The art of heavy loads is to believe they are something else

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Courier w his overloaded cargo bike

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – And they say you need a truck for large loads. What a laugh.

“They told me it was tea. But maybe it is filled with valuable plates and cups and they did not want to scare me.”  Continue reading

It’s beginning to look like Christmas


©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Bike Experience and Cyclo offer street side repairs and information at the Christmas market

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Cycling cooperatives joining forces at the Christmas Market in Brussels

Buried in the throes of Christmas shoppers, Bike Experience and Cyclo joined forces to offer help to the passing city cyclists. Information about some of the Continue reading

Cycloperativa relocates today

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Cycloperativa cargo bike mid move

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Free bicycle service stays alive in Brussels city centre

“We are moving Cycloperativa. The new location opens (today).”
New location: rue Van Arteveldestraat, 124
Notes: Brussels has a great collection of socially funded bicycle repair shops. And then you get to Cycloperativa. They offer bicycle repairs for free. Brilliant in the less wealthy city centre. The mechanics volunteer their time and they come from a mass of bike shops across the city. Every week, on Mondays, they offer the service. So I will be there this evening, celebrating opening night. They have photos on their Facebook page. The new location is complete with sofas and chairs for the essential non-bicycle part of life. cycloperativa.jpg