Yehuda Moon got it right...
What have cyclists ever done for cars? Here's what.
In fact, contrary to popular belief, Cyclists are not getting a free ride. ...and the cost of owning a car isn't quite as small as you might think.
I have done many short trips of two days up to 350 km including up to the CAMMAC music centre (route) in the Laurentians in Quebec, north of Montreal, yearly since 1986.
I've also done the Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour about a half dozen times, mostly self-supported. Carole has also independently done this tour several times.
I did a trip from Victoria to Montreal in July-August 1991 with my bestest buddy Andrew Van Iterson. It was a fundraiser for USC Canada for their "Seeds for Survival" project in Ethiopia, raising $7500 in conjunction with visits to many Unitarian congregations en route. I have photos which have not yet been scanned from that trip and I will add text to it when I do finally scan them. So far, there are two photos from that trip. The first is in Victoria at Mile 0 of the Trans-Canada Highway. Here is another memorable moment when we crossed the Manitoba-Ontario border (photo)
In 1993, I did a one year trip abroad to Australia with my bicycle, stopping in Hawaii, the Cook Islands, New Zealand and Fiji and covered about 6500km.
This video really sums up very well my attraction to bicycle touring.
In 1998, Carole and I spent our Honeymoon cycling in Cuba for a month, covering about 1000km from Havana to Santiago de Cuba.
Since at least April 2000 in Canberra, there's been a Hacker Bike Ride...
In August 2001 I was in Amsterdam several times and really appreciated their bicycle infrastructure, in particular, the bicycle parking at Centraal Station, Amsterdam's main inter-city train station. There are photos here and here.
In 2001 I dove in with both feet into the recumbent cycling community by provoking Ian Sims of Greenspeed to design and build a new model, a convertible solo/tandem recumbent tadpole trike. I have the first production unit of the GTV. It had an adventure when it got stolen.
In April 2002, Carole and I did a 6-day trip by tandem trike from London to Bristol, UK, of about 400km by back roads.
I've started throwing together a reference page on bicycle lighting with strong emphasis on hub dyamos and homebrew lights.We're members of Warm Showers, a network of touring cyclists, through which we have had the pleasure of hosting some very interesting people such as Eby Heller, Jim Le Galley and Daniel Greiner (blog).
|(2001-10-03) Greenspeed GTVs6 convertible tandem recumbent suitcase tricycle that is able to carry a canoe. I'm contemplating also adding a "lamb". I recently overhauled the Rohloff and Schlumpf hubs. Here's a map of trikers.|
|(2003-03-15) organ trailer which has hauled 3/4 ton.|
|I have taken delivery of a Greenspeed Lamb, a two wheel recumbent trailer for kids with pedals. I picked it up when I went to Melbourne in late October 2007, after the 20th anniversary of the World Solar Challenge.|
|2012-07-20: I finally got around to hacking a rack support for Nico's "Lamb" trailer-trike to attach Annabelle's WeeHoo. This was done in time for our annual trip to the CAMMAC music centre on Lake MacDonald north of Hawkesbury in the Laurentians. I had to do a bit of welding to get there. Here was our route.|
There seem to be quite a few people interested in HPVs in Ottawa...
The Conservation Co-op in which Carole and I lived for more than 7 years has an awesome bicycle parking garage with a capacity for about 110 bicycles in lieu of indoor car parking. It is well-lit, accessible from street level and is secure. It is accessible enough that I can drive the tandem trike directly in, with the canoe in place.
Security: The Abus WBA100 concrete anchor looks like a good way to attach bikes to concrete surfaces.
Chronological bike photos , more
visited 8 states with my bicycles (3.55%)
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