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  • 17 Dec 2018 8:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bike Shorts will now be published every 2 weeks over the winter.

    Next issue will be Dec. 31.

    The Holiday Meet & Greet on December 5 was well attended once again. Gifts were provided by Cyclelogik, Starbucks (Bells Corners), and by club members Virginia, Cynthia, Monna and Janet. Some photos available of the KNBC Facebook site.

    This week in Bike Shorts:

    1. New KNBC website

    2. Winter Social

    3. Diversions

    1. New KNBC website

    We hope everybody has had a chance to check out the new website, change their passwords, and log in. If you haven’t, it’s a simple procedure.

    Go to https://knbc.ca and click the Log In button at the top of the page.

    Then click the Forgot password link beside the Log in button. You’ll be asked to enter your email address and an anti spam code. Use the email address Bike Shorts was sent to.

    The system will now send you an email with an encrypted link to a change password page. (This is just to make sure it’s really you, changing your password). Look for that email, and click the link. Once you complete the password change, log in and see all the Member Only content.

    Now you’ll be able to register and pay online for our Winter Social (Invitation coming soon), renew your membership online in January, keep your member profile up to date, and even install the mobile app on your phone. As always, contact the webmaster@knbc.ca if you have any problems.

    2. Winter Social

    Saturday January 26, 2019 KNBC Winter Social 6 pm start 

    Amberwood Lounge & Eatery or just ALE for short, 54 Springbrook Dr Stittsville

    MARK IT ON YOUR CALENDAR! 

    Back due to popular demand, we will be holding our annual KNBC Winter Social once again at Amberwood Lounge & Eatery in Stittsville. Their chef has worked up another gourmet menu for us to enjoy. The cost, including tax & tip, is $46 and includes hors d’oeuvres (new!) during cocktail hour, starter salad, choice of 2 entries, dessert, tea and coffee. See below for full menu details. 

    Please keep watch for an email that will be sent individually to members on January 1, 2019 with a link to register and pre-pay on-line. Taking your feedback from those who attended last year to reduce payment times at event, our new website that is being developed is allowing us to be able to offer this feature to pay on-line in advance! You can also pay in advance by e-Transfer or cheque. Payment and registration will close on January 17, 2019.

    Here’s what some people said about last year’s event held at ALE:

     “Delightful gathering of friends” “Awesome evening and venue” “Great prizes, great people”

    So we hope that you will come again, and if you have not come to our winter social event before - start the New Year right and sign up to attend this great party with your biking community friends. 

    If you have any comments, questions, have items you would like to share for door prizes, please contact Janet Clark social@knbc.ca

    ALE Winter Social 2019 Menu

    Chef’s Choice hors d’oeuvres served during cocktail hour (NEW!)

    Salad - Beetroot, Red Apple, Watercress, Walnuts and Pecorino Cheese with Maple Cider Dressing

    Entrées

    • Classic Roast Turkey with Bacon, Cranberry Chutney, Maple Roasted Winter Vegetables,     Herb Stuffing and Mini roasted Potatoes

    OR

    • Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin with Sweet Balsamic Plum Sauce, Warm Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad and Butternut Squash Mash

    OR

    • Vegetarian option -  Pan Seared Gnochi with Mushrooms, Garlic, Brussel Sprouts and Almond Cream Sauce

    Dessert: Mint Chocolate Brownies with Vanilla Ice Cream                               

    Tea and coffee

    Menus can be modified to accommodate special dietary requirements, including gluten-free.

    3. Diversions

    Dec. 20, the Bike Ottawa Ride during the Holiday Light Season

    Check their FaceBook page for updates

    https://www.facebook.com/BikeOttawa/

    Jan. 13, 2019 Fat Bike Demo day. Ottawa Mountain Bike Association

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-fatbike-demo-day-presented-by-ombaavmo-tickets-53538648539

    Jan. 16, Women's Basic Bike Mechanics – 6 pm

    Bushtukah, 5607 Hazeldean Rd., Stittsville

    https://www.facebook.com/events/502338733583809/

    Calling all Snowshoers!

    We are once again hoping to have a great winter season. So if you are interested in getting out please get on the list and we will send out a message every week as to where and when to meet.

    Email Eileen or Mary at nailsbyeileen@rogers.com or maaftink@rogers.com

    Map: Winter cycling map from Bike Ottawa

    https://maps.bikeottawa.ca/winter/

    New Resource to Focus on Results, Accountability for Safe Mobility

    https://visionzeronetwork.org/resources/vision-zero-core-elements/

    Video:  Biking the Arnhem-Nijmegen Cycle superhighway (4:25)

    https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2017/06/cruising-a-superhighway-built-for-bikes/531246/

    Multi-day tours in 2019

    If you are planning a multi-day tour in 2019, please let me know (president@knbc.ca) so we can start to put tentative dates of events in the calendar and in Bike Shorts.  I will not be organizing a trip to Niagara, but most of the work has already been done so someone (moderately brave) could take it on.

    The club has done trips to Ottawa Valley (Barry’s Bay, Pembroke), Kingston, Mt. Tremblant, Niagara, Hudson to Montreal, Le P'tit Train du Nord, Lake Placid and other locations. Peterborough is close by.  Check out the library of multi-day tours in the members’ area of our new website.  It is gradually being updated.  Lots of club experience planning trips, let me know if you need assistance president@knbc.ca

    It can be as easy as looking at a map of Quebec or Ontario ;)

    __________________________

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC


  • 28 Nov 2018 11:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bike Shorts will now be published every 2 weeks over the winter. Next issue will be Dec. 17.

    This week in Bike Shorts:

    1. KNBC Holiday Meet & Greet Wednesday Dec.  5, 2018, 6 pm start

    Royal Oak, 117 Centrepoint Drive

    Please RSVP Today to Janet Clark  social@knbc.ca

    Final reminder, it is still not too late. You are invited to come out and share some holiday cheer and get together with the KNBC cycle crowd. 

    2. Diversions

    Calling all Snowshoers!

    We are once again hoping to have a great winter season. So if you are interested in getting out please get on the list and we will send out a message every week as to where and when to meet.

    Email Eileen or Mary at nailsbyeileen@rogers.com or maaftink@rogers.com

    Article: Why we need to talk about car aggression

    https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2018/8/30/why-we-need-to-talk-about-car-aggression?utm_content=bufferab8df&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer&fbclid=IwAR1DPOQwuBwFUO4ni0aLzUehz4BKrQaDiJjYd7cGt7bL6COXE7lQQjpRrCI

    Article: Train your core for better cycling

    https://www.ilovebicycling.com/train-core-better-cycling/

    Article: Cyclists spend 40% more In London's shops than motorists

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/carltonreid/2018/11/16/cyclists-spend-40-more-in-londons-shops-than-motorists/?utm_content=buffer6f864&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer#101e19b7641e

    TVO show called Life-Sized Cities

    Available on line at TVO.org. Episodes on Cape Town, Mexico City, Copenhagen, Milan so far. The host is a cycling advocate from Copenhagen and author of a book in the Ottawa Public Library called Copenhagenize: The Definitive Guide to Global Bicycle Urbanism .


    It is an interesting show about social change activities from the ground up. Plus a nice show for checking out cities you might have thought of visiting.

    https://tvo.org/programs/the-life-sized-city

    Multi-day tours in 2019

    If you are planning a multi-day tour in 2019, please let me know (president@knbc.ca) so we can start to put tentative dates of events in the calendar and in Bike Shorts.  I will not be organizing a trip to Niagara, but most of the work has already been done so someone (moderately brave) could take it on.

    The club has done trips to Ottawa Valley (Barry’s Bay, Pembroke), Kingston, Mt. Tremblant, Niagara, Hudson to Montreal, Le P'tit Train du Nord, Lake Placid and other locations. Peterborough is close by.  Just look at a map ;)

    __________________________

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC


  • 19 Nov 2018 3:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bike Shorts will now be published every 2 weeks over the winter. 

    Next issue will be Dec. 3.

    This week in Bike Shorts:

    1. KNBC Holiday Meet & Greet
    2. Diversions

    1. KNBC Holiday Meet & Greet Wednesday Dec.  5, 2018, 6 pm start

    Royal Oak, 117 Centrepoint Drive

    Please RSVP by Dec. 2 to Janet Clark  social@knbc.ca

    You are invited to come out and share some holiday cheer and get together with the KNBC cycle crowd. We will be holding our annual KNBC Holiday Meet & Greet at the Royal Oak at 117 Centrepoint Drive starting at 6 pm.

    With most of us with our bikes tucked away for the season, why don’t you come and join your fellow KNBC’rs for a bit of holiday cheer.

    Hope to see you - if not before - at the KNBC Holiday Meet and Greet.

    Missing a pair of glasses? Walking into walls, lamp posts? Tripping over pets?

    On Nov. 6, AGM evening, a pair of glasses was left near the KNBC Clothing table.  Linda Kennedy has custody of the glasses. If you think that they are your glasses please contact Linda: clothing@knbc.ca

    2. Diversions

    Discounted group rate for Gatineau Park Winter passes for 2019 (Deadline Nov. 30)

    KNBC is now registered with Demsis.ca as a club eligible for a group discount for winter passes (Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snow biking).

    Instructions: Access NCC website by following this link http://ccn-ncc.gc.ca/

    At the « Home » page, bring your curser on « Places to visit » and select « Gatineau Parc ». Click on one of the two offers « Buy Your Winter Pass »

    You need to create a new account even if you have bought their pass last year, it is a new system. Choose the pass according to the appropriate category and click on « Select product ».

    Under « Profile » you will find a roll down menu with all the names you registered. Select the Person for the pass you chose.

    Don’t forget to open the « terms and conditions » and agree. The tab « Terms and conditions » will be green, you can add this pass to your cart.

    To add more passes to your cart, you can use the roll down menu below « Profile » and select another member in the same pass category.

    If you want another category, click on « Home » and make another selection. After adding all the passes to your cart, click on « View cart ».

    Finally under Coupon Promo Code enter the following: KNBC18

    Proceed to checkout.

    ***DO NOT share this code. It is only for KNBC members.

    I have a pdf of the procedures in English and French. Email me if you need one.  president@knbc.ca

    Calling all Snowshoers!

    We are once again hoping to have a great winter season. So if you are interested in getting out please get on the list and we will send out a message every week as to where and when to meet.

    Email Eileen or Mary at nailsbyeileen@rogers.com or maaftink@rogers.com

    Video: Drone picks up bicycle

    https://rumble.com/v6pgwh-drone-picks-up-bicycle.html

    Ottawa Valley Rail Trail

    https://thewedge.live/2018/10/18/carleton-place-cuts-a-milestone-ribbon/

    Article: How and why I became a bike convert

    https://www.smileandconquer.com/biking-saves-money/?fbclid=IwAR1KxIJP918xJviRNlTw5XDWORl9wQ5cZZ_IF_zYlbsIk8LXx2dAQO09XRE

    Five Boro Bike Tour, New York, May 5, 2019

    Registration is now open.

    https://www.bike.nyc/events/td-five-boro-bike-tour/

    If interested, contact Susan Monaghan. She loved it! monagsue@sympatico.ca

    Library Book: Cycling Paradises

    Claude Droussent (2018) Cycling Paradises.

    On order at Ottawa Public Library

    From family-friendly urban sightseeing tours to epic rides off the beaten track, the destinations featured here range from easy bike tours of Paris to more challenging adventures in diverse locales like Utah's Zion National Park, the Ecuadorean Andes, or Mt. Snowdonia in Wales. Included also are some of the world's favorite cycling destinations: Normandy's lush countryside, the historic Hudson River Trail, an exotic Phnom Penh-to-Laos trail along the Mekong River. Explore the hills of Tuscany with stops for regional cuisine and great art and architecture, or soak up the local color on the Bolivia-to-Peru loop along the shores of Lake Titicaca. Each tour comes fully illustrated including details about length, estimated duration, elevation, difficulty, and points of interest.

    Multi-day tours in 2019

    If you are planning a multi-day tour in 2019, please let me know (president@knbc.ca) so we can start to put tentative dates of events in the calendar and in Bike Shorts.  I will not be organizing a trip to Niagara, but most of the work has already been done so someone (moderately brave) could take it on.

    The club has done trips to Ottawa Valley (Barry’s Bay, Pembroke), Kingston, Mt. Tremblant, Hudson to Montreal, Le P'tit Train du Nord, Lake Placid and other locations. Peterborough is close by.  Just look at a map ;)

    __________________________

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 5 Nov 2018 7:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This week in Bike Shorts:

    1. The Rides
    2. AGM
    3. Diversions
    4. Welcome new members

     1. The Rides

    Sadly, the “official” cycling season for KNBC has come to an end.

    A huge thank you goes out to all the Tour Leaders for making this a fantastic cycling season, filled with a wide variety of excellent tours! Your leadership, hard work, patience and dedication is very much appreciated!

    2. KNBC Annual General Meeting, Tuesday Nov. 6, 2018 6:00 – 9:00 pm

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

    New members are especially welcome. Free pizza until we run out, cash bar, and a chance to socialize and compare road rashes. There will be tables to sell new and used equipment, promote multi-day tours and take orders for club clothing (see below).

    Draft agenda for the 2018 AGM

    http://www.knbc.ca/members-only/docs/meetings/2018/Draft-agenda-for-AGM-2018.pdf

    Minutes from last AGM, Nov. 7, 2017

    http://www.knbc.ca/members-only/docs/meetings/2017/KNBC-AGM-minutes-7-Nov-2017.pdf

    Ordering KNBC Clothing at AGM, Nov. 6

    Club clothing is on sale at 10% off, 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. For more information on what is available, go the KNBC website, in left column, under Member Services, click on Clothing.

    3. Diversions

    Article: Cycling Tips from the Pros: Sleep to Succeed

    https://www.roadbikerider.com/tips-from-the-pros-sleep-to-succeed-d3/

    Article: Conclusive Evidence: How the Media Fails Bicyclists

    https://usa.streetsblog.org/2018/09/28/conclusive-evidence-how-media-fails-bicyclists/?utm_content=bufferbc90c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer&fbclid=IwAR36h4vAnXafPvszoRfUzU_KSnQXIAq3y3lAEdl4tQmuBRVzUx4AKoxYmFc

    Beer! Need I say more?

    https://www.ottawatourism.ca/ottawa-insider/ottawas-hopping-craft-beer-scene/

    Vélo Québec information session for 2019 tours (sadly it conflicts with AGM)

    Gatineau, Tuesday 6 Nov. 2018 at 7 pm

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

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

    4. Welcome new members

    Five members joined after September 30. Welcome to all of you.

    Wendy Coombs, Karin Poljsak, Michael  Burd, Carol Burd, and Meredith Ward

    __________________________

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 2 Nov 2018 11:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1) Ride added to calendar for Sunday Nov 4
    2) Draft agenda for AGM
    3) KNBC Group price for Cross-country skiing in Gatineau Park (until Nov. 30)

     1) L2 - Mystery Ride - 50ish km

    When: Sun, 4 November, 9:30
    Where: Kanata Town Centre, 150 Katimavik Rd, Kanata, ON K2L 2N2, Canada (map)

    Description: Extra ride on what promises to be a nice Fall day. Start at KTC, the route is TBD.

    Tour Leader:  Barrie Kirk email: barrie.kirk@gmx.com

    Remember that clocks fall back 1 hour this weekend.

     2) Draft Agenda for AGM (copies will be available at AGM)

    1. President’s Opening Remarks                                       Geoffrey Gurd
    2. Approval of Agenda                                                        Geoffrey Gurd
    3. Approval of Minutes of last AGM – Nov. 7, 2017           Geoffrey Gurd
    4. Business Arising from last AGM – Nov. 7, 2017            Geoffrey Gurd
    5. Discussion and approval of new bylaws                        Murray Gordon & Executive
    6. Directors’ Reports        
         a) Membership Director                                                 Zita Gervais
         b) Public Relations Director                                           Virginia Markovich
         c) Tour Director                                                              Peter MacDowall
         d) Social Director                                                           Janet Clark
         e) Webmaster                                                                Michael McGoldrick
         f) Safety & Education Director                                       Monna-Leigh McElveny
         g) Treasurer                                                                   Lori Henley
    7. Election of New Executive                                              Barrie Kirk
    8. Other Business                                                               Geoffrey Gurd
    9. Next Year’s AGM – Nov. 5, 2019                                    Geoffrey Gurd
    10. Adjournment                                                                  Geoffrey Gurd
    11. Misc.             
      a) Possible cycling trip to Italy 2019                                  Tom Seniuk / Don Gregoire
      b) Utah fall cycle/hike trip – 10 days                                  Lori Henley

    3) Discounted group rate for Gatineau Park Ski pass for 2019

    KNBC is now registered with Demsis.ca as a club eligible for a group discount for winter passes in Gatineau Park.

    Instructions: Access NCC website by following this link http://ccn-ncc.gc.ca/

    At the « Home » page, bring your curser on « Places to visit » and select « Gatineau Parc »
    Click on one of the two offers « Buy Your Winter Pass »
    You need to create a new account even if you have bought their pass last year, it is a new system.
    Choose the pass according to the appropriate category and click on « Select product ».
    Under « Profile » you will find a roll down menu with all the names you registered. Select the Person for the pass you chose.
    Don’t forget to open the « terms and conditions » and agree. The tab « Terms and conditions » will be green, you can add this pass to your cart.
    To add more passes to your cart, you can use the roll down menu below « Profile » and select another member in the same pass category.
    If you want another category, click on « Home » and make another selection. After adding all the passes to your cart, click on « View cart ».
    Finally under Coupon Promo Code enter the following:  xxxxxx
    Proceed to checkout.

    I have a pdf of the procedures in English and French. Email me if you need one.  president@knbc.ca
    Copies will be put in the member's section of website shortly.

     

  • 29 Oct 2018 5:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This week in Bike Shorts:

    1. The Rides (October 29 - Nov 5)
    2. Safety Tip from Monna
    3. Diversions

    1. The Rides (October 29 - Nov 5 )

    Full details on all rides can be found on the KNBC Club Calendar on the KNBC website. The KNBC Calendar, containing the most up to date info on your rides, is located at www.knbc.ca

     Once there, simply click on “Tours and Events" then "Upcoming Events”, from the menu on the left hand side of the page.

    Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice, particularly during periods of fickle weather.  Please check the Club Calendar on the website prior to heading to a start location.

    Should you have any questions or require more information, contact the KNBC Tour Director at: pmacdowall@icloud.com

    Tour leaders are reminded to contact the Tour Director ASAP, if any changes are required to their ride.

    Wednesday, 31 October

    10:30 *L2 - (Back by popular demand) Simply Biscotti - 56km

    2. Safety Tip from Monna –What to do and not do, at the scene of an accident

    When we are witness to an accident, esp.  involving a cyclist, we need to immediately do a visual helmet check (evidence of hitting the ground on the outside, and cracks on the inside), If there is, and if you have seen what seems to be a bad fall; DO NOT let the injured party make decisions for themselves.

    They may be in shock, and despite what they may say and/or do - they are simple 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 people around them, to step in, take charge and call 911. It is better to be safe than sorry. For more info on accidents - please refer to the Safety Page on our website.

    3. Diversions

    Tuesday Nov. 6, 2018 3rd notice of KNBC Annual General Meeting  6:00 – 9:00 pm

    Biagio's Italian Kitchen, 1394 Richmond Rd, Ottawa. An agenda will be sent out to all members prior to the meeting as a Bike Shorts Extra message. New members are especially welcome. Free pizza until we run out, cash bar, and a chance to socialize and compare road rashes.

    Ordering KNBC Clothing at AGM, Nov. 6

    Club clothing is on sale at 10% off, 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. For more information on what is available, go the KNBC website, in left column, under Member Services, click on Clothing.

    Article: Why strength training is important for cyclists

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

    Video:  Watch until the end (1 min.)

    https://www.facebook.com/EnBogota1Mas/videos/330741243762871/

    Video: The Bicycle Trip: An Animation of The World’s First LSD Trip in 1943 (4 min.)

    http://www.openculture.com/2014/01/watch-the-bicycle-trip-an-animation-of-the-worlds-first-lsd-trip-in-1943.html?fbclid=IwAR2O10DCRgbcfQ1wHnQU2QH1egIegTsCVJTfF4T1AYxlMpltWF1K3ulZFCQ

    __________________________

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC


  • 23 Oct 2018 12:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This week in Bike Shorts:

    1. The Rides (October 23-29)
    2. Safety Tip from Monna
    3. Diversions
    4. 2018 Membership directory
    5. RidewithGPS Club Account

    1. The Rides (October 23-29)

    Full details on all rides can be found on the KNBC Club Calendar on the KNBC website. The KNBC Calendar, containing the most up to date info on your rides, is located at www.knbc.ca

    Once there, simply click on “Tours and Events" then "Upcoming Events”, from the menu on the left hand side of the page.

    Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice, particularly during periods of fickle weather.  Please check the Club Calendar on the website prior to heading to a start location.

    Should you have any questions or require more information, contact the KNBC Tour Director at: pmacdowall@icloud.com

    Tour leaders are reminded to contact the Tour Director ASAP, if any changes are required to their ride.

    Sunday, 28 October

    10:00 - L4 - Carleton Place - 76km

    2. Safety Tip from Monna – Mirrors, increased awareness and communication

    I am often asked the pros and cons of helmet mounted / eyeglass rim mounted, mirrors vs handle bar mounted mirrors. I use both, and rely more on my helmet mounted mirror - but - it is really a matter of personal choice and comfort.

    What is however imperative in this conversation, is to NEVER forget the 'shoulder check', for several reasons; As in a vehicle - there are blind spots - and you absolutely need to verify (via a shoulder check), that it is indeed safe to move or change direction on your bike before doing so;

    New electric powered vehicles are incredibly quiet, and we can no longer depend on the sound of a vehicle approaching; and, most important

    The shoulder check is a visual movement that can be seen by motorists (or cyclists) behind you, which actually acts as a form of communication, that you are about to do something. Ideally, a motorist seeing a shoulder check, will slow down and be more alert to  you and what you are about to do.

    3. Diversions

    Tuesday Nov. 6, 2018 2nd notice of KNBC Annual General Meeting  6:00 – 9:00 pm

    Biagio's Italian Kitchen, 1394 Richmond Rd, Ottawa. An agenda will be sent out to all members prior to the meeting. New members are especially welcome. Free pizza, cash bar, and a chance to socialize and compare road rashes.

    Ordering KNBC Clothing at AGM, Nov. 6

    Club clothing is on sale at 10% off, 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. For more information on what is available, go the KNBC website, in left column, under Member Services, click on Clothing.

    Bicycle Wheel Dome, Whitehorse, Yukon

    https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/bicycle-wheel-dome?utm_medium=atlas-page&utm_source=facebook.com&fbclid=IwAR37x4MPfbieOd98prSFq6Umd0ZvW9Jhp4GFwRWxSN_NKEV4XamChyDhJ2U

    Ontario By Bike: Assessment of Greenbelt route print map & website

    Ontario By Bike / Transportation Options is currently working with the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation to assess the print map (front of map / back of map and website promoting and providing information to cyclists on the Greenbelt Route. The Greenbelt Route is a 475km signed cycling route from Niagara to Northumberland, primarily on roads, through the protected countryside of Ontario's Greenbelt. We are looking for input from cyclists and members of cycling clubs across Ontario to assist us with assessing these resources. Your feedback will help improve these resources for you and other cyclists in the future. The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. 

    Survey will remain open until October 31st at 4:00 pm.

    We appreciate your time! To show our appreciated, when you've completed this survey, in its entirety, you will be entered into a draw to win a one (1) night stay at a bed & breakfast and dinner at a FeastON restaurant in Ontario's Greenbelt! A prize valued at $300.

    Article: Cannabis and cycling

    https://bikeportland.org/2018/09/17/floyd-landis-to-open-three-cycling-themed-cannabis-stores-in-portland-289637

    Article: Here is how cannabis could help you get faster on the bike

    https://cyclingmagazine.ca/sections/news/here-is-how-cannabis-could-help-you-get-faster-on-the-bike/

    4. 2018 Membership directory

    The 2018 Membership directory is available in the members’ only section of the website. You will need the login and password you were sent when you joined to access this document.

    http://www.knbc.ca/members-only/docs/KNBC-Membership-Directory_2018.pdf

    5. RideWithGPS Club Account

    The KNBC RideWithGPS Club Account is ready for Club members to use.  To gain access to the club account simply use the following link.

    https://ridewithgps.com/auto_approve?code=e8qNS9esKxQwnJCn&id=1986&type=Club

    As a reminder, if you want to take advantage of the Club Account, you will first need to have a free basic personal account.  If you do not have one, clicking on the above link will take you through that process. An information video and basic tutorial showing how to use the features can be found by clicking on the following link. 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLh4UEKmlT6_ElQ4rWM-lCzk_7ZBSuDw0Z&v=WfjVgK3cRpc

    The video is very clear and thorough.  If after watching the video you have questions on gaining access to the account, please contact KNBC Tour Director at: pmacdowall@icloud.com

    __________________________

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 15 Oct 2018 5:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This week in Bike Shorts:

    1. The Rides (October 16-22)
    2. Safety Tip from Monna
    3. Diversions
    4. 2018 Membership directory
    5. RidewithGPS Club Account

    1. The Rides (October 16-22)
    Full details on all rides can be found on the KNBC Club Calendar on the KNBC website. The KNBC Calendar, containing the most up to date info on your rides, is located at www.knbc.ca

    Once there, simply click on “Tours and Events" then "Upcoming Events”, from the menu on the left hand side of the page.

    Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice, particularly during periods of fickle weather.  Please check the Club Calendar on the website prior to heading to a start location.

    Should you have any questions or require more information, contact the KNBC Tour Director at: pmacdowall@icloud.com

    Tour leaders are reminded to contact the Tour Director ASAP, if any changes are required to their ride.

    Wednesday, 17 October
    10:00 - *L3 - Calabogie-Renfrew-White Lake - 99.8km

    Saturday, 20 October
    10:30 - *L2 - Simply Biscotti - 56km

     Sunday, 21 October
    09:30 - *L2 - Wheelers Pancakes - 75km
    09:45 - *L1 - Wheelers Pancakes - 56km
    10:00 - *L3 - Wheelers Pancakes - 75km
    10:00 - *L4 - Wheelers Pancakes - 91km

    2. Safety Tip from Monna – Be mindful of leaves and puddles
    As the barometer drops - be mindful as you approach leaves. They may be hiding frozen puddles or just black ice; potentially very hazardous to cyclists, should you try to suddenly turn or stop. Look ahead and be aware of potential seasonal hazards.

    3. Diversions
    Tuesday Nov. 6, 2018 2nd notice of KNBC Annual General Meeting  6:00 – 9:00 pm
    Biagio's Italian Kitchen, 1394 Richmond Rd, Ottawa. An agenda will be sent out to all members prior to the meeting. New members are especially welcome. Free pizza, cash bar, and a chance to socialize and compare road rashes.

    Be Safe, Be Seen, October 2-31
    Ottawa Fire Services, in partnership with Safer Roads Ottawa and the Ottawa Police Service will launch the third annual “Be Safe, Be Seen” initiative. Residents are encouraged to drop by any of the City of Ottawa Fire Stations in urban areas or one of the four rural fire offices, and receive a complimentary light or reflective item.  Each resident will be able to choose one item from the following list: a set of bike lights, a reflective armband/leg band or a pedestrian light. The initiative begins on Monday, October 2 and will run until Tuesday, October 31.

    For more details: https://thca.ca/2017/safe-seen-initiative-launch-ottawa-fire-services/

    Book: To shake the sleeping self: A 14,000-mile bike trip, and one man's quest to live a life with no regrets by Jenkins, Jedidiah(2018) on order at Ottawa Public Library.

    Article: This sturdy, $147 bicycle has changed the lives of more than 420,000 people
    https://www.roadbikerider.com/this-sturdy-147-bicycle-has-changed-the-lives-of-more-than-420000-people/

    4. 2018 Membership directory
    The 2018 Membership directory is available in the members’ only section of the website. You will need the login and password you were sent when you joined to access this document.

    http://www.knbc.ca/members-only/docs/KNBC-Membership-Directory_2018.pdf

    5. RideWithGPS Club Account
    The KNBC RideWithGPS Club Account is ready for Club members to use.  To gain access to the club account simply use the following link.

    https://ridewithgps.com/auto_approve?code=e8qNS9esKxQwnJCn&id=1986&type=Club

    As a reminder, if you want to take advantage of the Club Account, you will first need to have a free basic personal account.  If you do not have one, clicking on the above link will take you through that process. An information video and basic tutorial showing how to use the features can be found by clicking on the following link. 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLh4UEKmlT6_ElQ4rWM-lCzk_7ZBSuDw0Z&v=WfjVgK3cRpc

    The video is very clear and thorough.  If after watching the video you have questions on gaining access to the account, please contact KNBC Tour Director at: pmacdowall@icloud.com

    __________________________

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 8 Oct 2018 5:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    This week in Bike Shorts:

    1. The Rides (October 9-15)
    2. Safety Tip from Monna
    3. Diversions
    4. 2018 Membership directory
    5. RidewithGPS Club Account
    6. Cartoon

    1. The Rides (October 9-15)

    Full details on all rides can be found on the KNBC Club Calendar on the KNBC website. The KNBC Calendar, containing the most up to date info on your rides, is located at www.knbc.ca

    Once there, simply click on “Tours and Events" then "Upcoming Events”, from the menu on the left hand side of the page.

    Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice, particularly during periods of fickle weather.  Please check the Club Calendar on the website prior to heading to a start location. Should you have any questions or require more information, contact the KNBC Tour Director at: pmacdowall@icloud.com

    Tour leaders are reminded to contact the Tour Director ASAP, if any changes are required to their ride.

    Wednesday, 10 October
    10:00 *L3 - MacKenzie-King Estate- 58/45 km

    Saturday, 13 October
    10:00 *L3 Merrickville - 98 km
    10:00   L4 – Merrickville - 124 km

    Sunday, 14 October
    10:00 *L2 – Notre Dame du Laus – 80 km
    10:00   L1 – Harvest Moon – 50 km

    2. Safety Tip from Monna – Are you predicable?

    Do you ride in a straight line, and do you effectively communicate your intentions BEFORE you change the position (or speed) of your bike (to turn, stop or slow down)?

    When riding in a group, it is very distracting and dangerous (to the riders behind you) if you meander back and forth from the edge of the road. Try to ride in as straight a line as possible. If road traffic and speed permit, the ideal position is 3' from the curb or the edge of the asphalt. This will usually keep you clear of most debris and grates.

    ALWAYS shoulder check and signal (or shout out) your intentions to slow, stop or turn. Your predictability will greatly assist in preventing accidents.

    3. Diversions

    Tuesday Nov. 6, 2018 First notice of KNBC Annual General Meeting  6:00 – 9:00 pm

    Biagio's Italian Kitchen, 1394 Richmond Rd, Ottawa. An agenda will be sent out to all members prior to the meeting. New members are especially welcome.

    Article: People in the 1800s Dreamed of Bicycling on Water

    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-1800s-dreamed-bicycling-water-180965107/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=socialmedia

    Article: Conclusive Evidence: How the Media Fails Bicyclists

    https://usa.streetsblog.org/2018/09/28/conclusive-evidence-how-media-fails-bicyclists/?utm_content=bufferbc90c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

    Silly video: Smug cycling guy

    https://www.facebook.com/foilarmsandhog/videos/373701613169693/

    Vimy to Juno Charity Bike Ride May 30 – June 7, 2019

    The Vimy Foundation is proud to announce a unique opportunity to cycle through Canada’s First and Second World War history in June 2019. We would like to invite the members of your cycling club to join us! The ‘Vimy to Juno’ Charity Bike Ride combines 350-700 km of riding through beautiful countryside in France and Belgium with a powerful historical narrative, culminating in the 75th anniversary of D-Day commemorations. Find out more, including dates, cost, itinerary and other details, by visiting the website: https://www.vimyfoundation.ca/vimy-to-juno-charity-bike-ride/

    4. 2018 Membership directory

    The 2018 Membership directory is available in the members’ only section of the website. You will need the login and password you were sent when you joined to access this document.

    http://www.knbc.ca/members-only/docs/KNBC-Membership-Directory_2018.pdf

    5. RideWithGPS Club Account

    The KNBC RideWithGPS Club Account is ready for Club members to use.  To gain access to the club account simply use the following link.

    https://ridewithgps.com/auto_approve?code=e8qNS9esKxQwnJCn&id=1986&type=Club

    As a reminder, if you want to take advantage of the Club Account, you will first need to have a free basic personal account.  If you do not have one, clicking on the above link will take you through that process. An information video and basic tutorial showing how to use the features can be found by clicking on the following link. 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLh4UEKmlT6_ElQ4rWM-lCzk_7ZBSuDw0Z&v=WfjVgK3cRpc

    The video is very clear and thorough.  If after watching the video you have questions on gaining access to the account, please contact KNBC Tour Director at: pmacdowall@icloud.com

    __________________________

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC


  • 1 Oct 2018 6:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thanks to Peter MacDowall for taking care of Bike Shorts for the last three editions while I was away.

    This week in Bike Shorts:

    1. The Rides (October 2-8)
    2. Safety Tip from Monna
    3. Diversions
    4. RideWithGPS Assessment
    5. 2018 Membership directory
    6. RidewithGPS Club Account 

    1. The Rides (October 2-8)
    Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice.  Please check the Club Calendar on the website (www.knbc.ca) prior to heading to a start location.  Should you have any questions or require more information, contact the KNBC Tour Director at: pmacdowall@icloud.com

    Full details on all rides can be found on the KNBC Club Calendar on the KNBC website. The KNBC Calendar, containing the most up to date info on your rides, is located at www.knbc.ca

    Tour leaders are reminded to contact the Tour Director ASAP, if any changes are required to their ride.

    Wednesday, 3 October
    17:30 - L1-5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride and Social

    Saturday, 6 October
    10:00 - L1 - Chaudière Falls - 32 km
    10:00 - L3 - Morris Island Conservation Area -91.5

    Sunday, 7 October
    10:00 - *L2 - Wakefield / Mont Cascade - 65k

    2. Safety Tip from Monna – Report road hazards to the appropriate city councillor
    When you encounter road hazards, poor road surface conditions, badly placed grates, speed bumps or anything that renders cycling more dangerous: Now is the time to REPORT them to your City of Ottawa Councillor. A map is contained on the Safety Page of the KNBC website with current Councillor contact info. Use "Safety Hazard to Cyclists" in your Subject Heading, outline the concern, (impact on cyclists' safety), and if possible include a picture with the location coordinates. Take the time to ask them where they stand on sharing the road, cyclist and motorist safety education and safety infrastructure.

    Also, copy Robin Bennet at robin.bennett@ottawa.ca (Project Manager, Cycling Program, Transportation Planning, Planning and Growth Management Branch, Infrastructure Services and Community Sustainability, City of Ottawa) and 311@ottawa.ca.

    3. Diversions
    Article: How to improve pedaling efficiency
    https://www.ilovebicycling.com/how-to-improve-pedaling-efficiency/
    Article: How to wash a bicycle: 10 bike washing don’ts and do’s
    https://www.roadbikerider.com/10-bike-washing-don-ts-and-do-s-d2/
    Article: How Norway’s capital Oslo is ridding its city centre of cars
    https://www.scmp.com/news/world/europe/article/2165462/drivers-norways-capital-oslo-see-red-over-citys-green-war-cars

    Books on cycling at Ottawa Public Library (on order or arrived)

    • The Birth of the Bicycle by Nicholas Clayton, 2016.
    • The Mechanical Horse: How the Bicycle Reshaped American Life by Margaret Guroff, 2016.
    • Copenhagenize: The Definitive Guide to Global Bicycle Urbanism by Mikael Colville-Andersen, 2018.
    • Hello, Bicycle: An Inspired Guide to the Two-wheeled Life by Anna Brones, 2016.
    • Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality By Melissa Bruntlett,; Chris Bruntlett, 2018.
    4. RideWithGPS Assessment
    The club is assessing the value of the club membership of RidewithGPS. As a tour participant, could you provide the Tour Director with a quick one liner, or a couple of words on how beneficial was the club RWGPS account. All he needs is short "broad strokes" feedback -good, bad or indifferent :-)  Please send your comments on the Club RWGPS account to pmacdowall@icloud.com


    5. 2018 Membership directory
    The 2018 Membership directory is available in the members’ only section of the website. You will need the login and password you were sent when you joined to access this document.
    http://www.knbc.ca/members-only/docs/KNBC-Membership-Directory_2018.pdf

    6. RideWithGPS Club Account
    The KNBC RideWithGPS Club Account is ready for Club members to use.  To gain access to the club account simply use the following link.

    https://ridewithgps.com/auto_approve?code=e8qNS9esKxQwnJCn&id=1986&type=Club

    As a reminder, if you want to take advantage of the Club Account, you will first need to have a free basic personal account.  If you do not have one, clicking on the above link will take you through that process. An information video and basic tutorial showing how to use the features can be found by clicking on the following link. 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLh4UEKmlT6_ElQ4rWM-lCzk_7ZBSuDw0Z&v=WfjVgK3cRpc

    The video is very clear and thorough.  If after watching the video you have questions on gaining access to the account, please contact KNBC Tour Director at: pmacdowall@icloud.com

    __________________________

     Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

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