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, July 21, 2011

Single Speed Bicycle Tour of The Badlands

Highlights from our Drumheller road trip.


The view from our hotel.

 


This "guy" stalked us the whole time we were at our hotel.





 Below is a 3000 seat outdoor theatre where the Passion Play is performed.




Based on the terrain, the buildings and the main character's name is Jesus .  I'm thinking it must be a western that takes place in Texas on the USA Mexican border.




The bike trail is a nice ride in the Badlands.

 


Why, hello there!


The Horse Whisperer.








The path leading up to the Tyrell Museum.  Fluff from the trees was in the air flying everywhere and looks like snow on the ground.





I love this area because it's not busy and surprisingly quiet.


Badlands all the way!

 



What an awesome view and a beautiful night it was.



At the foot of the beast.

Suspension bridge.


View from the suspension bridge.

On our way to the Hoodoos and the town of East Coulee.

Coming from the city, we are always mindful of where we park our bikes.


The Hoodoos.








It's fun climbing the Hoodoos.









The view from up top is worth the short trek.





The world's smallest church.




Drumheller is a great place to explore by bicycle.  The roads and pathways take you directly to all of the area's natural attractions.  We have been to the Royal Tyrell museum on a previous trip, so this time, we simply explored the area on our bikes.  We did not use the car the whole time we stayed there. 

It was fun cycling in Drumheller.  While riding on the highway, we were amazed at how much room we were given by drivers.  Most drivers were incredibly courteous towards cyclists.  It was striking and pleasantly surprising.  Much different than being in the big city.



 

It's really a place you need to see for yourself.  I took photo after photo just feasting my eyes on the unique scenery. My camera and photography skills cannot compare to seeing the area with your own eyes.  The scenery is otherworldly.  Well worth the the trip.

















Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Bike Packing

The Karate Monkey setup for bike packing.  Most everything I need for a S240 can be carried on the bike's fork. 


10 Litre Dry Bag On The Minimalist Rack


5 Litre Dry Bag On Each Fork Leg Mounted To Anything Cages 



Fork Mounted Pump


Dry Bag Easily Clears the Down Tube






Sunday, July 3, 2011

Single Speed Full Suspension Mountain Bike

Paul Components Melvin Tensioner.


Rocky Mountain 3D Link Suspension System.


There is very little chain growth as the suspension compresses.


The Rocky Mountain Element 30 ended up being the perfect candidate for a single speed conversion.


The tried and true 3D Link System makes for a great pedalling platform, now with the simplicity of single speed.