• 13 Jul 2020 8:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

    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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  • 6 Jul 2020 2:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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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)

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    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)

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    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

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  • 15 Jun 2020 9:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    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

  • 8 Jun 2020 10:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    1. Safety Tip from Monna - Be mindful for grass clippings

    It doesn't matter if those clippings are wet or dry - when they're in the street, they can be a danger. We have heard of numerous accidents with motorcycles - the same is applicable with bikes. Just like sand, gravel, dirt or oil, grass can reduce the traction a bikes tires have on the roadway. Like all road hazards, be attentive and avoid grass clippings on the road.

    2. A Cautionary Tale about carrying ID when you cycle

    Many of us are riding out this Covid-19 reality by riding alone or in small groups (max. five). Make sure you bring adequate identification and money, and have a designated emergency contact.

    On May 26, myself and a fellow member were just returning from our first Champlain/Chelsea loop when we came upon a fallen rider on the Watts Creek Pathway, just behind the Equestrian Centre. We were third on the scene, the first appeared to be a nurse and was in full control of the situation.

    The cyclist was found unconscious at the side of the path. She had major road rash, likely a broken clavicle, and a severe concussion. All she had with her was a tube, pump, and cell phone. No identification at all. In her state she couldn’t remember her phone’s password. After a few minutes she remembered her home phone number, but nobody was home and her husband didn’t have a cell phone.

    As luck would have it, my riding partner recognized her and knew her name and history. An extremely strong cyclist, very fit, used to be a racer. We don’t know how she fell, but it just goes to show, experience means nothing when you hit the pavement. She was taken off by paramedics after they made their way onto the path.

    If you ride by yourself, do not be a “weight weenie” and sacrifice safety for milligrams of weight. Bring some ID. Last year we negotiated a discount with the RoadID folks. This event prompted us to do it again. Check out their web site and choose some form of ID. When checking out apply the discount code below.

    If you don’t like RoadID, by all means, there are other systems out there. MedicAlert for one, or even just a contact card. Be safe out there.

    3. Diversions

    NCC: Capital Pathway Strategic Plan: Online Consultation

    The plan presents an aspirational vision for the best possible multi-use pathway in the region. Some of the plan's key ideas include:

    • harmonization and connectivity
    • resilience and sustainability
    • lighting
    • separation and widening
    • winter use

    Share your feedback on the final draft of the Capital Pathway Strategic Plan until June 17, and let us know what you think of our proposed vision, strategic directions and big ideas for the Capital Pathway.

    https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/our-plans/capital-pathway-strategic-plan?fbclid=IwAR0gpbJzCUyjeJa4hM7C5bzETgyqDiwSJ1Vlr8FkhbINrjfKMD3ZIAXrHWw

    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@gmail.com and she will post them. Share your adventures!

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

    Video: South Down Way (4:25)

    Last summer 4 friends took on the South Downs Way - an ancient 100-mile ridgeline that spans the southeast coast of England. Starting in Winchester and finishing in East Bourne the historic chalk path has over 3500m of climbing and not a car in sight, just rolling steep hills as far as the eye can see.

    https://youtu.be/QV2KUG1qnew

    Video: Pacific Coast Trail in 3 minutes (3:15). Usually take 5 months!

    https://www.halfwayanywhere.com/pacific-crest-trail/

    https://youtu.be/styiDn7YKhE

    Hiking article: 13 Easy summer hikes near Ottawa that will lead you to breathtaking views

    https://www.narcity.com/things-to-do/ca/on/ottawa/easy-and-enjoyable-hikes-near-ottawa-are-everywhere-and-the-views-are-breathtaking-photos?utm_source=Narcity+Newsletter&utm_campaign=723829e058-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_DD_Narcity_Ottawa&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cfcb2e1c3a-723829e058-100573417

    News article: Face masks will be mandatory for all OC Transpo riders starting June 15

    https://www.narcity.com/news/ca/on/ottawa/masks-will-be-required-on-all-oc-transpo-services-starting-in-june?utm_source=Narcity+Newsletter&utm_campaign=723829e058-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_DD_Narcity_Ottawa&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cfcb2e1c3a-723829e058-100573417

    Butter tart research and tasting (ongoing!): Merrickville’s Nana B’s Bakery

    In 2017, baker Anne Barr of Merrickville won the all-Ontario prize for her maple rhubarb apple butter tart at Midland’s Butter Tart Festival. Her confection beat out almost 60 competitors to win the top prize. Her Nana B’s Bakery is currently open (with shortened hours), selling goodies such as plain, pecan, raisin and maple-bacon butter tarts.

    https://ottawaroadtrips.com/2020/05/26/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-merrickville-ontario/

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    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

    bikeshorts(at)knbc.ca

  • 1 Jun 2020 4:27 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. KNBC Covid-19 news

    2. Safety tip from Monna

    3. Diversions

    1. KNBC Covid-19 news

    While restrictions in Ontario are slowly being lifted, we know many of you have been wondering when the KNBC will be able to begin group rides again. Please know that your board is carefully monitoring the situation and that our guidance is coming primarily from the Province of Ontario and our local Public Health Officers. One of our members, Bob C., has been looking at other jurisdictions and shared the following from the Manitoba Cycling Association.

    http://mbcycling.ca/2020/05/15/mca-covid-19-update-may-15-20/

    Their return to ride protocol includes the following items:

    - Trip leaders will require training on recognizing Covid-19 symptoms and will be required to brief & monitor the group on social/safety practices and carry sanitizer, gloves, etc.

    - Limitation on group size (10) and safety protocols for participants (no carpooling, 2m riding distance, etc.)

    More at this link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/0nvhyrhx5eph5s2/MCA%20-%20Return%20to%20Play%20Protocol%20%28v5%29.pdf?dl=0

    Once our club gets the green light from Public Health authorities, then we will probably implement similar protocols. Meanwhile cycle safely and keep following Public Health guidelines.

    2. 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.

    3. Diversions

    Article: Cycling Canada’s COVID-19 frequently asked questions

    https://www.cyclingcanada.ca/sport/covid-19/news/coronavirus-covid-19-frequently-asked-questions/

    Article: Cycling in the time of Covid-19 (Cycle Toronto)

    https://www.cycleto.ca/news/cycling-time-covid-19

    Article: A hip strength and mobility workout for putting more power in the pedals

    https://www.bicycling.com/training/a32496540/hip-workout-for-strength-mobility/

    KNBC’s FaceBook page

    KNBC has a Group Facebook page. Join our KNBC Facebook page by simply clicking on the icon "join" just below the group photo. 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/

    Fun application: Creating words that look real

    https://www.thisworddoesnotexist.com/

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    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

    bikeshorts(at)knbc.ca

  • 25 May 2020 4:34 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. 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

    https://www.quyonferry.com/

    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

    https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/google-maps-walking-tours?utm_campaign=ENL-AMERICAS-20200512&utm_source=sfmc&utm_medium=email&stuid=c9e58aa1c8059bfa7aeeb2631969f344&utm_content=148415&utm_term=

    Website: St John Ambulance statement on COVID-19

    https://www.sja.ca/English/Courses-and-Training/Pages/Covid-Message.aspx?_cldee=Z3NndXJkQHlhaG9vLmNvbQ==&recipientid=contact-efd793fdfd28e7119429cea792b29830-92c751fcf08d4e15b28896a0bd276895&esid=f0f4839c-5191-ea11-9459-000d3aff239a?CookieCheck=cookieVerification&Redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww.sja.ca%2fEnglish%2fCourses-and-Training%2fPages%2fCovid-Message.aspx%3f_cldee%3dZ3NndXJkQHlhaG9vLmNvbQ%3d%3d%26recipientid%3dcontact-efd793fdfd28e7119429cea792b29830-92c751fcf08d4e15b28896a0bd276895%26esid%3df0f4839c-5191-ea11-9459-000d3aff239a

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

    https://youtu.be/H2C3OkP2rkI

    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

    https://ebikes-international.com/welcome-to-ebike-internationals-inaugural-buyers-guide-2020-2/

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    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

    bikeshorts(at)knbc.ca

  • 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?!

    https://futurism.com/neoscope/china-kids-social-distancing-hats-school?mc_cid=00b4f55ff9&utm_term=0_03cd0a26cd-00b4f55ff9-247913761&utm_medium=email&utm_source=The%20Future%20Is&utm_campaign=00b4f55ff9-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_04_30_06_35

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

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ottawa-archives-photos-cycling-1.5555906?fbclid=IwAR15oITjUCCYe5_L22-LyLVCLuIP7RXTRJv3p8L_7TATRXCef6kWphd7elE

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

    https://youtu.be/kG1Vej2a3_I

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

    https://youtu.be/3fnc1NvhE-U

    Online event: EnviroCentre’s Bicycle Ball

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

    https://www.envirocentre.ca/bicycleball/?utm_source=EnviroCentre+Master+Distribution+List&utm_campaign=bef9ad4656-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_12_04_03_56_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0ea0735a10-bef9ad4656-345990673

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

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QgXLZ1_CFo

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

    bikeshorts(at)knbc.ca

  • 11 May 2020 10:15 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. 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
    • TAKE THE LANE
    • to leave roundabout - shoulder check and signal right
    • exit intersection keeping the lane
    • shoulder check and move back to 1 m from the curb

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gd3FJ5DexM

    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

    https://humanetech.com/digital-wellbeing-covid/?utm_source=The+movement+for+Time+Well+Spent&utm_campaign=7f29156632-2019-09-Newsletter_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_df2ee1f826-7f29156632-79068361

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

    https://www.santafe.edu/research/projects/transmission-sfi-insights-covid-19

    Article: Coronavirus: France offers subsidy to tempt lockdown cyclists

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-52483684

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

    https://unitednations.talenthouse.com/

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

    https://cheekmagazine.fr/societe/velo-moyen-transport-prefere-millennials-femmes/

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

    https://bigthink.com/videos/benefits-of-walking?utm_medium=Social&facebook=1&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1588192064

    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?

    https://www.explore-mag.com/10-of-the-Best-Hiking-Trails-Near-Ottawa?WickedSource=twitter&WickedID=JL17OGOH

    https://www.alltrails.com/canada/ontario/ottawa

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    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

    bikeshorts(at)knbc.ca