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VCB eNews, Volume 13, #12 -Best Five New Year's Resolutions




Volume 13, #12  -  Best Five New Year’s Resolutions




Editorial: Best Five New Year’s Resolutions

VCB Annual Potluck

Congrats to 2015 B52s

Bicycle Nova Scotia

Distracted Driving

Loose Chain Links

About That Funny



"Now there are more overweight people in America than average-weight people. So overweight people are now average. " 

~ Jay Leno





Join a Cycling Club

Find a group that fits your style of riding.  Not all clubs are for hard-core racers. There are clubs out there that are perfect for every type of cycling.    Some even give you free training sessions on best cycling practices. You’ll meet like-minded people and have good company to learn new tips and tricks and make flats, tailwinds and even hills really enjoyable. 


Sign Up for a Major Event

Nothing will help your motivation more than signing up for a tour a few months in advance.  Once you’ve committed to paying the registration fees, you’ll be less likely to skip training rides, which will help you accomplish your goals later on in the season.



Commute to Work

Commuting to work will help you squeeze in training rides when you’re crunched for time.  Riding in the morning will speed up your metabolism too, which is helpful if you’re training to lose weight.


Don’t Let Bad Weather Stop You

Weather is an excuse of lot of cyclists use to skip training or to stop riding during the winter months.  The truth is, riding in cold weather and the rain isn’t as terrible as you think.  If you wear the right clothes and make a few modifications to your bike, riding in foul wether can be just as fun as it is during the summer months.


Take the Computer Off Your Bike

Ride simply for the enjoyment of cycling with no other goal in mind.  You’ll have more fun and be less likely to get burned out by the end of the year.







Saturday January 16th.  5:30 pm  Annual Velo Cape Breton Potluck at Dobson's Yacht Club.  

An evening between friends sharing the same passion.  Review of 2015 Club's activities, events and rides. 

Able volunteers are preparing a memorable event where you'll get an Outlook of the main events of the 2016 Schedule, an opportunity to pay your dues for 2016, Register for Tours, Bike Instructions & Clinics, etc.    Come to congratulate the recipients of the 2015 Season's Awards.

 Lots of fun guaranteed!   

... and GOOD FOOD too.  This is a Potluck.  Your fee is what you bring to the party.  Family Names starting with letter  A to Z (except M)   -   bring main course meal         M -  bring desserts 

And a GOOD MOVE would be for everyone to bring its own plate and utensils to reduce the amount of not recyclable garbage we reject in our own backyard.  


Why not bringing friends to the Potluck.  After all it is an evening between friends and friends of friends sharing the same passion!



2015 Season's  AWARDS


  •   "Commuter" Award


  •   “Participation” Award


  •   “President’s Choice” Award,  Volunteer of the Year


  •   “M-3” Award,  Most Motivating Member


Note:  The "M3"  Award  if for the Most Motivating Member.

    There is that person inside the club that is a model for you, that was inspiring you to get on your bike more often to help you discover the hidden joys of cycling.  Maybe that person has been riding there with you on a longer than usual ride which you did not find so long after-all.  Maybe you have another reason.  

    Well, it is time to honour or say Thank You to this secret person.  Write up a little narrative on this person telling why he or she is, in your own words, the Most Motivating Member.  

    The M3 will be selected by the discriminate Jury from all the submissions received.  Email:


  •   “Cycling Family” Award
  •   “Cycling Community Supporter” Award




CONGRATS TO 2015 B52s 


They are:

  • Shelley Porter,  52WBC Coordinator
  • Albert Bohémier,  Dartmouth
  • Larry Preble,  Louisville KY USA
  • Tom Nixa,  Long Point, Inverness Cty
  • JP Landry,  Sherbrooke QC
  • Beverley Reid, Dartmouth
  • Shelley Johnson, Sydney
  • Gerard Moss. Dartmouth


Eight out of 15 starters.  Best year ever.  Why?   Read this:




Thanks for your service to the cycling community—and make no mistake, your service extends well beyond the shores of Cape Breton. I appreciate your words of encouragement and your knack for a good narrative. 


Although I enjoy riding my single-place road bike, most of my rides were on tandem bicycles this past year—and that’s a big plus as far as I’m concerned. Although I tend to be faster on a single bike, there is nothing like having someone to talk to and to share in the riding experience. With the right riding partner, it can be very enjoyable.


One very notable exception to my tandem riding was a wonderful five day bike-packing camping trip in September, through the hills of the Daniel Boone National Forest. My friend Vince and I set out with about 60 pounds of gear each (Bike + Camping Gear,) stopping at one awe-inspiring location after another. Vince plotted a course that was a bit ambitious through rough terrain covering 450 miles in four days, but it was worth it. We camped half the nights but were also treated to an amazing Bed and Breakfast with an incredible view nestled in the backcountry. 


