• 25 May 2020 4:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    1. Tour Director news

    2. Safety tip from Monna

    3. Diversions

    1. Tour Director news

    The three lessons we distributed on “Using RideWithGPS to Create Bike Routes” have received positive feedback for which we are grateful. However, reading instructions from a sheet of paper is not the best or easiest way to learn. When the smoke clears from Covid-19, I would like to use these lessons as the basis for teaching three or four people at a time, with us all in the same room. It will be much easier to demonstrate techniques and to answer questions. But I can’t see that happening this year.

    Lots of us have been video conferencing over the last two months. For myself, I have learned quite a bit about zoom and how to tutor high school math over the internet. I have recently learned how to make my screen appear on someone else’s screen, and I believe I can explain to a student how to make their screen appear on my screen. This has great potential for teaching. If you have some questions about the RideWithGPS lessons, and would like to try resolving them using zoom, then let me know. You don’t need to know anything about Zoom. I will set it up from my end and explain to you on the phone what you need to do. To participate you need a computer with a mouse. The mouse is not absolutely necessary, but it is very nice to have for applications like RideWithGPS or Google Maps. Please, no Tablets or Smart Phones. I have little experience with either of them. It would be nice if you have a camera and a microphone, but these are not necessary.

    Tom Wiley

    2. Safety Tip from Monna - signal and/or call out your intentions

    It is imperative to communicate your intention to stop, change lanes, turn, and/or generally manoeuvre around traffic, other cyclists, pedestrians, obstacles, construction etc.

    Use an open palm with spread fingers for maximum visibility (it is a signal NOT a point);

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

    Shoulder check BEFORE signalling, while maintaining straight line riding;

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

    There are two methods to signal ‘right turning’. The decision of which to use is situational: Ask yourself ‘on what side of me, is the intended audience’ (i.e. is there traffic merging from the right) and signal accordingly.

    Equally imperative, when intending to pass another cyclist, first ensure it is safe to do so. Then, pass only on the left, and warn the other cyclist by clearly stating 'passing on your left'. Give them sufficient space to avoid a wobble from being startled.

    3. Diversions

    News: Quyon ferry is now operating


    Life online: We are one: A global film festival

    May 29 – June 7, 2020

    Discover and watch films during this first ever 10-day global film festival co-curated by over 20 film festivals from across the world, May 29 - June 7. All funds raised during the festival will benefit COVID-19 relief funds. Subscribe to this channel for the latest information on film, talks and schedule. https://www.youtube.com/weareone

    Article: Five city walking tours you can take right now on Google Maps


    Website: St John Ambulance statement on COVID-19


    Video: Top 10 bucket list bike rides for better times (8:40)


    Video: Top 20 moments the cycling world will never forget (5:27)

    Painful accidents galore. Cover your eyes. https://youtu.be/yqK4u_STlAo

    Shopping Article: E-bike buyers guide 2020



    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC


  • 19 May 2020 9:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

    1. Safety tip from Monna

    2. Diversions

    1. Safety Tip from Monna - Be careful when riding the NCC multiuse pathways

    As the weather improves, be careful when riding the NCC multiuse pathways. There may be sections of flooding, and generally lots of gravel, debris and ongoing tree-cutting/clearing operations. Add to this, the volume of eclectic traffic: pedestrians, baby strollers, toddlers, senior citizens, dog walkers, joggers, roller-bladers, wheelchairs, and Canada geese and goslings.

    PLEASE respect the speed limit of 20 kilometres per hour, ride single file, and ring your bell and call out "passing on your left" as you pass other pathway users - and please respect physical distancing as you pass. If you wish to go faster - PLEASE use the road.

    2. Diversions

    LOL Article: Imagining KNBC social distancing bike helmets. Would you wear one?!


    Archive article: On your bike, Ottawa: Let's look back at cycling through the decades


    Video: best cycling video on the internet right now (1:00)


    Video: Host of Life-sized city ranting about urban transportation (10:57)


    Online event: EnviroCentre’s Bicycle Ball

    Thursday, May 28th, 7 p.m. - 9.15 p.m.


    Funny video: Different types of people in quarantine (3:04)


    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC


  • 11 May 2020 10:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    1. Safety tip from Monna - Navigating a Roundabout - where you should be

    Roundabouts are still causing confusion to cyclists and motorists alike. Remember that you are a vehicle according to The Ontario Highway Traffic Act (HTA) - and you need to manoeuvre a roundabout as a driver of a vehicle:

    • approach the roundabout 1 m from the curb
    • shoulder check and signal left
    • yield to roundabout traffic
    • proceed when clear
    • to leave roundabout - shoulder check and signal right
    • exit intersection keeping the lane
    • shoulder check and move back to 1 m from the curb


    2. Diversions

    More Masks: Grassroot Grannies' masks

    Face masks are available through the Grassroot Grannies, the local granny group that so many of you have supported through the Ride to Turn the Tide, the 3 day cycle tour for the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

    The Grassroot Grannies have distributed over 300 masks to date and the sewers are still busy! The pattern being used is found at www.LeahDay.com . It does not replace a N-95 mask, but rather is intended for the general public when visiting a grocery store or the LCBO! There is plastic covered wire, like a twist tie inserted in the top, so you can mold the mask around your nose, and an opening at the back for the insertion of extra filter material like a coffee filter, if you choose.

    The picture offers you a good visual of the Grassroot Grannies' masks. Some masks come with elastics and some with ties. Elastic is now in short supply in Ottawa.

    If you would like to get a mask(s) for yourself and others, please email Nancy Hough at nancyinmotion@rogers.com, and I will return your email. The masks are a public service, but the Grassroot Grannies do hope you will consider making a donation to our special on-line fundraising. I will provide you with the link when you email me.

    Your mask protects others; their mask protects you. We are all in this together. Let's get masked.

    Article: Digital well-being guidelines for parents during the COVID-19 pandemic


    Serious articles: Transmission: Santa Fe Institute insights into COVID-19


    Article: Coronavirus: France offers subsidy to tempt lockdown cyclists


    Article: United Nations COVID-19 Response Creative Content Hub.


    Article: Le Vélo, nouveau moyen de transport des meufs cool


    Not cycling article: The art of walking: How this everyday act can bring you inner peace


    Selected books on walking at Ottawa Public Library (unfortunately closed due to covid-19)

    In praise of walking: A new scientific Eexploration by Shane O'Mara (2020)

    The Art of Flaneuring: How to wander with intention and discover a better life by Erika Owen (2019)

    Wanderlust: A history of walking by Rebecca Solnit (2000)

    Flâneuse: Women walk the city in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London by Lauren Elkin (2016)

    Hiking perhaps?




    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC


  • 4 May 2020 10:00 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. Tour Director News

    2. Safety tip from Monna

    3. Diversions

    1. Tour Director News

    You will receive this as a separate email as it is a long text which is useful to keep as a separate document.

    2. Safety Tip from Monna - Shoulder check BEFORE moving or changing directions on your bike

    With the increased presence of electric (silent) vehicles on the road, and cars in general totally ignoring posted speed limits - it is vital that we get in the habit of shoulder checking BEFORE we move or change directions on our bikes.

    Additionally, a shoulder check (unlike a mirror check) will serve to communicate to pedestrians, cyclists or motorists behind you, that you are about to do something, and helps them anticipate your intentions.

    It's crazy out there - be careful!

    3. Diversions

    Face masks: Where you get them in Ottawa



    Article: Biking provides a critical lifeline during the Coronavirus crisis


    Article: Cycling Uphill: Common Climbing Mistakes


    Article from Ontario by Bike April edition: Trail Time - Explore the rail trails of Eastern Ontario

    Over the years, rail trails have increased in popularity and have become a frequent go-to for many riders. The novelty of car-free cycling paired with beautiful sceneries and hard-packed gravel, perfectly suited for hybrid or gravel bikes are just some of the perks this type of route has to offer. With hundreds of kilometres of abandoned railway tracks that have been converted into trails, Eastern Ontario has become a hotspot for trail cycling in Ontario. Below you can find four routes perfectly suited for a day or multi-day adventure that offer a welcoming break from pavement.

    1. Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail (OVRT) - When the Canadian Pacific Railway discontinued its line between Smith Falls and Sudbury, nine years ago, it offered a perfect opportunity for a trail connecting the northern and eastern part of Ontario. Today the OVRT stretches almost 94 km between Smith Falls and Renfrew. The smooth gravel trail crosses many bridges and passes through charming small towns perfectly suited for exploring.

    2. The K&P Trail - If you are looking for a trail that lets you explore the local history of Eastern Ontario and stretches through thriving wetlands with lots of wildlife, the K&P Trail should be on top of your list. Cycle the 75 km long trail that connects Kingston and Sharbot Lake. Riders who are looking to head east toward Ottawa can also transfer onto the Cataraqui Trail that intersects with the K&P Trail in Harrowsmith.

    3. Prescott-Russell Recreational Trail - East of Ottawa, this 72 km long rail trail crosses through the United Counties of SDG. Nature lovers will discover diverse landscapes marked by woodlots, residential areas, agricultural lands, and wetlands. Access the trail from one of the five pavilions along its way, offering parking and washrooms, or cycle an additional 26 km on paved roads connecting the trail with Ottawa.

    4. Millennium Trail - Sandy beaches, scenic landscapes and a plethora of fantastic wineries have put Prince Edward County into the spotlight for cyclists. The Millennium Trail, a 49 km well maintained gravel trail traverses the county from east to west between Trenton and Picton. The highlight of the trail is the 2.5 km long stretch through the Wetlands of Hubbs Creek Marsh and Slab Creek Swamp with a largely diverse ecosystem. The trail intersects with a number of cycling routes that let you explore the County as well as Sandbanks Provincial Park.

    Article: 20 sacred places to transport you around the world


    Article: Ten must-read books for passionate travellers


    Desperate times: Thirsty for beer?


    Future tour: Going to the rock (Newfoundland and Labrador)?



    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC


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

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    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


    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC


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

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    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:


    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:


    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.


    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.


    3. Diversions

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


    Article: NCC Update on COVID-19


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


    Article: Virtually hike the Appalachian Trail using this app


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



    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC


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

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    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.


    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?


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


    Article: 10 Photography activities for staying productive in quarantine


    Article: 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….


    Speaking of Marie Kondo…..


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


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


    Councillor for Kanata North - Seeking volunteers



    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC


  • 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.


    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.


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


    Article: Energizing Food for Cyclists: Top 10


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


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



    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC


  • 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. 


    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


    Article: 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/


    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC


  • 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


    Cartoon: Why you might need more than one bike



    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC