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The Hub: June 2016
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 6/30/2016

June 2016
June 25 Saturday Cycling Report
  Climbing in the Foothills in the Summer Heat. By Ken St.John
June 18 Saturday Cycling Report
  Usual Camaraderie and Simple Joy of Cycling on St. Francis Loop. By Ken St.John
June 11 Saturday Cycling Report
  Sixty-Four Cyclists Sign-In to Ride to the Quarterly Membership Meeting. By Ken St.John
June 4 Saturday Cycling Report
  Record Breaking Heat Wave. By Ken St.John
May 28 Saturday Cycling Report
  Beautiful Spring Morning for Climbing. By Ken St.John


June 25 Saturday Cycling Report
Climbing in the Foothills in the Summer Heat

Added June 30, 2016
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Wendell tells me there were 39 signed in last Saturday to climb the foothills in the summer heat, and some of them wanted to know if we have a 4th of July ride scheduled for Monday. Yes we do. The Sunday Kickoff Ride is doing the honors this year with a route that starts and ends at Joe's Farm Grill in Gilbert. As always, the Kickoff group is no-drop, but I don't think that prohibits a pack of experienced cyclists from going off the front at a brisker pace.

Coming up...

Saturday, 07/02/16 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Research to Oak
The Research to Oak route takes us on a clockwise loop around town, with 31 miles and no hills, or 38 miles with some moderate climbing. Breakfast is at Panera Bread. Sunrise: 5:23

July 4 (Mon) 6:30 a.m., Fourth of July Ride
The Sunday Kickoff Ride will host a no-drop ride on Monday, July 4th at 6:30 a.m. from Joe's Farm Grill, 3000 E. Ray Rd. in Gilbert. Distance: about 30 miles. Speed: 17 mph on the flats; overall average speed around 15 mph. Breakfast after the ride. Sunrise: 5:24

Saturday, 07/09/16 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Lucky 7's
The Lucky 7's route loops clockwise to the south and takes advantage of some of the new roads over by the Wild Horse Pass casino/resort area. The name plays off the mileage options of 27, 37 and 47 miles, plus the two casinos along the way. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co at Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 5:26

Saturday, 07/16/16 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. McKellips Loop
This 28- or 37-mile loop will take you north through Tempe and then east through Mesa on McKellips Road, returning to Paradise Bakery for breakfast. Sunrise: 5:30

Tid Bits...

Wherever you decide to ride on the 4th of July, I suggest you stay away from Tempe. There are traditionally day-long road closures for their big celebration.

A couple of our weekly club rides that tend to attract mostly retirees have seen a drop in participation due to the loss of winter visitors and some injuries in the leadership ranks. If you ever have the chance to participate with the Sun Lakes group or the Wednesday morning no-drop ride, be sure to contact the ride leader before, to confirm that it's on, and what the start time and location are. They sometimes improvise to meet evolving needs. There is an email link for each of the ride leaders in the Ride Schedule page of the web site.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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June 18 Saturday Cycling Report
Usual Camaraderie and Simple Joy of Cycling on St. Francis Loop

Added June 25, 2016
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

I counted an even fifty cyclists' names on the sign-in sheets for the St. Francis Loop. It was blissfully uneventful as I recall; just the usual camaraderie, and the simple joy of cycling. We did have a photographer set up on Guadalupe to catch us turning into the morning sun; that's unusual. He didn't say why or what for, but we helped him choose his vantage point. As it happened, an unusually large number of us turned right instead, to take the shorter route on a hot hilly day. Maybe that way he was able to catch my good side.

I have my June Saturday off coming up this weekend. Wendell will be leading the Ahwafooty ride in my place.

Coming up...

Saturday, 06/25/16 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Ahwafooty
We'll circle around to approach the Ahwatukee-Foothills from the south with 24- and 35-mile options and moderate climbing on the longer route. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co at Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 5:20 (going up)

Saturday, 07/02/16 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Research to Oak
The Research to Oak route takes us on a clockwise loop around town, with 31 miles and no hills, or 38 miles with some moderate climbing. Breakfast is at Panera Bread. Sunrise: 5:23

Saturday, 07/09/16 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Lucky 7's
The Lucky 7's route loops clockwise to the south and takes advantage of some of the new roads over by the Wild Horse Pass casino/resort area. The name plays off the mileage options of 27, 37 and 47 miles, plus the two casinos along the way. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co at Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 5:26

Tid Bits...

Regarding last week's AM/PM rant, the Length of Lindsay map is updated (including the part about Panera Bread), my comments were sent to Arco but have yet to be acknowledged, and a few people gave me some helpful feedback. Two wanted everyone to know that it is illegal in Arizona for any public establishment to deny drinking water to anyone for any reason. That's why I was so confident in my indignation at the time. Two also gently reminded me of the importance of being courteous. I may have done better to inform the attendant about AZ law in a polite tone. I guess I was more intent on asserting our rights rather than constructive problem solving. We should always try to say thank-you with a smile and a wave for the water that we have freely received; right after cleaning up any mess we've made.

Anyone interested in the Amtrak Century in CA needs to know that it has been rescheduled to September 17, and registration begins at 7am this Sunday, June 26.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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June 11 Saturday Cycling Report
Sixty-Four Cyclists Sign-In to Ride to the Quarterly Membership Meeting

Added June 15, 2016
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

We had sixty-four cyclists sign-in to ride to the quarterly membership meeting. That's our biggest number since March of last year! And it was a hot one; I used a lot of water on my head, neck and wrists for the evaporative cooling. At the meeting I learned that the treasury is intact, the membership numbers are a little lower but still strong, and that Jan is one year older than Ann. Neither one of these strong-riding role models are octo's yet, but we'll have to check again at the next meeting. For a little balance, we have at least two new 20-something members, who are equally welcome and appreciated.

Please be prepared for even hotter temperatures on the St. Francis Loop this coming Saturday. As an added inconvenience there is some very difficult to navigate road construction on Rio Salado just east of Alma School. After the regroup at the QT on Extension and University, I'm going to recommend that those on the long route proceed west on University for one mile, then turn south on Longmore to get to Rio Salado.

Coming up...

Saturday, 06/18/16 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. St. Francis Loop
Both the 25-mile and 36-mile options include three moderate hills, taking you north through Papago Park, around the St. Francis Cemetery, and returning to Tempe via south Scottsdale. Breakfast at Panera Bread on McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 5:18

Saturday, 06/25/16 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Ahwafooty
We'll circle around to approach the Ahwatukee-Foothills from the south with 24- and 35-mile options and moderate climbing on the longer route. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co at Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 5:20 (going up)

Saturday, 07/02/16 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Research to Oak
The Research to Oak route takes us on a clockwise loop around town, with 31 miles and no hills, or 38 miles with some moderate climbing. Breakfast at Panera Bread. Sunrise: 5:23

Tid Bits...

While riding at the tail end of the B group on the long route I had the kind of experience that often goes viral on YouTube. When I rolled into the AM/PM at Lindsay and University to regroup, I was told by those ahead of me that we were not being allowed to enter the store. I needed to refill my water bottle, so I boldly stepped inside and was greeted by these words in a loud voice from behind the counter: "Hey! Biker! GET OUT!!" I responded in a similar volume that I needed water, I'm going in to get that water, and that telling me 'no' is not an option. More yelling ensued.

After me came Wendell. He took the more grown-up, good-cop approach and calmly asked her why. She claimed that the group just ahead of us had made a big mess at the soda fountain and she had to clean it all up. After speaking to some of the fast pack, it sounds like they got a hostile reception too, even before they had a chance to make the mess they were accused of leaving. Regardless, there's just no way that a business should be able to deny service, let alone water on a hot summer day, based on the kind of horse we rode in on. These are the actions I intend to take as follow-up:

  1. Revise the Length of Lindsay map to move the long-route regroup to the Quick Trip on University at extension; the same one we will use this week on the St. Francis Loop. The AM/PM will probably consider this a win-win.
  2. Cut and paste what I'm writing here and share it with someone responsible for the offending store, and to Arco-AM/PM's corporate complaint department, if I can find one.
  3. Check all of our other route maps and eliminate AM/PM as a regroup location wherever possible.
  4. Avoid buying gasoline or anything else from any Arco AM/PM store. But that's just me; it's not a movement or anything.
  5. Try to not leave a mess when I use any of the facilities at the regroups.

QT's have consistently been the most customer friendly convenience stores I've visited. They seem to know that cleaning up is part of doing business. Typically they are too busy serving customers to even notice whether all you did was use their restroom and take some water, or if you were there to buy doughnuts and rolling tube meats. The newer Circle-K's look just like all the QT's, but a lot of the older ones don't have public restrooms, and haven't always been very happy to see us either. Our new Chandler-Pecos East route uses two Chevron stations, and they checked out fine on the test ride. In a free market, it's important to have choices.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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June 4 Saturday Cycling Report
Record Breaking Heat Wave

Added June 9, 2016
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

In answer to the question, "What do you do when there is a record breaking heat wave in the desert?", fifty-five cyclists can say "We get out and ride, just like any other Saturday morning." As far as I know, all went well.

Please let me know if you have any comments regarding the new Chandler-Pecos Loop route. The only map error I know of is not relabeling Chandler Blvd. as Williams Field Rd. east of Gilbert. I'm still not happy with the name. Besides being dull, it can cause confusion with the Ahwatukee-Foothills version of those two streets. I think I'll rename it Chandler-Pecos East unless I hear a better suggestion.

Coming up...

Saturday, 06/11/16 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Length of Lindsay
It's time for another Quarterly Membership Meeting. We will use the Length of Lindsay route to get us from Kiwanis to Jason's Deli on Frye behind the Chandler Mall. Sign-in will begin at 8:00am and the meeting should start around 8:45. Sunrise: 5:18

Saturday, 06/18/16 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. St. Francis Loop
Both the 25-mile and 36-mile options include three moderate hills, taking you north through Papago Park, around the St. Francis Cemetery, and returning to Tempe via south Scottsdale. Breakfast at Panera Bread on McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 5:18

Saturday, 06/25/16 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Ahwafooty
We'll circle around to approach the Ahwatukee-Foothills from the south with 24- and 35-mile options and moderate climbing on the longer route. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co at Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 5:20 (going up)

Tid Bits...

As of last check we had more people arranging accommodations near Mormon lake than we have registered for the Tour de Flagstaff. Please go on-line and sign-up! We expect more of a crowd this year, and Bob needs to know how much pasta to buy.

This past week ended my 4th year as Saturday Cycling's ride leader. I think I'll mark the occasion with a finger waggle.

To supplement the State of Arizona's traffic laws, PMBC adds two rules for participating in our events:

  • Helmets are required
  • Ear phones are forbidden

I've never heard of any push-back on the helmet rule, but more and more I'm seeing little wires going from jersey to helmet. It's never a good idea to impair your hearing when you're riding in traffic; especially when you are also clustered among other cyclists who are depending on you to be alert and attentive. We want everyone focused on riding, not enjoying an opera, hearing a good book, or learning to speak French.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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May 28 Saturday Cycling Report
Beautiful Spring Morning for Climbing

Added June 5, 2016
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Thirty-seven cyclists were treated to another beautiful spring morning for climbing. I hope the participants in the Iron Horse Classic had it as good. I miss May already. Our real number must have been above 40; I counted at least 4 who rolled up to the breakfast but hadn't started with us at the park.

Coming up...

Saturday, 06/04/16 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Chandler-Pecos Loop
The extra-long route sails east on Chandler Blvd all the way from Rural to Power, returning by way of Pecos. Distance options are 28, 34 and 42 miles; the shorter routes simply head over to Pecos a little earlier. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co (SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot). Sunrise: 5:19

Saturday, 06/11/16 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Length of Lindsay
It's time for another Quarterly Membership Meeting. We will use the Length of Lindsay route to get us from Kiwanis to Jason's Deli on Frye behind the Chandler Mall. Sign-in will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the meeting should start around 8:45. Sunrise: 5:18

Saturday, 06/18/16 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. St. Francis Loop
Both the 25-mile and 36-mile options include three moderate hills, taking you north through Papago Park, around the St. Francis Cemetery, and returning to Tempe via south Scottsdale. Breakfast at Panera Bread on McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 5:18

Tid Bits...

Remember: anytime Saturday map that says breakfast is at Paradise Bakery really means Panera Bread now. The location is the same, the patio still has plenty of seating, and the menu is familiar but not identical. It would be rash to judge it based on one visit. I'll need to try it a couple of times before I decide if I approve of the change.

If you skipped reading the ride descriptions above, you will have missed the notification of the upcoming Quarterly Membership Meeting where PMBC members are treated to free breakfast (two free breakfasts for a family membership), plus the Armando show! You can start with us at Kiwanis Park and ride to the meeting, or show up at Jason's between 8:00 and 8:30 to enjoy this always-festive event.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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