Taking advantage of that small ray of sunshine

©Barry Sandland/TIMb - Man with his Granville bike in a Brussels park

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – In the recent barrage of foul Belgian weather, a sunny respite in the park.

“I have been on the bike in Brussels for 16 years now. I took it on go to work. because it is faster than by car. In general work is about 20 minutes out then back. At lunch, I can go home as well. So often I do four Continue reading

And the white bike no more … for a moment


©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Mixed emotions at all the bikes being used – yet nothing for me.

Day Two: So, I was persuaded to walk about a dozen kilometres from one entrance of De Hoge Veluwe National Park to the other, with the promise we would ride bikes back. With my feet aching as we walked the last stretch, we turned the corner and there were rows and rows of bike stands – and not one bike. Not one. I could have Continue reading

Riding an alleycat race, Brussels style

NOTE: There have been eight updates to this post since the original. Adding something every day. 

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Bike messenger doing hands-fee stunt before the alleycat race starts

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Fixed gear and hands-free stunts. Warming up for the alleycat race.

“Sorry. I could not hold it.” (He thought I missed the shot!)

I went to my first Alleycat race for bike messengers yesterday. Brussels style. A mass of riders, mostly fixed gear, dressed in the de rigour outfits of baggy shorts over bike tights, some using the space and pre-race time to  practice a Continue reading

When bike messengers gather to test their mettle

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Bike messenger reflecting own the coming bike messenger championships

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Ever come across a bike messenger who did not like a bit of speed?

“This bike is just a year and a half old. This year, I hope to be going to the European and World Bike Messenger Championships. I have a friend who has been in the European Bike Messenger finals twice now. You have to make qualifications and then you can ride the main race. And then you also have the biggest Alleycat race in Continue reading