Bike Shorts, March 22, 2021

29 Mar 2021 11:47 AM | 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)

1. Membership renewals

As we begin 2021, you should have received an email asking you to renew your membership. There are still lots of advantages to joining as we continue to adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the latest reason to join: The members Forum is also worth a look if you are interesting in selling or buying a bike

2. March KNBC Zoom social

We had 20 club members join in (with their glasses of wine, beer, etc.) to answer profound poll questions about topics such as what is their favorite soup. The ‘soup without the fly in it’ got an honourable mention. The worst answer to the diet questions was ‘gained 15lbs I’ve given up, can't wear my lycra outfits’. Plus, we had the first ever KNBC virtual scavenger hunt. Find something that floats, a cycling item, an item older than you (Lori picked Wayne!), something that you made, etc. It was totally silly and fun.

3. Safety Tip from Monna – Check your bike

It's time to think about putting away our winter toys and getting out our bikes.

But - before going on your first ride - take the time to check it and ensure it is in safe operating condition:

  • check the brakes to confirm they are working with proper clearance and no frayed cables;
  • check the gears to ensure they are shifting properly;
  • clean and lubricate your chain; make sure that your quick releases are properly and tightly closed;
  • ensure your tires are properly inflated;
  • ensure any accessories (kickstands, racks, panniers, etc.) are securely fastened;
  • ensure nothing is hanging loose (including clothing) that could become tangled in the gears, brakes or wheel; and
  • ensure you have a working bell—it is the law.

FYI - Bike Ottawa is hosting a free interactive virtual workshop 03 April at 3pm, to help you learn the ABCs of tuning your bike. Sign up on Eventbrite: (this was in last week’s Bike Shorts as well)

4. Diversions

Article: Pickleball: The racquet sport experiencing a pandemic boom

Article: How pandemic bike lanes made some Canadian cities more accessible

Article: Ottawa Road Trips has an article on KNBC! (Thanks hardworking PR Director)

Article: E-bike recommendation from a Vélo Cape Breton member

Article: E-Bike Review: Gazelle Ultimate C380 HMB

Video: 7 Reasons you only need a gravel bike (6:55)

Learning: Urban Cycling Institute – Alternative mobility narratives (starts March 22)

Learning: University of Amsterdam - Unraveling the cycling city (starts any time)


Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC