Get Ready for Another Cycling Season

So here it is March 2017 and it’s too cold to ride bike without covering every square mm of skin, at least for some of the fair weather riders.  The 2017 ride schedule has now been posted with the first official ride only 3 weeks away, April 1, 2017.  I know time to get ready.

With that I am posting a picture of Jimmy’s bike seat taken last summer when he was out riding with us.  Yes this is the same Mr. Fix-it that tried, to some level of success, to manufacture any repair from sunglasses to shorts to helmets and pedals; then there is his bicycle seat pictured below.

 

And he rode it like that all summer.  Don’t know the whole story but I would not recommend that seat on the next Naked Bike ride event!

Last winter I was looking to replace my bike seat and came across a story in Roadbike Rider regarding a bicycle seat for ‘older’ riders.  The name of the company is Kontact and after reading through the reviews on Roadbike rider and on the web site I ended up purchasing the seat.  I found that it took very little time to break the seat in, was very comfortable and worked well for me all summer.  

Check out the information on the seat here http://www.kontactbike.com/

As we begin to fondle our bikes with the anticipation of warm weather rides it is good to work at getting the bikes ready and dream about the saturday morning rides.   

 

Mennonites In Tights Invade Amish Country

As a youth growing up in Dauphin I proudly explained to the Ukrainians and Scots of that community that I was of Mennonite heritage.  The most common misconception was that Mennonites rejected such conveniences of modern life as electricity and automobiles.  It was a challenge to explain to my 13 year-old friends the religious distinctions that made Mennonites, Old Mennonites, Hutterites, Haldemans and Amish different from one another.  Having lived in Indiana however I knew that the Old Order Mennonites and the Amish were the ones that rejected that unnatural  and pride inducing beast known as the automobile in favour of the lowly horse.  I suppose that there is something humbling about sitting in the buggy up close to the ass of the horse that prevents pride from welling up in the breast of the owner.

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Many Mennonites have moved so far from their roots that Menno Simons would be appalled that they still identify themselves with him.  Most Mennonites have also quite readily accepted the material offerings of modern life making them indistinguishable from the non-Mennonites around. The Amish on the other hand cling to life as it was in the 1700’s and have left a unique cultural imprint on the landscape from Pennsylvania to Minnesota.

Vernon County Wisconsin is Amish country.  The roads also make it cycling utopia. Combine the two and you have the perfect setting for a great cycling holiday.  While the Mennonites in Tights are addicted to the Red Wing Diner and the Cat Sass, occasionally it is necessary to get out of the comfort zone and experience some new terrain.  Three of the Mennonites in Tights and one wife made the trip to cycle and spitzier with the Amish.

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Menno Invasion

Highlites:  Cheap cheese curds and top notch Westby sharp cheddar, cheap hotel and some good talks with the owner (Louis from Serbia), cheap gas, classy Badger Crossing eatery next door to Bobby Johns in Cashton which gave us endless cups of coffee.  A friendly lady from Chicago that gave the writer a ride to his hotel after he destroyed his derailleur, a fine bike shop called the Blue Dog whose owner provided his own Kona road bike so that the author could complete his riding vacation, bombing the downhills with Rocket Rob, surviving the near hairpin turn after going into a high speed wobble into Soldiers Grove, the descent into Chaseburg, strolling with my honey in Viroqua, shady lanes and big hardwoods, Amish farms.

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Badger Crossing yes, Bobby Johns next door no!

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$6.50 Chicken Dinner Special

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Justin couldn’t make it, he’s at a wedding in B.C. At least I kept my shirt on!

Downers: Cheap family restaurant in Viroqua that gave us 5 ounce steaks for the price of a 10 ounce (after much cajoling they realized the error of their ways and turned 5 ounces into 15), Phil’s Soggy Bottom Supper Club not catering to the public, a trashed Campagnolo Super Record derailleur that was anything but cheap,  chasing Jack Rabbit Rempel up the climbs, the 17% grade on the Apple Orchard road out of Gays Mills after consuming an enormous and delicious sub sandwich, Curt and I almost crashing on the last corner into Soldiers Grove, having to admit that Curt might be correct about the body adding fat when it is being slogged to death on the climbs (I weigh more than when I left!)

Final Impressions:  Another great cycling vacation in Vernon County with excellent cycling companions, gorgeous scenery, endless route options, and the most fun on the downhills since riding in the Black Forest and the Alps.

S Turns on the fast descent down Sveum Road into Coon Valley

S Turns on the fast descent down Sveum Road into Coon Valley

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How do you know you are in Wisconsin?

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Eve sampling the forbidden fruit!

Eden East-side Road Ride August 27

East-side Road Ride 2016

27 August 2016 • 
La Broquerie, MB

Eden’s East-side Road Ride, Saturday 27 August 2016. This is the second annual 80 km ride for Mental Health that starts and ends in La Broquerie, about 11 km east of Steinbach. We’re all set to go with the second East-side Road Ride. Last year being our first ride, we listened and we learned a few things and we’re looking forward to beautiful weather and riding on a beautiful section of road. This road ride is a fund-raiser to support mental health recovery programs for individuals living in our Southern Health region.

We have a brand new Cyclist’s Manual ready for you to download here. It has a whole lot of detail in it about what we’re doing this for, where we’re going and how you can become involved as a cyclist or as a volunteer. We also welcome your phone calls or e-mails. Connect with us at 204-325-5355 or by e-mail at agatha@edenhealthcare.ca.

If you’re ready to register, please click HERE. You’ll be directed to our secure on-line registration vehicle and it will also give you some really useful tools for your fund-raising efforts.

Eden Foundation recently committed itself to being supportive to a number of programs in the Eden Health Care Services family. These initiatives are outside the scope of what our service purchase agreement with the government is in a position to support.

  • An Aqua-cise program run out of Community Choices in Winkler
  • Buying books and other resources for The Wellness Library in Steinbach’s Eden office
  • Provide resources for much-needed renovations and supplies at Pathway Community Mental Health office in Winkler
  • Re-shingling Wilson Courts apartment complex in Steinbach
  • Artwork at a number of locations including Eden Mental Health Centre.
  • Provide resources for renovations in Enns Courts apartments in Winkler

In addition, we continue to prepare ourselves for the development of another housing project in the region. This will be a major project that will be in partnership with our provincial government. Due to the fact that we’ve recently been through an election in Manitoba, there will be the period of adjustment again before everyone is back in “road gear”. We look forward to being able to share more information with you as things progress.

While you’re on the ride with us, we’ll feed and water you along the way and if you’ve been with us in last year, you know we have a wind-up at the end of the ride and we get fed and watered again. Come join us! The ride accommodates a wide variety of skill levels without any encouragement of competition but rather of collaboration. Gather some friends together from work, your social group or church and register as a team.

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ROC Cyclathon August 6th

2016 ROC Cyclathon.
Saturday, August 6