What happens when you ride a dented rim

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Mountain bike rim destroyed after pressure from tire exploded a damaged rim

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – One destroyed rim, after riding on a small bubble in the rim.

This is what happens when a rim explodes. I had the smallest ripple in the rim. Nothing new. I have had blips in the rim a few times. I tend to ride until it gets worse. After this, I might Continue reading

Stalen Ros might be the saviour of my vintage ride

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Entrance display at Stalen Ros and the vintage celebration at the Ghent velodrome.

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Stalen Ros and the celebration of cycling’s history

Another year, another essential visit to the Stalen Ros vintage market in Ghent. What struck me this year was, vintage cycling enthusiasm is a male-centric event. A clear 99.9% of those in attendance were male. Not kidding. The obsession with protecting the history physical of cycling remains a male dominated. Continue reading

‘Be Bright, Use a Light’ campaign

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Cycling advocacy groups set up a part of containers as as tunnel for their Be Bright Use a Light campaign

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – A better use for a pair of containers as a cycling tunnel was on offer.


Change of season and morning cyclists are seeing darker times ahead. So GRACQ and Fietsersbond in Belgium were offering free lights to the early riders this morning. It is an annual event and a  great advocacy presence for the cycling advocacy groups.

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