Wriders-2014

Weekly Wriders

Welcome to the Wriders Web Page.  Check back here for updates and status of the program.  As well, keep an eye on the EBTC webpage as well.  See the comments below for trip reports and the like.

Next Event:

Good Intentions and Upcoming Events:

Weekly Wrides: meet at St. Albert Place at 6:30pm; distance about 10-25KM

  • Tuesday June 18: Weekly Wride
  • Tuesday June 25: Last Weekly Wride

2016-Past Events:

(Also see the comments section for specific details of rides.)

Sunday June 14: Pigeon Lake, distance ~60KM

Open to EBTC Members, please leave a post or email Phrank at how2bike@myorgbio.org.

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West End Weekly Wriders

Welcome to the Westend Weekly Wriders Web Page.  Check back here for updates and status of the program.  As well, keep an eye on the EBTC webpage as well.

Sunday June 14: Pigeon Lake, distance ~60KM

  • Weekly Wrides: meet at St. Albert Place at 6:30pm; distance about 10-25KM
    • Tuesday June 18: Weekly Wride
    • Tuesday June 25: Last Weekly Wride

Past Events

Open to EBTC Members, please leave a post or email Phrank at how2bike@myorgbio.org.

Links:

19 thoughts on “Wriders-2014

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  2. Meet at the St. Albert City Hall – 7pm

    I am looking forward to Tuesday’s wride. By distance (9km) it has two potential parts: a simple pleasure cruise or a heart pounding hill climb – your choice!

    Even better you can First/Last the hill climb for even more fun (yeah!!!!). As a reminder, First/Last simply means that if you get to a turnaround point – and you are first – then back track, pass the last rider, keep going before turning around and then try to arrive about the same time as the last rider.

    Bragging rights will go to the person with the greatest klicks on the trip computer for the ride (e.g. this 9km ride should be about 15km of hill climbing fun for those fast enough). I have a web page here with a graphic of the route, a link to my mapmyride.com account if you use this and a brief description (please feel free to print this map, hint, hint).
    http://myorgbio.org/wriders/wriders-wrides/#Wriders-St.Albert-North_Loop

    Weather is looking okay, don’t forget your helmet and your well maintained bike. Finally gelato is the apres-ride norm, remember your money.

  3. Please plan to meet at 7pm in front of the St. Albert City Hall on May 14th. I am looking forward to Tuesday’s wride. By distance (10km) it is a simple pleasure cruise but this will be the first time we will use a first/last method in our wrides. First/last simply means that if you get to a turnaround point – and you are first – then back track, pass the last rider, keep going before turning around and then try to arrive about the same time as the last rider.

    There are 4 such sections which have been choosen because the turn around area is safe (e.g. you are not recrossing train tracks or traffic lights). Bragging rights will go to the person with the greatest klicks on the trip computer for the ride (e.g. this 10km ride should be about 30km for those fast enough).

    I have a web page here with a graphic of the route, a link to my mapmyride.com account if you use this and a brief description.
    http://myorgbio.org/wriders/wriders-wrides/#Wriders-St.Albert-Riel-137ave-Grandin_Loop

    Please note that there was gravel on the road still so be careful. Also, the first 50m of the bike path on 137avenue is missing so be aware of this. Weather is looking good and don’t forget your helmet and your well maintained bike.

    Finally I am going to take a look to see what is open downtown for an apres-ride beverage.

  4. Hi Frank,
    I am giving you a heads up that I will be unable to attend the Calahoo ride as I have a commitment for a band festival. I will try it on my own on another date as I need to get the miles in. Thank you for trying to arrange something for May 10th. I was really looking forward to learning more about riding in the city and where the trails are hidden. Also, the safety side would have been appreciated. Maybe another time 🙁
    I should be able to attend all other rides.
    Oh yes, some of the trails in St.Albert that run close to the river are flooded.

  5. Frank thanx for organizing the Racks for Cars session. It was a great opportunity to get their undivided attention and get all my questions answered. They did leave me with a bewildering amount of choices. Unfortunately as a south sider it will be hard for me to attend all the sessions.

  6. Phrank’s notes: Cranky’s Bike Repair; April 27, 2013.
    16 people attended the workshop. Held in Crankys before they were open for business, it provided for an intimate opportunity to ‘ask a bike mechanic’. Andy, owner of Crankys focused on how to change a flat, drive train maintenance and answering questions.

    Some of the things I learned (I rate myself a middling backyard bike mechanic) were as follows:
    – When removing a tire and a tube; keep the assembly in a relative position (e.g. the rim, tube and tire). Thus when you examine the tube and find a puncture, you can go to the same relative position on the tire and rim to locate potential objects (as opposed to having to search the entire rim or tire).
    – Derailleur; don’t touch the high low set screws. They are effectively for the inital set up of the drive train. Most adjustments are done via the barrel adjuster (or even better, by a bike shop!).

  7. I am looking forward to our Crankys bike maintenance program. For those wanting a bit more training, here are some local options:

    http://www.mec.ca/AST/ContentPrimary/Learn/Cycling/RepairAndMaintenance.jsp
    http://edmontonbikes.ca/hands-on-bike-maintenance-courses-brakes-shifting-and-tire-changingflat-repairs/

    Schedule: First Friday of each month.

    Choose any single clinic.
    Friday, May 3 from 6:30pm-9:30pm at BikeWorks South (10047 80 Ave, entrance through rear lane)
    Friday, June 7 from 6pm-9pm at BikeWorks North (9305 111 Ave, entrance through west parking lot)
    Friday, July 5 from 6pm-9pm at BikeWorks South (10047 80 Ave)
    Friday, August 2 from 6pm-9pm at BikeWorks North (9305 111 Ave)
    Friday, September 6 from 6pm-9pm at BikeWorks South (10047 80 Ave)

    Cost:
    $20 for EBC members
    $25 for non-members

  8. A question from a Wrider, should I bring my bike on Saturday? Please do not bring it down. Space will be limited. The point of Saturday is to give you the minimum information about how to maintain your bike and to get you started.

  9. As one who attempts to cycle to the University from St.Albert I am very interested in hearing what route/routes you recommend. Presently,my route can be a little hair raising!

    • Thanks Lesley, not to steal too much of my program details, but here is my route:
      Deer Ridge > Grandin to 170 Street > 137 Ave > through either the commercial or St. Al Trail > 118 Ave or 117 Ave > ~122nd Street Trail > Past the Molson Brewery to the River’s Edge > East to 110 Street Trail.

      From there it would be across the river for you.

      • A new way from St. Albert to Edmonton has opened up in the latter part of last year:
        There’s now a paved trail along 142 street from just east of the the st. albert casino (where there’s the henday overpass near 167 ave), all the way south along 142 street to 137 Avenue.
        As construction on the area is ongoing, there are some unmarked breaks in the path to look out for, but the road is wide enough to be safely ridable too.

        • Thanks Alan! Those living on the East side of St. Albert Trail will want to consider this. I know I find Boudreau to be a bit slow particularly if you ride on the sidewalk versus the potholed road.

  10. A question from a member: if I can not make one or more of the workshops, will they be held again? The workshops will not be held again but do contact the businesses directly. They are always willing to help out a cyclist (and potential customer!). The links are listed above.

  11. A question from an EBTC member, Can I register for parts of the program (e.g. the Pigeon Lake Ride) without riding for the whole program? The answer is yes, as space allows. First dibs go to those who have been active in the Wriders – mostly because they will hear first when I open registration.

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