When bringing home a new bike, maybe the tone is important

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Cyclist with his electric mountain bike in the city centre.

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Another victim of the N+1 rule

“This is my city bike. I am from Frankfurt and this is my first day riding in Brussels and there are a few mountains here and I need the electric bike. I have about five bikes at home. There is a fixie and a fat bike. The fat bike is one of just 100 made Continue reading

Ride your folding bike like it has another life

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Rider with his folding bike outside entrance to the train station

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Repurpose your folding bike to another style

“I have been riding since I was a kid and used to be a mountain bike rider, so I suppose going up and down over the curbs and riding this way, I have a skill set I am not really conscious of when I ride. I am a bit faster than most people, I guess, who ride a Continue reading

Why did I ride Mont Ventoux as my first mountain experience?

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Me and my clunker on the top of Mont Ventux

©TIMB- One mountain pass done, so many more to consider. Just look at the mass of racing bikes and spandex around me, and I did it on a clunker I bought on eBay., Long live my legs, I say. 

“I made a comment that I would like to ride a mountain ascent from the Tour de France, just to see just how hard it is. Next thing I know, I was at the base of Mont Ventoux. It is long. It is steep. Monotonously steep.”

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Bike tours should still be done with a bit of speed

@Michael Basham - Cyclist on the bike paths in Ontario

@Michael Basham- Great roads, great sun…

“This is my daily bike, slightly adjusted for touring. The slow stuff. The tires are super-endurance versions that do me well, but makes the bike a bit slower. But I love the high seat and low handlebars. I brought this set up design over from the road bikes so I would have a faster, more competitive ride, even when touring. In my mind, I might be setting the bike up for a tour, but it can be a fast tour. I suppose it is the speed mindset instilled from bygone racing days.” Continue reading

Making a disability a little safer, maybe a little faster

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Cyclist with paralysed arm on bike path in Ottawa

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Bike trails with the chance for distance and speed

“When I first got the bike, I reached over to change the gears and I was alongside the curb and I fell and I thought I would never let that happen again. When I fell, my knee fell on my arm and bruised it so badly I had to go to hospital. So my girlfriend, who is really into cycling, said, ‘When we go riding, I got you this. Please put it on’. And so I wear a sling. So doing the ride, people notice the guy is hurt.” Continue reading

Making bucket list plans for Canada’s ice roads

©TIMB - Rider considering ice road adventures in the Northwest Territories

©TIMB – It was a cool spring day when we discussed the best of winter cycling in northern Canada. Note the life vest … necessary when you paddle to work from your houseboat before the final bike ride.

 

“The best thing about winter riding is summertime. No, the best is riding on the lake. In winter there is an ice road. But when the ice is too thin for cars, even where there is no road, you can take a bike. It is thick, but hard for cars to get on.

So the entire lake is mine and it is on my bucket list to bike to Hay River. It is 400k on the road. It won’t be so far if you go straight across. Where cars cannot go – that is the best part of winter cycling.” Continue reading