Kring and the monthly PedalBXL ride

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Kring Cycles and their Sunday rides w a larger peloton

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – The gathering of some lovely rides.

The Kring ride went out today. Well, they go out every Sunday. But this is a motley crew, if there ever was one. This ride is shepherded by PedalBXL. A bit quicker than touring rides. This one taps 28kmph and a Continue reading

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Just being a titanium frame tells you something of the era

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Bike messenger holding his titanium bike

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Pick your decade, titanium is still a brilliant ride

“It is a Russian built, titanium frame, from the eighties, I think. But there is almost nothing about it on the internet. I built it myself with parts I found. I put shifters on the downtube instead of the brake shifters I first had so the bike would be Continue reading

Coming back to the bike after an injury

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Dutch cyclist on the Gorge d'Ardeche

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – When in recovery, life could be worse than riding one of the most scenic rides in France, Gorge d’Ardeche.

“I had an accident recently. I was coming down a hill in the Ardennes on this 20 percent grade and and a stick went into the back wheel and my big, fat body went rolling down the hill and I ended up with a tree stopping me. I bruised some organs badly and it hurt. This is my first time out for a ride since then.  I am here on holidays and I choose this as the first ride. I am killing myself here.” Continue reading

Icebergs, hot knives and butter

@Barry Sandland/TIMB - Cyclist at the top of Gatineau Hills

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – A great view from the top of the Gatineau hills.

“I am a satellite imagery analyst and analyse the images we get for the conditions of the ice in the Canadian arctic, the NorthWest passage and the entire east coast of Canada, as well. We monitor ice conditions and icebergs and all that. And we run down to the American side a little as well. Especially this year. They have a lot of ice on their coast. They are not used to that. We are monitoring unusual conditions. Nowadays we have lots more satellite and data and there are a lot more ships into the Northwest passage. There was a European ship that went back and forth all summer. He was pressing through ice all summer long and he went through it like a hot knife through butter.”

In French, the word you use defines the rider you are

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Actor on his bike along a Belgiam canal

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Take a bike and walk out the door. Worry about the distance later.

“In French, there are two different words for bikes. There are velos and bicyclettes. I am on a velo. It means you ride and you are not there to watch the landscape. On a bicyclette, you are on a stroll. In my mind, I win the Tour de France every year and have won it for the past 35 years. I am not on a stroll” Continue reading

Any excuse, some people will ride for a bit of bio food

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Actor on his bike along a Belgiam canal

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – For some, being fit is not a decision, but simply part of everyday life.

“I went to the bio market in Brussels. I come 22 kilometres from home to buy good avocados and bananas. It is a reason for me to go cycling, in a way. I love to be on my bike and I try to ride between 8,000 and 10,000 kilometres every year, so I need to get out. The bio market is just a goal. I bought this bike last year. My other bike was the same style but was stolen. But then I found it again. two months later. So now I have two nearly identical bikes, and it is great. I wake up and think, ‘Which will I take today’.”

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Preparing legs for the first triathlon

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Triathlete and his Specialized bike in Halle

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Early season miles as a rider prepares for his first triathlon.

“This is my first ride of the season – 15 kilometres so far today. It will be 45k in total. I bought the bike for triathlons, but I am a beginner. I do my first triathlon in Venice in September. This is my level of bike. I do not think you gain much time with a 10,000 Euro bike.”  Continue reading