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  • 22 Jul 2019 1:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1. The Rides (July 16-22)

    2. Safety tip from Monna

    3. Diversions

    4. KNBC Photo Contest

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    Tour Director news

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

    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


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

    July 17 L2 - Fitzroy Harbour - 78.4 km

    July 17 L3 - Fitzroy Harbour - 81.6 km

    July 17 L4 - Fitzroy Harbour - 81.6 km

    July 17 L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

    July 20 L2 - Swan on the Rideau - 78 km

    July 20 L3 - Champlain Lookout - 51.5 km

    July 20 L4 - Osgoode-North Gower - 84.5 km

    July 20 L1 - Lunch Ride - 25 km

    July 21 L1 - 2 Rivers and a Canal - 68.5 km / 45 km

    July 21 L2 - Pointe Gatineau - 51.5 km

    July 21 L3 - Swan on the Rideau - 78 km

    2. Safety tip from Monna – Be careful when riding on multiuse pathways

    Multiuse pathways can actually be more dangerous than being on the road. When riding on the pathways - you need to be mindful of all the unpredictable eclectic traffic: pedestrians, baby strollers, toddlers, senior citizens, dog walkers, joggers, roller-bladers, wheelchairs, and Canada geese.

    • Respect the speed limit of 20 kilometres per hour; however if user volume is high - SLOW down, especially when passing;
    • Passing speed should be no more than a 3-5 KPH speed difference. This means passing walkers at about 8 KPH;
    • If you wish to go faster - go on the road;
    • Always ride in single file;
    • Ring your bell and call out "passing on your left" as you pass other pathway users, however; don't assume the person will hear you;
    • Do assume every path user will behave erratically, and stop, move out, or change direction without warning. Kids and dogs are always dangerous, but just assume everyone will be;
    • Be courteous; and
    • Always go slow when around any other path user. Always.

    3. Diversions

    Article: How to Maintain Proper Cycling Posture

    https://www.ilovebicycling.com/how-to-maintain-proper-cycling-posture/

    Article: photos of the world's best and worst cycling infrastructure

    https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/jun/27/do-i-risk-it-your-photos-of-the-worlds-best-and-worst-cycling-infrastructure?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

    Article: Reasons to try group riding this year

    In case you have not ridden yet with the club this year (hey new members)

    https://www.ilovebicycling.com/reasons-to-try-group-riding-this-year/

    4. KNBC PHOTO CONTEST

    We have received some pretty amazing photos for the first round of our photo contest. Please keep them coming.

    We are a good looking group of cyclists that travel in many beautiful communities on our club rides. I am sure you have many cool photos you have on our phones that have been taken during club rides. There is nothing more beautiful than the sight of smiling cyclist commuting on two wheels; share them and let us see! You could win a prize and have your photo placed on the front of our new jazzy website.

    Themes for second round of our club photo contest. Deadline is August 5.

    Portraits of your bicycles OR shots wearing the KNBC cycling jersey.

    Maximum size either by dimensions (8 X 10 inches) or file size (max. 6 mb)

    Format: jpeg

    Colour or Black & White

    In your submission: include your last name in title of photo file and indicate where you took the photo. Photos must have been taken in 2019.

    Please remember that KNBC strives to achieve high standards of safety and courtesy among its members; please take this into consideration when taking your photos.

    Please email photos to: KNBCphotocontest@gmail.com

    _________________________

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC


  • 19 Jul 2019 7:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1. The Rides (July 9-15)

    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.

    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

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

    As a reminder, the following table details the speed levels.

    Please note: the speeds in the table is not average speed. It is speed which you can maintain on a flat road with no wind.

    Category Distance (increasing over season) Speed (flat surface, no wind) Stops Terrain

     Category

     Distance (increasing over season)

     Speed (flat surface, no wind) 

     Stops

     Terrain

     L1

     40-65 km

     18-20 km/h

     frequent

     mainly flat

     L2

     55-80+ km

     21-23 km/h 

     occasional

     flat, rolling, hilly

     L3

     70-100+ km

     24-26 km/h

     occasional

     flat, rolling, hilly

     L4

     70-100+ km

     27-29 km/h

     limited

     flat, rolling, hilly

     L5

     100+ km

     30+ km/h

     limited

     flat, rolling, hilly


    July 10 L3 - Macdonalds Corners - 90.8 km

    July 10 L4 - Merrickville - 81.5 km

    July 10 L1 - Chaudière Falls - 40 km

    July 10 L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

    July 13 L1 - Lunch Ride - 25 km

    July 13 L3 - Kemptville - 97.5 km

    July 13 L2 - Lanark - 68 km

    July 14 L3 - Constance Bay - 74 km

    2. Wednesday Evening Mystery Rides

    Please join us on Wednesday evenings at Centrepointe for impromptu tours of 90 to 120 minutes, followed by socializing at the Royal Oak pub. L1, L2, L3 L4 and L5 speed groups will be arranged at the start depending on turnout.

    Registration not required. Simply show up and look for the fun loving group of KNBC cyclists.

    Start = 6:15 pm behind the Royal Oak Pub 117 Centrepointe Drive.

    Please Note: These are impromptu rides. As such, they are not formally organised and have no pre-determined leader(s) or routes. That's all part of the "mystery" and what makes these rides such a fun hit. They are also weather dependent. Generally speaking, if the weather looks very questionable, there is a good chance there will be reduced numbers (if any) of the tour leaders showing up to volunteer to lead a group.

    Since they are impromptu, they appear as a standing entry in the calendar -meaning they are never really formally cancelled, because they are never really formally organised. Members are expected to use their own judgement in deciding to attend or not.

    If you get there and discover the weather is not good enough for cycling, you can always skip the ride and go straight to the social part at the Royal Oak ;-).

    3. Red Revert

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/are-traffic-sensors-common-sense-for-pedestrians-cyclists-1.2429888

    Where is it implemented?

    Red revert is implemented where a minor road meets an arterial road, there are traffic lights, and the minor road has embedded vehicle sensors. There are about 850 intersections in Ottawa that currently have Red Revert. This includes where bicycle paths cross arterial roads and there are traffic lights/embedded sensors.

    How does it work?

    When the embedded sensor detects a vehicle waiting on the minor road, it will trigger the beginning of a light change cycle at the intersection.

    IF, after triggering the light change cycle, the vehicle can no longer be detected, then the light change is considered to be no longer necessary, and at the end of the cycle, the lights won't change. Pedestrian lights will still count down, and the arterial road may get a yellow and a short red.

    IMPORTANT! If there is a pedestrian light button and it is pressed, then the lights *will* change, no matter what, for the pedestrian (Which is why I don't understand Tom's scenario... if he pushed the pedestrian button, the lights *will* change)

    NOTE! This has nothing to to with the "3 yellow dots" indicating where cyclists should stand. The sensors can't distinguish between a car and a cyclist. The Yellow dots are just an indication of a spot that is guaranteed to be sensitive to a cyclist.

    Why does it do this?

    In many cases, a vehicle (including a cyclist) is turning right... so they trigger the sensor, then make the turn before the light changes.

    Without red revert, the traffic in the arterial road would be stopped at a light when there is no traffic at all on the minor road. That slows traffic and frustrates drivers.

    But why does it count down and not get cancelled right away? Well more cars may arrive on the minor road. And the lights on the arterial road may be synchronized to keep the arterial road traffic flowing and technology limitations.

    Red Revert is not the only case the lights count down and don't turn green

    It pretty common t have advanced turning signals, so the lights count down, and your light stays red while another part of the intersection gets an advanced green.

    What to do?

    Never, ever, assume a light is going to change! Never move into the intersection without being sure your light is green! (Ultimately people are complaining because they entered an intersection while their light was red, and Red Revert is not the only case where lights count down and you don't get a green)

    Stay on the sensor until the light has changed.

    _________________________

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 8 Jul 2019 5:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1. The Rides (July 2 - 8)

    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. Typically, Bike Shorts Extras will not be sent out for cancellations or short notice ride additions. Instead, 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, providing you have registered on it using the “Register” button.

    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 03 L2 - Arnprior Triple Play - 69 km

    July 03 L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

    July 06 L1 - 4 Beaches - 45 km

    July 07 L2 - Masson & Cumberland - 80 km

    July 07 L3 - Pakenham-Waba-Renfrew-Arnprior - 112 km

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

    2. 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 track, and cause a very sudden nasty fall.

    Also - to avoid 'bonking', don't forget to carry sufficient water and drink BEFORE you are thirsty and eat BEFORE you are hungry.

    3. Diversions

    Article: Snacks while riding

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

    Article: End Bike Theft Ottawa -529 Garage

    https://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/safety-and-crime-prevention/529-garage.aspx

    Article: 15 mind-blowing bike projects to make you hate your regular bike lane

    https://www.fastcompany.com/90364314/these-15-mind-blowing-bike-projects-will-make-you-hate-your-regular-bike-lane

    Video: Max Max Ride - post-apocalyptic themed bike parade

    https://www.facebook.com/solita.work/videos/2249073501867523/

    2020 Multi-day cycling tour of UK: Seeking expressions of interest

    KNBC L2 Ride in England
    Barrie Kirk is doing early-stage research for a 2-week L2 KNBC bike tour around part of England in Spring 2020. It will be a typical Barrie-style L2 tour with stops for touristy things and pub lunches. The ride will make extensive use of the Sustrans biking and hiking network -- 25,000 km of trails and bike-friendly roads all over the UK -- but we will only need a small part of this.  See 
    https://www.sustrans.org.uk/map-ncn  At this time, Barrie does not know the exact dates, the cost, or the route (except it will likely be in the southern part of England).  It will be a touring ride, but no decision yet on whether it will be self-supported or if we will have a sag wagon. In some places, we may spend 2-3 nights in one place and do hub-and-spoke rides before moving on. There will also be rest days so we can be tourists with little or no biking.

    If you are interested (no commitment at this time) and want to be on the mailing list for more information, please write to 
    barrie.kirk@gmx.com

    4. KNBC Website

    Member Forum

    We've added a new member forum for members to ask questions and discuss ideas. Topics include things like setting up impromptu rides, giving feedback on rides, suggestions for potlucks or pool parties, ideas for new rides, best lights for a bike, issues with bike paths, etc. You can subscribe to the forum or individual topics and receive updates on an immediate, daily or weekly basis. Creating a topic is as simple as clicking the Create Topic button.

    The club executive reserves the right to moderate and review all topics and submissions. This is not a spot to have political debates or argue one's point. You can find it under the Member Services menu. Let us know what you think.

    5. KNBC Photo contest

    We have a volunteer to run a photo contest to showcase the skills and aesthetics of our KNBC members. We are a good looking group of cyclists that travel in many beautiful communities on our club rides. I am sure there are many cool photos you have on our phones that have been taken during club rides. There is nothing more beautiful than the sight of smiling cyclist commuting on two wheels; share them and let us see!  You could win a prize and have your photo placed on the front of our new jazzy website.

    Themes for this first round: Portraits of cyclists (head shots) OR close-up shots of bikes or bike-related equipment

    Maximum size either by dimensions (1200 x 1800 pixels) or file size (max. 6 mb)

    Format: jpeg

    Colour or Black & White

    In your submission: include your last name in title of photo file and indicate where you took the photo.

    Photos must have been taken in 2019

    Please remember that KNBC strives to achieve high standards of safety and courtesy among its members; please take this into consideration when taking your photos.

    Submission Deadline:  July 15th

    Email your photos to: KNBCphotocontest@gmail.com

    _________________________

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC


  • 1 Jul 2019 4:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1. The Rides (June 25 – July 1)

    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. Typically, Bike Shorts Extras will not be sent out for cancellations or short notice ride additions. Instead, 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, providing you have registered on it using the “Register” button.

    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 

    June 26

    L3 - Champlain Lookout - 51.5 km

    L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

    June 29

    L2 - Norway Bay - 80.4 km

    L3 - Norway Bay - 80.4 km

    June 30

    L1 - Aylmer - 45 km

    L4 - Brockville - 118 km

    July 01

    L2 - Ashton - 59.5 km

    L3 - Ashton - 59.5 km

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

     

    2. Wednesday Evening Mystery Rides

    Please join us on Wednesday evenings at Centrepointe for impromptu tours of 90 to 120 minutes, followed by socializing at the Royal Oak pub. L1, L2, L3 L4 and L5 speed groups will be arranged at the start depending on turnout.

    Registration not required. Simply show up and look for the fun loving group of KNBC cyclists.

    Start = 6:15 pm behind the Royal Oak Pub 117 Centrepointe Drive.

    Please Note: These are impromptu rides. As such, they are not formally organised and have no pre-determined leader(s) or routes. That's all part of the "mystery" and what makes these rides such a fun hit. They are also weather dependent. Generally speaking, if the weather looks very questionable, there is a good chance there will be reduced numbers (if any) of the tour leaders showing up to volunteer to lead a group.

    Since they are impromptu, they appear as a standing entry in the calendar -meaning they are never really formally cancelled, because they are never really formally organised. Members are expected to use their own judgement in deciding to attend or not.

    If you get there and discover the weather is not good enough for cycling, you can always skip the ride and go straight to the social part at the Royal Oak ;-).

    3. 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, 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.

    When group riding, this essential verification enables you to confirm there is nothing or no one directly behind you, and can greatly assist in preventing an accident.

    4. KNBC Photo contest

    We have a volunteer to run a photo contest to showcase the skills and aesthetics of our KNBC members. We are a good looking group of cyclists that travel in many beautiful communities on our club rides. I am sure there are many cool photos you have on our phones that have been taken during club rides. There is nothing more beautiful than the sight of smiling cyclist commuting on two wheels; share them and let us see!  You could win a prize and have your photo placed on the front of our new jazzy website.

    Themes for this first round: Portraits of cyclists (head shots) OR close-up shots of bikes or bike-related equipment

    Maximum size either by dimensions (1200 x 1800 pixels) or file size (max. 6 mb)

    Format: jpeg

    Colour or Black & White

    In your submission: include your last name in title of photo file and indicate where you took the photo.

    Photos must have been taken in 2019

    Please remember that KNBC strives to achieve high standards of safety and courtesy among its members; please take this into consideration when taking your photos.

    Submission Deadline:  July 15th

    Email your photos to: KNBCphotocontest@gmail.com


  • 24 Jun 2019 4:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1. Registration for Day Tours

    2. The Rides (June 18-24)

    3. Tour Planning Meeting - Friday June 28, 7-9 pm

    4. Wednesday Evening Mystery Rides

    5. Safety tip from Monna

    6. Diversions

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    1. Registration for Day Tours

    Registration for day tours is fast and easy. We ask that you RSVP for any ride you will be attending. It does not matter if the ride is remote or not. Those intending to attend any ride, regardless of the start location, will be asked to RSVP, using the "Register” button in the ride details. To avoid instances of people registering too far in advance and then forgetting about it, registration for each ride will only become available/active 2 weeks prior to the ride date. After you register for a ride, you will automatically receive an email giving you full details about the ride for which you registered. You may also receive notices by email from your tour leader, if there are any last minute changes, cancellations, special instruction etc. This has proven to be an excellent feature of the new website and has been extremely well received by participants and Tour Leaders alike.

    2. The Rides (June 18-24)

    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. Typically, Bike Shorts Extras will not be sent out for cancellations or short notice ride additions. Instead, 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, providing you have registered on it using the “Register” button.

    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

    19 June 2019

    L2 - Champlain Lookout - 51.5 km

    L3 - Mill of Kintail - 82.5 km

    L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

    22 June 2019

    L3 - Perth - 78.5 km

    L4 - Vankleek Hill-Hawkesbury - 108.5 km

    L5 - Vankleek Hill-Hawkesbury - 108.5 km

    23 June 2019

    L1 - Morrisburg - 50.2 km

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

    3. Tour Planning Meeting - Friday June 28

    When: Friday June 28, 7-9pm

    Where: Community room of "Brown's Your Independent Grocer", 1251 Stittsville Main St, Stittsville.

    RSVP: This event is now on the KNBC calendar. If you are planning to attend, simply go to the event on the Club calendar and register by using the register button.

    Who: This meeting is for all Tour Leaders, potential Tour Leaders and anyone else who may be tempted to lead an occasional ride this season.

    Special instructions: If you have not already done so, now is the time to start thinking about when you are available and willing to lead rides in the Second half of the season (July-September). It’s also time to start thinking about what rides you would like to lead. Please review the ride library and your personal calendar, so you can come prepared to help fill up the KNBC ride calendar with wonderful rides.

    Here is a link to the KNBC Library of Day Tours https://knbc.ca/page-18435

    If you are unable to attend the meeting, please send the KNBC Tour Director a list of dates you are available to lead rides, together with the following information:

    • Date;
    • Ride name and # as it appears in the Club Library;
    • Start location;
    • Start time;
    • Distance;
    • Level;

    If you have any question about this, please do not hesitate to contact the KNBC Tour Director at tour-director@knbc.ca

    4. Wednesday Evening Mystery Rides

    Please join us on Wednesday evenings at Centrepointe for impromptu tours of 90 to 120 minutes, followed by socializing at the Royal Oak pub. L1, L2, L3 L4 and L5 speed groups will be arranged at the start depending on turnout.

    Registration not required. Simply show up and look for the fun loving group of KNBC cyclists.

    Start = 6:15pm behind the Royal Oak Pub 117 Centrepointe Drive.

    Please Note: These are impromptu rides. As such, they are not formally organised and have no pre-determined leader(s) or routes. That's all part of the "mystery" and what makes these rides such a fun hit. They are also weather dependent. Generally speaking, if the weather looks very questionable, there is a good chance there will be reduced numbers (if any) of the tour leaders showing up to volunteer to lead a group.

    Since they are impromptu, they appear as a standing entry in the calendar -meaning they are never really formally cancelled, because they are never really formally organised. Members are expected to use their own judgement in deciding to attend or not.

    If you get there and discover the weather is not good enough for cycling, you can always skip the ride and go straight to the social part at the Royal Oak ;-).

    5. 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.

    6. Diversions

    Monday, July 15, 7 pm Movie: Four by 3000, Landmark Cinemas, Kanata

    Four by 3000 offers an unprecedented look into the interworking of the Race Across America, one of the most respected and longest running ultra-endurance events in the world following Team Working Nation. Racing from Oceanside, California to Annapolis, Maryland they must ride over 3089 miles with 175,000 feet of climbing in under six days to have a chance of victory. Once the starting gun goes off time does not stop until they cross the finish line. This year the team has lofty goals – as returning champions they not only want to defend their title but also set a world record for fastest time crossing the country on bike. Throughout the six days of racing they are forced to deal with vehicle breakdowns, crew conflicts, severe weather, and family tragedy all while trying to stay focused on their goals. Leading to the tension is the nonstop caravan of support vehicles and crew that must live out of vans for six days with little to no sleep. Follow their journey with never-before seen footage in a story about human spirit and the brotherhood/sisterhood all who take part in the event share. Narrated by Sean Astin.

    The movie will be shown if enough tickets are purchased in next 25 days.

    https://tickets.demand.film/event/7936

    Website: Glossary of cycling terminology

    https://www.pactimo.com/blogs/new-to-cycling/glossary-of-cycling-terminology

    Article: Shipping container bistros popping up in 3 Ottawa parks

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ncc-bistro-ottawa-shipping-container-pilot-project-1.5172244

    Article: 10 Reasons to Start Early Morning Cycling Right Now!

    https://www.ilovebicycling.com/10-reasons-to-start-early-morning-cycling-right-now/

    Butter Tart tour (why we bike…): Peterborough, Kawarthas Northumberland

    https://buttertarttour.ca/

    Multi-day tour: Friday-Sunday, Sept. 13-15, Hudson-Montreal

    This ride was done in 2015 and 2016 as a 2 day ride. An additional day has been added in Montreal this year.

    Departure time is 10 AM on Friday from Hudson. Our meeting is the municipal parking lot where cars may be left at no charge. Overnight bags will be transported to our hotel in Montreal and back to Hudson on Sunday.

    Our route will cross the Ottawa River to Oka then travel via Laval, Ile Bizard, Ste Anne de Bellevue, Lakeshore Drive, and the Lachine Canal to our hotel in the centre of Montreal. This route uses portions of Quebec’s Route Verte and is primarily bike paths or quiet roads with bike lanes. The route is 99km long and will be suitable for L2+ riders who are comfortable doing this distance.

    On Saturday we will be doing an urban route of 4-5 hours within Montreal which will include the Old Port area and Le Plateau. Part of this route is known as the ‘smoked meat and bagel’ route. This will be casual cycling using Montreal’s bike path and bike lane system.

    On Sunday we return to Hudson using the same route we took on Friday. We will leave around 9:30 AM and expect to be in Hudson around 3 PM.

    The sign-up deadline is July 31. Contact Steve Caron for additional details.

    _________________________

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 17 Jun 2019 3:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1. Registration for Day Tours

    Registration for day tours is fast and easy. We ask that you RSVP for any ride you will be attending. It does not matter if the ride is remote or not. Those intending to attend any ride, regardless of the start location, will be asked to RSVP, using the "Register” button in the ride details. To avoid instances of people registering too far in advance and then forgetting about it, registration for each ride will only become available/active 2 weeks prior to the ride date. After you register for a ride, you will automatically receive an email giving you full details about the ride for which you registered. You may also receive notices by email from your tour leader, if there are any last minute changes, cancellations, special instruction etc. This has proven to be an excellent feature of the new website and has been extremely well received by participants and Tour Leaders alike.

    2. The Rides (June 11-17)

    Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice. Please check the Club Calendar on the website, as well as your email, prior to heading to a start location. Typically, Bike Shorts Extras will not be sent out for cancellations or short notice ride additions. Instead, 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, providing you have registered on it using the “Register” button.

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

    Full details on all rides can be found on the KNBC Club Calendar of rides and events on the KNBC website. 

    12 June 2019

    L1 - Mississippi Mills Museum Tour - 41.5 km

    L2 - Merrickville - 50.5 km

    L3 -Arnprior-Renfrew-Burnstown- 94.5 km

    L4 - Osgoode-North Gower - 84.5 km

    L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

    15 June 2019

    L1 - Harvest Moon Orchard - 49.5 km

    16 June 2019

    L2 - Pinhey's Point - 54.5 km

    L3 - Athens - 86.5 km

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

    3. Tour Planning Meeting - Friday June 28

    When: Friday June 28, 7-9 pm

    Where: Community room of "Brown's Your Independent Grocer", 1251 Stittsville Main St, Stittsville.

    RSVP: This event is now on the KNBC calendar. If you are planning to attend, simply go to the event on the Club calendar and register by using the register button.

    Who: This meeting is for all Tour Leaders, potential Tour Leaders and anyone else who may be tempted to lead an occasional ride this season.

    Special instructions: If you have not already done so, now is the time to start thinking about when you are available and willing to lead rides in the Second half of the season (July-September). It’s also time to start thinking about what rides you would like to lead. Please review the ride library and your personal calendar, so you can come prepared to help fill up the KNBC ride calendar with wonderful rides.

    If you are unable to attend the meeting, please send the KNBC Tour Director a list of dates you are available to lead rides, together with the following information:

    • Date; Ride name and # as it appears in the Club Library; Start location; Start time; Distance; and Level;

    If you have any question about this, please do not hesitate to contact the KNBC Tour Director at tour-director@knbc.ca

    4. Wednesday Evening Mystery Rides

    Please join us on Wednesday evenings at Centrepointe for impromptu tours of 90 to 120 minutes, followed by socializing at the Royal Oak pub. L1, L2, L3 L4 and L5 speed groups will be arranged at the start depending on turnout.

    Registration not required. Simply show up and look for the fun loving group of KNBC cyclists. Start = 6:15 pm behind the Royal Oak Pub 117 Centrepointe Drive.

    Please Note: These are impromptu rides. As such, they are not formally organised and have no pre-determined leader(s) or routes. That's all part of the "mystery" and what makes these rides such a fun hit. They are also weather dependent. Generally speaking, if the weather looks very questionable, there is a good chance there will be reduced numbers (if any) of the tour leaders showing up to volunteer to lead a group. Since they are impromptu, they appear as a standing entry in the calendar -meaning they are never really formally cancelled, because they are never really formally organised. Members are expected to use their own judgement in deciding to attend or not. If you get there and discover the weather is not good enough for cycling, you can always skip the ride and go straight to the social part at the Royal Oak ;-).

    5. Safety tip from Monna – Road hazards - Point and call them out

    When riding in a group, it is often difficult to see all the hazards on the road, until it is late. Help others avoid pinch flats or wipe outs by calling out (hole, glass, gravel, sand, storm grates, etc.) as applicable, and pointing to the problem.

    6. Diversions

    For newcomers to Ottawa: Ottawa road trips

    https://ottawaroadtrips.com

    Monday, July 15, 7 pm Movie: Four by 3000, Landmark Cinemas, Kanata

    Four by 3000 offers an unprecedented look into the interworking of the Race Across America, one of the most respected and longest running ultra-endurance events in the world following Team Working Nation. Racing from Oceanside, California to Annapolis, Maryland they must ride over 3089 miles with 175,000 feet of climbing in under six days to have a chance of victory. Once the starting gun goes off time does not stop until they cross the finish line. This year the team has lofty goals – as returning champions they not only want to defend their title but also set a world record for fastest time crossing the country on bike. Throughout the six days of racing they are forced to deal with vehicle breakdowns, crew conflicts, severe weather, and family tragedy all while trying to stay focused on their goals. Leading to the tension is the nonstop caravan of support vehicles and crew that must live out of vans for six days with little to no sleep. Follow their journey with never-before seen footage in a story about human spirit and the brotherhood/sisterhood all who take part in the event share. The movie will be shown if enough tickets are purchased in next 25 days.

    https://tickets.demand.film/event/7936

    Gadget dept.: RapidReflecttm

    https://comfygears.com/products/rapidreflect

    Article: 15 benefits of cycling: why cycling is good for weight loss, fitness, legs and mind

    https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/latest-news/benefits-of-cycling-334144

    Friday-Sunday, Sept. 13-15, Multi-day tour Hudson-Montreal

    This ride was done in 2015 and 2016 as a 2 day ride. An additional day has been added in Montreal this year.

    Departure time is 10 AM on Friday from Hudson. Our meeting is the municipal parking lot where cars may be left at no charge. Overnight bags will be transported to our hotel in Montreal and back to Hudson on Sunday.

    Our route will cross the Ottawa River to Oka then travel via Laval, Ile Bizard, Ste Anne de Bellevue, Lakeshore Drive, and the Lachine Canal to our hotel in the centre of Montreal. This route uses portions of Quebec’s Route Verte and is primarily bike paths or quiet roads with bike lanes. The route is 99km long and will be suitable for L2+ riders who are comfortable doing this distance.

    On Saturday we will be doing an urban route of 4-5 hours within Montreal which will include the Old Port area and Le Plateau. Part of this route is known as the ‘smoked meat and bagel’ route. This will be casual cycling using Montreal’s bike path and bike lane system.

    On Sunday we return to Hudson using the same route we took on Friday. We will leave around 9:30 AM and expect to be in Hudson around 3 PM.

    The sign-up deadline is July 31. Contact Steve Caron for additional details (contact info in members directory).

    _________________________

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 10 Jun 2019 10:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Happy World Bicycle Day – June 3

    https://www.un.org/en/events/bicycleday/

    Tour Director news

    1. Registration for Day Tours

    2. The Rides (June 4-10)

    3. Tour Leader Training - Saturday 15 June 7-9 pm

    4. Tour Planning Meeting - Friday June 28, 7-9 pm

    5. Wednesday Evening Mystery Rides

    6. Safety tip from Monna

    7. Diversions – Monday, June 10, New Members Welcome event

    8. KNBC website

    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Tour Director news

    1. Registration for Day Tours

    Registration for day tours is fast and easy. We ask that you RSVP for any ride you will be attending. It does not matter if the ride is remote or not. Those intending to attend any ride, regardless of the start location, will be asked to RSVP, using the "Register” button in the ride details. To avoid instances of people registering too far in advance and then forgetting about it, registration for each ride will only become available/active 2 weeks prior to the ride date. After you register for a ride, you will automatically receive an email giving you full details about the ride for which you registered. You may also receive notices by email from your tour leader, if there are any last minute changes, cancellations, special instruction etc. This has proven to be an excellent feature of the new website and has been extremely well received by participants and Tour Leaders alike.

    2. The Rides (June 4-10)

    Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice. Please check the Club Calendar on the website, as well as your email, prior to heading to a start location. Typically, Bike Shorts Extras will not be sent out for cancellations or short notice ride additions. Instead, 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, providing you have registered on it using the “Register” button.

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

    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 

    5 June 2019

    L1 - 2 Rivers and a Canal - 43.5 km

    L2 - Merrickville - 50.5 km

    L3 - 2 Mills & 2 'Villes - 82 km

    L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

    8 June 2019

    L2 - Carleton Place - 75.5 km

    L3 - Perth - 78.5 km

    L4 - Pakenham - 88 km

    9 June 2019

    No rides currently scheduled for 9 June. If rides are offered for this date, they will be added to the KNBC Calendar.

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

    3. Tour Leader Training - Saturday 15 June 7-9pm

    When: Saturday 15 June, 7-9pm

    Where: Community room of "Brown's Your Independent Grocer", 1251 Stittsville Main St, Stittsville.

    Details: Back by popular demand, tour leader training is scheduled for Saturday 15 June in the community room of Brown's Your Independent Grocer, 1251 Stittsville Main St, Stittsville.

    Who: This training is highly recommended for new tour leaders, potential tour leaders and anyone else who may be tempted to lead an occasional ride this season. It is also very useful for those who have been a tour leader for some time and would like a refresher

    RSVP: This event is now on the KNBC calendar. If you are planning to attend, simply go to the event on the Club calendar and register by using the register button.

    If you have any question about this, please do not hesitate to contact the KNBC Tour Director at tour-director@knbc.ca

    4. Tour Planning Meeting - Friday June 28

    When: Friday June 28, 7-9pm

    Where: Community room of "Brown's Your Independent Grocer", 1251 Stittsville Main St, Stittsville.

    RSVP: This event is now on the KNBC calendar. If you are planning to attend, simply go to the event on the Club calendar and register by using the register button.

    Who: This meeting is for all Tour Leaders, potential Tour Leaders and anyone else who may be tempted to lead an occasional ride this season.

    Special instructions: If you have not already done so, now is the time to start thinking about when you are available and willing to lead rides in the Second half of the season (July-September). It’s also time to start thinking about what rides you would like to lead. Please review the ride library and your personal calendar, so you can come prepared to help fill up the KNBC ride calendar with wonderful rides.

    Here is a link to the KNBC Library of Day Tours https://knbc.ca/page-18435

    If you are unable to attend the meeting, please send the KNBC Tour Director a list of dates you are available to lead rides, together with the following information:

    • Date;

    • Ride name and # as it appears in the Club Library;

    • Start location;

    • Start time;

    • Distance;

    • Level;

    If you have any question about this, please do not hesitate to contact the KNBC Tour Director at tour-director@knbc.ca

    5. Wednesday Evening Mystery Rides

    Please join us on Wednesday evenings at Centrepointe for impromptu tours of 90 to 120 minutes, followed by socializing at the Royal Oak pub. L1, L2, L3 L4 and L5 speed groups will be arranged at the start depending on turnout.

    Registration not required. Simply show up and look for the fun loving group of KNBC cyclists.

    Start = 6:15pm behind the Royal Oak Pub 117 Centrepointe Drive.

    Please Note: These are impromptu rides. As such, they are not formally organised and have no pre-determined leader(s) or routes. That's all part of the "mystery" and what makes these rides such a fun hit. They are also weather dependent. Generally speaking, if the weather looks very questionable, there is a good chance there will be reduced numbers (if any) of the tour leaders showing up to volunteer to lead a group.

    Since they are impromptu, they appear as a standing entry in the calendar -meaning they are never really formally cancelled, because they are never really formally organised. Members are expected to use their own judgement in deciding to attend or not.

    If you get there and discover the weather is not good enough for cycling, you can always skip the ride and go straight to the social part at the Royal Oak ;-).

    6. Safety tip from Monna – Stop safely

    When choosing a place to stop (rest, re-group, confirm directions, mechanical etc.), PLEASE clear the intersection (where 80% of bike/car accidents occur), and choose a safe location where EVERYONE in your group can GET OFF THE ROAD. Use driveways, parking lots or wide shoulders as appropriate. Also be mindful of pedestrians, and do not block sidewalks. On scorching hot days - shade is important - BUT NOT at the cost of safety.

    7. Diversions



    Friday-Sunday, Sept. 13-15, Multi-day tour Hudson-Montreal

    This ride was done in 2015 and 2016 as a 2 day ride. An additional day has been added in Montreal this year.

    Departure time is 10 AM on Friday from Hudson. Our meeting is the municipal parking lot where cars may be left at no charge. Overnight bags will be transported to our hotel in Montreal and back to Hudson on Sunday.

    Our route will cross the Ottawa River to Oka then travel via Laval, Ile Bizard, Ste Anne de Bellevue, Lakeshore Drive, and the Lachine Canal to our hotel in the centre of Montreal. This route uses portions of Quebec’s Route Verte and is primarily bike paths or quiet roads with bike lanes. The route is 99km long and will be suitable for L2+ riders who are comfortable doing this distance.

    On Saturday we will be doing an urban route of 4-5 hours within Montreal which will include the Old Port area and Le Plateau. Part of this route is known as the ‘smoked meat and bagel’ route. This will be casual cycling using Montreal’s bike path and bike lane system.

    On Sunday we return to Hudson using the same route we took on Friday. We will leave around 9:30 AM and expect to be in Hudson around 3 PM.

    The sign-up deadline is July 31. Contact Steve Caron for additional details.

    Video: Car tunnels are sooooo 1968 (38 sec)

    https://www.facebook.com/fietsprofessor/videos/2506757242689848/

    Article: Become a Strava artist

    https://www.welovecycling.com/wide/2017/12/15/become-strava-artist-like-canadian-stephen-lund/

    News item: Proposed pedestrian and bike ferry between Prescott, ON and Ogdensburg, NY

    Discussions between Ogdensburg and Prescott, Ontario, involving the creation of a pedestrian and bike ferry across the St. Lawrence River are going full steam ahead, with a chance for a trial run of the proposed service as early as summer.

    The idea of a seasonal ferry carrying only pedestrians and bicyclists — no cars — has been proposed as a way to foster cultural ties and boost tourism between the two border towns.

    Ogdensburg City Manager Sarah Purdy said discussions are underway to potentially launch two trial runs of such a service on separate weekends this summer. However, she cautioned there are a number of details still to work out, especially when it comes to ensuring that U.S. and Canadian security protocols are met.

    Notice: Ottawa Garmin Cycling Group

    Free to join. It was setup to encourage cyclist to connect using their devices and to enjoy the outdoors through cycling.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/GarminCycling/

    8. KNBC Website

    Road ID reminder

    Our discount code for RoadID is good till June 17.  That’ll get you 20% off your entire order. Code is KNBC19

    NCC Pathway Status

    Check the Home Page for frequent updates on the status of the NCC pathways and Gatineau Park. 

    Checking Your Ride

    We're getting questions on how to see who's joining you on your ride. On each of the calendar pages, just click the ride you're interested in, that should bring up the ride description. On the left panel you'll see the following items: When - Location - Registered.  

    The Registered line will either show how many people are registered, or if nobody is, it will show "Be the first". The text in lime green is a clickable link which will bring you to the list of registered riders. 

    If you have already registered, it will also present you with a "Cancel" button. 

    Rule of thumb, if you see some text in Lime Green, it's probably a link — click it. 

    9. Top rated Adult Bicycle Helmets from Consumer Reports

    Suggested by Sam Ludmer

    A bicycle helmet should be tried-on before purchasing it, to ensure that it feels comfortable and fits properly. Because head shape is unique, a particular size from one manufacturer might fit better than the same size from another manufacturer. If a trial fit is not possible, make sure it can be returned in case it does not fit properly. Testing done at Virginia Tech sponsored by insurance companies, published by Consumer Reports.

    US dollar pricing. Not all models available in Canada.

    OVERALL SCORE 88

    Scott Arx Plus

    Recommended

    Price: $125

    This Adult helmet comes in 3 size(s) and rated Excellent in our impact testing. With the number (4) and type of features for adjusting the retention strap, it provides an excellent ability to customize the fit. And with an approximate weight of 270 grams, the weight of this helmet is considered best relative to other helmets tested.

    OVERALL SCORE 85

    Cannondale CAAD MIPS

    Recommended

    Price: $80.00

    This Adult helmet comes in 2 size(s) and rated Excellent in our impact testing. With the number (3) and type of features for adjusting the retention strap, it provides a good ability to customize the fit. And with an approximate weight of 330 grams, the weight of this helmet is considered better relative to other helmets tested.

    OVERALL SCORE 85

    Giro Register MIPS

    Recommended

    Price: $65.00

    This Adult helmet comes in 1 size(s) and rated Excellent in our impact testing. With the number (2) and type of features for adjusting the retention strap, it provides a good ability to customize the fit. And with an approximate weight of 292 grams, the weight of this helmet is considered better relative to other helmets tested.

    _________________________

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC


  • 3 Jun 2019 4:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Tour Director news

    1. Registration for Day Tours

    2. The Rides (May 28-June 3)

    3. Tour Leader Training - Saturday 15 June 7-9 pm

    4. Tour Planning Meeting - Friday June 28, 7-9 pm

    5. Wednesday Evening Mystery Rides

    6. Safety tip from Monna

    7. Diversions

    8. KNBC website

    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Tour Director news

    1. Registration for Day Tours

    Registration for day tours is fast and easy. We ask that you RSVP for any ride you will be attending. It does not matter if the ride is remote or not. Those intending to attend any ride, regardless of the start location, will be asked to RSVP, using the "Register” button in the ride details. To avoid instances of people registering too far in advance and then forgetting about it, registration for each ride will only become available/active 2 weeks prior to the ride date. After you register for a ride, you will automatically receive an email giving you full details about the ride for which you registered. You may also receive notices by email from your tour leader, if there are any last minute changes, cancellations, special instruction etc. This has proven to be an excellent feature of the new website and has been extremely well received by participants and Tour Leaders alike.

    2. The Rides (May 28-June 3)

    Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice. Please check the Club Calendar on the website, as well as your email, prior to heading to a start location. Typically, Bike Shorts Extras will not be sent out for cancellations or short notice ride additions. Instead, 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, providing you have registered on it using the “Register” button.

    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

    29 May 2019

    L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

    1 June 2019

    L3 - Mill of Kintail - 82.5 km

    2 June 2019

    L2 - Byward Market - 59 km

    L3 - Fitzroy Harbour - 76.5 km

    L4 - Portage-du-Fort - 118.5 km

    L5 - Portage-du-Fort - 118.5 km

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

    3. Tour Leader Training - Saturday 15 June 7-9pm

    Where: Community room of "Brown's Your Independent Grocer", 1251 Stittsville Main St, Stittsville.

    Date: Saturday 15 June

    Time: 7-9pm

    Details: Back by popular demand, tour leader training is scheduled for Saturday 15 June in the community room of Brown's Your Independent Grocer, 1251 Stittsville Main St, Stittsville.

    Who: This training is highly recommended for new tour leaders, potential tour leaders and anyone else who may be tempted to lead an occasional ride this season. It is also very useful for those who have been a tour leader for some time and would like a refresher.

    RSVP: This event is now on the KNBC calendar. If you are planning to attend, simply go to the event on the Club calendar and register by using the register button.

    If you have any question about this, please do not hesitate to contact the KNBC Tour Director at tour-director@knbc.ca

    4. Tour Planning Meeting - Friday June 28

    When: Friday June 28, 7-9pm

    Where: Community room of "Brown's Your Independent Grocer", 1251 Stittsville Main St, Stittsville.

    RSVP: This event is now on the KNBC calendar. If you are planning to attend, simply go to the event on the Club calendar and register by using the register button.

    Who: This meeting is for all Tour Leaders, potential Tour Leaders and anyone else who may be tempted to lead an occasional ride this season.

    Special instructions: If you have not already done so, now is the time to start thinking about when you are available and willing to lead rides in the Second half of the season (July-September). It’s also time to start thinking about what rides you would like to lead. Please review the ride library and your personal calendar, so you can come prepared to help fill up the KNBC ride calendar with wonderful rides.

    Here is a link to the KNBC Library of Day Tours https://knbc.ca/page-18435

    If you are unable to attend the meeting, please send the KNBC Tour Director a list of dates you are available to lead rides, together with the following information:

    • Date;
    • Ride name and # as it appears in the Club Library;
    • Start location;
    • Start time;
    • Distance;
    • Level;

    If you have any question about this, please do not hesitate to contact the KNBC Tour Director at tour-director@knbc.ca

    5. Wednesday Evening Mystery Rides

    Please join us on Wednesday evenings at Centrepointe for impromptu tours of 90 to 120 minutes, followed by socializing at the Royal Oak pub. L1, L2, L3 L4 and L5 speed groups will be arranged at the start depending on turnout.

    Registration not required. Simply show up and look for the fun loving group of KNBC cyclists.

    Start = 6:15pm behind the Royal Oak Pub 117 Centrepointe Drive.

    Please Note: These are impromptu rides. As such, they are not formally organised and have no pre-determined leader(s) or routes. That's all part of the "mystery" and what makes these rides such a fun hit. They are also weather dependent. Generally speaking, if the weather looks very questionable, there is a good chance there will be reduced numbers (if any) of the tour leaders showing up to volunteer to lead a group.

    Since they are impromptu, they appear as a standing entry in the calendar -meaning they are never really formally cancelled, because they are never really formally organised. Members are expected to use their own judgement in deciding to attend or not.

    If you get there and discover the weather is not good enough for cycling, you can always skip the ride and go straight to the social part at the Royal Oak ;-).

    6. Safety tip from Monna – Health Emergency Information

    Members who have severe food (or other), allergies, and carry anaphylaxis medication (i.e. EpiPen), are requested to advise Tour Leaders accordingly at the start of a ride, along with any pertinent information, and where the EpiPen is located.

    Additionally, members should advise their Tour Leader of any injuries or health issues that may affect or limit their performance.

    To obtain a free durable plastic emergency contact card: https://freeemergencycontactcard.com/

    7. Diversions

    Tuesday, June 4, 7-9 pm, Organizing and leading a multi-day tour

    Want to go on a multi-day tour? Organize it!

    Come out and learn how easy it is to organize a tour and meet fellow club members who can help you do this. Learn about resources already on the club’s website. KNBC members who have organized and/or lead multi-day tours will discuss the steps involved in creating a multi-day tour. These are very popular with KNBC members. They all fill up very quickly and are a great way to get to know other members.

    When: Tuesday, June 4

    Where: 3 Brewers, Kanata Centrum

    Time: 7-9 pm

    RSVP: This event is now on the KNBC calendar. If you are planning to attend, simply go to the event on the Club calendar and register by using the register button.

    Questions? Please contact Geoffrey president@knbc.ca

    Monday, June 10, New Members Welcome event, 3 Brewers, Kanata Centrum, 7-9 pm

    The KNBC executive would like you to join us for a new members welcome evening.

    RSVP: This event is on the KNBC calendar. If you are planning to attend, simply go to the event on the Club calendar and register by using the register button.

    There will be brief presentations about the club and lots of socializing.

    Friday-Sunday, Sept. 13-15, Multi-day tour Hudson-Montreal

    This is a first notice of this tour organized and lead by Steve Caron. It is listed in the event calendar. If interested please contact Steve.

    Article: Poland unveils glow-in-the-dark bicycle path that is charged by the sun

    https://www.higherperspectives.com/poland-bike-path-sun-2632207093.html

    Article: E-Bikes for an Aging Population

    https://www.planetizen.com/news/2019/05/104358-e-bikes-aging-population

    Video: Danny Macaskill: Danny daycare (4:10)

    https://youtu.be/jj0CmnxuTaQ

    Video: Chainless bike shaft – Future of cycling?

    https://mashable.com/video/chainless-bike-shaft-driven-ceramicspeed/?jwsource=em

    It’s your club – make stuff happen! Looking for a volunteer(s) to take charge of a modest monthly photography contest

    It has been suggested several times that the club should run a photo contest to showcase the skills and aesthetics of our members. Lots of examples from other bike clubs to be inspired with. If interested, please contact Geoffrey president@knbc.ca

    8. KNBC Website

    Road ID reminder - new dogtags

    As mentioned last week, we have a discount code for RoadID that’ll get you 20% off your entire order, good till June 17. Just put in KNBC19. They have just released their new ‘dog-tags’, so if you don’t want to wear anything on your wrists, this could work for you.

    https://www.roadid.com

    _________________________

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 27 May 2019 3:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Tour Director news

    1. Registration for Day Tours

    2. The Rides (May 21 - 27)

    3. Tour Leader Training - Saturday 15 June 7-9 pm

    4. Tour Planning Meeting - Friday June 28, 7-9 pm

    5. Wednesday Evening Mystery Rides Returning soon

    6. Safety tip from Monna

    7. Diversions – several important events listed here!

    8. KNBC website

    9. KNBC at Cyclofusion

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    Tour Director news

    1. Registration for Day Tours

    Registration for day tours is fast and easy.  We ask that you RSVP for any ride you will be attending. It does not matter if the ride is remote or not. Those intending to attend any ride, regardless of the start location, will be asked to RSVP, using the "Register” button in the ride details.  To avoid instances of people registering too far in advance and then forgetting about it, registration for each ride will only become available/active 2 weeks prior to the ride date. After you register for a ride, you will automatically receive an email giving you full details about the ride for which you registered. You may also receive notices by email from your tour leader, if there are any last minute changes, cancellations, special instruction etc. This has proven to be an excellent feature of the new website and has been extremely well received by participants and Tour Leaders alike.

    2. The Rides (May 21-27)

    Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice. Please check the Club Calendar on the website, as well as your email, prior to heading to a start location. Typically, Bike Shorts Extras will not be sent out for cancellations or short notice ride additions. Instead, 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, providing you have registered on it using the “Register” button.

    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 

    22 May 2019

    L1 - Pinhey's Point - 54.5 km

    L3 - Perth - Balderson - 95 km

    L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

    25 May 2019

    L1 - Fitzroy Harbour - 54.3 km

    L2 - Perkins - 53.5 km

    L3 - Merrickville - 81.5 km

    L4 - Wakefield - 117 km

    L5 - Wakefield - 117 km

    26 May 2019

    L1 - Aviation and Space Museum - 49.5 km

    L3 – St. Albert - 64.5 km

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

    3. Tour Leader Training - Saturday 15 June 7-9pm

    Where: Community room of "Brown's Your Independent Grocer", 1251 Stittsville Main St, Stittsville,

    Date: Saturday 15 June

    Time: 7-9pm

    Details:tour leader training is scheduled for Saturday 15 June in the community room of Brown's Your Independent Grocer, 1251 Stittsville Main St, Stittsville. 

    Who: This training is highly recommended for new tour leaders, potential tour leaders and anyone else who may be tempted to lead an occasional ride this season. It is also very useful for those who have been a tour leader for some time and would like a refresher

    RSVP: This event is now on the KNBC calendar. If you are planning to attend, simply go to the event on the Club calendar and register by using the register button.

    If you have any question about this, please do not hesitate to contact the KNBC Tour Director at  tour-director@knbc.ca

    4.  Tour Planning Meeting - Friday 28 June

    When: Friday 28 June, 7-9pm

    Where: Community Room of Brown's Your Independent Grocer, 1251 Stittsville Main St, Stittsville.

    RSVP: This event is now on the KNBC calendar. If you are planning to attend, simply go to the event on the Club calendar and register by using the register button.

    Who: This meeting is for all Tour Leaders, potential Tour Leaders and anyone else who may be tempted to lead an occasional ride this season.

    Special instructions: If you have not already done so, now is the time to start thinking about when you are available and willing to lead rides in the Second half of the season (July-September).  It’s also time to start thinking about what rides you would like to lead, because specific rides will not be pre-assigned in the calendar by the Tour Director.  Please review the ride library and your personal calendar, so you can come prepared to help fill up the KNBC ride calendar with wonderful rides.

    Here is a link to the KNBC Library of Day Tours https://knbc.ca/page-18435

    If you are unable to attend the meeting, please send the KNBC Tour Director a list of dates you are available to lead rides, together with the following information:

              • Date;

              • Ride name and # as it appears in the Club Library;

              • Start location;

              • Start time;

              • Distance;

              • Level;

     If you have any question about this, please do not hesitate to contact the KNBC Tour Director at tour-director@knbc.ca

    5.  Wednesday Evening Mystery Rides Returning 22 May

    Commencing Wednesday 22 May, please join us on Wednesday evenings at Centrepointe for impromptu tours of 90 to 120 minutes, followed by socializing at the Royal Oak pub.

    L1, L2, L3 L4 and L5 speed groups will be arranged at the start depending on turnout.

    Start = 6:15 pm, behind the Royal Oak Pub 117 Centrepointe Drive.

    Please Note: These are impromptu rides.  As such, they are not formally organised and have no pre-determined leader(s) or routes. That's all part of the "mystery" and what makes these rides such a fun hit.

    They are also weather dependent. 

    Generally speaking, if the weather looks very questionable, there is a good chance there will be reduced numbers (if any) of the tour leaders showing up to volunteer to lead a group. 

    Since they are impromptu, they appear as a standing entry in the calendar -meaning they are never really formally cancelled, because they are never really formally organised.  Members are expected to use their own judgement in deciding to attend or not.  

    If you get there and discover the weather is not good enough for cycling, you can always skip the ride and go straight to the social part at the Royal Oak ;-).

    6. Safety tip from Monna – Riding in a group - but thinking like an individual 

    Sometimes when riding in a group, we turn off the brain and mindlessly follow the person in front of us. With 80% of accidents occurring at intersections - it is imperative we stay alert and take ownership of our own personal safety when crossing or turning at an intersection. What might have been adequate time for the folks in front - may no longer be the case. Be sure to assess each situation individually and make the safe decision for you.

    7. Diversions

    Sunday May 26, KNBC Riding Skills Clinic

    What to be safer on the road? Be more social when riding with a group? Have more fun? In this 31/2-hour clinic, we’ll practice basic skills to help you ride safer with more confidence. We’ll also learn basic group riding skills, so we can be more comfortable riding together as a group. The clinic is for both new and experienced KNBC members. It involves lots of drills with practice, and accommodates cyclists with a wide range skills and abilities. The format of the clinic is one of fun and play.

    When & Where:

    All Saints High School, 5115 Kanata Ave, east parking lot.

    Sunday May 26, 9:00 AM – 12:30 pm

    Sunday May 26, 1:00 PM – 4:30 pm

    If it’s rainy weather, we’ll cancel and re-schedule.

    To register: This event is now on the KNBC calendar. If you are planning to attend, simply go to the event on the Club calendar and register by using the register button.

    Tuesday, June 4, 7-9 pm, Organizing and leading a multi-day tour

    KNBC members who have organized and/or lead multi-day tours will discuss the steps involved in creating a multi-day tour. These are very popular with KNBC members. They all fill up very quickly and are a great way to get to know other members.  The club could use more multi-day tours.

    So come out and learn how easy it is to organize a tour and meet fellow members who can help you do this. Learn about resources already on the club’s website.

    When:  Tuesday, June 4

    Where: TBD depending on numbers

    Time: 7-9 pm

    RSVP: This event is now on the KNBC calendar. If you are planning to attend, simply go to the event on the Club calendar and register by using the register button.

    Questions? Please contact president@knbc.ca

    Monday, June 10, New Members welcome event, 3 Brewers, Kanata Centrum, 7-9 pm

    This is an initial heads up for new members.  The KNBC executive would like you to join us for a new members welcome. 

    RSVP: This event is now on the KNBC calendar. If you are planning to attend, simply go to the event on the Club calendar and register by using the register button.

    8. KNBC Website

    Save to my calendar

    Don’t forget to use this handy feature when you register. Depending on your computer and calendar app, it will automatically enter the ride in your calendar, with all the details. PC users may need to manually double click the .ics file

    Road ID reminder - new dogtags

    As mentioned last week, we have a discount code for RoadID that’ll get you 20% off your entire order, good till June 17. Just put in KNBC19. They have just released their new ‘dog-tags’, so if you don’t want to wear anything on your wrists, this could work for you.

    https://www.roadid.com

    Calendar legend

    When checking the Weekly and Monthly calendars, you'll notice some of the Rides/Events have different colours. Here's what they mean:

    Blue - Normal ride entry

    Green - Something in the initial ride entry has changed. Maybe the time or location. If you had planned on taking this ride, best to check the entry again for what changed.

    Red - Ride is Cancelled. This spring, weather conditions caused a lot of cancellations.

    Brown - Social or non-ride events. Examples are the training sessions, New Members Welcome Night, club picnic, etc.

    Salmon (light red) - Multi day tours are shown as an FYI. No registration is possible.

    Ride Registration

    When registering for rides, please DO NOT de-select the "Show registration on event registrants list" checkbox. By doing so you show up as an Anonymous rider.  Since our tour leaders use this information to pre-populate their sign-in sheets, we will reset this field.

    Website Stats

    Some cool stats for you, we’re still averaging 1000 page hits per day. The 3 most popular non-home-page destinations are the Monthly Calendar, Upcoming Rides Calendar, and the Weekly Calendar. We are popular though, we’ve had 9 hits from the US, 4 from Russia, 2 from Togo, 1 from Australia, 1 from China, and 1 from Italy.

    9. KNBC at Cyclofusion

    On Saturday May 19, KNBC volunteers and our wonderful tent were present at the Cyclofusion. This event celebrated the beginning of the Nokia Sunday bikedays. Thanks to Roy for helping to set up and take down the tent. Big thanks to Virginia for staying all morning to keep me company, handing out business cards and generally schmoozing with the public. It was cool and windy but still a worthwhile event for the club to be at. Next year the organizers better have coffee available!

    _________________________

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 20 May 2019 2:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1. Tour Director news

    2. The Rides (May 14 - 20)

    3. Wednesday Evening Mystery Rides Returning soon

    4. Tour Leader Training - Saturday 15 June 7-9 pm

    5. Tour Planning Meeting - Friday June 28, 7-9 pm

    6. Safety tip from Monna

    7. Diversions

    8. KNBC website

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    1. Tour Director news

    Registration for Day Tours

    With the registration feature working well beyond our expectations, we will now be asking that you RSVP for any ride you will be attending. It does not matter if the ride is remote or not. Those intending to attend any ride, regardless of the start location, will be asked to RSVP, using the "Register” button in the ride details. You can still notify the Tour Leader by email or phone, but the preferred method is by using the “Register” button, located on the left side of the “Ride Details” page, of the ride on which you are registering. To avoid instances of people registering too far in advance and then forgetting about it, registration for each ride will only become available/active 2 weeks prior to the ride date. After you register for a ride, you will automatically receive an email giving you full details about the ride for which you registered. You may also receive notices by email from your tour leader, if there are any last minute changes, cancellations, special instruction etc. This has proven to be an excellent feature of the new website and has been extremely well received by participants and Tour Leaders alike.

    2. The Rides (May 14-20)

    Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice. Please check the Club Calendar on the website, as well as your email, prior to heading to a start location. Typically, Bike Shorts Extras will not be sent out for cancellations or short notice ride additions. Instead, 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, providing you have registered on it using the “Register” button.

    Tour leaders are reminded to contact the Tour Director ASAP, 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

    15 May 2019

    L1 - Becketts Landing - 51 km

    L1 - Becketts Landing - 51 km

    L3 - Blakeney-Almonte-Appleton - 89 km

    L4 - Blakeney-Almonte-Appleton - 89 km

    18 May 2019

    L3 - Arnprior-Burnstown - 71.5 km

    L4 - Carleton Place - 75.5 km

    19 May 2019

    L2 - Ashton via Old Almonte Rd - 59.5 km

    L3 - Kilmarnock Lock - 85 km

    L4 - Kilmarnock Lock - 85 km

    20 May 2019

    L3 - Perth - Balderson - 95 km

    L4 – Buckingham - 121.5 km

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

    3. Wednesday Evening Mystery Rides Returning soon

    The Wednesday Evening Mystery Rides will be returning very soon.

    The very first one for this season is expected to be scheduled for Wednesday 22 May. More details on this will be in next week's Bike Shorts. Please note: you do not need to RSVP for these rides. They are very impromptu and loosely organized.

    Below are the details on what to expect: This is a RIDE and SOCIAL EVENT

    Commencing Wednesday 22 May, please join us on Wednesday evenings at Centrepointe for impromptu tours of 90 to 120 minutes, followed by socializing at the Royal Oak pub.

    L1, L2, L3 L4 and L5 speed groups will be arranged at the start depending on turnout.

    Start = 6:15 pm, behind the Royal Oak Pub 117 Centrepointe Drive.

    Please Note: These are impromptu rides.  As such, they are not formally organised and have no pre-determined leader(s) or routes. That's all part of the "mystery" and what makes these rides such a fun hit.

    They are also weather dependent. Generally speaking, if the weather looks very questionable, there is a good chance there will be reduced numbers (if any) of the tour leaders showing up to volunteer to lead a group. 

    Since they are impromptu, they appear as a standing entry in the calendar -meaning they are never really formally cancelled, because they are never really formally organised. Members are expected to use their own judgement in deciding to attend or not.  

    If you get there and discover the weather is not good enough for cycling, you can always skip the ride and go straight to the social part at the Royal Oak ;-).

    4.  Tour Leader Training - Saturday 15 June 7-9 pm

    Where: Community room of "Brown's Your Independent Grocer", 1251 Stittsville Main St, Stittsville,

    Date: Saturday 15 June

    Time: 7-9 pm

    Details: Back by popular demand, tour leader training is scheduled for Saturday 15 June in the community room of Brown's Your Independent Grocer, 1251 Stittsville Main St, Stittsville. The store is located at 1251 Stittsville Main St, Stittsville,

    This training is highly recommended for new tour leaders, potential tour leaders and anyone else who may be tempted to lead an occasional ride this season.  It is also very useful for those who have been a tour leader for some time and would like a refresher

    RSVP: This event is now on the KNBC calendar. If you are planning to attend, simply go to the event on the Club calendar and register by using the register button.

    If you have any question about this, please do not hesitate to contact the KNBC Tour Director at tour-director@knbc.ca

    5.  Tour Planning Meeting - Friday June 28, 7-9 pm

    When: Friday June 28, 7-9 pm

    Where: Community Room of Browns Independent Grocer, Stittsville.

    RSVP: This event is now on the KNBC calendar. If you are planning to attend, simply go to the event on the Club calendar and register by using the register button.

    Who: This meeting is for all Tour Leaders, potential Tour Leaders and anyone else who may be tempted to lead an occasional ride this season.

    Special instructions: If you have not already done so, now is the time to start thinking about when you are available and willing to lead rides in the Second half of the season (July-September).  It’s also time to start thinking about what rides you would like to lead, because specific rides will not be pre-assigned in the calendar by the Tour Director.  Please review the ride library and your personal calendar, so you can come prepared to help fill up the KNBC ride calendar with wonderful rides.

    Here is a link to the KNBC Library of Day Tours https://knbc.ca/page-18435

    If you are unable to attend the meeting, please send the KNBC Tour Director a list of dates you are available to lead rides, together with the following information:

                • Date;

                • Ride name and # as it appears in the Club Library;

                • Start location;

                • Start time;

                • Distance;

                • Level;

    If you have any question about this, please do not hesitate to contact the KNBC Tour Director at tour-director@knbc.ca

    5. Safety tip from Monna – Try to ride straight as possible when in a group

    When riding in a group, it is very distracting and dangerous (to both the riders and motorists behind you) if you meander back and forth from the edge of the road. Try to ride in as straight a line as possible. If road width, conditions and traffic permit, the ideal position is 3' from the curb or the edge of the asphalt (or car doors). This will give you maneuverability when required, and will help keep you clear of grates and most debris.

    "Teach the Reach Act" - Update

    The “Dutch reach method” is a method of opening a vehicle door in order to reduce the risk of injuring (dooring), a cyclist approaching the vehicle from behind:

    ·         The person checks the rear-view mirror and the side-view mirror for oncoming traffic;

    ·         The person uses his or her hand that is the farthest from the door and reaches across his or her body to place the hand on the door handle;

    ·         The person opens the door sufficiently to look in the direction of the oncoming traffic and check one more time for oncoming traffic; and 

    ·         The person opens the door completely and exits the vehicle.

    The bill was introduced by MPP Marit Stiles and would see the Dutch Reach method included in driver's education manuals, programs and testing in Ontario. For more information and to show your support - go to https://www.maritstiles.ca/teach_the_reach_petition

    6. Diversions

    Monday, June 10, New Members welcome event, 3 Brewers, Kanata Centrum, 7- 9 pm

    This is an initial heads up for new members.  The KNBC executive would like you to join us for a new members welcome.  More information will be provided in the next Bike shorts, including how to register for the event on our website.  Meanwhile please pencil in this date. https://www.les3brasseurs.ca/

    Essential information: Epic map will take you to the 18 best ice cream spots in Ottawa

    https://www.narcity.com/eat-drink/ca/on/ottawa/ottawas-18-best-ice-cream-spots-you-have-to-try-this-summer-2019

    Articles: Updates on cycling in Ottawa

    https://bikeottawa.ca/

    Article: Cycling in the City - May 2019

    Booth Street Cycle Tracks Ready for First Full Cycling Season

    The Booth Street Bridge has undergone a transportation transformation. A combination of cycle tracks and bike lanes were constructed in 2018 on the Booth Street Bridge to create a safer environment for cyclists, pedestrians, transit users, and motorists. These new cycling facilities will serve the future O-Train Pimisi station, planned development sites such as LeBreton Flats and Zibi, and onward cycling connections both along and across the Ottawa River. 

    The new cycle lanes are continuous with broad designated pedestrian crossing areas indicated by a ladder crosswalk pavement marking, similar to crosswalks on the roads. There are pavement markings at the commencement of the cycling track, indicating both the designated cyclist and the pedestrian areas. While this does provide added protection, cyclists are required to yield to pedestrians at designated pedestrian crossing areas. To learn more about this facility and information for different users, refer to the Booth Street Bridge information on the City’s website.

    Protected Intersections – A New Design for Ottawa

    To make intersections more safe and comfortable for people walking, cycling and driving, the City of Ottawa is implementing the ‘protected intersection’ concept at certain locations. Protected intersections provide dedicated space and crossings for pedestrians, bicycles and motor vehicles at a signal-controlled intersection. The design improves safety and comfort while minimizing potential conflicts by incorporating the following key features; 1) corner safety islands; 2) forward stop bars; 3) setback crossings; and 4) dedicated bicycle signals. You can find more details about these features on the City’s website, along with a list of protected intersection locations and a link to a short explanatory video.

    Form needed to sign up for the Cycling in the city newsletter.

    https://ottawa.ca/esubscriptions/signup-form-en.html

    Article: An alternative vacation - How to hike completely naked in Germany

    https://theculturetrip.com/europe/germany/articles/how-to-hike-completely-naked-in-germany/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20190508global&utm_slot=5

    Shopping update: Décathlon and Mountain Warehouse stores

    The huge French sporting store Décathlon will be opening a store this fall on 2021 St Laurent Blvd.

    https://www.decathlon.ca/en/

    Meanwhile, the British store, Mountain Warehouse is open at the Tanger Outlet Mall #190 
    8555 Campeau Drive,
    (613) 8360595 https://www.mountainwarehouse.com/ca/

    5. KNBC Website

    Website

    Our stats show us averaging over 1000 page visits per day! The Upcoming Rides page was the most popular destination so we’ve updated it to make it more user friendly. You’ll now be able to view rides by level. As always, go to the main calendar page if you need a more overall view and more viewing options.

    Bell email

    Happy days, as of May 9, Bell seems to have resolved their email issues with us. All Bell.net and sympatico.ca emails are now making it through.

    RoadID

    If you worry what will happen if you’re incapacitated while riding and no-one is around, consider carrying additional ID. Many of us at the club use RoadID to carry our contact and emergency information. You can see more at their website. They have quite a few options.

    https://www.roadid.com/

    _________________________

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

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