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Club News for August 3, 2014

This week:

Tip of the Week: Standing

This week's tip comes courtesy of Bob Crane.  Thanks Bob!

I notice some riders tend to throw their bikes back when the transition from a sitting to a standing climb – which obviously creates a hazard as it can close a 6” gap pretty quickly and unexpectedly. The good riders I’ve ridden with tend to stand a bit slower and lean back so that the gap doesn’t change.

FYI – I found this online and it explains well...(although I think yelling “standing” may be a bit excessive.
The correct way to stand:It is good etiquette to announce "Standing!" a couple of pedal strokes before you do so.Stand smoothly as one foot begins its downward power stroke - don't lunge, keep your effort constant.As you come off the saddle, push your hands forward a bit. This helps to ensure that the bike won't lose ground.When returning to the saddle, continue pedaling evenly and again push your hands forward to counteract any tendency to decelerate. This will gain several inches and put the seat right under you


Club Clothing

A reminder, we do have a selection of club clothing in inventory.  Details can be found on the club clothing web page:
A small number of people still have not collected their clothing from the order earlier in the year.  I try my best to bring the clothing to the rides that I attend, but there are times when I won't bring it to rides.  If you would like a piece of clothing or, to pick your order up, please give me a heads up so that I can ensure I bring it to a particular ride.
Road Construction

My apologies to everyone.  Things have been a bit hectic as of late and I have not been able to take all of the reports of road closures and road construction to update the map.  
Unfortunately, there appears to be a flurry of fresh chip & tar and road closures as of late.  As ride leaders, we do try our best to avoid taking these roads but, sometimes, we just can't avoid it.
Andy does a good job of trying to keep the road construction web page updated with anything that's observed out there.  You can find the page here: http://www.oakvillecc.com/index.php/member-resources/road-construction-reports
If you know of construction or chip and tar that's out there, please send Andy an e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for him to update the page.
Important details:

- Start & end points- What kind of construction? (ie. chip & tar or full road closure)
Burlington Cycling Survey

Owen Lewis passed this one along.
The city of Burlington is conducting a cycling survey.  Let's make our voices heard.  
The deadline to submit responses is August 31st.
That's it for this week.  Can't believe it's already August!

July 6, 2014 Club News

This week:

  1. Tip of the Week: Bicycle Control
  2. Niagara Falls Special Ride
  3. Sunday Rides Next Weekend
  4. Club Clothing
Tip of the Week: Bicycle Control
This week's tip of the week concerns bicycle control. 
It's important to have good control of your bike at all times - no weaving, being able to maintain a straight line while riding, being able to avoid road imperfections with a small bunny hop if necessary, etc. 

This all boils down to predictability.  Our bikes don't have brake lights and the majority of us don't have mirrors to see what's behind us (although, a mirror is a good thing to invest in).  We need to be predictable out there for our fellow riders and to the motorists with which we share the road.  Proper bike control is the first line of defense and something that should be practiced in an area with no traffic. 

Please see the Group Ride Guidelines and Etiquette page on our website for more information:  http://www.oakvillecc.com/index.php/member-resources/group-ride-etiquette


Niagara Falls Special Ride
There is one more week until the Niagara Falls special ride.
You should have seen some notes from Pieter and Jeremy over the last week.  Pieter will be leading the ride out of Oakville (~220 km) and Jeremy will be leading the ride out of Hamilton (~160 km).  If you'd like to join either of those groups, please e-mail Pieter or Jeremy directly to let them know you're interested.  In order to join the Hamilton ride it is recommended that you are a strong G4 and up rider, while anyone considering Oakville should be a very strong G5 rider.
There are still two spots left in group 2 on the GO Train.
Those of you that have signed up for the GO Train will get more details in the coming days on where we meet, when, etc.
Sunday Rides Next Weekend
Jeremy and I are still hammering out the details for next Sunday's rides out of Halton Region Centre.  Right now Recreational and groups 1 to 3 are a go.  Several group 4 members have indicated their interest in joining the Hamilton ride, including the scheduled ride leader.
We'll get things sorted over the coming days and let you know what's going on with group 4 for next Sunday.
Club Clothing
I have distributed the majority of club clothing to its rightful owners.
For the remainder, I will be reaching out to you directly to see when we can arrange a time for you to get your clothing.
Again, there is some inventory available of some of our clothing.  The updated list can always be found on our website, at the following link: http://www.oakvillecc.com/index.php/member-resources/club-clothing
That's it for this week.

June 8, 2014 Club News

This week:

  1. Tip of the Week: Moving Over
  2. Special Presentation: Tour the Divide
  3. Discussion Mailing List
  4. Club Clothing
  5. July Special Ride
Tip of the Week: Moving Over
In group riding, it's very important to move over as far to the right when you hear someone yell out "car back".  On some of my rides in the past, I have noticed that this turns into an opportunity for some people to pass while others are getting out of the way of the car.
DO NOT do this.
If you want to pass and somebody has yelled "car back", wait until the car or cars have passed before attempting any sort of passing manoeuvre,  At the same time, make sure to tell people that you are coming up on the side -- usually by saying "on your left".  If you hear this, don't look back or zig and zag -- keep your bike in a straight line and thank the person for letting you know that they are there.
Special Presentation: Tour the Divide
OCC member Greg Andre-Barrett will be doing a presentation this coming Monday, 7 PM, at Cyclepath Oakville on his Tour the Divide last year.  From Greg:
WHAT: My “Brutal but Beautiful” Tour Divide race…
WHO: Greg Andre-Barrett
WHEN: Monday June 9, 2014, 7pm
WHERE: Cyclepath Oakville, 500 Speers Rd
Greg will provide a slide show presentation and explain how “Brutal but Beautiful” became his mantra for surviving and indeed enjoying the 2013 Tour Divide race.
The Tour Divide is the world’s longest toughest totally self-supported mountain bike race – 4,600 kms from the start in Banff Alberta through the states of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico, to the USA-Mexico border. What makes the Tour Divide so brutal on body and mind is that the route follows and criss-crosses the Rocky Mountains continental divide 34 times, resulting in 61,000 metres of climbing, the equivalent of climbing from sea level to the top of Mt Everest seven and half times!
Discussion Mailing List
A quick reminder that we have an optional discussion mailing list available for everyone to use for cycling related topics.  Dave Harris posts community related information to that list.
Please let myself or Bent know if you’d like to be added to that list.  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Club Clothing
Club clothing should be arriving in the next week or two, based on the last e-mail I’ve seen from Garneau.
For those of you that ordered clothing, I will contact you when it arrives.
I will also update the inventory page on our website with actual quantities of the various items in stock.
July Special Ride
With June’s special ride behind us, it’s time to start planning for the July special ride.
As has been the case for the last two years, the July ride will be Niagara Falls back to Oakville.  We will take the train down to Niagara Falls and ride back to the Oakville GO station.
This ride has a very limited number of spots - 20-25 (still to be determined) - as we are at the mercy of what GO transit can accommodate on their bicycle trains.
We’re still working out the logistics and will send out a link to sign up in the coming weeks, which will include more information such as the date and how we plan on running the groups.
That’s it for this week.

June 22, 2014 Club News

A lot to cover this week.

Before we get into it -- if anyone left a black and white Bell Volt helmet at the Halton Region Centre this morning, please send a note to Jeremy - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  He has your helmet in his possession.

  1. Tip of the Week: Drinking With Your Left Hand
  2. Niagara Falls GO Train
  3. Club Clothing
  4. 2014 Membership Closed
  5. Milton Velodrome Update

Read more: June 22, 2014 Club News

May 25, 2014 Club News

  1. Tip of the Week: What to Carry With You on a Group Ride
  2. Group Sizes
  3. Clothing Order Update
  4. June Special Ride – Cambridge Tour de Grand
  5. Inspiration

Tip of the Week: What to Carry With You on a Group Ride
This week’s tip is with respect to what type of stuff you should carry with you on a ride.
Helmet.  No further explanation necessary.
Water/Sports drink.  We all know it’s important to stay hydrated during a ride, especially with the nice and toasty weather June, July and August.  Unless you’re taking the bike for a spin around the block, you should always have something to drink in your water bottle cages.  
Those are the two basic items, but what else should you have with you on a ride?
ID and your health card should also be on you during a ride.  Some riders like to wear something like a RoadID bracelet -- in fact, I have one that I wear myself.  It lists my name, city where I live, health card number, plus two emergency contacts in case something happens to me.  They’re actually relatively inexpensive to order.  Some cash is also good.  Stops in Moffat for butter tarts require exact change.  DO NOT expect a $20 to be broken for you there.
Now, in your saddle bag there are some key items you should have...
- A spare tube.  I never got the hang of using a patch kit and tubes are fairly inexpensive, I’d rather get rid of the old tube and install a brand new one, not having to worry whether or not the tire was patched correctly.
- Tire levers - 2 or 3 (better).  This will save you from having to use a stick found at the side of the road to try and get your tire off.
- Air pump or CO2 cartridge + valve.  One or the other - I carry both.  The pump will take some elbow grease, the CO2 cartridge will get the tube up to a decent inflation level quickly.
- Multi-tool.  This will help you in a pinch.  These tools will let you tighten loose bits or break chains apart to fix them.
This is actually a fair bit of stuff to bring along on a ride, but you never know when you’ll need it.  It does make that super-light bike of yours a bit heavier than you might be used to.

Group Sizes
The various groups have been getting quite large this year.  For safety reasons, groups should be split up into smaller sizes when they become large.  (Ideally around 10 to 12.)
The ride leader may appoint an experienced OCC member to lead a second group travelling about 30-60 seconds behind.

Clothing Order Update
For those of you that placed an order for clothing at the end of April, we are on track to receive the shipment in and around the mid-June timeframe.  Unfortunately, it looks like it won’t be arriving before the major events happen at the beginning of June (Ride for Heart,  Conquer Cancer, Tour de Grand).

June Special Ride – Cambridge Tour de Grand
There’s still time to sign up for the Cambridge Tour de Grand.  http://www.cambridgetourdegrand.com/
Again, we don’t have official ride leaders on this ride.  Various members participate (I’ll be doing the 100 km route) and find each other when we get there.  

For some inspiration, here is a quick video that came across my news feeds (6 and a half minutes long):  http://jalopnik.com/this-80-year-old-cyclist-will-inspire-the-crap-out-of-y-1580056857

That’s it for this week.

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