Welcome

In 1986 in Germany I saw a newspaper article about a home built recumbent bike and resolved to make one myself. I have been making them ever since.

As well as recumbents, I have made load carriers and several tandem Human Powered Vehicles: my son Ewan has had a pedalling seat on a string of tandems since the age of 4 and he is now married!

In 1997 I joined OzHPV and started to meet many other HPV builders : I am forever grateful for their camaraderie, friendship and advice.

In 1998 I started organising regular HPV rides in Melbourne, and these rides have been going ever since and evolved into the Be-Spon Ride Group: (mailing list)

For several years I concentrating on improving one cycle design, these are called

These cycles were developed during an Industrial Design Masters Degree at Monash University and include NLT3, a cycle based on a bus extrusion, NLT6, a cycle with a seperable aluminium frame, NLT7, a cycle with an aluminium frame and plug-in timber ends and NLT8, a cycle with a plywood frame which can be seen on youtube.

Throughout the time I have been building bikes I have written articles for "Australian Cyclist", the Ozhpv magazine "Huff" and "Velovision". One of these articles was a description of all the types of recumbent bikes, information which was previously only available in German.

This article, a few others I'd written and information on the modular and recumbent bikes I've built formed the nucleus of a book which is the called "An Illustrated Guide to the Cycle Zoo". I've tried to write about most of the styles of standard bicycles and Human Powered Vehicles that are around and draw a map as to how they relate to each other. Well the point of this site is to sell books. I've done all I can to make the book good value including providing extra information on the web for purchasers.

This information includes:

If the books sell quickly enough I will write a bigger, better book on the same subject. Help me out!