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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Dry weather gloves and Rule 9: Be a badass

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Kitchen mitts doubling as cold weather gloves on the bike

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – These work – they really do. Kitchen mitts for cold weather rides.

These are my winter, dry weather, gloves. They actually are heat resistant for the kitchen – but they are so thick, fingers stay warm all ride. But they are dry weather so, given recent forecasts, they are useless. To all the cyclists out Continue reading

Stalen Ros might be the saviour of my vintage ride

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Entrance display at Stalen Ros and the vintage celebration at the Ghent velodrome.

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Stalen Ros and the celebration of cycling’s history

Another year, another essential visit to the Stalen Ros vintage market in Ghent. What struck me this year was, vintage cycling enthusiasm is a male-centric event. A clear 99.9% of those in attendance were male. Not kidding. The obsession with protecting the history physical of cycling remains a male dominated. Continue reading

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.