COVID-19 Cycling Advisory

These are difficult times and we need to be good, responsible members of our communities. Everyone is finding ways to cope. Stress relief is important and healthy. We love cycling, that’s why we’re club members. Can we ride our bikes during this? As long as you are not showing COVID-19 symptoms and have not been exposed to someone who is infected with coronavirus or has recently traveled, it is probably helpful for your mental well-being (and your immune system) to get out for a ride. Keep riding your bike, indoors and out. But be smart and safe about it and much safer than usual. You really don’t want to end up in the hospital right now, for everyone’s sake. Here’s some guidelines from one of your board member and professor of epidemiology, Dr. Meg Thorburn (how many cycling club’s have one of those?(!)). She recommends the following:                     

Do not ride outside if you have a fever, dry cough, fatigue or have returned from recent travel unless you have successfully completed the mandatory 14 day self-isolation with no signs of the previously mentioned symptoms.

Do not group ride.

Only ride alone or with household members that you are in regular contact with.

Stay away from busy public spaces.

Stay at least two metres away from anyone you meet on your ride.

Why?

The disease is spread through respiratory droplets either directly or indirectly, in the air or from surfaces in which the droplets have landed. So far, we know that this disease is more contagious and more deadly than a regular flu. But we don’t know how long this virus can survive on open surfaces. Wash your hands after touching public surfaces. Soap and alcohol (hand sanitizer) destroys the virus’s protective shell. 

Summary

The best plan for riding right now is to go out and ride solo and enjoy the outdoors, in non-crowded areas. Choose a time of day to ride when you know your route will be less crowded with people and traffic.  Ride even more cautiously than usual – this is really not the time for an emergency room visit!

And very importantly, if you are sick or at risk of spreading the virus, do not go outside – self isolate.

For a really good explanation of COVID- 19 watch this short video – The Corona Virus Explained & What You Should Do

Looking forward to seeing and riding with you in more normal times.

Rusty

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GCAT (Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation) AGM

Our local active transport advocacy group is hosting their AGM February 20th and any interested members should consider attending. They do a lot of great work in our community which we benefit from as cyclists. There is a guest keynote speaker, Jason Thorne, head of Planning and Economic Development in the City of Hamilton.

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2020 Kit Order Window is Closed

Update, March 1: Thank you to all of the members who placed their club kit orders. We are expecting delivery the first week of April!

Kit ordering for the 2020 season is now open!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Go to https://www.sugoicustomorder.com/speedriver2020
  2. Click “Create Your Account Now” and follow the steps to make an account
  3. Add all and any items you’d like to purchase to your cart
  4. Checkout with your correct billing and shipping information, selecting $15 flat shipping to your address
  5. Hurry up and wait!

The order window runs from February 8th until February 22nd at midnight. Lead times have the kit being delivered to your home the last week of March!

FIT KIT & SIZE GUIDE:
Fit kit will be available at Speed River Bicycle in-store on the following dates/times: February 13th, 14th, and 15th, from 10am until 6pm.
If you can’t make it, or need to double-check your sizing, the Sugoi size guide can be found here: https://custom.sugoi.com/fit-sizing-guide/

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