Bike Shorts, October 8, 2018

8 Oct 2018 5:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Happy Thanksgiving!

This week in Bike Shorts:

  1. The Rides (October 9-15)
  2. Safety Tip from Monna
  3. Diversions
  4. 2018 Membership directory
  5. RidewithGPS Club Account
  6. Cartoon

1. The Rides (October 9-15)

Full details on all rides can be found on the KNBC Club Calendar on the KNBC website. The KNBC Calendar, containing the most up to date info on your rides, is located at

Once there, simply click on “Tours and Events" then "Upcoming Events”, from the menu on the left hand side of the page.

Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice, particularly during periods of fickle weather.  Please check the Club Calendar on the website prior to heading to a start location. Should you have any questions or require more information, contact the KNBC Tour Director at:

Tour leaders are reminded to contact the Tour Director ASAP, if any changes are required to their ride.

Wednesday, 10 October
10:00 *L3 - MacKenzie-King Estate- 58/45 km

Saturday, 13 October
10:00 *L3 Merrickville - 98 km
10:00   L4 – Merrickville - 124 km

Sunday, 14 October
10:00 *L2 – Notre Dame du Laus – 80 km
10:00   L1 – Harvest Moon – 50 km

2. Safety Tip from Monna – Are you predicable?

Do you ride in a straight line, and do you effectively communicate your intentions BEFORE you change the position (or speed) of your bike (to turn, stop or slow down)?

When riding in a group, it is very distracting and dangerous (to the riders behind you) if you meander back and forth from the edge of the road. Try to ride in as straight a line as possible. If road traffic and speed permit, the ideal position is 3' from the curb or the edge of the asphalt. This will usually keep you clear of most debris and grates.

ALWAYS shoulder check and signal (or shout out) your intentions to slow, stop or turn. Your predictability will greatly assist in preventing accidents.

3. Diversions

Tuesday Nov. 6, 2018 First notice of KNBC Annual General Meeting  6:00 – 9:00 pm

Biagio's Italian Kitchen, 1394 Richmond Rd, Ottawa. An agenda will be sent out to all members prior to the meeting. New members are especially welcome.

Article: People in the 1800s Dreamed of Bicycling on Water

Article: Conclusive Evidence: How the Media Fails Bicyclists

Silly video: Smug cycling guy

Vimy to Juno Charity Bike Ride May 30 – June 7, 2019

The Vimy Foundation is proud to announce a unique opportunity to cycle through Canada’s First and Second World War history in June 2019. We would like to invite the members of your cycling club to join us! The ‘Vimy to Juno’ Charity Bike Ride combines 350-700 km of riding through beautiful countryside in France and Belgium with a powerful historical narrative, culminating in the 75th anniversary of D-Day commemorations. Find out more, including dates, cost, itinerary and other details, by visiting the website:

4. 2018 Membership directory

The 2018 Membership directory is available in the members’ only section of the website. You will need the login and password you were sent when you joined to access this document.

5. RideWithGPS Club Account

The KNBC RideWithGPS Club Account is ready for Club members to use.  To gain access to the club account simply use the following link.

As a reminder, if you want to take advantage of the Club Account, you will first need to have a free basic personal account.  If you do not have one, clicking on the above link will take you through that process. An information video and basic tutorial showing how to use the features can be found by clicking on the following link.

The video is very clear and thorough.  If after watching the video you have questions on gaining access to the account, please contact KNBC Tour Director at:


Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC