Ride your folding bike like it has another life

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Rider with his folding bike outside entrance to the train station

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Repurpose your folding bike to another style

“I have been riding since I was a kid and used to be a mountain bike rider, so I suppose going up and down over the curbs and riding this way, I have a skill set I am not really conscious of when I ride. I am a bit faster than most people, I guess, who ride a Continue reading

Let the wind open a space for you

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Bromp[ton rider eating energy bar after the 50km Brussels Tour

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Brompton rider enjoying the extra earned carbs after the race.

“It was really windy on the canal but it was a lot better in the second half. The people spread out and there was more space.” Continue reading

The quick convenience of the folding bike

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Man w Brompton folding bike

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – A folding bike makes city bike stresses far easier

“I am still glad to have a foldable n the city. Brussels is steep and has a few hills and sometimes I am too lazy to go up and I take a tram or metro to go up. Otherwise I would need a regular bike. Then my wide wants to live back outside and she keeps telling me to buy an electric bike. If I have to do 15 to 20 kilometres a day, I would not mind. It is like having wind at your back all the time.” Continue reading

Brompton, Brompton, Brompton – another bike – Brompton, Brompton, Brompton

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Man  with Brompton folding bike in Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – An ever-present bicycle in Brussels.

“You see a lot of Bromptons in Belgium. I think it is the most common bike. I have had this two and a half years now. I always had a regular bike before but then I started living outside Brussels and i had to commute with the train. Now I live back in Brussels because the commute was too big. It was a solid hour. I had kids and they still came to school here in Brussels and it was really hard.  It was really terrible and we had to go all the way around in the car and I always took my bike and then did the rest by bit and leave the car. And my wife took the car back. It was like a big hour in traffic.”

A return to zen through cycling

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Theatre worker w his Brompton folding bike

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – And all those artsy people and the need to ride a foldable

3/3: “I was doing Brussels by car for ten years and it is getting worse and worse. Sometimes it takes half an hour. Sometimes it takes two and a half hours, and you get very agitated. And then you come into the neighbourhood of very fragile, soft artists who try to explain something to you and you are like ‘ARGGHHHHH” YEAH, TELL ME WHAT YOU NEED!!!’ And that does not work. So now it is always 45 minutes door to door with the train and I am happy.” Continue reading

Truckers and a foldable convenience

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Some bikes responds better to transport issuews

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Foldables prove their function on and off the road

2/3: “I take the Brompton on tour. It goes on the truck to whatever city and it has been all over Europe. In lots of cities, you have to park the truck outside the city, so you park outside and I take the Brompton and in 15 minutes I am back and I can start constructing the shows. It has been very, very convenient for me.”

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