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.

Rik De Bruycker

Rik De Bruycker, 1995

Masala and radio host

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

I was born and raised in the Waasland region, more precisely in Temse, but I’ve been living in Brussels for five years now. I studied audio-visual arts and radio at RITCS and now work freelance in the media and music industry. Besides this, I host a weekly show at Studio Brussel and work as a music editor for Bruzz. I also have a podcast about record collectors called Kratkruipers, create videos and online concepts for musical projects, host events and DJ under the alias Masala. Music is the keyword in all of this.   

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

Living and working in Brussels has opened my horizons in a way that I didn’t think was possible. The number of concerts hosted and musicians living and playing in Brussels is incredible. Despite the horrible relation between the City and its party venues, there’s a vivid music scene. You can go to really good (and bad) concerts every day, which shows that there are a lot of people passionate about music.
The city also inspires me to conceptualise ideas by constantly shooting impulses at me. There’s never a dull moment to be had around here, so you always need to be prepared for the unexpected.
Brussels keeps me sharp.

List three things you like the most about Brussels.

  • The mix of cultures and ideas: in my opinion, this is the only city in Belgium where you can really see and feel a cross-section of what the whole world really looks like.
  • The city is quite big, so I keep discovering new parts.
  • There are so many good music venues and record shops in town: it’s a heaven for a music lover like me.

List three deciding factors that converted you to bicycle use.

  • My STIB / MIVB subscription expired and I never got around to renewing it.
  • I really like cursing in public. Just kidding, however it really is a common thing while biking in Brussels. Car drivers don’t care about cyclists, so they’re always getting in your way or making dangerous turns. The anger you feel when this happens to you together with the physical effort of climbing the many hills of Brussels… You need to vent your frustration.
  • I found a very beautiful bike, a Gazelle Champion Mondial AA from the 70s I believe. It’s a pleasure to ride this beauty through the streets of Brussels.

What are your three favourite bike routes in Brussels?

  • Brussels’ small ring is like a big bicycle path: there are hardly any cars at night, so you can really speed up. But hey, stay safe.
  • The ones where you get lost: you start out believing you’ll find your way, then you think you’re totally lost, and in the end, you find out that Brussels is even bigger than you initially though
  • I recently biked to Vilvoorde and discovered such a weird sight along the way: all these old factories and abandoned houses!