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.

MIT Richer Classic

The Richer bike route has been a staple in the MIT ride schedule.  This Saturday was another classic as we pushed each other from the prairie farm fields around Steinbach leaving via Old Tom Road, thru the construction on highway 12 before turning east towards the peat bogs that sit before the slight rise to the boreal forest where Richer sits along the #1 hwy.  The coffee & breakfast at Catsass was as always outstanding along with quality discussion on a variety of topics.  New rider Byron joined Mark, Curtis & Jac. 

NOTE: Ride change for August 19 to  Woodridge as it is time to ride the longer route as we need to see how much the trees have grown in the burn area and test our legs on the one short hill.

Pedal Strokes

Great Bruncher ride on Sunday July 30th.  Thank you for hosting Ron & Noreen.  Weather, hosting, food, route and fellowship was all outstanding.

Dawson Road paving project is complete.  It will be great to add that to the Richer loop.

Introducing a Wednesday night ride for August.  Likely an out and back.  Decide at water tower at 6:30 pm each Wednesday evening.

Sunday Ride, June 11 @ 1:30 pm

Due to sever weather conditions on Saturday morning we will be gathering on Sunday at 1:30 pm at the water tower for a ride to Richer for fasba.

For the riders who think they are hardy or have obsessive compulsive disorder where high winds mixed with rain and the occasional thunder and lighting mix just doesn’t matter, we will be meeting at the usual time Saturday morning.

 

 

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.   

 

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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