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  • 28 Feb 2021 9:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bike Shorts will be published less frequently over the winter. You are very welcome to suggest photos, cartoons, stories, events, links, etc. Just send your info to bikeshorts(at)knbc.ca

    Next issue of Bike Shorts – March 1

    1) Membership renewals

    As we begin 2021, you should have received an email asking you to renew your membership. There are still lots of advantages to joining as we continue to adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    2) Welcome new members

    Jean-Jo, Lorraine and Janice

    3) Tour Director News

    Library of Day Tours

    A few weeks ago, Bill Bourne proposed a new user interface into the club library that would be easier to navigate than the interface provided by RideWithGPS.  Since then, he and Dave have been beavering away and here are the excellent results:

    https://knbc.ca/Library-of-Day-Tours

    We call this interface the “Library of Day Tours”. It is entirely focused on routes in the Ottawa vicinity and is a subset of all the routes in our library. It does not contain:

    • ·        Routes for multiday tours
    • ·        Hikes
    • ·        Many routes that have not been ridden in the last two years.

    This means that, when you are using the Library of Day Tours, you don’t have to wade through the routes that are unlikely to interest you. When you do want to see all the routes in KNBC’s library, you will continue to use the RideWithGPS interface - https://ridewithgps.com/organizations/1986-kanata-nepean-bicycle-club-knbc/routes?

    For each route in the Library of Day Tours, the distance and the elevation gain are listed along with a route description. You can click on the RideWithGPS route that you would download on your smartphone or GPS device. You can also click on the cuesheet and print it. The routes are grouped by region (North, South, East, West and Central)

    Those who have been with KNBC for more than a year will find that the Library of Day Tours has a look and feel similar to that of our old library.  It will be much more familiar than the RideWithGPS interface.

    Please take some time to browse through the library, and let us know what you think. Tom

    4. KNBC February 16 social

    Despite some glitches in logging to the Zoom call (Host error), 20 KNBC members chatted for over 60 minutes, answered silly poll questions about haircuts, travel, using Tinder© and shared their winter exercise activities (indoors and out). Next KNBC Zoom Social will be March 15, 2021.

    5. Diversions

    Article: 12 indoor trainer thoughts every cyclist can relate to

    https://cyclingmagazine.ca/sections/feature/12-indoor-trainer-thoughts-every-cyclist-can-relate-to/

    Article: Review: 5 indoor cycling trainers ridden & Rated

    https://www.pinkbike.com/news/review-5-indoor-cycling-trainers-ridden-rated-2021.html

    Website: Ottawa Bike Parking Strategy

    https://engage.ottawa.ca/bike-parking-strategy

    Article for KNBC musicians: Ottawa Experimental Music works to shine a light on experimental musicians

    https://apt613.ca/ottawa-experimental-music-works-to-shine-a-light-on-experimental-musicians/

    Music: Following in Tiny Tim’s footsteps: Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain

    https://www.youtube.com/user/UkuleleOrchestra

    Video: Vera Lynn sings ‘We’ll meet again’

    Of course, we could meet again at the March KNBC Zoom social or on the road in late March/early April

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5C4meGkNyc&feature=youtu.be

    Video: Different uses for bicycles - Maya Pedal (2:32)

    http://maya-pedal.org/inicio-2/

    https://youtu.be/oo1t-4_6tA4

    Education: 4 week online course offered by U. Amsterdam - Unraveling the Cycling City

    https://www.coursera.org/learn/unraveling-the-cycling-city

    Article: I got a ticket riding my bicycle. Was it supposed to come with demerits?

    https://www.theglobeandmail.com/drive/mobility/article-i-got-a-ticket-riding-my-bicycle-was-it-supposed-to-come-with-demerits/

    This is a synopsis of the article if you can’t access it.

    “On provincial offences tickets in Ontario, there’s a box that says ‘motor vehicle involved,’” Brown said, “You have to make sure that no is checked off – or that cops write on the ticket that it’s a bike – so it’s apparent that you weren’t in a car.” If that’s not marked, the “automatic assumption when they fire it off to the MTO” is that you were driving and you’ll get demerits.

    To keep your licence and driving record safe, Brown suggests not giving your licence to police when you’re pulled over on a bicycle. “You don’t have to show a driver’s licence in Ontario, you just have to give your name and address,” Brown said.

    X-country Youtube videos to educate and inspire

    Nordic Ski Lab

    Introduction to Skate Skiing Techniques - YouTube

    How Body Position Works in V2 One Skate - YouTube

    V2 Skating technique

    Cross-country skiiing: V2 skating technique - YouTube

    V1 Skating technique

    XC skiing technique skating: V1 skating left - YouTube

    And the X-C Ski Academy

    V2, V2A, No Pole Skate, Double Flexion & Extension Skate Skiing - YouTube

    XCZone

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cqo3yu-j890

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    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 22 Feb 2021 1:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    KNBC's current President, Geoffrey Gurd, has joined a private Facebook (FB) group of Ontario cycling club Presidents.  The FB group, which is led by the Oakville cycling club, was formed today Feb. 22, 2021.

  • 8 Feb 2021 10:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bike Shorts will be published less frequently over the winter. You are very welcome to suggest photos, cartoons, stories, events, links, etc. Just send your info to bikeshorts(at)knbc.ca

    Next issue of Bike Shorts – Feb. 22

    1) Membership renewals

    As we begin 2021, you should have received an email asking you to renew your membership. There are still lots of advantages to joining as we continue to adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    2. Diversions

    Seriously ambitious long rides to consider

    The Great American Rail-Trail, only 5,955km long!

    https://www.ecowatch.com/great-american-rail-trail-2649733595.html?rebelltitem=3#rebelltitem3

    Empire State Trail, a short 1,207 KMs!

    https://www.ptny.org/explore/empire-state-trail?gclid=CjwKCAiA6aSABhApEiwA6Cbm_zniPOiXqrXivwgL7y5B3ph2s-k8cYrbgl4Y_gpwbW6Y7NvREHOpqBoCwSYQAvD_BwE

    Article: How bike-friendly ‘slow streets' are changing cities

    https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20201112-how-bike-friendly-slow-streets-are-changing-cities

    Article: Un projet pilote à Granby pour des bandes rugueuses aux abords des pistes cyclables

    https://www.lavoixdelest.ca/actualites/un-projet-pilote-a-granby-pour-des-bandes-rugueuses-aux-abords-des-pistes-cyclables-027eb06c1e44a91751da2eed34afb005

    Article: Generation Z shifts to e-bikes and car-sharing models

    https://ing.ft.com/content/Generation-Z-shifts-to-e-bikes-and-car-sharing-models/?utm_source=FB

    Article: Major Taylor Journal: There are already many Black cyclists — we just overlook them

    https://www.velonews.com/culture/major-taylor-journal-there-are-already-many-black-cyclists-we-just-overlook-them/

    Article: Bicycle companies create cycling marketing board to fuel bike boom

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/carltonreid/2021/01/20/bicycle-companies-create-cycling-marketing-board-to-fuel-bike-boom/?sh=4a3fd10b55bf

    Video: Esprit de groupe / Group spirit (1:33)

    https://www.facebook.com/bicloun/videos/123628632906747

    Time waster: Put a Bernie Sanders meme in front of your house

    https://bernie-sits.herokuapp.com/

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    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 23 Jan 2021 9:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bike Shorts will be published less frequently now. You are very welcome to suggest photos, cartoons, stories, events, links, etc. Just send your info to bikeshorts(at)knbc.ca

    Happy New Year and let’s hope it is better than 2020.

    1. KNBC Business

    A) Membership renewals

    As we begin 2021, you should have received an email asking you to renew your membership. There are still lots of advantages to joining as we continue to adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic. See below for info on our January social event.

    Issues with payment gateway

    Some members have been having trouble with failed transactions with renewing their memberships and signing up for social events. The typical error has been “invalid postal code”. If this is happening to you, here are some things to try, based on member feedback.

    • If using your phone or tablet, be advised that payments are now supported on the Android app, as well as IOS. i.e. Apple iPhones or iPads.
    • Virtually all failed transactions occur on tablets like iPads or iPhones. Members say they have been successful performing the transaction by moving to a computer.
    • Either make sure you have autofill in your browser disabled, or manually enter the billing details, including postal code, especially on iPhones/iPads.
    • Sometimes adding a middle space between the 6 postal code characters works. Other times the exact opposite works. Your mileage may vary.
    • Debit cards are not accepted.

    B) FaceBook

    With 2021 upon us, we all hope for a gradual return to normalcy. Given the added importance of virtual socializing in these pandemic times, we are putting more focus on Facebook. KNBC is changing how we manage our Facebook page. In the past few years, there were 3 separate locations where members could go to look at, upload pictures or post about their rides. (Believe it or not!) Many members did not know they could post or upload, or even where to look. To clear up the confusion, we’ve consolidated everything to one location.

    From now on, all KNBC Facebook information will be directed to our “Sports Page” at https://www.facebook.com/knbc.ca This is the page that shows up on the club website homepage, so you should be familiar with it. All other pages will be deleted or made private.

    Any member is allowed to add pictures and provide a story with it. We have 5 Editor/Moderators who will review the pictures and posts before publishing, so there may be a small delay. In addition, we are now monitoring all Facebook messaging. Most of the messages we receive are membership related, so we will focus on providing that information in a timely manner.

    We encourage you to go take a look. A 2020 retrospective in pictures has been added to kick off the New Year. Cheers, Your KNBC Executive

    2. Diversions

    Article: COVID-19 cyclists: Expanding bike lane network can lead to more inclusive cities

    https://theconversation.com/covid-19-cyclists-expanding-bike-lane-network-can-lead-to-more-inclusive-cities-144343

    Article: The 15-minute city aims to build more liveable neighbourhoods

    In a 15-minute city, basic necessities should be within a short walk or cycle ride of home, reducing vehicle trips along with the emissions and inconvenience that go with them.

    https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-when-it-comes-to-liveable-neighbourhoods-theres-a-wide-divide-in/

    Article: How joining the e-bike revolution made my 2020 a lot more bearable

    https://www.fastcompany.com/90582978/e-bike-pandemic-2020-gazelle-van-moof

    Article: COVID showed us ways we can make our cities more liveable

    https://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/nussbaum-covid-showed-us-ways-we-can-make-our-cities-more-liveable

    Podcast: Secrets from the Saddle: All things Cycling (Ottawa based)

    https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/secrets-from-the-saddle-all-things-cycling-G7C38XfZOR0/

    Video: Woman doing tricks on a bike (6:20)

    https://youtu.be/WB3qTVg3hhs

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    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 21 Dec 2020 11:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bike Shorts will be published every month now. You are very welcome to suggest photos, cartoons, stories, events, links, etc. Just send your info to bikeshorts(at)knbc.ca Next issue of Bike Shorts – January 4

    Article from Bike Ottawa: Embracing winter on two wheels

    https://bikeottawa.ca/2020/11/08/embracing-winter-on-two-wheels/

    Bike Ottawa’s Winter Bike Map

    https://maps.bikeottawa.ca/winter/

    Bike Fit

    If you are interested in a low-cost bike fit, check out this new application by Jessie Jarjour, one of the region's premier professional bike fitters. With MyVeloFit https://www.myvelofit.com/ you upload videos you take yourself at home, and the application uses computer vision and AI, and Jessie's bike fitting expertise, to recommend changes to your bike set up. This includes a lower body and upper body flexibility assessments, as well as the bike fit itself.

    Article: Best centres for alternative transportation in Canada

    https://www.zolo.ca/blog/best-centres-alternative-transportation

    Article: Detectives and noxious locks take on bike thieves

    https://www.bbc.com/news/business-54695188

    Article: How bike-friendly ‘slow streets' are changing cities

    https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20201112-how-bike-friendly-slow-streets-are-changing-cities

    Article: COVID-19 cyclists: Expanding bike lane network can lead to more inclusive cities

    https://theconversation.com/covid-19-cyclists-expanding-bike-lane-network-can-lead-to-more-inclusive-cities-144343

    Article: The 15-minute city aims to build more liveable neighbourhoods

    In a 15-minute city, basic necessities should be within a short walk or cycle ride of home, reducing vehicle trips along with the emissions and inconvenience that go with them.

    https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-when-it-comes-to-liveable-neighbourhoods-theres-a-wide-divide-in/

    Article: Un projet pilote à Granby pour des bandes rugueuses aux abords des pistes cyclables

    https://www.lavoixdelest.ca/actualites/un-projet-pilote-a-granby-pour-des-bandes-rugueuses-aux-abords-des-pistes-cyclables-027eb06c1e44a91751da2eed34afb005

    Video: Cycling at home in France (0:29)

    https://www.facebook.com/bicloun/videos/3638073556417905/

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    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC


  • 17 Nov 2020 1:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bike Shorts will be published every month now. You are very welcome to suggest photos, cartoons, stories, events, links, etc. Just send your info to bikeshorts@knbc.ca

    Next issue of Bike Shorts - December 7

    1. Your new KNBC executive for 2021 (acclaimed)

    President Geoffrey Gurd  president@knbc.ca

    Secretary Gary Seed  secretary@knbc.ca

    Treasurer Peter Blancher  treasurer@knbc.ca

    Tour Director Tom Wiley  tour-director@knbc.ca

    Webmaster David Boshard  webmaster@knbc.ca

    Social Director Teresa McGovern  social@knbc.ca

    Public Relations Susan Monaghan  public-relations@knbc.ca

    Non-executive position

    Safety and Education Advisor Monna-Leigh McElveny  safety@knbc.ca

    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.

    Website: COVID-19 in Ottawa Neighbourhoods

    https://www.neighbourhoodstudy.ca/covid-19-in-ottawa-neighbourhoods/

    Article: Harley-Davidson is making electric bikes now

    https://www.fastcompany.com/90569604/harley-davidson-is-making-electric-bikes-now

    Article: Le cycliste vagabond, le paysage et la nature ordinaire (cycling in Québec)

    https://www.franceculture.fr/societe/marie-helene-parizeau-le-cycliste-vagabond-le-paysage-et-la-nature-ordinaire

    Article: Les vélorues vont-elles conquérir les villes françaises ?

    https://actuvelo.fr/2020/08/05/les-velorues-vont-elles-conquerir-les-villes-francaises/

    Video: First time on a fat bike. Fatbiking Île Bizard (3:49)

    https://youtu.be/cN18e6oJONI

    Cycling Organizations:

    European Cyclists’ Federation https://ecf.com/

    Pedal Bike Info http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/

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    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

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

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

    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.

    https://bikeminds.ca/

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

    https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/bike-ottawa-annual-general-meeting-tickets-124705197603

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

    https://bigthink.com/ned-dymoke/chocolate-milk-works-extremely-well-as-a-post-workout-drink-says-study

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

    https://youtu.be/-1-ovdSwAHA

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 2 Nov 2020 9:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

    1. The Rides (Oct 26 – Nov 2)

    The official ride season appears to be over. However, if the weather looks good at all for a ride, feel free to let the tour director know so a ride could be put in the calendar. It is a good idea to look at the calendar as Bike Shorts will not be produced on a weekly basis after the AGM.

    2. Safety Tip From Monna - Be mindful of barricades, posts and gates

    When making our way around the city and especially on multipurpose pathways - be mindful of barricades, posts and gates, while meant to restrict vehicular traffic, can pose a significant hazard when unexpectedly encountered on a bike. When first installed - they may have been brightly painted and/or flagged - but have now faded to grey, and the flags have long disappeared. One particular hazardous gate is on the Watts Creek Pathway (heading east from Kanata) coming out at Aero Drive to cross Holly Acres Drive. Slow down and ring you bell to alert oncoming cyclists at this blind corner and sudden partially barricaded transition. Other areas to be mindful of, are around the locks and canals, where there are numerous low barricades - which if not seen in time, can cause a nasty fall.

    3. Diversions

    Article: Update from the NCC on October 22 regarding Gatineau Park access.

    Click on the link for the complete notice, but the upside is post October 25, the parkways will be closed to motor vehicle traffic and still open for cyclists.

    "On October 25, 2020, at about 6 pm, these parkways will close to motor vehicle traffic for the season. In winter, they become cross-country ski trails."

    https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/closures/covid-19-gatineau-parkways

    Article: Gatineau Park Statistics

    For those of you who have been taking advantage of Gatineau Park this summer, here’s some interesting statistics. The full closure has made for a fantastic summer, I know I tried to make it up there twice a week. Of course Champlain Lookout and the Fortune Parkway were closed, but recently they opened the Champlain Parkway up to Ėtienne Brûlé Lookout. If you’ve never been, it turns out it’s nicer than Champlain, and higher. The last time we were up there a little debate ensued about which was higher. Here are some elevations.

    According to Google Earth, these are the max elevations of the various lookouts

    Huron - 339 m

    Ėtienne Brûlé - 344 m

    Champlain - 336 m

    Ėtienne Brûlé wins. The Ryan Tower sits at 361 metres for reference.

    Some other interesting stats for your climb to the top.

    Lucerne Blvd - 55 m

    P3 - 88 m

    Base of Pink Lake climb - 120 m

    Top of Pink Lake climb - 189 m

    Base of King Mountain climb - 227 m

    Top of King Mountain climb - 320 m

    Dunlop & Meech - 175 m

    Lac Fortune - 291 m

    Hopefully we’ll get some more good weather and a few more rides up there. One more thing. On our last ride we were speaking to an RCMP officer and two Conservation officers at the lookout. They said if anybody was caught using Fortune Parkway or going up to Champlain Lookout, they’d get a ticket for trespassing. Cheers, and safe riding. Dave

    Article: The number of calories burned cycling

    https://ilovebicycling.com/calories-burned-cycling/

    Article: What is a Bicycle Street?

    https://beyondtheautomobile.com/2020/10/21/what-is-a-bicycle-street/?utm_source=EnviroCentre+Master+Distribution+List&utm_campaign=1e3836b1ce-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_12_04_03_56_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0ea0735a10-1e3836b1ce-345990673&mc_cid=1e3836b1ce

    Travel article: A man cycled more than 2500 miles from Poo Poo Point, Washington, to Pee Pee Creek, Ohio

    https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/632726/man-cycles-from-poo-poo-point-washington-to-pee-pee-creek-ohio

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 19 Oct 2020 10:22 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

    IMPORTANT: The Annual General Meeting of KNBC on November 3 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.

    1. The Rides (Oct 13 - 19)

    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: 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

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

    Saturday, Oct. 17 - L2 - Perkins - 50 km

    2. Safety tip from Monna - Do you know your hand signals?

    It is imperative to communicate your intention to stop, change lanes, turn, and/or generally manoeuvre around traffic, obstacles, construction etc. Failure to do so can result in a fine of $85.00 (HTA 142).

    Use an open palm with spread fingers for maximum visibility (a 'point' can be confused with pointing out a hazard);

    Straighten up on the bike – if you are bent over – it may be difficult for others to actually see the signal;

    Shoulder check BEFORE signalling, while maintaining straight line riding;

    Return your hands to your handlebars when crossing or turning at an intersection;

    There are two methods to signal “right turning”: a straight right arm, or a bent left arm. The decision of which to use is situational: Ask yourself “on what side of me is the intended audience” (i.e. is there traffic merging from the right) and signal accordingly.

    Remember - you are signaling to communicate your intentions to move (or stop) your bike - so always think of your intended audience, shoulder check and signal for maximum visibility.

    Here from CANBIKE, is a video: https://youtu.be/FGzuEuilPUk

    3. Diversions

    Construction: Iris St. traffic detour

    https://mailchi.mp/ec6434158fcd/notice-of-tree-removal-1051051?e=0dfa4f5b21

    Article: PELOTON is fighting hate speech on its platform

    https://futurism.com/the-byte/peloton-exercise-bike-fighting-hate-speech-platform?mc_cid=26cf93f971

    Inspiring story:

    https://m.facebook.com/blackfootangler.flyshop/posts/3291998730886358?__cft__%5B0%5D=AZV_ecS_gYbs2PMrcXR9mPD3dhmV7Ry42SnFt4ytH400AD1gIbAWW22XRuVIl024LAeNIoFd8utqMnefOeyCnHWHMDrd65TzG4_XpxbpKHRU-tdMq9lbKO54y8HQ7NZjDJx0QRgM093DxGmAUj4JHKEgnJkqkKlB-EnvXRpsPUn6Ap4ucMyxgBwW8vko8Ydwr3k&__tn__=%2CO%2CP-y-R

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 13 Oct 2020 9:40 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

    1. The Rides (Oct 6 - 12)

    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: 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

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

    Saturday, Oct. 10 - L2 – Alymer – 60 km

    Sunday Oct. 11 - L3 – Carleton Place – 76 km

    Monday, Oct. 12 - L2 – Old Gatineau – 57 km

    2. Tour Director news

    Steep Hills Anyone?

    Recently, Geoff Kennedy of CCCTS was looking for an alternative to Chemin Fogarty in a ride to Buckingham. Fogarty is long overdue for new pavement. He came up with this dandy alternative: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34317500

    On Saint Amour, Vigneault and Paiement, there are numerous steep spots so that, by the time you get to Buckingham, you have done about ten grades of 10% or more. How much steeper are they? The highest reading I got was 16%, but Marg Hurley reported 18%. I was experiencing technical difficulties. My new Garmin only shows the grade when it is in the mood, and that is not very often. Many of the steep grades it just didn’t report. I also have an older Garmin that reports the grade all of the time, but, as the grade gets steeper and steeper, I lean further and further forward which blocks the satellites and produces a grade reading of 0%.

    The good news is that none of these grades are particularly long and the pavement is in good shape. The only place where the pavement is seriously in need of repair is near the end of the ride on Rue Notre Dame in Gatineau. Notre Dame is not hilly, so you just have to take your time. Another nice thing about this route is that it stays off highway 148 entirely.

    3. Safety tip from Monna - Be Mindful of Fallen Leaves

    As the barometer drops - and leaves fall - be mindful as you approach fallen leaves on roads, trails and pathways. They may be hiding black ice, puddles, mud, soft gravel or other hazards which could be very dangerous when suddenly met with skinny road bike tires. I encountered leaves hiding soft mud on the weekend - and my 23mm tires stopped, as if I had hit sand or soft gravel. Fortunately - I was unclipped, and going slow - so was able to put a foot down.

    Look ahead, adjust your speed, SLOW DOWN, leave more space (if in a group), unclip, and be aware of potential seasonal hazards. Like on sand or gravel, do not make any sudden or sharp manoeuvres, like stopping or turning. Stay safe and ENJOY the beautiful Fall colours - they truly are magnificent with all the deep reds this year!

    4. Safety and education blog

    There have been a number of incidents this year of riders falling at low speed, especially as a result of having issues when unclipping. This week's Safety and Education Blog How not to Fall (at Low Speed) discusses a number of things you can do to prevent this all too common type of accident.

    5. Diversions

    How to cancel a registration

    1 - Go to knbc.ca and log in. You'll know you're logged in if you see your name at the top left. Your name Change password Log out

    2 - Under Rides & Events, click on the Ride Calendar that shows the event you want to cancel. e.g. RIDE CALENDAR - MONTHLY VIEW, UPCOMING RIDES & EVENTS, etc.

    3 - Find your event and click on it. You'll be taken to the details page where you'll see some text in the left column that says, Already Registered. Click on that, it's a link to your registration.

    4 - Your registration information will pop up and there will be a Big Green Button on the right hand side that says, Cancel registration. Click that, confirm, and you're done.

    This procedure works on computers, tablets, and smartphones, though on the smaller devices, you may need to scroll up/down or left/right to find the “Big Green Button”. Using the IOS or Android app is even simpler. Simply bring up your “Ticket”, and you’ll see the Cancel button, though it won’t be green.

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    My son, 6 feet tall is looking to purchase a hybrid mountain bike in good condition.

    If you have one to sell please contact me at lhallewoods(at)gmail.com

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

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