At Stalen Ros: Check out the chain ring! This is a world speed record tandem bike gearing. So large, it has barely clearance from the ground – I mean, look how close it is to the same level as the wheel at ground Continue reading
Stalen Ros is having their vintage bicycle fare today at Citadel Park in Ghent and I am going. The train leaves soon. It is all inside the Kuipke track, a chance to see it up close and in all its passive terror. This is a chance to Continue reading
“This is my first season doing cyclocross and my ambition is to get a few races where I don’t get lapped. In road racing, you can hide in the peloton and, with a little bit of luck, you can get a good Continue reading
“I have nothing to do today, so I am on my bike playing Pokemon. I do it by bike because I can get from X to Y in Brussels so much quicker that way. I don’t walk.”
Autumn has come and it has to be the best changeover season – except for the rain and cold. Was out puttering about the city and saw this couple – so I intruded in their moment. Done now. This is Parc du Cinquantenaire in Brussels and gorgeous this Continue reading
“We ride these all year round, now. It all started about three years ago, but every day we are out on them.” Continue reading
Eddy Merckx amongst the unliving. What could be better as I prepare to watch the season opener of The Walking Dead tonight. And we finally get to see Negan’s brutal choice in his smiling, psychopath introduction. Barring one or two core characters, just about anybody else is a target. And TV shows like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones have discovered the audience loyalty that comes from killing off Continue reading
“You stopping me is kind of strange because I left the house this morning and I thought this looked kind of funny. I am from the Netherlands and I work in a Dutch building and we have a whole pile of Dutch people working there. But this is not Continue reading
There are cycling cafés and there are cyclists cafés. I have a thing for Brixton Cycles and their relationship with “Look Mum, No Hands”. Apart from being a proper cycling café, they have work spaces both for their mechanics and for the general public. If you are in need of an allen key or pump, they have it there, front of house, for any and every cyclist to use. Just put it back in the proper spot, once done. I am pining for the UK. I need to head over and have carrot cake with thick icing and a coffee. And I have been busy on eBay, collecting spare frames, some wheel sets and more. Enough to get a handful more bikes on the road – or close to it.
But cyclists cafés are easy to identify. They have a pump outside for immediate use. A collection of tools for free use. You should be able to rent a lock, if you forgot your own. Proper installations to attach the bike – not just are poles and fences. And, of course, fast access to puncture kits and inner tubes. An on-site mechanic is a nice addition, but not necessary for me. And then we can get to the visuals of bikes on the wall, cycling caps for sale and a few cycling magazines. But now we start talking about cycling themed cafés. Slightly different, in my world.
Villo, with the winter trade, is coming. In all the recent rain, I have been adding oil to the chain and gears, cleaning the frame and brake surfaces, trying to keep the bike roadworthy as winter comes. And then I think about Villo bikes. Exposed to Continue reading