Bike Shorts, August 12, 2019

19 Aug 2019 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

1. The Rides (August 13 - 19)

2. Safety tip from Monna

3. CAN-BIKE Level 4 Training

4. KNBC Annual Picnic

5. Update on home addresses in the Member Directory

6. Diversions

7. KNBC Photo contest


Tour Director News - The Rides (Aug 13-19)

Please note the new 6 pm start time for the Wednesday evening mystery rides.

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.

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.

Aug 14 L1 - 2 Rivers & A Canal - 43.5 km

Aug 14 L3 - Becketts Landing - 85.5 km

Aug 14 - Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride – 6 pm start

Aug 17 L3 - Brockville - 98.5 km

Aug 17 L1 - Lunch Ride - 25 km

Aug 18 L2 - Carleton Place - 76 km

Aug 18 L3 - Wakefield - 117 km

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.

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

2. Safety tip from Monna – No "Dancing" at Intersections

With 80% of bike accidents occurring at intersections, this is NOT the time nor place to do the "balance dance"; staying clipped in, while waiting for the light to change. The wobble factor, a sudden gust of wind, another cyclist or a vehicle in close proximity, can contribute to a potential fall - for you or others near you. PLEASE unclip when approaching an intersection and put a foot down as necessary.

3. CAN-BIKE Level 4 Training for KNBC members

What is CANBIKE and who is it for?

CANBIKE is designed for cyclists to increase their abilities and their knowledge of how to ride effectively through all forms of traffic infrastructure. Participants will gain confidence and competence on both urban and rural roadways. You will learn the rules of the road, and what being a vehicle under the Highway Traffic Act actually means as a cyclist.

CANBIKE is for new and experienced cyclists alike! Everyone comes away with increased awareness on the road! The course is conducted and tested both in the classroom and on the road.

Course Dates:

Mon 09 Sep, Wed 11 Sep & Thurs 12 Sep

Course Duration: Three evenings; 5:45 pm to 10:00 pm inclusive.

Course Location: Causeway Work Centre; 22 O’Meara Street Ottawa ON, K1Y 4N6

Cost: Only $55.

Please note, $55 will be refunded on completion of leading one KNBC ride.

Please bring: Bicycle in good working condition with a bell or horn and a front light;

Bike is not required Day 1, but, on Day 2 and 3 please come ready to ride;

Approved bicycle helmet;

Snacks and a water bottle.

Questions: If there are any questions, contact Monna-Leigh McElveny at

4. Sunday August 25, 3:30 – 6:00 pm - KNBC Annual Picnic

Mark it on your calendar as plans are underway for the annual KNBC picnic which is scheduled, rain or shine, for Sunday 25 August starting at 3:30 at the Trolley Station, Britannia Bay Park. The club will provide hamburgers and sausages and would welcome any salads or desserts you might care to bring. We are looking for at least 4 volunteer “chefs” who can take turns running the BBQs. Look for an invitation email, or log onto the KNBC website and RSVP your plans so we can ensure there will be enough food! Any questions can be sent to Janet Clark

5. Update on home addresses in the Member Directory.

Here’s an update regarding last weeks option to remove addresses from our Member Directory. On further reflection the Executive decided to remove addresses entirely from the directory. While useful in the past, we saw no real need for it today. If anybody needs an address for a pickup, then a simple phone call or email exchange can accomplish that. Let us know if you have any questions.

6. Diversions

Mid-Season Bicycle Check-Up

How to Catch Back Up on a Group Bicycle Ride

Biking the circumference of Ottawa (304 km)

7. KNBC Photo Contest

Please keep the photos coming for our third round of the photo contest.

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 third round of our club photo contest. Deadline for submission is August 25.

Portraits of you and your bicycle overcoming obstacles and shots of groups 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