This Is My Bike celebrates one year and a bunch of cyclists later


Today is the one year mark for This Is My Bike. The beginning of year two. There have been over 300 cyclists featured on the site. When I began, I was hoping to be able to keep the flow going. One year behind me, I start to see themes and rhythms in the content – and the potential for the second year. Read on for more…  Continue reading

The ubiquitous international Brompton is taking over Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Two Brompton cyclists with their bikes in Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB- The ever-present Brompton on the streets of Brussels

“We used to live here in Brussels back in 2003 and we are back doing a small tour, just a little ride as we test the bikes for some sort of bigger tour. But now as we ride, we see Brompton’s everywhere here. Every second bike seems to be a Brompton.” Continue reading

First response, and the cool factor, with bikes at the airport

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Emergency responder on a bicycle at Montreal International airport

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Two wheels and emergency response in Montreal

“We are the first responders here at the airport and if there is a problem, we are always the first there. We can get there in a couple of minutes. We ride our bicycles  all through the airport. A paramedic is called automatically, if it is a medical issue. We have everything on board. There are sirens and lights. Everything. And riding through the airport is very cool.” Continue reading

Bike tours should still be done with a bit of speed

@Michael Basham - Cyclist on the bike paths in Ontario

@Michael Basham- Great roads, great sun…

“This is my daily bike, slightly adjusted for touring. The slow stuff. The tires are super-endurance versions that do me well, but makes the bike a bit slower. But I love the high seat and low handlebars. I brought this set up design over from the road bikes so I would have a faster, more competitive ride, even when touring. In my mind, I might be setting the bike up for a tour, but it can be a fast tour. I suppose it is the speed mindset instilled from bygone racing days.” Continue reading

Making a disability a little safer, maybe a little faster

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Cyclist with paralysed arm on bike path in Ottawa

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Bike trails with the chance for distance and speed

“When I first got the bike, I reached over to change the gears and I was alongside the curb and I fell and I thought I would never let that happen again. When I fell, my knee fell on my arm and bruised it so badly I had to go to hospital. So my girlfriend, who is really into cycling, said, ‘When we go riding, I got you this. Please put it on’. And so I wear a sling. So doing the ride, people notice the guy is hurt.” Continue reading

What might be less than obvious with a disabled cyclist

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Cyclist with paralysed arm on bike path in Ottawa

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Disabilities in riders are not always easy to see.

“My arm is paralysed. A permanent thing and I have learned to live with it. When I don’t have my sling on, I have no flags, nobody notices. It wasn’t hard to move to a bicycle. I was paralyzed on a motorbike and getting on a bicycle was kind of therapy. With just one arm, I have to be more cautious, but I’m going to get another bike because I know I’m enjoying this.”
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Military service that ends with a recumbent

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Woman with her service dog on HP-Velotechnik

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – With service dog in tow, a trike-bike navigate the bicycle path

“I hurt my neck on military training. I was carrying a big rucksack that was too big for me and it put my helmet down onto my chest and I was jogging for two  hours with my chin on my chest, fully loaded. Not too much fun. My muscle wall seized. That was three years ago. I can walk but not for more than 15 to 20 minutes. My shoulders start to hurt. I cannot run. Cannot drive. I am getting released from the military because of it.”

New muscles, new targets for para-cyclist

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Hand-powered bike for para-cyclist

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Moving to a new power system is a long slow process

“The whole upper body is so much stronger now. I have a motor-assist now because, that little hill I just came up, I would have had to gear way down. The problem is the brakes and gears are down here so when you are  changing gears, you cannot pedal. Kind of a screwed up system. So I drop a couple of gears before I even get there. I am doing 20-25 kilometres every time I go out. I get home thinking, ‘That was a nice ride’. The muscle development is more like toning. But I have far more than I used to have. I can walk on my arms – almost.” Continue reading