About bigjac

Just a middle-aged man whose blood pressure and cholesterol were out of wack and needed a tuneup, bad. Then I rekindled my love for riding a bike -- just the simple act of turning the cranks. What happened next is I met a lot of neat people who are as nuts as I am. Ride on.

2020 Ride Season Schedule

The 2020 MIT ride schedule has been posted.  Thanks to RN for the help in getting this done. 

As in years past the real schedule is determined at the water tower Saturday morning just before the ride.  Different factors determine the breakfast stop; factors like wind direction, weather concerns, how many riders, who needs to be where at what time and who needs what counselling.  

I scheduled the LAGSAR (LaBroquerie, Giroux, Ste Anne, Richer) rides each Wednesday.  Course we could have called that ride other names like ‘ride til you puke’ or ‘faster is better’ or even ‘heart attack special’.

This post is later in the year than in years past simply because the weather has not cooperated (read fair weather rider) and Covid-19 concerns.  Hopefully we will now have weather turned in the right direction and it looks brighter for the virus concerns as well.

We did have a ride April 25th as the first ride so it has been cold or internal rides since. The 3 Amigos who rode had a great outdoor breakfast.  The picture has us all sitting at separate tables holding our breath so get the group pic, then sitting the required distance apart.

Short story, if there is such a thing.   Called our web page host site IONOS to discuss reducing our cost of this site.  The call centre is in the Philippines and the person i talked to, Alvin, is an avid cyclist.  He understood our needs for a cycling site and was very helpful in sorting out my concerns.  Course we had to talk about our cycling adventures.  Alvin explained that he had a road bike but the busy highways along with not so good road conditions he seldom used his road bike.  He was a pure mountain biker.  When i explained how we always looked for hills in our flat country he said he dreamed of long flat quiet roads that went on forever.  Funny how we look for riding in conditions that are not in our area.  Thanks for your help Alvin.

As always feeling blessed to being able to ride my bike. Looking forward to the rides!

2019 Ride Schedule

As with years past i have built a ride schedule that will appear in our calendar so that everyone will know when and what.

Couple of changes.  I will post 47 rides which is up from last year.  I have added the Wednesday LAGSAR Loop (La Broquerie, Giroux, Ste Anne, Richer) a ride that starts and finishes in La Broquerie on Wednesday nights.  It was started by Merle last year and looking to do more of this year.  Another addition is the Ranger Station ride which we did a couple of times, it will replace the Woodridge ride as there is no breakfast available in Woodridge.  I put in a couple of Pansy-Grunthal rides so that we can enjoy the still new pavement to Pansy.   If you ride all the rides it is about 3,000 km’s of group rides.  This list is not final, that happens at the water tower just before the ride as it often depends on how many riders, which way the wind is blowing and how many strong legs showed up.

  2019 Rides      
date ride km’s time start location
20-Apr-19 Kleefeld 45 9:00 AM water tower
27-Apr-19 Kleefeld 45 9:00 AM water tower
4-May-19 Grunthal 60 9:00 AM water tower
11-May-19 New Bothwell 60 9:00 AM water tower
18-May-19 Grunthal 60 8:00 AM water tower
20-May-19 Richer 80 8:00 AM water tower
22-May-19 Wed LAGSAR Loop 50 6:30 PM La Broquerie, Main Street
25-May-19 Grunthal 60 8:00 AM water tower
29-May-19 Wed LAGSAR Loop 50 6:30 PM La Broquerie, Main Street
1-Jun-19 Ranger Station 90 8:00 AM water tower
5-Jun-19 Wed LAGSAR Loop 50 6:30 PM La Broquerie, Main Street
8-Jun-19 Grunthal 60 8:00 AM water tower
12-Jun-19 Wed LAGSAR Loop 50 6:30 PM La Broquerie, Main Street
15-Jun-19 Richer 80 8:00 AM water tower
19-Jun-19 Wed LAGSAR Loop 50 6:30 PM La Broquerie, Main Street
22-Jun-19 Pansy-Grunthal 85 8:00 AM water tower
26-Jun-19 Wed LAGSAR Loop 50 6:30 PM La Broquerie, Main Street
29-Jun-19 Richer 80 8:00 AM water tower
1-Jul-19 Grunthal 80 8:00 AM water tower
3-Jul-19 Wed LAGSAR Loop 50 6:30 PM La Broquerie, Main Street
6-Jul-19 Ranger Station 90 8:00 AM water tower
10-Jul-19 Wed LAGSAR Loop 50 6:30 PM La Broquerie, Main Street
13-Jul-19 Grunthal 60 8:00 AM water tower
17-Jul-19 Wed LAGSAR Loop 50 6:30 PM La Broquerie, Main Street
20-Jul-19 Pansy-Grunthal 85 8:00 AM water tower
24-Jul-19 Wed LAGSAR Loop 50 6:30 PM La Broquerie, Main Street
27-Jul-19 New Bothwell 60 8:00 AM water tower
31-Jul-19 Wed LAGSAR Loop 50 6:30 PM La Broquerie, Main Street
3-Aug-19 Grunthal 60 8:00 AM water tower
5-Aug-19 Richer 80 8:00 AM water tower
7-Aug-19 Wed LAGSAR Loop 50 6:30 PM La Broquerie, Main Street
10-Aug-19 St Malo 85 8:00 AM water tower
14-Aug-19 Wed LAGSAR Loop 50 6:30 PM La Broquerie, Main Street
17-Aug-19 Ranger Station 90 8:00 AM water tower
21-Aug-19 Wed LAGSAR Loop 50 6:30 PM La Broquerie, Main Street
24-Aug-19 Grunthal 60 8:00 AM water tower
28-Aug-19 Wed LAGSAR Loop 50 6:30 PM La Broquerie, Main Street
31-Aug-19 Pansy-Grunthal 85 8:00 AM water tower
2-Sep-19 Richer 80 8:00 AM water tower
4-Sep-19 Wed LAGSAR Loop 50 6:30 PM La Broquerie, Main Street
7-Sep-19 Pansy-Grunthal 85 9:00 AM water tower
11-Sep-19 Wed LAGSAR Loop 50 6:30 PM La Broquerie, Main Street
14-Sep-19 Grunthal 60 9:00 AM water tower
21-Sep-19 Grunthal 60 9:00 AM water tower
28-Sep-19 Richer 80 9:00 AM water tower
5-Oct-19 Grunthal 60 10:00AM water tower
12-Oct-19 Kleefeld 45 10:00AM water tower
  total approx km’s 2960    
         
  Kleefeld 3    
  Grunthal 11    
  Richer 6    
  New Bothwell 2    
  Pansy-Grunthal 4    
  St Malo 1    
  Wed LAGSAR Loop 17    
  Ranger Station 3    
    47    

 

Out of the Rafters

Last week was exciting as I purchased new road shoes and pedals on a recent road trip.  Getting home I got out the pedal wrench to exchange the pedals.  The last time i changed pedals on my bike was 4 years ago.

In just under 2 hours i had not managed to get any of the pedals off.  First pure strength didn’t break the bond, then a good amount of Liquid Wrench and an overnight soak didn’t do the trick.  Out came the big gun, the propane torch.  At last the pedal began to turn but no crack with the threads finally letting loose accompanied the pedal as it began to loosen from the crank.  Upon closer inspection the now heated threads turned with and the pedal was lopsided.  Alas the cranks will need to be tended to by the experts.  

With our MIT Saturday ride happening i needed to react so i reached into the rafters and pulled down my early 1970’s era Cannondale touring bike i purchased in 2002 for $150.00.

I had ridden her a couple of times in wet weather and borrowed to other people but few km’s had been put on over the last 8 years.  

Once i began riding on Saturday morning to New Bothwell the wonderful feeling of the first ride on this bike hit me.  The down tube shifters worked well but needed getting use to, the comfort of the ride as the 32 mm tires created a great barrier to rough roads. The bike geometry is different, the bike is longer creating more comfort and when drafting i needed to be careful of my front wheel as it is further out front.  One other big difference was the gearing on this bike.  It has a 54×14 as the top gearing and i was running out of gear with the wind.

All went well and just might need to take her out of the rafters more often for a ride.  

Ride Options for Saturday, September 9 MIT Ride

Here are the choices to ride this Saturday with MIT.

local rides meeting at 8 am at water tower riding either Grunthal or Richer depending on wind direction.

Meet at 8 am at 452 Reimer traveling to Kenora, Ontario and riding an 80 km loop in and around Kenora.  If traveling directly to Kenora meet at 10 am at the Keewatin Arena located at 930 Front St in Keewatin.