• 17 Aug 2020 4:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    1. The Rides (Aug 11-17)

    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

    Saturday, August 15

    L1 - Baxter Conservation Centre - 50 km

    L3 - Three Mills - 85 km

    L4 - Three Mills - 85 km

    2. 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; getting crushed. 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 them pass. Never compromise your safety for the convenience of a motorist.

    3. Diversions

    Bad news dept.: KNBC Annual picnic is cancelled

    No doubt some of you were wondering about whether or not the picnic would happen. The club’s executive decided that it would be too risky to socialise while respecting physical distancing. Sharing food and chatting with folks you haven’t seen in a while would likely compromise the need to follow Ottawa Public Health guidelines.

    COVID-19 Contact Tracing app: COVID Alert

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/covid-pandemic-app-ontario-1.5670239

    Construction alert: New roundabout at the Huntmar Drive and Richardson Side Road intersection

    Beginning in August, the city will start constructing a new roundabout at the Huntmar Drive and Richardson Side Road intersection. The work will include the construction of a single entry and exit roundabout with a pedestrian crossing around the intersection that will provide a connection to the paved shoulders of the road.

    This much-needed roundabout will improve traffic flow and enhance the safety for all road users. Construction is anticipated to be complete by the end of fall 2020. Residents can expect intermittent lane closures on both Huntmar Drive and Richardson Side Road during non-peak traffic periods. Access to local businesses and properties, and to cycling and pedestrians will be maintained.

    Also, Ferry Road that leads down to the Quyon ferry is torn up for resurfacing. The hard oil pack is actually many times better than the cratered mess we were used to. It's unclear what surface they're going to put on, but chip seal would be my guess.

    Article: How to Prevent Muscle Cramps on a Ride

    https://ilovebicycling.com/how-to-prevent-muscle-cramps-on-a-ride/

    Article: Bicycling helmets safety evaluation by Virginia Tech

    https://cyclingmagazine.ca/sections/gear-reviews/helmets/six-cycling-helmets-that-receive-top-safety-ratings/

    Note from Sam Ludmer: Get either a MIPS or a Wavecel helmet. There are claims by the manufacturer’s marketing saying the Wavecel is better. This is not necessary so according to Consumers Report. However getting one or the other helps to ensure that you have the best protection.

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    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

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    1. The Rides (Aug 4-10)

    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

    Sat. Aug. 8 - L2 Norway Bay 71 km

    Sun. Aug. 9 - L3 Carleton Place 76 km

    2. Safety tip from Monna - How to avoid “Dooring”

    Cyclists need to know how to navigate safely around parked cars without getting 'doored'. Treat them (parked cars), like a curb. Ride one metre from their edge, and ride in a straight line. Pick your line between blocks and do not meander back and forth to the curb. Watch for hazards around parked cars: Doors opening; Pedestrians walking out between; Tail or brake lights coming on; Wheels moving; and Cars pulling out or into the parking space. The fine for 'dooring' is $365 (includes victim fine surcharge and court fees) + three (3) demerit points.

    3. Diversions

    Wednesday, August 12 Bike Minds: Tales of the bicycle Virtual Event, 8 pm (Free)

    The event theme is Bikes + Fate; specifically how did unexpected or unplanned events lead you to cycling and where you are now? Were there any random encounters or coincidences in your past that helped to create your love of cycling? Zoom will be the platform used for the event, and you must register through Eventbrite to receive access information.

    https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/bike-minds-virtual-bikesfate-tickets-114171873146?mc_cid=b43d2bc5bc&internal_ref=login

    COVID-19 Contact Tracing app: COVID Alert

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/covid-pandemic-app-ontario-1.5670239

    Updated list of open washrooms/toilets

    https://ottawaroadtrips.com/2020/07/08/open-public-washrooms-bathrooms-restrooms-covid-19-ottawa-eastern-ontario-outaouais/

    Bike to work month is changing

    “Let’s Bike” Ottawa would be the program vehicle to promote safe, healthy, low-carbon and low-cost travel across the city. Participants will be invited to discover their city, track their reduced carbon footprints, and learn about the many resources available to support a happier trip. Let’s Bike Month will take place in September 2020 and transition from a commuter-only trip-logging campaign to an all-trip campaign, logging all trips taken by bike. EnviroCentre will continue to provide the carbon savings for choosing to bike, and will shift away from daily prizes focused on individuals and workplaces. Workplaces will continue to be engaged and supported, but additional community partners and groups will be included in our public outreach and engagement strategy.

    Survey: Bike Parking Strategy for the City of Ottawa

    The survey will be available until the end of August, 2020. There will also be a virtual meeting to get feedback and ideas, date and time TBD. 

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

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    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 3 Aug 2020 1:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    1. The Rides (July 28- Aug 3)

    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

    Saturday, August 1

    L2 MacKenzie King Estate 58 km

    2. 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.

    3. Diversions

    E-bike survey from Share the Road cycling coalition (deadline Aug. 5)

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfGCT_1YZN5U-GrB4vIBxrzExYWH4hE3e1D2EBjnbPbAE0xdQ/viewform

    Library book on order

    E-bike: A guide to E-bike models, technology & riding essentials by Martin Häussermann (2020)

    Article: Coronavirus - GPs to prescribe cycling in new obesity strategy

    We are a pretty fit group of cyclists so, of course, this article couldn’t possible apply to any club members. However the idea that your family doctor in the UK can prescribe cycling is cool.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-53541866

    Ontario Cycling Association – Return to sport update

    While KNBC is not following the OCA advice, the club’s executive is tracking what the organization is telling its members.

    https://www.ontariocycling.org/return-to-sport-update-july-24th-2020/

    Six on-the-bike snacks for your jersey pocket

    https://ilovebicycling.com/6-on-the-bike-snacks-for-your-jersey-pocket/

    Urban futures video: How to build a city around bikes, fast (9:32)

    Around the world cycling lanes are popping up and bike shops are selling out. As the coronavirus pandemic means people need to avoid subways and buses the bicycle is having a renaissance. And it could have much bigger repercussions for the health of our cities long into the future. https://youtu.be/h-I6HFQXquU

    Report: Cycling cities - A Policy Brief from the Policy Learning Platform on Low-carbon economy (June 2020)

    https://www.interregeurope.eu/fileadmin/user_upload/plp_uploads/policy_briefs/Policy_brief_Cycling_cities.pdf

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC, bikeshorts(at)knbc.ca

  • 27 Jul 2020 10:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    1. The Rides (July 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 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

    July 25 (Sat) L2 Perkins 49 km

    2. Tour Director News - KNBC – KTC? Is it over?

    Yes, our long relationship with KTC may be coming to an end. We still love KTC, but our love is unrequited. They are threatening to tow us away. So we are going to be trying out some other start locations and see which we think are best. We can still meet to start rides at KTC, but park elsewhere first. Some places we might think of parking, when starting at KTC, are: Neighbourhood streets

    • 260 Hearst Way (the red 6 storey building next to the pedestrian bridge) – there is a large parking lot behind this building that has been very empty on weekends lately
    • Kanata Wave Pool – could be busy on hot days
    • Holy Trinity High School – lots of parking on weekends (and week days in the summer)

    We might simply start rides at the Wave Pool or Holy Trinity, as well as park there.

    Here are some other places we might start rides:

    All Saints High School/Whalen Park - Kanata Ave and Goulbourn Forced Rd.

    o Good access to routes heading downtown, north and west. For other routes you can ride the 3.2 km to KTC and ride as usual.

    o No obvious washrooms.

    o Lots of parking on non-school days. There is parking available in the neighbourhood about 200 metres away.

    Earl of March High School – For the Parkway

    o Good access to routes heading downtown, north and west. For other routes you can ride the 2.0 km to KTC and ride as usual.

    o No obvious washrooms.

    o Lots of parking on non-school days.

    Jack Charron Arena - Castlefrank and Abbeyhill

    o Good Access to Ashton, Manotick and points south.

    • For other rides, you can get to KTC via Castlefrank a distance of 2.8 km. The section of Castlefrank north of Hazeldean is often busy. There is a quiet route to KTC that is 3.2 km
    • No obvious washrooms.
    • When Covid-19 is over, this place will be very busy.

    We checked out Ron Maslin Playhouse/Walter Baker Park. It has great parking and washrooms, but there is no route to start an L1 ride out of this venue. If you can think of other places we can start, let us know.

    I thought Barrie’s sign off letter to KTC management was wonderful. It is reprinted below.

    Tom Wiley

    Barrie’s final letter to KTC management

    Hi Michelle,

    Thank you for the quick reply -- although your Board's position is obviously not what I had hoped for. I feel sad because this is the end of a long association with the mall. I remember that I had my offices on the third floor of the tower in the 1980s. I also remember that in those days, the City of Kanata's Council Chambers were immediately next door and on a Tuesday evening when I finished work, I would listen and watch for a while -- especially if there was a rowdy debate about something. I remember getting my hair cut at the barber shop. I remember shopping with my wife at Loblaws when they were there. I remember renewing my driving licence and car permit when MTO was there. I remember Don and Vivian's ice cream and snack store -- they were good friends. And I knew friends who ran the dance studio. And of course, there was the LCBO and Scotiabank.

    I realize that times change. But one thing that never changes is the importance of relationships in business. In the mall business, relationships with the community are very important. In 25 years of using that corner of the parking lot, there has never been an issue nor has it ever cost you a penny. In fact, on weekends, that part of the parking lot is never busy. I would also mention that in 25 years of organizing recreational bike tours in other parts of Ontario and in Quebec and Upper New York State, no mall has ever replied with a "no". The typical answer is "that's fine, but please park as far from the doors as possible."

    In total, your Board's answer was disappointing. We have started looking for a new place to start our bike rides.

    Best regards, Barrie Kirk

    3. Safety tip from Monna - Bike Lights - The Law

    Section 62 (17), of the HTA was amended to "require cyclists to have proper lights on their bikes when on the road any time from one-half hour before sunset to one-half hour after sunrise AND at any other time when, due to insufficient light or unfavourable atmospheric conditions". Every bicycle shall carry a white or amber light on the front and a red light or a reflector on the rear. Failure to comply can result in a fine of $110.

    Use of daytime lights can increase cyclists’ visibility in changing light conditions, in high traffic areas, where road user have a multitude of distractions, and for that notorious blind spot. When cycling in a group however; unless you are the 'end rider', please refrain for using your rear light in 'flash mode'. This can be distracting and annoying to riders behind you, and for those who have suffered a concussion, may actually be painful.

    4. Diversions

    Construction on Thomas Dolan

    The Thomas Dolan Parkway between Stonecrest Rd. and Carp Rd. will be closed until July 29 for culvert repairs.

    https://app06.ottawa.ca/cgi-bin/trafficreport/report_search.pl?lang=en

    Article: Bike thefts spiking during COVID-19 pandemic, police warn

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/bike-thefts-coronavirus-pandemic-rising-ottawa-police-1.5642742

    Article: Scientists say new artificial cartilage could be used in (cyclists) knees

    https://futurism.com/neoscope/artificial-cartilage-knees?mc_cid=3a8c35eaf8

    Cute animal Video: Cyclist meets family of skunks (1:06)

    https://youtu.be/jvUcsq0sJng

    Not a local problem Video: Florida bicyclist injured in collision with an iguana

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/18/us/iguana-florida-bicycle-trnd/index.html

    How to Video: How to set your saddle height (3:09)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_Zpj9m6lf8

    Cycling club Video: Get up and go - The story of the morning glory cycling club (14:52)

    https://vimeo.com/373515497?ref=em-share

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    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

    bikeshorts(at)knbc.ca

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    Congratulations to KNBC and CCCTS member Richard Tobin. He will receive a Governor General’s Sovereign Medal for Volunteers for helping newcomers to Canada find jobs in their fields since 2009, through his involvement with the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization. The medal recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields and pays tribute to the dedication and commitment of volunteers. Congratulations, Richard, for your dedication and enthusiasm in mentoring our new arrivals in Canada.

    https://www.gg.ca/en/media/news/2020/governor-general-unveils-list-123-remarkable-canadians

    1. The Rides (July 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 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

    July 18 (Sat) L2 - Pointe Gatineau – 55 km

    2. Tour Director News

    To assist with members setting up impromptu rides, within the Member Directory, you can now obtain a sorted list of members with a particular Riding Style or Ride Distance preference. Simply click the fields you're interested in and the directory with do the rest.

    3. SAFETY TIP FROM MONNA - Stay save, stay back

    All the "safety infrastructure green paint" in the world will NOT protect a cyclist who is unaware of the enormity of 'large vehicle blind spots', and rides beside them both at, and through intersections. The area beside a truck (between the truck and the curb), is aptly called the 'death zone'. Cyclists need to be aware of this extraordinary danger and stay out of it. If arriving first - stay in front, if not - stay well back and OUT of the drivers blind spot, and NEVER beside. Be especially mindful of the wheels (which may start turning right, WITHOUT WARNING TURN SIGNALS). TAKE SPECIAL CARE with garbage trucks as they can be operated from both right and left sides - further increasing their blind spots. NEVER pass them on the inside, and be absolutely sure you have both sufficient time and space to pass them on the outside.

    Please refer to this Share the Road video: https://vimeo.com/128887805

    4. Diversions

    Article: Champlain Lookout closure. Starts Monday, July 13, 2020

    https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/closures/section-champlain-lookout-closed

    • Access to the Champlain lookout will remain closed at all times during the work
    • Champlain Parkway:

    o closed to all users from the intersection of the Fortune Lake Parkway to the Étienne-Brûlé Lookout, Monday to Friday from 6am to 5pm. Open to pedestrians and cyclists only outside of these hours. Vehicle access on Sundays from 1 pm to sunset.

    o Closed to all users from the Étienne-Brûlé Lookout to the Champlain Lookout at all times for the duration of the work.

    • Fortune Lake Parkway:

    o closed to all users from the Champlain Parkway to Dunlop, Monday to Friday from 6am to 5pm. Open to pedestrians and cyclists only outside of these hours. Vehicle access on Sundays from 1 pm to sunset.

    o Note – access to this parkway via trails 3, 9, 32, and 36 will not be permitted during the work

    Website: Open public washrooms

    https://ottawaroadtrips.com/2020/07/08/open-public-washrooms-bathrooms-restrooms-covid-19-ottawa-eastern-ontario-outaouais/

    Article: Alberta man builds rare steam-powered bike

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/alberta-man-builds-rare-steam-powered-bike-1.5643910

    Article: Travel-starved tourists are taking fake flights in Taiwan

    https://theculturetrip.com/asia/taiwan/articles/travel-starved-tourists-are-taking-fake-flights-in-taiwan/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_level=newsletter&utm_campaign=20200708_STORIES&optimove_cid=108860&utm_slot=2+

    Website: RidewithGPS Great Community Route Celebration

    https://ridewithgps.com/route_celebration?otu=

    Website: Bikemaps.org

    Our goal is to map your cycling experience to make biking safer. You know your local cycling trouble spots and we want you to map them. Your knowledge of cycling safety, hazards, and even bike thefts will be analyzed using GIS and statistics to identify hot spots of cycling safety, risk, and crime. We are constantly updating our maps and technology, so send us feedback. And stay tuned for updated safety maps generated from YOUR biking experience. https://bikemaps.org/

    Downtown Ottawa: Starting July 11, Bank Street between Queen and Flora will be closed to vehicles for the next five Saturdays, from 9am to midnight. The goal is to offer more room for pedestrians, cyclists and patios.

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    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

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    Face masks: Where to get them in Ottawa

    https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/ottawa-and-area-businesses-selling-face-masks-during-covid-19-pandemic-1.4906261

    1. The Rides (July 7 - 13)

    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

    July 8 (Wednesday) L1 - Carp - 42 km

    July 11 (Saturday) L2 - Rockcliffe Beechwood - 46 km

    2. Tour Director News – Registering for KNBC rides in the time of Covid-19

    Registering for KNBC rides is more difficult than it was in simpler times. We can’t just sign in at the start as we used to. Sharing the sign in sheet or a pen could be a source of contagion. The biggest complication is that members cannot take part in a ride unless they agree to abide by our Covid-19 Day Tour policy. Effectively, this means members cannot participate in a ride unless they register for it on the club website. Fortunately, last year we got used to registering for rides on the website. So, for most of us, this is business as usual. Instead of people signing in at the start point, the tour leader will fill in the sign in sheet at home, two hours before the ride starts. The tour leader will bring the sign in sheet and a pen on the ride. What happens if someone says they registered after the leader filled in the sign in sheet? This is where it gets complicated. Actually, it’s not complicated. The leader can refuse to admit late registrants to the ride. The leader is under no obligation to explain or defend their decision.

    If the leader is feeling magnanimous, they may opt to ask if anyone has a smart phone that can access the KNBC website. If so, the names of those duly registered can be read off and this might convince the leader to admit the rider. In which case the leader will write the name and numbers of Johnny come lately on the sign in sheet. The leader will not pass the sign in sheet or the pen to anyone. There is a lesson here for all of us. That is, if you don’t want to be involved in a fiasco, then be sure to register for club rides at least two hours before they start.

    3. Safety tip from Monna - Straight Road Hazards

    When riding on a straight country road – watch out for oncoming passing cars (two cars coming at you, now taking up both lanes). The passing motorist may not be able to accurately gauge your speed, and may not allow sufficient time to pass and get safely back in his lane. It may actually be necessary to leave the roadway and 'hit the ditch' to avoid a head on, high speed collision.

    4. Diversions

    DETOUR: Herzberg Trunk Sewer Project Cycling Detour

    With ongoing work happening to complete the Herzberg Trunk Sewer Project, please be aware of the cycling detour. This project has significant impacts on cyclists. “Shared Use Lane Single File” signs have been installed along northbound and southbound lanes to remind motorists and cyclists to share the road. This means that vehicles and cyclists are not permitted to pass each other in the construction area. Alternatively, cyclists can choose a detour that will avoid the construction zone. The detour will lead cyclists along Legget Drive, Schneider Road, to Carling Avenue.

    Need to go? article: Meet the summer’s sleeper hit product: A bag you pee into

    https://www.fastcompany.com/90518559/meet-the-summers-sleeper-hit-product-a-bag-you-pee-into

    Related article: 10 bathrooms you should pee in before you die

    https://www.atlasobscura.com/lists/cool-unique-bathrooms

    Article: France bans Dutch bike TV ad for creating 'climate of fear' about cars

    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/jul/01/france-bans-dutch-bike-tv-ad-for-creating-climate-of-fear?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

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    1. The rides (June 30 – July 6)

    2. Tour Director News – Lessons Learned

    3. Diversions

    1. The Rides (June 30 – July 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 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(at)knbc.ca if any changes are required to their ride.

    July 1 (Wednesday)

    L3 Dunrobin Shores – 64 km

    July 4 (Saturday)

    L3 Champlain2 Lookout (Bate Island) – 53 km

    July 5 (Sunday)

    L2 Carp – 65 km

    2. Tour Director News – Lessons Learned

    We have learned a few lessons recently. In the current conditions, it is a good idea to bring with you all the food and water that you will need for the day. In the heat wave we had ten days ago, two water bottles were not sufficient for a 50km ride. We also learned that everyone needs basic navigational skills. We can’t rely on the leader as some sort of god. Each of us needs to be able to find our way back. If you have a smart phone, it may be all that you need, but you have to verify that is the case. The next time that you are in the middle of nowhere, far from the city, check to see if you can find where you are using your smart phone. Can you bring up the maps that will guide you back? If not, you may need to have a printout of the RidewithGPS route, a map of Eastern Ontario and a map of West Quebec with you when you ride with KNBC. You might also want to carry the NCC Cycling Map, which shows all the bike trails in Ottawa and Gatineau. The NCC maps are usually available at bike stores.

    3. Diversions

    Cycling news: NCC Pilot project extended

    The closure of NCC parkways to motor vehicle traffic in Ottawa will be extended until September 7! The NCC Bistro at Remic Rapids Park is now open 11 am – 9 pm M-F, 11 am – 10 pm weekends. The two outhouses at Remic Rapids are also open.

    RidewithGPS

    Your favorite Ride with GPS tools on the website and in the mobile app are now available in Japanese, French, Spanish, German, Dutch and Italian. Update your preference on the website by clicking your profile icon and selecting a language. No need to worry about the mobile app - it will automatically update to whatever default language your phone is set to.

    Article: This $1,500 (US) electric bike ships right to your door

    https://www.fastcompany.com/90519530/this-1500-electric-bike-ships-right-to-your-door

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 29 Jun 2020 9:22 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

    1. The rides (June 23-29)

    2. Safety tip from Monna

    3. Accident update

    4. Diversions

    1. The Rides (June 23-29)

    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

    Saturday June 27

    L2 Old Gatineau 57 km

    2. Safety tip from Monna - Destination positioning at intersections

    Where you position yourself on the road and at intersections tells other road users (especially those behind you), what your intentions are.

    Just as you would in a vehicle - position yourself up so as to actually be lined up to where you want to be on the other side of the intersection:

    • if you pull into the curb position, it actually indicates to drivers that you intend to turn right;
    • if there are vehicles parked before and after the intersection - stay 1 metre to the left of the car before the intersection, and continue in a straight line through the intersection in order to maintain a 1 metre distance from the car beyond the intersection;
    • travel in the right most lane position that will take you to your destination; and
    • never compromise your safety for the convenience of the vehicle.

    3. Accident update

    You may remember the article 3 weeks ago about the unconscious rider found on the bike path. A member recognized the circumstances described as matching an accident her friend had the same day. They got in touch and we helped them fill in some of the details. Happy to say the rider is recovering, albeit with a broken collarbone and some post-concussion symptoms. Turns out the rider had her driver’s license in her back pocket. It wasn’t obvious enough for somebody to find while trying to stabilize her with a broken collarbone and in a lot of pain. Moral of this story, make sure you have some ID that someone can find. She will be ordering a RoadID. Ride safe.

    4. Diversions

    Coyote sighting

    After all of the news about Barrhaven coyotes/attacks, I was keeping an eye out while riding in the Greenbelt forest. Near Rifle Road and south of the 19th Tee driving range, I had a near-miss crossing with a large German Shepherd-sized coyote with a long thick bushy tail.

    I was riding at a slow pace and relatively quietly on the asphalt path which runs towards the train overpass. About 50m east of the iron bridge over Watts Creek, a coyote sauntered out the forest and crossed my path, but lucky for me it trotted into the forest bounded by the railway further south. I estimate being less than 50m further east from the coyote. It was scary. After that I rode while ringing my bell, as there are a lot of windy sections on the gravel paths - especially where one never knows what is around the next corner. Paul Dobrovolny

    Article: Cycling in rural Ottawa

    https://ottawatourism.ca/en/rural

    Webcams: Spend virtual time at the zoo

    https://theculturetrip.com/europe/united-kingdom/scotland/articles/spend-virtual-time-at-the-zoo-with-these-cute-experiences-from-around-the-world/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_level=newsletter&utm_campaign=20200518_SS_SC_OnlineExpLaunch&optimove_cid=&utm_slot=9+?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_level=newsletter&utm_campaign=20200603_STORIES_New&optimove_cid=108860&utm_slot=5

    Video: Time to visit Greece? (8:54)

    https://youtu.be/BJajig1dDj8

    Staying sober Article: Eastern Ontario Wine producers route map

    https://www.easternontariowines.com/wine-route.html

    Video: 2,000 Indian runner ducks at a South African vineyard (1:16)

    https://youtu.be/RfR58qGbZQQ

    https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/duck-pest-control?utm_medium=atlas-page&utm_source=facebook.com

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    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

    bikeshorts(at)knbc.ca

  • 22 Jun 2020 3:35 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

    1. The Rides (June 16-22)

    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(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

    17 June 2019

    L2 – Richmond for coffee – 54 km

    21 June 2019

    L2 - Ottawa Valley Loop – 50 km

    Should you have any questions or require more information, contact the KNBC Tour Director at: tour-director(at)knbc.ca

    2. Tour Director News

    In order to reduce the possibility of contacting Covid-19, we are limiting rides to 5 registrants plus the leader, for a total of 6. Whatever the limit, we will need more rides and more leaders. To encourage more rides, we will schedule rides on any day of the week. In July, when CCCTS starts riding, we will not schedule Tuesday and Thursday rides because we don’t want to interfere with their program. Until then any day of the week is fine to schedule a KNBC ride.

    If more than 5 register for a ride, then there will be a waiting list. If someone steps forward to lead an overflow ride, then an additional 5 can ride. The overflow ride will start half an hour before or after the regular ride. We can’t have 12 people milling around at the start. That would violate the government regulations prohibiting more than 10 people congregating. The only thing that limits this process is the number of people who volunteer to lead overflow rides. We could have several versions of the same ride, each separated by half an hour.

    This brings up the question of who is going to volunteer to lead these overflow rides. Obviously, those who have registered will be the primary candidates. Each of us has to consider leading rides. The alternative is not being able to do rides that you want. If you have a smart phone, then get in the habit of downloading rides on your phone and navigate with your phone, even if you are not the leader. After you have done this a couple of times, you should be able to step forward when we need leaders for overflow rides.

    Everyone who participates in KNBC rides this year needs a mask (or face covering) and hand sanitizer. If you are going to lead rides, you will also need disposable gloves, sanitizing wipes or spray, and a first aid kit. When I went to the Superstore, they were out of Lysol wipes, but they did have the Lysol sanitizing spray. I bought the last box of gloves at Shoppers Drug Mart. They were one size fits all and, to my delight, I actually got my hand into one. The box has 50 gloves, so, if you don’t have gloves, I’m happy to give you a couple.

    There are a lot of things we can’t take for granted this year. That includes restaurants, water and bathrooms. For myself, I intend to steer clear of restaurants. You can’t use public fountains to refill your water bottles. The water fountain at Gamelin, which we frequent whenever we ride in the Gatineau Park, is boarded up so that we can’t use it, we can’t touch it and we can’t see it. At first I thought that the NCC was being obnoxious. Then I realized that, if I could twist the knob on that fountain, I and hundreds of others would be touching it every day. The knob is made of metal; metal retains the virus for a long time. If any of those hundreds had the virus, that fountain could infect a large number of people. Thank heaven the NCC has thought it through.

    In my view, each of us should carry everything we need for the day. That includes all food and all water. On an 80k ride on a hot humid day, I need 4 water bottles to be sure that I don’t run dry. It’s a no brainer that I’m going to be riding with a saddle bag this year. We are all going to be carrying a lot of extra stuff. If a saddle bag doesn’t work for you, you might need to cram lots into the pockets on your bike shirt, and/or purchase a light back pack.

    Bathrooms are going to be a problem. For context, here’s an article on the current trend of public urination in American cities:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/health/american-cities-becoming-big-toilet-lack-public-restrooms-amid-covid-19

    Ride leaders are asked to think about bathroom opportunities on their rides. It is inevitable that occasions will arise where we just have to do it in the bushes. Take comfort, if you can, in the knowledge that most of our forebears did this as a matter of course and that it remains the norm for half of humanity to this day. Using leading edge archeological methods, scientists have recently determined that there were no toilets in the Garden of Eden.

    3. Safety tip from Monna - Be careful when leaving the road for an "environmental study"

    With so many restrooms closed - it has become increasing necessary to conduct off road "Environmental studies". We not only need to be mindful of poison, oak, poison ivy and ticks - we now have to be very weary of coming in contact with Giant Hogweed.

    When combined with sunlight, sap from this plant can cause extreme skin irritation, temporary or permanent blindness and scarring. Burns can continue to cause painful blisters when exposed to sunlight for up to a decade. It looks like giant Queen's Anne Lace:

    https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/news/article/plant-that-can-cause-third-degree-burns-popping-up-in-canada-giant-hogweed-ontario-bc-prairies-maritimes-heracleum-mantegazzianum

    4. Diversions

    How to chose a non-medical face mask

    When choosing (or making), a non-medical face mask, do not lose sight of its purpose: to provide protection from a biological hazard spread via droplets when an infected person coughs on you, or you touch residual droplets somewhere and then touch your nose or mouth - ergo why we are washing our hand so frequently, and maintaining physical distancing. The shell (outside) of non-medical masks should be made from tightly woven (NOT KNIT), cotton fabric to resist the penetration of droplets. Knitted fabric, can actually wick the droplets towards your face.

    With regard to the design, needle impregnation, causes holes (albeit small from sewing), which can actually allow biological hazards to penetrate. If you have ever slept in an old fashioned canvas tent in the rain - you know (by the puddles in your tent in the morning), that moisture seeps in through the seams. Designs that feature a seam right down the middle, actually put the area (nose and mouth), at risk that we are trying to protect. A pleated design is a safer option. And - the mask is to be worn with the pleats down (on the outside).

    Article: Pandemic leading to more bikeable and liveable cities in Canada

    https://www.freshdaily.ca/news/2020/06/bikeable-liveable-cities-canada/

    Article: 'We sold eight bikes in 20 minutes!' Will the cycling boom last?

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/09/we-sold-eight-bikes-in-20-minutes-will-the-cycling-boom-last?CMP=fb_gu&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1591694394

    Article: Why the world overlooked Canadian whisky

    https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/is-canadian-whiskey-good

    KNBC’s FaceBook page

    KNBC has a Group Facebook page. Many of you are cycling in small groups and physically distancing for sure! Join our KNBC Facebook page by simply clicking on the icon "join" just below the group photo. Join our Facebook Group, take photos and post them on our Group page. Or send them to Michèle Dextras at mdextras8(at)gmail.com and she will post them. Share your adventures!

    This is the link. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1659017614427322/

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    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

    bikeshorts(at)knbc.ca

  • 15 Jun 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. Safety Tip from Monna - Riding in the heat

    When riding in hot weather – steer clear of the ‘repair areas’ of cracks and paving seams. They are injected with hot tar or asphalt, which tends to soften considerable in the heat. This can actually 'grab and trap' your tires, much like railway tracks, and cause a very sudden nasty fall.

    Access to water may now be a challenge - so don't forget to carry sufficient water with you. Drink BEFORE you are thirsty and eat BEFORE you are hungry when riding in heat to avoid 'bonking'.

    2. More on road IDs

    Another option is https://freeemergencycontactcard.com/ It's sponsored by Canada Retirement Information Centres in Canada. But anyone can get one. https://freeemergencycontactcard.com/

    IPhone set up: Did you know that on an I-phone, if the owner has set it up properly, you can see the medical information and contact info without signing in?

    You hit the home button to see the sign- in keypad, then at the bottom left there’s the word “emergency”. Press that, you get a keyboard where anyone can call 911. At the bottom left of that screen is the word ‘Medical”. Hit that and you see my name, date of birth, allergies etc. and contact info.

    3. Diversions

    COVID-19 News

    - You can get tested for free at the test site on 595 Moodie Blvd. This is the D. Aubry Moodie School. The test will not tell you if you have had the virus or if you are immune. It only tests if you currently are infected and are therefore posing a risk to people around you. No reservations required. Just show up with your Ontario Health Card. You get your results in 1-3 days. Open 9am – 4 pm.

    You Ride Gravel? Like, on Purpose?!

    A small, but growing cadre of KNBC members have taken up the hottest trend in cycling - Gravel Riding. Many long-time recreational cyclists ask - "What, ride gravel on purpose, are you nuts?!". But gravel riding really is a sensible response to the changing nature of our cycling environment:

    The budgets for road maintenance can't keep up with the required repairs, so more and more of our paved roads are becoming rough, cracked and potholed. Traffic on main roads is getting busier, and road building cannot keep up. Roads that we regularly used for KNBC rides in the past are no longer safe.

    Cycling technology has made rapid improvements in the last decade to deal effectively with rough and unpaved surfaces. Technology originally designed for mountain biking (hydraulic disc brakes and the endurance frame geometry for example) has been re-purposed for road cycling. We've learned how to build compliant frames, design wider tires that are as efficient as narrow ones, and put wide gear ranges on road bikes.

    75% of our roads in the region are unpaved. This includes some of the quietest, secluded, and scenic riding in the region.

    This spring I've used an aluminum gravel bike with 40mm tires for all my riding. I've noticed my cycling has become significantly more carefree and fun:

    • I feel infinitely safer. I just don't care about cracked and broken pavement anymore. No more swerving or tense moments navigating wide cracks and missing pavement.
    • The bike is more stable, it tracks and corners superbly.
    • The smaller gears make climbing much more fun (if climbing can ever be considered fun!)

    It's not noticeably slower (In fact, on rough pavement it feels faster). On a recent loop of the Gatineau Parkway, I set an all-time personal best for the Strava Fortune Lake descent segment, beating my time on my carbon fibre Argon 18 with its 25mm race wheels. I didn't get a PB on the Pinks Lake descent, but I did hit 69kph, which is near my maximum. And I never felt safer on a bike at those speeds.

    I can use really nice routes that may require riding a few kilometres of unpaved roads to "connect the dots" to make an interesting ride. Is there construction on the route? I just don't care. Of course, I can also ride the unpaved roads. There is an incredible variety of quiet, scenic riding on roads and in areas I never knew existed. You can ride to California! The Ontario version (it's on Google Maps!) is just south of White Lake and is reached by Darling Rd and California Rd. There is some drop-dead gorgeous scenery riding from Mohr Corners into Galetta on Mohrs Rd across Mississippi. But it's on an unpaved road - I've ridden in that area for decades and never knew about it until last year.

    This year, KNBC is experimenting with gravel riding. We've added Gravel Rides to our RideWithGPS route library. Use the tag Gravel to find them. If there is interest, we can add more. If you are interested in trying gravel rides with the KNBC, just let Bill Bourne know. He's organizing an informal KNBC Gravel Interest Group (GIG) and will help introduce people to riding unpaved roads and organize some informal gravel rides

    What do you need to experiment with gravel riding?

    • Wider tires. 32mm is the minimum for "gentle gravel" routes. 36mm-40mm is better. A smooth, supple, "file-tread" tire is best. You don't need gnarly, knobby tires.
    • Lower gears are useful when you get into hilly regions like Quebec or Lanark county.
    • An "endurance" or "gravel" bike is ideal, but not at all necessary, as long as you can get bigger tires on your bike.

    Bill Bourne

    Article: Bill & Angela and Odette’s excellent adventure to Sri Lanka

    In January Angela and Bill Bourne and Odette Regimbal joined a few other cyclists on a 2-week tour of Sri Lanka from "Tip to Tail". Bill recently gave a slide presentation on their adventure to a joint virtual Zoom meeting of the KNBC and the Ottawa Bicycle Club. The turnout of about 50 people exceeded our expectations! If you want to watch a video of Bill's talk, or just look at his photos, you can find them online at https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AKtIYQ3swsLGzeg&id=FD651F0E28E78C2E%21431427&cid=FD651F0E28E78C2E

    And if you are looking for a cycling adventure next winter, Bill and Angela can highly recommend one of Dave Trattle's trips: https://www.srilankabicycleadventure.com/ and http://www.southindiabicycleadventure.com/

    Movies: European Union provides more films to watch online for free! (until June 18)

    https://www.cfi-icf.ca/eu-summer

    More movies: Cineplex

    https://store.cineplex.com/promo/understandingblackstories.aspx?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=cpxstoreweekly&utm_content=1a

    KNBC’s FaceBook page

    KNBC has a Group Facebook page. Many of you are cycling in small groups and physically distancing for sure! Join our KNBC Facebook page by simply clicking on the icon "join" just below the group photo. Join our Facebook Group, take photos and post them on our Group page. Or send them to Michèle Dextras at mdextras8(at)gmail.com and she will post them. Share your adventures!

    This is the link. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1659017614427322/

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

    bikeshorts(at)knbc.ca