When determining the minimum number of bikes a person should own

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Dawes rider detailing his range of bikes and the purpose each has in his cycling life

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Having one bike implies there is only one style off cycling.

“I have had this Dawes about 15 years and have gotten more and more  into cycling since I have retired. I am in two cycling clubs, so I really have really gotten into road riding. Not that I am that bitten, but I Continue reading

London Bike Show and catering ice cream to the bicycle fanatics

Artisanal ice cream from a Bullitt cargo bike

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – One of these days, there will be a food fare with only cargo bike providers. Counting the days. Meanwhile, ice cream at the London Bike Show.

“I like this over the three-wheeled cargo bikes. Have you ever tried to take a corner at the bottom of a hill? And I can get this into the back of my van easily, so I can do all the events. And then we get all the ice-cream, hand-made, from local farm, so.. ” 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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One man’s best and worst of riding at Herne Hill

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Coach w his bike at Herne Hill velodrome

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Track racing comes w its pitfalls – and celebrations

“I have been a coach for six or seven years now, I suppose. The history here at Herne Hill makes it special. We have been here since 1892. They had the 1948 Olympics here. Bradley Wiggins started his career here.
“My best memory is when Wiggins rode the Good Friday meeting here along with some other big names. They have a Good Friday meeting they have been holding for just over 100 years now. So, we used to get some really big names then.
“My worst memory was my last race here when I was doing an elimination race and someone in front of me hit the fence and came down. I managed to ride into a gap and avoided him. But he broke his ribs and managed to drive one into his lungs. So I packed it in after that.”

Teach and old man a new trick

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Participant at the old man cycling hour at Herne Hill velodrome

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Various cycling programs at Herne Hill means a space for everyone, including ‘old man’ racing.

“I am just an old man on a bike who enjoys a bit of riding. I never raced before but I live around the corner. I am embarrassed that my kids have been on this track more times than I have been. This is my first time on this track. So, an old man on a bike on a Thursday morning is good fun.” Continue reading

Herne Hill and the neighbourhood track culture

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Herne Hill velodrome in London

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – An outdoor track and subject to weather, but still one of the best locations to be introduced to track racing

Track racing used to be a massive presence in Europe, in the UK. Tracks dotted the landscape. Then, slowly, one by one, the tracks have disappeared. Today, in London, while the Olympic velodrome has become the gold standard, Herne Hill, dating back to the 1948 Olympics, and nestled in the southern neighbourhoods of London, is the track of a bygone era – and yet remains an essential to introducing a new generation to track riding. Continue reading