“There is a journalist from De Morgen who goes around here and he asks people in the neighbourhood what they are doing on their weekends, or spare time. Our team mate was asked and he said he rides with a club around the corner. It took some weeks before we had a photographer come and we made the photo. It was not hard. The guys fall into the pub like pigeons fall on the roof. And that is it. The journalist said it would be printed one of these weeks and that was four weeks ago. Every week we were buying De Morgen. I think it is a secret strategy from De Morgen to make people buy the newspaper. But, finally, we are in it.”
Photographer’s notes: When I started this bike project, I made a small promise to myself that I wouldn’t post images of friends until I had posted 100 images of strangers. I did not want the site to become an homage to a handful of people. But I passed the 100 mark recently and my cycling friends, the people inn know on two wheels, have become game. All the better it should start like this.
The bar in the photo is Barbeton on rue Dansaert in Brussels … my usual haunt. There is a small group of people who take cycling a little more serious;ly. These are the fanatics who have multiple bikes and multiples of one variety. So, not just a mountain bike and a road bike, but three road bikes, two mountain bikes, three city bikes….
There is a t-shirt somewhere, a poster, a photo, that says, “I have too many bikes, said no cyclist ever“. These are the fanatics.