Coordinating your stag party with the UCI early season classics

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Stag party celebrations take the Belgian turn....

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Stag party celebrations take the Belgian turn….

“He is getting married.”

Photographer’s notes: My take-away image of the Oomloop het Nieuwsblad early season classic on Satur Continue reading

Pedal Back to London’s blue collar bicycle café

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Owners of the Pedal Back Cafe at their establishment

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Tucked away in Broadway Market, my fave blue-collar cafe.

“You should start with a good basic frame. Most good names have decent components, but you can always get better as you go. But start with the frame.”

Photographer’s notes: There are more and more cycling cafés appearing every year in London. Some are bona fide contributors. Others seem a little pedestrian, little more than a carbuncle attached to a bike shop. There are far too few blue collar Continue reading

After decades on the bike, a road bike revelation

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Man on his Bianchi road bike

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – After years of demolishing cheap mountain bikes, something beautiful

Part one of a three part series: “I am new to this kind of bike, but I am a lifetime cyclist. I have always been a utility cyclist, a commuting cyclist. I have cycled all my life, had a bike when I was a kid and never stopped having a bike. But, with three small children,    Continue reading

Maybe BMX riders are always kids

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - One of the first British BMX riders

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – BMX is still seeings its first generation ride their events.

“I am a semi-pro rider but a professional track builder. I rebuild and service tracks all around the UK. I was servicing a track yesterday. In this country, the people my age, we are still the ones who were doing it when we were kids. You get a lot of racers who are in their 50s. There is one guy in England who is 70 and he went out to America to race over the winter. I think he went out in the semi-finals, at the age of 70. He would have been in the over 50s class” Continue reading