Always ready for a slow ride

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - French slow rider in Brussels near military vehicles

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Slow rider from France on the streets of Brussels seeing the military presence

“I am a cycling activist and am involved with many cycling associations in France. Mostly slow cycling. I advise about festivals for long journeys, especially in the south of France.  When with friends who ride at 40 km/ph, I cannot follow. My philosophy is to ride slowly.” Continue reading

Irish by any other name

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Rider in downtown core w military in the background

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Being from Ireland, the wet weather did have much effect.

“You know some people give names to their bikes?”

What do you call your bike?

“Summer.”

A quick detour for a photograph of the military

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Cyclists in Brussels taking photographs

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Caught on his daily ride, this cyclist slipped onto the main thoroughfare in Brussels to take a few images of the city and the military presence.

“This is just my daily transport and I am on the way to work. The military is something you do not see every day. I don’t pass by here normally. I usually pass on the parallel road but I came here precisely because of the military.” Continue reading

Cycling amongst the military in Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Cyclists riding around the military in Brussels.

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Despite the heavy police and military presence in Brussels, there were plenty of people on the streets, at cafés – until the lousy weather came.

If you have not been watching the news recently, Brussels has been in a raised security level after a person connected to the terrorist attacks in Paris was thought to be in Brussels. Molenbeek, specifically. Now, This Is My Bike is based in Molenbeek and I spent the past few days cycling around my city, getting a few photos for the site. This was taken on Monday, Day Two of the military presence and when the worldwide media was reporting the ghost city that was once Brussels.

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Repurposed from mail carrier to gardener’s cargo bike

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Cargo riding gardener prepares his bike for the day at Brixton Cycles

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – There is a lot of casual use tools and pumps at Brixton Cycles that goes almost unnoticed all through then

“It’s a postman’s bike from maybe 20 years ago. I have other bikes, but actually, just to get around town, I find I am using this one. It’s just easier. You can get a lot on it, 20-30 kilos. I am a gardener so sometimes …. And also this rack comes off very easily. The bike is a better bet. Particularly in London at the minute. They are creating all these bike lanes and it is very unpredictable how long it will take to get anywhere.” Continue reading