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VCB eNews, Vol 13, #21 - Blazing the Trail




Volume 13, #8  -  Blazing the Trail




Editorial: Blazing the Trail

VCB eNews Today

A Rare Event Ride Today

Energy Usage - Going Forward

Did You Know

Loose Chain Links

About That Funny



“If I would have known I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself !” 

~ Bill Nixa,  Tom’s dad.  1926 - 2003





Two days ago it was the International Women’s Day that attracted more and more the attention of the media, government and the public, especially in our developed countries.  The picture is not as rosy in developing countries.


Today, the presence of women in business, in sports, in non traditional jobs, in politics, in social-medical-legal professions as taken for granted.  However, a century ago, the picture was way different and among other things, the bicycle paved the way to women rights.  The technology craze of the 1890s meant fashion freedom and transportation independence for women.



Did you know that in 2016 VCB Membership List shows 46% of the members are women in its ranks?  


Did you know that the Executive of Velo Cape Breton is composed of 6 women and 4 men?


The Nova Scotia non-profit sector employs over 36,000 people in Nova Scotia, 87% of those employees are women. 


Maybe a little late but today, I’d like to recognize the hard work that the women do to build healthy, vibrant, and strong communities across Cape Breton Island and our province. 


Kudos to each woman who works in our sector and to all the organizations that support the empowerment and equality of all women.







When we launched in August 2003, we had no idea how far along the road we would be able to take this organization and especially our link to the members and supporters of Velo Cape Breton. We had a small list of about 20 names and the social media as we know today was simply non-existant.


We did have a real passion for the development of cycling and also the desire to share our passion with as many people as possible.  


A lot has changed since those early days; we’ve all grown up and looking back on VCB eNews Vol. 1 #1  in 2003,  it is easy to see how far we have come!


Over the years, you, the readers, have become a dedicated band of followers. From those early days of having little to no readers, subscribers or social reach we have expanded to be one of the most popular cycling newsletter in Nova Scotia. Almost half-way in our 13th year, over 550 editions published, we are reaching thousands of people every week.


Why are those numbers significant? Well, they are how we connect to you, our readers. Without you, VCB would have finished long ago, we need you more than you might realize. I guess this is the chance for me to thank you for regularly checking in, reading the VCB eNews and visiting the website. You might just be there to look first at the weekly joke, read the editorial or perhaps just to take a couple of lines here and there or click a few links. 


Whatever, to us, you mean a great deal and we would not be able to continue this social work without you.


So thanks for reading VCB eNews.  Keep sharing the weekly edition with your friends and keep spreading the word!


Join or renew your VCB membership today.  Your membership and your participation to the life of VCB are important for the advancement of the cycling culture locally, provincially and at the north-american level.






by: Albert Bohémier, B52, Dartmouth, 


I had a bit of a rare event ride today.  When I started to get dressed slowly while having my morning coffee, it was minus 6 degrees C outside. I started my ride and after 5 km’s it started to rain, so I turned around thinking it would freeze on the road and it may get dangerous.  It stopped after 1 Km.  So I continued.  Then I had one or so minutes of heavy snow falling with big beautiful snowflakes, so I considered again turning around, but it stopped.  So I went to the end of the side road I go to before I stop and had my coffee and a short break, and then snow pellets started to fall and covered the road.


It was really neat to ride on those little pellets as they were not solid enough to stay frozen and would crack as I rode over them making this real funny noise like driving on fine sand on cement. It was really neat.


All that time I felt the temperature warming up also.


By the time I got home, parked the bike in the garage and sat for another coffee, it was almost plus 1 degree C.


One of those neat days worth the ride, and the experience.  








“…increased mobility of people and property has had profound impacts, altering everything from work to family to the nature and design of our cities.”


A lot of cities around the world are beginning to adopt the same approach Holland took some 40 years ago. It won’t happen over night but it starts with everyday people, not just cyclists, wanting change to ease traffic congestion, which is an issue practically everywhere that has any sort of population, lower pollution levels, lower accident rates, lower taxes, and a better overall way of life. 


British Cycling produced a fantastic video going into a bit more detail about how Holland got there.


Enjoy this video and pass the thought along about changing the way your city looks at transportation.


Through taxes and subsidies, regulations and standards, and investments in infrastructure, governments influence how, where, how much, and what form of energy we use. But we as consumers are not powerless bystanders. Ultimately, it is consumers who choose what to buy and how to use it, and thus it is consumers who can drive change.







"… that walking and cycling to work is one of the most effective ways to stay in shape to lower our risk of heart disease and stroke?  And the only side effects are positive for the environment and your wallet when we leave the car at home."



“… that shopping at large, suburban 'superstores' consumes more than four times as much transportation energy and produces more than four times the carbon emissions as local grocery store shopping?”






The Economist: A Run a Day Keeps the Tumour Away:




The usual recipe to stop a dog chasing you on your bicycle is to stop pedalling and shout loud at the dog, i.e.  GO HOME!  


This might not work with other animals though…







  1. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either. Just pretty much leave me the hell alone.


  1. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and leaky tire.


  1. It's always darkest before dawn. So if you're going to steal your neighbour's newspaper, that's the time to do it.


  1. Don't be irreplaceable. If you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted.


  1. Always remember that you're unique. Just like everyone else.


  1. Never test the depth of the water with both feet.


  1. If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments.


  1. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes.  That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.


  1. If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.


  1. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.
  2. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.


  1. If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.


  1. Some days you're the bug; some days you're the windshield.


  1. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.


  1. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.


  1. A closed mouth gathers no foot.


  1. Duct tape is like 'The Force'. It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.


  1. There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works.


  1. Generally speaking, you aren't learning much when your lips are moving.


  1. Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.


  1. Never miss a good chance to shut up.


  1. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night




March 10th,  2016



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