After years carrying camera equipment, a bike in a bag is a small cross to bear

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Strava photographer Antton Miettinen with his Pretorius bicycle in Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Strava photographer Antton Miettinen with his Pretorius bike and its simplest lines

2/2: “John Pretorius, the owner of Pretorius Bikes, is very legit.  He used to be a pro racer and so he is a good man., The bikes are designed by him and gives it legitimacy straight away. And they look very good and he knows how to set them up as well.  And I had a couple of steel bikes before that were also wonderful. I tested one of these before, just by Continue reading

Ahooga folding bike and its career break origins

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Ahooga foldable bike

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Fresh from the drawing board and welding shop, a Belgian foldable bike.

“We were working together in the same IT company and he took a year long sabbatical, went to the Solvay Business School and, two days before he defended his end of term paper, he thought, ‘This is not what I want to do’, and he decided to go for a bike project. He came and said he wanted to do this and would I be with him. I said, ‘Yes’. He had a few sketches and then took classes on welding and then went to the UK to build his bike with the same people who worked on the Moulton. Designed in Brussels. First versions built in the UK alongside experts and artisans. And now we have signed with a Belgian company to produce it.”

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Starting with the prototype, a new Belgian folding bike goes Ahooga

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Ahooga bike co-founder with the folding bike

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Ahooga was at the MAD Bike exhibit with other Belgian frame builders – a sign of Belgium returning to the craft.

“You can only get this online right now, but we will open in Brussels soon. This bike was built with my partner’s bare hands. This is a Brussels bike. The prototypes are being built by us. We thought most folding bikes did not address all the problems we identified. We talked about ecology, environment, mobility and so on.  The standard bicycle does tackle that. What they do not tackle is fatigue, weather, sweat, security. So we thought we could do something here. And we have come up with an ultra-lightweight, folding, elegant, one piece folding bike. And a model with electric assistance.

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The pleasures of crafting a noble bike from steel

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Nicolas Noble and his randonneur ride at MAD Bike

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Custom built for the person and the ride. Noble Cycles on display.

“What pleases me about my craft is to work with steel, with the material. It is difficult to explain. I love to start with nothing and come to the final result. What excites me the most is to have a client and to create something that corresponds perfectly with what they want. It is difficult sometime, but for now, so far so good.”

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