Bullitt’s overnight evolution of the cargo bike

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Harry, of Larry vs Harry, being interviewed with his Bullitt bike at the Cycle Messenger World Championships in Paris

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Bullitt developer in high demand at the Cycle Messenger World Championships in Paris.

THE BULLITT BIKE INTERVIEW PART 01: “I have used my Bullitt bike every day for eight years and every day I think, ‘I do like this bike’. I was a carpenter and we always used cargo bikes, Long Johns and the like. It was nice, but it was my dream to get a better one. One of my very good friends, Larry, Larson, was in the bike business and he had bikes that I could beat on my 70 year old long Long John. I was using them and discussed making something in-between, something modern and Continue reading

When determining the minimum number of bikes a person should own

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Dawes rider detailing his range of bikes and the purpose each has in his cycling life

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Having one bike implies there is only one style off cycling.

“I have had this Dawes about 15 years and have gotten more and more  into cycling since I have retired. I am in two cycling clubs, so I really have really gotten into road riding. Not that I am that bitten, but I Continue reading

Recovery from injury can feel like two steps back

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Rider at the top of the Gatineau hills

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Coming back after an injury can seem harder than doing nothing.

“I recently had a serious accident. A tib-fib fracture. They went in with a rod through the tibia, right through the inside of the bone. Screws here and here. And then a plate here and some more screws and another plate over here. I was just walking home on a flat sidewalk. The doctor was surprised because that injury is more associated with a high velocity impact. Skiing, or something like that. The bike ride is because I am finally finding legs, but it is also physio. I was told cycling and swimming are the only two sports I can partake in right now. They are both low impact sports. Recovery is anywhere from six to 24 months. But the problem I am having right now is, I get badly swollen. By this afternoon, this entire lower leg area will get swollen equally as large as my knee. And then it his just pain because of all the scar tissue in there as well. This is about my fifth ride out since the accident. My first ride up here. Even after the riding it still swells. They say it will get better over time, but I suppose time is all I have on my side right now.” 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.”

Being best at your second choice

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Robyn Angeles and her time trial bike

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Ontario women’s masters champion and podium at the national level, Robyn Angeles is one of Canada’s elite cyclists.

“I am a cyclist-pro cyclist. I guess if I wanted to be the best in any sport,  I wish it were cyclo-cross, but I am too heavy – and so I am not a good cyclo-crosser.  But I have always been good at road racing and always been good at time-trialling. So last year at the Masters National Championships, I was second in the time-trial. As long as it is pretty flat, I can go pretty fast. And in the road race, I was third. That is national. In Ontario I am provincial champion. And I qualified in Denmark for the UCI UWCT world championships in Denmark this year.” Continue reading