Meet our creative, hard-working people. Had it not been for them we wouldn’t be here today.
Angus was a renowned Irish poet, inspiration to the likes of Joyce (Brothers) and Shaw (Robert). During the great Jamiesons famine at the turn of the century he emigrated to Canada.
Not speaking the language, he fell back on his first love, drinking. Finding the financial rewards in his new occupation limited he opened McCranks Cycles to supplement his income.
Taken under his grandfathers wing at an early age, Gary soon learned the fine arts of drinking and spinning a yarn. Later he studied under Grandpa and became a bicycle mechanic par excellence. Too soon the family wanderlust felled Gary and off he went to travel the world, returning to Ottawa sporadically to get his mother to do his laundry and regale us all with stories from distant lands.
Fraternal twins, yet separated at birth, Dan and Tom continue to be lovable friends of the shop.
Peter, a distant cousin, reacquainted with Gary one evening, where else, in a Pub. During this chance meeting, Gary explained his desire to travel. In the months that followed Peter learned all the skills of bicycle repair from the master himself and Gary left the store in his (now capable) hands.
Angie, Angus’s McCrank’s youngest granddaughter came into the shop after quitting management retail only to be reluctantly taught everything bicycle. Now the driver of the bus, Angie continues on the tradition of barely getting any work done. This a brief, apocryphal history of McCranks.