History at Stalen Ros and the ultimate record bike of the era

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Tandem record bike on display at the Stalen Ros vintage event.

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Limitations in gearing is as simple as the proximity of pavement.

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 takes you through the generations

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Corked water bottles in their handlebar mounts at the Stalen Ros vintage show.

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Decades of cycling that, for some, will bring floods of memories.

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

Zombies are like bacon, they make everything better

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - London Courier Emergency Fund t-shirt w Eddy Merckx, the Cannibal, as a zombie.

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Eddy Merckx as my favourite zombie. Given his nickname, it seems appropriate. I mean, if they can do it to Jane Austen…

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

Cycling cafés versus cyclists’ cafés

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - The public tools and workspace at Brixton Cycles

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Tools and coffee – essentials to a cyclists café.

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.