Belgium’s Ahooga folding bike steady first steps

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Ahooga bike at the bike polo event during European Mobility Week

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Mobility Week, perfect environment to ride the Ahooga.

Ahooga Folding Bikes: “We have sold over 300 of the bike so far, so that is over one per day, and that is right on target. And we are making changes, so the braking will be even better – but the basic bike has not changed. It weighs about 10 kilograms, so it is very light for a folding bike. And now we can Continue reading

Bullitt’s overnight evolution of the cargo bike

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Harry, of Larry vs Harry, being interviewed with his Bullitt bike at the Cycle Messenger World Championships in Paris

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Bullitt developer in high demand at the Cycle Messenger World Championships in Paris.

THE BULLITT BIKE INTERVIEW PART 01: “I have used my Bullitt bike every day for eight years and every day I think, ‘I do like this bike’. I was a carpenter and we always used cargo bikes, Long Johns and the like. It was nice, but it was my dream to get a better one. One of my very good friends, Larry, Larson, was in the bike business and he had bikes that I could beat on my 70 year old long Long John. I was using them and discussed making something in-between, something modern and Continue reading

Ahooga folding bike and its career break origins

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Ahooga foldable bike

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Fresh from the drawing board and welding shop, a Belgian foldable bike.

“We were working together in the same IT company and he took a year long sabbatical, went to the Solvay Business School and, two days before he defended his end of term paper, he thought, ‘This is not what I want to do’, and he decided to go for a bike project. He came and said he wanted to do this and would I be with him. I said, ‘Yes’. He had a few sketches and then took classes on welding and then went to the UK to build his bike with the same people who worked on the Moulton. Designed in Brussels. First versions built in the UK alongside experts and artisans. And now we have signed with a Belgian company to produce it.”

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The pleasures of crafting a noble bike from steel

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Nicolas Noble and his randonneur ride at MAD Bike

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Custom built for the person and the ride. Noble Cycles on display.

“What pleases me about my craft is to work with steel, with the material. It is difficult to explain. I love to start with nothing and come to the final result. What excites me the most is to have a client and to create something that corresponds perfectly with what they want. It is difficult sometime, but for now, so far so good.”

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