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  • 9 Sep 2019 11:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Happy Labour day!

    1. The Rides (Sept. 3 - 9)

    2. Upcoming vacancies on club executive

    3. Safety tip from Monna

    4. Diversions

    5. KNBC Photo contest

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    Tour Director news

    1. The Rides (Sept. 3 - 9)

    Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice. Please check the club calendar on the website, as well as your email, prior to heading to a start location. If a ride gets cancelled or changed, you will be notified by email, providing you have registered on it using the “Register” button.

    Full details on all rides can be found on the KNBC club calendar of rides and events on the KNBC website. The KNBC calendar, containing the most up to date info on your rides, is located at https://knbc.ca/page-18460

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

    Sept. 04 L1 - Pointe Gatineau - 38.9 km

    Sept. 04 L2 - Aylmer - 69.5 km

    Sept. 04 L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

    Sept. 07 L2 - Perth-Balderson - 95.0 km

    Sept. 07 L4 - Portage-du-Fort - 119.2 km

    Sept. 07 L5 - Portage-du-Fort - 119.2 km

    Sept. 08 L3 - Pakenham-Waba-Arnprior - 84 km

    Sept. 08 L4 - Pakenham-Waba-Arnprior - 84 km

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

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

    New Tour Director needed for 2020 season

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

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

    Ideally we would like to have the new Tour Director identified by September. Presently, we have zero volunteers to take on this position.

    2. Wanted - Members of the KNBC Executive Committee

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

    The four people leaving the executive have done a great job and have been great colleagues.

    There are descriptions of the roles & responsibilities in the members’ only section of the website under executive contact info. The Membership Director position will probably change as the current website helps the club manage memberships very effectively.

    If you think you might be interested, please contact Geoffrey either at president@knbc.ca or at 613 721-7074 and/or contact the individuals currently in these positions.

    Peter, tour-director@knbc.ca

    Virginia, public-relations@knbc.ca

    Murray, secretary@knbc.ca

    Zita, membership@knbc.ca

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

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

    With a fatality in Ottawa, and a serious accident while we were in Picton - cyclists need to know how to navigate around parked cars. Treat them like a curb. Ride one metre from their edge, and ride in a straight line. Pick your line between blocks and do not meander back and forth to the curb.

    Watch for hazards around parked cars:

    Doors opening;

    Pedestrians walking out between;

    Tail or brake lights coming on; and

    Wheels moving

    Cars pulling out or into the parking space

    The fine for dooring is $365 (includes victim fine surcharge and court fees) + three (3) demerit points.

    4. Diversions

    Video: Cycling London’s Bicycle Super Highways (8.47)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxpJL8RWRWg

    Article: The Perfect Yoga Sequence for Cyclists

    https://www.ilovebicycling.com/the-perfect-yoga-sequence-for-cyclists/

    Article: Things we need along our bike paths?

    https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/pecan-pie-vending-machine?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=atlas-page

    https://interestingengineering.com/17-interesting-vending-machines-in-japan-youll-be-surprised-to-know-exist

    5. KNBC Photo Contest

    Please email your photos taken during the 2019 cycling season that could spruce up our new KNBC website.

    We would enjoy seeing your pictures from the Prince Edward County cycling trips and the KNBC picnic held at Britannia Beach recently.

    Email them to: KNBCphotocontest@gmail.com

    _________________________

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC


  • 2 Sep 2019 2:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The annual KNBC picnic was very well attended this year (66 people registered). Excellent weather, lots of food (well maybe a bit short of butter tarts…). Big thanks to Janet and her volunteer crew of cooks and all around helpers. Some photos will likely appear on the club’s Facebook page in the next week or so.

    1. The Rides (Aug 27 – Sept 2)

    2. Safety tip from Monna

    3. Can-Bike 4 training – Sept. 9, 11-12

    4. Upcoming vacancies on club executive

    5. Diversions

    6. KNBC Photo contest

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    Tour Director news

    1. The Rides (Aug 27 – Sept 2)

    Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice. Please check the club calendar on the website, as well as your email, prior to heading to a start location. If a ride gets cancelled or changed, you will be notified by email, providing you have registered on it using the “Register” button.

    Full details on all rides can be found on the KNBC club calendar of rides and events on the KNBC website. The KNBC calendar, containing the most up to date info on your rides, is located at https://knbc.ca/page-18460

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

    Aug 28 L3 - Morris Island Conservation Area - 91.5 km

    Aug 28 L4 - Morris Island Conservation Area - 91.5 km

    Aug 28 L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

    Aug 31 L1 - Ottawa-Gatineau Loop - 41.5 km

    Aug 31 L3 - Winchester - 82.5 km

    Sep 01 L3 - Merrickville - 91 km

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

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

    New Tour Director needed for 2020 season

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

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

    Ideally we would like to have the new Tour Director identified by September. Presently, we have zero volunteers to take on this position.

    2. Safety tip from Monna – Shoulder Check and SIGNAL Your Intentions ALWAYS

    Further to last week's tip: "SIGNAL Your Intentions at Intersections", I had wrongly assumed that a recent accident occurred at an intersection - it was actually in the middle of a straight road!

    It is critical when riding in a group, to ALWAYS shoulder check (to ensure no one is directly behind you), and that it is safe to stop. Shoulder check, signal and shout out your intentions to slow or stop - then get safely off the road.

    3. CAN-BIKE Level 4 Training - Not just for experts!

    What is CANBIKE and who is it for?

    CANBIKE is designed for cyclists to increase their abilities and their knowledge of how to ride effectively through all forms of traffic infrastructure. Participants will gain confidence and competence on both urban and rural roadways. You will learn the rules of the road, and what being a vehicle under the Highway Traffic Act actually means as a cyclist.

    CANBIKE is for new and experienced cyclists alike! Everyone comes away with increased awareness on the road! The course is conducted and tested both in the classroom and on the road.

    You will learn how to cycle safer both individually and as part of a group.

    Course Date: Mon 09 Sep, Wed 11 Sep & Thurs 12 Sep

    Course Duration: Three evenings; 5:45 pm to 10:00 pm inclusive.

    Course Location: Causeway Work Centre; 22 O’Meara Street Ottawa ON, K1Y 4N6

    Cost: Only $55.

    Please note, $55 will be refunded on completion of leading one KNBC ride.

    Please bring:

    Bicycle in good working condition with a bell or horn and a front light;

    Bike is not required Day 1, but, on Day 2 and 3 please come ready to ride;

    Approved bicycle helmet;

    Snacks and a water bottle.

    Questions?: contact Monna-Leigh McElveny at safety@knbc.ca

    4. Wanted - Members of the KNBC Executive Committee

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

    The four people leaving the executive have done a great job and have been great colleagues.

    There are descriptions of the roles & responsibilities in the members’ only section of the website under executive contact info. The Membership Director position will probably change as the current website helps the club manage memberships very effectively.

    If you think you might be interested, please contact the President, Geoffrey Gurd either at president@knbc.ca or at 613 721-7074 and/or contact the individuals currently in these positions.

    Peter Macdowall tour-director@knbc.ca

    Virginia Markovich public-relations@knbc.ca

    Murray Gordon secretary@knbc.ca

    Zita Gervais membership@knbc.ca

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

    5. Diversions

    Grassroot Grannies’ 10th annual Ride to Turn the Tide:

    In 2010, KNBC member Nancy Hough organized the first Ride to Turn the Tide, to raise money for grandmothers in Sub-Saharan Africa and the grandchildren in their care orphaned by the HIV-AIDS pandemic. Since then we have raised just over $665 000 in total with an average of 26 participants each year. Once again on September 4th, we'll be setting off to cycle about 260 km over two and a half days, supported by grandmother groups along the way. Please consider supporting one of the cyclists by clicking on the website where you'll see a list of team members. Just click on any of them to support them or support the team as a whole. You will get a tax receipt immediately, and the grandmothers and children will benefit from support to improve many aspects of their lives including education, housing and economic independence. We are happy to see the grandmothers advocating for their rights and taking a leadership role in over 11 African countries.

    https://slf.akaraisin.com/pledge/Team/Home.aspx?seid=18692&mid=10&tid=238100

    Article: Steps to Master Clipping In On Your Bike

    https://www.ilovebicycling.com/steps-to-master-clipping-in-on-your-bike/

    6. KNBC Photo Contest

    Please email your photos taken during the 2019 cycling season that could spruce up our new KNBC website.

    We would enjoy seeing your pictures from the Prince Edward County cycling trips and the KNBC picnic held at Britannia Beach recently.

    Email them to: KNBCphotocontest@gmail.com

    _________________________

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC


  • 27 Aug 2019 8:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1. The Rides (August 20 - 26)

    2. Safety tip from Monna

    3. Can-Bike 4 training – Sept. 9, 11-12

    4. Diversions

    5. KNBC Photo contest

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    Tour Director news

    1. The Rides (August 20 - 26)

    Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice. Please check the club calendar on the website, as well as your email, prior to heading to a start location. If a ride gets cancelled or changed, you will be notified by email, providing you have registered on it using the “Register” button.

    Full details on all rides can be found on the KNBC club calendar of rides and events on the KNBC website. The KNBC calendar, containing the most up to date info on your rides, is located at https://knbc.ca/page-18460

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

    Aug 21 L2 - Perkins - 68.6 km

    Aug 21 L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride (6pm Start)

    Aug 24 L2 - MacKenzie King Estate - 82.7 km

    Aug 24 L3 - Portage du Fort - 118 km

    Aug 24 L4/L5 - St. Albert's Cheese Factory- 110 km

    Aug 25 L1 - Swan at Carp - 42.5 km

    Aug 25 L3 - Manotick - 64.5 km

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

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

    2. Safety tip from Monna – Signal your intentions at intersections

    ALWAYS slow down, signal your intentions and proceed with caution when moving through an intersection. Additionally, yell out "stopping" or "slowing" when others are in close proximity, and may not see your signal and be able to respond in time. When in a group - anticipate stopping, or slowing down and leave sufficient space between bikes. When approaching another cyclist - announce that you are "coming on your left", to avoid a 'startle factor' and possible fall.

    Don't rely on the leader's "all clear". Look for yourself and only cross when safe to do so. Be aware however; of motorists who might wave the entire group through. Watch for this, and thank the motorists accordingly.

    As a reminder of how to respond to flashing lights - please check the following link: https://www.ontario.ca/document/official-mto-drivers-handbook/traffic-lights#section-9

    3. CAN-BIKE Level 4 Training

    What is CANBIKE and who is it for?

    CANBIKE is designed for cyclists to increase their abilities and their knowledge of how to ride effectively through all forms of traffic infrastructure. Participants will gain confidence and competence on both urban and rural roadways. You will learn the rules of the road, and what being a vehicle under the Highway Traffic Act actually means as a cyclist.

    CANBIKE is for new and experienced cyclists alike! Everyone comes away with increased awareness on the road! The course is conducted and tested both in the classroom and on the road.

    Course Dates:

    Mon 09 Sep, Wed 11 Sep & Thurs 12 Sep

    https://knbc.ca/event-3511915

    Course Duration: Three evenings; 5:45 pm to 10:00 pm inclusive.

    Course Location: Causeway Work Centre; 22 O’Meara Street Ottawa ON, K1Y 4N6

    Cost: Only $55.

    Please note, $55 will be refunded on completion of leading one KNBC ride.

    Please bring:

    Bicycle in good working condition with a bell or horn and a front light;

    Bike is not required Day 1, but, on Day 2 and 3 please come ready to ride;

    Approved bicycle helmet;

    Snacks and a water bottle.

    Questions:

    If there are any questions, contact Monna-Leigh McElveny at safety@knbc.ca

    5. Diversions

    Grassroot Grannies’ 10th annual Ride to Turn the Tide:

    In 2010, KNBC member Nancy Hough organized the first Ride to Turn the Tide, to raise money for grandmothers in Sub-Saharan Africa and the grandchildren in their care orphaned by the HIV-AIDS pandemic. Since then we have raised just over $665 000 in total with an average of 26 participants each year. Once again on September 4th, we'll be setting off to cycle about 260 km over two and a half days, supported by grandmother groups along the way. Please consider supporting one of the cyclists by clicking on the website where you'll see a list of team members. Just click on any of them to support them or support the team as a whole. You will get a tax receipt immediately, and the grandmothers and children will benefit from support to improve many aspects of their lives including education, housing and economic independence. We are happy to see the grandmothers advocating for their rights and taking a leadership role in over 11 African countries.

    https://slf.akaraisin.com/pledge/Team/Home.aspx?seid=18692&mid=10&tid=238100

    Sunday, Sept. 8, 13th Annual Limestone Century Bicycle Tour

    The Limestone Century Tour Bicycle (LCBT) is an annual non-competitive cycling event for cyclists of all types and styles of riding. There are three distances choices - 100 mi, 100 km, or 50 km. The ride is fully supported, meaning rest stops and a SAG (support and gear) vehicle. A "classic century" tour is not a race, but rather an opportunity for riders to "ride the distance!" All routes start and end in historic Portsmouth Village, Kingston, ON.

    https://limestonecenturytour.wixsite.com/limestone-century/tour---ride-info

    Sunday, Sept. 22, The Harvester ride

    The Harvester is a fully supported road cycling tour showcasing the pastoral agricultural landscape of the Adirondacks and surrounding region.

    The 2019 ride, set for beautiful St. Lawrence County, features multiple distances with interactive route stops allowing cyclists to learn about the rich agricultural story of the landscape. Fall sites, fall color, fall smells and fall food – it’s all a part of the Harvester. Which is exactly why this ride will be hosted at Fobare’s Fruits, a family owned orchard in Rensselaer Falls.

    The event, which is being run in conjunction with the annual Fight Hunger 5K, will benefit GardenShare, a locally led nonprofit seeking to end hunger and strengthen food security in northern New York. Road cycling tour with fully supported routes of 48, 72, 96.5 kms.

    http://cycleadirondacks.com/harvester/

    Article: Stretches for Cyclists: Treat and Prevent Knee Pain

    https://www.ilovebicycling.com/stretches-for-cyclists-treat-and-prevent-knee-pain/

    6. KNBC Photo Contest

    Please keep the photos coming for our third round of the photo contest.

    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 third round of our club photo contest. Deadline for submission is August 25.

    Portraits of you and your bicycle overcoming obstacles and shots of groups 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 Aug 2019 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1. The Rides (August 13 - 19)

    2. Safety tip from Monna

    3. CAN-BIKE Level 4 Training

    4. KNBC Annual Picnic

    5. Update on home addresses in the Member Directory

    6. Diversions

    7. KNBC Photo contest

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    Tour Director News - The Rides (Aug 13-19)

    Please note the new 6 pm start time for the Wednesday evening mystery rides.

    Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice. Please check the club calendar on the website, as well as your email, prior to heading to a start location. If a ride gets cancelled or changed, you will be notified by email, providing you have registered on it using the “Register” button.

    Full details on all rides can be found on the KNBC club calendar of rides and events on the KNBC website. The KNBC calendar, containing the most up to date info on your rides, is located at https://knbc.ca/page-18460

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

    Aug 14 L1 - 2 Rivers & A Canal - 43.5 km

    Aug 14 L3 - Becketts Landing - 85.5 km

    Aug 14 - Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride – 6 pm start

    Aug 17 L3 - Brockville - 98.5 km

    Aug 17 L1 - Lunch Ride - 25 km

    Aug 18 L2 - Carleton Place - 76 km

    Aug 18 L3 - Wakefield - 117 km

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

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

    2. Safety tip from Monna – No "Dancing" at Intersections

    With 80% of bike accidents occurring at intersections, this is NOT the time nor place to do the "balance dance"; staying clipped in, while waiting for the light to change. The wobble factor, a sudden gust of wind, another cyclist or a vehicle in close proximity, can contribute to a potential fall - for you or others near you. PLEASE unclip when approaching an intersection and put a foot down as necessary.

    3. CAN-BIKE Level 4 Training for KNBC members

    What is CANBIKE and who is it for?

    CANBIKE is designed for cyclists to increase their abilities and their knowledge of how to ride effectively through all forms of traffic infrastructure. Participants will gain confidence and competence on both urban and rural roadways. You will learn the rules of the road, and what being a vehicle under the Highway Traffic Act actually means as a cyclist.

    CANBIKE is for new and experienced cyclists alike! Everyone comes away with increased awareness on the road! The course is conducted and tested both in the classroom and on the road.

    Course Dates:

    Mon 09 Sep, Wed 11 Sep & Thurs 12 Sep

    https://knbc.ca/event-3511915

    Course Duration: Three evenings; 5:45 pm to 10:00 pm inclusive.

    Course Location: Causeway Work Centre; 22 O’Meara Street Ottawa ON, K1Y 4N6

    Cost: Only $55.

    Please note, $55 will be refunded on completion of leading one KNBC ride.

    Please bring: Bicycle in good working condition with a bell or horn and a front light;

    Bike is not required Day 1, but, on Day 2 and 3 please come ready to ride;

    Approved bicycle helmet;

    Snacks and a water bottle.

    Questions: If there are any questions, contact Monna-Leigh McElveny at safety@knbc.ca

    4. Sunday August 25, 3:30 – 6:00 pm - KNBC Annual Picnic

    Mark it on your calendar as plans are underway for the annual KNBC picnic which is scheduled, rain or shine, for Sunday 25 August starting at 3:30 at the Trolley Station, Britannia Bay Park. The club will provide hamburgers and sausages and would welcome any salads or desserts you might care to bring. We are looking for at least 4 volunteer “chefs” who can take turns running the BBQs. Look for an invitation email, or log onto the KNBC website and RSVP your plans so we can ensure there will be enough food! Any questions can be sent to Janet Clark social@knbc.ca

    5. Update on home addresses in the Member Directory.

    Here’s an update regarding last weeks option to remove addresses from our Member Directory. On further reflection the Executive decided to remove addresses entirely from the directory. While useful in the past, we saw no real need for it today. If anybody needs an address for a pickup, then a simple phone call or email exchange can accomplish that. Let us know if you have any questions. webmaster@knbc.ca

    6. Diversions

    Mid-Season Bicycle Check-Up

    https://www.roadbikerider.com/mid-season-bicycle-check-up/

    How to Catch Back Up on a Group Bicycle Ride

    https://www.roadbikerider.com/catch-up-bicycle-group/

    Biking the circumference of Ottawa (304 km)

    https://www.strava.com/activities/2607687524?share_sig=9316A6AA1565493628&utm_medium=social&utm_source=ios_share

    7. KNBC Photo Contest

    Please keep the photos coming for our third round of the photo contest.

    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 third round of our club photo contest. Deadline for submission is August 25.

    Portraits of you and your bicycle overcoming obstacles and shots of groups 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


  • 8 Aug 2019 9:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As we hit mid season, your bike should get a once over, cleaning, tuneup, some loving attention,  etc. See our website for some bike maintenance tips. https://knbc.ca/Maintenance-Tips

    1. Privacy options
    2. The Rides (August 6 - 12)
    3. Safety tip from Monna
    4. Diversions
    5. KNBC Photo contest

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    1. Privacy Options

    A number of members have requested their home address not be shown in the Member Directory. In next years renewal form, you will have the option to select that, as well as email and phone number. This years selections will carry over.

    If in the meantime you would like your home address hidden from the Member Directory, please email me at webmaster@knbc.ca with your choices and they will be processed promptly. 

    2. Tour Director news - The Rides (Aug 6-12)

    Please note the new 6pm start time for the Wednesday evening mystery rides. 

    Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice. Please check the club calendar on the website, as well as your email, prior to heading to a start location. If a ride gets cancelled or changed, you will be notified by email, providing you have registered on it using the “Register” button.

    Full details on all rides can be found on the KNBC club calendar of rides and events on the KNBC website. The KNBC calendar, containing the most up to date info on your rides, is located at https://knbc.ca/page-18460

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

    Aug 07 L1 - Aylmer - 45 km
    Aug 07 L2 - Aylmer - 69.5 km
    Aug 07 L1 - L5 - Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride - NEW START TIME 6PM
    Aug 09 L1 - CC's for Coffee - 40 km
    Aug 10 L3 - Fitzroy Harbour - 103.5 km
    Aug 10 L2 - Ashton - 59.5 km
    Aug 10 L4 - Brockville for Ribfest - 122 km
    Aug 10 L1 - Lunch Ride - 25 km
    Aug 11 L3 - Narrows Lock - 87 km


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

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

    3. Safety Tip from Monna - How to Report Aggressive Drivers

    When encountering an aggressive driver on the road:

    • Take note of the vehicle make, model, colour, licence, driver, including date, time, location and details of the incident;
    • Call the Police or 911 esp if you think the driver is going to hurt someone or is possibly impaired and say you wish to make a report of road rage etc;
    • In either case, say you want a report taken and ask for the report number;
    • If police say they will not take a report; ask for their name and ID, and their supervisors name;
    • Ask to speak to a supervisor, ask the supervisor to make a report; if they refuse, write a letter of complaint to the Chief of Police;
    • If you haven’t heard back from the police in 2-3 weeks, call them and ask to speak to the investigator of your incident; and
    • If the aggressive driver is driving a commercial vehicle - 'goggle' the company name and report the incident to the company management.

    4. Diversions

    Movie: Peleton Against Plastic, Monday August 6, 7 pm Cineplex Odeon South keys Cinema

    The Peloton Against Plastic feature length documentary follows a bicycle ride from Hanoi to Bangkok, designed to generate conversation about prevention of plastic pollution. While SE Asian countries get a bit of a bad ‘wrap’ when it comes to plastic. The filmmakers aim is to listen to locals, hear their ideas, their solutions and riff about the future of the plastic menace.

    https://tickets.demand.film/event/8066

    5. KNBC Photo Contest 

    Please keep the photos coming for our third round of the photo contest.

    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 third round of our club photo contest. Deadline for submission is August 25. 

    Portraits of you and your bicycle overcoming obstacles and shots of groups wearing the KNBC cycling jersey. 

    • 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. 

    Please Email photos to: KNBCphotocontest@gmail.com

    _________________________

    Dave Boshard, Webmaster, KNBC


  • 8 Aug 2019 9:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As we hit mid season, your bike should get a once over, cleaning, tuneup, some loving attention,  etc. See our website for some bike maintenance tips. https://knbc.ca/Maintenance-Tips

    1. The Rides (July 30 – August 5)
    2. Safety tip from Monna
    3. Volunteers needed at the Kanata North Summer Fest Picnic
    4. Diversions
    5. KNBC Photo contest

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    Tour Director news

    1. The Rides (July 30 – August 5)

    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.

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

    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.

    Jul 31 L3 - Big Rideau Lake - 75 km
    Jul 31 L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride
    Aug 3 L3 - Merrickville - 74 km
    Aug 3 L2 - Perkins - 68.5 km
    Aug 5 L1- Swan on the Rideau - 59 km

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

    2. Safety tip from Monna –  Stay safe, stay back

    All the "safety infrastructure green paint" in the world will NOT protect a cyclist who is unaware of the enormity of 'large vehicle blind spots', and rides beside them both at, and through intersections. The area beside a truck (between the truck and the curb), is aptly called the 'death zone'. Cyclists need to be aware of this extraordinary danger and stay out of it. If arriving first - stay in front, if not - stay well back and OUT of the drivers blind spot, and NEVER beside. Be especially mindful of the wheels (which may start turning right, WITHOUT WARNING TURN SIGNALS).
    TAKE SPECIAL CARE with garbage trucks as they can be operated from both right and left sides - further increasing their blind spots. NEVER pass them on the inside, and be absolutely sure you have both sufficient time and space to pass them on the outside.
    Please refer to this Share the Road video: https://vimeo.com/128887805

    3. Volunteers needed to Promote KNBC at the Kanata North Summer Fest Picnic

    KNBC volunteers are needed at the Kanata North Summer Fest Picnic to come out for a few hours to promote the club.

    Date: 07 August
    Time: 4-8 p.m.
    Location: Sandwell Green Park (across the street from the Earl of March High School)

    Please advise Monna at monnaleigh@hotmail.com if you can come out for a few hours to promote our club.

    4. Diversions

    Article: Would Vision Zero work in Ottawa?

    https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/would-vision-zero-work-in-ottawa-it-depends

    Article: This honeycomb-shaped bike helmet folds to fit in your bag

    https://www.fastcompany.com/90381429/this-honeycomb-shaped-bike-helmet-folds-to-fit-in-your-bag

    Web page: Cycling in Outaouais region

    https://www.tourismeoutaouais.com/en/activities/cycling/

    5. 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 for submission 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


  • 30 Jul 2019 9:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1. The Rides (July 23 - 29)

    2. Safety tip from Monna

    3. Diversions

    4. KNBC Photo contest

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

    Full details on all rides can be found on the KNBC club calendar of rides and events on the KNBC website. The KNBC calendar, containing the most up to date info on your rides, is located at https://knbc.ca/page-18460

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

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

    July 24 L2 - Buckingham - 82.2 km

    July 24 L4 - Big Rideau Lake - 75 km

    July 24 L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

    July 27 L2 - Pakenham - 88 km

    July 27 L3 - Wakefield- 94 km

    July 28 L3 - Merrickville 81.5 km

    July 29 L2 - Champlain Lookout - 65 km

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

    2. Safety tip from Monna –Don't be Distracted

    We all need to be more safety focused, when riding in groups. It is imperative to pay attention to what is around and in front of us. Potholes, road hazards, uneven or changing terrain etc., MUST be pointed at (and called out), AND the speed (and distance between riders), needs to be adjusted accordingly.

    If you must answer your phone, check the map, refer to your GPS, PLEASE shoulder check to confirm there is no one directly behind you, signal to stop, and pull off the road (when safe to do so). The two-second (or even two-minute) distraction is not worth the resulting trip to the hospital for you or your fellow cyclist.

    3. Diversions

    Charity Ride: August 17-18 MS ride Metcalfe-Cornwall

    It is the 30th Anniversary of the MS Bike ride.

    There is a promo code for registering for the MS Bike and it is MSB2019 and it’s $10.00 off of registration.

    http://mssoc.convio.net/site/TR/BikeTour/OntarioDivision?pg=entry&fr_id=6525

    Movie: Peleton against plastic. Mon, Aug 26, 2019 7:00 pm, South Keys Cinema

    Plastic is choking our planet. Don’t dwell on it, let’s act. Embark on an odyssey as two Aussies and a bunch of eco guardians ride bicycles from Hanoi to Bangkok meeting proactive locals tackling plastic pollution.

    https://tickets.demand.film/event/8066

    Article: Got your card handy? This library will let you check out bikes for free

    https://www.bicycling.com/news/a28102252/free-bike-share-at-library/

    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 for submission 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

  • 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

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

    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


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