Bike Shorts, July 1, 2019

8 Jul 2019 5:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

1. The Rides (July 2 - 8)

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 at: 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

July 03 L2 - Arnprior Triple Play - 69 km

July 03 L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

July 06 L1 - 4 Beaches - 45 km

July 07 L2 - Masson & Cumberland - 80 km

July 07 L3 - Pakenham-Waba-Renfrew-Arnprior - 112 km

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

2. Safety tip from Monna – Riding in the heat

When riding in hot weather – steer clear of the ‘repair areas’ of cracks and paving seams.  They are injected with hot tar or asphalt, which tends to soften considerable in the heat. This can actually 'grab and trap' your tires, much like railway track, and cause a very sudden nasty fall.

Also - to avoid 'bonking', don't forget to carry sufficient water and drink BEFORE you are thirsty and eat BEFORE you are hungry.

3. Diversions

Article: Snacks while riding

Article: End Bike Theft Ottawa -529 Garage

Article: 15 mind-blowing bike projects to make you hate your regular bike lane

Video: Max Max Ride - post-apocalyptic themed bike parade

2020 Multi-day cycling tour of UK: Seeking expressions of interest

KNBC L2 Ride in England
Barrie Kirk is doing early-stage research for a 2-week L2 KNBC bike tour around part of England in Spring 2020. It will be a typical Barrie-style L2 tour with stops for touristy things and pub lunches. The ride will make extensive use of the Sustrans biking and hiking network -- 25,000 km of trails and bike-friendly roads all over the UK -- but we will only need a small part of this.  See  At this time, Barrie does not know the exact dates, the cost, or the route (except it will likely be in the southern part of England).  It will be a touring ride, but no decision yet on whether it will be self-supported or if we will have a sag wagon. In some places, we may spend 2-3 nights in one place and do hub-and-spoke rides before moving on. There will also be rest days so we can be tourists with little or no biking.

If you are interested (no commitment at this time) and want to be on the mailing list for more information, please write to

4. KNBC Website

Member Forum

We've added a new member forum for members to ask questions and discuss ideas. Topics include things like setting up impromptu rides, giving feedback on rides, suggestions for potlucks or pool parties, ideas for new rides, best lights for a bike, issues with bike paths, etc. You can subscribe to the forum or individual topics and receive updates on an immediate, daily or weekly basis. Creating a topic is as simple as clicking the Create Topic button.

The club executive reserves the right to moderate and review all topics and submissions. This is not a spot to have political debates or argue one's point. You can find it under the Member Services menu. Let us know what you think.

5. KNBC Photo contest

We have a volunteer to run a photo contest to showcase the skills and aesthetics of our KNBC members. We are a good looking group of cyclists that travel in many beautiful communities on our club rides. I am sure there are many cool photos you have on our phones that have been taken during club rides. There is nothing more beautiful than the sight of smiling cyclist commuting on two wheels; share them and let us see!  You could win a prize and have your photo placed on the front of our new jazzy website.

Themes for this first round: Portraits of cyclists (head shots) OR close-up shots of bikes or bike-related equipment

Maximum size either by dimensions (1200 x 1800 pixels) or file size (max. 6 mb)

Format: jpeg

Colour or Black & White

In your submission: include your last name in title of photo file and indicate where you took the photo.

Photos must have been taken in 2019

Please remember that KNBC strives to achieve high standards of safety and courtesy among its members; please take this into consideration when taking your photos.

Submission Deadline:  July 15th

Email your photos to:


Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC