Steampunk to the highlands on a bike

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Cyclists enjoys the Sunday Without Cars ride in a fancy dress outfit of steampunk and makeshift Scottish kilt

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Fancy dress optional for Sunday Without Cars

“I am from Thailand, dressed as a Scot and living in Belgium. But it is the Sunday Without Cars ride and I thought it would be nice to dress up.”


Notes: Check the face mask. Pure cyberpunkJust one short week ago and it seems like a distant memory. Work does that. But the day was a huge success., Now the government has to figure out how to get more. One Sunday a month the entire year. Or every Sunday from May to November. But the success of the event, each and every year, is showing the direction. More bikes. Period.

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Penny farthing, the first speedster and still on the roads

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Costumed rider standing next to his penny farthing

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Penny farthing and the costumed riders that offer a shock to modern bikes

“People are still racing these penny farthings. We had 26 Englishmen here last week for the European Championships. I have had mine going 56 kilometres per hour on a Continue reading

Always pimp your (folding) bike to your own style

Barry Sandland/TIMB - Ahooga mechanic holding up one of the bikes with one hand to demonstrate the light weight.

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Flaunting the weight of the Ahooga foldable.

“There are always decisions to make when you look for a folding bike. I wanted something a little stiffer, like mountain bike and the X-type riding. It is a faster bike. If I had  my way, I would have the handlebars lower so you have a more aggressive, racing position. But I have already changed the crankset for something stiffer, harder to ride. I do not want an electric bike. I like to pedal the bike.”

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My Ahooga Christmas present

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Cyclist with her folding Ahooga bike on the Grand Place in Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Bright red has to be the ideal Christmas present colour

“I have always been on a bike. It is the fastest way to get around  in the city.  For my Christmas present, my husband bought me this folding electric bike. The battery is there and it is really light. Just 13kgs. We have a home with a long stairwell and this is easy to manage. For me, it is perfect.

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