Bike Shorts, August 17, 2020

24 Aug 2020 9:08 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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1. The Rides (Aug 18-24)

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: 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

Wednesday, August 19

L3 - Morris Island Conservation Area - 90 km

Saturday, August 22

L2 - Masson - Cumberland - 82 km

L3 - Norway Bay - 71 km

Sunday, August 23

L2 Carp – 57 km

2. Tour Director news

The executive has been experiencing some inevitable angst because participation on club rides has declined dramatically this year compared to previous years. I will not be updating my resume to add that, under my stewardship, KNBC ridership declined by 80%. However, I am looking forward to next year where there is a reasonable expectation that numbers will be up 400% from this year. There have been signs of light. The last two weekends have seen increased participation. The general public, along with many club members are riding on their own or in small groups. It is great that everyone is getting out, staying healthy and socializing while respecting the need for physical distancing. As long as everyone respects the need for physical distancing and the wearing of mask when indoors and hand washing, there should not be any health issues. In other words, while cycling outdoors, there is a low risk of transmitting or getting the COVID-19 virus.

I have no intention of twisting anyone’s arm either to lead rides or to take part in them. But any ideas that would increase ridership and that involve neither coercion nor throwing caution to the wind, would be welcome. At the end of June, we did poll the tour leaders and we received some very interesting feedback. People were being careful to restrict their social contacts. More recently, I spoke to a number of people on the phone and people are continuing to be disciplined about excess contact. There is no way that I would want to talk them out of that. I need to be careful myself.

We are making changes. We have increased the registration limit from five to seven and that probably has something to do with our increased ridership the last two weekends. However, if you want to lead a ride and are not comfortable with the increased number of people allowed, then you can set a lower limit for your ride. It is not substantially more difficult to lead club rides during COVID-19. For more information, please click on the “KNBC COVID-19 POLICIES” tab which is under the “HOME” tab on our website.

Our membership numbers are strong this year. The website shows 232 members. Last year was the only year that we had more. We have a very high renewal rate and we are continuing to get new members. There have been seven of them since June 10. Again, if you have any suggestions on how we can increase participation while keeping everyone safe and healthy, please let us know.


3. Safety tip from Monna - Pedal Position

Have you ever thought about your pedal position when crossing railway tracks, jumping curbs, or executing fast turns? When your pedal is down - there is not a lot of clearance to the asphalt. It is therefore imperative to keep the inside foot and pedal up when leaning into a turn, or in a neutral position when crossing railway tracks. If your foot and pedal are down, and touch the asphalt, or protruding tracks - you will immediately go down. Given the speeds we often attain when descending, even a slight touch of the pedal on the asphalt or rail tracks could cause a very nasty fall. Be mindful of your foot and pedal position when descending and always maintain a neutral position (both feet at same level), when crossing railway tracks, jumping curbs etc. to be safe.

4. Diversions

Article about Covid-19 Masks

Hi tech beaver homes

There is a model home with a dish on Thomas Dolan parkway.

Ontario by Bike blog: Top Cycling Routes Exploring Ontario’s National Parks & Historical Sites

Podcast: Pedalshift project

The Pedalshift Project is a series of conversations, thoughts, and experiments around the bike touring lifestyle. It's the companion show to, bringing stories from the road, interviews from fellow bike tourists, plus tips, tricks and ideas on how to tour more.

Website: Bicycle mayors

BYCS is an Amsterdam-based social enterprise driven by the belief that bicycles transform cities and cities transform the world. We work internationally with businesses, governments and non-profits to initiate and scale breakthrough ideas around cycling. Does Ottawa need a Bicycle Mayor?!

2020 Fall Writers Festival going virtual

The festival is partnering with our friends at the Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada to launch a virtual season later this month. Each week we’ll be delivering conversations in three distinct formats: Every Friday we’ll deliver a podcast featuring two to five amazing authors, every Sunday we’ll present at least one pre-recorded long-form conversation with an author and every Monday evening at 7:30 PM we’ll host a live event.

Techie app: Never get lost again

With the what3words app, it’s easy to find, share and save precise locations.

Techie article: All-In-One HD Dual Recording Helmet Camera


Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC