Wednesday, February 27, 2008


Well it's more like what's going on with this blogger! Has most of you have noticed, this place has been pretty quite for a while. I even had some of you writing to me asking when will the next how-to article be put up. Let's just say that my real world life has been keeping me busy lately. Home renovations, quitting smoking, a brutal Canadian winter have all contributed to the mess that my shop is right now as you can see in the attached picture.

Let me say that the state of my shop is very much a reflection of my personal condition as well. You'd think that quitting smoking after 25 years would be a piece of cake and that it would in no way put you in a position of questioning just about everything in your life! Of course it does, that and the sudden desire to maim and badly hurt every idiot that decides to magically cross your path when you are in that phase. However, I'm happy to report that this has in no way put to rest my passion for bikes, the desire to share said passion with you and I haven't inherited a criminal record for sending any low life morons to the underworld.

I just need 2 weeks to get the creative juices flowing again and I will be back stronger than ever. Just to let you know, I have a how-to video ready for editing and a review of the bike show that was announced on this site a couple of weeks ago. This summer looks good with at least 3 project builds, including the conclusion of the homebuilt rear suspension recumbent, that I will be more than happy to share with you.

I have taken the time to clean up the blog a bit. I have also posted some links to affiliate programs that I'm a member of. I know that you folks are not dumb and I would never try to fool anyone into anything they are not interested to. That is why those links are clearly marked in the "Shameless plugs" section in the sidebar. I'm not looking into being a millionaire, just trying to get some more time with my family and my bikes of course. ;)

Lastly, I look forward to putting some more interesting content in this and my other blogs and sharing the stuff with you. I'll leave you with a nice winter portrait of our winter so far in Montreal.


Gerry :)

Wednesday, February 13, 2008


If you're in Montreal and you want to shake some of that winter blues, than you can for at least a few hours during this week end at the 6th annual Montreal Bike Show at place Bonaventure. Here's the press release for the full low down.


6th Bicycle Show Expodium

Place Bonaventure - Montreal, February 15, 16 and 17, 2008

Montreal, February 4, 2008 – Calling all cycling enthusiasts! The Bicycle Show Expodium is taking place this February 15 to 17 at Montreal’s Place Bonaventure. Now entering its 6th year, the Show is back and better than ever - with an exciting program that’s sure to thrill cycling enthusiasts of all ages. Even the most discriminating connoisseurs will be impressed! Come and explore cycling and its unique sense of freedom! The 6th Bicycle Show Expodium is the place to find information, compare, shop and dream, thanks to family activities, unexpected shows, the largest cyclotourism section ever seen in Canada, a 200-metre long test track and over 200 exhibitors and experts on-site to answer all your questions.

“We’ve got something for everyone,” says Jan P. Dubé, Show promoter and president of Expodium International. “Did you know that cycling is the most popular activity in Quebec, second only to walking? That one out of every two Quebecers bike? That more bikes are sold in Quebec than cars? Whether you’re looking for advice on nutrition, performance, bicycles, equipment, accessories, clothing or cycling destinations, the Bicycle Show Expodium is the place to find everything under the cycling sun… including great ideas for planning future cycling excursions!”

Repeat Success

The annual Bicycle Show Expodium is much-awaited by all cyclists eager to learn more about the latest products and trends, as well as what’s new in cycling destinations. It is the only show in Quebec dedicated exclusively to bicycles and the tremendously popular field of cyclotourism. During the 2007 Show, more than 16,000 cycling enthusiasts descended from all over Quebec to explore the Show’s exhibits and to learn more about this wonderful world on wheels!

This event brings together under one friendly, easy-to-access roof, all the key players in this rapid-growth industry, along with those involved in the many areas related to cycling - be it for sport or recreation. This combination gives visitors a unique “close-up” look at all the top products and services available on the market.

Sunday is Family Day!

The Bicycle Show Expodium understands the importance of cycling as a family. On Sunday, February 17, children ages 12 years and younger enjoy free admission to the Show when accompanied by a parent. It’s a family event that’s not to be missed!


At the Zone Exposants, exhibitors will be showing off a full range of cycling-related products and services, including training, nutrition, etc. Over 200 exhibitors and experts are ready to answer all your questions!

The Zone des Spectacles is home to a series of live presentations. To usher in a new Olympic event for the upcoming 2008 Summer Games, the Bicycle Show Expodium is proud to present a special BMX show by the Haro/Adidas Eyewear stunt team that’s sure to raise some hair and chill a few spines! The Show is also bringing back fashion shows featuring the latest in cycling wear from KSL, a company headed by 2002 Canadian road champion Katy St-Laurent.

The Théâtre du Vélo La Presse is sure to attract large crowds to its 20+ conferences. There, specialists will share in-depth information on techniques, positioning, performance, conditioning and nutrition. One of the most-awaited conferences this year will be from the Université de Sherbrooke VéLUS research group, which will offer exciting new findings sure to shape the cycling of tomorrow. One researcher will provide an overview of past and on-going projects that touch upon every cyclist’s top three concerns: safety, comfort and performance. Also on the program, a nutritionist from Sherbrooke’s Centre d’excellence sportive will discuss nutrition for cyclists and the ever-growing availability of dietary supplements.

The Zone Cyclotourisme is the largest cyclotourism section ever to be seen in Canada, featuring more than 130 cycling travel packages in over 30 countries. Visitors to this zone will also discover the top cycling circuits in Quebec for family outings, romantic excursions or athletic pursuits. Quebec’s strong reputation as a popular travel destination in recent years is highlighted, thanks to the development of the Route Verte, a province-wide cycling network of over 4,000 kilometres of trails. Several Quebec regions will be in attendance, eager to woo cycling enthusiasts with tourism information such as main attractions, bike paths, accommodations and road circuits. Everything you need to plan a cycling-filled summer!

The Théâtre du cyclotourisme offers conferences on the latest trends in cycling travel destinations, including an introduction and exploration of cyclotourism itself - be it solo, in a group or with the family. Conferences will also cover various cycling circuits both here in Quebec and around the world. Yvan Martineau will be one of the main presenters. This journalist and creator of the French-language show “Dans la roue du tour” is an avid cyclist, stemming from his many challenges along the legendary Tour de France. Yvan will discuss Europe’s most exhilarating circuits, along with a presentation that follows a typical day with a cyclotourism club - a booming trend in Quebec.

Test Track

The Expodium even includes an indoor marked path of nearly 200 metres in length to give visitors a first-hand chance to test the handling, flexibility, braking, comfort and suspension of various bikes made available by exhibitors.

The 6th Bicycle Show Expodium, held at Montreal’s Place Bonaventure from February 15 to 17, 2008, is presented in collaboration with La Presse, TQS and the Fédération québécoise des sports cyclistes.

Admission Rates

          Family package: $25.00

          (2 adults + 2 children ages 12 years and under)

          Adults: $10.00
          65 years +: $7.50

          Students: $7.50
          6 to 12 years: $5.00 (Free on Sunday)

          Under 6 years: Free

Visit the Show’s website at www.expodium.ca to learn more about the event’s programs and scheduled activities.

Hope to see you there.

Gerry :)

Tuesday, February 05, 2008


I have just learned that last Sunday on the 3rd of February 2008, we lost Sheldon Brown. This man is behind the greatest bike website on the web ever, sheldonbrown.com. He was the inspiration behind this blog and he his in part responsible for my passion for fixing and repairing bicycles. My condolences to his family and friends. It is not really a comfort, but it is still something to remember, Sheldon's passion and knowledge will live on as long as the web exist.

Thanks for everything Sheldon, where ever you are. I just hope there are bikes up there. Let us know, ok?