Bike Shorts, October 22, 2018

23 Oct 2018 12:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

This week in Bike Shorts:

1. The Rides (October 23-29)
2. Safety Tip from Monna
3. Diversions
4. 2018 Membership directory
5. RidewithGPS Club Account

1. The Rides (October 23-29)

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.

Sunday, 28 October

10:00 - L4 - Carleton Place - 76km

2. Safety Tip from Monna – Mirrors, increased awareness and communication

I am often asked the pros and cons of helmet mounted / eyeglass rim mounted, mirrors vs handle bar mounted mirrors. I use both, and rely more on my helmet mounted mirror - but - it is really a matter of personal choice and comfort.

What is however imperative in this conversation, is to NEVER forget the 'shoulder check', for several reasons; As in a vehicle - there are blind spots - and you absolutely need to verify (via a shoulder check), that it is indeed safe to move or change direction on your bike before doing so;

New electric powered vehicles are incredibly quiet, and we can no longer depend on the sound of a vehicle approaching; and, most important

The shoulder check is a visual movement that can be seen by motorists (or cyclists) behind you, which actually acts as a form of communication, that you are about to do something. Ideally, a motorist seeing a shoulder check, will slow down and be more alert to  you and what you are about to do.

3. Diversions

Tuesday Nov. 6, 2018 2nd 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. Free pizza, cash bar, and a chance to socialize and compare road rashes.

Ordering KNBC Clothing at AGM, Nov. 6

Club clothing is on sale at 10% off, size samples will be available to try on at the AGM, and a club clothing order will be made by November 10th for delivery before Christmas. If people can't make it to the AGM they should e-mail Linda Kennedy at to arrange a fitting if needed and tell her what they would like to order. For more information on what is available, go the KNBC website, in left column, under Member Services, click on Clothing.

Bicycle Wheel Dome, Whitehorse, Yukon

Ontario By Bike: Assessment of Greenbelt route print map & website

Ontario By Bike / Transportation Options is currently working with the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation to assess the print map (front of map / back of map and website promoting and providing information to cyclists on the Greenbelt Route. The Greenbelt Route is a 475km signed cycling route from Niagara to Northumberland, primarily on roads, through the protected countryside of Ontario's Greenbelt. We are looking for input from cyclists and members of cycling clubs across Ontario to assist us with assessing these resources. Your feedback will help improve these resources for you and other cyclists in the future. The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. 

Survey will remain open until October 31st at 4:00 pm.

We appreciate your time! To show our appreciated, when you've completed this survey, in its entirety, you will be entered into a draw to win a one (1) night stay at a bed & breakfast and dinner at a FeastON restaurant in Ontario's Greenbelt! A prize valued at $300.

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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