“When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.”

-Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Take a Ride to Brighten Your Day

Enter the realm of a different sort of emancipation.  We ride to commute, to race, to compete, to travel, for so many reasons.  A bike can be so much more than just a set of wheels to get from point A to point B.  One can take Sir Doyle’s advice and take a spin on a tough day.

folding bikes at the Charles

Folding bikes take the Charles

Or go out and about the town with friends to lift the spirits…

Folding bike adventure

Adventures with friends

But every once and awhile we need more innovation.

“Necessity is the mother of invention”…

A bicycle can be a “pick me up” on the tough day, it can also be the manifestation of where imagination becomes reality.  Sometimes the bike you’re looking for, the one you really can’t do without, just doesn’t exist yet – and from such a place have many exceptional bicycles been born.  Engineers tend not to like to let things be as they are.  They need to tinker, to improve, to innovate; even more so with bicycles, especially when Aerospace meets bicycle.  One Aerospace engineer, Jeff Tiedeken, came up with this unique take on a gravity bike:

[photo credit: Kyle of Trackosaurus Rex; Gravity Bike article: CycleEFIX]

What existed wasn’t enough, more was possible – and so he built it.  And a new vision was born.

Harry Montague was also in need of a bicycle that didn’t exist.  And so the architect by trade began the great endeavor that become the Monague BiFrame.  His son, David Montague, also of the Aerospace persuasion, brought the idea into its further iterations.  And so another bike that was un-thought of was born.

Navigator at BSA Show 2012

Navigator at the BSA Show

[Image Credit: Ben Gabo Photography]

From a ride to brighten your day to the newest horizons of engineering imagination, a bike is more than just a set of wheels.  However you came by your ride, and whatever it means to you, whenever the days get tough and you pedal onward, remember – you’re part of a great legacy and a game-changing lineage.  Here at Montague that certainly puts a smile on our faces, how about you?