Bike Shorts, April 12, 2021

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)

Quote of the week (inspired by TriRudy quotes –

 “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 (  or contact Stella Val at

Article: 9 Awesome bikepacking routes in Ontario’s highlands

Article: ‘All bodies on bikes’: These two cyclists are advancing the conversation about size inclusion in cycling

Article: Cycling is ten times more important than electric cars for reaching net-zero cities

Photo: Biking bubble = Pubble

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