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  • 26 Jul 2021 3:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bike Shorts is published weekly. You are very welcome to suggest photos, cartoons, stories, events, links, buy a butter tart or two for the president, etc. Just send your info to bikeshorts@knbc.ca

    Quote of the week: "Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.", Charles Schultz

    1. The Rides (July 20-26)

    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, July 21

    L1 - Two Rivers and a Canal - 68 km

    Thursday, July 22

    L3 - Champlain via Fortune - 75 km

    Saturday, July 24

    L2 – Perkins – 69 km

    L3 - Spencerville - 102 km

    Sunday, July 25

    L1 – Constance lake – 51 km

    L4 – Portage du Fort – 117 km

    2. Safety Tip from Monna - Navigating a roundabout - where you should be

    Roundabouts are still causing confusion to cyclists and motorists alike. Remember that you are a vehicle according to The Ontario Highway Traffic Act (HTA) - and, you need to manoeuvre a roundabout as a driver of a vehicle:

    • approach the roundabout 1 m from the curb
    • shoulder check and signal left yield to roundabout traffic
    • proceed when clear
    • TAKE THE LANE
    • to leave roundabout - shoulder check and signal right exit intersection
    • keeping the lane shoulder check and move back to 1 m from the curb.

    If you are NOT comfortable navigating like a vehicle, dismount and walk (not ride) on the sidewalk as a pedestrian.

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    3. E-bike policy and guidance

    The club officially welcomes e-bikes. This has unofficially been the case for a few years. It is now an official policy. The document on the website provides safety considerations and guidance to ride leaders and e-bike users.

    https://knbc.ca/Safety

    4. Diversions

    Article: A pro cyclist rode an unofficial, solo Tour De France and beat the pack

    https://www.npr.org/2021/07/14/1015263844/a-pro-cyclist-rode-an-unofficial-solo-tour-de-france-and-beat-the-pack

    Foodie tour: Kawarthas Northumberland Butter Tart tour

    The Butter Tart Tour has grown to over 50 locations throughout Kawarthas Northumberland. You can taste your way across Northumberland County, Peterborough County, the City of Peterborough, and Kawartha Lakes. Tour partners include our stellar local bakeries, charming cafes, and elegant restaurants as well as welcoming resorts and inns across the region each serving up their take on this Canadian classic treat.

    https://buttertarttour.ca/

    Video: Dream ride (5:30)

    https://www.nowness.com/picks/dreamride

    Video: Things only professionals can do while cycling (0:22)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlVUtDoQUn8

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 12 Jul 2021 4:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

    Quote of the week: "Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race." H.G. Wells

    1. The Rides (July 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 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

    Tuesday, July 6: L3 - Galetta-Pakenham - 87 km

    Wednesday, July 7: L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

    Thursday, July 8: L2 - Champlain via Fortune - 75 km, L3 - Portage-du-Fort - 104 km

    Saturday, July 10: L2 - Aylmer Parc Champlain - 60 km

    2. Tour Director News - 5 July 2021

    We now have a number of club rides completed and participation is increasing. For some of us it has been a long time since we have taken part in or led club rides. In my own case there were a number of things that I forgot to include in the pre-ride briefing. If a tour leader forgets to mention something that you feel is important, please speak up. If anything happens during a ride that you consider unsafe or inappropriate, please let the tour leader know. However, if you are uncomfortable bringing your concern forward during the ride, you can contact the Tour Director at tour-director(at)knbc.ca or the Club President at president(at)knbc.ca .

    It is extremely important that riders who decide to leave the ride advise the tour leader of their intention. It can be quite frustrating for tour leaders to try and account for those who leave the ride unexpectedly. All members are requested to spend a couple minutes refreshing themselves on tour etiquette https://knbc.ca/Tour-Etiquette .

    It is suggested that all members also review the Accident Protocol at https://knbc.ca/Safety#KNBCSafetyHandbook. It contains good information for tour leaders as well as those of us who are just out and about on our bikes. There is also a lot of useful information under the “Safety & Education” tab on the club website.

    All members are requested to consider leading rides when their comfort level permits. If you are interested in becoming a Tour Leader please contact Wayne at tour-director@knbc.ca . As restrictions ease, we will assess whether or not we will be able to resume our regular in person Tour Leaders training sessions. All new leaders will be provided course material and mentoring.

    3. Safety Tip from Monna - Signal your intentions at intersections

    Always slow down, signal your intentions and proceed with caution when moving through an intersection. Additionally, yell out "stopping" or "slowing" when others are in close proximity, and may not see your signal and be able to respond in time. When in a group - anticipate stopping or slowing down and leave sufficient space between bikes. When approaching another cyclist - announce that you are "coming on your left", to avoid a 'startle factor' and possible fall. Don't rely on the leader's "all clear". Look for yourself and only cross when safe to do so. Be aware, however, of motorists who might wave the entire group through. Watch for this, and thank the motorists accordingly. As a reminder of how to respond to flashing lights - please check the following link: https://www.ontario.ca/document/official-mto-drivers-handbook/traffic-lights#section-9

    4. Diversions

    Article: Canadian woman makes history winning gruelling 4,800-km bike race

    https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/canadian-woman-makes-history-winning-gruelling-4-800-km-bike-race-1.5494565

    Article for coffee fanatics

    https://www.turnipseedtravel.com/blog/ottawa-coffee-roasters

    Video: How to make your pedalling technique smoother than ever | GCN's Pro Cycling Tips (7:30)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAHRvcOCSU4

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 5 Jul 2021 3:30 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: Hills. We love them. We hate them. They make us strong. They make us weak. Today I chose to embrace hills. (from https://ilovebicycling.com/)

    1. The Rides (June 29-July 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 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 30

    L2 - Carleton Place - 76 km

    L3 - Norway Bay - 70 km

    Saturday, July 3

    L1 Gravel - Carleton Place to Almonte - 35 km

    Sunday, July 4

    L1 - Kanata - Richmond - Stittsville - 59 km

    L3 – Richmond – Manotick - North Gower - 79 km

    2. Tour Director News June 28

    The number of club rides being offered continues to increase. The first official club gravel ride took place this past week and was a success. Gravel riding provides another dimension to cycling and all members are encouraged to give it a try.

    A call for ride proposals has gone out to Tour Leaders encouraging them to submit at least one ride during July and August. As the number of vaccinated Ontarians is steadily increasing, I am hoping that the comfort level of club members and tour leaders will result in more rides and increased participation.

    We are moving into Step 2 of the Ontario Roadmap to Reopen 30 June and the KNBC policy and guidelines have been updated to reflect these changes. The following is an extract from the KNBC COVID-19 Day Tour Policy - June 30, 2021

    KNBC will be following these guidelines:

    • The tour leader will specify the ride size – maximum 25 (tour leader plus 24 registrants).
    • All participants are to adhere to the current Provincial and Public Health COVID-19 restrictions and practice appropriate social distancing measures.
    • All participants must have an active KNBC 2021 membership
    • Picnic lunches are preferred as restaurant capacity is restricted
    • Single file riding is recommended. (Quebec has mandated single file only)
    • All riders should bring a mask, hand sanitizer, and sufficient water.

    Please have a look at the complete document and the other related policies at https://knbc.ca/KNBC-COVID-19-Policies.

    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@knbc.ca . As restrictions ease, we will assess whether or not we will be able to resume our regular in person Tour Leaders training sessions. All new leaders will be provided course material and mentoring.

    3. Safety Tip from Monna - Shoulder check BEFORE moving or changing directions on your bike

    With the increased presence of electric (silent) vehicles on the road, it is vital that we get in the habit of shoulder checking BEFORE we move or change directions on our bikes.

    Additionally, a shoulder check (unlike a mirror check) will serve to communicate to pedestrians, cyclists or motorists behind you, that you are about to do something, and helps them anticipate your intentions.

    When group riding, this essential verification enables you to confirm there is no one directly behind you, and can greatly assist in preventing accidents.

    Share the Road video: https://vimeo.com/128887805

    4. Diversions

    Article: NCC bistros are open - Confederation Park and Remic Rapids

    https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/bistro

    Article: Cycling culture gains ground in Lebanon as fuel runs dry

    Cycling culture gains ground in Lebanon as fuel runs dry | Business and Economy News | Al Jazeera

    Article: Roadmap to Reopening Ontario https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario

    Article: Participants In Philly's Naked Bike Ride will have to cover Up ... their faces

    https://www.npr.org/2021/06/26/1007735748/participants-in-phillys-naked-bike-ride-will-have-to-cover-up-their-faces

    Website: World Naked Bike Day (NSFW) – Ottawa? http://worldnakedbikeride.org/

    Skill testing video: How to fix a flat tire (6:17)  https://youtu.be/58STtUM-Wow

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 29 Jun 2021 10:11 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

    Quote of the week: “There is beauty in silence and there is silence in beauty and you can find both on a bicycle!” — Mehmet Murat Ildan

    1. The Rides (June 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 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 23: L2 - Aylmer - 45 km

    Thursday, June 24: L3 - Champlain via Fortune - 75 km

    Friday, June 25: L2 Gravel - Carleton-Almonte Short Promenade - 47 km

    Saturday, June 26: L1 Gravel - Carleton Place to Almonte - 35 km

    2. Tour Director 21 June 2021

    Good news - the number of club rides being offered is slowly increasing. I expect they will increase as the number of fully vaccinated club members climbs and COVID restrictions are reduced.

    Bill Bourne is prepared to offer a KNBC Riding Skills Clinic when the province removes most of restrictions and the Club feels it is safe to do so. This clinic has been very popular in the past and members are encouraged to consider registering for it when it becomes available. For more info on course content see: https://knbc.ca/Courses-and-Clinics

    We have 19 Tour Leaders who have indicated that they are ready to lead a ride now which is about 40% of those currently on the KNBC Tour Leaders list. Most leaders have indicated that they plan to lead rides when the pandemic is over. 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.

    Tim Sparling did an assessment of Malakoff Rd between Century and Donnelly Roads. Although a 5.5 km section is newly paved and another 4.5 km is considered good, the remaining 7 km of the total 17 km stretch is rough and not recommended.

    3. Safety Tip from Monna - Stay Safe, Stay Back

    All the "safety infrastructure green paint" in the world will NOT protect a cyclist who is unaware of the enormity of 'large vehicle blind spots', and rides beside them both at, and through intersections. The area beside a truck (between the truck and the curb), is aptly called the 'death zone'. Cyclists need to be aware of this extraordinary danger and stay out of it. If arriving first - stay in front, if not - stay well back and OUT of the driver's blind spot, and NEVER beside. Be especially mindful of the wheels (which may start turning right, WITHOUT WARNING TURN SIGNALS).

    TAKE SPECIAL CARE with garbage trucks as they can be operated from both right and left sides - further increasing their blind spots. NEVER pass them on the inside, and be absolutely sure you have both sufficient time and space to pass them on the outside.

    Please refer to this Share the Road video:

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    4. Diversions

    Article: Women will race in their own Tour de France next summer

    https://www.npr.org/2021/06/17/1007770257/women-tour-de-france-next-summer-2022

    Video: Camp Fortune Mountain Pipe Coaster (1:20)

    https://campfortune.com/mountain-coaster/

    https://www.facebook.com/skicampfortune/videos/321216812836026

    Video: Des vélos artisanaux en bamboo (1:47)

    https://www.facebook.com/bicloun/videos/1015333492337602

    Video: Danish Road Safety Council on why even the Vikings were wearing helmets (2:20)

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0m-c4GixUpg

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 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

    https://ilovebicycling.com/online-cycling-coaching-has-changed-heres-what-you-need-to-know/

    Article: Joe Biden gifts Boris Johnson custom-made bike

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-57453840

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

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_zV-9JKg3k

    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

    https://www.insidehook.com/daily_brief/health-and-fitness/e-bikes-good-workout?mc_cid=aac4f985a1&mc_eid=9dec936b54

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

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJ2i6goGKWQ

    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.

    Tom

    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

    https://app06.ottawa.ca/cgi-bin/trafficreport/report_search.pl?lang=en

    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.

    https://www.canadabikes.org/pedalpoll/getinvolved/

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

    https://www.counterpointapp.org/

    Cycling Portugal

    https://www.portuguesetrails.com/en

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

    https://youtu.be/tPdYwWZlyYM

    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

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/amber-lock-software-replacing-red-reverts-ottawa-1.6026839?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar

    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)

    https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=saved&v=303319024731978

    Video: Pourquoi pédaler? (0:15)

    https://www.facebook.com/bicloun/videos/824176201786809

    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!

    https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/discover-your-city-by-bike-with-katimavik-hazeldean-community-association-tickets-152688891585

    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.

    https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/urban-cycling-with-bike-ottawa-tickets-151858144799

    Article: Active transportation is good for mental health

    https://www.timescolonist.com/islander/trevor-hancock-active-transportation-is-good-for-mental-health-1.24316914

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

    https://capitalcurrent.ca/city-kickstarts-new-bicycle-parking-plan-hits-brakes-on-bike-sharing/?mc_cid=04bc98a69f

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

    https://apt613.ca/tour-de-blogosphere-adventure-report-provides-trail-reports-and-a-free-gear-library-to-get-people-outside/

    https://www.adventurereport.ca/

    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.

    https://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/environnement/2021-05-03/planete-bleue-idees-vertes/la-reparation-de-velos-supervisee-a-la-cote.php

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

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Uxx6dV-eq0

    Video: Danny MacAskill – Cascadia (5:36)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GL0rbxB9Lqg

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

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