Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Bike, beer, Jets!

Good times start at 8.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

ABES Bulletin

Pink Bike is having a photo of the year contest.  I submitted "cross dresser" but the judges failed to comprehend the disturbed bravery this image required.   

From the For Serious Files...
a 36'er and a 26'er

Because people are awesome...

I must have been feeling nostalgic when I recently made this guilty pleasure purchase from ebay...

Thursday Night Ride - m'hmm.  See you at 8.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015


A Star bicycle was photographed being ridden down
the steps in front of the United States Capital i
n 1885

Post ride BS will be held at David's house at the south end of the Altona village.  BYOB.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


Spring weather in Manitoba is weird.
Sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug.
See you at 8.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

ABES Bulletin

The ABES Winter Bike Festival was sweet.  Highlights included: a family ride with 30+ people cycling around town enjoying the good life, Coen forgetting that he shouldn’t walk through mud, a photo finish sprint at the last-man-out race where Paul held off Evan, Dan K and Shaun winning the relay race, t-shirt weather at a winter bike event, Maxine helping alleviate the parents guilt by being our babysitter, Steven debuting his beautiful carbon Cannondale 29’er, Bruce generously donating a box of bike goodies, and enjoying pizza, chips and beer at the sExchange with great people.  Good times y’all.  David took these pics...

If you want to take part in the no-stake action of the March Madness basketball tourney, you can! DSwank has set up an account so we can compete against each other (the password is Altona2015).  Fill in your picks (guesses) and let the computerizor do the rest - easy-peasy-Japanesey.  The more the madness-ier.  Bragging rights hang in the balance.  According to some dude, the odds of you filling out a perfect bracket are a staggering 1 in 9.2 quintillion. That's a nine with 18 zeroes or 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 if you're not into the whole brevity thing.  The 1 in 9.2 quintillion number is straight mathematics - it figures out how many possible ways the 63 game results on your bracket could be filled out (two to the sixty-third power), but it doesn't account for standard basketball logic, like No. 1 seeds have always advanced in the first round or tournament champions usually having a top-four seed or Duke's dual advantage of having a legend like Coach K and never getting called for a blocking foul. If you know something about the NCAA tournament, the odds of a perfect bracket are more like 1 in 128 billion.   It should be easy for me because I watched the Harlem Globetrotters play against a team of robots on Gilligan’s Island.  True story.

Breaking news - The MCA offers registered bike clubs an opportunity to do fundraising and I jumped at the chance.  We need 5 volunteers for Friday, May 22 to be at the McPhillips Street Station from 6:00 – 9:45 to assist with selling bingo cards or pull-tab tickets or something like that.  The evening will net our club some easy money but David and Franklin guaranteed to double it playing Smash the Pig.  Check your schedules and let me know if you can help the team. 

Interesting bike idears...

Friday, March 13, 2015

ThNR Report

Jonny, Shaun, Steven and I met to ride on a beautiful, warm, March night.  We headed off to find David and then went to pick up our dry cleaning.  After a bit of riding we ended up at the creek and sat in the quiet low rumble of Bunge and enjoyed the end of winter and the stillness of the water.  We resumed our ride and finished at the clubhouse where we were met by Albert, (who wasn’t curling) Duker, Lyle and Lorne.  The minutes included: Olaf is a snowman and Oleg is a drunkman, the ABES have been officially invited to the Okanagan and are definitely going to go, MCI, glasses vs reading glasses vs laser eye surgery vs contacts vs bifocals, and this year’s winter bike fest is going to be the warmest ever.  This is the second week in a month where I participated in or overheard a reading glasses conversation at the ABES table, just saying.
We ended the night with a cultural and personal examination of the role of bikes, church, community and ABES in our lives.  “Life, we learn too late, is in the living, the tissue of every day and hour.” Stephen Leacock
This Sunday is the Winter Bike Fest.  Come out for bikes, in a church, community and ABES at 2:30 and live a little!  See the posts below for more info.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

ABES Bulletin

ABES Winter Bike Festival - This Sunday at The sExchange – coffee and yarba will be served at 2:30.  We’ll begin with a family bike ride so everybody can enjoy their bikes, then proceed with the rest of our day.  Maxine Penner has agreed to tend the tots while we gallivant.  The forecast is for 15 degrees so it should be the warmest winter bike fest weather ever!

Random act of pastor Dan - President and lone member of the Bring Back The Moose Club, Dan will have his wish come true as the "much anticipated" return of the Manitoba Moose 2.0 seems to be a reality.  Why do good things happen to bad people?

Random Files...I love watching great soccer goals, but great soccer saves are even better.  Check it out If you like cool stuff.

Thursday Night Ride - On.

Monday, March 9, 2015

ABES Winter Bike Festival

The AWBF plan is to meet this Sunday at The (s)Exchange at 2:30 for a pre-ride coffee, hot chocolate or wobbly pop, casually ride around town in a big, beautiful group, enjoy a two-person relay race at the park, high-five our efforts then return to the (s)exchange for supper.

This time of year the weather can vary from balmy to blustery.  Environment Canada is calling for a high of 14 for Sunday - we’ll see.  Cycling on the ice rinks/pond could be sketchy, we’ll probably all have mucky bike butts after our ride, and the chances of hypothermia will be minimal barring a polar bear swim at the pond.  Technically it’s still winter so it’s on with the show…

Kids can stay at the exchange to watch a movie if they prefer.  A babysitter or willing adult is needed to tend the tots - anyone…anyone?

Price of admission is a salad or dessert or bags of chips to share.  Pizza will be sold by the slice.  byob.  Everyone is invited to this family friendly event.  JS

Thursday, March 5, 2015

ABES Bulletin

so many great faces in this picture
Quiz Night takes place this Friday and there will be 28'ish teams trying to take down the smrtest bike club in Altona as we defend our title.  We'll throw our collective kanowledge against the wall to see if it'll be good enough for the win...even if it's only by 3.

Save the date: the ABES Winter Bike Festival will take place on Sunday, March 15.  Ride, race, beer, pizza, good times.  The more the merrier - stay tuned.

In case you were wondering...Here’s a Spring Classics guide for dummies  

Better late than never?  Thursday night ride is on of course.  Prepare to endure Dan gloating about his Sens.  Boo-urns.

this did/did not happen.

See you at 8.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Feel free to watch the 1st period at my place.
ya'll'r welcome.  JS

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


The Jets game starts at 6:00 and the weather is wicked cold so Shaun and I agreed to cycle during the second intermission and watch the third period at the clubhouse.  Everybody's invited to join us or come by early and watch some of the game at my place.  

F'ya later!

Friday, February 13, 2015

ThNR Report

Shaun, James, Jonny, Steven and Franklin met to ride on what felt like a colder night than it was.  James showed off his new fender, and we hit the road.  We were met by Curt, and paced by Jonny, who blew us all away with his solo effort.  We regrouped at the hill which was perfect for riding up and then headed back to the clubhouse.  Johnny claimed victory with a mad sprint to the finish and was awarded the most aggressive rider jersey, the overall jersey, and the points jersey.  At the clubhouse, we were joined by Duker, Tom and David.  Minutes included: Jonny sneezed for the first time in weeks and wished he hadn’t, being the town weed inspector is one thing, bringing Cheezies to the weed inspector’s convention is another, Shaun has donated over $1000 to the ABES over the last 5 years, The Golden Loon is spicy delicious, the ABES quiz team is getting set to defend their “World’s Smartest Bike Club,” championship, and the Pearson Pennant would make a sweet wool jersey.
This Weekend is Actif Epica, with our very own Paul doing his bit to represent the ABEnthusiasts.   Will he emerge victorious in his battle with the wind and chill, or will our brave knight lose the glorious fight.  All I know is that in his heart our brave knight may safely keep these words:
“everything I have done, am doing, and shall do follows the dictates of reason and the laws of chivalry,” 
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote

Godspeed Paul, and enjoy the poetry of a valiant effort, and the success of arriving that eluded Saavedra's hero.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The ABES Bulletin

If David hasn’t convinced you to register for Winter Bike to Work Day, I’ll add my two cents…registering for this event helps demonstrate the growth of cycling and the need for improved cycling infrastructure and policies.  But more importantly, we want to stick it to our bicycle brethren in Winkler and Morden.  Currently Altona ranks an impressive 69th (ha) in the world in terms of registered cyclists which is way, way, waaaay ahead of the city of Stinkler. 

Fellow cycle enthusiast and perspiring pro Paul K is preparing to partake in Actif Epica this weekend.  The forecast calls for -25 with a hellacold factor of -100.  Good luck Paul.  We heart you.  To show my team spirit, I’ll be participating in Inactif Epica which will include copious amounts of chips, beer, and TV.  Bring it on, couch!

