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VCB eNews, Vol 11, #51 - Reward Offered

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In this Edition

-  Editorial: Reward Offered

-  Letter to the Editor

-  Rides Captain Corner, Shelley Johnson

-  Notice of Velo Cape Breton Annual General Meeting

-  Free Team Diabetes Information Session in Sydney

-  Loose Chain Links

-  Bike Buy and Sell

-  About That Funny

 

“Loneliness is not a longing for company; it is a longing for kind.”
— Marilyn French

 

 

EDITORIAL: REWARD OFFERED

 

There are a lot of household tasks I dislike, but hanging out laundry is not one of them. You can have a bit of fun hanging out the washing: organize it by colour, or object (jeans, towels, etc.), or owner. It is a gratifying feeling seeing a long line of freshly washed clothes waving in the Summer breezes. You can hang out clothes in the winter, too, though they don’t dry as well and they could end up frozen solid instead of dry. They won’t dry left out after dark in any season, but that’s not the only reason to bring them inside before sundown.

 

This past Summer, our very own Rides Captain pinned her very special Velo Cape Breton cycling jersey to her clothesline, and went away to do other tasks while it, among other items, dried. As it happened, she did not get her clothes in before dark. To her great dismay, when she checked the line the next morning her jersey was gone. A search of the area did not turn up even a trace of it. She considered advertising its loss and offering a reward for its safe return, but decided against it as the large raccoon she suspects is now wearing it would not be interested in Canadian currency!

 

I know many of our members wear their jerseys proudly, identifying themselves as part of the larger group and as a supporter of the Association’s goals and values. The bright yellow, green, and red motif is taken from the colours of the Cape Breton tartan and the Canadian flag. The jersey is designed to be comfortable, durable, and visible – a lot like our membership! Some members may be seen wearing jerseys with “Cycling Ambassador” emblazoned across the back and “Volunteer” across the front – the garb of the 17 individuals who work to bring the message of safe, responsible cycling to the municipality and offer assistance to cyclists traveling in our region. The Association jersey is an expression of our sense of belonging, our pride in our place and group, and our willingness to reach out to others. I am pretty sure those who meet us when traveling very soon come to associate that jersey with friendliness, skilled cycling, a willingness to learn, and an eagerness to have fun.

 

Our Annual General Meeting is coming up November 6th. Members old, new, and potential are welcome to attend. If you choose to join the Association, you will have many opportunities to serve your community, get fit and have fun at the same time, and enjoy the company of other cycling enthusiasts. We’d prefer you purchase a VCB jersey rather than steal one off of someone’s clothesline – there is still a reward offered, just not one that can be measured in dollars or cents.

 

And if you see a large raccoon in a VCB jersey riding a bicycle . . . the Rides Captain wants to have a word with him.

 

 

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR 

Media coverage on the recent Toronto city council election focused almost entirely on whether or not some Ford or other would be mayor, but much more than the entertainment value of the leader’s office was at stake. For instance, opinions vary regarding cycling infrastructure in the GTA, and advocacy around sharing the roads. I recently received this message from a personal correspondent who lives in an Ontario city, who has asked to remain anonymous.

 

Thank god Mississauga has a strong cycling advisory to the city. I started noticing it a few years ago that more cycle routes were being added.  I think it is mainly due to the rich middle-aged road cyclists with their expensive road bikes who have loud enough voices due to their status in society to make those changes.  After all there was an article in the Toronto Star a few months ago that my mom showed me which had the title "Cycling is the New Golf". That says it all re why my city is spending more on cycling otherwise they wouldn't care for the less privileged who cycle as they can't afford cars.
 
Another thing I have noticed is that cars cannot judge the speed of road cyclists. Almost daily I have to be super vigilant on my bicycle because drivers underestimate the speed of a road bike. They will do things like pull out of driveways in front of you, or try to overtake you so that they can make a right turn when you are going straight etc.  Also passing too closely as they see you going straight in a line but have no idea how easy it is to sway with a little cross wind or even balance.
 
I become a different person on my bicycle. Of course you have to be assertive on the bicycle to simply claim your spot on the street.  I become more verbal and sometimes verbally aggressive. I shout for them to wait, sometimes I give them a lecture about how they should learn to drive with cyclists. 
 
I wish there was more public education about driving and cycling as much as there is about drinking and driving. 
 
That is my 2 cents for now.

 

-A. in Mississauga

 

 

 

 

RIDES CAPTAIN’S CORNER: 

by: Shelley Johnson, Rides Captain

 

One evening recently I was riding along, trying to push every pedal stroke as quickly as I could.  My time on the bike would be short, as the sun was quickly fading and I was trying to take advantage aerobically of my time in the saddle.  I might not get too far in distance, but I sure could get a work-out. 

 

As I rode, I contemplated the new recumbent Bancroft tandem bike my friend in the States bought. She who loves tandeming so much looked far and wide to find this rare bike and finally located one in Ontario.  I dubbed it the “Oh Canada Bike”.  It was a lovely blue color, 81 inches long, and had comfort written all over it.  I imagined my friend and her cycling partner, Larry, whizzing through the streets of Louisville.  How much fun they would have on this new steed.

 

My thoughts wandered randomly over other friends, and their comings and goings with their lives.  We are all so busy these days, but yet so intertwined.  Hey! Wait a minute... was that a work thought?  Push that aside. This is my time and my ride.  No unwanted intrusions please!

 

My gears echoed “tick tick” as I passed some guard rails.  I happened to notice a young fellow dressed in brown jeans and a light blue T-shirt. He had a tripod set up on the shore line of Blackett’s Lake.  Beside his tripod was his bike.  He seemed to be patiently awaiting something special.  I paid little heed and headed on my way, lost in my thoughts of the day.  I passed a couple out for a run.  He was ahead in a bright yellow running shirt; she, a few paces behind, was wearing a pair of earbuds, fine-tuning her iPod as she ran. We gave each other a cordial smile and wave.  Different sports, but kindred spirits just the same.  Eventually I turned and made my way back the way I came.  The sun was now starting to set below the Coxheath Hills, casting a pink glow across the lake. The young fellow was still on the beach attending to his camera pointed toward the setting sun.  I stopped at the bridge - I had a feeling that there was much to see here.  Indeed there was.  A golden sunset.  

 

Golden sunset, Blackett’s Lake, NS    

 

I fished my camera out of my back pocket and placed my hand on the rail of the bridge. At the same time I tried to steady myself while sitting on the saddle of my bike. Just as I was about to snap the sunset a kayak swept out from under the bridge, silently breaking the waterline .  By the time my camera took the picture, he had passed a slight distance ahead.  A nice shot nonetheless.  After snapping several shots of the kayak as it moved across the lake, I turned my head toward the boy on the beach.  His camera was flashing time lapse shots of the sinking sun. And I thought, “Yes, he and I and the man in the kayak, were all privy to something very special indeed”.  I didn’t know at the beginning of my ride just how special this moment would be.  All of us strangers, but sharing this unplanned moment with each other.  I was so glad that I chose to ride my bike that evening.  I flicked my lights on as a gentle darkness surrounded me. I could see only a small spark of what remained of a magnificent sunset.  I pushed the left pedal downward and rode toward home very content and at peace.  It was a good ride.

 

 

HERE’S WHAT’S UP AND COMING:

 

 

ATTENTION WOMEN ON WHEELS!!!!!

 

DON’T PUT THAT BIKE AWAY DIRTY! 
 

Tune-up your bicycle and get it ready for another season of cycling.

 

BIKE MECHANIC SESSIONS WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22ns AT THE MIRA ROAD FIREHALL,  one morning (8 - 12) session and one afternoon (1 - 5) session. 
 

YOU BRING YOUR BIKE.  YOU WILL KNOW HOW EVERYTHING WORKS ON THAT BIKE OF YOURS.  YOU WILL PROPERLY CLEAN IT, LUBE IT, CHECK IT OVER AND MAKE YOURSELF THE BASIC ADJUSTMENTS AND REPAIRS TO START YOUR NEXT SEASON BRIGHT AND EARLY.  ALL UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF EXPERT(S).   YOU’LL EVEN DO A FLAT REPAIR...  

 Full agenda here.
 

REGISTRATION ONLINE STARTS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1st AT VELO CAPE BRETON WEBSITE.  COST: $20.00.  Time: 8:00- 12:00 or 1:00- 4:00 .   On November 1st Click here.

 

**Based on the response we’ve gotten so far, participation is limited to 10 women per session.**  

 

 

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WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK!

 

A SURVEY IS BEING DEVELOPED AND WILL BE CIRCULATED TO THE MEMBERSHIP.  THE PURPOSE OF THE SURVEY IS TO ASSIST WITH THE PLANNING OF THE RIDES SCHEDULE AND TO DETERMINE WHAT EVENTS, ACTIVITIES AND RIDES ARE OF INTEREST TO CLUB MEMBERS.  THIS IS YOUR CLUB, YOU DO HAVE A VOICE IN WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN.  I WOULD URGE YOU TO COMPLETE THE SURVEY WHEN YOU RECEIVE IT AS THIS WOULD BE MOST HELPFUL IN PLANNING THE 2015 RIDES SEASON.

 

 

JOIN THE 52 WEEK BIKE CHALLENGE IN THE NEW YEAR

 

YES, I KNOW THAT OCTOBER HASN’T FINISHED YET AND IT SEEMS EARLY TO MENTION THIS, BUT I AM PLANTING SEEDS IN THE HOPE THAT YOU WILL CONSIDER TO CONTINUE TO CYCLE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.  THAT’S NOT AS CRAZY AS IT SOUNDS.  WE GET SOME VERY NICE FALL AND WINTER DAYS THAT IF DRESSED FOR IT ARE VERY DOABLE.  REST ASSURD THAT B-52 CO-ORDINATOR SHELLEY PORTER CAN PROVIDE ALL KINDS OF ADVICE AND HOW TOS.  THINK ABOUT ALL THE FUN YOU CAN HAVE WITH THIS CHALLENGE.

 

AND . . . ON THAT NOTE I WISH YOU ALL A HAPPY HALLOWEEN

 

 

 

Have a great week and stay active! 

 

Shelley Johnson, Rides Captain & Cycling Ambassador
 

 

 

 

NOTICE OF VELO CAPE BRETON BICYCLING ASSOCIATION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

 

Thursday, November 6th 

Round Room, CBRM Civic Centre

320 Esplanade, Sydney

6 pm to 6:30, Reception

6:30 pm, Formal meeting begins

 

Election of the Board of Directors is included on the agenda. Please come out and get involved!

 

 

FREE INFORMATION SESSION, TEAM DIABETES

 

Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, 4 pm at Governor’s Pub and Eatery. See the Facebook Event here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/311200045733961/?ref=6&ref_notif_type=plan_user_invited 

 

 

 

LOOSE CHAIN LINKS

 

A bike that grows with your child: http://www.gizmag.com/littlebig-bike/34408/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=4c675baf58-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_65b67362bd-4c675baf58-90198709

 

New stuff from Europe, where cycling is normal! http://momentummag.com/features/bikes-innovation-routes-and-infrastructure/

 

Be a roadside Saint: http://www.bicycling.com/blogs/roadrights/be-roadside-saint?cid=NL_BIK_1889164_BIK_10242014_roadside_saint

 

Everyday bicycling, the [very short] movie: http://takingthelane.com/2012/11/25/everyday-bicycling-book-trailer/

 

An engine of economic and cultural empowerment: http://www.worldbicyclerelief.org/

 

 

 

BIKE BUY AND SELL – empty this week!

 

 

ABOUT THAT FUNNY

 

I hate Russian dolls. They’re so full of themselves.

 

My friend told me to stop impersonating a flamingo. I had to put my foot down.

 

I refused to believe my road-worker father was stealing from his employer, but when I visited his home all the signs were there.

 

Whiteboards are remarkable.

 

I was at an ATM and this old lady asked me to help her check her balance, so I pushed her over.

 

I think they should start using gametes in advertising, because you know, sex cells.

 

 

 

 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR THE VELO CAPE BRETON eNEWS

 

Regular articles, including Loose Chain Links:

Word document or compatible, 12 pt Times New Roman. Please have submissions for the current edition submitted by the Monday prior.

 

Ads for Bike Buy & Sell: Word document or compatible, 12 pt, Times New Roman, submitted by the Monday prior. Ads will run for 3 weeks. Please inform the editor if the item is sold before that term is up. If the item doesn’t sell, you may re-submit your ad.  

 

Photos: high resolution (photos taken with a phone are usually too low, but there may be exceptions); please name all the people in the photo, and give the event, date, and location.

 

Thanks!

 

 

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Shelley Porter,  

Editor, Velo Cape Breton eNewsletter

VCB Cycling Ambassador.

October 30th, 2014

 

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