Bike Shorts, Sept. 23, 2019

30 Sep 2019 1:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

1. The Rides (Sept 24-30)

2. Upcoming vacancies on club executive

3. Safety tip from Monna

4. Diversions

5. KNBC Photo contest


1. The Rides (Sept 24-30)

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 25 L2 - Ashton via Old Almonte Rd. - 59.5 km

Sept 25 L3 - Wakefield – 94 km

Sept 25 L4 - Arnprior-Pakenham - 117 km

Sept 25 L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride of the Season

Sept 28 L2 - Norway Bay - 79 km

Sept 28 L3 - Norway Bay - 79 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. It might be possible to split this position into two sections: An early summer and a late summer tour director.

2. Wanted - Members of the KNBC Executive Committee

We are starting early to fill three 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, and Secretary. The most critical position is Tour Director. See Peter’s comments above. The outgoing membership director tasks will likely be combined under the treasurer position.

There are four people leaving the executive who 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. If you think you might be interested, please contact the President, 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 - Road hazards and obstacles- Point and call them out

When riding in a group, it is often difficult to see all the hazards or obstacles on the road, until it is late. In order to help others avoid accidents and incidents (falls and pinch flats) EVERYONE should call out and point to the problem (potholes, glass, gravel, sand, storm grates, poles, gates, partial and/or temporary fencing, construction obstacles etc.) as applicable.

Accident Protocol - What to do and not do, at the scene of an accident.

Ontario roads can be a hazardous place for bicyclists - with or without vehicles.

When you witness an accident involving a cyclist:

Ensure the injured cyclist is safe; Barricade the area (with your bike if necessary);

If there is a possibility of a neck or spinal injury, do NOT move them and call 911;

If conscious, and there is no risk of a neck or spinal injury - carefully remove their helmet, and do a visual helmet check;

Look for evidence that the helmet has hit the ground (scratches or gravel impregnations) on the outside, and cracks in the foam on the inside.

If you think there is a chance of a concussion or other injury; do NOT let the injured party make decisions for themselves, call 911. It is better to be safe than sorry;

They may be in shock and despite what they may say and do - they are simply not capable of making neither accurate assessments nor decisions with regard to their own health. The standard - "I am ok" should NOT be listened to; It is incumbent on the Group Leader and/or people around them, to step in, take charge and call 911 if they deem it to be necessary; and If an ambulance is called (and there was a hit to the head), ensure the helmet goes to the hospital with the injured party, to alert emergency room staff of their possible/probable head trauma; It is usually a good idea to go to the hospital after an accident as a precaution, especially if you hit your head. Regardless, it is important to follow up with your family doctor or a walk-in clinic afterwards; Complete an Accident Report Form (at the scene if possible); Contact the club President, Safety and Education Director and Tour Director; and Send the Accident Report Form to the Safety and Education Director.

4. Diversions

Meeting: Bike Ottawa Annual General Meeting

Date: Monday, Sept. 30

Time: 5:30-9:00 PM

Location: Bayview Yards - Innovation Centre, 7 Bayview Road, Ottawa

Doors open at 5:30 pm, and the program will get underway at about 6 pm. There will be sandwiches, so no need to rush home for supper. If your membership is expiring soon, you may wish to renew online now. As usual, following a program of guest speakers and some break time to socialize (that's your chance to drift away if the budgets and elections aren't your thing), we will turn to official business. A package of documents will follow. New board members will be elected at the AGM; nominations for members of the board may be sent to At this time, the open positions on the board are as follows: President, Secretary, Member at Large (2 positions). Register in advance via EventBrite:

Talk: The Joy of Human Relation - Travel By Bicycle by David Trattles

Date: Friday, Sept 27

Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Location: Mountain Equipment Co-op

Charity ride: Ride for Refuge, Saturday Oct. 5. 2019

For Sale: Bike parts, a Marin hybrid city bike and a Giant OCR2 bike. See For Sale section of member services on KNBC website.

Article: Why Strength Training is Important for Cyclists

5. KNBC Photo Contest

Please continue to send in your photos taken during the 2019 cycling season. We could possibly use them on our new KNBC website.

We would enjoy seeing your pictures from any of the multi day KNBC cycling events, any of the many bike rides or events. We all love to see the smiles of our members.

Email them to:


Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC