Mobility Week offers even more for cyclists

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Brussels Bike Fair poster promoting the Tour n Taxi event

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – A bike fair in Brussels will host a range of cycling events.

Mobility Week is almost here in Brussels and there is a flood of activity to make it worthwhile to be on a bike.

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Always pimp your (folding) bike to your own style

Barry Sandland/TIMB - Ahooga mechanic holding up one of the bikes with one hand to demonstrate the light weight.

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Flaunting the weight of the Ahooga foldable.

“There are always decisions to make when you look for a folding bike. I wanted something a little stiffer, like mountain bike and the X-type riding. It is a faster bike. If I had  my way, I would have the handlebars lower so you have a more aggressive, racing position. But I have already changed the crankset for something stiffer, harder to ride. I do not want an electric bike. I like to pedal the bike.”

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Tandem Café says goodbye

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Friends gather at Tandem Cafe for the end of their pop-up venture

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Tandem and their farewell party at Jean-Felix Hap Park

It is all over for Tandem… until a  new location is found. The five week long pop-up bicycle café had its closure last night, with a steady gathering of friends and clients. At any time over the past four hours, there were over 100 people there. A steady trickle of riders 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

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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