The Big Frame / Lyle / Worst Father Ever, is taking a two week bicycle building course in BC with Paul Brodie - as in Brodie Bikes!?.  Pretty cool.  I can't wait to see his sweet new bike.   

Pencil in the date…the ABES Winter Bike Festival is tentatively being planned for Saturday, March 14.  Details are more than vague at this point but it’s sure to include good people and good times.

And now, a train video for Albert…

He LOVES it!

The Thursday Night Ride is on – natch. 

Friday, February 6, 2015

ThNR Report

          Dan, Lonnie, Gavin, Jonny, Paul, Shaun, James, Curt and Franklin came together to cycle around Altona.   Dan really wanted to go see the moon, but the first order of business was to go to David’s to watch the new MB cx doc featuring Altona’s own Cheryl Koop.  After the show and refreshments (thanks David) we all hit the dirt roads to check out the moon, which had disappeared behind the clouds (sorry Dan).  We lapped the town and regrouped at the clubhouse where we were joined by Tom and Duker.  Minutes included: bitching about work is cathartic but lame, we are not good at pacts, Lars and the Altona Bike Club are all right by us,  Kane is no Lowry, skinsuits are awesome on other people, Corny is gone (boo) = chips and nuts (yay?), Shaun looks really trim in his new jackets.  I remember laughing a bunch, but I don’t really remember why, perhaps it’s just as well. 

           “I seemed to be upon the verge of comprehension, without the power to comprehend as men, at times, find themselves upon the brink of remembrance, without being able, in the end, to remember.” 
 Edgar Allan Poe, The Murders in the Rue Morgue: The Dupin Tales

          This weekend is shaping up nicely for a bit of snow but not too much. Maybe a creek ride is in order? 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015


Same time, same place. We'll start off the evening by heading to Davey-Boyz place in the Village for a screening of the new MB CX doc. Then it's off to ride some more. Or whatever. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


We've been contacted by our doppelgänger club from Germany.  
It seems they like to bike and drink beers too!  Cool.

Wir sehen uns am 8.

Friday, January 23, 2015

ThNR Report

James, Shaun, DB, Dan, Johnny, Franklin, and Evan (the thin kid) met to ride the streets of Altona, which felt like it was in BC.  We checked out the snocross track for a last man out race which saw the thin kid beat DB in a sprint at the finish.  We moved on to a cage match knockdown tournament where James used his wizardry to emerge as the champion of the world.  At this point the rain (seriously, in January, how awesome is that) led us to the clubhouse where we were joined by the Duker and David.  Minutes included; covering your mouth when you cough, Dan is an awesome preacher (according to him), the fries were delicious and the price was right, Gavin loves trains, they can't forecast the roads, officer Jack Mehoff, some chiropractors help us understand disappointment(oh, you're done?)  and Dan once broke up with a girl because "God told him to."
This weekend is the Altona Town Carnival with bike races at the snocross course starting at 11:30, or maybe later, nobody is really sure.  Show up, bring your kids, the forecast looks great!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Big Time Important Stuff

Time to release the logjam from the department of big time important stuff...

It has been debated and decided that our Spring Ride (May long weekend) and our Family Camping Weekend (July 1-5) will both take place at Crosby (Cuyuna).  The trails are super-wicked-awesome, Louie’s Bucket of Bones allows BYOB, DTwat has booked a cabin for the boyz and Franky has booked sites for July.  Let the good times roll.  All we need is Tommy D to join the festivities so he can enjoy the fruits of his labour.

David has planned a snoval-cross bike race this Saturday to add to the Altona Winter Carnival.  Details are vague but it should be fun. 

There are also two pro cyclocross races to watch this weekend.  If anybody has details on watching it online, let us know.

Paul claims the second round of ABES gear should be here on Friday.  Thanks for helping the team brother.

But first things last - the Deep Fry Thursday Night Ride is on.  I’ll bring a couple of bags of goodies and we’ll see if promises are kept. 

M’mmm – deep-fried anything.
See you at 8.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


Congratulations go out to Duke and Julia on the arrival of 
Fredric David James who was born this morning!  Huzzah!

See you at 8.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Afraid To Quit

From the folks at Awesome Wheelie...