Bike shorts, april 22, 2019

29 Apr 2019 2:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

This week in Bike Shorts:


This is a heads up to any Bell subscribers with or email addresses. Mid April Bell started rejecting email coming from our systems servers. (The technical term is we’ve been grey listed) Wild Apricot is aware of the issue, which is strictly a Bell problem. In the meantime, when messages fail, we try to identify them and re-send them, which works. Unfortunately, if you need to reset a password, the delays caused make that impossible. If you’re in this situation and need a password reset, email and we’ll take care of it.

1. Tour Director news

2. The Rides (April 23-29)

3. New this season: KBNC Riding Skills Clinic

4. Safety Tip from Monna

5. Diversions

6. Update on multi-day tours

7. KNBC website

8. Ridewithgps


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.

2. The Rides (April 23-29)

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. 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:

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

24 April 2019 10:00 AM

*L1 - Ashton - 52.5 km

*L2 - Ashton - 52.5 km

*L3 - Ashton - 52.5 km

27 April 2019 10:00 AM

*L2 - Merrickville - 50.5 km

*L3 - Carleton Place - 76 km

28 April 2019 10:00 AM

*L1 - Swan on the Rideau - 40 km

*L2 - Manotick - 59 km

*L3 - Becketts Landing - 57.3 km

3. New this season: KBNC Riding Skills Clinic

What to be safer on the road? Be more social when riding with a group? Have more fun? In this 3-hour clinic, we’ll practice basic skills to help you ride safer with more confidence. We’ll also learn basic group riding skills, so we can be more comfortable riding together as a group. The clinic is for both new and experienced KNBC members. It involves lots of drills with practice, and accommodates cyclists with a wide range skills and abilities. The format of the clinic is one of fun, and play.

What to expect:

  • Fun, simple, on-bike drills to help improve your riding;
  • Easy riding at a slower pace. No fast or “scary” stuff;
  • Much of the session will be in a parking lot, followed b an approx.. 45 minute ride around the community for group practice;
  • The drills all have variants to accommodate a wide range of abilities. It’s up to you to decide your own comfort zone and challenge level. We expect “nervous beginners”. And we really encourage experienced “high skills” riders to attend and practice their skills…. everyone will learn something new;
  • The group riding portion is about riding safe and socially in a group. It’s not a course in “drafting”. (But this training is a good prerequisite for learning how to draft effectively);
  • Questions and discussion around riding skills, appropriate cycling equipment, etc. are encouraged throughout the session;
  • Small class size: Maximum 10 people per session, More sessions to be added if required.

What to bring:

  • You and your bike in safe operating condition and your helmet, ready to ride. Bring a water bottle and a snack.

When & Where:

  • All Saints High School, 5115 Kanata Ave, east parking lot.
  • Sunday May 5, 9:00 AM
  • Sunday May 12, 1:00 PM
  • If it’s rainy weather, we’ll cancel and re-schedule.

To register:

  • Register on-line using the KNBC rides calendar on the website.
  • Questions? Contact Bill

About the leader:

  • Bill Bourne is a trained cycling coach under the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) at the Community Initiation (This class!) and Introduction to Competition Levels. He is also a trained CanBike instructor. Bill’s a coach in the Ottawa Bicycle Club’s Youth Development Program, and is a coach for the OBC’s Introduction to Group Riding, and Advanced Riding Skills Clinics for adults.
4. Safety Tip from Monna – Be careful when riding the NCC mult-use pathways

As the weather improves, be careful when riding the NCC mult-use pathways. There are still sections of flooding, also some remaining snow and ice, and generally lots of gravel, debris and ongoing tree-cutting/clearing operations. Add to this the volume of eclectic traffic: pedestrians, baby strollers, toddlers, senior citizens, dog walkers, joggers, roller-bladers, wheelchairs, and Canada geese.

PLEASE respect the speed limit of 20 kilometers per hour, ride in single file, and ring your bell and call out "passing on your left" as you pass other pathway users. If you wish to go faster - PLEASE go on the road.

5. Diversions

Thursday, April 25, How to Change and Avoid Flat Tires 6-7 pm

Bushtukah, Stittsville

Saturday & Sunday, May 4 and 5, Helmet Discount weekend

Ottawa Public Health is partnering with sports retailers across Ottawa to offer you a discount on helmets – for the 8th year in a row! See link below for a list of retailers.

Wednesday May 8, Urban Cycling Workshop / Atelier de Cyclisme urbain 7-8 pm

Richcraft Recreation Complex, 4101 Innovation Dr, Kanata, Ontario K2K 0J3

EnviroCentre, in cooperation with the Kanata North Transportation Committee, will be presenting an urban cycling workshop, offering tips on route planning in your neighbourhood, best practices for becoming a confident rider and addressing the concerns and benefits of commuting by bike.

We will discuss local infrastructure and talk through how to use the following:

  • Bike boxes – what are they and how to use them.
  • Separated cycling facilities (one directional and bi-directional) – how they differ and safe cycling tips.
  • The “Copenhagen Left” – a simple two stage turning technique that reduces risks to cyclists making a left turn.
  • General best practices for ensuring visibility while cycling on the road.
  • Bike to Transit

Saturday, June 1, Life Cycle Bike Ride

The Life Cycle Bike Ride is an annual event whose goal is to raise funds in support of the Hospice at May Court. It is a bicycle ride open to individuals of all ages, and runs for 50 KM, beginning at the Club on Cameron Ave and proceeding through the Experimental Farm, over the Champlain Bridge to the Aylmer Marina and returning to the Club, followed by a barbecue in the Garden. Maps and water stations are provided. T-shirts are available to order at the time of registration and the day of the ride.

Saturday, June 8, Navy Bike Ride

9 am start at National research Council on 100 Sussex Dr. It’s only 40 km, for a good cause, and you can buy a great bike jersey for $55.00 plus tax.

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. See membership directory for their email addresses.

7. KNBC Website


The ride registration system has been a tremendous success. On the inaugural club ride April 13, there were a total of 58 riders and leaders out for the 4 scheduled rides - that must be some kind of record! It was quite the windy day, but it was good to get out.

As a side effect of this success, we’ve had to restrict our club calendar to Members Only. Leaving registration open to the general public was causing us a few problems. As a compromise to those looking to target a ride as a guest, we’ll be maintaining a list of rides on the home page, but there will be no links to register. If you’re looking for the calendars, you’ll have to log in to see them.

When looking for a ride to join, try the Detailed List view. You can scroll through all the upcoming rides and view the descriptions. The Register button is right there if you get the urge. A reminder that registration is automatically enabled 2 weeks before the ride. Check the calendar frequently in case of changes (green) and/or cancellations (red).

New Pages

We’re always looking for new content to add to our site. One suggestion was to add some maintenance tips, which we’ve done. Check out Maintenance Tips under Safety & Education. There are links to various videos that we’ve used to change tires, index gears, wrap handlebars, etc.


Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC