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VCB eNews, Volume 12, #44 - Passing It On




Volume 12, #44: Passing It On

Shelley Porter, Editor



Editorial: Passing It On

Rides Captain’s Report + Rider’s Commentary

Women on Wheels Update
Back To School

Bike Culture Finds 

Loose Chain Links

Bike Buy and Sell

About That Funny


“Tradition is the illusion of permanence.”

  • Woody Allen






I went to Wolfville again this past weekend, to deliver my daughter to her university residence at Acadia University. Attending Acadia is something of a tradition in my family, started by my great-uncle John Porter, who obtained his Master of Divinity there in 1951. I didn’t know the late Reverend John well, but he made a lasting impression on me at a family reunion when he greeted a long-lost cousin with a grin, a handshake, and the ambiguous exclamation, “The things you see when you don’t have a gun!” I can only presume Rev. John’s preaching was similarly lively.


I stayed at a lovely bed and breakfast in the verdant Gaspereaux Valley, in rooms barely altered from the time the farmhouse was built early in the 19th century. When I was a student at Acadia, this same farm included a raptor rescue run by the Biology Department’s museum curator, Cyril Coldwell. The business is owned and operated by one of his daughters, who serves baked goods and jams made from fruit grown on the farm. She carries on the traditions of sheltering the wayward and cultivating the land passed on by generations of farmers.


I’ve noted before that there is a lot of cycling culture in Wolfville. On this visit, with new and returning students descending on the town en masse, bicycles were absolutely everywhere. It seemed as if every motor vehicle sported a bike rack, full or empty. A European tour company was in town, with a trailer-load of bicycles. I walked past Clock Park just off Main St., and paused to listen to a drum group. I noticed several bicycles lying on the ground near them – the musicians had traveled to their venue by bicycle. The trail that runs along the rail line was a superhighway of pedestrians and bicyclists. I noted many parents with children strapped in trailers or pedaling alongside mum or dad on their own small bike. Everywhere I looked there seemed to be tiny children on tiny bicycles, cruising along behind a parent or grandparent, like some weird outdoor circus act. 


At the Farmers Market, I couldn’t help but notice one very patient father with three small kids. They ranged in age from 2 to 7 years. The youngest was in a trailer towed by the dad’s bike, but the two older ones were on miniature bicycles and obviously very skilled at cycling. He very patiently helped strap on helmets and the seat belt. I asked him how he inspired his children to cycle, and with such aplomb at that. He replied that he cycled as much as possible himself, and had taken all of the children along whenever it was practical, in a seat on the bicycle or in the trailer. They had even all trained to travel 21 km by bicycle to a special music festival. He had spent weeks cycling the route with the children, each time going a little further, until they could all cycle the distance with ease. I thought this showed great fortitude on the part of the young children – many adults would balk at cycling 42 km! 


I was horrified to learn that after flatting both tires over a pothole one day, my son locked his disabled (and very expensive) bike to a bike rack out front of a university building and left it. For three whole days. A bicycle is, apparently, such a part of the landscape that it never occurred to anyone to steal it.


Acadia University and the lands around it are steeped in history. One evening my university student children and I went for a hike to a small historic park. We enjoyed spectacular views of valleys and vineyards from the park’s hilltop stile. On our way back, we met a middle-aged man riding a mountain bike up the longest, steepest street in town. He was standing on the pedals, and although obviously making an effort it was also obvious he was quite equal to the task. This may not seem remarkable, but only because I haven’t told you yet that he was towing a trailer loaded with a very large, gas engine, full-sized lawn mower. The things you see when you don’t have a camera.



The editor’s favourite Acadia University students admire some of the local architecture in Wolfville. (S. Porter, photo)










Summer (the month of August this year) is quickly drawing to a close. With cooler temperatures, more people will be out riding longer. This weekend saw a WoW ride to New Waterford on Saturday and a ride with Jacques and Micheline to Louisbourg on Sunday. While I was on neither ride I did manage to get out. The first week of September will see the board meeting for the first time in several months and no doubt there will be much to get caught up on and planning for the AGM.

The Recovery Ride will be headed out on the 18th of September and if you haven't done this ride it is a good one. The Cabot Trail in 3 days, fully supported. And it is for a good cause, providing scholarships for students.


I will also be starting a new column - VCB Riders Write - for several weeks written by various members of Velo on how they spent their summer riding/why they started to ride etc. So if you haven't gotten a call/e-mail from me yet, you may soon. I am hoping to get newer riders to participate and share their stories. They won't be long - several paragraphs at most.


That is it for me for this week and I hope everyone enjoys their Labour Day weekend.


JP Martin, Rides Captain.




First Instalment in the VCB Riders Write column:


This is my fifth season of cycling after a thirty year hiatus. During the winter months I was indoors on my trainer and in a few spin classes at the YMCA to keep my legs in shape.  


My outdoor cycling began on May 2 with the Velo “ Season Starter River Ride” at the Mira Boat Club. This was a great success. I  continued with  “Out on the Mira Spring Fling” Blackett’s Lake CBRM sponsored ride, Lady C Ride Glace Bay, Lobster Roll,  Heartland Sydney ride plus my own ride “Art’s on the Mira”.  I also participated in a very scenic impromptu ride with friends from Northside East Bay  to Grand Narrows.  


Most of my riding has been in the Mira area, particularly the Hillside-Trout Brook 30 Km loop (smooth pavement, low traffic, nice scenery).  Great cycling!


In September I am looking forward to the Recovery Ride (Cabot Trail in 3 days) This is the highlight of my season.   I am registered for the Grand Fondo Baie Sainte Marie Ride on the mainland. This is a 117.9 Km supported ride with 350 cyclists. It should be a good time.


As any cyclist knows, we are lucky to live on an island that is second to none for its natural beauty.  Let’s continue to get out and enjoy it.  Safe cycling everyone!


Art Spencer, Cycling Ambassador, Glace Bay









Thank you ladies for another good turn-out for the “Ride to New Waterford”. Good company and  beautiful warm temperatures graced us for the ride. Well you know, it just doesn’t get any better than that.  A nice way to wind down summer.

Saturday, August 30 ride from the OpenHearth Park in Sydney.  



BUT . . . we continue . . . 


TUESDAY RIDE AROUND POINT EDWARD will take place on September 2nd.  As the days are getting darker sooner, please show for 6:00 pm for a 6:15 start.


**** PLEASE NOTE A SCHEDULE CHANGE*****  The  end of season ride, “ TOUR DA TARTEN” will be rescheduled to  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH.  Don a piece of tartan if you wish and Meet at 9:30 am  at the Englishtown Ferry for a 10:00 am start time.  Ride to the Clucking Hen for a bite to eat, lots of fun and return.  Tartan wearing optional but could be fun!  See you all there!


Shelley Johnson

Women on Wheels Co-ordinator





A CAN-BIKE 2 adult advanced defensive cycling course is scheduled for the end of September.  The CAN-BIKE 2 course is quickly becoming the standard course for adult cyclists who are taking leadership roles in cycling in their communities.  Police, teachers, tour leaders, recreational workers and others are all being trained with he CAN-BIKE 2 course to learn safe and effective cycling in traffic.  

The course is intended for cyclists who have some experience and want to upgrade their skills.  CAN-BIKE 1 uses similar materials and information that are used in CAN-BIKE 2.  Certain lessons and scenarios are not taught; others are modified for CB1 purposes.

September 23rd (evening) In-Class Theory Session,  
Outdoors sessions Sept. 26 - 27 (9am to 4 pm),  in  Sydney

Course fee: $90. per person.  (Note:  This is a one-time fee.  Graduates of CB2 course can take a "refresher" free of charge at any time if space allows)

More information and to Register click here.




This section features bike-friendly places and spaces, as submitted by our members. You can write in and tell us about a retail or service outlet that encourages cycling, whether it be by offering cyclist-friendly food, safe pathways, or just being there when you need it (like a public washroom).


Wolfville. Just, all of it.



Wolfville. A bike trail runs through it. (S. Porter, photo)





New traffic laws for Ontario:


Not the best I’ve ever seen, but pretty good:


Apparently, your editor is related to this guy:









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Vintage CCM Tandem circa early ‘70s  Excellent condition.

George Jessen,





FOR SALE: Giant ALUXX SL 6000 series butted tubing - ultegra gear system. Men's MED, 54" Frame Reg $2200. Selling Price $1700.00

This Bike has never seen the road...Brand New! If interested call Carl Oldham @ 902-679-7702


Carl Oldham

Wolfville, NS




For Sale: Giant Cypress comfort bicycle. Excellent condition. “Men’s” frame, 17in. Tuned up by professionals and stored since May 2015. $175.00 Contact


Cycling Shoes For Sale. $50.00 .... SHIMANO Model M075 Size 9.7US 44Wide (I wear a size 10 street shoe). Excellent condition. Please call 902-561-1965 if interested.









Police arrested two kids yesterday, one was drinking battery acid, the other was eating fireworks. They charged one – and let the other one off.



Doc, I can’t stop singing the ‘Green Green Grass of Home’. He said: ‘That sounds like Tom Jones syndrome’. ‘Is it common?’ I asked. ‘It’s not unusual,’ he replied.



And finally (read this 4 times before I got it):

I went to the zoo the other day, there was only one dog in it, it was a Shitzu.





Shelley Porter,

Editor, Velo Cape Breton eNewsletter

VCB Cycling Ambassador.

September 3rd, 2015




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