Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday...

The CTS ride schedule will change the week after our tale gate. (Sept. 12th) The daylight hours are getting shorter and we will not have as much time to get out after work. So, we are moving the ride to Sundays at Copeland Forest 9:00am. Our first Sunday ride will be September 26th, do to the Terry Fox Run Sunday Sept 19th.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Can't find my MOJO

You will decide who wins.

The CTS riders choice awards. It's time to nominate the rider you think deserves the award from the list below and why.
1. The Endo - For best crash.
2. The Stay Down - For the most crashes in a season.
3. The Rookie of the year - For best new CTS rider.
4. The CTS spirit - For the best Cancelling of shit.
5. The Gear-up - For the most improvement in a season.
6. The Invisible Rider - For the most missed rides of a season.
7. The Ouch - For best cut or bruise photo.
8. ???
The CTS awards will be handed out at this years CTS tale gate banquet (Sept. 12th 2010) Send all your votes to greg@ctsbikeclub.com

Thursday, August 26, 2010


SO now that CTS has grown to 30 riders it might be a bit crowded on the trails. For those that want to ride some other trails we now have a B-SIDE to Tuesday Night Rides. The last two rides myself, Rich and Darryl (last week) went off into Copeland without our 'GPS' looking for some new and old trails... and yes we do get lost and end up riding more hills then ususal... and since the group is smaller, we don't rest as much... and we might not hit all of the wicked downhills that we ride often... The B-SIDE is about exploring the forest in a smaller group, getting the heart rate up and giving people an option to try something different. In turn it may lower the numbers on the A-SIDE and open up some space between tires. You might not want to play the B-SIDE all the time (me included) but now and again you can find some pretty sweet tracks on the flip-side....

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Cycling Revolution

I stumbled across this article from the London Evening Standard last night in my daily quest for random knowledge, Boris Johnson's London bike hire hits the streets

London’s Mayor Boris Johnson has pledged and delivered a cycling revolution to the city. This cycling revolution will give all Londoners the opportunity to hop on a bike and experience the joys of cycling. The aim is to have one in five commutes in London made by bike, this is a situation that hasn’t been seen since 1904.

Amazing idea?!

Midland is following suit with its own cycling revolution. Now, our revolution might not be as grand but it’s a step in the right direction. You may have noticed around town the new share the road signs? The first time I saw one it brought an instant smile to my face. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been run off the road by cars, trucks, and angry grandmas, on my commute to and from work. For those of you concerned for my safety the risk factor is far less now that my commute has been knocked down to 3 minutes walking distance.

I can’t help but think these signs are the first step in Midland’s very own Cycling Revolution, hopefully soon to be followed by bike lanes on the busiest of our roads. I might be stepping out of line here, and tooting our own CTS horn, but I also can’t help but think our Annual Bike to Work day might have had an influenced on the Town’s decision to post these share the road signs along our roadways. Along with the determination and dedication of our two town councillors Steven Kramp and Pat File who have always pushed for bike lanes and cycling awareness in our community.

It’s undeniable that there is a growing cycling community in this town. We should feel proud to be a part of this community. We all share common interests; an interest in a healthy lifestyle, an alternative green mode of transportation and the love for the two wheels we ride. We are bike enthusiasts and we are a part of a growing group that should continue to push for beneficial changes for cycling safety in Midland and the surrounding area.

I truly feel that through hosting bike to work events, Halloween group rides, and riding our bikes daily we are making our presence known and helping push for our very own cycling revolution. We can make a difference one pedal stroke at a time.

If you want to become more involved in making changes for cyclists in our community email our Town Councillors Stephan Kramp or Pat File to see how you can get started.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

CLIF BAR, Keeps You Moving

More then just healthy energy, Clif Bar comes to the rescue. During this past Tuesday's group ride, fellow CTS rider Kevin found himself with a flat tire. We were an hour into our ride and at the deepest part of the forest, walking out now would have taken forever. If you ride a lot you know that flat tires happen often and you need to be prepared. So, being prepared, I gave him my spear tube and pump. As he pumped up the new tube he notice that he didn't just have a pinch flat, he had a tear in the wall of his tire. Riding with the tube swelling out of the side wall was not going to work very well. Kevin wouldn't have gotten very far before it popped again. The obvious thing to do would have been to cut the old tube and lay it on the inside to cover the rip, but no one had a knife or scissors. We tried biting the tube and stabbing it, but neither worked. Then it came to me, I had a Clif bar in my pack, we could use the wrapper to line the inside of the tire so the tube wouldn't blister out. Not only did it work, it worked GREAT! Kevin road for another two hours with no issues. So that's how a Clif Bar can save the day.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Weekend Ride Saturday August 21st

Hello boy's and girl's, Cancel that $#!% you have planed for next Saturday (Aug 21, 2010). Because CTS is going to Kelso. Yhaaaaaa! Kelso Conservation Area has 15 km of trails open to mountain biking, ranging from easy to very challenging. Kelso is located a few km west of Milton and about 60 km west of Toronto. The main gate is on Kelso Road and the summit entrance is at the junction of Steeles Avenue and Old Bell School Lane. From the 401, take Exit 320, drive south on Martin St (Regional Rd 25) for about 1 km, turn right on Steeles Avenue, go 2 km to Tremaine Rd, then turn right and drive about 2 km to Kelso Road. See you all there.

Monday, August 9, 2010

CTS Tailgate BBQ

Sunday, September 12, 2010 · 10:00am - 2:00pm. Copland forest parking lot Ingram road Morning ride in Copeland forest and then back to the parking lot for a BBQ and awards. Sign up on facebook

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Gorilla stricks again!

I did it again! Yet another bike part crushes under the power of the Gorilla. This Tuesday night during our Club ride, I snapped the titanium spindle on my Crank Brothers Candy 4ti in half. Titanium is known for its high strength-to-weight ratio, but it still has a breaking point. They where great pedals and lasted a good two years (Just over warranty mind you) with one rebuild last fall. not bad for $500.00 dollars. :P Hit the link and check out the max rider weight for the pedals and keep in mind I weigh-in at 250lbs, it's good for a laugh.

SOLD - For Sale!

2009 Trek 4500 $350.00

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