About jim

Semi retired, semi literate, a bit reclusive, but enjoy the company of the MIT cyclists-----> a great cross section of personalities, professions, ages, interests. We all share this strange obsession with the elegant, efficient, wonderful little machine called the bicycle.

Congrats Pete McAdam and Paul Krahn

Hi from balmy B.C.. I’ll say no more about the weather because I don’t want any hate mail.
I was following the Actif Epica 120 km winter bike race today (Rita’s really thankful I’m not in it this year), and am really impressed with two local guys, Pete and Paul. In today’s frightful conditions they are doing fabulously well, up in the top ten or so. By the way, a couple of weeks ago, Pete completed the famous “Arrowhead 135” in Minnesota which is a 220 km winter bike race over back country snowmobile trails. He finished 10th in a strong international field of over 60 cyclists, only 30 of which were able to complete the race. Well done guys !!!!!

This Saturday (June 1), Time of Ride???

I noticed that the ride for this Saturday, June 1, was changed from Woodridge to Richer, but the starting time was left at 7:00 A.M.. So, my question is: do we meet at 7:00 A.M. or 8:00 A.M. ?

The start time is changed to 8 am. The Woodridge ride was changed because I was not sure if the restaurant is open yet.

WINTER BIKING

This article was posted on SteinbachOnLine.com, December 13. Many of us have seen Gary riding along Hwy. 52 between Mitchell and Steinbach.
Steinbach Resident ‘Keeps Things Cool’ By Biking To Work Throughout Winter

Written by Sawyer Klassen on Thursday, 13 December 2012

Just like many residents of the southeast, Gary Snider bikes to work during summer.

However, when the seasons change and snow begins to fall, he continues to bike 11 kilometers to his job in Mitchell. Snider says while he has been biking to work during summer for many years, it wasn’t until three years ago that he decided to stop hanging the bike up in the garage in October and continue on year-round. He says one of the biggest challenges is the wind. Some days he can make it to work in just 25 minutes, while other days it can take him up to 45 minutes. However, he says it isn’t hard to deal with the main challenges of wind and the cold temperatures.

“You can easily take care of cold. It’s a challenge that you just dress appropriately for. In fact, a couple light layers to wick the moisture away from your core, something to break the wind and keeping your hands and feet warm are the key challenges.”

Snider says prospective winter bikers should follow two major guidelines; follow the rules of the road, and get the right equipment.

“Get the right equipment. Key things would be really good lights. Something that’s going to really make you visible and allow you to see conditions on the road. Also wear clothing with reflective strips. Make yourself super visible.”

Snider estimates he has spent a total of around $2000 on his bike and winter gear. However, he explains the routine has easily paid for itself.

“One of the key advantages that I didn’t even think of when I started is that you don’t drive a vehicle. You save on gas, insurance and registration. I figured it’s about $1,600 to $2,000 a year in savings, which quickly pays for the investment in biking, so it’s a win on many levels.”

He notes some of the other major benefits include better physical conditioning and simply feeling happier on a day-to-day basis.

Snider also wrote an article about winter biking HERE.

If You Also Cross Country Ski………

Several Mit’ers also ski during the winter, so I’m posting the following announcement about the Sandilands Cross Country Ski Club.

TRAIL PREPARATION DAY

October 27, 2012

Plan to come out and assist with trail prep this fall. You are guaranteed a good time. We will meet 10:00 am @ the Ranger Station.

If you have questions, contact Ken Reimer @ 326-1431 or email @ kereimer@xplornet.com.

We need to know how many workers to provide lunch for, so let us know that you are planning to attend. .

Because with the fall snow storm, our trails are covered with fallen trees. To promote quicker coverage of trails for removal of fallen down trees from the trail we would appreciate lots of workers with chainsaws and a number of ATV’s to transport workers . Cordless drills, shovels and workers would be also appreciated

We need as much help as possible to get the trails cleared. There are a lot of trees down.

Geralyn Reimer

Secretary Sandilands Ski Club

Welcome Back, Alex.

Alex Hause, one of our youngest MIT riders, arrived back from Germany last night, and, still jet lagged, joined Merle and Jim for a fast ride to Richer this morning. Alex had been in Germany most of the year, sorting out some problems with his business, but we are pleased to hear that he plans to stay here and join us on our rides.

On another subject, good luck to Werner and Karen, as they embark on a cycling tour from Vancouver to Calgary (1100 km). They are flying out to Vancouver on Friday with their bikes and all their other gear.