Bike Shorts, Sept. 2, 2019

9 Sep 2019 11:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Happy Labour day!

1. The Rides (Sept. 3 - 9)

2. Upcoming vacancies on club executive

3. Safety tip from Monna

4. Diversions

5. KNBC Photo contest


Tour Director news

1. The Rides (Sept. 3 - 9)

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.

Sept. 04 L1 - Pointe Gatineau - 38.9 km

Sept. 04 L2 - Aylmer - 69.5 km

Sept. 04 L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

Sept. 07 L2 - Perth-Balderson - 95.0 km

Sept. 07 L4 - Portage-du-Fort - 119.2 km

Sept. 07 L5 - Portage-du-Fort - 119.2 km

Sept. 08 L3 - Pakenham-Waba-Arnprior - 84 km

Sept. 08 L4 - Pakenham-Waba-Arnprior - 84 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.

New Tour Director needed for 2020 season

It has been a very rewarding 2 years as KNBC Tour Director. Unfortunately, my schedule at work next year, combined with some other personal commitments, will make it too difficult for me to continue as Tour Director for the 2020 cycling season. I am therefore stepping down as Tour Director at the end of this cycling season. This means KNBC will need a new Tour Director. If you think you would like to step up and take on this role, please let me know at

And if you know of anyone who may make a good Tour Director, please take a moment or two to encourage them along.

Ideally we would like to have the new Tour Director identified by September. Presently, we have zero volunteers to take on this position.

2. Wanted - Members of the KNBC Executive Committee

We are starting early to fill four anticipated vacancies on our Executive for the next year and are looking for anyone who might be interested in joining the group, without which the Club cannot function. The vacancies are for Tour Director, Public Relations Director, Secretary, and Membership Director. The most critical position is Tour Director. See Peter’s comments above.

The four people leaving the executive have done a great job and have been great colleagues.

There are descriptions of the roles & responsibilities in the members’ only section of the website under executive contact info. The Membership Director position will probably change as the current website helps the club manage memberships very effectively.

If you think you might be interested, please contact Geoffrey either at or at 613 721-7074 and/or contact the individuals currently in these positions.





Just as the club cannot operate without ride leaders, it is the same situation with having a full, supportive and committed executive.

3. Safety tip from Monna - How to avoid “Dooring”

With a fatality in Ottawa, and a serious accident while we were in Picton - cyclists need to know how to navigate around parked cars. Treat them like a curb. Ride one metre from their edge, and ride in a straight line. Pick your line between blocks and do not meander back and forth to the curb.

Watch for hazards around parked cars:

Doors opening;

Pedestrians walking out between;

Tail or brake lights coming on; and

Wheels moving

Cars pulling out or into the parking space

The fine for dooring is $365 (includes victim fine surcharge and court fees) + three (3) demerit points.

4. Diversions

Video: Cycling London’s Bicycle Super Highways (8.47)

Article: The Perfect Yoga Sequence for Cyclists

Article: Things we need along our bike paths?

5. KNBC Photo Contest

Please email your photos taken during the 2019 cycling season that could spruce up our new KNBC website.

We would enjoy seeing your pictures from the Prince Edward County cycling trips and the KNBC picnic held at Britannia Beach recently.

Email them to:


Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC