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Vol 9, #17 - Volunteers

Velo Cape Breton is the Island wide voice of cyclists, working for better cycling in our great Island. We have made significant progress since our formation in 2004.  Visit our website that will introduce you to some of our activities.   If you have any questions, suggestions, or want to contribute to this eNewsletter,  please contact us at (902) 562-8137 or


Joining VCB is a proof of support to the community development and advocacy work done by the hard working volunteers of this club.  Your $10. will go a long way.  It's your 2012 legacy to the rising generation.  To join click here.


Help us make Cape Breton Island a better place to live!

In this Edition

  • Editorial
  • Rides Captain Corner
  • Cabot Trail Tour in Four Days - Follow Up
  • Old Bikes Wanted
  • Do You Have a Bike for Meghan?
  • Invest Safely
  • Very Impatient Kids Anxious to Get Their Bikes Out
  • Keeping A Straight Face

When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments. Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man. And (unlike subsequent inventions for man's convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his body became. Here, for once, was a product of man's brain that was entirely beneficial to those who used it, and of no harm or irritation to others. Progress should have stopped when man invented the bicycle. ~ Elizabeth West




Generally speaking a volunteer is someone who, for altruistic reasons, donates its time and efforts to a given cause.  As a community based not-for-profit organization, Velo Cape Breton would not be able to run its programs without its volunteers.   The enthusiasm, dedication, resources and planning/execution time given up by our team of volunteers all year round ensures that our cycling events and programs are a success every year.


Of course, the benefits of all this volunteer work are not just entirely for the cycling community of Velo Cape Breton. It has impact on all the various levels of activity and life in the community - health, environment, social, economy, tourism and what not.  Our unpaid volunteers are that other bit of glue that holds our community together and make it a better place to live and do business.


Volunteerism is a two-way street.  As much as volunteering can benefit the cause one chooses to help, as much the community should support its volunteers.


Velo Cape Breton operates as nearly as possible at cost - on a cost-recovery basis.  All of the money earned by or donated to VCB is used in pursuing the organization's objectives. Typically VCB is a charity, it does not earn profits for its members but instead re-invests any amount of revenue gained by the contribution of its volunteers and its programs for the betterment of the community the same way a public service organization does, i.e.  YMCA,  ACAP, Canadian Diabetes Association, Heart & Stroke Foundation, and zillion of others.


Registration to Velo Cape Breton are now available on our new website ...  still under renovation/development.  




Monday, March 6th,  7:00 pm

Moonlight Snowshoe Jaunt,  Ski Ben Eoin,  

On the unprecedented success of the February event, a second and last Jaunt is organized at Ben Eoin to celebrate the full moon of March.  Come one, come all for the 2-hour guided tour of the trails.  Cost: $10. includes the Trail Pass,  $5.  for members of Ski BenEoin.  Snowshoe rentals available at the hill... come early as the number is limited.

Meet the group at 6:30pm outside the Ticket Building.


Friday, March 9th, 5:00 pm

Happy Hour.   Steel City Sports Bar & Steakhouse, 252 Townsend St. in Sydney is our meeting place for the second of this NEW event on the “Social” schedule. A perfect opportunity to reconnect and meet up with old friends and new. Come in and enjoy a few yarns, jokes and laughs, celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, share a story, roast a friend or two, make plans for the weekend. 

Whatever your sport, occupation, age, we share a common connection with the outdoors.  A warm welcome to all who ventures our way, and in the Cape Breton tradition, the door is open to all.



March 22nd - Thursday - Guest Speaker Series  

Cycling in Denmark with David Aldridge.

A peace and quiet 2-week cycle tour in the southern Danish Islands with bad bikes, okay youth hostels, great farm stays and big breakfasts.  You might hear about 1964 stay in Aarhus when David studied medicine there for 3 months, dog and horses story from Aero.  Photos of the presentation are not of people and not the usual holiday snaps... "my eye sees patterns..."

McConnell Library, Sydney,  6:30 pm





Still some spots left for the afternoon sessions...


March 24th - Saturday - Bike Clinic - MEC 101

Theory and hands-on for 3 hours.  Know your bike, tools, adjustments, lubing, flat repair.

ACAP, Sydney. Two sessions available :   9 - 12am, 1 - 4 pm

6 persons per session.  $10.  Pre-registration required. Email or phone 562-8137  


March 31st- Saturday - Bike Clinic - Mec 202

Theory and hands-on for 3 hours.  Replacing chain, brake pads, cables, truing a wheel.

ACAP, Sydney.  Two 3-hr sessions 9 - 12am,  1 - 4 pm

6 persons per session.  $10.  Pre-registration required.  Email or phone 562-8137  





Following the invitation sent last week to all interested parties, there are 11 cyclists who have officially registered.  


Cabot Trail in Four Days is a fully supported tour that will include:  3 nights hotel/motel accommodation, luggage transportation, bike mechanic assistance, support vehicle at your service should you need a lift or other assistance, healthy meals Friday evening to Monday morning, snack food enroute and what not.


As a non-profit organization, this tour is organized at cost for the benefit of Velo Cape Breton members, friends and the cycling community in general.  See all details attached.


The Cabot Trail has been selected as one of the Top 10 Cycling Destination by Lonely Planet in 2009.  Since then, tens of cycling tour companies are putting the Cabot Trail on their menu with custom made packages.  Here’s a short list for you to read about all the beauty of the trail and compare.

Eastwind Cycle

Pedal and Sea Adventures

Atlantic Canada Cycling

Frameworks Fitness

Freewheeling Adventures

Cycle Canada 

Great Canadian Adventure Company






by:  Bob White,  


Hi Everyone


I am very busy doing bike related stuff, part is the added interest centered around bicycling due to the HRM bus strike and part of it is due to my recent acceptance as a CAN-BIKE National Examiner. In addition, I sit on a cross Canada advisory board to the president of the Canadian Cycling Association.


Through my website, I get lots of bike related correspondence hence have a real feel for what is going on, not just here in HRM, but across the province, country and beyond. In addition, I have become involved with several new and exciting bike related projects working with both kids as well as adults. One of these projects which I am really pleased to be associated with is Bike 360 for adults with challenging pasts who are turning their lives around and the bicycle is at the core of this program.


I have an immediate need for the six participants of this "pilot" program (that could well be rolled out in other areas). I am looking for men's bikes, any size, any types. They could be that old steel 1st generation mountain bike, a hybrid, an old  3, 5, or 10 speed that is collecting dust in the garage / basement. It doesn't matter if it has flat tires, broken brakes as these can be readily repaired. (the frame needs to be undamaged). If you have such a bike, and live in HRM - let me know and I will come and pick it up. Thank you.


I would also like to remind you of Bike Again, located 2786 Agricola Street at the old Bloomfield Center (Google Bike Again Halifax and it will come up). Many dedicated volunteers spend countless hours there restoring old bike that were earmarked for landfills and provide the "new" bikes to needy folks of all ages. This is a win, win, win (the last win is for the environment). So, don't turf that old bike or bike parts - give them to Bike Again. You may also want to consider making a small cash donation,. as funding is tight and they have ongoing expenses, like tires, tubes, chains, oil and the like.


Oh, this is also a great time to get your bike out and take it to your favourite bike shop and have it serviced (while things are slow).


Cheers and tailwinds


Bob White

CAN-BIKE Instructor / National Examiner /






I'm getting into sprint triathlons just for fun.  I'm not looking to invest a lot but looking for a bike suitable for a small beginning women...

email Meghan:  meghanfinney(at)




by: Misha Leblanc, Moncton


You have found a great USED bike, GREAT; now make sure it has not been reported to the Canadian Police Information Centre as stolen.


Here is the link to the database that the RCMP uses to track criminals and stolen goods.


Please note this is only an indicator and unreported items will not show. 


An original purchase receipt will also add to your protection against purchasing hot items. Many people who purchase quality bikes maintain a file for insurance purposes, in case their item gets stolen.


Happy trails



source:  The News


Last October, just about every week day morning, Lydia and MacLean Tobin have been doing some out of the ordinary.  


Instead of getting up each morning for school, having their breakfast and waiting the bus to come, the two West Pictou Consolidated School students have been jumping on their bikes and peddling to school.


"We leave about 7:30ish and we get there around 8 a.m.," said MacLean. "We were biking in the morning sometimes in the summer and mom said maybe we could try biking to school sometimes so we said 'sure.'"


The brother and sister, ages 8 and 10, biked to and from school with their mother Lorraine about four days a week, depending on the weather and their after school activities.


"There was almost a mutiny one day when it was too cold but we went and got thin hats for under our helmets and mini gloves," said Lorraine.

Rae Gunn of Active Pictou County said the Tobin family is a perfect example of how people can take small steps to become a little bit more active.


Gunn said she understands that some times such obstacles as distance or high traffic areas restrict students from walking or cycling to school, but she said everyone can make an effort to be active.


"It's important to start slow, maybe doing something a few days a week or biking only one way," she said.



NOT  NEW  ONES  BUT  STILL  VERY  FUNNY !      IT CAN BE HARD   KEEPING A STRAIGHT FACE AS A COURT REPORTER These are from a book called Disorder in the American Courts, and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and now published by court reporters that had the torment of staying calm while these exchanges were actually taking place.

ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning?
WITNESS:     He said , 'Where am I, Cathy?'
ATTORNEY:  And why did that upset you?
WITNESS:     My name is Susan!

ATTORNEY:  What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
WITNESS:     Gucci sweats and Reeboks.

ATTORNEY:  Are you sexually active?
WITNESS:     No, I just lie there.

ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
WITNESS:     Yes.
ATTORNEY:  And in what ways does it affect your memory?
WITNESS:     I forget.
ATTORNEY:  You forget?  Can you give us an example of something you forgot?

ATTORNEY:  Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning?
WITNESS:  Did you actually pass the bar exam?

ATTORNEY:  The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?
WITNESS:      He's 20, much like your IQ.

ATTORNEY:  Were you present when your picture was taken?
WITNESS:     Are you shitting me?

ATTORNEY:  So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?
WITNESS:     Yes.
ATTORNEY:  And what were you doing at that time?
WITNESS:     Getting laid

ATTORNEY:  She had three children, right?
WITNESS:     Yes.
ATTORNEY:  How many were boys?
WITNESS:   None.
ATTORNEY:   Were there any girls?
WITNESS:      Your Honor, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney?

ATTORNEY:  How was your first marriage terminated?
WITNESS:     By death..
ATTORNEY:  And by whose death was it terminated?
WITNESS:     Take a guess.

ATTORNEY:  Can you describe the individual?
WITNESS:     He was about medium height and had a beard
ATTORNEY:  Was this a male or a female?
WITNESS:     Unless the Circus was in town I'm going with male.

ATTORNEY:  Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?
WITNESS:  No, this is how I dress when I go to work.

ATTORNEY:  Doctor, how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead people?
WITNESS:     All of them ... The live ones put up too much of a fight.

ATTORNEY:  ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did you go to?
WITNESS:     Oral ...

ATTORNEY:  Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
WITNESS:     The autopsy started around 8:30 PM
ATTORNEY:  And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?
WITNESS:     If not, he was by the time I finished.

And last:

ATTORNEY:  Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
WITNESS:     No.
ATTORNEY:  Did you check for blood pressure?
WITNESS:     No.
ATTORNEY:  Did you check for breathing?
WITNESS:     No.
ATTORNEY:  So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
WITNESS:     No.
ATTORNEY:  How can you be so sure, Doctor?
WITNESS:     Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY:  I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
WITNESS:     Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law. 




Jacques Cote

Editor, Velo Cape Breton eNewsletter

March 1st, 2012

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