Bike Shorts, Jan. 14, 2019

14 Jan 2019 4:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Bike Shorts will now be published every 2 weeks over the winter.  Next issue will be Jan 28.

You can expect to receive a number of emails in the next few weeks.  Some are Bike Shorts, some are membership renewal notices and finally some are about the winter social.  Please keep an eye out for these emails.  Please respond where requested.

This week in Bike Shorts:

1. Winter Social

2. Diversions

3. Cycling tours

1. Winter social, Jan. 26, Amberwood Lounge & Eatery

Saturday January 26, 2019  KNBC Winter Social  6 pm start

Amberwood Lounge & Eatery or just ALE for short, 54 Springbrook Dr Stittsville

By now, you will have received an invitation to register for our annual KNBC Winter Social. Thank you to those who have confirmed that they will be attending the KNBC Winter Social. If you have not had a chance to register yet, there still is time - ONLY 3 days left. Registration will close January 17, 2019 so do not delay!

Please go to to register for the event. 

Bring a friend, a partner, a spouse(s?).  This is a great way to get to know club members. We hope to see you there and we encourage all members and their partners, including newer members, to come out and enjoy this event.

If you have any comments, questions, have items you would like to share for door prizes, please contact Janet Clark

2. Diversions

Article:  The Best Cycling Podcasts

Article: The Best Biking Road in Canada

Article: Drive Sharper, Live Longer, Look Sexier and 42 Other Reasons to Ride A Bicycle In 2019

Movie possibly coming to Demand Films: The Bikes of Wrath

Book: Cycling Paradises: 100 Bike Tours of the World's Most Breathtaking Places to Pedal (2018)

Discover the best places to bike in this carefully curated guide to seeing the world on a bike. Organized by terrain - urban, mountain, on-road, scenic - each tour was constructed by leading French cycling expert Claude Droussent.  Ottawa Public Library call # 910 DROUS

Book: Rediscovering Travel: A Guide for the Globally Curious (2018)

"Kugel takes the modern travel industry to task, determined to reignite humanity’s age-old sense of adventure that has virtually been vanquished by the spontaneity-obliterating likes of Google Maps, TripAdvisor, and Starwood points. Woven throughout with vivid tales of his perfectly imperfect adventures, Rediscovering Travel explains―often hilariously―how to make the most of new digital technologies without being shackled to them. For the tight-belted tourist and the first-class flyer, the eager student and the comfort-seeking retiree, Kugel shows how we too can rediscover the joy of discovery." Ottawa Public Library call # 306.4819 KUGEL

Video: RBC Whistler GranFondo (4 min.) - For inspiration

Video: Bike built like a car to handle different terrains

3. Cycling tours

KNBC does NOT show any preferences for any touring companies. There are too many of them.

Cycling Trips with Trek Travel: Feb. 12, 2019 7-8 pm

Bushtukah, Richmond Rd. store

Grand Tour Desjardins, Vélo Québec  - Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean, August 3-9, 2019

Cycling Cabot Trial, Velo Cape Breton : July 26-29, 2019

For more ideas, go to KNBC website - member services – links. See LOCAL GRANFONDOS & OTHER CYCLE TOURS as well as COMMERCIAL BIKE TOUR COMPANIES.

Multi-day tours in 2019

If you are planning a multi-day tour in 2019, please let me know ( so we can start to put tentative dates of events in the calendar and in Bike Shorts.  I will not be organizing a trip to Niagara, but most of the work has already been done so someone (moderately brave) could take it on.

The club has done trips to Ottawa Valley (Barry’s Bay, Pembroke), Kingston, Mt. Tremblant, Niagara, Hudson to Montreal, Le P'tit Train du Nord, Prince Edward County (Picton), Lake Placid and other locations. Peterborough is close by.  Just look at a map ;)


Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC