When your bicycle is your best friend

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Deliver messenger cyclist at a coffee shop in London

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Bicycle messengers and coffee – essential combinations

“Something special happens between my bicycle and me, I always take my bike with me. It’s my best friend. She helps me make friends wherever I go – she makes me feel happy and relaxed. So much, I almost fall asleep while riding.”


Barry Sandland/TIMB - Cyclist showing his hands covered in blisters

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – “I ride the bike a lot. I take it everywhere. I do everything. You can see from my hands, they have blisters all over them. That is all from the bike”


Notes: This was the extended chat as we met. His hands were chewed heavily. Working the bars, pulling the bike into place, arranging the stunts, and the lasting effects on his hand. I had no idea that doing street stunts had such an effect. I mean, I know cyclists have tough hands. They have been whittled down to something lean and essential. However the BMX results are something very different.

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Notes: I met this cyclist on his messenger deliveries when we took the photo. He contacted me later and sent along the text. Given the text gave him a better opportunity to express himself – English is his second language – I have used his text as the intro here. He sent me a few photos of his life on a bike and I have them posted to the blog story. With the picture with the elephant I was trying to go under him with the bike. But that image is on the blog.

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Look close and, if you can see the BMX bike being held in the air, that is this guy.

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He was thinking about how he could ride his bike under the elephant., Seriously. That is what he sent me.

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