Critical Mass marks my unofficial end of Mobility Week

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Critical Mass sticker advertising the upcoming rides

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – A celebratory ride, every last Friday on the month, reaffirms the presence of cyclists on the road.

Critical Mass rides tonight. Check online for a ride closest to you. This, for me, is the end of Mobility Week, even if it comes a few days after the formal setting. I spent a week being Continue reading

Paris turns to a Sunday Without Cars

Barry Sandland/TIMB - Paris Day Without Cars promotion

Barry Sandland/TIMB – For the second consecutive year in Paris.

Paris, one of the finest tourist cities in the world, is having a day without cars. A chance to see Paris, the monuments, iconic figures, even ride down the Champs d’Elysée, without cars. About the only times that happens is the final stage of the Tour de France.

Or, it could be the first Sunday of every month, as Paris has banned cars from a series of routes in the city then, in an effort to curb pollution in the city.

It is only the second year, consecutive, that Paris has joined the city wide Day Without Cars community. But the response to the event has been strong and the city is considering having a day without cars more often during the year. This year is impossible, but next year, I hope to be there. But I was there recently, so I have a couple of photos to post in the next few days.

Belgium’s Ahooga folding bike steady first steps

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Ahooga bike at the bike polo event during European Mobility Week

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Mobility Week, perfect environment to ride the Ahooga.

Ahooga Folding Bikes: “We have sold over 300 of the bike so far, so that is over one per day, and that is right on target. And we are making changes, so the braking will be even better – but the basic bike has not changed. It weighs about 10 kilograms, so it is very light for a folding bike. And now we can Continue reading

Car free celebrations in Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Car free Sunday poster

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Once a year, and the streets will be filled

Probably the best participation cycling weekend in Europe – Car Free Sunday. This event has been an annual event for over a decade and the streets, every street, avenue, place and parking lot, will have bicycles, roller skaters and pedestrians. It can be both exciting to ride amongst them, and frightening as they seem to come from every angle. Get your bike out…

Creating a ten-speed fixie at a funeral

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Man with broken road bike that he has recreated as a single speed.

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Look close, this road bike has made some fundamental changes to performance.

“I was at the funeral for Toots Thielemans, in La Hulpe, and riding home. The roads out there are very rough and I adjusted my rear derailleur and CRACK, BAM, it went into the wheel. It was such a loud noise. And it snapped the derailleur off the frame. I always travel with Continue reading

After years carrying camera equipment, a bike in a bag is a small cross to bear

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Strava photographer Antton Miettinen with his Pretorius bicycle in Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Strava photographer Antton Miettinen with his Pretorius bike and its simplest lines

2/2: “John Pretorius, the owner of Pretorius Bikes, is very legit.  He used to be a pro racer and so he is a good man., The bikes are designed by him and gives it legitimacy straight away. And they look very good and he knows how to set them up as well.  And I had a couple of steel bikes before that were also wonderful. I tested one of these before, just by Continue reading