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London BikeLife

In the last year UK BikeLife culture—where young scooter riders upload videos of themselves wheelie-ing down highways and through industrial estates—has exploded.

by VICE Staff
Aug 27 2014, 2:35pm

Mopeds and teenage boys have gone hand-in-hand since the 1960s. But in the last year UK BikeLife culture—where young scooter riders upload videos of themselves wheelie-ing down highways and through industrial estates—has exploded, and the scene's leaders picking up thousands of YouTube and Instagram followers in the process.

These British riders are beginning to receive international attention, not least from Baltimore's notorious 12 O'Clock Boys dirt bike club. Although they may lack the CCs of their American counterparts, they've done a good job of making up for it with charisma and a dedication to the underdog of the two-wheeled world: the humble moped.

In the above video, Daisy-May Hudson lets a nostalgia for the moped gangs of her teenage years get the better of her and travels to the outskirts of London to meet with the underground stars of the UK BikeLife scene. After spending some time at the Ace Cafe—an iconic hangout for bikers and petrolheads—Daisy is taken along to one of the group's big ride-outs, where hundreds of boys take over the roads with their mopeds.

Follow Daisy-May Hudson and producer Grant Armour on Twitter.