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VCB eNews, Vol 13, #27 - Feedback




Volume 13, #27  -  Feedback




Editorial:   Feedback

This Saturday - Earth Day Ride

Spring Is In The Air

Next Weekend

Happy Kit - Happy Rider

Loose Chain Links

About That Funny



“My biggest fear is that when I die my wife will sell my bicycles for what I told her they cost.” 

~ Anonymous





A sincere Thank You to all who sent feedback on “Collaboration” - last week’s editorial.  Each and everyone of your missives was shared with the people involved in your comments.  It was appreciated.


Your feedback on the organization and its volunteers were coming at a very opportune time as the cycling season, which never ended for some, is about to begin for others.  Again this year, each and everyone will benefits immensely of the rides, socials and events organized for you and, of the important background advocacy work done for all the cycling community.  


Keep showing your appreciation by your enthusiastic registration/participation at events, writing articles and comments, in other words, by getting involved.  Your feedback builds and maintains a sense of connectedness, recognizes the contribution of volunteers, makes them feel appreciated and fosters a sense of satisfaction in the work that they do.  Lastly, your feedback steers your club in the direction you want it to go.  






Date:   Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 11:15am


Meeting: Coxheath Arena


The goal of this EARTH DAY RIDE is to assemble lots of riders for high-impact event to influence decision makers at working for a healthier and greener community.  


We plotted three routes for riders of all ages and abilities. 


The 10, 20, 22.5km routes are fairly flat, safe and fun -- and makes use of many of our city's best cycling resources. The routes have refreshment stops in two locations, Petersfield Park (Km-5), West Arm Chapel (Km-13).


We're in this ride together for the good causes: ONE planet - ONE community.


What a better way to celebrate Earth Day?






by: Colette Smith


With longer days and some warmer temperatures our calendars are filling up with wonderful outdoor spring and summer adventures.  


Last year we introduced a new format for our cycling season opener and it was a great success.  So much so we are repeating it this year. 


On May 7/2016 we will have our 2nd Annual Velo Cape Breton Mira River Ride Season Opener and BBQ. 


There will be a longer ride of 30km and a shorter ride of approximately 15 to 20 km.  We will start at the Mira Boat Club at 3pm, returning to the club for a social and BBQ.   If non-members would like to join us for the ride, the fee is $2. 


If you are not feeling like a ride, join us for the social hour from 5-6pm, with the BBQ at 6pm.  There is a bar on site. 


This is a lovely evening with our cycling friends, some of whom we haven't seen since last season.


We will launch our 2016/2017 Ride Schedule and you can grab your 2016 membership as well.


We will be cooking steaks on the barbecue with delicious side salads and a dessert. Portabello Mushroom Burgers will be available for our vegetarian friends.


Cost is  $18 per person/adults, $10 for children age 10 or under.


Please register and pay through our website by following this link 

Those members who would like to just do the ride need not purchase a ticket.


We will only sell tickets up to Thursday May 5, no tickets will be available on site/day of.


Check the Facebook Page 


If you have any questions, please call Colette at 574 5598.







Saturday April 30th.  

Ride Right Session

More information and registration here.



Sunday,  May 1st

SummerFit Challenge begins

More information here.



Sunday, May 1st

BE EMMAZING!  Walk/Run/Bike event.

More information here.



Did you know that the Calendar of activities and events for until October is posted on the VCB website? Click here







by:  Deby Grupe,


You probably paid a pretty penny for your kit (or not), and want to keep it in as best shape as possible for as long as possible! Am I right?

Here are the do's and don'ts to keep your kit happy!


-  Close all fasteners (especially velcro!) and turn clothes inside out, before laundering.
-  Match rinse temp to wash temp (warm for most items; warm or 'cold' for wool).
-  Use an extra rinse cycle to remove all detergent residue, which clings to high tech fibers, making them less effective.
-  Lay clothing flat or hang it up to dry: Dryer heat toasts grippers, erodes synthetic fibers, and may shrink wool.
-  To perk up the H2O repellent coating on a rain shell, you just need to toss it into the dryer for 15 minutes on "low heat".


-  Use woolite or fabric softener (liquid or dryer sheets). They contain hard-to-rinse additives that gunk up fibers. Stick to dye-free and scent-free detergents.
-  Bleach anything. It not only will harm technical fabrics, it can also irritate skin.
-  Overfill your washer; clothing gets much cleaner when it has room to move around.
-  Wash arm/leg warmers, and water- or windproof shells after every wear.


Let it air dry, then shake or brush off residue. Spot treat with a dab of detergent. Set washer on heavy soil.








How to conquer the commute

Commuting by bike is a great way to breathe in some fresh air, move your legs and get your heart pumping.



Get kitted up with the basics

Getting a bike is obviously a good start, but what else should you look for to guarantee a fun and safe ride?



If you like the idea of cycling gloves with turn-indicating LEDs on the back, then you'll probably like Zackees, which have been around for a few years now. You do need to activate those LEDs yourself, however, by touching a contact in the thumb of the glove to one in the index finger. If that's just a bit too much of a bother, then you might prefer a pair of beSEENs. Continue Reading Flashy cycling gloves feature automatic LED turn indicators



You have sent some terrible bike lanes to our Facebook page recently. Here are the best/worst of a bad bunch.  Link.









Eleven people were hanging on a rope, under a helicopter in flight, 10 men and 1 woman.


The rope was not strong enough to carry them all, so they decided that one had to leave; otherwise they were all going to fall.


They weren't able to choose that person, until the woman gave a very touching speech.


She said that she would voluntarily let go of the rope, because, as a woman, she was used to giving up everything for her husband and kids or for men in general, and was used to always making sacrifices with little in return.


As soon as she finished her speech, all the men started clapping . . .





April 21st ,  2016



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