Thursday, 22 May 2014

Brodie Bikes?

Dear Brodie Bikes,
Thank you for liking my expose on the Mixte Bike on the giveaway from Momentum Mag.
I have to be truthful...I am not a geek and not worthy of the Mixte.
In fact....I have been a non bike owner for many years. My last 'legitimately' owned bike is an old Craperotti. The last time I rode the too small road bike was down 4th Ave at at Sasamat in Vancouver where I collided with a silver car who turned left in front of me while I was travelling in the bike lane. That fine individual drove away while I was chasing him south on Sasamat....
The only Brodie bike I have had the pleasure to ride was a Brodie Enduro. I borrowed it from my very generous brotherNeil Chrystal of Polygon Homes - Greater Vancouver Real Estate. I was able to ride it down the street and back the evening before the Canuck Place Children's HospiceInnovative Fitness Adventure Challenge. A yearly fundraiser for Canuck PLace. I have raised north of $10 000 in my efforts. I am also the ONLY individual to have completed all 10 races (in seven years) for the event.

My brother's Enduro was stolen off my car as I was packing my car for the race. Read the story here:

As you may have seen I recovered my dignity on a bike purchased for $10 on the streets of Vancouver.
I rode that BRC Banzai for a number of years putting in perhaps 10 000 km (and 6 Adventure Challenges) until the components decided to retire. I have, since that sad day been slowly beating to death my wifes (too small) bike to commute.

I proudly stand here today begging for a bike sponsorship...not for one...but two beautiful Brodie bikes.

This year the Adventure Challenge has taken a different course. Innovative Fitness and Canuck Place are doing their own races. Innovative Fitness will have theirs on June 14 in Port Moody raising funds for the 60 Minutes Kids Club ( and Canuck Place will do their own race on September 7. I will, against my body's wishes, do both.

I can hear what you are saying..."why does this person need two bikes?"

Good question. I have an answer for that. I have created a foundation called Exercise is Therapy and this year I will be using the foundation to raise money for both Canuck Place AND 60 Minute Kids Club at a fantabulous kick-fanny fundraising event in August. I think the second bike would be a fantastic lure for those feeling frisky with their money....raffle or silent auction.

Music ( Abandon Paris , and, beer, art, at a local Vancouver venue and a whole lot of fun to be had.

Please...oh, please...consider making a connection with me.

I would be glad to hear what you would need in return (public flogging, wear a Brodie Tee shirt, post on my it! I am not afraid to do anything in public for a a gift in good faith!

Yours in Bikes,

Malcolm Chrystal

The Blog

My name is Malcolm and I was a volunteer at Canuck Place Children's Hospice in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for nearly seven years. Now I support them by raising money by participating in the Canuck Place Adventure Challenges!

I said hospice. Not really a word that you associate with children but there you go. We will tell you about the house as this blog progresses with the hope that you will learn, and as you learn we hope that you will share. The purpose of the Adventure Challenge is to raise money for AND awareness about Canuck Place.

The name of each kid at the house you read about has been changed.

September 14th and 15th are the dates for the next Adventure Challenges.

You can sponsor me for the race here: Adventure Challenge
Maybe you should do the race?


Just a quick note about the names of the kids in the house that you will read about: they are made up!