PHOENIX METRO BICYCLE CLUB
pmbcaz.org The Hub: March 2010

The Hub: March 2010
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 3/28/2010

March 2010
A "Special Announcement" from the Prez
  Former PMBC VP Running for Chandler City Council. By Ron Waller.
March 27 Saturday Cycling Report
  Windy Conditions on AhwaFooty Route. By Sue Fassett.
March 20 Saturday Cycling Report
  Mining Country Century Reduce McKellips Loop to 69 Riders. By Sue Fassett.
March 13 Saturday Cycling Report
  98 Riders Show for Mummy Mountain Route and Free Food. By Sue Fassett.
March 6 Saturday Cycling Report
  Impatient Bulldozer Starts 72 Cyclists on Ride to South Mountain. By Sue Fassett.
Bicycle Club of the Year!
  League of American Bicyclists Selects PMBC as co-Bicycle Club of the Year. By Bob Beane.


A "Special Announcement" from the Prez
Former PMBC VP Running for Chandler City Council

Added March 28, 2010
written by Ron Waller

"Former PMBC vice president, Kevin Hartke, is running for City Council in Chandler this year. In a recent communication to one of our PMBC members, Kevin commented, "I continue to love and encourage cycling (and give away police donated bicycles). With the increases projected for gasoline and mass transportation, cycling is more than ever a healthy, efficient and viable mode of transportation." Chandler residents and others who would like to find out more about Kevin's campaign may visit: www.KevinHartke.com."

Ron Waller, President
Phoenix Metro Bicycle Club

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March 27 Saturday Cycling Report
Windy Conditions on AhwaFooty Route

Added March 28, 2010
written by Sue Fassett

Hi All!

The gentle breeze blowing the dust around in the parking lot this morning should have given our 87 riders a hint of what the rising sun would bring with it. Some laughed in the face of the wind and took on the full route, while others bowed out part way along and headed back in early. Even the patio at breakfast wasn't sheltered much from the gusty conditions, though the group did attempt to counter that with large amounts of hot air!

Coming up...

Saturday 4/3/10 7:00am Kiwanis Park. Note the earlier start time! The St. Francis Loop takes us on a figure eight up through town. Route options 26 miles or 36 miles, both with moderate climbing. Breakfast at Einstein's, northwest corner McClintock and Guadalupe.

Saturday 4/10/10 7:00am Kiwanis Park. We head back to South Mountain Park to see how the wildflowers are doing. Route options 24 miles with a bit of gentle climbing, 38 miles with moderate climbing, or 39 miles with lots of climbing. Breakfast at AZ Bread, southeast of Elliot and Kyrene.

Saturday 4/17/10 7:00am Kiwanis Park. The Tour de Sue takes us to the south, with route options of either 25 miles or 35 miles, no climbing. Breakfast at AZ Bread, southeast of Elliot & Kyrene. Note, if you are assisting us with the City of Chandler's Family Ride on this date, we'll be rolling out with SatCycling and splitting off from the home team at the first regroup to go to the city's ride.

Tid bits

A message today from our club's social director (which considering how social we are, she's a hard working gal!).

Join your cycling friends on Saturday, April 17th for a spring outing on the patio at Macayo's Depot Cantina. The restaurant is located at 300 S. Ash, Tempe (cross roads are 3rd St & Ash). Happy Hour starts at 5pm with the option of ordering dinner. The purchase of food and drink will be covered by each attendee. Come celebrate spring and riding in warmer climates!!! Please RSVP to Tina Miller or 480-385-9969.

Ride safe.

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March 20 Saturday Cycling Report
Mining Country Century Reduce McKellips Loop to 69 Riders

Added March 19, 2010
written by Sue Fassett

Hi All!

The draw of the Mining Country Century reduced our home crowd to 69 riders this morning. We were all pleased to see peace restored to the kingdom, with the parking area re-assembled at the park and bathrooms open again. After an in-depth discussion about whether CaveMan could donate his beard to Locks of Love when he shaves it off for the spring weather this week, we got underway. The traditional headwind was in motion for our romp across McKellips, and combining that with a detour to dodge the swiftly flowing river, the herd ended up selecting numerous variations of how to make their way to breakfast.

Coming up...

Saturday 3/27/10 7:30am Kiwanis Park. We head for the hills on the AhwaFooty route. Options of 24 miles with one gentle climb or 35 miles with moderate climbing. Breakfast at AZ Bread, southeast of Kyrene & Elliott.

Saturday 4/3/10 7:00am Kiwanis Park. Note the earlier start time! The St. Francis Loop takes us on a figure eight up through town. Route options 26 miles or 36 miles, both with moderate climbing. Breakfast at Einstein's, northwest corner McClintock and Guadalupe.

Saturday 4/10/10 7:00am Kiwanis Park. We head back to South Mountain Park to see how the wildflowers are doing. Route options 24 miles with a bit of gentle climbing, 38 miles with moderate climbing, or 39 miles with lots of climbing. Breakfast at AZ Bread, southeast of Elliot and Kyrene.

Tid bits

The spring event pedals are underway, with numerous charity rides and a few "timed recreational rides" (which is a creative way to keep from calling an event a race for insurance purposes!) tossed into the mix. These adventures can be great fun and a neat way to pedal on some roads we don't get to on Saturdays. If you enter one, take your cycling courtesy and group riding skills with you. When riding with a large number of cyclists, unless you are Lance Armstrong, somebody is going to be riding faster than you. Keep tight to the right side of the road, allowing faster moving cyclists to flow by your left. When you want to pass another rider, check over your left shoulder for other cyclists over taking you before you move out to pass. If you need to stop, get yourself to the right and out of the flow of cyclists before you do, and signal that you are pulling over. Ride in a straight smooth line forward, avoiding shifting your line back and forth side to side. Even if you have traffic clearance (police or deputies at the intersections waving you through), stay very aware of the traffic pattern. Drivers (and cyclists) often get confused by the hand signals being given by the officials directing the flow of things, and you don't want to end up as a hood ornament.

Ride safe.

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March 13 Saturday Cycling Report
98 Riders Show for Mummy Mountain Route and Free Food

Added March 19, 2010
written by Sue Fassett and Mike Kirk

Hi All!

While your intrepid ride reporter was off battling the winds on the Solvang ride, Mike Kirk bravely stepped up to lead the home team last Saturday morning. He has written a great post ride missive:

We had 98 riders come out this morning, as the attraction of a free breakfast was just too much of a temptation to stay in bed and at sign-in all our hungry cyclists were greeted by an imitation Sue. Most riders could not tell the difference, so our sign-in went smoothly. The parking lot is still a mess and we were joined by another group attempting to have breakfast in the battle scarred Kiwanis Park, so parking was at a premium. The morning was beautiful as we set off on our romp to Mummy Mountain, with our group taking numerous routes to make it to the Scottsdale Hometown Buffet for our quarterly General Membership Meeting. It was just a great day to be out cycling with old and new friends alike, plus free food is good. As usual, the meeting was entertaining and we all learned the club is solvent, so we can all come back for the next quarterly breakfast.

Coming up...

Saturday 3/20/10 7:30am Kiwanis Park. The McKellips Loop takes us to northeast (across the hopefully dry river bed!). Route options 28 miles or 37 miles, with a bit of gentle climbing. Breakfast at Einstein's, northwest corner Guadalupe & McClintock.

Saturday 3/27/10 7:30am Kiwanis Park. We head for the hills on the AhwaFooty route. Options of 24 miles with one gentle climb or 35 miles with moderate climbing. Breakfast at AZ Bread, southeast of Kyrene & Elliott.

Saturday 4/3/10 7:00am Kiwanis Park. Please note the earlier start time of 7:00 am! We'll head on a belated April Fool's Mystery Ride which is designed to fool even the most dedicated cyclist. There will be options, but you will not know them until we are ready to tell you. Just be at the park on time to start on the adventure of a lifetime. The breakfast stop will also be a mystery, but there will be plenty of coffee for those of you that need that caffeine buzz every morning. (Editor's note, we're actually heading north on the St. Francis Loop on this date, with breakfast at Einstein's, but Mike's description of the unknown route was too good to pass up!)

Tid bits

If you haven't volunteered for a club event for some time, Bob Beane is giving our membership another opportunity to give back to the club. At the membership meeting he announced that he would like to resurrect the Tour de Payson ride on Saturday, May 8th. This ride was an annual event for many years, but has not been held since 2005. The route is beautiful, with very little traffic, lots of pine trees and includes a catered lunch. We'll need about 5 volunteers to make this happen and the club will be reimbursing all volunteers for their mileage. If you have interest in volunteering or riding this year, please drop a note to Bob Beane.

Ride safe.

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March 6 Saturday Cycling Report
Impatient Bulldozer Starts 72 Cyclists on Ride to South Mountain

Added March 7, 2010
written by Sue Fassett

Hi All!

We had 72 riders get signed in for the romp this morning, before we were run out of the parking lot by an impatient bulldozer. Starting the ride right at the ding of official start time caught a number of attendees by surprise, so as we rolled along we gathered in the rest of the group. It was a perfect day to take on South Mountain, though not enough sun to bring out the wildflowers. The sunny seats at the edge of the patio at AZ Bread were in demand, and we did an excellent job of trying to empty their bottomless coffee urns.

Coming up...

Saturday 3/13/10 7:30am Kiwanis Park. It's time for our club's quarterly membership breakfast meeting! Yes, that means FREE FOOD! Location is the Home Town Buffet in Scottsdale. Ride with us from Kiwanis Park on the Mummy Mountain route or if you're aiming to join us there, the eating will begin about 9:00am, with the meeting starting at 9:30am. Home Town is on the west side of Scottsdale Road, at Bellevue, which is between McKellips & McDowell. Free eats for all PMBC members, $8.25 for non-members.

Saturday 3/20/10 7:30am Kiwanis Park. The McKellips Loop takes us to northeast (across the hopefully dry river bed!). Route options 28 miles or 37 miles, with a bit of gentle climbing. Breakfast at Einstein's, northwest corner Guadalupe & McClintock.

Saturday 3/27/10 7:30am Kiwanis Park. We head for the hills on the AhwaFooty route. Options of 24 miles with one gentle climb or 35 miles with moderate climbing. Breakfast at AZ Bread, southeast of Kyrene & Elliott.

Tid bits

If you're joining us next Saturday for the club breakfast meeting, bring your checkbook or some cash as our clothing "store" will be up and running. Rumor has that club winter wear (long sleeve jerseys and vests) will be offered for a reduced price and if you're a petite gal, we have the perfect discount priced shorts for you!

Some of us gather bikes into our lives like other people collect shoes. You buy a new bike and just can't bring yourself to let go of your prior one. Or you have a road bike, a mountain bike, a commuter, a cruiser... the list goes on and on. We have a club member who had only one bike in her flock, and earlier this week a mean person took it. (People who steal bikes are pretty deep into bad karma territory.) So, the clarion call is out to the pack. We need a used road bike or a lightweight hybrid steed, something in about a 50-52cm, for a 5'3" gal who is full of sweetness but short on funds.

Ride safe.

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Bicycle Club of the Year!
League of American Bicyclists Selects PMBC as co-Bicycle Club of the Year

Added March 1, 2010
written by Bob Beane

It is my distinct pleasure to announce that the Phoenix Metro Bicycle Club has been selected by the League of American Bicyclists as the co-Bike Club of the Year in Region 5. We tied with the New Mexico Touring Society (a very well-respected club over the years), and as far as I know this is the first time we have been recognized by the LAB for any national/regional award. Look for the next American Bicyclist Magazine article announcing the winners.

I am extremely proud of this award, as I think it is long-overdue recognition for a number of our current and past members and leaders.

Congratulations!

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