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VCB eNews, Volume 13, #3 - Beginning of a New Era

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Volume 13, #3  -  Beginning of a New Era

 

 

IN THIS EDITION: 

Editorial: Beginning of a New Era

Rides Captain’s Report

VCB Readers Write

Loose Chain Links

Tips of the Day

About That Funny

 

 

“There are two ways to live your life.  One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

~ Albert Einstein 

 

 

EDITORIAL: BEGINNING OF A NEW ERA

 

Nope, no reference to the last national election.  

 

Provincially incorporated non-profit organizations are required by law to hold an Annual General Meeting (AGM) every year.  Ensuring that this statutory business takes place is part of good governance.  

 

An AGM is an important part of the democratic life of your bicycle Association. 

 

 It is an opportunity for the membership and partners to receive committee reports, approve audited financial statements, copies of the company's accounts as well as reviewing fiscal information for the past year, elect a new Board of directors.

 

VCB also wants to hear from you.  VCB wants to hear what you’d like to do cycling wise in 2016 in order to set the directions the Bicycle Assocation will take in the future.

 

AGM is tonight at the CBRM Civic Centre’s Community Room:

 

5:30 - 6:30pm:  Meet and Greet.  Meet your biking friends and many other like-minded individuals

6:30pm:  AGM’s business. 

 

 

 

 

RIDES CAPTAIN’S REPORT – JP Martin 

 

Halloween is over for another year and I have a lot of treats left.  It is a good thing that I like chocolate and chips. I find it difficult to judge how much to get as the number of young people at my door can vary greatly  year to year .

 

But I do have a treat for Velo members courtesy of Stan Wadden.  Driving your bike   

 

I suggest everyone watch this.  It is straight out of the early 60's and surprisingly the information hasn't changed that much.This is the sort of thing that needs to be brought back to curricula everywhere.And certainly put into the driver's handbook to make everyone aware of the rules of the road. 

 

Happy (belated ) Halloween.

 

 

 

 

VCB MEMBERS WRITE – My Bicycle Life 

by:  Stan Wadden, VCB Cycling Ambassador

 

Like most children growing up in 1950’s I rode a one speed bicycle and got my tires pumped up at the local garage. Everyone knew the mechanic by his first name and depended on him to do it right, never any charge. I lived in a rural area and the roads were not paved in front of our house. I don't remember at what age I left my bicycle in the barn never to pick it up again.

 

In the mid 1980s I walked about 8km most days on a quiet country road with little traffic and no dogs. The only problem was the flies, sometimes so bad I would have to stop walking. It was at that time I decided to get a bicycle. It was a used 10 speed with the gear shifters on the cross bar, I didn't move them too often. The bicycle did cure my fly problem.

 

In the early 1990’s I decided to upgrade to a 21 speed mountain bicycle, for me that was a big change; I went from one gear to 21. With that bicycle I learned to shift gears. It was a very durable and forgiving machine that served me well for over 10 years. A good part of that time I was a Campground Host in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and had the time and opportunity with that bicycle to ride many of the trails.

 

When the 2000s came along; off road riding was in my rear-view mirror and road riding became the in thing with 27 speeds. Over the years bicycles and their accessories have advanced as much in their own way as cars have, even the language has changed; today; people that ride bicycles are called cyclists. These days I see as many adults riding bicycles as children.

 

I ride for pleasure from early spring until the fall. Combined with cycling, my daily walks are still the norm with a shorter 4k on a quiet country road.

 

 

 

 

LOOSE CHAIN LINKS

 

From our friends at 8-80 Cities : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qv-lzCTkUhE

 

What is 1 Metrehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-9dP6ViNNY

 

Maintain/repair your steeds by Park Tools:  http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help#

 

 

 

TIPS OF THE DAY

 

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PUNS FOR SMART PEOPLE . . .  PART I 

 

 Those who jump off a bridge in Paris are in Seine.

 A man's home is his castle, in a manor of speaking.

 Dijon vu - the same mustard as before.

 Practice safe eating - always use condiments.

 Shotgun wedding - A case of wife or death.

 A man needs a mistress just to break the monogamy.

 A hangover is the wrath of grapes.

 Dancing cheek-to-cheek is really a form of floor play.

 Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?

 Condoms should be used on every conceivable occasion.

 Reading while sunbathing makes you well red.

 When two egotists meet, it's an I for an I.

 A bicycle can't stand on its own because it is two tired.

 What's the definition of a will?  It's a dead give away.

 Time flies like an arrow.  Fruit flies like a banana.

 In democracy your vote counts. In feudalism your count votes.

 She was engaged to a boyfriend with a wooden leg but broke it off.

 

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November 5th,  2015

 

 

 

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