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 2, 2010

Why we need an indoor velodrome

I saw this link over at the CBTL website today.  The video produced by the National Cycling Center of Hamilton is equally valid for Calgary.  Some of the most fun you'll ever experience on a fixed gear bike is spinning your legs as fast as you can at the velodrome.  There is nothing quite like being able to ride your bike to your full ability in a controlled and safe environment, whatever your level of capability is. 

The cool thing for beginners is the ability to use the track for the course of the summer a couple evenings a week to train before moving into racing, if they even choose to do so.  Riders use the facility on Monday and Tuesday evenings for training rides and as a fun way to get in a nice workout while riding around on a fixed gear track bike.  Ride on up to the track, remove your front brake and lever and hit the track for a couple of hours of fun and speed.  The track is operated by the CBTL and have intro courses every spring that run far into the summer.

 This is what Calgary's veldorome looked like Jan 24/10.

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