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  • 17 Nov 2020 1:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bike Shorts will be published every month now. You are very welcome to suggest photos, cartoons, stories, events, links, etc. Just send your info to bikeshorts@knbc.ca

    Next issue of Bike Shorts - December 7

    1. Your new KNBC executive for 2021 (acclaimed)

    President Geoffrey Gurd  president@knbc.ca

    Secretary Gary Seed  secretary@knbc.ca

    Treasurer Peter Blancher  treasurer@knbc.ca

    Tour Director Tom Wiley  tour-director@knbc.ca

    Webmaster David Boshard  webmaster@knbc.ca

    Social Director Teresa McGovern  social@knbc.ca

    Public Relations Susan Monaghan  public-relations@knbc.ca

    Non-executive position

    Safety and Education Advisor Monna-Leigh McElveny  safety@knbc.ca

    2. Diversions

    Discounted non-profit group rate for Gatineau Park Winter pass for 2020-21

    Go to Member Services, then Gatineau Park Winter Passes – 2020 for more information.

    Website: COVID-19 in Ottawa Neighbourhoods

    https://www.neighbourhoodstudy.ca/covid-19-in-ottawa-neighbourhoods/

    Article: Harley-Davidson is making electric bikes now

    https://www.fastcompany.com/90569604/harley-davidson-is-making-electric-bikes-now

    Article: Le cycliste vagabond, le paysage et la nature ordinaire (cycling in Québec)

    https://www.franceculture.fr/societe/marie-helene-parizeau-le-cycliste-vagabond-le-paysage-et-la-nature-ordinaire

    Article: Les vélorues vont-elles conquérir les villes françaises ?

    https://actuvelo.fr/2020/08/05/les-velorues-vont-elles-conquerir-les-villes-francaises/

    Video: First time on a fat bike. Fatbiking Île Bizard (3:49)

    https://youtu.be/cN18e6oJONI

    Cycling Organizations:

    European Cyclists’ Federation https://ecf.com/

    Pedal Bike Info http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/

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    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 9 Nov 2020 10:08 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bike Shorts is published weekly until after the AGM. You are very welcome to suggest photos, cartoons, stories, events, links, etc. Just send your info to bikeshorts(at)knbc.ca

    1. Safety Tip from Monna - Be prepared for the cold and the dark 

    Cold-weather biking presents some unique risks. Keep your core temperature warm, and avoid hypothermia by wearing multiple layers to insulate. Toques or balaclavas, ear protectors and neck warmers will be needed, and, don't forget better protection for your feet and hands.  With the time change, and shorter days, ensure you have sufficient lights, both on the front and rear of your bike to be clearly visible. 

    Be extra cautious of snow or icy conditions, and take corners slowly and carefully. If riding in a group, be sure to alert riders behind you to any hazards they might not be able to see. 

    Also - don't forget to stay hydrated

    2. Diversions

    Discounted non-profit group rate for Gatineau Park Winter pass for 2020-21

    Go to Member Services, then Gatineau Park Winter Passes – 2020 for more information.

    Event: Bike Minds - Wednesday November 18th at 8pm

    There will be an international group of storytellers with stories to share from Mexico, Argentina, Ecuador, Australia, and Japan.

    https://bikeminds.ca/

    Event: Bike Ottawa: Annual General Meeting - Wednesday November 18th, 6:30 – 9:00 pm

    https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/bike-ottawa-annual-general-meeting-tickets-124705197603

    Article: Chocolate milk works extremely well as a post-workout drink

    https://bigthink.com/ned-dymoke/chocolate-milk-works-extremely-well-as-a-post-workout-drink-says-study

    Article: 5 Common mechanical issues & how to fix them / GCN's Cycling Tips

    https://youtu.be/-1-ovdSwAHA

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 2 Nov 2020 9:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bike Shorts is published weekly until after the AGM. You are very welcome to suggest photos, cartoons, stories, events, links, etc. Just send your info to bikeshorts(at)knbc.ca

    1. The Rides (Oct 26 – Nov 2)

    The official ride season appears to be over. However, if the weather looks good at all for a ride, feel free to let the tour director know so a ride could be put in the calendar. It is a good idea to look at the calendar as Bike Shorts will not be produced on a weekly basis after the AGM.

    2. Safety Tip From Monna - Be mindful of barricades, posts and gates

    When making our way around the city and especially on multipurpose pathways - be mindful of barricades, posts and gates, while meant to restrict vehicular traffic, can pose a significant hazard when unexpectedly encountered on a bike. When first installed - they may have been brightly painted and/or flagged - but have now faded to grey, and the flags have long disappeared. One particular hazardous gate is on the Watts Creek Pathway (heading east from Kanata) coming out at Aero Drive to cross Holly Acres Drive. Slow down and ring you bell to alert oncoming cyclists at this blind corner and sudden partially barricaded transition. Other areas to be mindful of, are around the locks and canals, where there are numerous low barricades - which if not seen in time, can cause a nasty fall.

    3. Diversions

    Article: Update from the NCC on October 22 regarding Gatineau Park access.

    Click on the link for the complete notice, but the upside is post October 25, the parkways will be closed to motor vehicle traffic and still open for cyclists.

    "On October 25, 2020, at about 6 pm, these parkways will close to motor vehicle traffic for the season. In winter, they become cross-country ski trails."

    https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/closures/covid-19-gatineau-parkways

    Article: Gatineau Park Statistics

    For those of you who have been taking advantage of Gatineau Park this summer, here’s some interesting statistics. The full closure has made for a fantastic summer, I know I tried to make it up there twice a week. Of course Champlain Lookout and the Fortune Parkway were closed, but recently they opened the Champlain Parkway up to Ėtienne Brûlé Lookout. If you’ve never been, it turns out it’s nicer than Champlain, and higher. The last time we were up there a little debate ensued about which was higher. Here are some elevations.

    According to Google Earth, these are the max elevations of the various lookouts

    Huron - 339 m

    Ėtienne Brûlé - 344 m

    Champlain - 336 m

    Ėtienne Brûlé wins. The Ryan Tower sits at 361 metres for reference.

    Some other interesting stats for your climb to the top.

    Lucerne Blvd - 55 m

    P3 - 88 m

    Base of Pink Lake climb - 120 m

    Top of Pink Lake climb - 189 m

    Base of King Mountain climb - 227 m

    Top of King Mountain climb - 320 m

    Dunlop & Meech - 175 m

    Lac Fortune - 291 m

    Hopefully we’ll get some more good weather and a few more rides up there. One more thing. On our last ride we were speaking to an RCMP officer and two Conservation officers at the lookout. They said if anybody was caught using Fortune Parkway or going up to Champlain Lookout, they’d get a ticket for trespassing. Cheers, and safe riding. Dave

    Article: The number of calories burned cycling

    https://ilovebicycling.com/calories-burned-cycling/

    Article: What is a Bicycle Street?

    https://beyondtheautomobile.com/2020/10/21/what-is-a-bicycle-street/?utm_source=EnviroCentre+Master+Distribution+List&utm_campaign=1e3836b1ce-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_12_04_03_56_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0ea0735a10-1e3836b1ce-345990673&mc_cid=1e3836b1ce

    Travel article: A man cycled more than 2500 miles from Poo Poo Point, Washington, to Pee Pee Creek, Ohio

    https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/632726/man-cycles-from-poo-poo-point-washington-to-pee-pee-creek-ohio

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 19 Oct 2020 10:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bike Shorts is published weekly. You are very welcome to suggest photos, cartoons, stories, events, links, etc. Just send your info to bikeshorts(at)knbc.ca

    IMPORTANT: The Annual General Meeting of KNBC on November 3 will be an online event using Zoom. You will have to buy your own pizza and beer for the meeting. More information to come next week.

    1. The Rides (Oct 13 - 19)

    Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice. Please check the Club Calendar on the website, as well as your email, prior to heading to a start location. Cancellations and additions will be reflected on the calendar, as soon as the Tour Director or Assistant Tour Director is notified. Additionally, if a ride gets cancelled or changed, you will be notified by email.

    Tour leaders are reminded to contact the Tour Director at: tour-director@knbc.ca if any changes are required to their ride.

    Full details on all rides can be found on the KNBC Club Calendar of rides and events on the KNBC website. The KNBC Calendar, containing the most up to date info on your rides, is located at https://knbc.ca/page-18460

    NOTE: If a ride is full, please join the waitlist. An overflow ride will be created if numbers warrant it.

    Saturday, Oct. 17 - L2 - Perkins - 50 km

    2. Safety tip from Monna - Do you know your hand signals?

    It is imperative to communicate your intention to stop, change lanes, turn, and/or generally manoeuvre around traffic, obstacles, construction etc. Failure to do so can result in a fine of $85.00 (HTA 142).

    Use an open palm with spread fingers for maximum visibility (a 'point' can be confused with pointing out a hazard);

    Straighten up on the bike – if you are bent over – it may be difficult for others to actually see the signal;

    Shoulder check BEFORE signalling, while maintaining straight line riding;

    Return your hands to your handlebars when crossing or turning at an intersection;

    There are two methods to signal “right turning”: a straight right arm, or a bent left arm. The decision of which to use is situational: Ask yourself “on what side of me is the intended audience” (i.e. is there traffic merging from the right) and signal accordingly.

    Remember - you are signaling to communicate your intentions to move (or stop) your bike - so always think of your intended audience, shoulder check and signal for maximum visibility.

    Here from CANBIKE, is a video: https://youtu.be/FGzuEuilPUk

    3. Diversions

    Construction: Iris St. traffic detour

    https://mailchi.mp/ec6434158fcd/notice-of-tree-removal-1051051?e=0dfa4f5b21

    Article: PELOTON is fighting hate speech on its platform

    https://futurism.com/the-byte/peloton-exercise-bike-fighting-hate-speech-platform?mc_cid=26cf93f971

    Inspiring story:

    https://m.facebook.com/blackfootangler.flyshop/posts/3291998730886358?__cft__%5B0%5D=AZV_ecS_gYbs2PMrcXR9mPD3dhmV7Ry42SnFt4ytH400AD1gIbAWW22XRuVIl024LAeNIoFd8utqMnefOeyCnHWHMDrd65TzG4_XpxbpKHRU-tdMq9lbKO54y8HQ7NZjDJx0QRgM093DxGmAUj4JHKEgnJkqkKlB-EnvXRpsPUn6Ap4ucMyxgBwW8vko8Ydwr3k&__tn__=%2CO%2CP-y-R

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 13 Oct 2020 9:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bike Shorts is published weekly. You are very welcome to suggest photos, cartoons, stories, events, links, etc. Just send your info to bikeshorts(at)knbc.ca

    1. The Rides (Oct 6 - 12)

    Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice. Please check the Club Calendar on the website, as well as your email, prior to heading to a start location. Cancellations and additions will be reflected on the calendar, as soon as the Tour Director or Assistant Tour Director is notified. Additionally, if a ride gets cancelled or changed, you will be notified by email. Tour leaders are reminded to contact the Tour Director at: tour-director@knbc.ca if any changes are required to their ride.

    Full details on all rides can be found on the KNBC Club Calendar of rides and events on the KNBC website. The KNBC Calendar, containing the most up to date info on your rides, is located at https://knbc.ca/page-18460

    NOTE: If a ride is full, please join the waitlist. An overflow ride will be created if numbers warrant it.

    Saturday, Oct. 10 - L2 – Alymer – 60 km

    Sunday Oct. 11 - L3 – Carleton Place – 76 km

    Monday, Oct. 12 - L2 – Old Gatineau – 57 km

    2. Tour Director news

    Steep Hills Anyone?

    Recently, Geoff Kennedy of CCCTS was looking for an alternative to Chemin Fogarty in a ride to Buckingham. Fogarty is long overdue for new pavement. He came up with this dandy alternative: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34317500

    On Saint Amour, Vigneault and Paiement, there are numerous steep spots so that, by the time you get to Buckingham, you have done about ten grades of 10% or more. How much steeper are they? The highest reading I got was 16%, but Marg Hurley reported 18%. I was experiencing technical difficulties. My new Garmin only shows the grade when it is in the mood, and that is not very often. Many of the steep grades it just didn’t report. I also have an older Garmin that reports the grade all of the time, but, as the grade gets steeper and steeper, I lean further and further forward which blocks the satellites and produces a grade reading of 0%.

    The good news is that none of these grades are particularly long and the pavement is in good shape. The only place where the pavement is seriously in need of repair is near the end of the ride on Rue Notre Dame in Gatineau. Notre Dame is not hilly, so you just have to take your time. Another nice thing about this route is that it stays off highway 148 entirely.

    3. Safety tip from Monna - Be Mindful of Fallen Leaves

    As the barometer drops - and leaves fall - be mindful as you approach fallen leaves on roads, trails and pathways. They may be hiding black ice, puddles, mud, soft gravel or other hazards which could be very dangerous when suddenly met with skinny road bike tires. I encountered leaves hiding soft mud on the weekend - and my 23mm tires stopped, as if I had hit sand or soft gravel. Fortunately - I was unclipped, and going slow - so was able to put a foot down.

    Look ahead, adjust your speed, SLOW DOWN, leave more space (if in a group), unclip, and be aware of potential seasonal hazards. Like on sand or gravel, do not make any sudden or sharp manoeuvres, like stopping or turning. Stay safe and ENJOY the beautiful Fall colours - they truly are magnificent with all the deep reds this year!

    4. Safety and education blog

    There have been a number of incidents this year of riders falling at low speed, especially as a result of having issues when unclipping. This week's Safety and Education Blog How not to Fall (at Low Speed) discusses a number of things you can do to prevent this all too common type of accident.

    5. Diversions

    How to cancel a registration

    1 - Go to knbc.ca and log in. You'll know you're logged in if you see your name at the top left. Your name Change password Log out

    2 - Under Rides & Events, click on the Ride Calendar that shows the event you want to cancel. e.g. RIDE CALENDAR - MONTHLY VIEW, UPCOMING RIDES & EVENTS, etc.

    3 - Find your event and click on it. You'll be taken to the details page where you'll see some text in the left column that says, Already Registered. Click on that, it's a link to your registration.

    4 - Your registration information will pop up and there will be a Big Green Button on the right hand side that says, Cancel registration. Click that, confirm, and you're done.

    This procedure works on computers, tablets, and smartphones, though on the smaller devices, you may need to scroll up/down or left/right to find the “Big Green Button”. Using the IOS or Android app is even simpler. Simply bring up your “Ticket”, and you’ll see the Cancel button, though it won’t be green.

    Video: You only have 25 places in your life! (8:51)

    https://youtu.be/nhUMEdxmlOg

    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/308026943_Evidence_for_a_Conserved_Quantity_in_Human_Mobility

    Silly Video: Ultimate pizza cutter (0:15)

    https://www.facebook.com/Tony.Maxson/videos/10223780058793460/

    Video: 6 Bike Repair Mistakes Every Cyclist Should Avoid (7:23)

    https://youtu.be/JG06ooQBIx8

    Silly Video: Dogs cycling (0:18)

    https://www.facebook.com/bicloun/videos/768223277058039/

    Looking to buy:

    My son, 6 feet tall is looking to purchase a hybrid mountain bike in good condition.

    If you have one to sell please contact me at lhallewoods(at)gmail.com

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 5 Oct 2020 10:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bike Shorts is published weekly. You are very welcome to suggest photos, cartoons, stories, events, links, etc. Just send your info to bikeshorts(at)knbc.ca

    1. The Rides (Sept 29 – Oct 5)

    Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice. Please check the Club Calendar on the website, as well as your email, prior to heading to a start location. Cancellations and additions will be reflected on the calendar, as soon as the Tour Director or Assistant Tour Director is notified. Additionally, if a ride gets cancelled or changed, you will be notified by email. Tour leaders are reminded to contact the Tour Director at: tour-director@knbc.ca if any changes are required to their ride. Full details on all rides can be found on the KNBC Club Calendar of rides and events on the KNBC website. The KNBC Calendar, containing the most up to date info on your rides, is located at https://knbc.ca/page-18460

    Sat. Oct. 3

    L1 - Manotick - 42 km

    L2 - MacKenzie King Estate - 58 km

    2. Safety tip from Monna - Be bear wise and prevent bear encounters

    Members have recently reported bear encounters. Here is some information from the Government of Ontario:

    https://www.ontario.ca/page/prevent-bear-encounters-bear-wise

    https://backcountrycanadatravel.com/canadian-wildlife/black-bears/

    3. Safety and Education Blog

    Monna and Bill Bourne have started a Safety and Education Blog on the KNBC website to provide more detailed articles than reasonably fit in Bike Shorts, as well as material that members may wish to have ongoing access to. The plan is for Bill to contribute an article weekly.

    Every Cyclist Crashes - Even You!

    The first article by Bill, which you can find at https://knbc.ca/Safety-&-Education-Blog/9266966, discusses some blunt facts about cycling accidents and attitudes cyclists must adopt in order to prevent them. The article will help to reflect on your attitudes and approach to cycling safety.

    4. Diversions

    Article: Take the Backroad: Exploring Gravel Routes in Kawarthas Northumberland

    https://www.ontariobybike.ca/bike-media/news/entry/take-the-gravel-backroads-kawarthas-northumberland

    Input needed: Ottawa Active Transportation Plan Update consultation

    The consultation is open until October 31, 2020.

    https://engage.ottawa.ca/transportation-master-plan

    https://ottawaatplan.metroquest.ca/

    Recommended newsletters:

    Cycling in the City (Ottawa)

    https://app06.ottawa.ca/esubscriptions/signup-form-en.html

    Ontario by bike

    https://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/manage/optin?v=001jarSHX2McaSWJryDdXOp6PTJDcfWaIAgGTD2EiUZtHnk0oH_w59Jdf0W8MgQYnEqLt9gCUOriacYhFtDg-o6qH8B2tIU9HDEFpe6gC3yXqKcr64X8EMhHg8atN9OM16AKoqIE0y8xfL2NJna1KR7fYJVac08o0GVCkm8QM01Mbo%3D

    Video: Vélo cargo (2:23)

    https://www.facebook.com/bicloun/videos/362124625194596/

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 28 Sep 2020 9:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bike Shorts is published weekly. You are very welcome to suggest photos, cartoons, stories, events, links, etc. Just send your info to bikeshorts(at)knbc.ca

    1. The Rides (Sept 22-28)

    Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice. Please check the Club Calendar on the website, as well as your email, prior to heading to a start location. Cancellations and additions will be reflected on the calendar, as soon as the Tour Director or Assistant Tour Director is notified. Additionally, if a ride gets cancelled or changed, you will be notified by email. Tour leaders are reminded to contact the Tour Director at: tour-director@knbc.ca if any changes are required to their ride. Full details on all rides can be found on the KNBC Club Calendar of rides and events on the KNBC website. The KNBC Calendar, containing the most up to date info on your rides, is located at https://knbc.ca/page-18460

    NOTE: If a ride is full, please join the waitlist. An overflow ride will be created if numbers warrant it.

    Wed. Sept 23

    L2 – Munster-Richmond – 54 km

    Sat. Sept. 26

    L1 – Manotick – 42 km

    L2 - Wakefield - 74 km

    2. Safety tip from Monna - Be mindful of surface transitions

    Surface transitions (i.e. pavement to gravel or sand), present a significant road hazard, causing considerable challenges to steering and handling, which may result in crashes or collisions. With sand or gravel, traction becomes variable – often described as ‘riding on ball bearings.’ Both front and back wheels become prone to slippage.

    SLOW DOWN or STOP and survey the area carefully – it may be too unstable (too soft), to proceed; Ride only as fast as the conditions allow; Where there are no clear paths over the transitions, pedal smoothly or coast, steer in a straight line; Do not turn sharply over transitions; If in a group - call out and point to the road hazard, SLOW DOWN, adjust your spacing, staying well back from the person ahead of you, to facilitate clear visibility for all; and Walk bikes when necessary.

    Note: two weeks ago - the Safety Tip was: "ABC Quick Check: how to ensure your bike is safe to ride everyday". Here now from CANBIKE, is an "ABC Quick Check" video (2:05): https://youtu.be/Ntihk-5vyIQ

    3. Diversions

    Event: Sept. 30 - Discover Your City by Bike - Virtual Workshop, 6 – 7 pm

    https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/discover-your-city-by-bike-virtual-workshop-tickets-121072899301

    Report: Increasing cycling in Canada: A guide to what works

    https://www.tcat.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Increasing-Cycling-in-Canada-A-Guide-to-What-Works-2019-09-25.pdf?campaign_id=50&emc=edit_cnda_20200919&instance_id=22343&nl=canada-letter®i_id=74040643&segment_id=38531&te=1&user_id=c9e58aa1c8059bfa7aeeb2631969f344

    Article: Symptoms of a bad bike fit

    https://ilovebicycling.com/symptoms-of-bad-bike-fit/

    Article: Why we’re falling ‘in like’ with e-bikes

    https://hydroottawa.com/blog/why-were-falling-e-bikes?utm_source=email-article-sec1&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=e-newsletter-September2020&utm_content=EN

    Video: Les prototypes de vélos originaux – 1941 (1:05)

    https://www.facebook.com/InaHistoire/videos/2638603439729413/?v=2638603439729413

    Video: Caledon cycling (3:49)

    https://youtu.be/0PCB83gMI4U

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    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC


  • 21 Sep 2020 2:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bike Shorts is published weekly. You are very welcome to suggest photos, cartoons, stories, events, links, etc. Just send your info to bikeshorts(at)knbc.ca

    1. The Rides (Sept 15-21)

    Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice. Please check the Club Calendar on the website, as well as your email, prior to heading to a start location. Cancellations and additions will be reflected on the calendar, as soon as the Tour Director or Assistant Tour Director is notified. Additionally, if a ride gets cancelled or changed, you will be notified by email. Tour leaders are reminded to contact the Tour Director at: tour-director@knbc.ca if any changes are required to their ride. Full details on all rides can be found on the KNBC Club Calendar of rides and events on the KNBC website. The KNBC Calendar, containing the most up to date info on your rides, is located at https://knbc.ca/page-18460

    NOTE: If a ride is full, please join the waitlist. An overflow ride will be created if numbers warrant it.

    Wed. Sept. 16

    L2 – Major’s Hill Park – 43 km

    L3 – Carp – 57 km

    Sun. Sept. 20

    L2, L3, L4  - Another Ottawa Valley Century - 105 km

    2. Safety tip from Monna – HELMETS: After you crash & your helmet saves your head...

    BANG! Hisss…! A Puncture! But whose bike? I’m riding in a peloton of 24 tightly packed riders at 34kph in the middle of the 42 degree banking on the Pan-Am Games Velodrome in Milton Ontario. It’s impossible to stay up on the banking after a puncture. Everyone is on edge - we know someone is going down and is going to take other riders with them. I’m a loser of this lottery. The rider with the puncture slides down in front of me and I flip over their bike, as four of us go down.

    We untangle ourselves. No damage done I think … I get back on my bike to ride off the adrenaline and avoid stiffening up WITHOUT CHECKING MYSELF OR MY EQUIPMENT! As I calm down I realize I need to carefully assess my bike and myself… I get off the track and check. Well I have a contusion the size of a tennis ball on my shin, must be from hitting a bike, but not really a medical issue. And my bike is OK.

    BUT my helmet is destroyed! (See the photo below). I didn’t even realize I’d hit my head! Obviously I hit it hard, and the helmet did its job. Now I have to assume head trauma could be a possibility. I removed myself from the training, borrowed another helmet, fitted it to me, made sure I was always where someone could monitor me, and I rode slowly on my own, off the track.

    A checklist for after a rider crashes

    The adrenaline will be pumping… an injured rider will not necessarily feel pain, and often will say “I’m OK” and want to get back on their bike. NO! Take it slow and do a thorough check:

    Check the rider carefully for possible injury. Have them move all their limbs, stretch, and bend. Move their head around. Check for any discomfort, disorientation or dizziness.

    Did the rider hit their head? Did anyone see if the rider hit their head?

    Check the helmet very carefully for any dents or cracks, no matter how small.

    Check the bike very carefully for any damage.

    If there is any indication the rider hit their head, you must assume that a concussion or other head trauma is a possibility.

    If at all possible, the rider is “done for the day”. Stop riding; pick them up in a car. Have someone stay with the rider at all times.

    But in the middle of nowhere, that may not be possible… If the rider is not showing any symptoms, OK, ride slowly and carefully to where they can be picked up. Keep space around the injured rider, and watch them carefully, never leave them alone.

    You should not ride with a damaged helmet! Treat your helmet with the respect it deserves

    Helmets are “single use”… once they have done their job protecting your head in a crash; they are no longer effective and must be replaced (even if you don’t see any visible damage).

    Check your helmet regularly for any cracks or dents… replace your helmet if you see any damage.

    Bicycle helmets must be replaced every 5 years. If you ride a lot, every 3 years is best.

    Check out this website: https://helmets.org/replace.htm

    Be sure your helmet fits properly. Follow the 2V1 rule: 2 fingers spacing between your eyebrows and the edge of the helmet side straps form a V between the front and back of your ears, and join just below the ear. No more than 1 finger of space under the chin strap.

    This CAN-BIKE Helmet Check video does a terrific job of explaining everything.

    https://youtu.be/QkNQXbXa7YQ

    3. Diversions

    Video: Motherload (87 min). Tues., September 29 7 pm

    Presented by Bike Ottawa & Let’s Bike Ottawa

    An award-winning documentary that uses the cargo bike as the vehicle for exploring parenthood in this digital age of climate change. Motherload captures a new mother’s quest to understand the increasing isolation and disconnection of modern life, its planetary impact, and how cargo bikes could be an antidote.

    https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/motherload-a-virtual-film-viewing-tickets-120100422597?aff=efbneb

    Tour de poutine

    The Township of McNab/Braeside’s Tour de Poutine is happen betweening Sept. 9 and Oct. 12.

    https://www.insideottawavalley.com/news-story/10187741-2020-tour-de-poutine-underway-in-mcnab-braeside/?s=n1?source=newsletter&utm_content=a02&utm_source=ml_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_email=ef86f6a047d722b16ec799ff9ea473d1&utm_campaign=ovha_84089

    Obituary of Peter McNichol

    Peter McNichol was a founder of the Kanata Bicycle Club (1986) that eventually morphed into KNBC (1999). At that time he was a Kanata resident.

    https://ottawacitizen.remembering.ca/obituary/peter-mcnichol-1079993346

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 21 Sep 2020 11:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bike Shorts is published weekly. You are very welcome to suggest photos, cartoons, stories, events, links, etc. Just send your info to bikeshorts@knbc.ca

    1. The Rides (Sept 15-21)

    Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice. Please check the Club Calendar on the website, as well as your email, prior to heading to a start location. Cancellations and additions will be reflected on the calendar, as soon as the Tour Director or Assistant Tour Director is notified. Additionally, if a ride gets cancelled or changed, you will be notified by email. Tour leaders are reminded to contact the Tour Director at: tour-director@knbc.ca if any changes are required to their ride. Full details on all rides can be found on the KNBC Club Calendar of rides and events on the KNBC website. The KNBC Calendar, containing the most up to date info on your rides, is located at https://knbc.ca/page-18460

    NOTE: If a ride is full, please join the waitlist. An overflow ride will be created if numbers warrant it.

    Wed. Sept. 16

    L2 – Major’s Hill Park – 43 km

    L3 – Carp – 57 km

    Sun. Sept. 20

    L2, L3, L4 - Another Ottawa Valley Century - 105 km

    2. Safety tip from Monna – HELMETS: After you crash & your helmet saves your head...

    BANG! Hisss…! A Puncture! But whose bike? I’m riding in a peloton of 24 tightly packed riders at 34kph in the middle of the 42 degree banking on the Pan-Am Games Velodrome in Milton Ontario. It’s impossible to stay up on the banking after a puncture. Everyone is on edge - we know someone is going down and is going to take other riders with them. I’m a loser of this lottery. The rider with the puncture slides down in front of me and I flip over their bike, as four of us go down.

    We untangle ourselves. No damage done I think … I get back on my bike to ride off the adrenaline and avoid stiffening up WITHOUT CHECKING MYSELF OR MY EQUIPMENT! As I calm down I realize I need to carefully assess my bike and myself… I get off the track and check. Well I have a contusion the size of a tennis ball on my shin, must be from hitting a bike, but not really a medical issue. And my bike is OK.

    BUT my helmet is destroyed! (See the photo below). I didn’t even realize I’d hit my head! Obviously I hit it hard, and the helmet did its job. Now I have to assume head trauma could be a possibility. I removed myself from the training, borrowed another helmet, fitted it to me, made sure I was always where someone could monitor me, and I rode slowly on my own, off the track.

    A checklist for after a rider crashes

    The adrenaline will be pumping… an injured rider will not necessarily feel pain, and often will say “I’m OK” and want to get back on their bike. NO! Take it slow and do a thorough check:

    Check the rider carefully for possible injury. Have them move all their limbs, stretch, and bend. Move their head around. Check for any discomfort, disorientation or dizziness.

    Did the rider hit their head? Did anyone see if the rider hit their head?

    Check the helmet very carefully for any dents or cracks, no matter how small.

    Check the bike very carefully for any damage.

    If there is any indication the rider hit their head, you must assume that a concussion or other head trauma is a possibility.

    If at all possible, the rider is “done for the day”. Stop riding; pick them up in a car. Have someone stay with the rider at all times.

    But in the middle of nowhere, that may not be possible… If the rider is not showing any symptoms, OK, ride slowly and carefully to where they can be picked up. Keep space around the injured rider, and watch them carefully, never leave them alone.

    You should not ride with a damaged helmet! Treat your helmet with the respect it deserves

    Helmets are “single use”… once they have done their job protecting your head in a crash; they are no longer effective and must be replaced (even if you don’t see any visible damage).

    Check your helmet regularly for any cracks or dents… replace your helmet if you see any damage.

    Bicycle helmets must be replaced every 5 years. If you ride a lot, every 3 years is best.

    Check out this website: https://helmets.org/replace.htm

    Be sure your helmet fits properly. Follow the 2V1 rule: 2 fingers spacing between your eyebrows and the edge of the helmet side straps form a V between the front and back of your ears, and join just below the ear. No more than 1 finger of space under the chin strap.

    This CAN-BIKE Helmet Check video does a terrific job of explaining everything.

    https://youtu.be/QkNQXbXa7YQ

    3. Diversions

    Video: Motherload (87 min). Tues., September 29 7 pm

    Presented by Bike Ottawa & Let’s Bike Ottawa

    An award-winning documentary that uses the cargo bike as the vehicle for exploring parenthood in this digital age of climate change. Motherload captures a new mother’s quest to understand the increasing isolation and disconnection of modern life, its planetary impact, and how cargo bikes could be an antidote.

    https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/motherload-a-virtual-film-viewing-tickets-120100422597?aff=efbneb

    Tour de poutine

    The Township of McNab/Braeside’s Tour de Poutine is happen betweening Sept. 9 and Oct. 12.

    https://www.insideottawavalley.com/news-story/10187741-2020-tour-de-poutine-underway-in-mcnab-braeside/?s=n1?source=newsletter&utm_content=a02&utm_source=ml_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_email=ef86f6a047d722b16ec799ff9ea473d1&utm_campaign=ovha_84089

    Obituary of Peter McNichol

    Peter McNichol was a founder of the Kanata Bicycle Club (1986) that eventually morphed into KNBC (1999). At that time he was a Kanata resident.

    https://ottawacitizen.remembering.ca/obituary/peter-mcnichol-1079993346

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 17 Sep 2020 11:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bike Shorts is published weekly. You are very welcome to suggest photos, cartoons, stories, events, links, etc. Just send your info to bikeshorts(at)knbc.ca

    1. The Rides (Sept 8-14)

    Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice. Please check the Club Calendar on the website, as well as your email, prior to heading to a start location. Cancellations and additions will be reflected on the calendar, as soon as the Tour Director or Assistant Tour Director is notified. Additionally, if a ride gets cancelled or changed, you will be notified by email. Tour leaders are reminded to contact the Tour Director at: tour-director@knbc.ca if any changes are required to their ride.

    Full details on all rides can be found on the KNBC Club Calendar of rides and events on the KNBC website. The KNBC Calendar, containing the most up to date info on your rides, is located at https://knbc.ca/page-18460

    Sat. Sept 12

    L2 – Buchingham – 85 km

    2. Diversions

    NCC Extension of parkway closures

    In light of the high number of users, the NCC has decided to extend its weekend parkway closures in Ottawa, and to extend the daily parkway closures in Gatineau Park.

    Beginning Saturday, September 12, 2020, the following NCC parkways will be closed to motor vehicle traffic and open for active use on weekends, 8 am to 4 pm, until Sunday, September 27, 2020:

    • Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway (between Carling Avenue and Booth Street)
    • Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway (between the Aviation Parkway and St. Joseph Boulevard)
    • Queen Elizabeth Driveway (between Laurier Avenue and Fifth Avenue)

    In Gatineau Park, the Gatineau and Champlain parkways will remain open for active users, Monday to Saturday, and on Sunday mornings, and open to motor vehicles from 1 pm until approximately 30 minutes after sunset on Sundays until Friday, September 25, 2020. After that date and until October 25, all parkways will be open to motor vehicle traffic daily, from noon until sunset.

    First aid courses

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/for-first-aid-classes-during-the-pandemic-it-s-pool-noodle-mannequins-to-the-rescue-1.5706696

    Article: Improve your ride with these 7 affordable accessories for your bike

    https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/629605/affordable-accessories-your-bike

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    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

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