This website is, and will remain, very much a work in progress. I should also mention that I absolutely did not mean for it to be a typical website in most ways. It is not a particularly commercial website, far from it. Consequently, I have chosen to write it much more in the style of a loose, technical guide-book of sorts as opposed to reflecting a condensed, truncated journalistic- or web-style of writing and dispensing information. I wanted to take the time to flesh-out some of the smaller details of a number of subjects in a way uncharacteristic of many cycling web sites, to provide some insights into the design, building and use of bicycles which have been left mostly uncovered. And I wanted to have at least a little fun writing the site, so there are some places in which I have unhooked myself from the boring leash of convention so that I may wander a little, untethered.
As much as anything else, the information that I've presented in this site was developed to provoke thought, to hopefully generate a bit of inspiration and to create a pathway, not just to many very unique products, but to ideas and innovation, and possibly, to change. I couldn't help but feel as I was happily moving forward on this project, whether writing 170-plus pages of text, taking pictures with my $70 point-and-shoot camera, or building some of the gear for the photos, that I am trying to present a number of ideas that I feel some urgency to cover.
I've always felt that bicycle touring, through its commercialization, was derailed early-on in a number of ways, and that it has often been turned backward and upside-down. As I'm now in my sixties, and my time is running a lot shorter than it used to be, I have felt that it is important to move more quickly forward in presenting some helpful ideas relative to bicycle touring, especially in regard to establishing a more fluid, streamlined, ultra-lightweight approach to long-distance touring. When this work is done I'll be able to stand up for the seventh-inning stretch and take a breath before moving into the last couple of innings of my life in which I hope to re-align some of my focus toward other interests of mine. Not only am I preparing for what remains of the ballgame, I'm also hoping that the game goes into extra innings just so I may complete a number of projects that I've been involved in during recent years.