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.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Aging Fixed Gear Rider

“I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn’t it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft….  As for me, give me a fixed gear!”   Henri Desgrange Tour de France

I first read that quote on the under the header Singlespeed & Fixed Gear over at Bike Forums .


I'm 51 and riding fixed, not sure what that says about me... 

At my age I simply can't resist a nice rack...

Axiom Streamliner Road DLX



The rack tabs mount onto the axle.



The rack mounts to the brake caliper bolt.



Simple mounting system on the panniers.



The panniers lock into place.



The narrow design reduces wind resistance and negative effects on handling.



Having the ability to bring essentials along is quite freeing on a bicycle.



A fixed gear bike for the over 45 crowd.  At my age, I'm more about function than form and this bike is quite often my bike of choice when I'm doing long distance rides.  I've enjoyed many 100 km + rides on this bike.





8 comments:

  1. Who makes this rack?

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  2. Fixed it thanks, the rack is the Axiom Streamliner DLX.

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  3. Very nice, how long have you had the Axiom? Thanks for adding your photos to the Commute By Bike pool!

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  4. Thanks. Since June, I first rode with this set up when I was on the caboose team for the Alberta Ride To Conquer Cancer.

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  5. I have the same rack and want to put it on my fixed gear bike. How did you get it to fit with the bolts?

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  6. I simply drilled out the holes to make them large enough for the axle to slide through.

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  7. Have you had any issues with sag during a fully loaded ride? Some people claim that the metal bracket gets bent and the two attachments rotate down, causing wheel rub and failure. I think they just don't use Loctite, but maybe it really is that poorly made.

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  8. I did not have any issues but heard of people that did. They seem to have braced the mounting tab on the latest version.

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