Greg Curnoe is a significant figure in the history of Canadian art, known for both his outspoken views on regionalism and anti-Americanism and his highly personal approach to art-making. Curnoe was a firm believer in the importance of art emerging from local experiences, rather than being transplanted from a larger artistic centre. Along with fellow London artists Jack Chambers, Brian Dibb, Larry Russell, Tony Urquhart and Don and Bernice Vincent, Curnoe founded Region Magazine in 1961 and Region Gallery in 1962. The magazine and gallery served as forums for local artistic expression and as vehicles for dialogue with outside communities. Greg Curnoe studied at the Doon School of Art and the Ontario College of Art but felt excluded from the notion of art as high culture that was being espoused. Curnoe began developing a form of expression that spoke directly to the importance of everyday life, popular forms of culture and his interest in amateur cycling. In 1973 he began a series of watercolours of bicycle wheels, of which CCM Flyer Hub, Wood Fairbanks Rim is one.