Pre-Season Ride: for all Levels, 1:00 at Donegan Park

Tomorrow we’ve got some nice temperatures in the forecast so we seize the moment again (hoping rain stays away), and do a pre-season ride from Donegan Park.  There is no particular route planned. The goal is twofold—1. to get our legs moving again, and 2. to get out bums comfortable in the saddle (more on that in a sec). We’ll have something for everyone! We’ll divide up into groupings of similar ability, with the more experienced heading out into the countryside, and the newest riders sticking together locally, while some of the new Ride Leaders will head out for their own training session. 

What about that sore bum thing?
Here’s the deal—your bum will probably be a little tender after the ride and it’s common.  Even the most experienced will tell you that it takes 3-5 rides at the beginning of the season before that tenderness magically disappears, regardless of your saddle shape and its rigidity. It’s all about time spent on your bike.  Get out on a few pre-season rides and by the time May comes around it will resolve itself!

Date: Tuesday April 12
Time: 1pm
Start location: Donegan Park, 25 D’Arcy St. Cobourg’
Ride Planner(s): Anita, Randy, Dennis

RSVP: Please use your Cycle Club Account to indicate that you’ll ride.  If you plan to ride as a guest, please bring a guest waiver with you (available on the NHCC website).

Short-notice ride: 3:00 at Hamilton Township Offices

It’s short notice, but that’s how these pre-season rides sometime work. We seize the moment! This ride is at 3:00, starting at Hamilton Township Offices.  We’ll just head out for a Level 3-ish ride, with the goal being mostly to get our butts accustomed to being in the saddle again.  There are a few hills out here and it’s a little windy out, but we’ll take it easy.

Time: 3:00pm
Start Location: Hamilton Township Municipal Offices, 8285 Majestic Hills Road
Ride Planner: Anita 
Level of difficulty: Level 3

RSVP: Please RSVP using your Cycle Club account.  (Or leave a comment, if you don’t know how to use Cycle Club yet)

Pre-season Gravel Ride: Sunday at 2pm

Looks like a nice day for a gravel ride. We’ll start at Hazel Bird sanctuary and do the gravel roads and trails in the area, starting easy and building from there. “Level 3+” means there are some hills, and you can expect a little challenge as is typical in most gravel rides. Gravel or mountain bikes are best suited for this type of ride.

Date: Sunday April 10, 2022,
Time: 2pm-4pm
Start location: Hazel Bird Nature Reserve, 9636 Beavermeadow Rd. E, Baltimore
Ride Planner: Helmut Bock
Level of difficulty: 3+

RSVP required: Please use your Cycle Club account (you’ll need to register for one, if you haven’t already) to RSVP and let Helmut know you plan to ride. 

Bike for sale: Scott Sportster XSO Hybrid

From Peter: “The bike is a Scott Sportster XSO hybrid which I am no longer using and would like to offer it to someone who could use it.
It is 24 a speed with Shimano Acera shifters.  Your choice of clipless or regular pedals.  The step over is about 28″  Tire size is 28×1.25.  The bike has only been lightly used on club rides.  There are a few light scratches which have been touched up (who hasn’t fallen off their bike?). I am asking $500 OBO.”
Contact Peter by email here, or by phone at 289-252-0394

Bike for sale—Kona Hoss Mountain Bike

22″ Kona Hoss Mountain Bike, Hardtail, front suspension, 7005 Aluminum frame, NEW TRP Spyke mechanical disc brakes and levers, 26″x2.25 Schwalbe Tabletop Tires, 3×9; 24-36-44; 11-36, Shimano Deore, SKS Fenders, Rear rack.  Comes with an assortment of winter tires and tubes.  Good bike, well maintained, only one owner, $550
Contact: Lesley 647-521-6264 or email Lesley 

Bike for Sale!

As promised, here are few bike listings if you or someone you know is looking for a higher end road bike. Any NHCC Member is welcome to submit a bike for sale if you think it might be of interest to other club members. Ok, lets go!

True North custom built titanium road/light touring bike  $3,500*

This is simply an exceptional, gorgeous bicycle, and is fully-equipped to take you on some grand touring adventures. Small (approx. 50cm). Hand-built in Ontario. Titanium, Granny Smith Sparkle Green. Cadence carbon fork, Campagnolo components except brakes (Shimano for wider tire clearance), triple crank,13-29 cassette, Campy Record hubs, Ambrosio Excellight 700C rims 32H, Thomson Elite seatpost, 700X28C tires, Chris King treadless headset, Look KEO pedals, Brooks saddle, Tubus Racks, front and rear, MEC rear bag, four MEC panniers, two dry bags. Bike comes equipped with a SON Hub Dynamo mounted on a Easton R90 SL front wheel and IQ-X Bush + Muller Front and Rear Lights. (Selling for a friend). Paid over $5600 new without the add-ons. Receipts available.  

*Can negotiate a lower price if dynamo/lights are removed, but would prefer to keep it all together.

Contact for more details: Randy—905-376-8696

Pre-Season Ride – Thursday 2pm

Tomorrow is looking like a bright sunny day. Perhaps a good day for a early season ride. Since it is generally a little warmer away from the lake, I was thinking we could start at the Hamilton Township Municipal office and head on up to Rice Lake. We can make it up as we go along. Nothing crazy, just a chance to get out there. Considering the elevation we would traditionally consider this a level 3 ride

How to RSVP (Members): 

  • Log into Cycle Club either on the web, or on your mobile device and go from there. If you aren’t setup yet, head on over to the website and take a look in the right hand column and click on the “Cycle Club”.


Hey NHCCers! Looking to Buy, Sell, or Upgrade your Bike?

Spring is right around the corner so we might as well get busy preparing for the sunny cycling weather.  We know there are a number of folks just within the NHCC circle who are looking to buy/sell/trade/upgrade their bikes.  As a service to our members, from now until our official season starts we’ll help you out. Send us some pictures and information about the bike(s) you are selling, we’ll post it on our website! Include pictures of the whole bike, and some closeups of the components and other details (year, model, etc.) We can include your contact information, or if you prefer, we can forward interested parties to you through our club email! 

Coming soon, just to get things started….

  • Custom Built Trek Emonda (50cm-Small)
  • True North titanium touring bicycle (Small)

Pictures and details to be posted tomorrow!

Ride Leaders Meeting (Postponed till next week)

We’re postponing the meeting till next week (date and time to be determined), so you still have time to give it some thought.  

The NHCC is still looking for some more help and support leading rides! You don’t need a load of experience because we have mentors who will work side-by-side with you until your confidence sets in! The more ride leaders, the more rides—so we know what fewer ride leaders means, don’t we 😉

If you haven’t submitted your name already please do so! It’s the ride leaders who will determine how many rides the NHCC will have, and when they will take place.  So, if you want to be an NHCC influencer, we’d love to have you on board!

Think you could pitch in? A little or a lot, we’ll take it! Please RSVP by either completing the form below. If unable to view form, you can email to indicate you’ll come!