Bike Shorts, July 29, 2019

8 Aug 2019 9:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

As we hit mid season, your bike should get a once over, cleaning, tuneup, some loving attention,  etc. See our website for some bike maintenance tips.

1. The Rides (July 30 – August 5)
2. Safety tip from Monna
3. Volunteers needed at the Kanata North Summer Fest Picnic
4. Diversions
5. KNBC Photo contest


Tour Director news

1. The Rides (July 30 – August 5)

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. If a ride gets cancelled or changed, you will be notified by email, providing you have registered on it using the “Register” button.

Participants in a ride are asked to arrive 10 to 15 minutes before the ride departure time, slightly earlier if you need time to take your bike off your car. It takes time to distribute the directions and sign in for the ride, which is necessary so the tour leader knows who is on the tour. The tour leader will also make some introductory remarks concerning the route and safety tips. Members will introduce themselves, and then you'll be on your way.

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 

Please do not sign up for a ride if you do not intend to respect the speed level at which it is being offered.

Jul 31 L3 - Big Rideau Lake - 75 km
Jul 31 L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride
Aug 3 L3 - Merrickville - 74 km
Aug 3 L2 - Perkins - 68.5 km
Aug 5 L1- Swan on the Rideau - 59 km

Tour leaders are reminded to contact the Tour Director at: if any changes are required to their ride.

2. Safety tip from Monna –  Stay safe, stay back

All the "safety infrastructure green paint" in the world will NOT protect a cyclist who is unaware of the enormity of 'large vehicle blind spots', and rides beside them both at, and through intersections. The area beside a truck (between the truck and the curb), is aptly called the 'death zone'. Cyclists need to be aware of this extraordinary danger and stay out of it. If arriving first - stay in front, if not - stay well back and OUT of the drivers blind spot, and NEVER beside. Be especially mindful of the wheels (which may start turning right, WITHOUT WARNING TURN SIGNALS).
TAKE SPECIAL CARE with garbage trucks as they can be operated from both right and left sides - further increasing their blind spots. NEVER pass them on the inside, and be absolutely sure you have both sufficient time and space to pass them on the outside.
Please refer to this Share the Road video:

3. Volunteers needed to Promote KNBC at the Kanata North Summer Fest Picnic

KNBC volunteers are needed at the Kanata North Summer Fest Picnic to come out for a few hours to promote the club.

Date: 07 August
Time: 4-8 p.m.
Location: Sandwell Green Park (across the street from the Earl of March High School)

Please advise Monna at if you can come out for a few hours to promote our club.

4. Diversions

Article: Would Vision Zero work in Ottawa?

Article: This honeycomb-shaped bike helmet folds to fit in your bag

Web page: Cycling in Outaouais region

5. KNBC Photo Contest

We have received some pretty amazing photos for the first round of our photo contest. Please keep them coming.

We are a good looking group of cyclists that travel in many beautiful communities on our club rides. I am sure you have 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 second round of our club photo contest. Deadline for submission is August 5.

Portraits of your bicycles OR shots wearing the KNBC cycling jersey.
Maximum size either by dimensions (8 X 10 inches) 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.

Please Email photos to:


Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC