Bike Shorts, August 2, 2021

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Quote of the week:

“When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.”

Sherlock Holmes author, Arthur Conan Doyle, Scientific American, 1896

1. The Rides (Aug 3 - 9)

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: 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

Tuesday August 3

L3 Wakefield – 76 km

Wednesday August 4

L2 - Merrickville - 65 km

L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

Thursday August 5

L3 - Long Sault Parkway - 90 km

Friday, August 6

L1 - Munster - 33 km

Saturday, August 7

L1 – Merrickville – 51 km

L2 - Pointe Gatineau - 56 km

Sunday, August 8

L3 - Hallville Kemptville - 90 km

2. Tour Director News – 2 Aug 2021

A survey has been sent out to all those members who identified themselves as Level 1 riders. The main objectives of this survey are to assess the level of satisfaction with the rides being offered and to get feedback on changes that would enhance your cycling experience. The early response was good but there are still a significant number who have not responded. Your input is important so if you received a request to complete the survey, please take a few minutes to complete it. Changes to the program should reflect the expectations of the group to the extent possible. Thus the objective is having a response rate of 70%. We are currently at 37%. Pool closes 15 August.

The KNBC COVID-19 policies are being reviewed and will be updated to reflect the Stage 3 changes introduced 16 July 2021.

Weather has been a bit of a challenge this past week or so. If a ride is cancelled or re-scheduled, all registrants will receive a message indicating the change.

If anything happens during a ride that you consider unsafe or inappropriate, please let the tour leader know. However, if you are uncomfortable expressing your concern during the ride, you can contact the Tour Director at tour-director(at), the Safety & Education Advisor at safety(at) or the Club President at president(at)

Take some time to check out all the good safety tips found under the “Safety & Education” tab on the KNBC Home page

Suggestions on ways to improve our ride offering would be greatly appreciated.

3. 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.

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 the vehicles pass.

Never compromise your safety for the convenience of a motorist.

4. Sunday August 22, 3:30 – 6:00 pm - KNBC Annual Picnic

Mark it on your calendar as plans are underway for the annual KNBC picnic which is scheduled, rain or shine, for Sunday 22 August starting at 3:30 at the Trolley Station, Britannia Bay Park. The club will provide hamburgers and sausages and would welcome any salads or desserts you might care to bring. We are looking for at least 4 volunteer “chefs” who can take turns running the BBQs.

The club’s executive is monitoring public health announcements about the Delta variant of COVID-19. Today’s message is simply a heads up about the picnic. Registration is not yet available. By next week’s Bike Shorts we should be in a position to give the green light to the picnic and open up registration. Meanwhile any questions or concerns can be sent to Teresa McGovern or the club president

5. Diversions

Article: 'I absolutely love what I'm doing': Ottawa man fixing bikes full-time from his home garage

Article: Amsterdam: Not cycling paradise

Video: RidewithGPS Ride Buddies

Ride Buddies, a casual conversation series between some of cycling's most interesting, knowledgeable, and entertaining personalities. There’s no host, no rigid agenda — just great conversation.

Video: Help is on the way for slower riders (2:21)

Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC