State-sanctioned coffee – the perfect cycling aid

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Pre-ride coffee at the Katusha coffee truck

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Start the rider w coffee. There is a better solution for end of rides.

Coffee – an essential. This came from a Katusha ride where the company appeared with their coffee truck. State-sanctioned riding assistance.  Continue reading

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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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