One of a kind “The Butcher” bike

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - The Butcher by Oxford bikes

©Barry Sandland/TIMB  -The Butcher, from Oxford bikes, is one of those heavy in appearance bikes that reeks of smooth and languid movement. I like the family additions – the plastic hamper in the front and kiddy chair on the rear.

“I think it is only available in Belgium. It is not that expensive.  Under ¢500.” Continue reading

So, you think your bike is heavy

©Barry Sandland/TIMB -Belgian postal worker on a bike.

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – The modern postal service. Not electric, these rolling weights are human powered. The stop and go movement must be exhausting, at least initially.

“I have a 14km route and I carry about 30 to 40kg of post every day. And the bike is heavy, made stronger. It is not going to break. It is not an easy job, but with every street, you get lighter.” Continue reading

Oh, Saint Nicolas and his messengers

©Barry Sandland - Bike messenger

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Foul weather and still two wheels. I still think bike messengers are the toughest of the lot. The rest of us, when faced with foul weather, can opt for a car, hide under a shelter, until the worst has passed. The bike messenger is the guy who ignores it al.

“I had to transport the costume of Saint Nicolas the other day – you know this guy, with the grey beard who brings all the stuff? – the beard and all, with the two meter long, golden crook.” Continue reading

Remembering my training wheels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - A perfect Dutch design bike ideal for easy rides in the city. Temperatures have been dropping over recent days, but the rider seems ready for what will come this winter.

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – A perfect Dutch design bike ideal for easy rides in the city. Temperatures have been dropping over recent days, but the rider seems ready for what will come this winter.

Are you a bike person?

“I come from Amsterdam. Of course. I learned how to ride from my father and, without extra wheels, I could ride since I was two years old.” Continue reading