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  • 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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