Man's Greatest Invention

When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments. Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man. And (unlike subsequent inventions for man's convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his body became. Here, for once, was a product of man's brain that was entirely beneficial to those who used it, and of no harm or irritation to others. Progress should have stopped when man invented the bicycle. - Elizabeth West

Purpose and Mission

To share our experience and to encourage and inspire others to use a bicycle as a form of year round recreation and transportation. To be an example of living car-free and to help others to make the transition to having a car-light or car-free life style.

Our bodies is the engine that moves us.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

I Was Just Riding Along

Every bike shop in the world has heard the JRA (just riding along) story many times.  I was just riding along and my deraileur broke.  I was just riding along and my chain snapped.  I was just riding along and my frame broke in half.  There are many more.  Well, I have to tell ya, that I was JRA and I came around the corner and this is what I saw...

There were around ten horses in the field right next to the fence.  I ride the path in Calgary because I come across scenes like this.  This photo was taken during a ride around the reservoir  yesterday.  Where else, but in Calgary, could this happen?  I'm feeling a bit like Kevin Costner in an "Open Range", "Brokeback Mountain" kind of way, as I'm still within the city. 

This is what makes Calgary's pathway system so much fun.  I've had to stop to let a family of ducks cross the path during a wet spring, to coming upon some deer grazing next to the path.  My bike allows me to get closer to nature.  This does not happen from the seat of a car.  Giddy Up.

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