“Every year on the day before the Sunday Without Cars, we do this. People bring us their bikes to sell. We make them roadworthy and sell the bike for them. This is our eighth year. We had 120 bikes when we started this morning. There are only 35 left.”
Photographer’s notes: This is my local Cyclo shop, an ASBL in Brussels. Not-for-profit for some of you. I have been regular here for years. Over a decade. I can walk here from my home. They do most of my repairs, and I get most of my supplies here. There are a few other shops about where I spread the small wealth.
He also keeps an air-gun and decent standing pump outside the shop for all to use as they need. I like that added value.
In all the years I have been there, I did not know he did this service. I walked in because the shop was overflowing and I was looking for a giggle, intending to watch dozens of people desperate to get bikes repaired for tomorrow. Instead, I saw dozens of bike stacked up on display, from vintage to racer, folding to tandems, all on offer.
It is why this is my shop. It is why I support local bike shops.