Bike Shorts, August 23, 2021

30 Aug 2021 12:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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Quote of the week: “An engineer designing from scratch could hardly concoct a better device to unclog modern roads – cheap, nonpolluting, small and silent…” Rick Smith, International Herald Tribune, May 2006

1. The Rides (Aug 23 - 30)

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: 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 24 L3 - Gananoque - 102 km

Wednesday, August 25 L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride - 6 pm start

Thursday, August 26 L3 - Wakefield - 76 km

Friday, August 27 L1 - Richmond - 36 km; L3 - Three Mills - 85 km

Saturday, August 28 L2 - Petrie Island - 68 km; L3 - Manotick-Metcalfe - 85 km

Sunday, August 29 L3 - Montebello - 83 km

2. Tour Director News – 23 Aug

Despite the brutal heat on Saturday, 13 members joined Fred Cotaras’s ride from Bridlewood to Manotick. In the 3 years that I have been involved with doing the tour director functions I never received as much positive feedback on any one ride. Indeed it is rare to get feedback and when I have, it has been heavily weighted on the negative side. Kudos are extended to Fred and his wife Chris for a job well done.

It is always nice to receive positive feedback, perhaps I get more negative feedback because of the following which I normally include in Bike Shorts.

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 president9(at)

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

September and cooler weather will soon be here. I urge current, past and potential new tour leaders to consider submitting September and October ride proposals. Ride offerings for any day of the week are encouraged.

3. Safety Tip from Monna – Cycling in the summer heat

Staying cool and avoiding dehydration in this kind of heat can be difficult. Build up heat acclimation gradually;

  • Go for short rides close to home on hot days to get your body used to it;
  • Carry sufficient water and drink BEFORE you are thirsty;
  • Don't attempt long rides or try for a personal best on the hottest days of the year;
  • Pour cool water over your neck and forearms;
  • Wear sunscreen and/or protective clothing;
  • If it is windy, try to plan your route to get the headwind on the way home in order to benefit from the breeze when you need it the most.

4. KNBC Annual Picnic

We had a great turnout at the picnic. 57 members came out to socialize, enjoy the haute cuisine food, and soak up the sun. A BIG thank you to Teresa McGovern and her volunteer crew:

Grill masters: David Sparling and Kevin Mills (these two stayed the whole time), Dan Lesage and Surinder Micha

Eva Stelzer, she did a ton of work helping me set up and throughout.

Patricia McGovern, Mary Aaftink and Dianne Blackburn were the Hydration Squad.

Several other people helped with setup and cleanup so a sweeping mention for the unsung heroes who weren't on my list but chipped in to help.

Honourable mention to the guy who had a wrench - without him we would only have had two bbqs.

Look for some photos on the club’s Facebook page. If you took any photos please post on the page. The more the merrier.

5. Diversions

Thirst-quenching article:

Article: A bike stolen in Manitoba resurfaced in B.C. It's more common than you think

Video: Why is there a global bike shortage? Where have all the bikes gone?! (10:23)

Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC