Sideswiped by car, but police stop me

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Police and a bicycle safety

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Another interaction with aggressive drivers ignored by police

Life in Brussels, Belgium. Friday night, I was sideswiped by a car pulling out of the parking lane. Pushed me out into oncoming traffic. I screamed and shouted to get some space, hitting her side window. She gave me the finger and mouthed, “Fuck off”. I shouted back to “Give space, watch for cyclists”. “Fuck off,” and again the finger. I shouted back to “Fuck off and learn to drive”. … Police were there. Continue reading

The cold created my single speed

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Rear cassette feeling the impact of constant rain and the freezing temperatures

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Road grime from constant rain, and then the freezing temperatures.

“The cold weather and rain have been havoc on my road bike. Late night rides as a bike messenger and the rear cassette almost freezes and the cassette is slipping traction. I could only get one gear to work consistently. It feels like it has broken, about to Continue reading

These are my bikes for 2017

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Bike frames and wheels packaged for transit

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Compact and tight, the starting point for my 2017 bikes.

What started as a momentary entertainment has become a small, personal obsession. The Velominati Rule 12, of N+1 has taken me. I have seven unfinished frames that I am readying for the upcoming year. I have this continually expanding Continue reading