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

Heavy duty wheels for some heavy duty rides

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Heavy duty touring bike with rider

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – A sturdy bike for the rides that weigh a little more

“Some years ago we did some serious cycling and so we had to ride in winter, too. And you need a montain bike apparently. Not that you need a mountain bike, but they put that between your ears so you believe it. So I put it together and three of us went biking in the winter. It went fine the first winter. In the second winter I thought, ‘What hell am I in?'” By the third winter, I was more often in the scenery than on the bike because I fell so many times. Technically I am really lousy. But I t is quite heavy and very sturdy and so it can take lots of weight. Now every week, when I can, I go to two local bio farms around Brussels and I get meat and a lot of vegetables and I do that with this sturdy bike.” Continue reading

If you are looking for three wheels, comfort, a photo booth and a night of karaoke, then look at this rickshaw

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Rickshaw with family on the canal in Belgium

Barry Sandland/TIMB – Could this rickshaw be the perfect bike for a growing family?

“This is an Indonesian rickshaw. We found it here on the internet. And I am pregnant and so I am being taken about since I cannot walk that much. In general we use the bike to get and transport a lot of our stuff. We’ve had it for five years now. Plus, we do these activities with the rickshaw. We have a rickshaw karaoke that we do mostly on summer evenings. We can mount a small screen, an amp in the back, and people can sing. We’ve been doing that for four years. It is a spontaneous thing, not something very organised, but I adore karaoke.” Continue reading

24 hours a day, a foldable gives you a different freedom

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Man with his Brompton at the Opera house in Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Never let a bike interfere with your social life.

“The foldable is great. I work in the theatre and I always go by bike. But I might meet up with a  friend and they think it is a problem because they have a car and I have the bike. But the foldable just goes right in. Or with the girlfriend, I can take the metro, go to a restaurant, go anywhere. It gives me liberty.”

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Some days, everyone is a critic

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Cyclist on the road in Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – When on the road, there are always drivers to school you.

“Before I did not have a vest and often there would be some motorist at the traffic lights crying, ‘Oh Mademoiselle! Your headlight, nyah, nyah, nyah.’ Slowly by slowly I got the necessary stuff and I had a headlight, but it broke all the time. Then, the other time, I was at the lights, just ahead, and I was there with my vest, and the stuff, and still there was a motorist making his commentaries. And then, after I passed, he was screaming, ‘Your headlight!!!'” Continue reading