Bike Shorts, October 4, 2021

11 Oct 2021 3:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Bike Shorts is published weekly. You are very welcome to suggest photos, cartoons, stories, events, links, etc. Just send your info to bikeshorts(at)

Quote of the week:

“Cycling is possibly the greatest and most pleasurable form of transport ever invented. It’s like walking only with one-tenth of the effort. Ride through a city and you can understand its geography in a way that no motorist, contained by one-way signs and traffic jams, will ever be able to. You can whiz from one side to the other in minutes. You can overtake £250,000 sports cars that are going nowhere fast. You can park pretty much anywhere. It truly is one of the greatest feelings of freedom once can have in a metropolitan environment. It’s amazing you can feel this free in a modern city.”

Daniel Pemberton, from The Book of Idle Pleasures (2008)

1. KNBC Annual General Meeting

IMPORTANT: The Annual General Meeting of KNBC on November 2 will be an online event using Zoom. You will have to buy your own pizza and beer for the meeting. More information to come next week.

2. The Rides (Oct. 5 - 11)

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, Oct. 5

L1 - Quitters Coffee - 29 km

Wednesday, Oct. 6
L2 Norway Bay – 105 km
L3 Wakefield – 76 km
L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride
Thursday, Oct. 7

L3 Almonte – 80 km

Saturday, Oct. 9

L1 - Old Gatineau - 48 km

Sunday, Oct. 10

L2 - Carleton-Almonte Short Promenade - 47 km

3. Tour Director News

Check out the event calendar and find a ride to join and enjoy. If there is nothing that suits your interest or level, send me a request for a specific ride and level and I will try my best to schedule it before the end of the season. I can be reached at

I urge current, past and potential new tour leaders to consider submitting ride proposals. The immediate goal is to get as many rides scheduled for next week as possible. Ride proposals for the upcoming week that are received by Sunday will be included in Bike Shorts. Suggestions on ways to improve our ride offering would also be greatly appreciated.

Note the weekend shuttles

The fall schedule for the Gatineau Park parkways is in effect. The parkways will be open for active use on weekdays until noon. During weekends in October and Thanksgiving Monday, active users should note that the Fall Rhapsody shuttles will be using the parkways after 9 am on Saturdays and Sundays. Motor vehicles will be permitted from noon until 30 minutes after sunset. Check our schedule for more information.

4. Safety Tip from Monna – Be mindful of surface transitions 

Surface transitions (i.e. pavement to gravel), can present a significant road hazard, causing considerable challenges to steering and handling, which may result in crashes or collisions. With sand or gravel, traction becomes variable – often described as ‘riding on ball bearings.’ Both front and back wheels become prone to slippage. 

  •  SLOW DOWN or STOP and survey the area carefully – it may be too unstable (too soft), to proceed; 
  • Ride only as fast as the conditions allow; 
  • Where there are no clear paths over the transitions, pedal smoothly or coast, steer in a straight line; 
  • Do not turn sharply over transitions; 
  • If in a group - call out and point to the road hazard, SLOW DOWN, adjust your spacing, staying well back from the person ahead of you, to facilitate clear visibility for all; and 
  • Walk bikes when necessary. 

5. Diversions

Member question: Paul Dobrovolny is asking if anyone has cycled on Les Iles de la Madeleine?

Here is a link to a 7 day cycling package departing from Montreal.

If you can help, please contact Paul Dobrovolny paul_dobrovolny(at)

Video: Wild and dangerous cycling down multiple stairs (2:52)

Video: Dog guarding and then riding on a bicycle (0:57)

Video: Artistic cycling from Spain’s Got Talent? show (4:38)

Website: 17 restaurants along the Rideau canal you need to try

Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC