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  • 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

  • 7 Sep 2020 11:10 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 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 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. 5

    L2 - Ottawa Valley Century - 103 km

    2. Safety tip from Monna - ABC Quick check: How to ensure your bike is safe to ride everyday

    We all need to get in the habit of doing an 'ABC Quick check', to ensure our bike is safe to ride BEFORE heading off, esp if we are at a remote start.

    'A' - is for Air: ensure your:

    • tires are properly inflated

    'B' is for Brakes: ensure your:

    • brake blocks are flat, flush, and properly positioned over wheels
    • cables not worn or frayed

    'C' is for Chain: (Chain, cogs & cranks): ensure your:

    • chain is clean, lubed, adjusted and actually in position

    'Quick' is for Quick Release: ensure your:

    • skewers are tight and pointed in, protected by positioning them flush with the forks

    “Check” is for a final Check: Lift the bike a few inches off the ground and drop it. Listen for any loose parts, and tighten as necessary:

    • handlebar/steerer
    • seat height is adjusted properly
    • cranks and pedals are solid
    • racks, lights, bell, water bottle holder

    3. Diversions

    Sun., Sept 27 - Vélo Canada Bikes Virtual Annual General Meeting, 1-3 pm

    Vélo Canada Bikes has had an amazing year, and Covid19 has reinvigorated the use of the bicycle while reminding Canadians that streets can be quiet. Join us for a wrap up of the year's events, including EPIC, the announcement of a National Active Transportation Strategy, the COVID19 Resiliency Fund and the latest on the Healthy Communities Fund.

    Join Zoom Meeting

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8917242703?pwd=Q25ZZ0dQYmRxNXNPcElVTjg0aTgzUT09

    Meeting ID: 891 724 2703  Passcode: VCBBOARD

    Video: The truth about getting fit (49 min.)

    What's the least amount of exercise you can do and still live a long, healthy life? Using breakthrough research, this program shows you how to get fit in the smartest possible way. Can just two minutes of exercise a week make you fitter? Are heavy or light weights better for building muscle? Can physical activity improve your mental health? Find the answers that will transform the way you think about exercise.

    Aired: Aug 27, 2020 Watch Until: Sep 25, 2020

    https://www.tvo.org/video/documentaries/the-truth-about-getting-fit

    Article: This high tech fitness screen might put health clubs and gyms out of business

    https://futurism.com/tempo-studio-fitness-screen-home-workout?mc_cid=35e7a1a8e5

    Article: Long distance cycling report – From Paris, France to Mussoorie, India (Part 1)

    https://ridewithgps.com/ride_reports/4601-paris-to-mussoorie-by-bicycle-part-1-fra?otu=

    Article: Why dating apps are like bicycles

    https://www.economist.com/1843/2019/02/28/why-dating-apps-are-like-bicycles

    Quebec rides: Le Chemin du Roy (en français)

    https://www.lecheminduroy.com/velo?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=websiteclick&utm_campaign=cheminduroy

    Bike Store closing: Sport X in Smith Falls is closing in mid-September 2020

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    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 31 Aug 2020 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

    1. Wanted - Members of the KNBC Executive Committee

    We are starting early to fill four anticipated vacancies on our Volunteer Executive for the next year and are looking for anyone who might be interested in joining the group, without which the Club cannot function. The vacancies are for President, Public Relations Director, Social Director, and Secretary. The most critical position is President. The two other people leaving the executive have done a great job and have been great colleagues. The Social Director position has been vacant since March. There are descriptions of the roles & responsibilities in the members’ only section of the website under executive contact info. https://knbc.ca/Executive-Contact-Info

    The club’s executive has set up a search committee to help find candidates to fill these positions. The committee (the head hunters) is composed of Geoffrey Gurd, Mary Aaftink, Barrie Kirk and Lori Henley. If you think you might be interested, please chat up any of the above individuals. And don’t be surprised if they contact you. Just as the club cannot operate without ride leaders, it is the same situation with having a full, supportive and committed executive.

    2. The Rides (Aug 25-31)

    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

    Sunday August 30

    L3 - Champlain Lookout - 65 km

    L1 - Alymer - 50 km

    3. Safety tip from Monna - Try to ride as 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.

    4. Diversions

    Podcast: Plain Bicycle

    I learned about this podcast during her presentation at Bike Minds on August 12. https://beyondtheautomobile.ca/bikeminds/). The podcast follows a group of Canadians who travel to the Netherlands to fill a shipping container with second hand Dutch bicycles to bring home to Winnipeg. Host Erin Riediger speaks to the Plain Bicycle Project team and Dutch cycling experts Herbert Tiemens and Modacity's Melissa Bruntlett and Chris Bruntlett.

    https://podtail.com/podcast/plain-bicycle/

    Gravel article: This new 800-km gravel bikepacking route is designed for adventure

    https://cyclingmagazine.ca/gravel/this-new-800-km-gravel-bikepacking-route-is-is-designed-for-adventure/

    Article: Five excuses cyclists make when they get dropped

    https://cyclingmagazine.ca/sections/training-guide/training/5-excuses-cyclists-make-when-they-get-dropped/

    Article for cyclists who bake: The mesmerizing geometry of Malaysia’s most complex cakes

    https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/kek-lapis-sarawak?utm_source=Atlas+Obscura+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=edfd4ee38c-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_08_12&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f36db9c480-edfd4ee38c-71827946&mc_cid=edfd4ee38c

    Video: Medieval cyclists (0:54)

    https://fr.euronews.com/2019/10/01/allemagne-un-tournoi-de-chevaliers-a-velo

    Products you didn’t think you really needed dept.: 2021 Zeltini Z-Triton Amphibious E-Tricycle Camper

    https://www.zeltini.com/en/product/z-triton/

    https://youtu.be/eqZcxms1ORs (video 2:25)

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    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 24 Aug 2020 9:08 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 (Aug 18-24)

    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

    Wednesday, August 19

    L3 - Morris Island Conservation Area - 90 km

    Saturday, August 22

    L2 - Masson - Cumberland - 82 km

    L3 - Norway Bay - 71 km

    Sunday, August 23

    L2 Carp – 57 km

    2. Tour Director news

    The executive has been experiencing some inevitable angst because participation on club rides has declined dramatically this year compared to previous years. I will not be updating my resume to add that, under my stewardship, KNBC ridership declined by 80%. However, I am looking forward to next year where there is a reasonable expectation that numbers will be up 400% from this year. There have been signs of light. The last two weekends have seen increased participation. The general public, along with many club members are riding on their own or in small groups. It is great that everyone is getting out, staying healthy and socializing while respecting the need for physical distancing. As long as everyone respects the need for physical distancing and the wearing of mask when indoors and hand washing, there should not be any health issues. In other words, while cycling outdoors, there is a low risk of transmitting or getting the COVID-19 virus.

    I have no intention of twisting anyone’s arm either to lead rides or to take part in them. But any ideas that would increase ridership and that involve neither coercion nor throwing caution to the wind, would be welcome. At the end of June, we did poll the tour leaders and we received some very interesting feedback. People were being careful to restrict their social contacts. More recently, I spoke to a number of people on the phone and people are continuing to be disciplined about excess contact. There is no way that I would want to talk them out of that. I need to be careful myself.

    We are making changes. We have increased the registration limit from five to seven and that probably has something to do with our increased ridership the last two weekends. However, if you want to lead a ride and are not comfortable with the increased number of people allowed, then you can set a lower limit for your ride. It is not substantially more difficult to lead club rides during COVID-19. For more information, please click on the “KNBC COVID-19 POLICIES” tab which is under the “HOME” tab on our website.

    Our membership numbers are strong this year. The website shows 232 members. Last year was the only year that we had more. We have a very high renewal rate and we are continuing to get new members. There have been seven of them since June 10. Again, if you have any suggestions on how we can increase participation while keeping everyone safe and healthy, please let us know.

    Tom

    3. Safety tip from Monna - Pedal Position

    Have you ever thought about your pedal position when crossing railway tracks, jumping curbs, or executing fast turns? When your pedal is down - there is not a lot of clearance to the asphalt. It is therefore imperative to keep the inside foot and pedal up when leaning into a turn, or in a neutral position when crossing railway tracks. If your foot and pedal are down, and touch the asphalt, or protruding tracks - you will immediately go down. Given the speeds we often attain when descending, even a slight touch of the pedal on the asphalt or rail tracks could cause a very nasty fall. Be mindful of your foot and pedal position when descending and always maintain a neutral position (both feet at same level), when crossing railway tracks, jumping curbs etc. to be safe.

    4. Diversions

    Article about Covid-19 Masks

    https://futurism.com/neoscope/least-most-effective-masks-ranked-scientists?mc_eid=8c55ccc188&mc_cid=5830c6df44

    Hi tech beaver homes

    There is a model home with a dish on Thomas Dolan parkway.

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/beavers-with-satellite-1.5680189

    Ontario by Bike blog: Top Cycling Routes Exploring Ontario’s National Parks & Historical Sites

    https://www.ontariobybike.ca/bike-media/news/entry/top-cycling-routes-exploring-ontario-s-national-parks-historical-sites

    Podcast: Pedalshift project

    The Pedalshift Project is a series of conversations, thoughts, and experiments around the bike touring lifestyle. It's the companion show to Pedalshift.net, bringing stories from the road, interviews from fellow bike tourists, plus tips, tricks and ideas on how to tour more. https://tunein.com/podcasts/Podcasts/The-Pedalshift-Project-Bicycle-Touring-Podcast-p1123768/

    Website: Bicycle mayors

    BYCS is an Amsterdam-based social enterprise driven by the belief that bicycles transform cities and cities transform the world. We work internationally with businesses, governments and non-profits to initiate and scale breakthrough ideas around cycling. Does Ottawa need a Bicycle Mayor?!

    https://bycs.org/our-work/bicycle-mayor/

    2020 Fall Writers Festival going virtual

    The festival is partnering with our friends at the Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada to launch a virtual season later this month. Each week we’ll be delivering conversations in three distinct formats: Every Friday we’ll deliver a podcast featuring two to five amazing authors, every Sunday we’ll present at least one pre-recorded long-form conversation with an author and every Monday evening at 7:30 PM we’ll host a live event.

    https://writersfestival.org/events/fall-2020-live/

    Techie app: Never get lost again

    With the what3words app, it’s easy to find, share and save precise locations.

    https://what3words.com/products/what3words-app/

    Techie article: All-In-One HD Dual Recording Helmet Camera

    https://techalogic.co.uk/dual-helmet-camera/

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    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 17 Aug 2020 4:44 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 (Aug 11-17)

    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

    Saturday, August 15

    L1 - Baxter Conservation Centre - 50 km

    L3 - Three Mills - 85 km

    L4 - Three Mills - 85 km

    2. Safety tip from Monna - "Taking the Lane"

    Accidents can occur when cyclists misjudge how narrow a lane actually is; and "hug the curbside" instead of "taking the Lane". When a lane is too narrow to safely share with a vehicle (think sharing with a bus or truck, and not a mini), the cyclist risks getting run off the road or worse; getting crushed. For narrow bridges, construction areas, or regular roads that are really narrow - it is vital to "take the lane" and efficiently cycle through. If the area is lengthy, and you are holding up a long line of traffic - you may consider pulling over (but only if it is safe to do so), and let them pass. Never compromise your safety for the convenience of a motorist.

    3. Diversions

    Bad news dept.: KNBC Annual picnic is cancelled

    No doubt some of you were wondering about whether or not the picnic would happen. The club’s executive decided that it would be too risky to socialise while respecting physical distancing. Sharing food and chatting with folks you haven’t seen in a while would likely compromise the need to follow Ottawa Public Health guidelines.

    COVID-19 Contact Tracing app: COVID Alert

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/covid-pandemic-app-ontario-1.5670239

    Construction alert: New roundabout at the Huntmar Drive and Richardson Side Road intersection

    Beginning in August, the city will start constructing a new roundabout at the Huntmar Drive and Richardson Side Road intersection. The work will include the construction of a single entry and exit roundabout with a pedestrian crossing around the intersection that will provide a connection to the paved shoulders of the road.

    This much-needed roundabout will improve traffic flow and enhance the safety for all road users. Construction is anticipated to be complete by the end of fall 2020. Residents can expect intermittent lane closures on both Huntmar Drive and Richardson Side Road during non-peak traffic periods. Access to local businesses and properties, and to cycling and pedestrians will be maintained.

    Also, Ferry Road that leads down to the Quyon ferry is torn up for resurfacing. The hard oil pack is actually many times better than the cratered mess we were used to. It's unclear what surface they're going to put on, but chip seal would be my guess.

    Article: How to Prevent Muscle Cramps on a Ride

    https://ilovebicycling.com/how-to-prevent-muscle-cramps-on-a-ride/

    Article: Bicycling helmets safety evaluation by Virginia Tech

    https://cyclingmagazine.ca/sections/gear-reviews/helmets/six-cycling-helmets-that-receive-top-safety-ratings/

    Note from Sam Ludmer: Get either a MIPS or a Wavecel helmet. There are claims by the manufacturer’s marketing saying the Wavecel is better. This is not necessary so according to Consumers Report. However getting one or the other helps to ensure that you have the best protection.

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    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

    bikeshorts(at)knbc.ca

  • 10 Aug 2020 2:00 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 (Aug 4-10)

    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. Aug. 8 - L2 Norway Bay 71 km

    Sun. Aug. 9 - L3 Carleton Place 76 km

    2. Safety tip from Monna - How to avoid “Dooring”

    Cyclists need to know how to navigate safely around parked cars without getting 'doored'. Treat them (parked cars), like a curb. Ride one metre from their edge, and ride in a straight line. Pick your line between blocks and do not meander back and forth to the curb. Watch for hazards around parked cars: Doors opening; Pedestrians walking out between; Tail or brake lights coming on; Wheels moving; and Cars pulling out or into the parking space. The fine for 'dooring' is $365 (includes victim fine surcharge and court fees) + three (3) demerit points.

    3. Diversions

    Wednesday, August 12 Bike Minds: Tales of the bicycle Virtual Event, 8 pm (Free)

    The event theme is Bikes + Fate; specifically how did unexpected or unplanned events lead you to cycling and where you are now? Were there any random encounters or coincidences in your past that helped to create your love of cycling? Zoom will be the platform used for the event, and you must register through Eventbrite to receive access information.

    https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/bike-minds-virtual-bikesfate-tickets-114171873146?mc_cid=b43d2bc5bc&internal_ref=login

    COVID-19 Contact Tracing app: COVID Alert

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/covid-pandemic-app-ontario-1.5670239

    Updated list of open washrooms/toilets

    https://ottawaroadtrips.com/2020/07/08/open-public-washrooms-bathrooms-restrooms-covid-19-ottawa-eastern-ontario-outaouais/

    Bike to work month is changing

    “Let’s Bike” Ottawa would be the program vehicle to promote safe, healthy, low-carbon and low-cost travel across the city. Participants will be invited to discover their city, track their reduced carbon footprints, and learn about the many resources available to support a happier trip. Let’s Bike Month will take place in September 2020 and transition from a commuter-only trip-logging campaign to an all-trip campaign, logging all trips taken by bike. EnviroCentre will continue to provide the carbon savings for choosing to bike, and will shift away from daily prizes focused on individuals and workplaces. Workplaces will continue to be engaged and supported, but additional community partners and groups will be included in our public outreach and engagement strategy.

    Survey: Bike Parking Strategy for the City of Ottawa

    The survey will be available until the end of August, 2020. There will also be a virtual meeting to get feedback and ideas, date and time TBD. 

    https://engage.ottawa.ca/bike-parking-strategy

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    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 3 Aug 2020 1:07 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 (July 28- Aug 3)

    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

    Saturday, August 1

    L2 MacKenzie King Estate 58 km

    2. Safety tip from Monna - Be mindful of the 'flexible' lane marking bollards

    Flexible bike lane safety posts (bollards), are popping up all over the NCR. They can provide an invaluable means to prevent cars from encroaching on bike lanes. However; while they are flexible when hit by a vehicle, when coming in contact with your bike, they are not so forgiving, and can take you down. Be mindful to leave sufficient distance when cycling around them. Also be mindful of the sand and gravel, which seems to accompany the areas where the bollards have been installed. Always look ahead to be aware of potential danger and adjust your speed and distance accordingly.

    3. Diversions

    E-bike survey from Share the Road cycling coalition (deadline Aug. 5)

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfGCT_1YZN5U-GrB4vIBxrzExYWH4hE3e1D2EBjnbPbAE0xdQ/viewform

    Library book on order

    E-bike: A guide to E-bike models, technology & riding essentials by Martin Häussermann (2020)

    Article: Coronavirus - GPs to prescribe cycling in new obesity strategy

    We are a pretty fit group of cyclists so, of course, this article couldn’t possible apply to any club members. However the idea that your family doctor in the UK can prescribe cycling is cool.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-53541866

    Ontario Cycling Association – Return to sport update

    While KNBC is not following the OCA advice, the club’s executive is tracking what the organization is telling its members.

    https://www.ontariocycling.org/return-to-sport-update-july-24th-2020/

    Six on-the-bike snacks for your jersey pocket

    https://ilovebicycling.com/6-on-the-bike-snacks-for-your-jersey-pocket/

    Urban futures video: How to build a city around bikes, fast (9:32)

    Around the world cycling lanes are popping up and bike shops are selling out. As the coronavirus pandemic means people need to avoid subways and buses the bicycle is having a renaissance. And it could have much bigger repercussions for the health of our cities long into the future. https://youtu.be/h-I6HFQXquU

    Report: Cycling cities - A Policy Brief from the Policy Learning Platform on Low-carbon economy (June 2020)

    https://www.interregeurope.eu/fileadmin/user_upload/plp_uploads/policy_briefs/Policy_brief_Cycling_cities.pdf

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC, bikeshorts(at)knbc.ca

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