Testing your wheels in the early hours

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Rider doing a bike stand

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – There are people who like to ride at odd hours. Like after midnight. But if you want some peace and quiet….

“I try and ride a lot, but it has been a bit less now because it is cold… Continue reading

When craft beer plays with the famed Molteni name

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Malteni beer at the Ghent six day event

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Mixing two classic Belgian ideals – craft beer and cycling.

I managed to get to the Ghent Six Day exhibit at the museum this week. A chance to see the heritage of the six day,film, images, posters that date back into the 1930s.

And then, at the museum café, a chance to have artisanal beers that had a little fun with the Molteni name – Molteni.

The sense of humour extended to a jersey on the wall in the same colours and fonts as the jersey made famous by Eddy Mercks.


Bike touring and the unexpected time alone

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Touring cyclist with bike and panniers

©Barry Sandland/TIMB- Solo touring and the inevitable selfie

“I tried my hand at a touring again, this year. Upgraded the bike to touring standards, loaded the panniers and headed out. You think it’s going to be easy, riding slow and steady. Instead, it was headwind after headwind. Even when I turned around for the return, the wind did an about face and I had even more work to make the pedals turn around.” Continue reading

Hailstorm rider

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Fixed gear Motobecane bike messenger

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Caught in the hailstorm, this Motobecane looks ready for the cyclocross circuit. And the single gear makes it all the nicer to look at.

Caught in the hailstorm yesterday: “It is totally ridiculous. I was riding all day and I was kind of OK, and then I thought, ‘My day is done and I am going home’ – and bam!” Continue reading