Bike Shorts, July 9, 2018

This week in Bike Shorts:

1. The Rides (July 10-16)

2. Safety Tip from Monna

3. July 21 - Gran Fondo Ottawa

4. Congratulations to our May & June CanBike -4 graduates

5. Membership directory

6. Diversions

7. CAN-BIKE Level 4 Course

8. RidewithGPS Club Account

IMPORTANT: The KNBC Membership Application and Waiver forms for 2018 are now available on the club’s website.

1. The Rides (July 10-16)

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

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:

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

Wednesday July 11

09:00 - L3 – Balderson/Perth - 95 km

10:00 – L2 - Buckingham – 62.5 km

10:00 – L4 – Osgoode/North Gower  - 84.5 km

6:15pm – L 1-5  Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride and Social

Friday July 13

9:30 - L3 – Champlain Lookout – 51.5 km

Saturday July 14

10:00 – L3 – L’Original – 89 km

Sunday July 15

09:30 - L4 – St Albert Cheese Factory - 123 km

10:00 – L1 – Aylmer – 38 km

10:00 – L2 – Almonte – 74.5 km

Monday  July 16

9:30 Coffee in Carp – 42.5 km

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 hot weather. This can actually 'grab and trap' your tires, much like railway tracks, 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. July 21 - Gran Fondo Ottawa

If you are registered for the Gran Fondo, please let me know as several people have indicated an interest in riding together.  I am doing the 100 km ride., 613 721-7074

4. Congratulations to our May & June CanBike -4 graduates

Deirdre Stuart, France Smith, Mary Thorne, Marian MacKay, Carol Seal, Bill Bourne, Debbie Frame

5. 2018 Membership directory

The 2018 Membership directory is now 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.

6. Diversions


Article : (en Français) about cyclemap

Video: 20 crazy bikes that you have to believe  (11.27 min.)

 7. CAN-BIKE Level 4 Course

CAN-BIKE Level 4 Course – Spaces left for July and August 
This course is for new and experienced cyclists alike. You will become more confident and have increased awareness on the road! You will learn what being a vehicle under the Highway Traffic Act looks like. This course is designed for cyclists to increase their abilities and their knowledge of how to ride effectively through all forms of traffic infrastructure. Participants will gain confidence and competence on both urban and rural roadways.  You will learn the rules, but more importantly how to apply them defensively, to be safer in all situations. Ideally – you will become the example to emulate. 

• Mon 23 July, Wed 25 July & Thurs 26 July; and
• Mon 27 August, Wed 29 August & Thurs 30 August

Course Duration: Three evenings; 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. inclusive.
Course Location: Causeway Work Centre; 22 O’Meara Street Ottawa ON, K1Y 4N6
Cost: Only $55 and 100% is refundable on completion of leading at least one KNBC ride.
To Register: Potential participants are to e-mail Monna-Leigh McElveny to register (or ask questions) at

8. 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.

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.

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:


Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC