Bike Shorts, Sept. 20, 2021

27 Sep 2021 2:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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Quote of the week: “In the context of the great debates about identity politics – are you gay or straight, nationalist or republican, British or English and so on – I would ask, “Do you ride a bike?” I love everything about the machine – the sensation of the tyres on the road, the mobility – and I love the fact that you have this intimate relationship with the elements, and the landscape.” Beatrix Campbell, British writer

1. The Rides (Sept 21-27)

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, September 21

L2 - Carp - 43 km

Wednesday September 22

L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

Saturday September 25

L1 - Burritts Rapids- 48 KM

L2 - Arnprior Burnstown White Lake - 105 KM

Sunday September 26

L1 - Manotick-Barrhaven - 45 KM

L3 - Westport - 83 KM

2. Tour Director News


Before heading out for a club ride, check your bike, tire inflation and wear. There has been a rash of flat tires recently on club rides. Members are reminded that they should always carry at least one spare tube and/or a patch kit when riding. Although on day tours usually someone will have a small tire pump it is a good idea to carry your own. CO2 inflators are an option, they work well but they are a one shot device.

Ride Proposals

Cooler weather and better cycling conditions are finally here. I urge current, past and potential new tour leaders to consider submitting ride proposals. The immediate goal is to get as many rides for next week as possible. Ride proposals for the upcoming week that are received by Sunday will be included in Bike Shorts. Please send your ride proposals to tour-director(at)

4. Safety Tip from Monna – ABC Quick check: how to ensure your bike is safe to ride everyday 

We all need to get in the habit of doing an 'ABC Quick check', to ensure our bike is safe to ride BEFORE heading off, esp. if we are at a remote start. 

'A' - is for Air: ensure your tires are properly inflated, and in good shape with no cuts or abrasions; 'B' is for Brakes: ensure your brake blocks are flat, flush, and properly positioned over wheels; 'C' is for Chain: (Chain, cogs & cranks and cables): ensure your chain is clean, lubed, adjusted and actually in position. Also ensure all cables are not worn or frayed; 'Quick' is for Quick Release: ensure your skewers are tight and pointed in, protected by positioning them flush with the forks; and 'Check' is for a final Check: Lift the bike a few inches off the ground and drop it. Listen for any loose parts, and tighten as necessary: 

  • handlebar/steerer;
  • seat height is adjusted properly;
  • cranks and pedals are solid; and
  • racks, lights, bell, water bottle holder(s).

5. Diversions

Article: Cycling cities: How can cities build capacity to reshape urban transport

Article: Cyclists’ stress levels could improve road safety

Photo article: This simple photography tip will help you beat your creative rut

Video: Wheels attached to shoes! (1:00)

Video: Vélo Québec - Le bon monde de la Route verte, Outaouais (en français) (10:05)

Video: Heineken ad – Worlds apart: An experiment. (4:25)

Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC