For some of you who already know this guy up here is my real brother from another mother. This may sounds gay but I just can’t believe what we’ve been through together because the fact that we only know each other thru internet during the early stage of our friendship. Now we’re both riding in the same team for Leader Bike USA and Peonfx. We spent some time during his lunch hour to get some photos for Peonfx new products. Checkout the rest of the interview with the one and only Rudy Melo.
1. Introduce yourself.
Hi, I am Rudy Melo, I was born in Brazil and live in London, UK. I ride for Leader Bike USA, The 5th Floor, Brick Lane Bikes and Peonfx. I like travelling, design, photography, fashion, old VWs, old vespas, coffee and love cycling.
2. What’s your ride?
Leader Bike 725 frame with a Leader Bike i806TR Carbon Forks
BLB King Hubs laced to a Velocitiy Deep V
Sugino 75 with a Sugino Zen Chainring
San Marco Zoncolan
Pro Mark Cavendish bars
Leader Bike 735 Frame with a Leader Bike i806TR Carbon Forks
Mavic Ellipse wheels
Ominium with a Shimano Olympic Zen
Easton EC90 Track bars
3. Your favourite route to ride, whit who and why?
My favourite routes to ride are busy traffic, hills, Richmond Park and any green country side and the people I like to ride with would be the guys from the 5th Floor and people that have become my friend from my trips to America and Asia, you know who you are, no need to name anyone.
4. You’ve been riding and race all over the world. Tell me the different between riding in UK, US and Asia and which one is you favourite?
I love riding in London. The US was really cool to ride, I really liked the wide roads and good weather, that is the west coast and from what I have experienced, I really enjoyed riding there. Malaysia was crazy man, the traffic is mad, scooters everywhere, weaving in and out of traffic, which was fun, it was also very HOT and humid as hell, but I like it, I prefer to ride in hot weather. Some day I would like to ride the East Coast of US, Jakarta, which I heard is crazy, some European Alps and Japan.
5. Your top 5 favourite riders?
Shit, this is a hard one, loads riders would be equally in the top 5 for me. But to break down, not in any particular order, would have to be Sir Chirs Hoy, Bradley Wiggins, Graeme Obree, Mark Cavendish and Eddy Merckx. There are many more riders, pro and street, that are equally on my top list, but those ones came to my mind first.
6. When and where is your next race and what’s you plan for the rest of the year?
My next race would be this weekend, (last Sunday) Wolf Pack Hustle in LA and then The HUNT crit in London. For the rest of the year I would like to attend as many events/race as possible, definitely want to be back to Asia.
7. Hows the fixed gear scene in London?
London scene has died down, comparing to 2/3 years ago, but The 5th floor keeps the riding side of fixed gear alive and Track cycling in London is great, Herne Hill has a great community and vibe, you hardly see any hipsters there, sometimes you do, but the regulars there are real cycling enthusiasts.
8. Any shout out?
Big shout out to The 5th Floor, Leader Bike, Sal, Peonfx, Brick Lane Bikes and Patrick at Pedal Consumption for the support. Also big shout out to the coaches and volunteers at Herne Hill, for keeping the velodrome and track sessions alive, to everyone that has supported me in the past, to everyone who organises events and keep the sport going, to David Cheek for always helping me out and to you for featuring me. Thank you! Ride safe!