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 doppelg√§nger 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...

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


We know there will be an ABES Spring Ride on May 15-18 and the ABES Family Weekend will be on July 1-5.  We also know we're going to Duluth and Crosby (Cuyuna).  We now need to establish the best destination for each event.  This is a very complicated case...a lotta ins, lotta outs, lotta what-have-you's.  Not to worry, we'll figure this out.

See you at 8.

Friday, January 2, 2015

ThNR Report

James, Franklin, Shaun, Albert and I cycled to buffalo bush and followed the creek north.  The night included a peek inside buffalo bush, finding a (dead) deer carcass, not getting hurt when I was bucked off my bike, the new path through the reeds courtesy of the ATV's, a beautiful creek ride with good grip, and Franklin quickly and safely finding the ice with barely a scream.  The clubhouse was closed so we enjoyed post ride festivities with El Duque in my basement.

My hopes of a new years day, day ride never happened.  I slept in until 1:30, played a lot of Rock Band with my kids, and only took off my housecoat to get ready for the 8pm ride.  A lovely, lazy day.

Paul and Franky were devoting Friday to cycling together and rekindling their bromance.  Will an update on their day be imminent?  Pictures?  We hope so because this post needs some pictures!?

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Years Day Rides

IF anybody wants to get out and about during the day, let me know.  I need to work off some of my holiday excess.  I'd prefer a creek/river outing but I'm good for whateves.

And/or I'll see you at 8.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

ThNR is Baby Jesus Approved


There's no room at the inn but David offered the wise men his stable.  
See you at 8.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Duke at the buffalo creek warm up shack on February 9, 2012.

See you at 8.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Pembina River (USA) Ride Report

Shaun, Paul and I explored the Pembina river and it was almost perfect.  The weather was ridiculously unseasonable, the river was wide and didn’t’ accumulate any significant drifts and was 15’ below field level which alleviated the worst of the wind, and the location was south enough to enjoy cheap beer and smokes.  On our ride we saw 4 coyotes, 3 hunters and the occasional sections of open ice and sitting water that made us feel nervous/bad-ass (“let peer pressure be your guide” Jeff Loeppky).  Our three hour tour took us 64 k's and ended at The Western where we enjoyed some beer, chips and American ambiance.  There has been talk of a century ride on the same river which would take us out West to Leroy or East to Pembina for food and drinks before returning back to Neche.  Stay tuned.

Shaun took these...

Good times.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Sunday Creek Ride USA!

Exploring the Pembina River by bike could be fun.  We'll drop in at Neche so bring a passport.  I'd like to leave anytime before 1:00.  Who's in?
Floating heads and combine at the clubhouse.
Curt would not pull my finger.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Will Shaun fulfill his promise and return to the fold this week?  I hope so – our swearing quotient has been horribly neglected.  Maybe he'll share his thoughts on MTS to get us back up to speed.

The creek continues to call out.  Southward bound?  We’ll see which way our fickle winds blow.

Also, another weekend ride should totes happen.  Explore the Pembina River at Neche?  Other?  Mull it over.

Friday, December 5, 2014

ThNR Report

Gavin, Franklin, Paul, Kris, James, David, Lonny, Curt, Albert and I spent the evening winding our way up and down the creek.  The ice conditions remain ideal, the weather was mild and the moonlight was bromantic.  Franklin fell much less than last week, Lonny’s peddle fell off – thank goodness Albert knows how to save the day, cycling through the reed sections was an adventure, and eventually we made our way back to our good old clubhouse.  It’s odd (or maybe not) that our longest rides of the year happen in winter conditions.  Minutes include: Lyle came and ordered a round of drink, providing lab samples in the Walmart bathroom, Curt’s fuzzy logic: if your dumb enough to get lost, your dumb enough to find your way out, planning for Paul’s 50th birthday using more fuzzy logic, Lyle somehow convinced Ashley that buying a new custom built bike was going to be a money-making venture, ABES spring ride will be on the May long weekend, Shaun promised that he will be back next week, new clubhouse ramblings continued, the ABES bus, Gavin got his annual hair cut, Franklins pig slaughtering demo turned into a pig torturing/hunting demo - for kids, and Albert said something and we all nodded in agreement.  Good times.

A Sunday bike ride is in the works.   Meet at ABES headquarters at 12:30 and we’ll drive to Lake Minnewasta to cycle the trails and explore the creek.  So far, Gavin, Franklin, Paul, Kris, and I are confirmed.  Let us know if you're coming so transportation can be arranged.