Day 16. #30daysofbiking

Let’s face it. One of the earliest and most elegant bicycles was developed in Canada centuries ago.

You may have missed the story in class due to the machinations of the international bicycle wheel lobby, an organization with members professionally incapable of recognizing a bicycle without wheels–including the Canadian design.

But consider the genius behind the machine.

No bearings, no wheels, no moving parts–just a reshaped and inverted bicycle fender propelled by a flattened stick.

Some folks call it a canoe.

It’s simple. Efficient. Capable of long-distance transportation of people and freight and designed, like all bicycles, for the specific terrain at hand: in this case, water.

Where do you want to go?

Across the Great Lakes? Take a canoe.

Hudson Bay? Canoe.

From Chicago to New Orleans? Canoe.

Eleven-mile road loop west of Chillicothe, Illinois?

Okay, not a canoe.

The solid portion of the Earth really does seem to demand the complexity of a bicycle with wheels.

But a pair of fenders still goes a long way.

About 16incheswestofpeoria

Former bicycle mechanic, current peruser of books, feeder of birds.
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2 Responses to Day 16. #30daysofbiking

  1. Andy Stow says:

    Disappointingly, I just plain forgot to go for a ride Sunday. I even worked on my bikes, adjusting the brakes on my touring bike, and the handlebar on the folder to make it fold better. Can I count wheeling them around in the garage as a “ride?”

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