Bike Shorts, April 15, 2019

20 Apr 2019 3:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

This week in Bike Shorts:

54 KNBC members and one guest came out last Saturday for a variety of rides to Carp. It was a little windy, but everyone survived!

Lots of information in this week’s Bike Shorts. Suggest reading right to the end (no cheating).

1. Tour Director News

2. The Rides (April 16- 22)

3. New Calendar

4. Safety Tip from Monna – Check your bike

5. Diversions

6. Update on multi-day tours

7. KNBC Website


1. Tour Director News

Registration for Day Tours

What started as a trial on one or two rides, proved so popular that we've enabled it on all the April rides. The intent is to continue to use this feature for the rest of the season. It does not matter if the ride is remote or not, those intending to attend a ride will be asked to RSVP, using the "Register" button.  You can still notify the Tour Leader by email or phone, but the preferred method is by using the “Register” button located on the left side of the “Ride Details” page, of the ride on which you are registering. To avoid instances of people registering too far in advance and then forgetting about it, registration for each ride will only become available/active 2 weeks prior to the ride date. After you register for a ride, you will automatically receive an email giving you full details about the ride for which you registered. This has proven to be an excellent feature of the new website and has been extremely well received by participants and Tour Leaders alike.

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 

Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice, particularly during periods of fickle weather. Please check the Club Calendar on the website, as well as your email, prior to heading to a start location. Typically, Bike Shorts Extras will not be sent out for cancellations or short notice ride additions. Instead, cancellations and additions will be reflected on the calendar, as soon as the Tour Director or Assistant Tour Director is notified. Additionally, if a ride gets cancelled or changed, you will be notified by email, providing you have registered on it using the “Register” button.

Should you have any questions or require more information, contact the KNBC Tour Director at:

2. The Rides (April 16- 22)

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

17 April 2019 10:30 AM

*L2 - Richmond - 39 km

*L3 - Richmond - 54 km

20 April 2019 10:00 AM

*L1 - Richmond - 39 km

*L3 - Manotick - 64.5 km

21 April 2019 10:00 AM

*L1 - Manotick - 42.5 km

*L2 - Munster - Richmond - 54 km

22 April 2019 10:00 AM

*L2 - Pakenham- 56 km

*L4 - Osgoode- 75 km

3. New Calendar

Check out the ride calendars on our website, Rides & Events. To assist you in choosing a ride, we’ve given you a number of views to choose from:

Upcoming Rides & Events

Calendar – Weekly

Calendar – Monthly

Calendar – Annual

Calendar – List

Each shows you a different view of the club calendar, so use your favourite. In the Weekly and Monthly calendars, rides are highlighted in Blue while social events are Orange. From time to time we have to make changes or add rides on short notice.  We’ll highlight those in Green so you can easily pick them out. If a ride is cancelled it will highlighted in red. Clicking on any ride/event will show you the details and allow you to easily RSVP by using the “Register” button. You can scroll through the weeks and months using the arrow buttons at the top right that bracket Today. The Annual view is a really good tool for planning your summer! Enjoy.

4. Safety Tip from Monna – Check your bike

Winter toys are now away - BUT - before you take off on your first ride - PLEASE take the time to check your bike to ensure it is in safe operating condition:

Check the brakes  to confirm they are working with proper clearance and no frayed cables;

Check the gears to ensure they are shifting properly;

Clean and lubricate your chain;

Make sure that your quick releases are properly closed;

Ensure your tires are properly inflated;

Ensure any accessories (kickstands, racks, panniers, etc.) are securely fastened;

Ensure nothing is hanging loose (including clothing) that could become tangled in the gears, brakes or wheel; and

Ensure you have a working bell—it is the law.

5. Diversions

Saturday, April 20, Spring.Bike.Ottawa, Ottawa City Hall 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Join Bike Ottawa at City Hall for their annual celebration of the end of winter cycling and the start of spring! Meet up with fellow cyclists, check out the exhibitors' tables, and hear from a number of speakers on the state of cycling in Ottawa. Speakers will include Safer Roads Ottawa, Envirocentre and the NCC. 

Refreshments will be provided. There's no fee to attend but if you register
here, we'll have a better idea of how much coffee and tea we'll need! Not to mention snacks.

Thursday, May 2, Scotch: A golden dream 7 pm Cineplex Odeon South Keys

Absolutely nothing to do with cycling, but everything to do with quality of aprés-cycling.

For more than a century, Scotch whisky has been the premier international spirit of choice. With a backdrop of stunning Scottish landscapes, explore the artistic and scientific building blocks of making whisky; the stuff dreams are made of. Need to sell 17 more tickets to make it happen.

Saturday, May 4, 8th Annual Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre 'Break the Cycle' Spin-A-Thon

Join us as to 'Break the Cycle' of sexual violence at our 8th annual Spin-A-Thon to raise funds for the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre. All proceeds go directly towards supporting survivors.

Sunday May 5, CN Cycle for CHEO

The CN Cycle for CHEO is a fun, non-competitive event that offers a wide range of cycling and walking routes for people of all ages and abilities. The fully-supported urban cycling routes will be closed to traffic and will offer a unique opportunity for individuals, groups and families to safely cycle along Ottawa’s most scenic corridors, including the picturesque Sir John A. Macdonald and Aviation Parkways and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Rideau Canal with its renowned NCC tulip beds.

All events begin and end at the Canadian War Museum with post-event activities taking place on the adjacent grounds at LeBreton Flats. See:

Saturday May 11, Kingston Velo Club’s Mother Ride

The Kingston Velo Club invites all KNBC cyclists to the Second Annual “Mother Ride”, the first Century ride of the 2019 season in Eastern Ontario!

This early season, community based ride is designed to encourage all levels of riders to get out riding as early as possible. The longer distances provide a great warm up challenge for other upcoming spring events, (such as the Rideau Lakes) and the shorter rides will gather together friends and family for an early season “leg stretcher” through little known routes – a great way to motivate you for an active season of riding in 2019!

The routes include both an Imperial and Metric centuries (162  & 100 kms), a mid distance (50 kms) and a route designed for newer riders and families (16 kms). All the rides will start just north of Hwy 401 on Sydenham Road, easily accessed from all directions, with parking and facilities available.

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6. Update on multi-day tours

Prince Edward County L3 ride in June and L2 ride in August: Both are now full

While both rides are now full - wait lists are being created. Please  contact Barrie Kirk (L2) or Monna-Leigh McElveny (L3)  if you are still interested.

7. KNBC Website

Registration - You saw this first with the Winter Social. The ability to advertise, have members reserve their seat, choose their meal, and pay online greatly aided the success of this event. 

Our new ride calendar also uses this feature and can be viewed in Upcoming, Monthly, Weekly, and List form on the website under the Rides & Events main menu heading - April and May rides are showing now! Simply click on the ride of interest to open the details. The RideWithGPS link will show you the route. You can also click on the Add to my calendar link to download an ics file and add it to your calendar program.  Two weeks before the ride, registration will be available for you to sign up. Should you change your mind later, just cancel your reservation and your Tour Leader will be notified. 

Wild Apricot for Members App for your mobile phone - Android and IOS apps let you access KNBC ride information anywhere you have cellular data access. You can check rides, look up other members phone numbers if they’re lost, update your profile, even RSVP or register for events. The address in the events module is linked to Google maps so if you have a remote start, you’ll always know how to get there. The My Tickets page simply lists those Events/Rides that you’ve registered for.

If you click the My Card button, your membership card will open up so you can present it at bike shops for discounts. We encourage you to explore these new features. 

For Sale

It’s springtime and we’re all cleaning out our basements. If you have cycling related gear you’re not using and want to get rid of, consider posting it on our For Sale page, under Member Services. You can sell it or give it away. The page is self-serve and items can be listed for 3 months. 


Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC