Bike Shorts, Sept. 9, 2019

16 Sep 2019 5:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

14 days to the Fall Equinox.  Are you ready?

1. The Rides (Sept 10 - 16)

2. Upcoming vacancies on club executive

3. Safety tip from Monna

4. Diversions

5. KNBC Photo contest


Tour Director news

1. The Rides (Sept 10 - 16)

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.

Sep 10 L3 - Plevna - 74.4 km

Sep 11 L4 - Champlain Lookout - 89 km

Sep 11 L2 - Old Gatineau - 52 km

Sep 11 L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

Sep 12 L2 - Perth-Balderson - 95.0 km

Sep 14 L1 - Chaudière Falls - 40.0 km

Sep 14 L2 - Manotick - 64.5 km

Sep 15 L3 - Brockville - 98.5 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 the President, Geoffrey Gurd 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 - Double File Sometimes - Triple File never

When cycling in Ontario, it is legal to ride double file but only when safe to do so, and only on quiet roadways—never on pathways. It is NOT legal to ride double file in Quebec. Never ride double file over a crest of a hill - and please, no triple file!

4. Diversions

Article: Both cyclists and car drivers need to develop more empathy

Article: How to improve pedaling efficiency

Book: In praise of the bicycle (2019), Marc Augé & Teresa Lavender Fagan

Augé takes us on a two-wheeled ride around our cities and on a personal journey into ourselves. We all remember the thrill of riding a bike for the first time and the joys of cycling. Here he reminds us that these memories are not just personal, but rooted in a time and a place, in a history that is shared with millions of others.

Part memoir, part manifesto, Augé's book celebrates cycling as a way of reconnecting with the places in which we live, and, ultimately, as a necessary alternative to our disconnected world. On order at Ottawa Public Library.

Upcoming non-cycling events

Mòshkamo: Indigenous Arts Festival, Sept. 11-29

Prismatic Festival (Ottawa), Sept. 12-22

Ottawa Architecture Week, Sept 30-Oct. 6

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