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VCB eNews Vol 11, #29 - If I Can Go At the Library I'll be OK

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In this Edition

-  Editorial: If I Can Get to a Library, I'll Be OK

-  Rides Captain's Corner 
-  Englishtown MusselFest and St. Ann's Bay bike ride
-  Bike Week, CBRM Style
-  Wine and Cheese Ride: Centennial Cycling Club
-  Loose Chain Links
-  Buy and Sell
-  About That Funny  



I always felt, if I can get to a library, I'll be OK. - Maya Angelou


Editorial: If I Can Get to a Library, I'll Be OK


American poet Maya Angelou died today. I found her quote about getting to a library quite funny - and I have to agree with her! Some of our Bike Week events this year will take place at branches of the Cape Breton Regional Library. The library is an important community institution, a place that supports knowledge, learning, and the distribution of information. Maya Angelou had a lot to say about being true to oneself, knowing oneself, and being proud of who one is as a unique individual. Everywhere I have ever lived (all 19 places), I have known the librarian and the librarians have known me. Libraries are places you can go to access not only the information contained in their book collections, but information from all over the world via the internet. The library was the first place I encountered the internet, and where I created my first email account. I faithfully checked my email once a week. I'm not even going to tell you how often I check my email now! Since riding my bicycle everywhere I can is one of the ways I express my unique individuality, of course I have cycled to the library any number of times. The library in Sydney was one of the first places in the town where I made note of the existence of a bike rack. I recall also there having been a large bike rack in front of the main library (and one at the Science Library, where I worked for a Summer) at Acadia University. The expectation seemed to be that many who came in search of knowledge, understanding, and enlightenment (and maybe a good recipe for marinara sauce) would arrive by bicycle. It's interesting to note that public lending libraries and the bicycle became part of Western culture at about the same time, around 100 years ago. Both have seen their significance and usage surge and wane throughout the 20th and early 21st centuries. Both at times were relegated to the margins of modern life, only useful to the very young and the very poor. But dare we suppose this is changing? The bicycle is becoming more and more a preferred mode of transportation for commuters of all ages and professions. The library is a community hub for information, research, celebrations, and public education. If you can get to a library, you'll be OK. And have a place to stow your bicycle. 




Rides Captain's Corner

Contributed by Shelley Johnson, Rides Captain 


Out on the Mira Spring Spin May 25th update

If you missed this, you missed a great ride. Yes, the weather looked iffy. It did not seem to hold the promise of a warm spring ride. BUT, as it turned out for the group that showed up to ride, it was an absolute delight and a whole lot of FUN! Vic Gouthro did a wonderful job at leading this ride. One could ride at their own pace and distance. No pressure. Low traffic and great road conditions made this ride enjoyable. The group met back at Mullin's store for great conversation over coffee and food. There was talk of doing this ride again in the fall. That could be your chance to get on board and enjoy this route in it's spectacular fall colors. Stay tuned later in the season.


Calling all female cyclists! Women on Wheels is up and riding and we want to see you with us. WOW is a great opportunity to join other female cyclists to share, learn and ride with one another. You'll have great conversation, meet new friends and learn a thing or two about safe biking. Meet Tuesday evening 6.00 pm at Noelle's Country Market Keltic Drive, Leitches Creek. A helmet and a bike in good working order is a must. Non-Velo Members $2.00. Check out for additional information and upcoming WOW rides.




Sunday, June 8th the Ambassadors are coming to the North Side! Yes, North Sydney and we are calling all cyclists to come and join in on the ride. As part of Bike Week, the Ambassadors will take you through the streets of North Sydney, Sydney Mines and the surrounding area. The ride will be approximately 30 kms. Meet at: for 1:00 at the Waterfront Parking lot, behind the Royal Bank on Commercial Street North Sydney.



Did you know that at one time lobster was not considered to be the delicacy that it is today and were in fact spread as fertilizer on farmer's fields? Well that is not the case today as our tasty little crustacean is being honored in the third annual Velo Cape Breton's Lobster Roll Rides to be held Sunday, June 15th. Come and ride four distance options of approximately 25 kms each or the full 100 kms. Your choice as to how many legs you ride. Bring a group of friends, take the children, or ride on your own. Register now online and get in on two more draws to win a half a dozen delicious lobsters. Adults $20.00 until June 8th, and from June 9-14th $25.00 and $35.00 the day of at registration. For those 19 years of age and younger, $5.00. Check out for additional information and online registration. No need to pucker up. This ain't no "cod kissing" event! : ) Rather, you'll be treated to two delicious lip smacking lobster rolls and a great ride you won't soon forget! Come and join in the FUN! 









May 31st Fiddler's Run youth

May 31st International Women's Ride Day. See Frameworks website.

June 1st Fiddler's Run

Have a great week! Join the "Beazs" on the Summer Fit Challenge

Shelley Johnson
Rides Captain and Cycling Ambassador



Englishtown Mussel Festival
The Englishtown Mussel Festival will take place June 28 at Englishtown. The signature athletic event is a 5k road (foot) race, which starts at 9:30 am. This will be followed by a bike ride around St. Ann's Bay at 12 noon. There will be water and snack stops en route. For more information contact Robin Stuart,




Bike Week, CBRM Style: (Bike Week runs June 8-14; see attached poster for program locations provincewide)

Cape Breton Regional Library Programs for Bike Week:

June 8-14 Join Velo Cape Breton Ambassadors at these library branches for a demonstration of tire maintenance and repair. You could win a tire repair kit.

Glace Bay -- Sat June 14th 3-4 pm; Louisbourg -- Sat June 14th 3-4 pm; Sydney -- Wed June 11th 7 pm; North Sydney -- Sat June 14th 12-1 pm; Sydney Mines -- Sat June 14th 2-3 pm.

The Joys of Cycling Year-Round, Sydney Branch (MacConnell Library) Wed. June 11th 7 pm: Shelley Porter from Velo Cape Breton will share her stories and love of riding every week of the year. Stay for a workshop on tire maintenance and how to repair a flat.

Saturday June 7th and 14th- Bike Repair clinic Sydney Farmer's Market 9am til noon- Let one of Velo's bike repair experts check your bike, do basic adjustments and repairs and give you maintenance tips and advice.



Centennial Cycling Club Wine and Cheese Ride (May 31, 2014)

If you are fortunate enough to be in Wolfville on May 31 at 10 am with your bike, join the Centennial Cycling Club for a tour of local wineries and cheese outlets. I note that there are four wineries on the tour itinerary and one cheese store. These people know how to live! For more on the Centennial Cycling Club, see


Loose Chain Links:

YMCA Healthy kids day is May 31. The Y will host an open house with community partners. The intent is to promote the importance and benefits of healthy and active lifestyles to families and the community at large, and support parents and other community members in helping their kids/families be active and make healthy choices. Please join VCB in supporting the Y in this effort.


Memorial Ride for Cyclist Killed in Dartmouth:


Potholes deter boy from cycling in Port Morien, disappointed in lack of response from area MLA:


Great shirts!


Bike Buy and Sell: (Rules=ads will be displayed for 3 issues; please inform the editor if your item is sold prior to that deadline). 

For Sale: Reese Outfitter 4 bike towable hitch rack with a pin for lowering. Paid $349 plus taxes, will sell for 125 phone 902-849-6496. No reasonable offer refused.

Wanted: Narrow car bike rack, suitable for small ladies bike. Along the lines of a Thule 1000. Contact

For Sale: Women's cycling shoes, size 34, still in the box. Paid $100 for them new, never used them. Contact

For Sale: 1984 Raleigh Challenger road bike. Originally 10 speed but converted to 12 speed. Medium to large frame, steel. 27 in wheels. Professionally maintained until retired in 2006. Includes rear rack, water bottle cage,  and toe clips. Midnight blue. $50 firm. Contact

For Sale: Thule bike rack. Fits on cross rails on the roof of a car. Excellent condition. $70. Contact Dr. Glass at 500 St. Peter's Road in Sydney. 902-564-4527.

For Sale: Sportrack roof rack (rails) for car with gutters. Very good condition. $60. Contact Shelley at

For Sale: GIANT Rapid 3 (2010 model) hybrid bike: $400 Excellent condition. Ridden (sporadically) over three summers (never winter driven)Tires on bike are Micheline Krylon Carbon (700x25cc). Extra set of tires included (Kenda Kwest, 700x28cc). Contact

Shimano SPD SH­M036 cycling shoes: $30. Very good condition. Men's size 10.5. Tan / black colouring. Contact


For Sale: Trek Ziptite cycling helmet: $10. Very good condition. Adult / adjustable. Black / red / silver / white colouring. Contact


For sale: For Sale: Bell Solar cycling helmet: $10. Very good condition. Adult / adjustable. Black / grey / yellow colouring. Note: Will sell shoes and both helmets for $40, or everything (bike, shoes, helmets) for $420. Contact





About That Funny

[OK, I stole this from the equestrian sphere - but much of it can be easily adapted to cycling]


Ten Reasons to take up dressage

1. I found flea-racing too exciting.

2. I enjoy wearing full formal riding kit, even on hot summer days.

3. I've always wanted to ride in circles getting shouted at.

4. I want to subject my friends and family to hours of my half-pass on video.

5. My osteopath needs a new car.

6. I wanted to find a place where my husband wouldn't go.

7. I hate spending cold winter mornings snuggled up in bed and winter evening by a warm fire.

8. My lawyer thinks it would be good practice for me to have three judges.

9. I've always wanted to look a judge in the eye and say 'Piaffe'

10. I have far too much money in my bank account.

Managers Comments on Staff Training Reports:

'Works well when under constant supervision and cornered like a rat in a trap.

'He would be out of his depth in a leaking water trough'

'This young lady has delusions of adequacy'

'He sets low personal standards and then consistently fails to achieve them'

'Probably has an IQ of around room temperature'

'Blessed with a photographic memory, only the lens cap stuck on'

'Donated his brain to science before he had finished using it'

'The horses would follow him anywhere, but only out of morbid curiosity'



Shelley Porter

Editor, Velo Cape Breton eNewsletter

May 29th, 2014


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