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 19, and has overtaken me in height!

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 Victorian Chapter of OzHpv: Website (mailing list)

For several years I concentrating on improving 2 bike designs, these are

I still make these bikes for my own use and have completed many 50k round trip commutes, 2 210k "round the bay in a day" rides and some audaxs on them. Recently I rode it as part of the "Bentrider" team in the Lake Wendouree Cycle Challenge which can be seen at on youtube.

Unfortunately neither of these designs have sold in their millions and even if they did I would be unable to build them all! 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!