécaniques et relation cycliste-vélo. Rencontres de l'APERAU, Jun 2019, Strasbourg, France. ⟨halshs-02972259⟩



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