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.

Woodridge Ride Simply Outstanding!

The Woodridge Ride was again the hi-light it usually is.  Joining Curt, Yvonne, Merle, Rob and Jac was Jimmy visiting his MIT buddies from Salmon Arm, BC.

The weather, wind direction, breakfast and stories all made for an outstanding ride.  Was neat to see the burn out area with tree growth around 6 ft high.  Finally getting in some hill riding even if it isn’t so big and hitting 60 km on the short down hill.  

Breakfast is great at the Trails End Tavern in Woodridge with a bottomless coffee pot to go along with our 3 egg breakfasts.

Great to see Jim on his annual trek back to MB.  Still has the engine that doesn’t quit as he pulled more than his share.  And in typical Jimmy style the run into Woodridge began 5 km out…miss that.

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.