Looking at more than spokes and frames

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Bike mechanic giving quick advice outside Tandem Café

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Repairs and consultations at Tandem Café

Tandem Cafe closes on September 1: “I have not been a bike mechanic for that long. Just about three years now. Before that, I was working with wood, was a plumber and a sculptor. So working with my hands was natural. So working with my hands fixing bikes was just Continue reading

Tandem creates a brilliant pop-up bicycle café where bikes cannot be ridden

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Tandem bicycle cafe in a park filled w monster trees

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Green spaces and trees create an ideal bicycle café.

I would never have opened a bicycle cafe at the Jean-Felix Hap Park location in Etterbeek. It is off the beaten track, not a cycling thoroughfare, tucked away in a park that is so little known, locals are scarcely aware there is a green space behind the walls. The entry has a poorly displayed – but still there – sign that says riding a bikes is not Continue reading

August might be the best month to try a Critical Mass ride

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Promotion image for Critical Mass rides in August

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Join the hundreds of other cyclists in your city to advocate for cycling

Critical Mass rides again tonight. As always, the last Friday of the month. But this is August and possibly the best month to participate. At least in Brussels. In the past week, the cars seem to have disappeared. Like body snatchers, just not replaced by sinister clones (never replace sinister with sinister). Brussels has evacuated Continue reading

Tandem’s temporary (but much needed) bike cafe

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Interior shot of the Tandem Bicycle Cafe in Etterbeek, Brussels

Barry Sandland/TIMB – The latest, if only temporary, bicycle cafe in Brussels. Tandem, in Etterbeek.

This is Tandem, a pop-up bike cafe in Brussels. Brilliant idea. In Etterbeek at the Jean Felix Hap garden and it makes a brilliant stop. I struggled to find it, but the park has metal double door opening on Chausee de Wavre, opposite Rue de la Confiance.
Now the bad news. It is a pop-up and will only be there for 13 more days.

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