Bike Shorts, May 6, 2019

13 May 2019 12:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

This week in Bike Shorts:

1. Tour Director news

2. The Rides (May 7-13)

3. Safety tip from Monna

4. Diversions

5. KNBC website


1. Tour Director news

Registration for Day Tours

With the registration feature working well beyond our expectations, we will now be asking that you RSVP for any ride you will be attending. It does not matter if the ride is remote or not. Those intending to attend any ride, regardless of the start location, will be asked to RSVP, using the "Register” button in the ride details. 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. You may also receive notices by email from your tour leader, if there are any last minute changes, cancellations, special instruction etc. 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 (May 7-13)

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.

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

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

8 May 2019

L3 - Manotick - 59 km

11 May 2019

L1 - Manotick - 42.5 km

L2 - Manotick - 59.5 km

L3 - North Gower - 68.3 km

L4 - Osgoode-North Gower - 84.5 km

12 May 2019

L3 - Champlain Lookout - 65 km

L2 - Perth - 78.5 km

KNBC Riding Skills Clinic

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

3. Safety tip from Monna – signal and/or call out your intentions

It is imperative to communicate your intention to stop, change lanes, turn, and/or generally manoeuvre around traffic, other cyclists, pedestrians, obstacles, construction etc.

·         Use an open palm with spread fingers for maximum visibility (it is a signal NOT a point);

·         Straighten up on the bike – if you are too bent over,  it may be difficult for others to actually see the signal

·         Shoulder check BEFORE signalling, while maintaining straight line riding;

·         Return your hands to your handlebars when crossing or turning at an intersection;

There are two methods to signal “right turning”. The decision of which to use is situational: Ask yourself “on what side of me, is the intended audience” (i.e. is there traffic merging from the right) and signal accordingly.

When intending to pass another cyclist, first ensure it is safe to do so. Then, pass only on the left, NEVER on the right and warn the other cyclist by clearly stating 'passing on your left'. Give them sufficient space to avoid a wobble from being startled.

4. Diversions

Tuesday, May 7, SWEET shopping night.

Tuesday, May 14, Bike Day on the Hill at 4:30.  Do the ride or Volunteer

We bring parliamentarians and cycling citizens together to promote safe cycling and physical activity. We are inviting folks to come for an easy 6 km ride followed by a barbecue in the East Block.

I am looking for volunteers. Can you help?    

Here is what we need:

·         marshals on the route (cycling job)

·         registration (sitting job)

·         social media (photo job)

·         BBQ (cooking job)

It is about a 3 hour commitment on the day. Can you help?

If you would rather participate in the ride please register and bring your family and friends!  I would also appreciate if you could post, tweet, circulate etc. to your networks. Facebook is and Twitter is @NHFDCAN with the hashtag #NHFDcan. 

Sue Holloway

National Health and fitness Day /Journée nationale de l'activité physique

Project Coordinator/coordinatrice de projet


Article: When You Hit the Wall: Bonking vs. Fatigue vs. Cramping

Video: Cyclist chased by an ostrich

5. KNBC Website

When registering for a ride, please DO NOT clear the Show registration on event registrants list box. Our Tour Leaders are using this information to create their rider lists and notify members in case of changes.  Where we notice this we will clear the box so our Tour Leaders will have this information.

Don’t forget to download the mobile app for your phone. With the mobile apps, you can look up rides, see where to go, and even register for a ride by phone. IOS and Android available.


Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC