Bike Shorts, August 31, 2020

7 Sep 2020 11:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Bike Shorts is published weekly. You are very welcome to suggest photos, cartoons, stories, events, links, etc. Just send your info to bikeshorts(at)

1. The Rides (Sept 1-7)

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

Sat. Sept. 5

L2 - Ottawa Valley Century - 103 km

2. Safety tip from Monna - ABC Quick check: How to ensure your bike is safe to ride everyday

We all need to get in the habit of doing an 'ABC Quick check', to ensure our bike is safe to ride BEFORE heading off, esp if we are at a remote start.

'A' - is for Air: ensure your:

  • tires are properly inflated

'B' is for Brakes: ensure your:

  • brake blocks are flat, flush, and properly positioned over wheels
  • cables not worn or frayed

'C' is for Chain: (Chain, cogs & cranks): ensure your:

  • chain is clean, lubed, adjusted and actually in position

'Quick' is for Quick Release: ensure your:

  • skewers are tight and pointed in, protected by positioning them flush with the forks

“Check” is for a final Check: Lift the bike a few inches off the ground and drop it. Listen for any loose parts, and tighten as necessary:

  • handlebar/steerer
  • seat height is adjusted properly
  • cranks and pedals are solid
  • racks, lights, bell, water bottle holder

3. Diversions

Sun., Sept 27 - Vélo Canada Bikes Virtual Annual General Meeting, 1-3 pm

Vélo Canada Bikes has had an amazing year, and Covid19 has reinvigorated the use of the bicycle while reminding Canadians that streets can be quiet. Join us for a wrap up of the year's events, including EPIC, the announcement of a National Active Transportation Strategy, the COVID19 Resiliency Fund and the latest on the Healthy Communities Fund.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 891 724 2703  Passcode: VCBBOARD

Video: The truth about getting fit (49 min.)

What's the least amount of exercise you can do and still live a long, healthy life? Using breakthrough research, this program shows you how to get fit in the smartest possible way. Can just two minutes of exercise a week make you fitter? Are heavy or light weights better for building muscle? Can physical activity improve your mental health? Find the answers that will transform the way you think about exercise.

Aired: Aug 27, 2020 Watch Until: Sep 25, 2020

Article: This high tech fitness screen might put health clubs and gyms out of business

Article: Long distance cycling report – From Paris, France to Mussoorie, India (Part 1)

Article: Why dating apps are like bicycles

Quebec rides: Le Chemin du Roy (en français)

Bike Store closing: Sport X in Smith Falls is closing in mid-September 2020


Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC