Always ready for a slow ride

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - French slow rider in Brussels near military vehicles

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Slow rider from France on the streets of Brussels seeing the military presence

“I am a cycling activist and am involved with many cycling associations in France. Mostly slow cycling. I advise about festivals for long journeys, especially in the south of France.  When with friends who ride at 40 km/ph, I cannot follow. My philosophy is to ride slowly.” Continue reading

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Irish by any other name

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Rider in downtown core w military in the background

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Being from Ireland, the wet weather did have much effect.

“You know some people give names to their bikes?”

What do you call your bike?

“Summer.”

A quick detour for a photograph of the military

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Cyclists in Brussels taking photographs

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Caught on his daily ride, this cyclist slipped onto the main thoroughfare in Brussels to take a few images of the city and the military presence.

“This is just my daily transport and I am on the way to work. The military is something you do not see every day. I don’t pass by here normally. I usually pass on the parallel road but I came here precisely because of the military.” Continue reading

Cycling amongst the military in Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Cyclists riding around the military in Brussels.

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Despite the heavy police and military presence in Brussels, there were plenty of people on the streets, at cafés – until the lousy weather came.

If you have not been watching the news recently, Brussels has been in a raised security level after a person connected to the terrorist attacks in Paris was thought to be in Brussels. Molenbeek, specifically. Now, This Is My Bike is based in Molenbeek and I spent the past few days cycling around my city, getting a few photos for the site. This was taken on Monday, Day Two of the military presence and when the worldwide media was reporting the ghost city that was once Brussels.

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Brixton Cycles trackie and his footless Ghent track efforts

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Brixton Cycles coop member explaining his track adventures

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Red beard is safe, but now he will be easy to spot at the Ghent track evetns

“I used to be a downhill mountain bike racer, but I stopped that. I realised when I crashed my body did not bounce and accidents really hurt. Now I am a track racer. And I am lazy, so I am just a sprinter. I love it. Ghent is my favourite track. I just love it. I have been around it. Well, I have done half a lap on my feet. I was running. It was the end of the night and everyone had gone home. There was no one there so we got n the track and I started running. And I got to the bend and fell off. And then got taken out by the ‘gendarmes’.  They were really nice actually. They picked up one of my mates and his feet never touched the floor until we were outside. They stopped and held him up while we got his coat ticket and then they threw him out and said, “Come back tomorrow”. Continue reading