Bike Shorts, May 24, 2021

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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

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