Bike Shorts, Sept. 21, 2020

28 Sep 2020 9:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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1. The Rides (Sept 22-28)

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

NOTE: If a ride is full, please join the waitlist. An overflow ride will be created if numbers warrant it.

Wed. Sept 23

L2 – Munster-Richmond – 54 km

Sat. Sept. 26

L1 – Manotick – 42 km

L2 - Wakefield - 74 km

2. Safety tip from Monna - Be mindful of surface transitions

Surface transitions (i.e. pavement to gravel or sand), present a significant road hazard, causing considerable challenges to steering and handling, which may result in crashes or collisions. With sand or gravel, traction becomes variable – often described as ‘riding on ball bearings.’ Both front and back wheels become prone to slippage.

SLOW DOWN or STOP and survey the area carefully – it may be too unstable (too soft), to proceed; Ride only as fast as the conditions allow; Where there are no clear paths over the transitions, pedal smoothly or coast, steer in a straight line; Do not turn sharply over transitions; If in a group - call out and point to the road hazard, SLOW DOWN, adjust your spacing, staying well back from the person ahead of you, to facilitate clear visibility for all; and Walk bikes when necessary.

Note: two weeks ago - the Safety Tip was: "ABC Quick Check: how to ensure your bike is safe to ride everyday". Here now from CANBIKE, is an "ABC Quick Check" video (2:05):

3. Diversions

Event: Sept. 30 - Discover Your City by Bike - Virtual Workshop, 6 – 7 pm

Report: Increasing cycling in Canada: A guide to what works®i_id=74040643&segment_id=38531&te=1&user_id=c9e58aa1c8059bfa7aeeb2631969f344

Article: Symptoms of a bad bike fit

Article: Why we’re falling ‘in like’ with e-bikes

Video: Les prototypes de vélos originaux – 1941 (1:05)

Video: Caledon cycling (3:49)


Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC