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  • 21 Jun 2021 11:02 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

    Quote of the week: “Life is like riding a bicycle. In order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.” — Albert Einstein

    1. The Rides (June 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 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

    Wednesday, June 14, 2021: L2 – Manotick-Osgoode – 55 km

    2. Tour Director News

    A request was sent out to the 51 tour leaders who are currently on the club’s distribution list to gauge their interest in leading rides during this period of easing pandemic restrictions. It is not surprising that a significant number are hesitant to jump back into the breach in these somewhat uncertain times. The encouraging news is that many of the seasoned leaders who have expressed hesitancy are prepared to lead again when they feel safe to do so.

    As of this morning, I have received feedback from 37 of the 51 leaders currently on the list. The following summarizes the results:

    • fifteen have indicated that they are willing to lead rides now;
    • five have indicated that they will likely start leading again as we move into Steps 2&3 of the Ontario reopen plan;
    • fourteen leaders have indicated that they will likely actively participate in leading with things are back to normal;
    • two leaders indicated that will likely lead an occasional ride in the post pandemic era;
    • fourteen participants have yet to respond, and
    • one person has indicated that they have retired from leading.

    A call for ride proposals has gone out to those tour leaders who have indicated a willingness to lead rides. Hopefully we will be able to increase the number of rides being offered in the coming weeks.

    All members are requested to consider leading rides when their comfort level permits. Anyone interested in becoming a tour leader please contact Wayne at tour-director(at)knbc.ca . Although we can’t have our regular in person Tour Leaders training session this year, all new leaders will be provided course material and mentoring.

    2. Safety tip from Monna – Destination Positioning at Intersections

    Where you position yourself on the road and at intersections tells other road users (especially those behind you), what your intentions are. Just as you would in a vehicle - position yourself to be lined up with where you want to be on the other side of the intersection:

    • If you pull into the curb position, it actually indicates to drivers that you intend to turn right;
    • If there are vehicles parked before and after the intersection - stay 1 meter to the left of the car before the intersection, and continue in a straight line through the intersection in order to maintain a 1 meter distance from the car beyond the intersection;
    • Travel in the right most lane position that will take you to your destination; and
    • Never compromise your safety for the convenience of the vehicle.

    3. Diversions

    Map: Amenities map that includes washrooms and drinking fountains https://maps.bikeottawa.ca/amenities/

    Event: June 11-20, 2021, 20th anniversary Bicycle Film Festival

    TOGETHER WE CYCLE (documentary feature film) investigates the critical events that led to the revival of the Dutch cycling culture. For most people, cycling in the Netherlands appears like a natural phenomenon. However, until the 1970s the development of mobility in the Netherlands followed trends across the globe. The bicycle had had its day, and the future belonged to the car. The only thing that had to be done was to adapt cities to the influx of cars. Then Dutch society took a different turn. Against all odds people kept on cycling. The answer to the question why this happened in the Netherlands is not straight forward. There are many factors, events and circumstances that worked together, both socially and policy-wise. In TOGETHER WE CYCLE, key players tell the story of the bumpy road which led to the current state. https://btt.boldtypetickets.com/events/111878904/bicycle-film-festival-ottawa-3

    Article: Online cycling coaching has changed: Here’s what you need to know


    Article: Joe Biden gifts Boris Johnson custom-made bike


    Video: Road vs Gravel - Which bike gives you more value for money? (11:38)


    Did you know? Day visits to all Ontario provincial parks will be FREE from Monday through Thursday (including statutory holidays) from May 1 to September 2.

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 14 Jun 2021 9:21 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

    Quote of the week: “I don’t have a bucket list but my bikeit list is a mile long.” (from ‘I love bicycling’ webpage)

    1. Changes to the club’s executive

    Tom Wiley has resigned as Tour Director. The Executive wants to extend to him a sincere thanks for all the work he has done for us. It’s a tough job at the best of times, let alone during a pandemic.

    The Executive is pleased to announce that Wayne Lumsden has agreed to take on the role as Interim Tour Director. Wayne will be contacting each of the current Tour Leaders this week to explain his short term approach for offering club rides. Previous Tour Leaders or anyone interested in becoming a Tour Leader, please contact Wayne at tour-director(at)knbc.ca.

    2. Safety tip from Monna – Riding in a group - But thinking like an individual

    Some of us may be riding in a group again. When riding in a group, we may turn off the brain and mindlessly follow the person in front of us. With 80% of accidents occurring at intersections - it is imperative we stay alert and take ownership of our own personal safety when crossing or turning at an intersection. What might have been adequate time for the riders in front to turn or cross - may no longer be the case for you. Be sure to assess each situation individually and make the decision for your own safety.

    3. Diversions

    Article: E-Bikes apparently offer a better workout than we give them credit for


    Video: I Cycled 100km Every Day For A Week & This Is What Happened! (20:09)


    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 7 Jun 2021 11:35 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

    Quote of the week: “Learn to ride a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live.” — Mark Twain

    1. The Rides (June 1-7)

    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 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

    Wednesday June 2: L3 - Dunrobin Shores - 64 km

    2. Safety tip from Monna – Try to ride straight as possible when in a group

    When riding in a group, it is very distracting and dangerous (to both the riders and motorists behind you) if you meander back and forth from the edge of the road. Try to ride in as straight a line as possible. If road width, conditions and traffic permit, the ideal position is 3' from the curb or the edge of the asphalt (or car doors). This will give you manoeuvrability when required, and will help keep you clear of grates and most debris.

    3. Diversions

    Ride options: Cycl-o-route

    Three different loops along the river. https://www.cycloroute.ca/home

    Bytowne Cinema news: https://apt613.ca/the-bytowne-cinema-will-reopen-under-new-management/

    Book on cycling: Sarah Dykman (2021). Cycling with butterflies: My 10,201-mile journey following the monarch migration Ottawa Public Library 595.789 DYKMA

    Video: Artistic cycling (7:38): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDwVXxYbLeM

    Video: Kathleen Edwards’ Tiny Desk (Home) Concert (owner of Quitters Coffee in Stittsville): https://apt613.ca/video-of-the-week-kathleen-edwards-tiny-desk-home-concert/

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 31 May 2021 4:26 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

    Quote of the week

    “It is the unknown around the corner that turns my wheels.”

    Heinz Stücke, German long-distance touring cyclist

    1. The Rides (May 25-31)

    Saturday May 29

    L1 - Carp - 43 km

    L2 - Fitzroy Harbour - 44 km

    2. Tour Director News – Let the rides begin

    The first two rides of the season are already scheduled for this Saturday. All members, who feel comfortable doing so, are encouraged to contact Tom Wiley to put a ride in the calendar tour-director@knbc.ca

    Ontario currently restricts outdoor gatherings to 5 people, and we are limiting ride registration accordingly. In mid-June we anticipate that Ontario will increase the limit to 10 and we will then increase our ride limit to 8.

    If a ride is full you can join the waitlist and we will attempt to organize an overflow ride. Essentially, overflow rides can only occur if one of the participants volunteers to lead it. It is always a good idea to be prepared to navigate when you come on a ride. Now is the time for you to think seriously about taking the next step and leading an overflow ride, if required. When you register for a ride, you will be asked whether you would lead an overflow ride.

    We will continue to follow the same riding practises as last year. Here again is a summary:

    • Ride limited to 5 riders (the leader plus 4 registrants). If the leader wants the limit to be less than 5 riders, the registration system can easily accommodate that.
    • More can ride at a different start time if someone steps forward to lead an overflow ride.
    • All registration is via the club website.
    • No guests.
    • 2 metres distance at all times.
    • Ride single file.
    • At least two water bottles. More on hot days.
    • Picnic lunches only.
    • Everyone brings a mask and hand sanitizer.
    • Leaders also need first aid kit, disposable gloves, and sanitary wipes.
    • Leaders bring the registration list with them from home. No-one registers in the parking lot.
    • Participants are responsible for printing out their own maps and cue sheets.

    Our COVID policies are detailed in full at “KNBC COVID-19 POLICIES” under the “HOME” tab on our website.

    Infection numbers in Ontario have been moving in the right direction for more than five weeks. We want to do everything we can to ensure that trend continues so that we can have a great riding season.


    3. Safety tip from Monna - When was the last time you cleaned your bike?

    When you return home from a tough slog and get caught in the rain, the last thing you want to do is clean your bike. However; without regular cleaning, the drivetrain, or groupset (pedals, cranks, chainrings, chain, cogs (cassette) and derailleur), will become mucky, parts can begin to corrode, and you can find yourself struggling with seized components, un-cooperative gears and squeaky brakes.

    It happened to me a few weeks ago; I got caught in the rain, failed to do a clean, and ended up with both front and back derailleur seizing a few days later mid ride. Fortunately, the chain was in the middle, both front and back chain-rings, and we were on flat terrain.

    A few minutes with an old tooth brush and degreaser, to clean the chain, sprockets (cogs) and chain rings will have it as good as new. Cleaning regularly could save you the cost of a whole new groupset. Clean and lube your chain frequently, and replace yearly or as required. Old chains will "stretch“ – and damage your chain-rings.

    Don't be tempted to blast your bike with a pressure washer or strong hose, as this will force water into the cables and bearings and cause other problems. Use a sponge and a bucket of soapy water.

    4. Diversions

    Road construction alert: Thomas Dolan Parkway between 6th line and Dunrobin Rd.

    From Wednesday, May 19, 2021 until June 2021


    Article: You can make an impact by collecting cycling data anywhere in Canada

    From June 1st-6th, 2021, we’ll map Canada’s potential to shift to a cycling nation post-pandemic. Vélo Canada Bikes and university researchers will use the data to make cycling a part of the solution to climate change and COVID-19.


    Free open data & crowdsourced app that makes it easy to count all forms of traffic.


    Cycling Portugal


    Video: Tenerife, Mountain bike bajo la sombra del Teide (2:39)


    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 23 May 2021 11:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

    Quote of the weekWe need only travel enough to give our intellects an airing.

    Henry David Thoreau (vaccinated years ago)

    1. Safety tip from Monna - Riding in the heat

    When riding in hot weather (finally it's here), steer clear of the ‘repair areas’ of cracks and paving seams. They are injected with hot tar or asphalt, which tend to soften considerable in the heat. They can actually 'grab and trap' your tires, much like railway tracks, and cause a very sudden nasty fall. Access to water may now be a challenge - so, don't forget to carry sufficient water with you. Drink before you are thirsty and eat before you are hungry when riding in heat to avoid 'bonking'.

    2. A Curated List of Gravel Rides

    I hear rumours that some folks are planning on doing some mixed surface (aka Gravel) rides. To help you get started, here's a curated list of great routes to choose from. The first four are the routes I used for a relaxed gravel touring series with the OBC last fall. We had lots of new gravel riders, many riders on 32mm tires, some even on 28mm. Everyone had a great time and folks loved the routes. These routes are designed to be scenic, quiet and to give you a new perspective on villages you've probably been riding through for decades. Larger tires are always better, but 32mm or greater should be fine.

    Shorter, scenic "introduction to gravel" routes:

    Carleton-Almonte Promenade [Carleton Place] https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34332868

    Larose Bourget Ramble [Larose Forest] https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34332848

    Almonte Petit Roubaix [Almonte] (Gravel) https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36062715

    A wonderful introductory route, when we can ride again in Quebec:

    Wakefield Intermediate Gravel [Wakefield] https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32151237

    And some longer routes but good riding for those new to gravel:

    Almonte-Roubaix Tour [Almonte] (Gravel) https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36062749

    Fitzroy Harbour Gravel [Carp] https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36062662

    Gilles Corners Gravel [Ashton] https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32399744

    A couple of caveats:

    Your average speed will be slower by 3 KPH or so, plus you will want to stop to take in the scenery. Allow extra time.

    Gravel roads can significantly change their character (for better or worse) from week to week. Loose gravel quickly gets packed down by traffic. Townships will "maintain" a road, running a grader over it, or adding gravel, turning fast hardpack into loose gravel until traffic packs it down. Another reason to allow extra time, and bring your sense of adventure with you!

    If you have questions, or have a great route to share feel free to contact me: Bill Bourne, wbbourne(at)gmail.com

    3. Diversions

    Article: New technology will end 'scary' red reverts at hundreds of Ottawa intersections


    Article: June is Let’s Bike Month

    The City of Ottawa has partnered with EnviroCentre to provide a campaign that encourages people to cycle as a fun and healthy option for getting where they need to go. There are free workshops and cycling resources, prizes and a fun app to track your distance and the impact of choosing to ride a bike. No matter the reason you cycle (this year brings with it many changes in travel patterns), consider signing up and logging your bike trips this June! Let’s Bike Ottawa! For information and to sign-up visit  https://letsbike.ca/

    Video: Cycling is often the fastest option in any city: bike messenger in Cairo (1:34)


    Video: Pourquoi pédaler? (0:15)


    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 17 May 2021 11:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

    Quote of the week:

    “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”

    G.B. Shaw

    1. Safety tip from Monna - Be mindful of grass clippings

    It doesn't matter if grass clippings are wet or dry - when they're in the street, they can present a danger. There have been numerous accidents with motorcycles skidding out on grass clippings. The same hazard is applicable to bikes. Just like sand, gravel, dirt or oil, grass can reduce the traction that bikes tires have on the roadway. Like all road hazards, be attentive and avoid grass clippings on the road.

    2. Diversions

    Event: Tuesday, 18 May 2021, 6 pm EDT Discover your city by bike with Katimavik-Hazeldean Community

    Join Katimavik-Hazeldean Community Association for Discover Your City by Bike - a virtual workshop presented by EnviroCentre's Let's Bike!

    Discover some of the interesting destinations in Ottawa that are easily accessible by bicycle! Heritage sites, nature areas and public art are a few of the destinations that will be covered. Route planning resources will also be highlighted to help you plan your own adventure!


    Event: Friday, May 28, 2021, 6 pm EDT, Urban cycling with Bike Ottawa

    Join Bike Ottawa for Urban Cycling - a virtual workshop presented by EnviroCentre's Let's Bike!

    Delivered by an experienced cyclist, this workshop will provide participants with tips on incorporating cycling into their everyday lives. You’ll learn helpful hints, rules of the road, and advice on choosing a route to your destination.


    Article: Active transportation is good for mental health


    Article: City kickstarts new bicycle parking plan, hits brakes on bike sharing


    Article: Adventure Report provides trail reports and a free Gear Library to get people outside



    Article: La réparation de vélos supervisée a la cote

    It is basically a bike coop system where members, for a small fee of $15 to $25 per year, can repair their bikes under supervision from a professional mechanic.


    Video: 7 Types of road cyclists we all know (6:08)


    Video: Danny MacAskill – Cascadia (5:36)


    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 10 May 2021 10:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

    Quote of the week:

    “Life is intrinsically, well, boring and dangerous at the same time. At any given moment the floor may open up. Of course, it almost never does; that's what makes it so boring.”

    – Edward Gorey

    1. Safety tip from Monna - Be careful on wet roads

    When riding on wet roads (especially descending), get in the habit of slightly 'feathering' your brakes. This will dry them; so that they will be effective when you need them.

    Be VERY careful NOT to turn suddenly on wet roads, especially on white or yellow road paint. In wet rainy conditions, this can be almost as treacherous as sand and/or gravel. The green 'bike specific' road markings seem to be ok.

    2. KNBC Custom Clothing

    If you would like to order a KNBC Jersey or any other item, please e-mail clothing(at)knbc.ca and say what you would like, so we will know if we have sufficient items to make the order minimum quantity. Please note that we have a new jersey supplier this year. The basic short sleeved jersey will be $84.00 plus tax. The club will pay for shipping.

    A description of the jersey fabrics and features can be found HERE, and sizing charts HERE. Due to the COVID-19 situation we will not be using a “fit kit” (sizing samples) this season, you will have to measure a jersey you have that fits well and compare to the sizing charts.

    Right now there is only one order; however we need a minimum of 6 orders to get the above price.

    Please consider submitting your order within the next week.

    3. Diversions

    Event: Saturday, May 8, 2021 - 10:30 am – 11:30 am, Discover Your City by Bike with Councillor Dudas

    Discover some of the interesting destinations in Ottawa that are easily accessible by bicycle! Heritage sites, nature areas and public art are a few of the destinations that will be covered. Route planning resources will also be highlighted to help you plan your own adventure! This workshop is intended for people of all ages and cycling abilities. Free.


    Article: NCC updates



    Champlain Lookout and a section of the Champlain Parkway between Champlain Lookout and the Étienne Brulé Lookout will be closed to all users from April 26 to May 28, 2021. During this period, access to Champlain Lookout will not be possible by road or via trails 1 and 1b. Signage will be in place.

    This closure is necessary to complete the Champlain Lookout rehabilitation work, including grading, landscaping, line marking and the installation of benches.

    Article: May is bike month in Quebec – Mois du vélo



    Article: OC Transpo Bikesecure parking

    OC Transpo recently launched new Bikesecure sheltered parking at Fallowfield, Greenboro, St-Laurent and Strandherd stations. These bicycle parking facilities are sheltered, secured and reserved for registered customers only. Bikesecure spaces cost $10 a month plus a one-time fee of $6 for the key fob. Bikesecure is another way OC Transpo makes it easy for customers to connect to transit by bike. Customers interested in the program can call 613-842-3777 to register. Funding for the Bikesecure shelters was provided in part by the Government of Canada through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund. More information is available at http://octranspo.com

    Article: The basics - What you should pack for the first rides of the season


    Article: COVID-19 could end our dependence on cars — if we ‘build back better’


    Article: Build cities for bikes, buses, and feet—not cars


    Article: Man uses a GPS tracker to turn his bike rides into gigantic drawings


    Article: The 13 best electric bikes for every kind of ride


    Photography course: Seeing through photographs (MOMA) – free online course, 4 weeks. Starts May 1


    Photography related news: 200,000 Photos from the George Eastman Museum, the World’s Oldest Photography Collection, available online


    Video: Cyclists behaving badly - Understanding cyclist disobedience in Amsterdam (6:14)


    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 3 May 2021 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(at)knbc.ca

    Quote of the week

    “Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime. Teach a man to cycle and he will realise that fishing is stupid and boring.” Desmond Tutu

    1. Safety tip from Monna - Bike Lights: The Law

    Section 62 (17), of the HTA was amended to "require cyclists to have proper lights on their bikes when on the road any time from one-half hour before sunset to one-half hour after sunrise AND at any other time when, due to insufficient light or unfavourable atmospheric conditions". Every bicycle shall carry a white or amber light on the front and a red light or a reflector on the rear. Failure to comply can result in a fine of $110.

    Use of daytime lights can increase cyclist's visibility in changing light conditions, in high traffic areas, where road user have a multitude of distractions, and for that notorious blind spot.

    When cycling in a group however; unless you are the 'end rider', please refrain for using your rear light in 'flash mode'. This can be very distracting to riders behind you, and for those who have suffered a concussion, may actually be painful.

    2. Diversions

    Article: Ottawa police reporting 70 per cent increase in bike thefts already this year


    Article: Reduce risk of severe COVID with regular activity, study says.


    Article: Stop making fun of my e-bike!


    Article: Why cycling more could be good for the economy


    New books on cycling at the library

    Alan Anderson (2021). Back on your bike: All the stuff you need to know to be a cyclist again.

    Phil Cavell (2021). The midlife cyclist: The road map for the +40 rider who wants to train harder, ride fast and stay healthy

    DK, Witness (2021) Ride: Cycle the world.

    In preparation for the second KNBC photography contest or just for the pleasure of being creative, these articles may be useful.

    Photography article: How to photograph the moving cyclist


    6 photography tips for cyclists


    30 Cycling photography tips and ideas


    Video: Short session to open up your hips and pelvis and restore your posture (13:56)


    Request: Donating bikes and bike parts to Cuba

    If you would like to donate a gently used bike or bike parts like tires, the “Bikes for Cuba” initiative is in tremendous need. Cubacan "Bikes for Cuba" | Facebook

    At this time, they are looking for bikes for community use (hybrid, mountain bikes, commuter bikes, etc.). If you have been to Cuba, you will appreciate that bikes are the equivalent of cars there, and provide mobility for an individual or even a whole family. The coordinating body, CubaCan, is trying to fill a shipping container by October.

    Contact me if there is any item you wish to donate and I will gladly pickup. Any item will be accepted.

    Bob Cavan, Email: bob.cavan(at)rogers.com

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 26 Apr 2021 4:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Quote of the week

    “The bicycle is just as good company as most husbands and when it gets old and shabby, a woman can dispose of it and get a new one without shocking the entire community.” Ann Strong, author

    1. Welcome new member

    Rob Coffin

    2. Safety tip from Monna - signal and/or call out your intentions

    It is imperative to communicate your intention to stop, change lanes, turn, and/or generally manoeuvre around traffic, other cyclists, pedestrians, obstacles, construction etc.

    • Use an open palm with spread fingers for maximum visibility (it is a signal NOT a point);
    • Straighten up on the bike – if you are too 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”. 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.

    Equally imperative, when intending to pass another cyclist, first ensure it is safe to do so. Then, pass only on the left, and warn the other cyclist by clearly stating 'passing on your left'. Give them sufficient space to avoid a wobble from being startled.

    3. Safety and education blog

    Tires - Be Faster, Safer, and More Comfortable - Arguably the most important contact-point of your bike is “where the rubber meets the road”. The right tire at the right pressure makes a huge difference to your safety - your “grip” on the road - as well as to your comfort and efficiency. Tires may well be the most important component on your bike! In the latest Education and Safety Blog post, Bill dives into detail on tires, with a focus on tire width, tire pressure, and tire quality. Much of what we will learn goes against old "cycling common knowledge", so we'll also touch on cycling myths, and how they come about. Head over to https://knbc.ca/Safety-&-Education-Blog/10323452 for the article.

    4. Diversions

    Article: Active transport & health: Evidence from academia


    Article: OVCATA launches Bike Bank so everyone can ride


    Article: How green is cycling? Riding, walking, ebikes and driving ranked


    Article: Ottawa-Gatineau cycling network as a surprising subway map


    Article: Trading clunkers for electric bikes: France moves to offer financial incentive


    Article: Voyage Québec: En selle pour l’été


    Video: Vélo route de l'année 2020 - LE CYCLE (8:08)


    Video: Dutch cycling infrastructure (1:00)


    Article: Helping with Bikes has moved to 1455 Michael Street, Unit 3

    The new warehouse space will double the impact in the community. For the Bikes team, it means more space while also consolidating the operations within the same building as Helping with Furniture. They are currently fundraising for the costs to set up the bike workshop in this new facility. If you're in a position to give, please visit their fundraising drive page

    We believe that bikes can change lives. Each year, Helping with Bikes refurbishes over 200 donated bikes for families & individuals in need, including refugees, people relocating from shelters or leaving abusive situations, people struggling with mental illness or at risk of homelessness in Ottawa. Providing an affordable and reliable primary means of transportation removes a potential barrier to employment. It also helps families by providing children with access to play with their family, friends and neighbours and hours of safe, wholesome fun. This has the added bonus of diverting approximately three more metric tonnes of waste from carbon-intensive recycling and waste disposal streams per year!


  • 19 Apr 2021 4:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

    Quote of the week (inspired by TriRudy quotes – trirudy.com):

     “You can say that climbers suffer the same as the other riders, but they suffer in a different way. You feel the pain, but you’re glad to be there” – Richard Virenque, retired French pro racer

    1. Safety tip from Monna - Be careful when riding the NCC multiuse pathways 

    As the weather improves, be careful when riding the NCC multiuse pathways. There may be sections of flooding, and generally lots of gravel, debris and ongoing tree-cutting/clearing operations. Add to this the volume of eclectic traffic: pedestrians, baby strollers, toddlers, senior citizens, dog walkers, joggers, roller-bladers, wheelchairs, and Canada geese. 

    PLEASE respect the speed limit of 20 kilometres per hour, ride single file, ring your bell and call out "passing on your left" as you pass other pathway users - and please respect physical distancing as you pass.  If you wish to go faster - use the road. 

    2. Member Forum

    With the pandemic that never seems to end, make sure you’re taking advantage of all the services we provide you as a club member. Bike shop discounts and RWGPS are givens, but consider using and following our Member Forum. Members are discussing things for sale, advising of road closures, trying to find ride partners, etc. It’s private to our club and you can get email notices Immediately, Daily, or Weekly. Check it out.

    3. Diversions

    Event: Wednesday April 21, 8 PM Bike Minds - Bikes + children no. 2 (free)


    Event: September 8th, 2021, 12th Annual Ride to Turn the Tide

    The Grassroot Grannies invite all cyclists to join their 12th Annual Turn the Tide on September 8th, 2021. This year cyclists will be able to choose from 3 distances, 55 km, 75 km and 100 km. All loops will all begin and end at Bushtukah in Stittsville. We are cycling primarily  to raise funds for the Grandmother to Grandmother Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which supports millions of grandmothers in Sub-Saharan Africa who are raising their grandchildren orphaned by HIV-AIDS, but also for fun and fitness!  For more information checkout our website at Events (grassrootgrannies.com)  or contact Stella Val at stella-val@rogers.com

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    Gatineau Artwork

    For those of you who are fans of Gatineau Park, be it winter or summer, a local artist has created a series of numbered prints of your favourite climbs. Check out the website link below. You can order in multiple sizes & formats, English or French, Bike or Ski.


    From now until the end of June, Mike has granted exclusively to KNBC, a 10% discount code on purchases. Just enter the discount code KNBC10 at checkout when purchasing the prints.  Please do not pass this outside of the club as this is exclusive to us. Happy riding.

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

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