Bike Shorts, August 16, 2021

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Quote of the week: “I’ll tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than any one thing in the world. I rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a bike. It gives her a feeling of self-reliance and independence the moment she takes her seat; and away she goes, the picture of untrammelled womanhood.” Susan B. Anthony, 1896

1. KNBC Picnic – Register now!

Thank you to all who responded to our poll! The results indicate that the overwhelming majority would like to go forward with our annual picnic on Sunday, August 22nd at 3:30pm. We are very happy to be hosting our first live event open to all members, but would like to ensure that all who wish to attend may do so without concern for their health. Although we are well within Public Health guidelines for outdoor events we recognize that not everyone is comfortable at this time sitting in groups or sharing food. Once you register you will be provided different options in order to ensure a safe and comfortable experience for all. Those who wish to attend may opt for social distancing at a picnic table or may bring their own chair. Anyone feeling unsure about sharing food may bring their own salad and/or dessert or their own picnic lunch entirely. It is suggested to bring your own cutlery. For those participating in the barbecue the club will provide burgers, sausages and condiments and welcome any salads or desserts you care to bring. We are also looking for four volunteer chefs to take turns at the grill.

We hope that these additional options will make this a fun and worry free event for all of our members and look forward to seeing new and familiar faces alike. Please watch for your invite where you will be asked to indicate whether you plan on sharing in the barbecue or bringing your own picnic. This will help us in determining quantities needed.

Happy cycling to all and we look forward to seeing you soon! Meanwhile any questions or concerns can be sent to Teresa McGovern social(at) or the club president president(at)

NBC Water Bottles: Order online by Thursday August 19, pick up at the picnic! Look for Geoffrey.

2. The Rides (Aug 17-23)

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

Wednesday, August 18

L3 - Manotick-Metcalfe - 85 km

L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

Thursday, August 19

L3 - Gananoque - 102 km

Friday, August 20

L1 - Munster - 39 km

Saturday, August 21

L2 - Manotick - 60 km

Sunday, August 22

L3 - Balderson - 94 km

3. Tour Director News – 16 Aug 2021

I was leading a ride this past Sunday and much to my surprise I heard the dreadful sound of the spoke on my rear wheel breaking. That ended my ride about 17 km short of the starting point. This incident reminded me the club has a number of folks who have volunteered to provide assistances to members who require help. See “Roadside Callout Directory” and the “Member Services” tab.

I did not receive any response, from tour leaders, to my call for new ride proposals for this week. Request all members give consider to leading a few rides.

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)

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

4. Safety Tip from Monna – Tighten your loose screws

Riding on rough "washboard" roads can cause things to loosen up considerably on your bike. Be sure to take a few minutes as soon as you get home, to check your racks, lights, bell, water bottle holders, seat, handlebars etc. to ensure everything is tight. Also check all your quick releases to confirm they are also properly and securely closed. As a final check; lift your bike a few inches off the ground and drop it gently. Listen for any loose parts, and tighten accordingly.

5. Diversions

Article: Dead: Aluminum Road Bikes with Mechanical Shifting and Rim Brakes

Video: Since it has been SOOO hot recently (0.17)

Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC