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

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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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