Tandem comfort for the missing friend

©Barry Sandland/TIMb - Tandem bike with driver and passenger

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Bikes built for two – and the times when the second is missing.

“I have a friend staying at my home and I just dropped them off at the Metro. And now I am meeting up with another friend. It is great to use alone. You avoid the traffic jams in the city, it is practical and proves itself when you meet up with a friend and they can travel with you on the bike.” Continue reading

Preparing legs for the first triathlon

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Triathlete and his Specialized bike in Halle

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Early season miles as a rider prepares for his first triathlon.

“This is my first ride of the season – 15 kilometres so far today. It will be 45k in total. I bought the bike for triathlons, but I am a beginner. I do my first triathlon in Venice in September. This is my level of bike. I do not think you gain much time with a 10,000 Euro bike.”  Continue reading

Heavy duty wheels for some heavy duty rides

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Heavy duty touring bike with rider

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – A sturdy bike for the rides that weigh a little more

“Some years ago we did some serious cycling and so we had to ride in winter, too. And you need a montain bike apparently. Not that you need a mountain bike, but they put that between your ears so you believe it. So I put it together and three of us went biking in the winter. It went fine the first winter. In the second winter I thought, ‘What hell am I in?'” By the third winter, I was more often in the scenery than on the bike because I fell so many times. Technically I am really lousy. But I t is quite heavy and very sturdy and so it can take lots of weight. Now every week, when I can, I go to two local bio farms around Brussels and I get meat and a lot of vegetables and I do that with this sturdy bike.” Continue reading

If you are looking for three wheels, comfort, a photo booth and a night of karaoke, then look at this rickshaw

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Rickshaw with family on the canal in Belgium

Barry Sandland/TIMB – Could this rickshaw be the perfect bike for a growing family?

“This is an Indonesian rickshaw. We found it here on the internet. And I am pregnant and so I am being taken about since I cannot walk that much. In general we use the bike to get and transport a lot of our stuff. We’ve had it for five years now. Plus, we do these activities with the rickshaw. We have a rickshaw karaoke that we do mostly on summer evenings. We can mount a small screen, an amp in the back, and people can sing. We’ve been doing that for four years. It is a spontaneous thing, not something very organised, but I adore karaoke.” Continue reading