There are few and far between photos of me that I like. Just about all of them have been taken by my friend, Michael Basham. Continue reading
This is my cycling coach when I was racing – too long ago. Every week, he would tell us, his voice stern, serious and ernest, “You have to spin your gears. Always spin your gears”. Forty years later, I can still hear him preaching that simple message.
“And was I right?”
Yes, he was. Continue reading
“The BMX bike is something I have always been interested in. I like that you can take it to the skate park and throw it across the ground and not worry that anything is broken.” Continue reading
“It’s an 80cc motor. Goes like nothing else. Here. Give it a go.” Continue reading
“This hill here is a good four kilometres. But it is part of our regular training rides, so we know where the steep parts are and where we can rest. A few times we been to the top and then came back down and did it again. We live at the top of the hill so we have to go this way. No choice.” Continue reading
“I was canoeing this morning. Then it looked calm so I came out for a ride. We all know the hardest part of riding here is the weather. When there is rain, drizzle or fog, no one wants to ride in that. When I am done with the bike ride, I will get out on my motorbike. I love being in the outdoors.” Continue reading
“My neighbour went to jail and left a large pile of left over bicycles. Because he was not able to repair his own bike so he just kept getting more and more bike parts. So when he went to prison, there was a large pile of bicycle parts in his yard. And the new tenant took all the parts and put them on the street. They were going to go to another bike shp and I said, ‘He already has 500 bicycles. And if you take that wheel and put it there and those handlebars and out them here, there is a bicycle. And out that there and there is a bicycle’. And we carved out half a dozen bicycles. And people said, ‘Oh, you fix bicycles do you? Here, I’ve got some. Oh, you want some donations?’.
At night, people were doing drive-by drop-offs, anonymously. Before we knew it, the whole yard was filled with bicycles. Literally. And that was the first summer we really got going and then we came up with the idea of making a dome out of bicycle wheels. We did a prototype and it worked.” Read more about the creation of Yellowknife’s Old Town Bike Shop…
“I am an auto mechanic and I can fix cars. Or not. For every car I fix, there is going to be another car on the road. There was a bumper sticker with ‘One Less Car’, and I thought, ‘If I work on bicycles, I am not fixing cars’. For every bicycle I fix, there is one less car on the road.
“That is a fairly potent way to have an impact on my immediate community.” There is a longer piece on this geodesic bike dome posting tomorrow…. Continue reading
“The best thing about winter riding is summertime. No, the best is riding on the lake. In winter there is an ice road. But when the ice is too thin for cars, even where there is no road, you can take a bike. It is thick, but hard for cars to get on.
So the entire lake is mine and it is on my bucket list to bike to Hay River. It is 400k on the road. It won’t be so far if you go straight across. Where cars cannot go – that is the best part of winter cycling.” Continue reading