Wednesday, 23 & Saturday 26 April 2014.
Glen Buchanan, an avid bike enthusiast, provided a great training event for our scouts. They were able to:
|adjust seats and handlebars,|
|repair a flat tire|
|lube a chain and cables,|
|adjust brake cables to maintain good working brakes|
|convert a rusty 5 speed derailleur into a working 1 speed bike|
Not bad for 1 evening. He did have some help of course from all the other leaders.
Our weather forecast for our Saturday bike hike was sounding challenging. 6-14 cm snow, high of +6. But when Saturday came there were still plenty of hearty scouts ready to go at the Bow Valley Ranch parking lot.
We brought in some friends as well. Couple of co-workers from Sierra, Denys and Liming. Liming brought along his son Adam as well.
We had a great lunch, Matt brought along some South African sausage and I have made a visit to the Pol-Can deli. So no shortage of wieners and sausages. Had some cheeses and basic condiments like horse radish, fancy mustards etc.
On the ride home we found 3 out of 4 Geo-chaches and ended up with a British Pound and some pence, We traded with the rubber figures Jason brought.
|Journalist - Riley|
|Glen Buchanan, Dave Proctor, Darren Stone, David Crane, Nigel Kennett, Matt Wilde, Karl Burndorfer - Scout Leaders|
|Matt ?, Blake Gorner, Tayson Saravia, RJ Laigo, Michael Laigo, Isaac Gagnon, Devin Obha, Preston Layton, Javon Falconer, Sam Erasmus, Riley Aneca - Scouts with bikes|
|Josh Thompson, Jeff Thompson, Jace Nelson, Austin Smith, Duke Buchanan - Scouts without bikes|
|Jason Smith, Nigel Kennett, Matt Wilde, Karl Burndorfer - Scout Leaders|
|Preston Layton, Javon Falconer, Austin Smith, Sam Erasmus, Riley Aneca - Scouts|
|Cover a bit of safety||And now into basic repairs. Anyone got a flat tire?||This is a real tricky overhaul on removing a badly rusted derailleur.||Definitely need some special tools for this job.|
|Here's the surgically removed parts.||Test driving some of those seat adjustments.||Trying to loosen up the gear changers. Bit of rust making it hard to rotate.||Maybe if I workout with hand grips it will get easier.|
|So how is the new 1 speed?||Seems to be working.||I need to get these handle bars tightened. No problem with the right Allen wrench.||Still a bit more tightening.|
|Sam comes to visit and get use of a few tools to make a few small adjustments.||Chain still holding. That Dave sure knows how to fix them.||You like the bmx bikes better?||Time to go home now that we're all bike machanics.|
|Testing out those tuned up bikes|
|Hard to believe I still need my winter mitts.||Getting that last bike off. These racks are sweet!||Getting snow flakes in my eyes man.||So do mountain bike tires do for snow tires?|
|Make sure you bring some emergency tools. Pump, Check.||Our visitors arrive||Liming making a few adjustments for his son's bike.||We're ready, lets go.|
|We can beat this, yea!||Road conditions are still pretty good.||Gee Nigel, people are going to think it's really not that cold out.||Getting into a nice dry shelter.|
|Meeting up with Sam and Preston at Grenfield.||Everyone is holding up well.||Except for Nigel, I have to go back and see if we can fix the bike he borrowed.|
|To cook all that sausage, you need a good sized fire.||Start spreading out the food.||Woods almost all used up already?||Should be good. just need a bit of fanning on this fire.|
|Start off with some polish varieties.||These ate quite good!||Now we'll get into the South African variety!||Lekker man! I could easily eat a couple more of these...|
|Now into Cinnamon buns||Food was great, but it might be harder going back now!|
|We find our 1st Geo-Cache||Some interesting stuff in there.||Just hop the fence, Preston!||Checking out a small mudslide. Environmentalist check this kind of stuff out.|
|Not so easy getting out of one of these||Team work wins the day.||Smart horses always rear-up when you approach a cliff.||So where's the real bike path?|
|Our attempt at flushing out some deer. 4 of them. not bad. 1 Grouse too, but he didn't hang around for the picture.||Finally, nice pavement.||Who would of thought we could catch in an art show too.|