Steampunk to the highlands on a bike

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Cyclists enjoys the Sunday Without Cars ride in a fancy dress outfit of steampunk and makeshift Scottish kilt

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Fancy dress optional for Sunday Without Cars

“I am from Thailand, dressed as a Scot and living in Belgium. But it is the Sunday Without Cars ride and I thought it would be nice to dress up.”

Notes: Check the face mask. Pure cyberpunkJust one short week ago and it seems like a distant memory. Work does that. But the day was a huge success., Now the government has to figure out how to get more. One Sunday a month the entire year. Or every Sunday from May to November. But the success of the event, each and every year, is showing the direction. More bikes. Period.

Ride In Peace street art in Paris celebrates, and warns, cyclists

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Art mural of broken bicycle on Paris wall by Rest In Peace

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – One of over 60 mounted bicycles across Paris.

A nice play on words, given the (rest in) pieces that adorn the walls. I found this suddenly, and then started seeing more and more as the bikes zigzagged the city. There are more images on the Ride In Peace, Paris Facebook page. The project began in November 2013 and now numbers some 60 unique wall mounts across the various arrondissements, celebrating the presence of bikes in the city as well as a warning to the hazards faced. It is well worth the city exploration by finding a few addresses and going off in search.
Each one shares the common characteristic of the broken frame and wheel, as  both amputated and involved in a  serious collision. As much as it catches your eye, it reminds you of how violent life on a bicycle can be.
There are over 200 images posted to the @rideinpeace Instagram account, if you are looking for direction.
Frankly, I am jealous that this is only in Paris. It deserves a wider territory for cyclists to enjoy.

In search of OakOak street art by bike in Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Another cyclist looking for OakOak street art

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Street art is best sought on a bike.

“I read about [OakOak] online last night and am looking for the art today, as well.”

Notes: I saw something on Bruzz (website) last night about a small collection of street art by French artists OakOak that was all over my neighbourhood. Made an instant plan to take the bike the next day and go hunting for the eleven pieces. I was not Continue reading

After years carrying camera equipment, a bike in a bag is a small cross to bear

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Strava photographer Antton Miettinen with his Pretorius bicycle in Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Strava photographer Antton Miettinen with his Pretorius bike and its simplest lines

2/2: “John Pretorius, the owner of Pretorius Bikes, is very legit.  He used to be a pro racer and so he is a good man., The bikes are designed by him and gives it legitimacy straight away. And they look very good and he knows how to set them up as well.  And I had a couple of steel bikes before that were also wonderful. I tested one of these before, just by Continue reading

MAD Bike thrives with bikes, but fails with mobility

Milk Bullit bike at the MASD Bike exhibit

One small issue with mobile coffee.. “You have to wait for it to heat up.” MAD Bike exhibit had the catering by bike situated caterers, including this Bullit bike coffee machine. Great added value.

The MAD Bike exhibition in Brussels was a mixed event for me. I thrived with the bike aspect, the artisanal frame builders, the Belgium innovation. But the lecture that spearheaded the event was so off base to the audience it was infuriating… The blog entry makes this clear.  Continue reading