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  • 11 Oct 2021 3:48 PM | 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)knbc.ca

    Quote of the week:

    “Cycling is possibly the greatest and most pleasurable form of transport ever invented. It’s like walking only with one-tenth of the effort. Ride through a city and you can understand its geography in a way that no motorist, contained by one-way signs and traffic jams, will ever be able to. You can whiz from one side to the other in minutes. You can overtake £250,000 sports cars that are going nowhere fast. You can park pretty much anywhere. It truly is one of the greatest feelings of freedom once can have in a metropolitan environment. It’s amazing you can feel this free in a modern city.”

    Daniel Pemberton, from The Book of Idle Pleasures (2008)

    1. KNBC Annual General Meeting

    IMPORTANT: The Annual General Meeting of KNBC on November 2 will be an online event using Zoom. You will have to buy your own pizza and beer for the meeting. More information to come next week.

    2. The Rides (Oct. 5 - 11)

    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 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@knbc.ca 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 https://knbc.ca/page-18460

    Tuesday, Oct. 5

    L1 - Quitters Coffee - 29 km

    Wednesday, Oct. 6
    L2 Norway Bay – 105 km
    L3 Wakefield – 76 km
    L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride
     
    Thursday, Oct. 7

    L3 Almonte – 80 km

    Saturday, Oct. 9

    L1 - Old Gatineau - 48 km

    Sunday, Oct. 10

    L2 - Carleton-Almonte Short Promenade - 47 km

    3. Tour Director News

    Check out the event calendar and find a ride to join and enjoy. If there is nothing that suits your interest or level, send me a request for a specific ride and level and I will try my best to schedule it before the end of the season. I can be reached at tour-director@knbc.ca

    I urge current, past and potential new tour leaders to consider submitting ride proposals. The immediate goal is to get as many rides scheduled for next week as possible. Ride proposals for the upcoming week that are received by Sunday will be included in Bike Shorts. Suggestions on ways to improve our ride offering would also be greatly appreciated.

    Note the weekend shuttles

    The fall schedule for the Gatineau Park parkways is in effect. The parkways will be open for active use on weekdays until noon. During weekends in October and Thanksgiving Monday, active users should note that the Fall Rhapsody shuttles will be using the parkways after 9 am on Saturdays and Sundays. Motor vehicles will be permitted from noon until 30 minutes after sunset. Check our schedule for more information.

    https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places/gatineau-park-parkways-schedule

    4. Safety Tip from Monna – Be mindful of surface transitions 

    Surface transitions (i.e. pavement to gravel), can 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. 

    5. Diversions

    Member question: Paul Dobrovolny is asking if anyone has cycled on Les Iles de la Madeleine?

    Here is a link to a 7 day cycling package departing from Montreal.

    https://www.croisieresctma.ca/en/select-your-cruise/all-inclusive-packages-to-the-islands/cycling-package

    If you can help, please contact Paul Dobrovolny paul_dobrovolny(at)yahoo.com

    Video: Wild and dangerous cycling down multiple stairs (2:52)

    https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=search&v=467844097202763&external_log_id=cc9b3d53-2b5f-4e66-b7a1-e207a68dd099&q=cycling

    Video: Dog guarding and then riding on a bicycle (0:57)

    https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=saved&v=417441539806413

    Video: Artistic cycling from Spain’s Got Talent? show (4:38)

    https://www.facebook.com/gottalentglobal/videos/900803863857678

    Website: 17 restaurants along the Rideau canal you need to try

    https://southeasternontario.ca/bucket_lists/bucket-list-13-restaurants-along-the-rideau-canal-you-need-to-try/

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 11 Oct 2021 3:46 PM | 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@knbc.ca

    Quote of the week: “Riding bicycles will not only benefit the individual doing it, but the world at large.”Udo E. Simonis, Emeritus Professor of Environmental Policy at the Science Centre, Berlin, January 2010

    1. The Rides (Sept 28 – Oct. 4)

    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 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@knbc.ca 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 https://knbc.ca/page-18460

    Tuesday, Sept. 28

    L2 - Carleton Place - 78 km

    L3 - Carleton Place - 70 km

    Wednesday, Sept. 29

    L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

    L3 - Spencerville - 102 km

    Thursday, Sept. 30

    L1 - Richmond - 36 km

    L3 - Champlain via Fortune - 75 km

    Saturday, Oct. 2

    L1 - Wheelers Pancake House - 48 km

    L2 - Mont Cascade - 65 km

    Sunday, Oct. 3

    L2 - Arnprior-Renfrew-Burnstown - 95 km

    L3 - Wheeler's Pancake House- 91 km

    2. Tour Director News

    Ramblings

    Cooler weather and great cycling conditions have arrived. Check out the event calendar and find a ride to join and enjoy. If there is nothing that suits your interest or level, send me either a ride proposal or a request for a specific ride and level and I will try my best to schedule it. I can be reached at tour-director(at)knbc.ca

    I urge current, past and potential new tour leaders to consider submitting ride proposals. The immediate goal is to get as many rides scheduled for next week as possible. Ride proposals for the upcoming week that are received by Sunday will be included in Bike Shorts. Suggestions on ways to improve our ride offering would also be greatly appreciated.

    Given the COVID situation, we have managed to offer a good variety of rides this year but the load has been carried by a relatively small number of dedicated tour leaders. In order to offer more rides and a better variety, we need more active tour leaders. If you are interested in becoming a tour leader either for the remainder of this season or next year, please contact me at the email noted above. The club will provide tour leader training as well as course material and mentoring.

    Some confusion has been caused by a calendar ride being annotated “Registration is closed”. This simply means that registration is not yet open.

    NCC update

    Starting September 25, the Gatineau Park Parkways will be open for active use daily until noon, and then shared with motor vehicles from noon until 30 minutes after sunset.

    https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/news/celebrating-record-summer

    Starting at 8 pm on September 6, 2021, until October 11, 2021, Colonel By Drive will be open for active use on weekends only (including Labour Day and Thanksgiving), 8 am to 4 pm, from Daly Avenue to Canal Woods Terrace.

    3. Safety Tip from Monna – Pack Antihistamines and 'After-Bite'

    For whatever reason - it is a bad year for insect bites and wasp stings - and, reactions seem to be more severe. I experienced this personally last week.

    I recommend carrying 'After-Bite' to minimize the sting and an antihistamine to reduce the reaction. Failing that - applying ice can help.

    4. Diversions

    COVID-19 update: expanded capacity limits

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/covid-19-ontario-september-24-2021-1.6188154?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar

    Article: Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy on bikes and strengthening bonds in the music community

    https://cyclingmagazine.ca/sections/feature/blue-rodeos-jim-cuddy-on-bikes-and-strengthening-bonds-in-the-music-community/

    Book: The midlife cyclist: The road map for the +40 rider who wants to train hard, ride fast and stay healthy by Phil Cavell (2021)

    Video: How to download the QR code for your proof of vaccination (1:45)

    https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=2286667

    Video: Cute idea for kids to bike at home (0:18)

    https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=saved&v=2676170162688923

    Video: The amazing way bicycles change you (TED talk) (17:17)

    https://youtu.be/KTT7i3SKpMQ

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 27 Sep 2021 2:19 PM | 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)knbc.ca

    Quote of the week: “In the context of the great debates about identity politics – are you gay or straight, nationalist or republican, British or English and so on – I would ask, “Do you ride a bike?” I love everything about the machine – the sensation of the tyres on the road, the mobility – and I love the fact that you have this intimate relationship with the elements, and the landscape.” Beatrix Campbell, British writer

    1. The Rides (Sept 21-27)

    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 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@knbc.ca 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 https://knbc.ca/page-18460

    Tuesday, September 21

    L2 - Carp - 43 km

    Wednesday September 22

    L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

    Saturday September 25

    L1 - Burritts Rapids- 48 KM

    L2 - Arnprior Burnstown White Lake - 105 KM

    Sunday September 26

    L1 - Manotick-Barrhaven - 45 KM

    L3 - Westport - 83 KM

    2. Tour Director News

    Ramblings

    Before heading out for a club ride, check your bike, tire inflation and wear. There has been a rash of flat tires recently on club rides. Members are reminded that they should always carry at least one spare tube and/or a patch kit when riding. Although on day tours usually someone will have a small tire pump it is a good idea to carry your own. CO2 inflators are an option, they work well but they are a one shot device.

    Ride Proposals

    Cooler weather and better cycling conditions are finally here. I urge current, past and potential new tour leaders to consider submitting ride proposals. The immediate goal is to get as many rides for next week as possible. Ride proposals for the upcoming week that are received by Sunday will be included in Bike Shorts. Please send your ride proposals to tour-director(at)knbc.ca

    4. 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, and in good shape with no cuts or abrasions; 'B' is for Brakes: ensure your brake blocks are flat, flush, and properly positioned over wheels; 'C' is for Chain: (Chain, cogs & cranks and cables): ensure your chain is clean, lubed, adjusted and actually in position. Also ensure all cables are not worn or frayed; 'Quick' is for Quick Release: ensure your skewers are tight and pointed in, protected by positioning them flush with the forks; and '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; and
    • racks, lights, bell, water bottle holder(s).

    https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=723652201812784

    5. Diversions

    Article: Cycling cities: How can cities build capacity to reshape urban transport

    https://www.uva.nl/en/shared-content/faculteiten/en/faculteit-der-maatschappij-en-gedragswetenschappen/news/2021/08/cycling-cities.html?origin=AppJqzAtTlW0Tg8NglebEA&cb

    Article: Cyclists’ stress levels could improve road safety

    https://www.freethink.com/technology/road-safety

    Photo article: This simple photography tip will help you beat your creative rut

    https://www.thephoblographer.com/2021/08/22/this-simple-photography-tip-will-help-you-beat-your-creative-rut/

    Video: Wheels attached to shoes! (1:00)

    https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=saved&v=549982409543209

    Video: Vélo Québec - Le bon monde de la Route verte, Outaouais (en français) (10:05)

    https://youtu.be/Q9fWCZlD8xQ

    Video: Heineken ad – Worlds apart: An experiment. (4:25) 

    https://youtu.be/dKggA9k8DKw

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 20 Sep 2021 11:37 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)knbc.ca

    Quote of the week: "It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle." Ernest Hemingway

    1. The Rides (Sept 14-20)

    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 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)knbc.ca 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 https://knbc.ca/page-18460

    Tuesday, Sept. 14: L3 - Portage-du-Fort - 108 km

    Wednesday, Sept. 15: L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

    Saturday, Sept. 18: L1 – Rockcliffe Ottawa South – 43 km; L2 - Burritts Rapids - 70 km

    2. Tour Director News

    NCC news

    Starting September 25, the Gatineau Park Parkways will be open for active use daily until noon, and then shared with motor vehicles from noon until 30 minutes after sunset.

    https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/news/celebrating-record-summer

    Starting at 8 pm on September 6, 2021, until October 11, 2021, Colonel By Drive will be open for active use on weekends only (including Labour Day and Thanksgiving), 8 am to 4 pm, from Daly Avenue to Canal Woods Terrace.

    3. Safety Tip from Monna – Safe Cycling in the Rain 

    While we don't often plan to cycle in the rain, we often get caught. Here are a few tips to help us stay safe and in control. 

    • Wear glasses to protect your eyes from flying water, mud and road grit. Yellow or orange lenses will increase contrast and help with depth perception to make out lumps and bumps in the road more easily; and 
    • Avoid puddles, as they may be hiding a deep rut or pothole 
    • Drop your tire pressure by about 15 – 20 psi to get more grip on the road; 
    • Watch out for slippery patches. Avoid and do not brake or suddenly turn on painted lines, oil slicks, gravel, sand and grass clippings; 
    • Control your speed and avoid hard braking. Anticipate where you might need to stop or slow down, and do it slowly and well in advance, gradually decelerating; 
    • Take care when cornering; anticipate and reduce your speed before entering the turn; and 
    • Ride consistently and predictably to prevent riders around you having to brake suddenly, skid out or crash.

    4. Diversions

    Ride to Turn the Tide – Corrected link to make a donation

    Thirteen KNBC members are cycling on Wednesday to raise money for the Grandmother to Grandmother Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which raises money for grannies in Sub-Saharan Africa who are raising grandchildren orphaned by the HIV-AIDS pandemic. These brave and resilient women have been negatively impacted by the Covid-19 Pandemic and need our support more than ever. Participants had the choice of three routes of 50 km, 75 km or 100 km. Click on Ride to Turn the Tide to make a donation, either on the TEAM page or on that of one of our members. You will also be able to see how much money we have raised already.

    Survey: Eastern Ontario Transportation Plan

    https://www.ontario.ca/form/survey-eastern-ontario-transportation-plan

    Discover the region article: Capital gems

    http://www.capitalgems.ca/

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 6 Sep 2021 8:59 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)knbc.ca

    Quote of the week: “Bicycles are the indicator species of a community, like shellfish in a bay.” P. Martin Scott

    1. The Rides (Aug 31 – Sept 6)

    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 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)knbc.ca 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 https://knbc.ca/page-18460

    Tuesday August 31: L2 - Manotick-Osgoode - 55 km

    Wednesday September 1: L1 - Ottawa Monuments Tour - 35 km

    L3 - Pakenham-Waba-Arnprior - 95 km

    L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride (5:45 pm)

    Thursday September 2: L3 - Portage-du-Fort - 104 km

    Friday September 3: L2 Champlain – 53 km

    Saturday September 4: L1 - Carp - 50 km

    Sunday September 5: L3 - Balderson - 94 km

    2. Tour Director News – August 30

    L1 Survey Summary

    • 24 L1 members completed the survey
    • COVID-19 did have a negative impact on participation
    • The majority of respondents expressed interest in rides of 40 km or longer
    • A significant number preferred rides of 25-35 km
    • There was a slight preference for weekend rides. Tuesday was the least desirable day.
    • There was little interest in afternoon rides.
    • The majority were satisfied with the number of L1 rides being offered.

    A few comments were received; they ranged from completely discontented to very positive. Other than a desire for more and shorter rides, there were no repeated concerns expressed.

    Many thanks are extended to those members who completed the survey.

    3. Safety Tip from Monna – Be mindful of the 'flexible' lane marking bollards

    Flexible bike lane safety posts (bollards) are popping up all over the NCR. They can provide an invaluable means to prevent cars from encroaching on bike lanes. However; while they are flexible when hit by a vehicle, when coming in contact with your bike, they are not so forgiving, and can take you down. Be mindful to leave sufficient distance when cycling around them.

    Also be mindful of the sand and gravel, which seems to accompany the areas where the bollards have been installed. Always look ahead to be aware of potential danger and adjust your speed and distance accordingly.

    4. Diversions

    Article: Drinking water prevents heart failure

    https://futurism.com/neoscope/drinking-water-prevents-heart-failure

    Videos: Virtual rides in Ireland

    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=virtual+bike+ride+ireland

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 30 Aug 2021 12:21 PM | 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)knbc.ca

    Quote of the week: “An engineer designing from scratch could hardly concoct a better device to unclog modern roads – cheap, nonpolluting, small and silent…” Rick Smith, International Herald Tribune, May 2006

    1. The Rides (Aug 23 - 30)

    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 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)knbc.ca 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 https://knbc.ca/page-18460

    Tuesday, August 24 L3 - Gananoque - 102 km

    Wednesday, August 25 L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride - 6 pm start

    Thursday, August 26 L3 - Wakefield - 76 km

    Friday, August 27 L1 - Richmond - 36 km; L3 - Three Mills - 85 km

    Saturday, August 28 L2 - Petrie Island - 68 km; L3 - Manotick-Metcalfe - 85 km

    Sunday, August 29 L3 - Montebello - 83 km

    2. Tour Director News – 23 Aug

    Despite the brutal heat on Saturday, 13 members joined Fred Cotaras’s ride from Bridlewood to Manotick. In the 3 years that I have been involved with doing the tour director functions I never received as much positive feedback on any one ride. Indeed it is rare to get feedback and when I have, it has been heavily weighted on the negative side. Kudos are extended to Fred and his wife Chris for a job well done.

    It is always nice to receive positive feedback, perhaps I get more negative feedback because of the following which I normally include in Bike Shorts.

    If anything happens during a ride that you consider unsafe or inappropriate, please let the tour leader know. However, if you are uncomfortable expressing your concern during the ride, you can contact the Tour Director at tour-director(at)knbc.ca, the Safety & Education Advisor at safety(at)knbc.ca or the Club President at president9(at)knbc.ca.

    Suggestions on ways to improve our ride offering would be greatly appreciated.

    September and cooler weather will soon be here. I urge current, past and potential new tour leaders to consider submitting September and October ride proposals. Ride offerings for any day of the week are encouraged.

    3. Safety Tip from Monna – Cycling in the summer heat

    Staying cool and avoiding dehydration in this kind of heat can be difficult. Build up heat acclimation gradually;

    • Go for short rides close to home on hot days to get your body used to it;
    • Carry sufficient water and drink BEFORE you are thirsty;
    • Don't attempt long rides or try for a personal best on the hottest days of the year;
    • Pour cool water over your neck and forearms;
    • Wear sunscreen and/or protective clothing;
    • If it is windy, try to plan your route to get the headwind on the way home in order to benefit from the breeze when you need it the most.

    4. KNBC Annual Picnic

    We had a great turnout at the picnic. 57 members came out to socialize, enjoy the haute cuisine food, and soak up the sun. A BIG thank you to Teresa McGovern and her volunteer crew:

    Grill masters: David Sparling and Kevin Mills (these two stayed the whole time), Dan Lesage and Surinder Micha

    Eva Stelzer, she did a ton of work helping me set up and throughout.

    Patricia McGovern, Mary Aaftink and Dianne Blackburn were the Hydration Squad.

    Several other people helped with setup and cleanup so a sweeping mention for the unsung heroes who weren't on my list but chipped in to help.

    Honourable mention to the guy who had a wrench - without him we would only have had two bbqs.

    Look for some photos on the club’s Facebook page. If you took any photos please post on the page. The more the merrier.

    5. Diversions

    Thirst-quenching article:

    https://theottawan.com/guides/the-last-ottawa-gatineau-craft-brewery-map-you-will-ever-need

    Article: A bike stolen in Manitoba resurfaced in B.C. It's more common than you think

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/province-bike-thefts-1.6145345

    Video: Why is there a global bike shortage? Where have all the bikes gone?! (10:23)

    https://youtu.be/JrkOYlIPcQU

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 23 Aug 2021 4:25 PM | 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)knbc.ca

    Quote of the week: “I’ll tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than any one thing in the world. I rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a bike. It gives her a feeling of self-reliance and independence the moment she takes her seat; and away she goes, the picture of untrammelled womanhood.” Susan B. Anthony, 1896

    1. KNBC Picnic – Register now!

    Thank you to all who responded to our poll! The results indicate that the overwhelming majority would like to go forward with our annual picnic on Sunday, August 22nd at 3:30pm. We are very happy to be hosting our first live event open to all members, but would like to ensure that all who wish to attend may do so without concern for their health. Although we are well within Public Health guidelines for outdoor events we recognize that not everyone is comfortable at this time sitting in groups or sharing food. Once you register you will be provided different options in order to ensure a safe and comfortable experience for all. Those who wish to attend may opt for social distancing at a picnic table or may bring their own chair. Anyone feeling unsure about sharing food may bring their own salad and/or dessert or their own picnic lunch entirely. It is suggested to bring your own cutlery. For those participating in the barbecue the club will provide burgers, sausages and condiments and welcome any salads or desserts you care to bring. We are also looking for four volunteer chefs to take turns at the grill.

    We hope that these additional options will make this a fun and worry free event for all of our members and look forward to seeing new and familiar faces alike. Please watch for your invite where you will be asked to indicate whether you plan on sharing in the barbecue or bringing your own picnic. This will help us in determining quantities needed.

    Happy cycling to all and we look forward to seeing you soon! Meanwhile any questions or concerns can be sent to Teresa McGovern social(at)knbc.ca or the club president president(at)knbc.ca

    NBC Water Bottles: Order online by Thursday August 19, pick up at the picnic! Look for Geoffrey.

    2. The Rides (Aug 17-23)

    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 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@knbc.ca 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 https://knbc.ca/page-18460

    Wednesday, August 18

    L3 - Manotick-Metcalfe - 85 km

    L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

    Thursday, August 19

    L3 - Gananoque - 102 km

    Friday, August 20

    L1 - Munster - 39 km

    Saturday, August 21

    L2 - Manotick - 60 km

    Sunday, August 22

    L3 - Balderson - 94 km

    3. Tour Director News – 16 Aug 2021

    I was leading a ride this past Sunday and much to my surprise I heard the dreadful sound of the spoke on my rear wheel breaking. That ended my ride about 17 km short of the starting point. This incident reminded me the club has a number of folks who have volunteered to provide assistances to members who require help. See “Roadside Callout Directory” and the “Member Services” tab.

    I did not receive any response, from tour leaders, to my call for new ride proposals for this week. Request all members give consider to leading a few rides.

    If anything happens during a ride that you consider unsafe or inappropriate, please let the tour leader know. However, if you are uncomfortable expressing your concern during the ride, you can contact the Tour Director at tour-director(at)knbc.ca, the Safety & Education Advisor at safety(at)knbc.ca or the Club President at president(at)knbc.ca.

    Suggestions on ways to improve our ride offering would be greatly appreciated.

    4. Safety Tip from Monna – Tighten your loose screws

    Riding on rough "washboard" roads can cause things to loosen up considerably on your bike. Be sure to take a few minutes as soon as you get home, to check your racks, lights, bell, water bottle holders, seat, handlebars etc. to ensure everything is tight. Also check all your quick releases to confirm they are also properly and securely closed. As a final check; lift your bike a few inches off the ground and drop it gently. Listen for any loose parts, and tighten accordingly.

    5. Diversions

    Article: Dead: Aluminum Road Bikes with Mechanical Shifting and Rim Brakes

    https://www.bicycling.com/bikes-gear/a37245788/caad-rim-dead/

    Video: Since it has been SOOO hot recently (0.17)

    https://fb.watch/7nXAugcdFe/

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 16 Aug 2021 9:06 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)knbc.ca

    Quote of the week: “Cycling has encountered more enemies than any other form of exercise.” 19th-century author Louis Baudry de Saunier

    1. The Rides (Aug 10-16)

    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 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@knbc.ca 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 https://knbc.ca/page-18460

    Tuesday, August 10: L2 - Trillium Pathway - 52 km

    Wednesday, August 11: L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride, L3 - Big Rideau Lake - 107 km

    Thursday, August 12: L3 - Champlain via Fortune - 75 km

    Saturday, August 14: L1 - Alymer-Gatineau Park - 55 km

    2. Tour Director News – 9 Aug 2021

    Last week we had two ride proposals that came in after Bike Shorts was distributed. These rides were posted in the event calendar as soon as they were received but registration numbers were low. If you are looking for an opportunity to ride be sure to check the event calendar for new short notice rides.

    Request that Level-1 members, who did not complete the 30 July 2021 poll, to please complete it now. Your input will help the Club plan future L1 rides. Poll closes Sunday 15 August.

    A recommendation for the club to not offer rides that require turning left off busy roads. Left turns can be dangerous, caution is essential. See Monna’s safety tip below.

    The KNBC COVID-19 policies have been updated to reflect Ontario’s Stage 3 changes introduced 16 July 2021.

    If anything happens during a ride that you consider unsafe or inappropriate, please let the tour leader know. However, if you are uncomfortable expressing your concern during the ride, you can contact the Tour Director at tour-director(at)knbc.ca, the Safety & Education Advisor at safety(at)knbc.ca or the Club President at president(at)knbc.ca.

    3. Safety Tip from Monna – Left Hand Turns

    Left hand turns can be a bit daunting when on a bike. Remember - you are a vehicle under the HTA, and you must position yourself accordingly. Always turn left from the centre or the left side of the lane. Shoulder check, signal, shoulder check again, and then move to the centre or left side of the lane. Yield to approaching traffic before turning.

    When in a small group, the person at the end is in the best position to visually ascertain when it is safe to take the lane, and should call out accordingly. Size of group and speed and volume of traffic will determine how best to proceed, whether individually or in small groups. If you are NOT comfortable navigating a left turn on a busy multiple lane roadway dismount and walk (not ride) across the intersection as a pedestrian. Signal prior to entering the intersection to communicate your intentions. Make the turn with both hands on the handlebars for maximum control. See video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4fu7PSVs-0

    4. Wanted – Volunteers for the KNBC Executive Nomination Committee

    We are starting early to think about finding volunteers to fill four or five anticipated vacancies on our Executive for next year and are looking for club members interested in joining a small Nomination Committee. The role of the committee would be to suggest names for possible vacancies, and to contact individuals to assess interest and availability. The goal is to have a full slate of candidates for the AGM.

    As per section 6(2) of the club’s bylaws: “Not later than one month prior to an annual general meeting, the executive shall appoint a member, or a committee of members, to nominate members for election to the executive.”

    It is challenging for any one individual to think about and contact potential executive members, thus it is hoped that a committee of three or four members might be a better option.

    The vacancies are as follows: President, Tour director, Treasurer, and Secretary

    There are descriptions of the roles & responsibilities in the members’ only section of the website. https://knbc.ca/Executive-Contact-Info

    Just as the club cannot operate without ride leaders, it is the same situation with having a full and committed executive. Could you please get back to me by August 22 to indicate your willingness to help the club find suitable candidates to fill the above positions. If you are interested in filling one of the open positions, that would be great. If you think you might be interested, please contact Geoffrey Gurd either at president(at)knbc.ca or at 613 721-7074.

    5. KNBC shopping channel - KNBC Water Bottles

    Under the Member Services menu, you’ll see KNBC SWAG https://knbc.ca/KNBC-Swag. There you will find these fabulous KNBC logo’d bottles from Polar. These are the 24 oz. version, insulated, easy to take apart and clean. Dishwasher safe and made in the USA, all for only $18. This is cheaper than you’ll find in stores, so there’s no reason to not outfit yourself with some more KNBC kit.

    Purchases and payments are made online, though e-transfer of funds is available. You choose your pickup option at time of purchase. If you find these are too large for your bike, we have some 20 oz. versions on order which should be here by the end of the month.

    6. Facebook

    Just a reminder to all of you, if you’ve been on a great club ride and want to share some pictures, feel free to post them on our Facebook page. All submissions are reviewed and may be edited for content before publishing, but you can all post. https://www.facebook.com/knbc.ca

    7. Diversions

    Article: Biking in Ottawa, Eastern Ontario and the Outaouais: The complete guide.

    https://ottawaroadtrips.com/2021/08/01/biking-cycling-ottawa-eastern-ontario-gatineau-outaouais-guide-shops-routes/

    Video: Hydrofoil e-bike (0:52). https://mashable.com/video/hydrofoil-e-bike

    Video: Fursa / Opportunity (16:58). Fursa is the Swahili word for opportunity. Together with Amani Racing, Wahoo is supporting athletes from East Africa with the opportunity to race against the top gravel riders in the World. Four elite cyclists have been chosen to come to the US and race SBT GRVL, BWR Asheville & Vermont Overland developing new pathways for athletes from East Africa to show their full potential. https://youtu.be/rkmvnryGnf8

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 9 Aug 2021 2:33 PM | 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)knbc.ca

    Quote of the week:

    “When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.”

    Sherlock Holmes author, Arthur Conan Doyle, Scientific American, 1896

    1. The Rides (Aug 3 - 9)

    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 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@knbc.ca 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 https://knbc.ca/page-18460

    Tuesday August 3

    L3 Wakefield – 76 km

    Wednesday August 4

    L2 - Merrickville - 65 km

    L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

    Thursday August 5

    L3 - Long Sault Parkway - 90 km

    Friday, August 6

    L1 - Munster - 33 km

    Saturday, August 7

    L1 – Merrickville – 51 km

    L2 - Pointe Gatineau - 56 km

    Sunday, August 8

    L3 - Hallville Kemptville - 90 km

    2. Tour Director News – 2 Aug 2021

    A survey has been sent out to all those members who identified themselves as Level 1 riders. The main objectives of this survey are to assess the level of satisfaction with the rides being offered and to get feedback on changes that would enhance your cycling experience. The early response was good but there are still a significant number who have not responded. Your input is important so if you received a request to complete the survey, please take a few minutes to complete it. Changes to the program should reflect the expectations of the group to the extent possible. Thus the objective is having a response rate of 70%. We are currently at 37%. Pool closes 15 August.

    The KNBC COVID-19 policies are being reviewed and will be updated to reflect the Stage 3 changes introduced 16 July 2021.

    Weather has been a bit of a challenge this past week or so. If a ride is cancelled or re-scheduled, all registrants will receive a message indicating the change.

    If anything happens during a ride that you consider unsafe or inappropriate, please let the tour leader know. However, if you are uncomfortable expressing your concern during the ride, you can contact the Tour Director at tour-director(at)knbc.ca, the Safety & Education Advisor at safety(at)knbc.ca or the Club President at president(at)knbc.ca.

    Take some time to check out all the good safety tips found under the “Safety & Education” tab on the KNBC Home page

    Suggestions on ways to improve our ride offering would be greatly appreciated.

    3. Safety Tip from Monna – "Taking the Lane"

    Accidents can occur when cyclists misjudge how narrow a lane actually is; and "hug the curbside" instead of "taking the Lane".

    When a lane is too narrow to safely share with a vehicle (think sharing with a bus or truck, and not a mini), the cyclist risks getting run off the road or worse.

    For narrow bridges, construction areas, or regular roads that are really narrow - it is vital to "take the lane" and efficiently cycle through.

    If the area is lengthy, and you are holding up a long line of traffic - you may consider pulling over (but only if it is safe to do so), and let the vehicles pass.

    Never compromise your safety for the convenience of a motorist.

    4. Sunday August 22, 3:30 – 6:00 pm - KNBC Annual Picnic

    Mark it on your calendar as plans are underway for the annual KNBC picnic which is scheduled, rain or shine, for Sunday 22 August starting at 3:30 at the Trolley Station, Britannia Bay Park. The club will provide hamburgers and sausages and would welcome any salads or desserts you might care to bring. We are looking for at least 4 volunteer “chefs” who can take turns running the BBQs.

    The club’s executive is monitoring public health announcements about the Delta variant of COVID-19. Today’s message is simply a heads up about the picnic. Registration is not yet available. By next week’s Bike Shorts we should be in a position to give the green light to the picnic and open up registration. Meanwhile any questions or concerns can be sent to Teresa McGovern social@knbc.ca or the club president president@knbc.ca

    5. Diversions

    Article: 'I absolutely love what I'm doing': Ottawa man fixing bikes full-time from his home garage

    https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/i-absolutely-love-what-i-m-doing-ottawa-man-fixing-bikes-full-time-from-his-home-garage-1.5528474

    Article: Amsterdam: Not cycling paradise

    https://www.bikelaw.com/2019/05/amsterdam-not-cycling-paradise/

    Video: RidewithGPS Ride Buddies

    Ride Buddies, a casual conversation series between some of cycling's most interesting, knowledgeable, and entertaining personalities. There’s no host, no rigid agenda — just great conversation.

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLh4UEKmlT6_ExOakE0FJGNZW1rlUQ244T

    Video: Help is on the way for slower riders (2:21)

    https://youtu.be/HJgMObLsUdE

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 2 Aug 2021 4:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bike Shorts is published weekly. You are very welcome to suggest photos, cartoons, stories, events, links, buy a butter tart or two for the president, etc. Just send your info to bikeshorts(at)knbc.ca

    Quote of the week

    "The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart." Iris Murdoch, author

    1. The Rides (July 26 – Aug 2)

    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 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@knbc.ca 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 https://knbc.ca/page-18460

    Wednesday, July 28

    L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

    Thursday, July 29

    L3 - Champlain via Fortune - 75 km

    L4 - Champlain via Fortune - 75 km

    Saturday, July 31

    L2 - Rockcliffe Ottawa South - 53 km

    Sunday, August 1

    L1 - Constance Lake - 53 km

    L3 - Portage-du-Fort - 117 km

    Monday, August 2

    L2 – Constance Bay – 73 km

    2. Tour Director News – 26 July 2021

    I would like to thank Dave B. for filling in for me during the past two weeks; as well as all the time he has spent guiding me through the process of posting rides on the KNBC event calendar. It is more complex than I expected but superior to our previous system.

    The number of tour leaders actively leading rides so far this year is significantly less than previous years. It is easy to understand why given the pandemic restrictions that were placed on us. Things are improving, the City of Ottawa is reporting that 83% of residents 18 and over have received at least one dose and 69% are fully vaccinated. Given these numbers and we outside. I would encourage non active tour leaders to consider offering rides again.

    If anything happens during a ride that you consider unsafe or inappropriate, please let the tour leader know. However, if you are uncomfortable expressing your concern during the ride, you can contact the Tour Director at tour-director(at)knbc.ca or the Club President at president(at)knbc.ca.

    Another reminder that when rides are put in the event calendar more than two weeks ahead of time, they are flagged to automatically open registration 14 days in advance of the ride date. Prior to the auto opening of registration, the ride is annotated “Registration is closed”.

    If for any reason you cannot make a ride you have registered for, please use the cancellation feature. Simply go to the event on the KNBC website, click on “Already registered” and then click on “Cancel registration”. The system then sends an email notice to the Tour Leader. This will help prevent starting time delays.

    Suggestions on ways to improve our ride offering would be greatly appreciated.

    3. Safety Tip from Monna – Speeds and group riding

    As we once again get back to group riding - it might be a good idea to clarify our speed ratings: "Difficulty Levels", as noted on our web page, "Rides & Events, General Information".

    It is important to note that the speeds given are NOT the overall average (as indicated on your odometer at the end of the ride), but rather the general riding speed when NOT climbing nor descending hills, fighting wind or riding in extreme heat.

    Think of consistent effort (with appropriate gear changing), rather than consistent speed. You will go faster downhill and slower uphill. Don't kill yourself on the climbs to try to maintain the posted speed, nor break on the descents (unless you need to). Speed adjustments also need to be made for wind (treat like a hill), and extreme heat.

    Until you get used to group riding - it is also wise to maintain a greater distance between riders, and, try to ride as straight as possible.

    4. Diversions

    Video: Tips from the Netherlands on how to build a nation of cyclists

    https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-57944428

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

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