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  • 10 Nov 2019 9:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bike Shorts will be published less often after the Annual General Meeting

    1. Diversions

    Article: The future of transportation

    https://slate.com/technology/2019/10/future-of-transportation-bus-bike-elevator.html

    Cartoon: Why you might need more than one bike

    https://cyclingcartoons.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/bicycles-more-than-one-1024x844.jpg

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    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC


  • 4 Nov 2019 4:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The official cycling season is over for most of us

    1.  Diversions

    2. In Memoriam

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    Gatineau Parkway is now closed to motor vehicle traffic.

    http://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/news/gatineau-park-parkways-to-close-for-the-season-on-october-27-at-6-pm

    1. Diversions

    Tuesday, Nov. 5 – KNBC Annual General Meeting (AGM), 6-9 pm

    Date and time: Tuesday, Nov. 5 6-9 pm

    Location: Biagio's Italian Kitchen, 1394 Richmond Rd, Ottawa.

    An agenda, along with the minutes from the 2018 meeting, will be sent out to all members prior to the meeting as a Bike Shorts Extra message. The same information will be put on the AGM event page on the club’s website. The purpose of AGM is to review 2019 activities and finances, elect new executive members, starting planning for 2020, and generally socialize. New members are especially welcome. Free pizza until we run out, cash bar, and a chance to compare road rashes and close calls.

    Please register for this event: https://knbc.ca/event-3499595

    Ordering KNBC Clothing at AGM, Nov. 5

    Size samples will be available to try on at the AGM, and a club clothing order will be made by November 10th for delivery before Christmas. If people can't make it to the AGM they should e-mail Linda Kennedy at clothing@knbc.ca to arrange a fitting if needed and tell her what they would like to order. Also, there will be a chance to order the more generic “Canada” shorts that were designed for the 2017 France trip. For more information on what is available, go the KNBC website, in left column, under Member Services, click on Clothing.

    Mercredi le 6 novembre, à 19 h Soiree d’information, Vélo Québec

    Quality Inn and Suites, 111, rue Bellehumeur, Gatineau, J8T 6K5

    Pour tout savoir sur les destinations hiver-printemps 2020 et les formules de voyage. Presentation in French.

    https://www.veloquebecvoyages.com/Soirees-dinformation-sur-nos-destinations

    Article: Explorer Mario Rigby just cycled across Canada. Here’s why

    Mario Rigby walked 12,000 kilometres across Africa — yes, walked — from South Africa to Egypt between November 2015 and early 2018, learning much along the way about local African communities. Later in 2018, he was recognized by the UN as part of its International Decade for People of African Descent initiative. And, this week, Rigby completed a 7,000-kilometre unsupported cycling expedition across Canada to raise awareness about sustainable transportation.

    https://www.canadiangeographic.ca/article/explorer-mario-rigby-just-cycled-across-canada-heres-why

    Article for foodies: Pecan Pie Vending Machine

    https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/pecan-pie-vending-machine

    Buying guide: Smart trainers

    https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2019/10/the-smart-trainer-recommendations-guide-winter-2019-2020.html

    2. In Memoriam

    Former KNBC member, Beti Darvell-Jones, passed away last August, at the grand age of 89. Betty was an avid cyclist who made great contributions to the KNBC as tour leader, executive member and as educator on all things cycling-related. She was a positive role model, as well the life and soul of any gathering, with her friendliness, humour and wit. Betty joined the KNBC in the early 90's and amazed us by cycling across Canada with the CCCTS around 1995. She moved out west in the year 2000 but kept in touch with some members until just a year or two ago. We remember Beti with great admiration and fondness.

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    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC


  • 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

  • 14 Oct 2019 3:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1. The Rides (Oct. 8 - 14)

    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. 8 - 14)

    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 9 L2 – Perkins - 53 km

    Oct 9 L3 – Wakefield - 100 km

    Oct 10 L2 - Carleton Place - 76 km

    Oct 12 L3 - Wheelers - 72 km

    Oct 12 L2 - Wheelers - 72 km

    Oct 13 L2 - Buckingham - 63 km

    Oct 14 L1 - Rapids-Falls-Beaches - 46 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. Presently, we have zero volunteers to take on this position. It might be possible to split this position into two sections: An early summer and a late summer tour director.

    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.

    3. Safety tip from Monna - Pedal Position

    Have you ever thought about your pedal position when crossing railway tracks, jumping curbs, or executing fast turns? When your pedal is down - there is not a lot of clearance to the asphalt. It is therefore imperative to keep the inside foot and pedal up when leaning into a turn, or in a neutral position when crossing railway tracks. If your foot and pedal are down, and touch the asphalt, or protruding tracks - you will immediately go down. Given the speeds we often descend from Champlain Look-out, this could be very nasty. It is a tough way to learn a hard lesson. Always maintain a neutral position (both feet at same level), when crossing railway tracks, jumping curbs, etc. to be safe.

    4. Diversions

    Ride with a professional cyclist

    When: October 30 at 3 pm

    Where: Mill Road Community Space, 8 Rue Mill, Chelsea, QC

    Ride for 20 km with Michael Woods, Canada's premier road cyclist and a new Chelsea resident. Join Mike in riding through Chelsea followed by refreshments, snacks and a talk and Q&A about his experiences as a Canadian cycling phenomenon and athlete at the Mill Road Community Space.

    Mike is standing up as a trail Champion and sponsor for the Chelsea Community Trail along the Gatineau River. All funds raised will go to the development of the trail. A tax receipt will be issued by Voie Verte Chelsea (voievertechelsea.ca) for each ticket sold. You can get tickets at: www.bike-with-mike.eventbrite.com

    Born and bred in Canada, Michael “Rusty” Woods is a professional cyclist for the American World Tour team EF Education First. The 2018 World Championship bronze medalist, and 2016 Olympian began as a professional runner, and is the only person to have broken the 4 minute barrier for the mile and completed the Tour de France.

    Store opening: Décathlon, a French sporting goods store

    1055 St Laurent Blvd., Ottawa

    https://www.decathlon.ca/en/12547-cycling

    Article: 101 Bike maintenance tips every cyclist should know

    https://www.bicycling.com/repair/a20012653/bike-repair-tips/

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    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC


  • 7 Oct 2019 3:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Fall Equinox today

    1. The Rides (Oct. 1 - 7)

    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 (Oct. 1 - 7)

    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 02 L1 - Ashton - 59.5km

    Oct 02 L1 & L2/3 Final Final Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

    Oct 05 L2 - Aviation Museum - 49.7 km

    Oct 06 L3 - Wheelers - 72 km

    Oct 06 L2 - Wheelers - 72 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. It might be possible to split this position into two sections: An early summer and a late summer tour director.

    2. Upcoming vacancies on club executive

    We are starting early to fill three 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, and Secretary. The most critical position is Tour Director. See Peter’s comments above. The outgoing membership director tasks will likely be combined under the treasurer position.

    There are four people leaving the executive who 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 link wasn’t working last week, but is fixed now. 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  tour-director@knbc.ca

    Virginia  public-relations@knbc.ca

    Murray  secretary@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 - Be careful on wet leafs

    Leafs and needles are falling and can be treacherous when wet - especially when turning suddenly or stopping. Look ahead, especially on bike paths, and be aware and anticipate this fall hazard. Stop gradually and turn slowly to avoid losing traction and falling.

    4. Diversions

    Wednesday, Oct. 2 Ottawa's Annual Volunteer Fair

    When: Oct. 2, 10 am – 2 pm

    Where: Ottawa City Hall

    Interested in volunteering? Find the right opportunity for you. Meet with representatives of not-for-profits and charities in the region who need your help. Whether you have a passion for the environment, the arts, social justice, or you are interested in building career-related skills and gaining experience, there’s a volunteer opportunity waiting for you. The Volunteer Expo will feature organizations with a wide range of rewarding volunteer opportunities to meet your needs.

    To register, please see our website: https://www.volunteerottawa.ca/volunteer_expo.html

    Wednesday, Oct. 2 Basic Bike Maintenance (Bushtukah)

    When: Oct. 2, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

    Where: Bushtukah’s Stittsville Store

    Cost: Free

    Join us for this free clinic on the basics needed to look after your bike. Topics will include cleaning, lubrication, and basic gear adjustment. RSVP at this link.

    https://shop.bushtukah.com/articles/bushtukah-events-clinics-pg1973.htm

    Saturday, Oct. 5 Bike 201: Advanced Bike Maintenance: Mega Clinic (MEC)

    When: Oct. 5, 9 am – 2 pm

    Where: MEC 366 Richmond Road

    Cost: $60.00

    Learn how to wrench like a pro. This more advanced bike repair and maintenance class combines different topics in a single super session. Skill level: intermediate to advanced.

    https://events.mec.ca/node/270021

    Thursday Oct. 24, KNBC Tour Leader Appreciation Night - Thank-you for Leading the Way! 6-9 pm 3 Brewers, Centrum Shopping Centre, 565 Kanata Ave.

    2019 Season TOUR LEADERS - MARK IT ON YOUR CALENDAR

    Tour Leaders are the heart of what makes our club work. The KNBC Executive are hosting an appreciation evening for our tour leaders who have lead rides this season to thank them for their efforts.

    If you are a tour leader who has led a ride, please be on the lookout for your e-mail invitation to the event. Hope you can make it!

    5. KNBC Photo Contest

    Please continue to send in your photos taken during the 2019 cycling season. We could possibly use them on our new KNBC website.

    We would enjoy seeing your pictures from any of the multi day KNBC cycling events, any of the many bike rides or events. We all love to see the smiles of our members.

    Email them to: KNBCphotocontest@gmail.com

    _________________________

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 30 Sep 2019 1:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1. The Rides (Sept 24-30)

    2. Upcoming vacancies on club executive

    3. Safety tip from Monna

    4. Diversions

    5. KNBC Photo contest

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    1. The Rides (Sept 24-30)

    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 25 L2 - Ashton via Old Almonte Rd. - 59.5 km

    Sept 25 L3 - Wakefield – 94 km

    Sept 25 L4 - Arnprior-Pakenham - 117 km

    Sept 25 L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride of the Season

    Sept 28 L2 - Norway Bay - 79 km

    Sept 28 L3 - Norway Bay - 79 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. It might be possible to split this position into two sections: An early summer and a late summer tour director.

    2. Wanted - Members of the KNBC Executive Committee

    We are starting early to fill three 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, and Secretary. The most critical position is Tour Director. See Peter’s comments above. The outgoing membership director tasks will likely be combined under the treasurer position.

    There are four people leaving the executive who 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. If you think you might be interested, please contact the President, 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

    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 - Road hazards and obstacles- Point and call them out

    When riding in a group, it is often difficult to see all the hazards or obstacles on the road, until it is late. In order to help others avoid accidents and incidents (falls and pinch flats) EVERYONE should call out and point to the problem (potholes, glass, gravel, sand, storm grates, poles, gates, partial and/or temporary fencing, construction obstacles etc.) as applicable.

    Accident Protocol - What to do and not do, at the scene of an accident.

    Ontario roads can be a hazardous place for bicyclists - with or without vehicles.

    When you witness an accident involving a cyclist:

    Ensure the injured cyclist is safe; Barricade the area (with your bike if necessary);

    If there is a possibility of a neck or spinal injury, do NOT move them and call 911;

    If conscious, and there is no risk of a neck or spinal injury - carefully remove their helmet, and do a visual helmet check;

    Look for evidence that the helmet has hit the ground (scratches or gravel impregnations) on the outside, and cracks in the foam on the inside.

    If you think there is a chance of a concussion or other injury; do NOT let the injured party make decisions for themselves, call 911. It is better to be safe than sorry;

    They may be in shock and despite what they may say and do - they are simply not capable of making neither accurate assessments nor decisions with regard to their own health. The standard - "I am ok" should NOT be listened to; It is incumbent on the Group Leader and/or people around them, to step in, take charge and call 911 if they deem it to be necessary; and If an ambulance is called (and there was a hit to the head), ensure the helmet goes to the hospital with the injured party, to alert emergency room staff of their possible/probable head trauma; It is usually a good idea to go to the hospital after an accident as a precaution, especially if you hit your head. Regardless, it is important to follow up with your family doctor or a walk-in clinic afterwards; Complete an Accident Report Form (at the scene if possible); Contact the club President, Safety and Education Director and Tour Director; and Send the Accident Report Form to the Safety and Education Director.

    4. Diversions

    Meeting: Bike Ottawa Annual General Meeting

    Date: Monday, Sept. 30

    Time: 5:30-9:00 PM

    Location: Bayview Yards - Innovation Centre, 7 Bayview Road, Ottawa

    Doors open at 5:30 pm, and the program will get underway at about 6 pm. There will be sandwiches, so no need to rush home for supper. If your membership is expiring soon, you may wish to renew online now. As usual, following a program of guest speakers and some break time to socialize (that's your chance to drift away if the budgets and elections aren't your thing), we will turn to official business. A package of documents will follow. New board members will be elected at the AGM; nominations for members of the board may be sent to info@bikeottawa.ca. At this time, the open positions on the board are as follows: President, Secretary, Member at Large (2 positions). Register in advance via EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/bike-ottawa-2019-agm-tickets-71148084837?aff=ebdssbeac

    Talk: The Joy of Human Relation - Travel By Bicycle by David Trattles

    Date: Friday, Sept 27

    Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm

    Location: Mountain Equipment Co-op

    https://events.mec.ca/node/271731

    Charity ride: Ride for Refuge, Saturday Oct. 5. 2019

    https://rideforrefuge.org/charity/rideforrefugeorgcartyhouse

    For Sale: Bike parts, a Marin hybrid city bike and a Giant OCR2 bike. See For Sale section of member services on KNBC website.

    Article: Why Strength Training is Important for Cyclists

    https://www.ilovebicycling.com/why-strength-training-is-important-for-cyclists/

    5. KNBC Photo Contest

    Please continue to send in your photos taken during the 2019 cycling season. We could possibly use them on our new KNBC website.

    We would enjoy seeing your pictures from any of the multi day KNBC cycling events, any of the many bike rides or events. We all love to see the smiles of our members.

    Email them to: KNBCphotocontest@gmail.com

    _________________________

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 23 Sep 2019 9:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    14 days to the Fall Equinox. Are you ready?

    1. The Rides (Sept 17-23)

    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 17 - 23)

    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.

    Sep 18 L4 - Wakefield - 117 km

    Sep 18 L3 - Morris Island Conservation Area - 91.5 km

    Sep 18 L1 - L5 Final Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride of the season

    Sep 21 L3 - Fitzroy Harbour - 103.5 km

    Sep 21 L4 - Kemptville - 103 km

    Sep 21 L2 - Perkins - 68.5 km

    Sep 21 L1 - Quitters - 50 km

    Sep 22 L2 - Wakefield-Mont Cascade - 65 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 three 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, and Secretary. 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. 

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

    Peter  tour-director@knbc.ca

    Virginia public-relations@knbc.ca

    Murray  secretary@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 - Destination positioning at intersections

    Where you position yourself on the road and at intersections tells other road users (especially those behind you), what your intentions are.

    Just as you would in a vehicle - position yourself so as to actually be lined up to where you want to be on the other side of the intersection:

    • if you pull into the curb position, it actually indicates to drivers that you intend to turn right;
    • if there are vehicles parked before and after the intersection - stay 1 metre away from the car before the intersection, and continue in a straight line through the intersection in order to maintain 1 metre distance from the car beyond the intersection;
    • travel in the right most lane position that will take you to your destination; and
    • never compromise your safety for the convenience of the vehicle.

    4. Diversions

    Article: A study tour of Ottawa’s cycling network

    https://medium.com/share-the-road-cycling-coalition/a-study-tour-of-ottawas-cycling-network-9413e7847e44

    Article: Tips for Cycling at Night

    https://www.ilovebicycling.com/cycling-at-night/

    Book: Epic Bike Rides of the Americas: Explore the Americas' Most Thrilling Cycling Routes on Road, Gravel and Trails (2019) Lonely Planet

    “This definitive companion for cycling enthusiasts showcases 200 of North, Central and South America's best and most celebrated routes, from epic adventures off the beaten path to shorter urban rides. Go bikepacking in Baja, road riding in Colombia, mountain biking in Canada and gravel riding in Pennsylvania. Each ride is accompanied by stunning photos and a map and toolkit of practical details - where to start and finish, how to get there, where to stay and more - to help you plan the perfect trip. Suggestions for similar rides around the world are also included."

    Available through Ottawa Public Library, Call number: 917 EPIC

    5. KNBC PHOTO CONTEST

    Please continue to send in your photos taken during the 2019 cycling season. We could possibly use them on our new KNBC website.

    We would enjoy seeing your pictures from any of the multi day KNBC cycling events, the KNBC picnic held at Britannia Beach recently, any of the bike rides (Hudson-Montreal) or events. We all love to see the smiles of our members.

    Email them to: KNBCphotocontest@gmail.com

    _________________________

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 16 Sep 2019 5:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    14 days to the Fall Equinox.  Are you ready?

    1. The Rides (Sept 10 - 16)

    2. Upcoming vacancies on club executive

    3. Safety tip from Monna

    4. Diversions

    5. KNBC Photo contest

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

    Tour Director news

    1. The Rides (Sept 10 - 16)

    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.

    Sep 10 L3 - Plevna - 74.4 km

    Sep 11 L4 - Champlain Lookout - 89 km

    Sep 11 L2 - Old Gatineau - 52 km

    Sep 11 L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

    Sep 12 L2 - Perth-Balderson - 95.0 km

    Sep 14 L1 - Chaudière Falls - 40.0 km

    Sep 14 L2 - Manotick - 64.5 km

    Sep 15 L3 - Brockville - 98.5 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.

    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 the President, Geoffrey Gurd 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 - Double File Sometimes - Triple File never

    When cycling in Ontario, it is legal to ride double file but only when safe to do so, and only on quiet roadways—never on pathways. It is NOT legal to ride double file in Quebec. Never ride double file over a crest of a hill - and please, no triple file!

    4. Diversions

    Article: Both cyclists and car drivers need to develop more empathy

    https://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/manjikian-both-cyclists-and-car-drivers-need-to-develop-more-empathy

    Article: How to improve pedaling efficiency

    https://www.ilovebicycling.com/how-to-improve-pedaling-efficiency/

    Book: In praise of the bicycle (2019), Marc Augé & Teresa Lavender Fagan

    Augé takes us on a two-wheeled ride around our cities and on a personal journey into ourselves. We all remember the thrill of riding a bike for the first time and the joys of cycling. Here he reminds us that these memories are not just personal, but rooted in a time and a place, in a history that is shared with millions of others.

    Part memoir, part manifesto, Augé's book celebrates cycling as a way of reconnecting with the places in which we live, and, ultimately, as a necessary alternative to our disconnected world. On order at Ottawa Public Library.

    Upcoming non-cycling events

    Mòshkamo: Indigenous Arts Festival, Sept. 11-29

    https://nac-cna.ca/en/indigenoustheatre/moshkamo

    Prismatic Festival (Ottawa), Sept. 12-22

    http://prismaticfestival.com/index.php/arts-festival/

    Ottawa Architecture Week, Sept 30-Oct. 6 

    https://www.oawfest.com/

    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


  • 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

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

    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

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

    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


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