• 27 Apr 2020 9:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bike Shorts is published weekly. You are very welcome to suggest content. Just send your info to bikeshorts(at)knbc.ca

    Happy cocooning at home.

    1. Tour Director News

    2. Safety tip from Monna

    3. Diversions

    1. Tour Director News

    Tour Director News – Using RideWithGPS to Create Bike Routes

    Last week we so enjoyed exploring our RWGPS (RideWithGPS) library, that this week we are going to learn how to make a bike route using RWGPS. As a bonus, we will also learn how to use satellite images in google. The route that we will be making is: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32321450

    If you find the route description below confusing, you will want to open this route in a separate window in your browser to be sure that you are on the right track.

    Now let’s get started. First, go to the RWGPS website: https://ridewithgps.com/

    This is going to be so much fun that we are going to want to bookmark this website, if we have not already done so. If you are prompted to sign up, it means you have to log in or sign up. 

    Now click on “Route Planner”, it’s near the top left. Near the top right you will see “Enter a location”, type in “Bate Island”, then click on “Go”. Click on “No” to the question: “Do you want this to be your start point?” They never get the start point exactly where we want it. We will pinpoint it ourselves.

    It is much easier to pinpoint the start using google maps, so open another window in your browser, start google maps, and zoom in on Bate Island. In the lower left corner of the map, click on “Satellite”. Now you can see the parking spaces and make a reasonable choice of start points. For some real excitement, click on the “3D” option and drag Bate Island around. The more you zoom, the more the excitement. Having chosen the start point, return to the RWGPS window and click on the start point. A little green balloon appears. (If a red line is attached to the little green balloon, then you have to click on “Clear Map” at the top left, because that red line is headed off somewhere we don’t want to go. Having cleared the map, click again on the start point and only a little green balloon will appear.)

    At the bottom right, you can choose “Walking”, “Cycling” or “Driving”. Make sure that “Cycling” is selected. Now click on the bridge going over to Quebec. I just did that. What I expected to see was a nice route from the start point onto the bridge. Instead what I got is a route that crosses the bridge and then turns around and comes back to where I clicked. When weird stuff like that happens, click “Undo” below the right bottom corner of the map. When I clicked “Undo” I was reminded of an idiosyncrasy of RWGPS. Clicking “Undo” should only remove the last place you clicked. But, if you have only clicked one point other than the start point, it erases the start point as well. There are a couple of lessons here: (1) after selecting the start point, always choose your next point nearby; (2) when weird things happen, click “Undo”, zoom in, and try again.

    Having made our way successfully onto the bridge, we are going to turn right on Boul. de Lucerne immediately after the bridge. So click on Boul. de Lucerne to the right of the bridge. We are going to take the first left off Lucerne which is Rue St. Dominique, but it is a full kilometre after the bridge. So find Rue St. Dominique, and click in the middle of the first little block (we are still south of Alexandre Taché). We are going to turn left on Taché and then, 100 metres later, right on the first of two blue bike paths. Click on the first of the two bike path so that we are headed north into Moore Farm.

    Zoom out, if need be, to see the bike path go north and then swing west to cross the big street (St. Raymond). Click on the bike path after it has crossed St. Raymond. I don’t like what I see. There is a weird glitch as we cross St. Raymond and there are two parallel paths going north. I want the path on the right; the computer has selected the path on the left. So Undo and click your way up the blue path until you are across St. Raymond. Try to stay on the blue path all the way. If you are successful, you are better at this than I am. I couldn’t figure out any way to get across St. Raymond without jumping off the blue bike path and generating four lines of garbage in the cue sheet.

    Actually, there is a way to go straight across St. Raymond. Hit “Undo” until the glitchy bit crossing St. Raymond has been erased. On the left of your screen you will see that “Follow Roads” is selected. Select “Draw Lines” underneath instead. Now click on the bike path on the other side of St. Raymond. The good news is that the four lines of garbage instructions are gone from the cue sheet. I’m hoping that there is also bad news. Control points are the little white circles where you have clicked to define the route. Depending on where your second last control point was, your route may have totally departed the bike path. If so, it is easy to fix. Put the cursor on the previous control point and click to drag it along the path until all looks well. Now, switch back to “Follow Roads” or you’ll be sorry.

    This has been an interesting exercise in “Draw Lines”. Actually, I would not use “Draw Lines” here. I would just live with the little glitches as we cross St. Raymond because they do not cause problems with a GPS or a smart phone. They are only a problem if you are relying on cue sheets. In our next lesson (yes, there is more than one), we will look at some cases where you do need to “Draw Lines”.

    Having crossed St. Raymond, we will take the first right on the bake path, as it goes north through Parc des Trembles. Then we will turn right on Boul. Louise Campagna. It took me three clicks to do this. How many did it take you? Then we are going left on the bike path on the west side of St. Raymond, then cross St. Raymond and follow Sentier des Pionniers to Promenade de la Gatineau, then right on the bike path beside Promenade de la Gatineau. I did this in a single click.

    Now we are going to turn right onto the bike path that goes beside des Alumettières on the north side. I clicked on the bike path just before the first roundabout on des Alumettières and all is well. What happens as you cross Promenade du Lac des Fées does look very strange, but it is in fact correct. The route looks like a double paper clip and it is bike path all the way.

    Now we are going to ride the bike path past the three roundabouts and turn left on Crémazie (second street after the third roundabout). So find Crémazie and click on it. When I did this a year ago, there were lots of mistakes and I had a dandy time trying to make the route follow the bike path. For some reason, today there are only two mistakes. So zoom in on the route and find any places where it departs from the bike path. Undo and re-click until the mistakes are all fixed. Sorry this isn’t more difficult. You may even find that there are no mistakes to fix. You can never be sure what computers will do.

    That’s enough for now. Let’s go no further. Click on the red “Save” button. The “Save” button is above the cue sheet, which is at the left of the screen. You might have to scroll up on the cue sheet to find the “Save” button. Having hit the “Save” button, you are now looking at the “Save Route” box. Fill in the “Title” field and click on “Save”. Now a box appears where you can choose to “View Route”. You can if you want, but I would just close this box, sit back and relax for now. There will be more to do in next week’s installment of Tour Director News. Tom Wiley

    2. Safety Tip from Monna – Be careful on sand and gravel

    Anyone who has ventured out recently on their bikes can attest to how dirty the roads are. All the winter sand, gravel and general debris can be treacherous when we are on our bike. Hitting sand at high speed is comparable to hitting a brick wall - you are probably going to go down. To avoid injury - be attentive to road surfaces and adjust your speed accordingly, especially when cornering. Be careful, slow down, and be aware of your environment.

    3. Diversions

    Web pages from Ontario By Bike: How to Bike ON During COVID-19

    1. Ride Indoors - Check out Zwift, Rouvy or Fulgaz for some virtual indoor cycling experiences. Bring your bike indoors with stand solutions such as Kickr by Wahoo Fitness. Download the Peleton app for free cycling classes and more to get you further motivated.

    2. Plan Your Next Adventure - Plan new routes to explore in the future; a ride bucket list if you will. Find cycling itineraries on our website or get some ride ideas from the 2020 Cycling in Ontario guide. Try plotting your own ride route or itinerary on RidewithGPS or Strava.

    3. Find Alternative Exercises - There are lots of training programs and exercise routines now online. For the more serious have a look at 10 Essential Strength Exercises for Cyclists and a Guide to Training During COVID-19.

    4. Read a Book or Enjoy Some Cycling Screen Time - A new popular topic of conversation check out these curated lists and suggestions: Best book suggestions from Adventure Cycling; Bike movies to binge watch from Pinkbike; Movies and books from European Cycling Federation; Youtube channel by GCN/Global Cycling Network; short bike movies/docs Standing Man, Life of Pie, Dirt Magic From Dying Mining Town to Mountain Bike Mecca and We Are Epic.

    Downloadable book: Cargo Bike Nation

    The Host of TVO’s Life-sized city has made his book "Cargo Bike Nation" available for free download during #coronavirus crisis. Over 700 photos of cargo bikes in action - and general transporting stuff by bike - for urban inspiration.

    It's available for a limited time at this WeTransfer link: https://we.tl/t-opYCJIRQte

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    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

    bikeshorts(at)knbc.ca


  • 20 Apr 2020 11:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bike Shorts is published weekly. You are very welcome to suggest content. Just send your info to bikeshorts@knbc.ca

    Happy Easter

    1. Tour director news

    2. Safety tip from Monna

    3. Diversions

    1. Tour Director News – Using KNBC’s RideWithGPS Library

    We want to encourage members to use our RWGPS (RideWithGPS) library of bike routes. Here is the direct link to it:

    https://ridewithgps.com/organizations/1986-kanata-nepean-bicycle-club-knbc/routes?

    Please go to this link and then bookmark it so that our library is forever just a click away.

    Now, if by any chance you should have any time on your hands, let’s play with it a bit. First you will notice that the “Route Name” column is not wide enough for our route names. So let’s widen it. To do that, move the cursor just to the left of “Tags” in the grey (light blue?) bar. As you move the cursor back and forth, you will see “<-||->”. When you see it, hold down the left mouse button and move the cursor to the right. When you release the mouse button, the column will widen. Once you have finished widening the “Route Name” column, you might want to widen the “Tags” column.

    Now as you page down, you will see all 289 routes in our library. Let’s narrow the search. In the “Filter by Tag” box enter “v2020”. Now you can see about 115 routes. These are the routes that Bill Bourne, Dave Boshard, and I have vetted in the last month or so. We have updated the routes, upgraded the cue sheets and verified the ride descriptions. In most cases v2020 routes were ridden by the club in 2019. So these are the routes that you will usually be most interested in.

    Suppose you are interested in finding a route to Carp. Get rid of the v2020 tag so that we are looking at all the rides. Now type “carp” in the “by Name” box. Seventeen rides appear; some of them go to Carp and some of them start at Carp. To see only the rides that start at Carp, type “[car” in the “by Name” box. To see the rides that go to Carp, type “carp” in the “by Name” box. The names of the rides that you see are not very descriptive. So move the cursor to the “View” column. As you move the cursor down the column, from one route to another, small maps of the routes appear. This should give you a good idea of which routes interest you. Having found a route of interest, click on “View” for that route, and the RWGPS route comes up.

    The tags “Gravel”, “Hilly” and “Pathway” probably don’t require explanation. “v2020” means vetted in 2020. The other tags are used by Bill, Dave and myself to manage the library.

    You might also want to look at the CCCTS library. Here is the direct link:

    https://ridewithgps.com/organizations/1903-cross-canada-cycle-tour-society/routes?

    When searching their library you might want to restrict your search with the tag “National Capital Region” or perhaps by Location “Ottawa”. The tags “North”, “South”, “East” and “West” might also be helpful.

    Here is a great resource.

    https://ridewithgps.com/organizations/search

    Sometimes (for example, right now, as I am testing it) when I click on this link, it goes to some weird place. When that happens, I have to copy the link and paste it into the address bar of my browser. If you are in the right place, it will say “CLUB DIRECTORY” and below that is a list of almost 500 bike club libraries for you to look at. If that’s not what you see, then you have to paste the link into the address bar of your browser. If you are planning a multi-day tour or going on holiday with your bike, you can search this directory by location to find bike clubs in your area of interest. Then you browse through their libraries and pick out the rides you want.  Tom Wiley

    2. Safety Tip from Monna - The Physical Distancing rule applies when on the bike!

    The typical social distancing rule, of between 1–2 meters, which many countries apply seems effective when you are standing still inside or even outside with low wind. But, when we go for a walk, run or bike ride we need to be more careful. Study results from Belgian and Dutch scientists advise that for walking the distance of people moving in the same direction in 1 line should be at least 4–5 meter, for running and slow biking it should be 10 meters and for hard biking at least 20 meters. Also, when passing someone it is advised to already be in different lane at a considerable distance e.g. 20 meters for biking.

    For more info - here is the link. There is some disagreement on the web about this recommendation.

    https://medium.com/@jurgenthoelen/belgian-dutch-study-why-in-times-of-covid-19-you-can-not-walk-run-bike-close-to-each-other-a5df19c77d08

    3. Diversions

    CBC Article: Are physical distancing measures giving bikes a new lease on life?

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/what-on-earth-newsletter-cycling-covid-19-climate-change-1.5528224

    Article: NCC Update on COVID-19

    https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/news/covid-19?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Cycling%20season%20precautions%20with%20Covid-19%20%20Prcautions%20%20prendre%20%20vlo%20contre%20la%20COVID-19&utm_content=Cycling%20season%20precautions%20with%20Covid-19%20%20Prcautions%20%20prendre%20%20vlo%20contre%20la%20COVID-19+CID_951fa4226f04866190c40f4f63855314&utm_source=CampaignMonitor&utm_term=LEARN%20MORE

    Article: How to get groceries delivered by small Ottawa area companies during covid-19

    https://ottawaroadtrips.com/2020/04/08/how-to-get-groceries-delivered-by-small-ottawa-area-companies-during-covid-19/

    Article: Virtually hike the Appalachian Trail using this app

    https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/virtually-hike-the-appalachian-trail?utm_campaign=ENL-AMERICAS-ENGAGED-20200407&utm_source=sfmc&utm_medium=email&stuid=c9e58aa1c8059bfa7aeeb2631969f344&utm_content=144799&utm_term=

    Video: Danny MacAskill's Gymnasium (5:50)

    https://youtu.be/fAEBNEscL0c

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    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

    bikeshorts@knbc.ca

  • 6 Apr 2020 11:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bike Shorts is published weekly. You are very welcome to suggest content. Just send your info to bikeshorts(at)knbc.ca

    1. Club rides postponed until Ottawa Public Health gives the green light

    2. Club ride leadership training

    3. Safety tips

    4. Diversions

    1. KNBC Executive Notice on Club Rides

    The KNBC Executive has decided to cancel its group rides and all events, at least for the month of April. This decision shouldn’t surprise any of you. We are erring on the side of caution and can neither promote nor condone group riding at this time.

    We would encourage you to make your own decisions on riding, and take advantage of the magnificent library of rides we have in the club’s RideWithGPS account, including some gravel rides.

    Please follow the OPH guidelines regarding physical distancing, and only ride as singles or pairs.

    We are living in very chaotic times to say the least. We will continue to update members via Bike Shorts as well as on the club website.

    Your executive, like all of you, is closely following events and monitoring news from Ottawa Public Health.

    Get out. Get some exercise. Don’t go nuts at home! But above all, be safe.

    2. INTERESTED IN TOUR LEADING? (NEW AND EXPERIENCED TOUR LEADERS TAKE NOTE!)

    The Tour Leader Training session planned for Wed April 1st has been cancelled. New Tour Leaders please contact Bill Bourne bill(at)bashd.ca and he will help you get started!

    Tour Leading is one of the easiest and most practical ways to make a visible contribution to the club. More tour leaders mean more tours on offer and a greater variety of routes and levels. We are always looking for new tour leaders. It's not an onerous role requiring a lot of expertise, but training is useful, especially if you are new to the club.

    This year we are updating the tour leader training, and including some new material on things like Traffic Safety, use of RideWithGPS, making the most of our online registration system, and how to handle large numbers of participants. There will be lots of opportunity for questions and discussion. Bill Bourne bill@bashd.ca is organizing and running the Tour Leader Training.

    We had planned two sessions on April 1st and April 30th, but with the current COVID-19 situation "all bets are off". So we are asking everyone interested in the training to simply email Bill bill@bashd.ca to express their interest. Also, if you have specific questions, suggestions, or topics you would like covered, Bill would love to hear from you!

    3. Safety Tip from Monna - Check your bike

    Our winter toys have been rather abruptly put away - but - before you consider going on your first ride - Please take the time to check your bike to ensure it is in safe operating condition:

    check the brakes to confirm they are working with proper clearance and no frayed cables;

    check the gears to ensure they are shifting properly;

    clean and lubricate your chain;

    make sure that your quick releases are properly and tightly closed;

    ensure your tires are properly inflated;

    ensure any accessories (kickstands, racks, panniers, etc.) are securely fastened;

    ensure nothing is hanging loose (including clothing) that could become tangled in the gears, brakes or wheel; and

    ensure you have a working bell—it is the law.

    If you do cycle (now banned in France), be careful out there, we do not want to over burden an already stressed medical system, and if you chose to cycle with another, please respect physical distancing.

    4. Diversions

    Must read article: How much distance should you leave to the cyclist ahead in a time of pandemic?

    https://road.cc/content/news/how-much-distance-should-you-leave-cyclist-ahead-272229

    Article: “How the hell can I do 100 days of this?” – 5 self-isolation tips from a solo circumnavigating sailor

    https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/self-isolation-tips?utm_campaign=ENL-AMERICAS-ENGAGED-20200329&utm_source=sfmc&utm_medium=email&stuid=c9e58aa1c8059bfa7aeeb2631969f344&utm_content=143795&utm_term=

    Article: 10 Photography activities for staying productive in quarantine

    https://www.thephoblographer.com/2020/03/26/10-photography-activities-for-staying-productive-in-quarantine/

    Article: RVCA waiving fees at local conservation areas

    https://www.rvca.ca/news/rvca-waiving-fees-at-local-conservation-areas

    Spring cleaning: 33 ways to declutter your life (and keep it that way!)

    Since we are all stuck at home….

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/other/33-ways-to-declutter-your-life-and-keep-it-that-way/ss-BB108oFw

    Speaking of Marie Kondo…..

    https://konmari.com/

    Article with loooooong videos: Stuck inside? Feeling anxious? These 'Slow TV' travel videos could be the answer

    https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/slow-tv-travel-videos?utm_campaign=ENL-AMERICAS-ENGAGED-20200329&utm_source=sfmc&utm_medium=email&stuid=c9e58aa1c8059bfa7aeeb2631969f344&utm_content=143795&utm_term=

    For example, Train ride from Bergen to Oslo (7 hours!)

    https://youtu.be/hvHK4yZNXpk

    Councillor for Kanata North - Seeking volunteers

    https://kanatanorth.ca/volunteer-needhelp/

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    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

    bikeshorts(at)knbc.ca


  • 19 Mar 2020 11:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Next issue of Bike Shorts will come out on March 23 and then weekly after that date. You are very welcome to suggest content. Just send your info to bikeshorts(at)knbc.ca

    1. Tour Director News

    2. Multi-day tours

    3. Diversions

    1. Tour Director News

    Tour Leader Training

    There will be two Tour Leader Training meetings this year. The first is on April 1 and the second is on April 30. If you are thinking of leading rides, this is an excellent opportunity to learn the ropes. Experienced tour leaders are also welcome. The same ground is covered in both meetings, so please register for only one. Both meetings are at Your Independent Grocer on Main Street in Stittsville. Bill Bourne will be running these meetings. Feel free to contact him with any questions bill@bashd.ca

    Populating the calendar with rides

    We are starting to populate the calendar right now. Email tour-director(at)knbc.ca with details of rides that you want to lead, and we will put them in the calendar. For each ride, we need the following information from you:

    • Ride level – L1, L2, L3, L4 or L5
    • Name of the ride
    • Date and Time

    Participants will also need the following information (which you can specify, if you choose; otherwise, we will fill in the information):

    • Start location
    • Ride description
    • RideWithGPS route
    • Lunch arrangements

    You can make up your own RideWithGPS route and we will put it in the club library so that smart phones are fully enabled. Participants need to know whether they can buy a picnic lunch and whether they can go to a restaurant. Once your rides are in the calendar you should check that everything is correct. At that time you can always ask for changes.

    There has been some interest expressed in scheduling gravel rides. We are ready to do this, but be sure that we understand it is a gravel ride. Otherwise you might have people showing up who are unprepared and disappointed. You should also specify a level for the gravel ride. Ordinarily, we don’t allow two rides of the same level to be scheduled on the same day. We will make an exception for gravel rides. For example, we might schedule two L3 rides on the same day if one of them is gravel and the other is not.

    2. Multi-day tours

    Sept 14-17 KNBC L1 Multi-day ride

    A multi-day L1 ride is planned for September in the area east of Montreal, around Valleyfield. The dates are:

    - Monday Sept 14: in the afternoon, drive to the hotel or B&B

    - Tues-Thurs Sept 15-17: biking each day, averaging 60-65 km per day

    - After the ride on Thurs 17: drive home.

    The exact rides are to be determined, but examples of the kind of rides we will do are described in this web site.

    https://www.tourisme-monteregie.qc.ca/en/member/category/things-to-do/cyclo-tourism/cycling-itineraries/?season=winter

    The ride is being jointly planned and led by Murray Gordon and Barrie Kirk. If you want to be added to our "interested" list (no commitment just yet), please write to murraygordon49(at)gmail.com and barrie.kirk(at)gmx.com

    There is a maximum of 16 riders, first come first served. If we get over 16, we'll start a standby list. In the next few weeks, we will decide on the details of the routes and where will be staying. We will then write to everybody who has expressed interest.

    Murray Gordon and Barrie Kirk

    3. Diversions

    KNBC snapshot or photograph workshop

    The first KNBC photography workshop: Snapshot or photograph held on Feb. 25 was attended by 37 members and guests. KNBC member Frank Schilder did a great job of highlighting some key ideas for taking better photos (rule of thirds). The attendees also enjoyed visiting a new microbrewery and sampling a few beers. Look for photos on the club’s Facebook page. If you have an idea for a club outing to another microbrewery or restaurant, then send your thought to president(at)knbc.ca or to social(at)knbc.ca

    City of Ottawa, Transportation Master Plan (TMP) Update

    The City of Ottawa is undertaking a review and update of the Transportation Master Plan, Ottawa Pedestrian Plan, and Ottawa Cycling Plan. The TMP is the roadmap for the planning and operation of the City’s walking, cycling, transit and road networks over the next several decades. This TMP Update is an opportunity to create an inclusive, affordable, and well-organized transportation network that supports the new Official Plan’s goal of making Ottawa the most liveable mid-sized city in North America.

    https://engage.ottawa.ca/transportation-master-plan

    Article: Bicycling Will Save Tomorrow’s Cities, Predicts Deloitte

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/carltonreid/2020/12/29/bicycling-will-save-tomorrows-cities-predicts-deloitte/#177b839c6739

    Article: Energizing Food for Cyclists: Top 10

    https://www.ilovebicycling.com/energizing-food-cyclists-10-best/

    Article: In it for the long-haul: Why couples who travel together stay together

    https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/why-travel-as-a-couple-is-good-for-your-relationship?utm_campaign=ENL-AMERICAS-20200209&utm_source=sfmc&utm_medium=email&stuid=c9e58aa1c8059bfa7aeeb2631969f344&utm_content=137694&utm_term=

    Article: Cycling with your partner: Why you should ride together

    https://www.ilovebicycling.com/cycling-with-your-partner-why-you-should-ride-together/

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    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

    Bikeshorts(at)knbc.ca


  • 20 Feb 2020 3:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bike Shorts will be published less often over the winter. Next issue will come out on March 2. You are very welcome to suggest content. Just send your info to bikeshorts(at)knbc.ca

    KNBC Winter Social

    There was a great turnout for the winter social at Amberwood Lounge and Eatery (ALE) on Saturday Feb. 8. Big thanks to Janet and her team of Pete, Dave, Mary-France, Peter and Sandra for making it a very pleasant evening. There was a 5 minute slide show of photos going back to 2002 and numerous door prizes. 

    Diversions

    Feb. 25 (Tues), KNBC workshop: Snapshot or photograph?

    Time: 7-9 pm

    Location: Evergreen Craft Ales, 21-767 Silver Seven Road, Kanata

    KNBC member, Frank Schilder is presenting a workshop on taking better photos with your camera or smartphone.  The workshop is being held in a very new microbrewery in Kanata, Evergreen Craft Ales.  Come for the presentation and/or come for the beer.  There is a limit of 35 spaces. https://knbc.ca/event-3728710

    Wanted: Assistant KNBC Club Clothing Manager

    Wanted: Assistant KNBC Club Clothing Manager to help take and place orders for club custom cycling kit. Volunteer will become familiar with the clothing styles and options and ordering procedure, and will meet lots of club members in the process!  Two ordering opportunities are offered each year which entail a few weeks of busy-ness answering questions and taking orders and payments, followed by 4-5 weeks  waiting for delivery, then another week or two of managing distribution of the items to their owners - and then, six months later, do it all again. Please let Linda Kennedy know if you are interested in helping out. Send e-mail to clothing(at)knbc.ca

    Article: Your Bike Tune-Up Checklist

    https://www.ilovebicycling.com/your-bike-tune-up-checklist/

    Article: Symptoms of Bad Bike Fit

    https://www.ilovebicycling.com/symptoms-of-bad-bike-fit/

    Cycling gadgets

    The Olumins is a unique bike tail. It's a light that has a distinctive design like its circular form, extreme grip, multitude of features and is very bright. Olumins was designed to keep you safe and visible.

    The Olumin™ is the smart 12-LED tail light built for safety and visibility during the day or night! Like a car, it detects when you are breaking to emit a bright light alerting others you're stopping.

    Equipped with 6 smart sensors, Olumins™ automatically starts when you ride, and stops with your static for 60 seconds. Choose from 5 different brightness levels and modes. https://olumins.com/

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    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

    bikeshorts(at)knbc.ca

  • 10 Nov 2019 9:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bike Shorts will be published less often after the Annual General Meeting

    1. Diversions

    Article: The future of transportation

    https://slate.com/technology/2019/10/future-of-transportation-bus-bike-elevator.html

    Cartoon: Why you might need more than one bike

    https://cyclingcartoons.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/bicycles-more-than-one-1024x844.jpg

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    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC


  • 4 Nov 2019 4:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The official cycling season is over for most of us

    1.  Diversions

    2. In Memoriam

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    Gatineau Parkway is now closed to motor vehicle traffic.

    http://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/news/gatineau-park-parkways-to-close-for-the-season-on-october-27-at-6-pm

    1. Diversions

    Tuesday, Nov. 5 – KNBC Annual General Meeting (AGM), 6-9 pm

    Date and time: Tuesday, Nov. 5 6-9 pm

    Location: Biagio's Italian Kitchen, 1394 Richmond Rd, Ottawa.

    An agenda, along with the minutes from the 2018 meeting, will be sent out to all members prior to the meeting as a Bike Shorts Extra message. The same information will be put on the AGM event page on the club’s website. The purpose of AGM is to review 2019 activities and finances, elect new executive members, starting planning for 2020, and generally socialize. New members are especially welcome. Free pizza until we run out, cash bar, and a chance to compare road rashes and close calls.

    Please register for this event: https://knbc.ca/event-3499595

    Ordering KNBC Clothing at AGM, Nov. 5

    Size samples will be available to try on at the AGM, and a club clothing order will be made by November 10th for delivery before Christmas. If people can't make it to the AGM they should e-mail Linda Kennedy at clothing@knbc.ca to arrange a fitting if needed and tell her what they would like to order. Also, there will be a chance to order the more generic “Canada” shorts that were designed for the 2017 France trip. For more information on what is available, go the KNBC website, in left column, under Member Services, click on Clothing.

    Mercredi le 6 novembre, à 19 h Soiree d’information, Vélo Québec

    Quality Inn and Suites, 111, rue Bellehumeur, Gatineau, J8T 6K5

    Pour tout savoir sur les destinations hiver-printemps 2020 et les formules de voyage. Presentation in French.

    https://www.veloquebecvoyages.com/Soirees-dinformation-sur-nos-destinations

    Article: Explorer Mario Rigby just cycled across Canada. Here’s why

    Mario Rigby walked 12,000 kilometres across Africa — yes, walked — from South Africa to Egypt between November 2015 and early 2018, learning much along the way about local African communities. Later in 2018, he was recognized by the UN as part of its International Decade for People of African Descent initiative. And, this week, Rigby completed a 7,000-kilometre unsupported cycling expedition across Canada to raise awareness about sustainable transportation.

    https://www.canadiangeographic.ca/article/explorer-mario-rigby-just-cycled-across-canada-heres-why

    Article for foodies: Pecan Pie Vending Machine

    https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/pecan-pie-vending-machine

    Buying guide: Smart trainers

    https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2019/10/the-smart-trainer-recommendations-guide-winter-2019-2020.html

    2. In Memoriam

    Former KNBC member, Beti Darvell-Jones, passed away last August, at the grand age of 89. Betty was an avid cyclist who made great contributions to the KNBC as tour leader, executive member and as educator on all things cycling-related. She was a positive role model, as well the life and soul of any gathering, with her friendliness, humour and wit. Betty joined the KNBC in the early 90's and amazed us by cycling across Canada with the CCCTS around 1995. She moved out west in the year 2000 but kept in touch with some members until just a year or two ago. We remember Beti with great admiration and fondness.

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    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC


  • 21 Oct 2019 5:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1. The Rides (Oct. 15-21)

    2. Notice of a small change to the KNBC By-laws

    3. Safety tip from Monna

    4. Diversions

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    Tour Director news

    1. The Rides (Oct. 15-21)

    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. If a ride gets cancelled or changed, you will be notified by email, providing you have registered on it using the “Register” button.

    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

    Please do not sign up for a ride if you do not intend to respect the speed level at which it is being offered.

    Oct 16 L1 & L2 and patient L3 evening Path Ride

    Oct 18 L2 - MacKenzie King Estate - 50.6 km

    Oct 19 L1 - Kin Vineyard - 42 km

    Participants in a ride are asked to arrive 10 to 15 minutes before the ride departure time, slightly earlier if you need time to take your bike off your car. It takes time to distribute the directions and sign in for the ride, which is necessary so the tour leader knows who is on the tour. The tour leader will also make some introductory remarks concerning the route and safety tips. Members will introduce themselves, and then you'll be on your way.

    Tour leaders are reminded to contact the Tour Director at: tour-director@knbc.ca if any changes are required to their ride.

    New Tour Director needed for 2020 season

    It has been a very rewarding 2 years as KNBC Tour Director. Unfortunately, my schedule at work next year, combined with some other personal commitments, will make it too difficult for me to continue as Tour Director for the 2020 cycling season. I am therefore stepping down as Tour Director at the end of this cycling season. This means KNBC will need a new Tour Director. If you think you would like to step up and take on this role, please let me know at tour-director@knbc.ca

    And if you know of anyone who may make a good Tour Director, please take a moment or two to encourage them along.

    Ideally we would like to have the new Tour Director identified before the AGM in November. 

    2. Notice of a small change to the KNBC By-laws

    It will be proposed at the club’s Annual General Meeting that the first two sentences of Section 3 of the By-laws of the Kanata-Nepean Bicycle Club, 2018, be amended to align with the revised mission statement.

    The current text reads:

    The club promotes bicycle touring on paved and unpaved roads and pathways within the city and beyond. The club is a volunteer-based non-profit organization that emphasizes the social, recreational, and health aspects of cycling. The club strives to achieve high standards of safety and courtesy among its members, and encourages peer and group support for members of all abilities.

    Proposed new text:

    The club organizes rides for its members within the Ottawa area and beyond, with touring as the main focus. The club is a volunteer-based non-profit organization that emphasizes the social, recreational, adventurous, and health aspects of cycling. The club strives to achieve high standards of safety and courtesy among its members, and encourages peer and group support for members of all abilities.

    3. Safety tip from Monna - Be careful on wet roads

    When riding on wet roads (especially descending), get in the habit of slightly 'feathering' your brakes. This will dry them; so that they will be effective should you need them.

    Be VERY careful NOT to turn suddenly on wet roads, especially on white or yellow road paint. In wet rainy conditions, this can be almost as treacherous as sand and/or gravel. The green 'bike specific' road markings seem to be ok.

    4. Diversions

    KNBC member in the news

    Preparing for the big one: Earthquake simulation rattles Ottawa River shoreline

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/preparing-for-the-big-one-earthquake-simulation-rattles-ottawa-river-shoreline-1.5310667

    The kindness of strangers when you jam your chain on a ride

    Mechanical malfunctions are always a hassle on a bike ride, but add some rain, being out in the middle of nowhere called Fall Brook between Wheelers and Perth where even Uber did not tread, and a chain wedged (and I mean WEDGED) between the big sprocket and the wheel of Virginia’s steed, Mary, Virginia, Carole, and myself were running out of options. Finally a local lady named Victoria proved true to her name when with a mighty effort and an allen key managed to save the day. We offered to stand her a pancake lunch if she cared to join us, but did not see her again.

    Before she left Virginia did tell us she was an art student, and her photography work will be on display with other photographers at the SPAO Centre’s Annual Open House, 77 Pamilla Street on November 1st 5-11 p.m. (spao.ca).

    https://www.facebook.com/events/2289096521402186/

    The grateful foursome are planning a visit. Anyone care to join us for some photo art, let me know. Susan 

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    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 14 Oct 2019 3:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1. The Rides (Oct. 8 - 14)

    2. Notice of a small change to the KNBC By-laws

    3. Safety tip from Monna

    4. Diversions

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    Tour Director news

    1. The Rides (Oct. 8 - 14)

    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. If a ride gets cancelled or changed, you will be notified by email, providing you have registered on it using the “Register” button.

    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

    Please do not sign up for a ride if you do not intend to respect the speed level at which it is being offered.

    Oct 9 L2 – Perkins - 53 km

    Oct 9 L3 – Wakefield - 100 km

    Oct 10 L2 - Carleton Place - 76 km

    Oct 12 L3 - Wheelers - 72 km

    Oct 12 L2 - Wheelers - 72 km

    Oct 13 L2 - Buckingham - 63 km

    Oct 14 L1 - Rapids-Falls-Beaches - 46 km

    Participants in a ride are asked to arrive 10 to 15 minutes before the ride departure time, slightly earlier if you need time to take your bike off your car. It takes time to distribute the directions and sign in for the ride, which is necessary so the tour leader knows who is on the tour. The tour leader will also make some introductory remarks concerning the route and safety tips. Members will introduce themselves, and then you'll be on your way.

    Tour leaders are reminded to contact the Tour Director at: tour-director@knbc.ca if any changes are required to their ride.

    New Tour Director needed for 2020 season

    It has been a very rewarding 2 years as KNBC Tour Director. Unfortunately, my schedule at work next year, combined with some other personal commitments, will make it too difficult for me to continue as Tour Director for the 2020 cycling season. I am therefore stepping down as Tour Director at the end of this cycling season. This means KNBC will need a new Tour Director. If you think you would like to step up and take on this role, please let me know at tour-director@knbc.ca

    And if you know of anyone who may make a good Tour Director, please take a moment or two to encourage them along. Ideally we would like to have the new Tour Director identified before the AGM in November. Presently, we have zero volunteers to take on this position. It might be possible to split this position into two sections: An early summer and a late summer tour director.

    2. Notice of a small change to the KNBC By-laws

    It will be proposed at the club’s Annual General Meeting that the first two sentences of Section 3 of the By-laws of the Kanata-Nepean Bicycle Club, 2018, be amended to align with the revised mission statement.

    3. Safety tip from Monna - Pedal Position

    Have you ever thought about your pedal position when crossing railway tracks, jumping curbs, or executing fast turns? When your pedal is down - there is not a lot of clearance to the asphalt. It is therefore imperative to keep the inside foot and pedal up when leaning into a turn, or in a neutral position when crossing railway tracks. If your foot and pedal are down, and touch the asphalt, or protruding tracks - you will immediately go down. Given the speeds we often descend from Champlain Look-out, this could be very nasty. It is a tough way to learn a hard lesson. Always maintain a neutral position (both feet at same level), when crossing railway tracks, jumping curbs, etc. to be safe.

    4. Diversions

    Ride with a professional cyclist

    When: October 30 at 3 pm

    Where: Mill Road Community Space, 8 Rue Mill, Chelsea, QC

    Ride for 20 km with Michael Woods, Canada's premier road cyclist and a new Chelsea resident. Join Mike in riding through Chelsea followed by refreshments, snacks and a talk and Q&A about his experiences as a Canadian cycling phenomenon and athlete at the Mill Road Community Space.

    Mike is standing up as a trail Champion and sponsor for the Chelsea Community Trail along the Gatineau River. All funds raised will go to the development of the trail. A tax receipt will be issued by Voie Verte Chelsea (voievertechelsea.ca) for each ticket sold. You can get tickets at: www.bike-with-mike.eventbrite.com

    Born and bred in Canada, Michael “Rusty” Woods is a professional cyclist for the American World Tour team EF Education First. The 2018 World Championship bronze medalist, and 2016 Olympian began as a professional runner, and is the only person to have broken the 4 minute barrier for the mile and completed the Tour de France.

    Store opening: Décathlon, a French sporting goods store

    1055 St Laurent Blvd., Ottawa

    https://www.decathlon.ca/en/12547-cycling

    Article: 101 Bike maintenance tips every cyclist should know

    https://www.bicycling.com/repair/a20012653/bike-repair-tips/

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    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC


  • 7 Oct 2019 3:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Fall Equinox today

    1. The Rides (Oct. 1 - 7)

    2. Upcoming vacancies on club executive

    3. Safety tip from Monna

    4. Diversions

    5. KNBC Photo contest

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    Tour Director news

    1. The Rides (Oct. 1 - 7)

    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. If a ride gets cancelled or changed, you will be notified by email, providing you have registered on it using the “Register” button.

    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

    Please do not sign up for a ride if you do not intend to respect the speed level at which it is being offered.

    Oct 02 L1 - Ashton - 59.5km

    Oct 02 L1 & L2/3 Final Final Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

    Oct 05 L2 - Aviation Museum - 49.7 km

    Oct 06 L3 - Wheelers - 72 km

    Oct 06 L2 - Wheelers - 72 km

    Participants in a ride are asked to arrive 10 to 15 minutes before the ride departure time, slightly earlier if you need time to take your bike off your car. It takes time to distribute the directions and sign in for the ride, which is necessary so the tour leader knows who is on the tour. The tour leader will also make some introductory remarks concerning the route and safety tips. Members will introduce themselves, and then you'll be on your way.

    Tour leaders are reminded to contact the Tour Director at: tour-director@knbc.ca if any changes are required to their ride.

    New Tour Director needed for 2020 season

    It has been a very rewarding 2 years as KNBC Tour Director. Unfortunately, my schedule at work next year, combined with some other personal commitments, will make it too difficult for me to continue as Tour Director for the 2020 cycling season. I am therefore stepping down as Tour Director at the end of this cycling season. This means KNBC will need a new Tour Director. If you think you would like to step up and take on this role, please let me know at tour-director@knbc.ca

    And if you know of anyone who may make a good Tour Director, please take a moment or two to encourage them along. Ideally we would like to have the new Tour Director identified by September. Presently, we have zero volunteers to take on this position. It might be possible to split this position into two sections: An early summer and a late summer tour director.

    2. Upcoming vacancies on club executive

    We are starting early to fill three anticipated vacancies on our Executive for the next year and are looking for anyone who might be interested in joining the group, without which the Club cannot function. The vacancies are for Tour Director, Public Relations Director, and Secretary. The most critical position is Tour Director. See Peter’s comments above. The outgoing membership director tasks will likely be combined under the treasurer position.

    There are four people leaving the executive who have done a great job and have been great colleagues. There are descriptions of the roles & responsibilities in the members’ only section of the website under executive contact info. The link wasn’t working last week, but is fixed now. If you think you might be interested, please contact the President, Geoffrey Gurd either at president@knbc.ca or at 613 721-7074 and/or contact the individuals currently in these positions.

    Peter  tour-director@knbc.ca

    Virginia  public-relations@knbc.ca

    Murray  secretary@knbc.ca

    Just as the club cannot operate without ride leaders, it is the same situation with having a full, supportive and committed executive.

    3. Safety tip from Monna - Be careful on wet leafs

    Leafs and needles are falling and can be treacherous when wet - especially when turning suddenly or stopping. Look ahead, especially on bike paths, and be aware and anticipate this fall hazard. Stop gradually and turn slowly to avoid losing traction and falling.

    4. Diversions

    Wednesday, Oct. 2 Ottawa's Annual Volunteer Fair

    When: Oct. 2, 10 am – 2 pm

    Where: Ottawa City Hall

    Interested in volunteering? Find the right opportunity for you. Meet with representatives of not-for-profits and charities in the region who need your help. Whether you have a passion for the environment, the arts, social justice, or you are interested in building career-related skills and gaining experience, there’s a volunteer opportunity waiting for you. The Volunteer Expo will feature organizations with a wide range of rewarding volunteer opportunities to meet your needs.

    To register, please see our website: https://www.volunteerottawa.ca/volunteer_expo.html

    Wednesday, Oct. 2 Basic Bike Maintenance (Bushtukah)

    When: Oct. 2, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

    Where: Bushtukah’s Stittsville Store

    Cost: Free

    Join us for this free clinic on the basics needed to look after your bike. Topics will include cleaning, lubrication, and basic gear adjustment. RSVP at this link.

    https://shop.bushtukah.com/articles/bushtukah-events-clinics-pg1973.htm

    Saturday, Oct. 5 Bike 201: Advanced Bike Maintenance: Mega Clinic (MEC)

    When: Oct. 5, 9 am – 2 pm

    Where: MEC 366 Richmond Road

    Cost: $60.00

    Learn how to wrench like a pro. This more advanced bike repair and maintenance class combines different topics in a single super session. Skill level: intermediate to advanced.

    https://events.mec.ca/node/270021

    Thursday Oct. 24, KNBC Tour Leader Appreciation Night - Thank-you for Leading the Way! 6-9 pm 3 Brewers, Centrum Shopping Centre, 565 Kanata Ave.

    2019 Season TOUR LEADERS - MARK IT ON YOUR CALENDAR

    Tour Leaders are the heart of what makes our club work. The KNBC Executive are hosting an appreciation evening for our tour leaders who have lead rides this season to thank them for their efforts.

    If you are a tour leader who has led a ride, please be on the lookout for your e-mail invitation to the event. Hope you can make it!

    5. KNBC Photo Contest

    Please continue to send in your photos taken during the 2019 cycling season. We could possibly use them on our new KNBC website.

    We would enjoy seeing your pictures from any of the multi day KNBC cycling events, any of the many bike rides or events. We all love to see the smiles of our members.

    Email them to: KNBCphotocontest@gmail.com

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    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC