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

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

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

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    1. Privacy Options

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

    When encountering an aggressive driver on the road:

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

    4. Diversions

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

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

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

    5. KNBC Photo Contest 

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

    We are a good looking group of cyclists that travel in many beautiful communities on our club rides. I am sure you have many cool photos you have on our phones that have been taken during club rides. There is nothing more beautiful than the sight of smiling cyclist commuting on two wheels; share them and let us see!  You could win a prize and have your photo placed on the front of our new jazzy website. 

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

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

    • Maximum size either by dimensions (1200 x 1800 pixels) or file size (max. 6 mb) 
    • Format: jpeg 
    • Colour or Black & White 

    In your submission: include your last name in title of photo file and indicate where you took the photo. Photos must have been taken in 2019. 

    Please remember that KNBC strives to achieve high standards of safety and courtesy among its members; please take this into consideration when taking your photos. 

    Please Email photos to: KNBCphotocontest@gmail.com

    _________________________

    Dave Boshard, Webmaster, KNBC


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

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

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

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    Tour Director news

    1. The Rides (July 30 – August 5)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    4. Diversions

    Article: Would Vision Zero work in Ottawa?

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

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

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

    Web page: Cycling in Outaouais region

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

    5. KNBC Photo Contest

    We have received some pretty amazing photos for the first round of our photo contest. Please keep them coming.

    We are a good looking group of cyclists that travel in many beautiful communities on our club rides. I am sure you have many cool photos you have on our phones that have been taken during club rides. There is nothing more beautiful than the sight of smiling cyclist commuting on two wheels; share them and let us see! You could win a prize and have your photo placed on the front of our new jazzy website.

    Themes for second round of our club photo contest. Deadline for submission is August 5.

    Portraits of your bicycles OR shots wearing the KNBC cycling jersey.
    Maximum size either by dimensions (8 X 10 inches) or file size (max. 6 mb)
    Format: jpeg
    Colour or Black & White

    In your submission: include your last name in title of photo file and indicate where you took the photo. Photos must have been taken in 2019.

    Please remember that KNBC strives to achieve high standards of safety and courtesy among its members; please take this into consideration when taking your photos.

    Please Email photos to: KNBCphotocontest@gmail.com


    _________________________

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC


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

    1. The Rides (July 23 - 29)

    2. Safety tip from Monna

    3. Diversions

    4. KNBC Photo contest

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    1. The Rides (July 23 - 29)

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

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

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

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

    July 24 L2 - Buckingham - 82.2 km

    July 24 L4 - Big Rideau Lake - 75 km

    July 24 L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

    July 27 L2 - Pakenham - 88 km

    July 27 L3 - Wakefield- 94 km

    July 28 L3 - Merrickville 81.5 km

    July 29 L2 - Champlain Lookout - 65 km

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

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

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

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

    3. Diversions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    4. KNBC Photo Contest

    We have received some pretty amazing photos for the first round of our photo contest. Please keep them coming.

    We are a good looking group of cyclists that travel in many beautiful communities on our club rides. I am sure you have many cool photos you have on our phones that have been taken during club rides. There is nothing more beautiful than the sight of smiling cyclist commuting on two wheels; share them and let us see! You could win a prize and have your photo placed on the front of our new jazzy website.

    Themes for second round of our club photo contest. Deadline for submission is August 5.

    Portraits of your bicycles OR shots wearing the KNBC cycling jersey.

    Maximum size either by dimensions (8 X 10 inches) or file size (max. 6 mb)

    Format: jpeg

    Colour or Black & White

    In your submission: include your last name in title of photo file and indicate where you took the photo. Photos must have been taken in 2019.

    Please remember that KNBC strives to achieve high standards of safety and courtesy among its members; please take this into consideration when taking your photos.

    Please Email photos to: KNBCphotocontest@gmail.com

    _________________________

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 22 Jul 2019 1:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1. The Rides (July 16-22)

    2. Safety tip from Monna

    3. Diversions

    4. KNBC Photo Contest

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    Tour Director news

    1. The Rides (July 16-22)

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

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

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


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

    July 17 L2 - Fitzroy Harbour - 78.4 km

    July 17 L3 - Fitzroy Harbour - 81.6 km

    July 17 L4 - Fitzroy Harbour - 81.6 km

    July 17 L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

    July 20 L2 - Swan on the Rideau - 78 km

    July 20 L3 - Champlain Lookout - 51.5 km

    July 20 L4 - Osgoode-North Gower - 84.5 km

    July 20 L1 - Lunch Ride - 25 km

    July 21 L1 - 2 Rivers and a Canal - 68.5 km / 45 km

    July 21 L2 - Pointe Gatineau - 51.5 km

    July 21 L3 - Swan on the Rideau - 78 km

    2. Safety tip from Monna – Be careful when riding on multiuse pathways

    Multiuse pathways can actually be more dangerous than being on the road. When riding on the pathways - you need to be mindful of all the unpredictable eclectic traffic: pedestrians, baby strollers, toddlers, senior citizens, dog walkers, joggers, roller-bladers, wheelchairs, and Canada geese.

    • Respect the speed limit of 20 kilometres per hour; however if user volume is high - SLOW down, especially when passing;
    • Passing speed should be no more than a 3-5 KPH speed difference. This means passing walkers at about 8 KPH;
    • If you wish to go faster - go on the road;
    • Always ride in single file;
    • Ring your bell and call out "passing on your left" as you pass other pathway users, however; don't assume the person will hear you;
    • Do assume every path user will behave erratically, and stop, move out, or change direction without warning. Kids and dogs are always dangerous, but just assume everyone will be;
    • Be courteous; and
    • Always go slow when around any other path user. Always.

    3. Diversions

    Article: How to Maintain Proper Cycling Posture

    https://www.ilovebicycling.com/how-to-maintain-proper-cycling-posture/

    Article: photos of the world's best and worst cycling infrastructure

    https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/jun/27/do-i-risk-it-your-photos-of-the-worlds-best-and-worst-cycling-infrastructure?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

    Article: Reasons to try group riding this year

    In case you have not ridden yet with the club this year (hey new members)

    https://www.ilovebicycling.com/reasons-to-try-group-riding-this-year/

    4. KNBC PHOTO CONTEST

    We have received some pretty amazing photos for the first round of our photo contest. Please keep them coming.

    We are a good looking group of cyclists that travel in many beautiful communities on our club rides. I am sure you have many cool photos you have on our phones that have been taken during club rides. There is nothing more beautiful than the sight of smiling cyclist commuting on two wheels; share them and let us see! You could win a prize and have your photo placed on the front of our new jazzy website.

    Themes for second round of our club photo contest. Deadline is August 5.

    Portraits of your bicycles OR shots wearing the KNBC cycling jersey.

    Maximum size either by dimensions (8 X 10 inches) or file size (max. 6 mb)

    Format: jpeg

    Colour or Black & White

    In your submission: include your last name in title of photo file and indicate where you took the photo. Photos must have been taken in 2019.

    Please remember that KNBC strives to achieve high standards of safety and courtesy among its members; please take this into consideration when taking your photos.

    Please email photos to: KNBCphotocontest@gmail.com

    _________________________

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC


  • 19 Jul 2019 7:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1. The Rides (July 9-15)

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

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

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

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

    As a reminder, the following table details the speed levels.

    Please note: the speeds in the table is not average speed. It is speed which you can maintain on a flat road with no wind.

    Category Distance (increasing over season) Speed (flat surface, no wind) Stops Terrain

     Category

     Distance (increasing over season)

     Speed (flat surface, no wind) 

     Stops

     Terrain

     L1

     40-65 km

     18-20 km/h

     frequent

     mainly flat

     L2

     55-80+ km

     21-23 km/h 

     occasional

     flat, rolling, hilly

     L3

     70-100+ km

     24-26 km/h

     occasional

     flat, rolling, hilly

     L4

     70-100+ km

     27-29 km/h

     limited

     flat, rolling, hilly

     L5

     100+ km

     30+ km/h

     limited

     flat, rolling, hilly


    July 10 L3 - Macdonalds Corners - 90.8 km

    July 10 L4 - Merrickville - 81.5 km

    July 10 L1 - Chaudière Falls - 40 km

    July 10 L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

    July 13 L1 - Lunch Ride - 25 km

    July 13 L3 - Kemptville - 97.5 km

    July 13 L2 - Lanark - 68 km

    July 14 L3 - Constance Bay - 74 km

    2. Wednesday Evening Mystery Rides

    Please join us on Wednesday evenings at Centrepointe for impromptu tours of 90 to 120 minutes, followed by socializing at the Royal Oak pub. L1, L2, L3 L4 and L5 speed groups will be arranged at the start depending on turnout.

    Registration not required. Simply show up and look for the fun loving group of KNBC cyclists.

    Start = 6:15 pm behind the Royal Oak Pub 117 Centrepointe Drive.

    Please Note: These are impromptu rides. As such, they are not formally organised and have no pre-determined leader(s) or routes. That's all part of the "mystery" and what makes these rides such a fun hit. They are also weather dependent. Generally speaking, if the weather looks very questionable, there is a good chance there will be reduced numbers (if any) of the tour leaders showing up to volunteer to lead a group.

    Since they are impromptu, they appear as a standing entry in the calendar -meaning they are never really formally cancelled, because they are never really formally organised. Members are expected to use their own judgement in deciding to attend or not.

    If you get there and discover the weather is not good enough for cycling, you can always skip the ride and go straight to the social part at the Royal Oak ;-).

    3. Red Revert

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/are-traffic-sensors-common-sense-for-pedestrians-cyclists-1.2429888

    Where is it implemented?

    Red revert is implemented where a minor road meets an arterial road, there are traffic lights, and the minor road has embedded vehicle sensors. There are about 850 intersections in Ottawa that currently have Red Revert. This includes where bicycle paths cross arterial roads and there are traffic lights/embedded sensors.

    How does it work?

    When the embedded sensor detects a vehicle waiting on the minor road, it will trigger the beginning of a light change cycle at the intersection.

    IF, after triggering the light change cycle, the vehicle can no longer be detected, then the light change is considered to be no longer necessary, and at the end of the cycle, the lights won't change. Pedestrian lights will still count down, and the arterial road may get a yellow and a short red.

    IMPORTANT! If there is a pedestrian light button and it is pressed, then the lights *will* change, no matter what, for the pedestrian (Which is why I don't understand Tom's scenario... if he pushed the pedestrian button, the lights *will* change)

    NOTE! This has nothing to to with the "3 yellow dots" indicating where cyclists should stand. The sensors can't distinguish between a car and a cyclist. The Yellow dots are just an indication of a spot that is guaranteed to be sensitive to a cyclist.

    Why does it do this?

    In many cases, a vehicle (including a cyclist) is turning right... so they trigger the sensor, then make the turn before the light changes.

    Without red revert, the traffic in the arterial road would be stopped at a light when there is no traffic at all on the minor road. That slows traffic and frustrates drivers.

    But why does it count down and not get cancelled right away? Well more cars may arrive on the minor road. And the lights on the arterial road may be synchronized to keep the arterial road traffic flowing and technology limitations.

    Red Revert is not the only case the lights count down and don't turn green

    It pretty common t have advanced turning signals, so the lights count down, and your light stays red while another part of the intersection gets an advanced green.

    What to do?

    Never, ever, assume a light is going to change! Never move into the intersection without being sure your light is green! (Ultimately people are complaining because they entered an intersection while their light was red, and Red Revert is not the only case where lights count down and you don't get a green)

    Stay on the sensor until the light has changed.

    _________________________

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 8 Jul 2019 5:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1. The Rides (July 2 - 8)

    Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice. Please check the Club Calendar on the website, as well as your email, prior to heading to a start location. Typically, Bike Shorts Extras will not be sent out for cancellations or short notice ride additions. Instead, cancellations and additions will be reflected on the calendar, as soon as the Tour Director or Assistant Tour Director is notified. Additionally, if a ride gets cancelled or changed, you will be notified by email, providing you have registered on it using the “Register” button.

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

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

    July 03 L2 - Arnprior Triple Play - 69 km

    July 03 L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

    July 06 L1 - 4 Beaches - 45 km

    July 07 L2 - Masson & Cumberland - 80 km

    July 07 L3 - Pakenham-Waba-Renfrew-Arnprior - 112 km

    Should you have any questions or require more information, contact the KNBC Tour Director at: tour-director@knbc.ca

    2. Safety tip from Monna – Riding in the heat

    When riding in hot weather – steer clear of the ‘repair areas’ of cracks and paving seams.  They are injected with hot tar or asphalt, which tends to soften considerable in the heat. This can actually 'grab and trap' your tires, much like railway track, and cause a very sudden nasty fall.

    Also - to avoid 'bonking', don't forget to carry sufficient water and drink BEFORE you are thirsty and eat BEFORE you are hungry.

    3. Diversions

    Article: Snacks while riding

    https://www.ilovebicycling.com/6-on-the-bike-snacks-for-your-jersey-pocket/

    Article: End Bike Theft Ottawa -529 Garage

    https://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/safety-and-crime-prevention/529-garage.aspx

    Article: 15 mind-blowing bike projects to make you hate your regular bike lane

    https://www.fastcompany.com/90364314/these-15-mind-blowing-bike-projects-will-make-you-hate-your-regular-bike-lane

    Video: Max Max Ride - post-apocalyptic themed bike parade

    https://www.facebook.com/solita.work/videos/2249073501867523/

    2020 Multi-day cycling tour of UK: Seeking expressions of interest

    KNBC L2 Ride in England
    Barrie Kirk is doing early-stage research for a 2-week L2 KNBC bike tour around part of England in Spring 2020. It will be a typical Barrie-style L2 tour with stops for touristy things and pub lunches. The ride will make extensive use of the Sustrans biking and hiking network -- 25,000 km of trails and bike-friendly roads all over the UK -- but we will only need a small part of this.  See 
    https://www.sustrans.org.uk/map-ncn  At this time, Barrie does not know the exact dates, the cost, or the route (except it will likely be in the southern part of England).  It will be a touring ride, but no decision yet on whether it will be self-supported or if we will have a sag wagon. In some places, we may spend 2-3 nights in one place and do hub-and-spoke rides before moving on. There will also be rest days so we can be tourists with little or no biking.

    If you are interested (no commitment at this time) and want to be on the mailing list for more information, please write to 
    barrie.kirk@gmx.com

    4. KNBC Website

    Member Forum

    We've added a new member forum for members to ask questions and discuss ideas. Topics include things like setting up impromptu rides, giving feedback on rides, suggestions for potlucks or pool parties, ideas for new rides, best lights for a bike, issues with bike paths, etc. You can subscribe to the forum or individual topics and receive updates on an immediate, daily or weekly basis. Creating a topic is as simple as clicking the Create Topic button.

    The club executive reserves the right to moderate and review all topics and submissions. This is not a spot to have political debates or argue one's point. You can find it under the Member Services menu. Let us know what you think.

    5. KNBC Photo contest

    We have a volunteer to run a photo contest to showcase the skills and aesthetics of our KNBC members. We are a good looking group of cyclists that travel in many beautiful communities on our club rides. I am sure there are many cool photos you have on our phones that have been taken during club rides. There is nothing more beautiful than the sight of smiling cyclist commuting on two wheels; share them and let us see!  You could win a prize and have your photo placed on the front of our new jazzy website.

    Themes for this first round: Portraits of cyclists (head shots) OR close-up shots of bikes or bike-related equipment

    Maximum size either by dimensions (1200 x 1800 pixels) or file size (max. 6 mb)

    Format: jpeg

    Colour or Black & White

    In your submission: include your last name in title of photo file and indicate where you took the photo.

    Photos must have been taken in 2019

    Please remember that KNBC strives to achieve high standards of safety and courtesy among its members; please take this into consideration when taking your photos.

    Submission Deadline:  July 15th

    Email your photos to: KNBCphotocontest@gmail.com

    _________________________

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC


  • 1 Jul 2019 4:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1. The Rides (June 25 – July 1)

    Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice. Please check the Club Calendar on the website, as well as your email, prior to heading to a start location. Typically, Bike Shorts Extras will not be sent out for cancellations or short notice ride additions. Instead, cancellations and additions will be reflected on the calendar, as soon as the Tour Director or Assistant Tour Director is notified. Additionally, if a ride gets cancelled or changed, you will be notified by email, providing you have registered on it using the “Register” button.

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

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

    June 26

    L3 - Champlain Lookout - 51.5 km

    L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

    June 29

    L2 - Norway Bay - 80.4 km

    L3 - Norway Bay - 80.4 km

    June 30

    L1 - Aylmer - 45 km

    L4 - Brockville - 118 km

    July 01

    L2 - Ashton - 59.5 km

    L3 - Ashton - 59.5 km

    Should you have any questions or require more information, contact the KNBC Tour Director at: tour-director@knbc.ca

     

    2. Wednesday Evening Mystery Rides

    Please join us on Wednesday evenings at Centrepointe for impromptu tours of 90 to 120 minutes, followed by socializing at the Royal Oak pub. L1, L2, L3 L4 and L5 speed groups will be arranged at the start depending on turnout.

    Registration not required. Simply show up and look for the fun loving group of KNBC cyclists.

    Start = 6:15 pm behind the Royal Oak Pub 117 Centrepointe Drive.

    Please Note: These are impromptu rides. As such, they are not formally organised and have no pre-determined leader(s) or routes. That's all part of the "mystery" and what makes these rides such a fun hit. They are also weather dependent. Generally speaking, if the weather looks very questionable, there is a good chance there will be reduced numbers (if any) of the tour leaders showing up to volunteer to lead a group.

    Since they are impromptu, they appear as a standing entry in the calendar -meaning they are never really formally cancelled, because they are never really formally organised. Members are expected to use their own judgement in deciding to attend or not.

    If you get there and discover the weather is not good enough for cycling, you can always skip the ride and go straight to the social part at the Royal Oak ;-).

    3. Safety tip from Monna – Shoulder check before moving or changing directions on your bike

    With the increased presence of electric (silent) vehicles on the road, it is vital that we get in the habit of shoulder checking BEFORE we move or change directions on our bikes.

    Additionally, a shoulder check (unlike a 'mirror check'), will serve to communicate to pedestrians, cyclists or motorists behind you, that you are about to do something, and helps them anticipate your intentions.

    When group riding, this essential verification enables you to confirm there is nothing or no one directly behind you, and can greatly assist in preventing an accident.

    4. KNBC Photo contest

    We have a volunteer to run a photo contest to showcase the skills and aesthetics of our KNBC members. We are a good looking group of cyclists that travel in many beautiful communities on our club rides. I am sure there are many cool photos you have on our phones that have been taken during club rides. There is nothing more beautiful than the sight of smiling cyclist commuting on two wheels; share them and let us see!  You could win a prize and have your photo placed on the front of our new jazzy website.

    Themes for this first round: Portraits of cyclists (head shots) OR close-up shots of bikes or bike-related equipment

    Maximum size either by dimensions (1200 x 1800 pixels) or file size (max. 6 mb)

    Format: jpeg

    Colour or Black & White

    In your submission: include your last name in title of photo file and indicate where you took the photo.

    Photos must have been taken in 2019

    Please remember that KNBC strives to achieve high standards of safety and courtesy among its members; please take this into consideration when taking your photos.

    Submission Deadline:  July 15th

    Email your photos to: KNBCphotocontest@gmail.com


  • 24 Jun 2019 4:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1. Registration for Day Tours

    2. The Rides (June 18-24)

    3. Tour Planning Meeting - Friday June 28, 7-9 pm

    4. Wednesday Evening Mystery Rides

    5. Safety tip from Monna

    6. Diversions

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    1. Registration for Day Tours

    Registration for day tours is fast and easy. We ask that you RSVP for any ride you will be attending. It does not matter if the ride is remote or not. Those intending to attend any ride, regardless of the start location, will be asked to RSVP, using the "Register” button in the ride details. To avoid instances of people registering too far in advance and then forgetting about it, registration for each ride will only become available/active 2 weeks prior to the ride date. After you register for a ride, you will automatically receive an email giving you full details about the ride for which you registered. You may also receive notices by email from your tour leader, if there are any last minute changes, cancellations, special instruction etc. This has proven to be an excellent feature of the new website and has been extremely well received by participants and Tour Leaders alike.

    2. The Rides (June 18-24)

    Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice. Please check the Club Calendar on the website, as well as your email, prior to heading to a start location. Typically, Bike Shorts Extras will not be sent out for cancellations or short notice ride additions. Instead, cancellations and additions will be reflected on the calendar, as soon as the Tour Director or Assistant Tour Director is notified. Additionally, if a ride gets cancelled or changed, you will be notified by email, providing you have registered on it using the “Register” button.

    Tour leaders are reminded to contact the Tour Director at: tour-director@knbc.ca

    if any changes are required to their ride.

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

    19 June 2019

    L2 - Champlain Lookout - 51.5 km

    L3 - Mill of Kintail - 82.5 km

    L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

    22 June 2019

    L3 - Perth - 78.5 km

    L4 - Vankleek Hill-Hawkesbury - 108.5 km

    L5 - Vankleek Hill-Hawkesbury - 108.5 km

    23 June 2019

    L1 - Morrisburg - 50.2 km

    Should you have any questions or require more information, contact the KNBC Tour Director at: tour-director@knbc.ca

    3. Tour Planning Meeting - Friday June 28

    When: Friday June 28, 7-9pm

    Where: Community room of "Brown's Your Independent Grocer", 1251 Stittsville Main St, Stittsville.

    RSVP: This event is now on the KNBC calendar. If you are planning to attend, simply go to the event on the Club calendar and register by using the register button.

    Who: This meeting is for all Tour Leaders, potential Tour Leaders and anyone else who may be tempted to lead an occasional ride this season.

    Special instructions: If you have not already done so, now is the time to start thinking about when you are available and willing to lead rides in the Second half of the season (July-September). It’s also time to start thinking about what rides you would like to lead. Please review the ride library and your personal calendar, so you can come prepared to help fill up the KNBC ride calendar with wonderful rides.

    Here is a link to the KNBC Library of Day Tours https://knbc.ca/page-18435

    If you are unable to attend the meeting, please send the KNBC Tour Director a list of dates you are available to lead rides, together with the following information:

    • Date;
    • Ride name and # as it appears in the Club Library;
    • Start location;
    • Start time;
    • Distance;
    • Level;

    If you have any question about this, please do not hesitate to contact the KNBC Tour Director at tour-director@knbc.ca

    4. Wednesday Evening Mystery Rides

    Please join us on Wednesday evenings at Centrepointe for impromptu tours of 90 to 120 minutes, followed by socializing at the Royal Oak pub. L1, L2, L3 L4 and L5 speed groups will be arranged at the start depending on turnout.

    Registration not required. Simply show up and look for the fun loving group of KNBC cyclists.

    Start = 6:15pm behind the Royal Oak Pub 117 Centrepointe Drive.

    Please Note: These are impromptu rides. As such, they are not formally organised and have no pre-determined leader(s) or routes. That's all part of the "mystery" and what makes these rides such a fun hit. They are also weather dependent. Generally speaking, if the weather looks very questionable, there is a good chance there will be reduced numbers (if any) of the tour leaders showing up to volunteer to lead a group.

    Since they are impromptu, they appear as a standing entry in the calendar -meaning they are never really formally cancelled, because they are never really formally organised. Members are expected to use their own judgement in deciding to attend or not.

    If you get there and discover the weather is not good enough for cycling, you can always skip the ride and go straight to the social part at the Royal Oak ;-).

    5. Safety tip from Monna – Straight Road Hazards

    When riding on a straight country road – watch out for oncoming passing cars (two cars coming at you, now taking up both lanes). The passing motorist may not be able to accurately gauge your speed, and may not allow sufficient time to pass and get safely back in his lane. It may actually be necessary to leave the roadway and hit the ditch to avoid a head on, high speed collision.

    6. Diversions

    Monday, July 15, 7 pm Movie: Four by 3000, Landmark Cinemas, Kanata

    Four by 3000 offers an unprecedented look into the interworking of the Race Across America, one of the most respected and longest running ultra-endurance events in the world following Team Working Nation. Racing from Oceanside, California to Annapolis, Maryland they must ride over 3089 miles with 175,000 feet of climbing in under six days to have a chance of victory. Once the starting gun goes off time does not stop until they cross the finish line. This year the team has lofty goals – as returning champions they not only want to defend their title but also set a world record for fastest time crossing the country on bike. Throughout the six days of racing they are forced to deal with vehicle breakdowns, crew conflicts, severe weather, and family tragedy all while trying to stay focused on their goals. Leading to the tension is the nonstop caravan of support vehicles and crew that must live out of vans for six days with little to no sleep. Follow their journey with never-before seen footage in a story about human spirit and the brotherhood/sisterhood all who take part in the event share. Narrated by Sean Astin.

    The movie will be shown if enough tickets are purchased in next 25 days.

    https://tickets.demand.film/event/7936

    Website: Glossary of cycling terminology

    https://www.pactimo.com/blogs/new-to-cycling/glossary-of-cycling-terminology

    Article: Shipping container bistros popping up in 3 Ottawa parks

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ncc-bistro-ottawa-shipping-container-pilot-project-1.5172244

    Article: 10 Reasons to Start Early Morning Cycling Right Now!

    https://www.ilovebicycling.com/10-reasons-to-start-early-morning-cycling-right-now/

    Butter Tart tour (why we bike…): Peterborough, Kawarthas Northumberland

    https://buttertarttour.ca/

    Multi-day tour: Friday-Sunday, Sept. 13-15, Hudson-Montreal

    This ride was done in 2015 and 2016 as a 2 day ride. An additional day has been added in Montreal this year.

    Departure time is 10 AM on Friday from Hudson. Our meeting is the municipal parking lot where cars may be left at no charge. Overnight bags will be transported to our hotel in Montreal and back to Hudson on Sunday.

    Our route will cross the Ottawa River to Oka then travel via Laval, Ile Bizard, Ste Anne de Bellevue, Lakeshore Drive, and the Lachine Canal to our hotel in the centre of Montreal. This route uses portions of Quebec’s Route Verte and is primarily bike paths or quiet roads with bike lanes. The route is 99km long and will be suitable for L2+ riders who are comfortable doing this distance.

    On Saturday we will be doing an urban route of 4-5 hours within Montreal which will include the Old Port area and Le Plateau. Part of this route is known as the ‘smoked meat and bagel’ route. This will be casual cycling using Montreal’s bike path and bike lane system.

    On Sunday we return to Hudson using the same route we took on Friday. We will leave around 9:30 AM and expect to be in Hudson around 3 PM.

    The sign-up deadline is July 31. Contact Steve Caron for additional details.

    _________________________

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 17 Jun 2019 3:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1. Registration for Day Tours

    Registration for day tours is fast and easy. We ask that you RSVP for any ride you will be attending. It does not matter if the ride is remote or not. Those intending to attend any ride, regardless of the start location, will be asked to RSVP, using the "Register” button in the ride details. To avoid instances of people registering too far in advance and then forgetting about it, registration for each ride will only become available/active 2 weeks prior to the ride date. After you register for a ride, you will automatically receive an email giving you full details about the ride for which you registered. You may also receive notices by email from your tour leader, if there are any last minute changes, cancellations, special instruction etc. This has proven to be an excellent feature of the new website and has been extremely well received by participants and Tour Leaders alike.

    2. The Rides (June 11-17)

    Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice. Please check the Club Calendar on the website, as well as your email, prior to heading to a start location. Typically, Bike Shorts Extras will not be sent out for cancellations or short notice ride additions. Instead, cancellations and additions will be reflected on the calendar, as soon as the Tour Director or Assistant Tour Director is notified. Additionally, if a ride gets cancelled or changed, you will be notified by email, providing you have registered on it using the “Register” button.

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

    Full details on all rides can be found on the KNBC Club Calendar of rides and events on the KNBC website. 

    12 June 2019

    L1 - Mississippi Mills Museum Tour - 41.5 km

    L2 - Merrickville - 50.5 km

    L3 -Arnprior-Renfrew-Burnstown- 94.5 km

    L4 - Osgoode-North Gower - 84.5 km

    L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

    15 June 2019

    L1 - Harvest Moon Orchard - 49.5 km

    16 June 2019

    L2 - Pinhey's Point - 54.5 km

    L3 - Athens - 86.5 km

    Should you have any questions or require more information, contact the KNBC Tour Director at: tour-director@knbc.ca

    3. Tour Planning Meeting - Friday June 28

    When: Friday June 28, 7-9 pm

    Where: Community room of "Brown's Your Independent Grocer", 1251 Stittsville Main St, Stittsville.

    RSVP: This event is now on the KNBC calendar. If you are planning to attend, simply go to the event on the Club calendar and register by using the register button.

    Who: This meeting is for all Tour Leaders, potential Tour Leaders and anyone else who may be tempted to lead an occasional ride this season.

    Special instructions: If you have not already done so, now is the time to start thinking about when you are available and willing to lead rides in the Second half of the season (July-September). It’s also time to start thinking about what rides you would like to lead. Please review the ride library and your personal calendar, so you can come prepared to help fill up the KNBC ride calendar with wonderful rides.

    If you are unable to attend the meeting, please send the KNBC Tour Director a list of dates you are available to lead rides, together with the following information:

    • Date; Ride name and # as it appears in the Club Library; Start location; Start time; Distance; and Level;

    If you have any question about this, please do not hesitate to contact the KNBC Tour Director at tour-director@knbc.ca

    4. Wednesday Evening Mystery Rides

    Please join us on Wednesday evenings at Centrepointe for impromptu tours of 90 to 120 minutes, followed by socializing at the Royal Oak pub. L1, L2, L3 L4 and L5 speed groups will be arranged at the start depending on turnout.

    Registration not required. Simply show up and look for the fun loving group of KNBC cyclists. Start = 6:15 pm behind the Royal Oak Pub 117 Centrepointe Drive.

    Please Note: These are impromptu rides. As such, they are not formally organised and have no pre-determined leader(s) or routes. That's all part of the "mystery" and what makes these rides such a fun hit. They are also weather dependent. Generally speaking, if the weather looks very questionable, there is a good chance there will be reduced numbers (if any) of the tour leaders showing up to volunteer to lead a group. Since they are impromptu, they appear as a standing entry in the calendar -meaning they are never really formally cancelled, because they are never really formally organised. Members are expected to use their own judgement in deciding to attend or not. If you get there and discover the weather is not good enough for cycling, you can always skip the ride and go straight to the social part at the Royal Oak ;-).

    5. Safety tip from Monna – Road hazards - Point and call them out

    When riding in a group, it is often difficult to see all the hazards on the road, until it is late. Help others avoid pinch flats or wipe outs by calling out (hole, glass, gravel, sand, storm grates, etc.) as applicable, and pointing to the problem.

    6. Diversions

    For newcomers to Ottawa: Ottawa road trips

    https://ottawaroadtrips.com

    Monday, July 15, 7 pm Movie: Four by 3000, Landmark Cinemas, Kanata

    Four by 3000 offers an unprecedented look into the interworking of the Race Across America, one of the most respected and longest running ultra-endurance events in the world following Team Working Nation. Racing from Oceanside, California to Annapolis, Maryland they must ride over 3089 miles with 175,000 feet of climbing in under six days to have a chance of victory. Once the starting gun goes off time does not stop until they cross the finish line. This year the team has lofty goals – as returning champions they not only want to defend their title but also set a world record for fastest time crossing the country on bike. Throughout the six days of racing they are forced to deal with vehicle breakdowns, crew conflicts, severe weather, and family tragedy all while trying to stay focused on their goals. Leading to the tension is the nonstop caravan of support vehicles and crew that must live out of vans for six days with little to no sleep. Follow their journey with never-before seen footage in a story about human spirit and the brotherhood/sisterhood all who take part in the event share. The movie will be shown if enough tickets are purchased in next 25 days.

    https://tickets.demand.film/event/7936

    Gadget dept.: RapidReflecttm

    https://comfygears.com/products/rapidreflect

    Article: 15 benefits of cycling: why cycling is good for weight loss, fitness, legs and mind

    https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/latest-news/benefits-of-cycling-334144

    Friday-Sunday, Sept. 13-15, Multi-day tour Hudson-Montreal

    This ride was done in 2015 and 2016 as a 2 day ride. An additional day has been added in Montreal this year.

    Departure time is 10 AM on Friday from Hudson. Our meeting is the municipal parking lot where cars may be left at no charge. Overnight bags will be transported to our hotel in Montreal and back to Hudson on Sunday.

    Our route will cross the Ottawa River to Oka then travel via Laval, Ile Bizard, Ste Anne de Bellevue, Lakeshore Drive, and the Lachine Canal to our hotel in the centre of Montreal. This route uses portions of Quebec’s Route Verte and is primarily bike paths or quiet roads with bike lanes. The route is 99km long and will be suitable for L2+ riders who are comfortable doing this distance.

    On Saturday we will be doing an urban route of 4-5 hours within Montreal which will include the Old Port area and Le Plateau. Part of this route is known as the ‘smoked meat and bagel’ route. This will be casual cycling using Montreal’s bike path and bike lane system.

    On Sunday we return to Hudson using the same route we took on Friday. We will leave around 9:30 AM and expect to be in Hudson around 3 PM.

    The sign-up deadline is July 31. Contact Steve Caron for additional details (contact info in members directory).

    _________________________

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 10 Jun 2019 10:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Happy World Bicycle Day – June 3

    https://www.un.org/en/events/bicycleday/

    Tour Director news

    1. Registration for Day Tours

    2. The Rides (June 4-10)

    3. Tour Leader Training - Saturday 15 June 7-9 pm

    4. Tour Planning Meeting - Friday June 28, 7-9 pm

    5. Wednesday Evening Mystery Rides

    6. Safety tip from Monna

    7. Diversions – Monday, June 10, New Members Welcome event

    8. KNBC website

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    Tour Director news

    1. Registration for Day Tours

    Registration for day tours is fast and easy. We ask that you RSVP for any ride you will be attending. It does not matter if the ride is remote or not. Those intending to attend any ride, regardless of the start location, will be asked to RSVP, using the "Register” button in the ride details. To avoid instances of people registering too far in advance and then forgetting about it, registration for each ride will only become available/active 2 weeks prior to the ride date. After you register for a ride, you will automatically receive an email giving you full details about the ride for which you registered. You may also receive notices by email from your tour leader, if there are any last minute changes, cancellations, special instruction etc. This has proven to be an excellent feature of the new website and has been extremely well received by participants and Tour Leaders alike.

    2. The Rides (June 4-10)

    Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice. Please check the Club Calendar on the website, as well as your email, prior to heading to a start location. Typically, Bike Shorts Extras will not be sent out for cancellations or short notice ride additions. Instead, cancellations and additions will be reflected on the calendar, as soon as the Tour Director or Assistant Tour Director is notified. Additionally, if a ride gets cancelled or changed, you will be notified by email, providing you have registered on it using the “Register” button.

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

    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 

    5 June 2019

    L1 - 2 Rivers and a Canal - 43.5 km

    L2 - Merrickville - 50.5 km

    L3 - 2 Mills & 2 'Villes - 82 km

    L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

    8 June 2019

    L2 - Carleton Place - 75.5 km

    L3 - Perth - 78.5 km

    L4 - Pakenham - 88 km

    9 June 2019

    No rides currently scheduled for 9 June. If rides are offered for this date, they will be added to the KNBC Calendar.

    Should you have any questions or require more information, contact the KNBC Tour Director at: tour-director@knbc.ca

    3. Tour Leader Training - Saturday 15 June 7-9pm

    When: Saturday 15 June, 7-9pm

    Where: Community room of "Brown's Your Independent Grocer", 1251 Stittsville Main St, Stittsville.

    Details: Back by popular demand, tour leader training is scheduled for Saturday 15 June in the community room of Brown's Your Independent Grocer, 1251 Stittsville Main St, Stittsville.

    Who: This training is highly recommended for new tour leaders, potential tour leaders and anyone else who may be tempted to lead an occasional ride this season. It is also very useful for those who have been a tour leader for some time and would like a refresher

    RSVP: This event is now on the KNBC calendar. If you are planning to attend, simply go to the event on the Club calendar and register by using the register button.

    If you have any question about this, please do not hesitate to contact the KNBC Tour Director at tour-director@knbc.ca

    4. Tour Planning Meeting - Friday June 28

    When: Friday June 28, 7-9pm

    Where: Community room of "Brown's Your Independent Grocer", 1251 Stittsville Main St, Stittsville.

    RSVP: This event is now on the KNBC calendar. If you are planning to attend, simply go to the event on the Club calendar and register by using the register button.

    Who: This meeting is for all Tour Leaders, potential Tour Leaders and anyone else who may be tempted to lead an occasional ride this season.

    Special instructions: If you have not already done so, now is the time to start thinking about when you are available and willing to lead rides in the Second half of the season (July-September). It’s also time to start thinking about what rides you would like to lead. Please review the ride library and your personal calendar, so you can come prepared to help fill up the KNBC ride calendar with wonderful rides.

    Here is a link to the KNBC Library of Day Tours https://knbc.ca/page-18435

    If you are unable to attend the meeting, please send the KNBC Tour Director a list of dates you are available to lead rides, together with the following information:

    • Date;

    • Ride name and # as it appears in the Club Library;

    • Start location;

    • Start time;

    • Distance;

    • Level;

    If you have any question about this, please do not hesitate to contact the KNBC Tour Director at tour-director@knbc.ca

    5. Wednesday Evening Mystery Rides

    Please join us on Wednesday evenings at Centrepointe for impromptu tours of 90 to 120 minutes, followed by socializing at the Royal Oak pub. L1, L2, L3 L4 and L5 speed groups will be arranged at the start depending on turnout.

    Registration not required. Simply show up and look for the fun loving group of KNBC cyclists.

    Start = 6:15pm behind the Royal Oak Pub 117 Centrepointe Drive.

    Please Note: These are impromptu rides. As such, they are not formally organised and have no pre-determined leader(s) or routes. That's all part of the "mystery" and what makes these rides such a fun hit. They are also weather dependent. Generally speaking, if the weather looks very questionable, there is a good chance there will be reduced numbers (if any) of the tour leaders showing up to volunteer to lead a group.

    Since they are impromptu, they appear as a standing entry in the calendar -meaning they are never really formally cancelled, because they are never really formally organised. Members are expected to use their own judgement in deciding to attend or not.

    If you get there and discover the weather is not good enough for cycling, you can always skip the ride and go straight to the social part at the Royal Oak ;-).

    6. Safety tip from Monna – Stop safely

    When choosing a place to stop (rest, re-group, confirm directions, mechanical etc.), PLEASE clear the intersection (where 80% of bike/car accidents occur), and choose a safe location where EVERYONE in your group can GET OFF THE ROAD. Use driveways, parking lots or wide shoulders as appropriate. Also be mindful of pedestrians, and do not block sidewalks. On scorching hot days - shade is important - BUT NOT at the cost of safety.

    7. Diversions



    Friday-Sunday, Sept. 13-15, Multi-day tour Hudson-Montreal

    This ride was done in 2015 and 2016 as a 2 day ride. An additional day has been added in Montreal this year.

    Departure time is 10 AM on Friday from Hudson. Our meeting is the municipal parking lot where cars may be left at no charge. Overnight bags will be transported to our hotel in Montreal and back to Hudson on Sunday.

    Our route will cross the Ottawa River to Oka then travel via Laval, Ile Bizard, Ste Anne de Bellevue, Lakeshore Drive, and the Lachine Canal to our hotel in the centre of Montreal. This route uses portions of Quebec’s Route Verte and is primarily bike paths or quiet roads with bike lanes. The route is 99km long and will be suitable for L2+ riders who are comfortable doing this distance.

    On Saturday we will be doing an urban route of 4-5 hours within Montreal which will include the Old Port area and Le Plateau. Part of this route is known as the ‘smoked meat and bagel’ route. This will be casual cycling using Montreal’s bike path and bike lane system.

    On Sunday we return to Hudson using the same route we took on Friday. We will leave around 9:30 AM and expect to be in Hudson around 3 PM.

    The sign-up deadline is July 31. Contact Steve Caron for additional details.

    Video: Car tunnels are sooooo 1968 (38 sec)

    https://www.facebook.com/fietsprofessor/videos/2506757242689848/

    Article: Become a Strava artist

    https://www.welovecycling.com/wide/2017/12/15/become-strava-artist-like-canadian-stephen-lund/

    News item: Proposed pedestrian and bike ferry between Prescott, ON and Ogdensburg, NY

    Discussions between Ogdensburg and Prescott, Ontario, involving the creation of a pedestrian and bike ferry across the St. Lawrence River are going full steam ahead, with a chance for a trial run of the proposed service as early as summer.

    The idea of a seasonal ferry carrying only pedestrians and bicyclists — no cars — has been proposed as a way to foster cultural ties and boost tourism between the two border towns.

    Ogdensburg City Manager Sarah Purdy said discussions are underway to potentially launch two trial runs of such a service on separate weekends this summer. However, she cautioned there are a number of details still to work out, especially when it comes to ensuring that U.S. and Canadian security protocols are met.

    Notice: Ottawa Garmin Cycling Group

    Free to join. It was setup to encourage cyclist to connect using their devices and to enjoy the outdoors through cycling.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/GarminCycling/

    8. KNBC Website

    Road ID reminder

    Our discount code for RoadID is good till June 17.  That’ll get you 20% off your entire order. Code is KNBC19

    NCC Pathway Status

    Check the Home Page for frequent updates on the status of the NCC pathways and Gatineau Park. 

    Checking Your Ride

    We're getting questions on how to see who's joining you on your ride. On each of the calendar pages, just click the ride you're interested in, that should bring up the ride description. On the left panel you'll see the following items: When - Location - Registered.  

    The Registered line will either show how many people are registered, or if nobody is, it will show "Be the first". The text in lime green is a clickable link which will bring you to the list of registered riders. 

    If you have already registered, it will also present you with a "Cancel" button. 

    Rule of thumb, if you see some text in Lime Green, it's probably a link — click it. 

    9. Top rated Adult Bicycle Helmets from Consumer Reports

    Suggested by Sam Ludmer

    A bicycle helmet should be tried-on before purchasing it, to ensure that it feels comfortable and fits properly. Because head shape is unique, a particular size from one manufacturer might fit better than the same size from another manufacturer. If a trial fit is not possible, make sure it can be returned in case it does not fit properly. Testing done at Virginia Tech sponsored by insurance companies, published by Consumer Reports.

    US dollar pricing. Not all models available in Canada.

    OVERALL SCORE 88

    Scott Arx Plus

    Recommended

    Price: $125

    This Adult helmet comes in 3 size(s) and rated Excellent in our impact testing. With the number (4) and type of features for adjusting the retention strap, it provides an excellent ability to customize the fit. And with an approximate weight of 270 grams, the weight of this helmet is considered best relative to other helmets tested.

    OVERALL SCORE 85

    Cannondale CAAD MIPS

    Recommended

    Price: $80.00

    This Adult helmet comes in 2 size(s) and rated Excellent in our impact testing. With the number (3) and type of features for adjusting the retention strap, it provides a good ability to customize the fit. And with an approximate weight of 330 grams, the weight of this helmet is considered better relative to other helmets tested.

    OVERALL SCORE 85

    Giro Register MIPS

    Recommended

    Price: $65.00

    This Adult helmet comes in 1 size(s) and rated Excellent in our impact testing. With the number (2) and type of features for adjusting the retention strap, it provides a good ability to customize the fit. And with an approximate weight of 292 grams, the weight of this helmet is considered better relative to other helmets tested.

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    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC