Jimmy leaves lasting impression on MIT

JimMIT is loosing one of it’s long time members to the mountains as Jim Nadler moves to BC in the next month. It was great to get a couple of rides with Jim this long weekend. Both rides proved once again how tough he is on rides.
Both days he showed up with his wife’s Trek mountain bike as his road bikes are in BC being acclimatized. Each time we tried to bury him there he was hanging on with the mountain bike. Only when speeds began to get to 40 km plus did he start to fall back on the ride but as soon as we slowed there he was back in the pack.

Many of us have memories of different rides that Jimmy was involved with.  Lately it was the 120 km ride he rode with his fat bike to Woodridge or stories of the Morden rides where he got the name ‘two sacks’  because of how he loaded up with riding equipment.

Last ride with Jimmy

At age 65 Jimmy has been a pleasure to ride with.  But maybe the real legacy is all the stories that will be missed. Jim was well read and enjoyed adding too the running commentary to all the different discussions that happened on the ride or at breakfast.  Then again Jim was not one to back down from individuals that play loud music while we enjoyed a quiet breakfast.

Jim we have many stories to tell but mostly it has been huge having you as part of our regular Saturday rides.  You have shown us that age doesn’t matter in bike rides.  You provided us with many laughs, strong rides and mostly supported each of us on our personal journeys as our life trials came up in conversation.

We wish both Rita and yourself well in Salmon Arm as you bring the MIT message to that end of our great country.  Looking forward to having you join us again when you are back visiting the kids.

Ride Strong.


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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.

8 thoughts on “Jimmy leaves lasting impression on MIT

  1. Great tribute Jac.

    You the man, Jim!!! I forgot to leave the door opener in the secret location so that you could borrow the Norco. Good to hear you still had the trek to ride on the weekend.

    What’s with trying to bury Jimmy by cranking the speed up to 40km? Jim, you can get your revenge when we visit you in Salmon Arm and you bury us all on the climbs. I’ve been a little envious of the riding you will have and have been thinking about you as I’ve been exploring the roads around Invermere. I wish you all the best as you make your move, and remember that the “apartment-bikeshop” and the Norco are always available whenever you come back for visits.


  2. Thanks Jac and Merle. Merle not sure why your comment came out with my name attached—but-it’s all good.
    Sometimes we don’t realize what a good thing we have until it ends, but I’m going to really miss all you guys. MIT is unique and I hope it continues on indefinitely.. I was very touched by our last ride together.
    Not to worry, Merle—–my wife’s trek rides like a road bike, especially with 60 psi in the tires and I thank you for your generosity.
    Once again, if any of you are passing through Salmon Arm, and need a place to stay, our door is open, and make sure to bring your bike(s)..

  3. Happy trails in BC, Jim. It’s been my pleasure to get to know you and an honor to ride with you. 🙂

  4. So many good times Jim – thanks! You are a friend and a mensch. You pulled me through many a “bonk” and I only have one memory of ever getting a chance to return the favour. That was about 15KM from Morden, on the famous “two-sacks” ride to the Back-40 Folk Fest. Your fastidious ride preparation (50 lbs of stuff?) finally did you in.
    I also wanted to thank-you for your passionate challenge to the MLM fiasco in Steinbach. I know that you invested a lot of time and even personal cost with legal fees. The community is enriched by responsible citizenship like that. Salmon Arm is lucky. God bless!

  5. So gosh darned proud this fellow is my brother and loved the story of his interrupting the ponzi schemer and driving out a rip-off artist from South MB., saving the trusting people millions of their savings… literally folks.. Yup, that’s my bro!!

  6. Jimmy, we now know why you moved to Salmon Arm. And I thought it was all about finding new roads to ride. Does Rita know about your new “business” partner?

    I was contemplating writing a new post just so that I could see the post about your “Lasting Impression” disappear, but it seems I might have been a little hasty as it seems to be generating renewed interest in the club.

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