OK, maybe I can accept a little mechanical doping

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Electric bikes at a garden show isn Belgium

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Keep it outside competition, and what does it really matter

“Electric bikes have limits. Under EU law, they cannot go over 25 kilometres an hour. Anything else and you become a motorised bike and need a helmet and you cannot use the bike paths.”

Notes: I rode an electric bike. Actually not the Continue reading

Unlike doctors, bicycle mechanics can practice on themselves

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Trainee bicycle mechanic w his Orbea bicycle in Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Learn your skills on your own

“I just started a course on how to repair bicycles so the bike also serves as something I can use to practice. I hope, when I am done, I can open a bike workshop. With the bike, I bought everything separately. The frame and forks were together, then I went and found the wheels, the components, everything else online. Putting it all Continue reading

Those first moments after a bike theft

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Cyclist w his B-twin mountain bike in from of Gare Centrale, Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – After a bike gets stolen, there are those few minutes where disbelief takes hold

“I really like bikes. This is an older one I have in reserve. They stole my other bike and this is the last one that I still have. They steal a lot of bikes in Brussels. Two weeks ago, in front of a hospital, and it was just five minutes. No more than ten. When I came Continue reading