Thanks again for encouraging riders to keep their wheels spinning. I plan to keep it up this year and wish the best for you and all my Canadian friends. By the way, I think of Cape Breton every time I listen to an episode of CBC’s Vinyl Café with Stuart McLean. He nearly always has a story concerning “Dave” and “Morley” of Cape Breton.



Larry Preble, Louisville KY


P.S. Sorry about all the references to “miles” and “pounds.” You know we Americans still use the cumbersome English measurements by default even though the English themselves went to metric many years ago.




Hi all you B52ers !  

I would like to thank you all and congratulations to you for your grit and determination. The stories of all your adventures really encouraged me to ride more than I would have and also enjoy the rides more in the not so nice weather as well.

Happy New Year folks !

May the wind be at your back and the sun on your shoulders,

 Tom Nixa, Long Point, Inverness Cty.



It wasn't easy with that icy weather in the winter and I did make up my time in December. Thanks for all the encouragement and please sign me up for 2016.


Bev Reid,  Dartmouth



Hi Shelley,

Just back from a ride before the freezing rain starts.  Think I should give this challenge another try so count me in.  Thanks Shelly for  all your help in getting me motivated.  I really enjoy seeing my community in its winter splendor.

Happy New Year to you all

Mary MacDonald. Chezzetcook.


Note:  Wanna make 52WBC your main goal for 2016?  Great idea! Join the eighteen who have registered so far.  Email Shelley and commit yourself for a year of fun.  You don’t need to be a VCB member but if you join VCB, it is even better.

Download the 2016 Mileage Recording spreadsheet here.






BNS is the provincial organization of cyclists in Nova Scotia regrouping commuters, recreational riders, mountain bikers, racers and elite athletes with the main goal of growing cycling in Nova Scotia. 


BNS Bicycle Nova Scotia is a non-profit organization that runs on the power of volunteers.  BNS collaborate with government and other organizations to make cycling safe and accessible province-wide.


As “Associate Member” of BNS, Velo Cape Breton Bicycle Association supports the hard work BNS does to improve the safety, convenience, and enjoyment of cycling for Nova Scotians.  We are pleased to renew for 2016.


We truly encourage all cyclists in Nova Scotia to join clubs associated with BNS.  Over the winter, BNS will be planning on a spring campaign that will be focused on encouraging cyclists to do everything possible to ride safely and for drivers to watch for cyclists, giving them the one metre distance required.


See the latest issue of BNS eNews here.




As of January 1, 2016, the fine for breaking the distracted driving law in Alberta will be a $287 fine AND 3 demerit points as a counterbalance to social-media “addiction”.

If a driver is exhibiting more risky behaviour, they can be charged with driving carelessly and receive a fine of $402 and six demerit points.

While driving (including drive-thrus), it is illegal to:

  • Use a hand-held phone while talking, texting and/or e-mailing
  • Operate electronic devices like video players and laptops
  • Manually program GPS units or portable audio players
  • Read or write
  • Engage in personal grooming


A diver with a pet occupying the front seat, or on the lap could be charged with distracted driving if the driver appears to be too involved with his/her pet. A driver could also be charged for a pet occupying the front seat of a vehicle such that the pet interferes with the driver's access to the vehicle controls and the safe operation of the vehicle. [TSA 115.2 (i)] A driver could also be charged if a pet obstructs the driver's clear vision in any direction. [TSA 115.2(j)]

The introduction of demerits can be significant as a deterrent because they can affect a driver's insurance rate and even lead to a licence suspension.

In Nova Scotia, distracted drivers are treated quite the same: 

$233.95 first offence + 4 demerit points

$348.95 second offence + 4 demerit points

$578.95 subsequent offences + 4 demerit points


More information:


“I was just holding my phone sir. Is it Distracted driving?”








No link found loose this week! ! ! 






1. Johnny's mother had three children. The first child was named April. The second child was named May...

What was the third child's name?


2. There is a clerk at the butcher shop, he is five feet ten inches tall and he wears size 13 sneakers...

What does he weigh?


3. Before Mt. Everest was discovered,...what was the highest mountain in the world?


4. How much dirt is there in a hole...that measures two feet by three feet by four feet?


5. What word in the English always spelled incorrectly?


6. Billy was born on December 28th, yet his birthday is always in the summer...How is this possible?


7. In California , you cannot take a picture of a man with a wooden leg...Why not?


8. What was the Prime Minister 's 1995?


9. If you were running a race and you passed the person in 2nd place,... what place would you be in now?


Click here for the answers.



January 7th, 2016



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