Bike Shorts, Oct. 14, 2019

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

1. The Rides (Oct. 15-21)

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

3. Safety tip from Monna

4. Diversions

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Tour Director news

1. The Rides (Oct. 15-21)

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

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

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

Oct 16 L1 & L2 and patient L3 evening Path Ride

Oct 18 L2 - MacKenzie King Estate - 50.6 km

Oct 19 L1 - Kin Vineyard - 42 km

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

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

New Tour Director needed for 2020 season

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

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

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

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

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

The current text reads:

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

Proposed new text:

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

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

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

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

4. Diversions

KNBC member in the news

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC