Keeping the roadworthy in your bike

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Villo bikes and street collection in Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Just sitting there, doing nothing, and the mechanics must come.

Villo, with the winter trade, is coming. In all the recent rain, I have been adding oil to the chain and gears, cleaning the frame and brake surfaces, trying to keep the bike roadworthy as winter comes. And then I think about Villo bikes. Exposed to Continue reading

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Belgium’s Ahooga folding bike steady first steps

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Ahooga bike at the bike polo event during European Mobility Week

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Mobility Week, perfect environment to ride the Ahooga.

Ahooga Folding Bikes: “We have sold over 300 of the bike so far, so that is over one per day, and that is right on target. And we are making changes, so the braking will be even better – but the basic bike has not changed. It weighs about 10 kilograms, so it is very light for a folding bike. And now we can Continue reading

After years carrying camera equipment, a bike in a bag is a small cross to bear

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Strava photographer Antton Miettinen with his Pretorius bicycle in Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Strava photographer Antton Miettinen with his Pretorius bike and its simplest lines

2/2: “John Pretorius, the owner of Pretorius Bikes, is very legit.  He used to be a pro racer and so he is a good man., The bikes are designed by him and gives it legitimacy straight away. And they look very good and he knows how to set them up as well.  And I had a couple of steel bikes before that were also wonderful. I tested one of these before, just by 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