The Brussels Bike Hundred

100 portraits, stories and bicycles

We’re teaming up with Bike for Brussels to put together a 100-strong selection of local heroes shaping the city each in their own way. From designers and DJs to performers and publishers, these are the creatives riding Brussels forward.

Michiel Claus

Michiel Claus, 1987

Walrus and cofounder of Basic Moves

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

At the moment, I’m playing ping-pong with two key projects: the first is running in tandem with my friend Islas our Basic Moves label, which includes digging for records, playing gigs, researching the history and culture related to the sound we bring out and of course meeting likeminded people from all over the world who share the same passion. Second, I’m running a company designing and making furniture for DJs and collectors. Not to forget, I also work for Crevette Records one day a week as their second-hand record manager.

How has Brussels shaped you as an individual as well as your professional activities?

I definitely have a love/hate relationship with Brussels, but I’m not done with this city just yet, that’s for sure! I do need some time to breathe and reset once in while though, otherwise I find myself turning around the infamous Brussels loophole.

What do you like the most about Brussels, bike-related or not?

I like the fact that I keep discovering something new every day. And when it comes to biking, I’m really enjoying the new path connecting the Brussels-South station to downtown Dansaert.

List three deciding factors that converted you to bicycle use.

  • Finance
  • Speed
  • Ecology

List three of favourite bike routes in Brussels.

  • From the centre to Laeken through Parkfarm, because it gives you the impression of being on a train.
  • Along the canal towards Charleroi, turning right at Zuun valley and heading towards Neerpede, because techno rats are my friends.
  • Downhill between Duden and Forest Parks, because of the speed.