Rugged performance over speed

@Barry Sandland/TIMB - BMX with rider in Newfoundland

@Barry Sandland/TIMB – One sure sign of a growth in cycling in St John’s is the increase in bike shops

“The BMX bike is something I have always been interested in. I like that you can take it to the skate park and throw it across the ground and not worry that anything is broken.” Continue reading

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If you want to climb hills better, then climb a lot of hills

@Barry Sandland/TIMB - To triathlete cyclists in Newfoundland

@Barry Sandland/TIMB – Early season miles start later in Newfoundland

“This hill here is a good four kilometres. But it is part of our regular training rides, so we know where the steep parts are and where we can rest. A few times we been to the top and then came back down and did it again. We live at the top of the hill so we have to go this way. No choice.” Continue reading

This would be cross-training in Newfoundland

@Barry Sandland/TIMB - Cyclist on the road in Newfoundland

@Barry Sandland/TIMB – Changing from sport to sport as the weather moves along

“I was canoeing this morning. Then it looked calm so I came out for a ride. We all know the hardest part of riding here is the weather. When there is rain, drizzle or fog, no one wants to ride in that. When I am done with the bike ride, I will get out on my motorbike. I love being in the outdoors.” Continue reading

Yellowknife and the geodesic dome bike shop

©TIMB - Yellowknife geodesic dome bike shop

©TIMB – Yellowknife and the geodesic bike shop is central to a recycling ideology that drives the company.

“My neighbour went to jail and left a large pile of left over bicycles. Because he was not able to repair his own bike so he just kept getting more and more bike parts. So when he went to prison, there was a large pile of bicycle parts in his yard. And the new tenant took all the parts and put them on the street. They were going to go to another bike shp and I said, ‘He already has 500 bicycles. And if you take that wheel and put it there and those handlebars and out them here, there is a bicycle.  And out that there and there is a bicycle’. And we carved out half a dozen bicycles. And people said, ‘Oh, you fix bicycles do you? Here, I’ve got some. Oh, you want some donations?’.

At night, people were doing drive-by drop-offs, anonymously.  Before we knew it, the whole yard was filled with bicycles. Literally. And that was the first summer we really got going and then we came up with the idea of making a dome out of bicycle wheels. We did a prototype and it worked.” Read more about the creation of Yellowknife’s Old Town Bike Shop…

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