Cycling friendships should include the occasional torture

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Cyclist with his Dolan track bike on the streets in London

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Speed and cycling – just natural

3/3: “I did race. I won a crit race and an alleycat. Vilnius is really hilly – just hill after hill. And I ride a fixie on the hills. Fixed Gear Vilnius. Fixed is what makes it interesting. I was living on top of the hills and everyday I had to go down two kilometres on a ten percent Continue reading

That London career pause

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Courier w his Dolan in London

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – That momentary London rest before it all begins again.

“I used to study here and lived there for three years. I am going to meet my friend. He is a courier, so I am likely going to hang with him and delver some packages. I am here for two weeks, just doing this. Riding bikes and Continue reading

Maybe BMX riders are always kids

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - One of the first British BMX riders

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – BMX is still seeings its first generation ride their events.

“I am a semi-pro rider but a professional track builder. I rebuild and service tracks all around the UK. I was servicing a track yesterday. In this country, the people my age, we are still the ones who were doing it when we were kids. You get a lot of racers who are in their 50s. There is one guy in England who is 70 and he went out to America to race over the winter. I think he went out in the semi-finals, at the age of 70. He would have been in the over 50s class” Continue reading

Try your luck, take your chance

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Finland actor w his Giant bike in London

Barry Sandland/TIMB – The wave of new faces to the capital, looking for their chance

“I came to London to try my luck. I have been here a little over two months. It has been a slow start but getting better. I am an actor and I do gig-based work. But in Finland, it is not such a big thing. But here there is much more. Let’s see. Anything I can get. If nothing good comes, then I go back to Finland. I have work, but it starts in March. I could go back until then, but there are chances here. But it is very expensive here and my bike is cheap.”

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