Commuter bike with the added features to separate it from the mass

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Single speed commuter bike in Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Single speed with some small, beautiful, additions.

“I made this one myself. Found the frame and then built it up from that. The frame comes from, maybe, the late eighties or nineties. With the panniers, it is not as fast, but it is fast. I use it to ride in the city and commute, but I have others. But this one is a Continue reading

That London career pause

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Courier w his Dolan in London

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – That momentary London rest before it all begins again.

“I used to study here and lived there for three years. I am going to meet my friend. He is a courier, so I am likely going to hang with him and delver some packages. I am here for two weeks, just doing this. Riding bikes and Continue reading

Fixies en route to the CMWC in Paris

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Two bicycle messengers from Australia in Brussels en route to Paris for the Cycle Messenger World Championships

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – The final miles to the CMWC in Paris.

“We are from Australia and strapping up to get ready for the international Cycle Messenger World Championships in Paris. We just did Amsterdam to here and we are going to Paris by bus. We had mates we were with originally, but it was a bit tiring for me as I have not done much long Continue reading

Fixies and the simpler mechanical options

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Bike messenger win London, UK

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Adapting a bike to the messenger ideal

“I bought the bike at a shop and, since getting it, I have taken it on to full fixie and the like. Made it lighter and stuff. When I first bought it, it had front and rear brakes, I was on a  free wheel. I was used to free-wheeling. Then  you see all the fixies, back-pedal braking, only front brakes and I was like, ‘I won’t do that.” And then I came to my senses and you realise London is quite flat so there is no point to gears. As a courier, it is just more mechanical problems. Riding ten hours a day and the bike is going to get wear and tear. So that is why I chose single speed. And free wheeling is more moving parts and you want as few moving parts as possible so you have fewer mechanical problems. That is why I think. That is my main reason.” Continue reading