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VCB eNews, Volume 12, #28 - Plotting Summer




Volume 12, #28  -  Plotting Summer

Shelley Porter, Editor



Editorial: Plotting Summer

Rides Captain’s Report

Notices of Rides and Events – WoW, Ride of Silence, Bike Week, and More

Hone Your Skills

Loose Chain Links

Bike Buy and Sell

About That Funny


“Summer has now thrown open her emerald doors.”

  • Unknown




The 2015 Velo Cape Breton ride and event schedule has been published, and is available for perusal on the website, and in print. The arrival of the new schedule is a moment somewhat akin to the arrival of the seed catalogue in January, or even the Christmas “wish book” in the fall! It is colourful, inviting, and full of potential. You ponder your options, circle your favourites, and hope the elf-saint of long weekends and fine weather gifts you with them. 


Some rides and events are repeated annually, so scanning the schedule brings back memories, too. The Ride of Silence has been part of the VCB schedule for many years now, and I remember that first slow roll along King’s Road in Sydney, paying tribute to those who lost their lives in road collisions. Our hearts always ache for those left behind, and the loss to the cycling community here and elsewhere. Admittedly, it’s painful to make this ride every year. More so when the cyclist honoured is someone you know, or someone just like you. We try never to allow it to make us fearful, but to inspire us to work harder to raise awareness of cycling safety and courtesy among all road users. 


The Lobster Roll Rides have evolved from a 100 km relay to a series of varying-distance rides that take place over a whole day. The consistent element is, those who ride get rolls – lobster rolls! In the past this ride took riders through Sydney, Whitney Pier, New Waterford, Port Morien and Mira Road. This year the route is all-new, with the starting point at the Emera Centre in North Sydney. Never a race, this ride is done at one’s own pace with lots of opportunity to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Pit stops along the way provide snacks and hydration, as well as a chance to chat with fellow “rollers”. Last year the ride featured a free shower, without hot water or soap, and lasting as long as it took the rider to find shelter. Cross your fingers we all worry more about applying enough sunscreen this year instead!


The Cycling Ambassador program has officially wound down, but that’s not stopping these enthusiastic and community-minded cyclists. I note several Ambassador led or initiated rides on the schedule, like the Miner’s Pick Ride of Historic Glace Bay on June 27, the Ride and ‘Rite at Point Edward July 5, and the Grand Phare Ride at the Fortress of Louisbourg on July 26. All of these rides are led by Ambassadors who have offered to share their other talents, like local history, writing, and cultural interpretation, and combine it with a bike ride. Some rides require that you register; check the details and be sure to follow any special instructions.  


There are many, many more rides and events on the VCB schedule than I have managed to mention here. I encourage everyone to study the schedule, make their list (and check it twice), and start their summer cycling adventures for 2015. Of course, cycling doesn’t have to end with the end of summer: bout the time your 2016 Christmas “wish book” is getting dog-eared, you can string the mini-lights on the bike, meet other riders at the Sydney River Superstore, and go on a holiday decoration tour: the “Jingle Bells of Christmas” ride pedals off December 13 at 5 pm sharp. Don’t forget your stockings.



A wayfinding sign on the 2014 Lobster Roll Ride. This stop featured a beautiful garden. (S. Porter, photo).



Cycling Ambassadors Charlene Wadden, Shelley Johnson, and Stan Wadden deploy the highly technical “kickstand” on an Ambassadors in the Hood ride in 2014. (S. Porter, photo).









Well, I am back from Moncton and from everything people are saying the River Ride and BBQ were a great success. Please check your schedules and/or Velo website calendar for more exciting rides coming up. The Lobster Roll Ride for Father's Day is our next signature event coming up and plans are well underway to have a great ride, this year hopefully with not so much rain (although last year’s participants all had a great time regardless of the wet conditions). Batman is NOT planning on making an appearance. Sunshine all the way. It is already posted on site and tickets are available. Let us know you are coming. The more people that come, the more enjoyable the event for everyone.


The bridge tournament was quite an eye opener. Two days of bridge and I felt like I needed a holiday. Very intense, but worthwhile. Always be open to new experiences, you never know when you will find something that you really like.

The Ride of Silence will be May 20th, leaving from the Target parking lot. Please come as it is important that we remind people of the needless death and injury to cyclists all over the world. Our mantra is "share the road". With a little consideration on the part of cyclists and vehicle drivers, we can all enjoy the open road. Good riding everyone, JP





KELLY’S KLIMB: This timed event is held twice per year, once in the spring and again in the fall. Test yourself on Kelly’s Mountain’s steep grade, and then compare your level of fitness after a summer of riding. This year’s first climb is Saturday May 16.  Meet at the Gaelic College in St. Ann’s for warm-up and registration. Free for VCB members, a twonie for non-members to help defray the administrative expenses of VCB.  The ride will start shortly after 12:30 at the base of Kelly's Mountain (Baddeck side).  This is a personal fitness test, not a race.  Riders start at 30 second intervals and their total time is calculated from their finishing time.  Stay after for an optional group ride to Baddeck for coffee and eats.  RAIN DATE SUNDAY 17th



RIDE OF SILENCE – This year’s Ride of Silence in memory of cyclists killed in collisions with motor vehicles will be held in Sydney on Wed., May 20th. The ride will assemble at the parking lot of the former Target store off Welton St. in Sydney at 6:30 pm. The ride will start at 7 pm, with police escort.  Honorary ride leader: Dr. Monika Dutt.  

Free and open to all VCB members and non-members.



WOMEN ON WHEELS RIDES START MAY 26: Meet at Noelle’s Country Market in Ball’s Creek for weekly rides. Rides begin at 6:30 pm. Each session starts off with 15 minutes of instruction, followed by a ride.  There are usually two groups of WOW.  One group is a beginner group who will receive instruction on shifting, safe handling and a shorter ride to practice all that is learned.  The second group of WOW is a more advanced group of women, who are more fitness focused and are new or previous participants who are comfortable riding an 18 km route.  Rides are relaxed and meant to be fun.  No one will be dropped, meaning that there will always be someone in the lead and at the back of every ride to ensure things go smoothly and that no rider is left behind.  You ride at your own pace.



BIKE WEEK: Plan ahead to attend events during CBRM’s annual Bike Week, June 5th to 14th. Check out the schedule here:







Bike Maintenance & Basic Repairs.  Tuesday, May 19th,  6 to 9pm

At Étoile de l’Acadie in Sydney.  

Personalized workshop limited to six participants.

Session content here.  Pre-registration required.



Cycling Instruction in Victoria County.  Weekend of June 6-7th

At Old Post Office in Baddeck.

Bike Maintenance & Basic Repairs, Saturday June 6, 1 - 4 pm

CAN-BIKE 1 - A 9-hr Defensive Cycling Course,   Saturday evening, Sunday am/pm.

Personalized instruction limited to six participants.

Session content here.  Pre-registration required.



CAN-BIKE 1 -  Weekend, June 12-13

At Étoile de l’Acadie in Sydney. 

A 9-hr Defensive Cycling Course,   Saturday evening, Sunday am/pm.

Personalized instruction limited to six participants per instructor.

Session content here.  Pre-registration required.






CAN-BIKE word on helmets:


Halifax-specific cycling app!:


Sideguards for large trucks, more safety for cyclists:


What to do if someone crashes:


For those of you who don’t also have horses:


Bike route 66:


Mountain biking mum – and she’s not 22, she’s 47:


Trail care:





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I saw a beaver movie last night. It was the best dam film I’ve ever seen.


I think Santa has riverfront property in Brazil: all of our gifts came from Amazon this year.


A hungry traveler stops at a monastery and is taken to the kitchen. A brother is frying chips. “Are you the friar?” asks the traveler. “No,” the brother replies, “I’m the chip monk.”


A relief map shows where the rest rooms are.


A mother was complimented on her two intelligent and attractive children. “Thank you,” she said, “I made them myself out of stuff I had around the house.”




Shelley Porter,  

Editor, Velo Cape Breton eNewsletter

VCB Cycling Ambassador.

May 14th, 2015




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