Bike Shorts, June 15, 2020

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1. The Rides (June 16-22)

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. Cancellations and additions will be reflected on the calendar, as soon as the Tour Director or Assistant Tour Director is notified. Additionally, if a ride gets cancelled or changed, you will be notified by email.

Tour leaders are reminded to contact the Tour Director at: tour-director(at)

if any changes are required to their ride.

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

17 June 2019

L2 – Richmond for coffee – 54 km

21 June 2019

L2 - Ottawa Valley Loop – 50 km

Should you have any questions or require more information, contact the KNBC Tour Director at: tour-director(at)

2. Tour Director News

In order to reduce the possibility of contacting Covid-19, we are limiting rides to 5 registrants plus the leader, for a total of 6. Whatever the limit, we will need more rides and more leaders. To encourage more rides, we will schedule rides on any day of the week. In July, when CCCTS starts riding, we will not schedule Tuesday and Thursday rides because we don’t want to interfere with their program. Until then any day of the week is fine to schedule a KNBC ride.

If more than 5 register for a ride, then there will be a waiting list. If someone steps forward to lead an overflow ride, then an additional 5 can ride. The overflow ride will start half an hour before or after the regular ride. We can’t have 12 people milling around at the start. That would violate the government regulations prohibiting more than 10 people congregating. The only thing that limits this process is the number of people who volunteer to lead overflow rides. We could have several versions of the same ride, each separated by half an hour.

This brings up the question of who is going to volunteer to lead these overflow rides. Obviously, those who have registered will be the primary candidates. Each of us has to consider leading rides. The alternative is not being able to do rides that you want. If you have a smart phone, then get in the habit of downloading rides on your phone and navigate with your phone, even if you are not the leader. After you have done this a couple of times, you should be able to step forward when we need leaders for overflow rides.

Everyone who participates in KNBC rides this year needs a mask (or face covering) and hand sanitizer. If you are going to lead rides, you will also need disposable gloves, sanitizing wipes or spray, and a first aid kit. When I went to the Superstore, they were out of Lysol wipes, but they did have the Lysol sanitizing spray. I bought the last box of gloves at Shoppers Drug Mart. They were one size fits all and, to my delight, I actually got my hand into one. The box has 50 gloves, so, if you don’t have gloves, I’m happy to give you a couple.

There are a lot of things we can’t take for granted this year. That includes restaurants, water and bathrooms. For myself, I intend to steer clear of restaurants. You can’t use public fountains to refill your water bottles. The water fountain at Gamelin, which we frequent whenever we ride in the Gatineau Park, is boarded up so that we can’t use it, we can’t touch it and we can’t see it. At first I thought that the NCC was being obnoxious. Then I realized that, if I could twist the knob on that fountain, I and hundreds of others would be touching it every day. The knob is made of metal; metal retains the virus for a long time. If any of those hundreds had the virus, that fountain could infect a large number of people. Thank heaven the NCC has thought it through.

In my view, each of us should carry everything we need for the day. That includes all food and all water. On an 80k ride on a hot humid day, I need 4 water bottles to be sure that I don’t run dry. It’s a no brainer that I’m going to be riding with a saddle bag this year. We are all going to be carrying a lot of extra stuff. If a saddle bag doesn’t work for you, you might need to cram lots into the pockets on your bike shirt, and/or purchase a light back pack.

Bathrooms are going to be a problem. For context, here’s an article on the current trend of public urination in American cities:

Ride leaders are asked to think about bathroom opportunities on their rides. It is inevitable that occasions will arise where we just have to do it in the bushes. Take comfort, if you can, in the knowledge that most of our forebears did this as a matter of course and that it remains the norm for half of humanity to this day. Using leading edge archeological methods, scientists have recently determined that there were no toilets in the Garden of Eden.

3. Safety tip from Monna - Be careful when leaving the road for an "environmental study"

With so many restrooms closed - it has become increasing necessary to conduct off road "Environmental studies". We not only need to be mindful of poison, oak, poison ivy and ticks - we now have to be very weary of coming in contact with Giant Hogweed.

When combined with sunlight, sap from this plant can cause extreme skin irritation, temporary or permanent blindness and scarring. Burns can continue to cause painful blisters when exposed to sunlight for up to a decade. It looks like giant Queen's Anne Lace:

4. Diversions

How to chose a non-medical face mask

When choosing (or making), a non-medical face mask, do not lose sight of its purpose: to provide protection from a biological hazard spread via droplets when an infected person coughs on you, or you touch residual droplets somewhere and then touch your nose or mouth - ergo why we are washing our hand so frequently, and maintaining physical distancing. The shell (outside) of non-medical masks should be made from tightly woven (NOT KNIT), cotton fabric to resist the penetration of droplets. Knitted fabric, can actually wick the droplets towards your face.

With regard to the design, needle impregnation, causes holes (albeit small from sewing), which can actually allow biological hazards to penetrate. If you have ever slept in an old fashioned canvas tent in the rain - you know (by the puddles in your tent in the morning), that moisture seeps in through the seams. Designs that feature a seam right down the middle, actually put the area (nose and mouth), at risk that we are trying to protect. A pleated design is a safer option. And - the mask is to be worn with the pleats down (on the outside).

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KNBC’s FaceBook page

KNBC has a Group Facebook page. Many of you are cycling in small groups and physically distancing for sure! Join our KNBC Facebook page by simply clicking on the icon "join" just below the group photo. Join our Facebook Group, take photos and post them on our Group page. Or send them to Michèle Dextras at mdextras8(at) and she will post them. Share your adventures!

This is the link.


Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC