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.

Rick Shiver

Rick Shiver

DJ and founder at Nose Job

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

I’m a tropical dandy, DJ and promoter for Nose Job. I also sometimes work as a graphic designer and music producer.

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

I spent my youth in Strombeek, right next to the Atomium. I then moved to Brussels at the age of 18, first to Schaerbeek to study architecture, and later on to Anneessens. I now live in Kuregem, close to Brussels-South station. I’ve basically always lived here.

It was only a matter of time before I got back on a bike.

List three things you like the most about Brussels, bike-related or not.

  • Brussels is a city with lots of different cultures, food and atmospheres where opposites stand side by side.
  • It has a bit of a trashy side too, but with a certain surreal charm.
  • Besides its small size, Brussels is an international city. Almost everything I need is at my fingertips and neighbouring cities are easy to reach as well.

List three deciding factors that converted you to bicycle use.

  • It’s the only way to move fast around the centre, public transport being quite shoddy – barring the two and a half metro lines and the north/south tram connection, that is.
  • It feels good to move your limbs after sitting in front of a computer or in the studio all day. 
  • I used to ride around on my bike all the time as a kid: to school, friends’ houses, sport clubs, parties, girls. Looking for trouble, or simply just cruising. It was only a matter of time before I got back on a bike.

List three favourite bike routes in Brussels.

  • Unfortunately, I don’t have much time to bike for pleasure, but I often marvel at the different faces of Cureghem / Kuregem.
  • The elevator at Place Poelaertplein, to go from down- to uptown while enjoying a splendid view.
  • The cycling path along the canal is a rare setting where the cyclist is king of the road. Hopefully there’s more to come – I would love to see one be made between Rogier and Lemonnier so that I don’t have to slalom through the pedestrianised area, between parked cars and tourists.