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.

Thursday, February 17, 2011


My favourite category of bicycle is  Monstercross.  The basic concept is to take a cyclocross bike and stuff the largest tire you can onto it.  Put on large volume knobby tires running at low pressure.  Road bike speed with off road capabilities and loads of fun.

One of the most beautiful Monstercross bikes I've seen was a bike from Shamrock Cycles. It was their entry for the 2010 North American Handmade Bicycle Show.

This bike looks all business with the  29er tires.

Here is the Shamrock Cycles NAHBS 2011 entry. Another beauty.

Every once in a while I see a custom bike and I think to myself:  "That's the way I would build them." That is the case with these Shamrock Cycles Monstercross bikes.  Good luck at the show Tim and thanks for allowing me to post photos of your bikes.

Tim and many other Monstercross bikes can be seen here over at  mtbr forums  on what is one of the longest running threads there.  Excellent quality photo coverage for past shows are from  Urban Velo.  Enjoy the handmade goodness!