Bike Shorts, Nov. 2, 2020

9 Nov 2020 10:08 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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1. Safety Tip from Monna - Be prepared for the cold and the dark 

Cold-weather biking presents some unique risks. Keep your core temperature warm, and avoid hypothermia by wearing multiple layers to insulate. Toques or balaclavas, ear protectors and neck warmers will be needed, and, don't forget better protection for your feet and hands.  With the time change, and shorter days, ensure you have sufficient lights, both on the front and rear of your bike to be clearly visible. 

Be extra cautious of snow or icy conditions, and take corners slowly and carefully. If riding in a group, be sure to alert riders behind you to any hazards they might not be able to see. 

Also - don't forget to stay hydrated

2. Diversions

Discounted non-profit group rate for Gatineau Park Winter pass for 2020-21

Go to Member Services, then Gatineau Park Winter Passes – 2020 for more information.

Event: Bike Minds - Wednesday November 18th at 8pm

There will be an international group of storytellers with stories to share from Mexico, Argentina, Ecuador, Australia, and Japan.

Event: Bike Ottawa: Annual General Meeting - Wednesday November 18th, 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Article: Chocolate milk works extremely well as a post-workout drink

Article: 5 Common mechanical issues & how to fix them / GCN's Cycling Tips

Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC