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The Hub: September 2016
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 9/23/2016

September 2016
September 17 Saturday Cycling Report
  Felt Like Autumn Morning on Chandler-Pecos Ride. By Ken St.John
September 10 Saturday Cycling Report
  Welcome Stretches of Shade Found on MidSummer Ride. By Ken St.John
August 27 Saturday Cycling Report
  Crosswinds are Okay on Marco Polo Ride. By Ken St.John


September 17 Saturday Cycling Report
Felt Like Autumn Morning on Chandler-Pecos Ride

Added September 23, 2016
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Forty riders signed in last Saturday. That would suggest that 10-15 were at the Amtrak Century, which sounds about right. It already felt like autumn that morning, and this coming Saturday it really will be. A week after that it will be October and our start time will move to 7:30.

If you haven't joined PMBC as a member yet, or your membership is up for renewal, this week would be a good time to go on-line and do it. It may help keep the line moving at the breakfast sign-in. Someone will have to eat my breakfast for me; I'll be away and Neal will be your ride leader.

Coming up...

Saturday, 09/24/16 7:00 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 8:30am and the meeting should start around 9:15. Sunrise: 6:18

Saturday, 10/01/16 7:30 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. Alternative breakfast at Ncounter on Mill Ave in Tempe to watch the parade of fat tire bikes gathering for Tour de Fat. Sunrise: 6:23

Saturday, 10/08/16 7:30 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: 6:28

Tid Bits...

Good news for retirees, vacationing visitors, and staycation locals: Jerry is back in the saddle and he is bringing the weekly Wednesday morning no-drop ride back with him. Just in time to work up to top form for when our migratory wintertime friends return. Be sure to contact Jerry if you plan to ride with him, the start time and location sometimes varies.

Are you a diverse transportation system user? The Maricopa Association of Governments is conducting an unusual survey that you may find interesting. As far as I can tell, they want to pay you $10 to download an app that will allow them to track how you get around. Or something like that. Visit http://www.magtravelsurvey.org to see for yourself.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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September 10 Saturday Cycling Report
Welcome Stretches of Shade Found on MidSummer Ride

Added September 17, 2016
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

We had fifty-seven cyclists sign in for the MidSummer Ride. Even though we are far from the summer solstice, and autumn is just around the corner, the stretches of shade were still welcome. It's hard to remember when shade wasn't desirable.

Dorothy reports from last week that there were 40 riders total and two flat tires. All was well.

Back in August I received this email alert from the City of Tempe:

Guadalupe Road between I-10 and Loop 101 will be restricted to one lane in each direction periodically from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 24 to Oct. 31 for repaving of the street.

Although we didn't use Guadalupe much on the last ride, I noticed the barricades were in place way before 8:30. Next Saturday we can avoid Guad altogether by taking the canal path back from AZ bread. But the following Saturday's route goes east on Guadalupe on the way to the Quarterly Breakfast Meeting. That may be a challenge, but I consider it Neal's problem because he is covering the ride-lead role that day. Sadly, I'll be missing the meeting. At least we will have smooth, new blacktop to look forward to by November.

Coming up...

Saturday, 09/17/16 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Chandler-Pecos East
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: 6:13

Saturday, 09/24/16 7:00 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 8:30am and the meeting should start around 9:15. Sunrise: 6:18

Saturday, 10/01/16 7:30 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. Alternative breakfast at Ncounter on Mill Ave in Tempe to watch the parade of fat tire bikes gathering for Tour de Fat. Sunrise: 6:23

Tid Bits...

New Belgium Brewing's annual Tour de Fat in Tempe will happen Saturday October 1st. I've selected a route for that day that will bring us back down Mill Ave so I can do my breakfast stop at Ncounter on Mill while watching the colorful parade of costumed people on mostly fat tire bikes, head down to Tempe Beach Park where the real parade starts. If you'd like to participate in Tour de Fat, ride registration starts at 10am; our October 7:30 start time should get you and your bike there on time. If not, consider joining me on the patio at Ncounter to be amused. They tend to be crowded, but there are other options nearby if you feel squeezed out.

Another way to participate in Tour de Fat is to volunteer! Tempe Bicycle Action Group sent out this request:

We need the most help on second shifts for box office, id & tokens, merchandise, water team and what might be considered the third shift - teardown and clean up. Sign up here.

Looks like this is a bad week to choose Pecos Rd. in Ahwatukee for your training or pleasure rides. More preparatory work is being done for the big Loop 202 project; lots of lane closures planned all week long.

To those of you doing the Amtrak Century this coming Saturday: Have fun and ride safely! And don't worry; I consider it an excused absence.

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August 27 Saturday Cycling Report
Crosswinds are Okay on Marco Polo Ride

Added September 4, 2016
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Last Saturday started out cloudy and windless again for the 56 cyclists who took to the east; but around midway a crosswind kicked up from the north. Crosswinds are okay; they help with cooling.

We hit a milestone last week: it had been 104 weeks, two full years, since the last injury accident for Saturday Cycling. But alas, the streak ended then as a fall was reported on the last ride which unexpectedly ended one person's ride that morning (no ambulance, but it counts). Still, two years is a good streak; this, I hope, will be first week of a new record.

Please remember that it is September, and the new start time for this month is 7:00 am. And be nice to Dorothy, who will handle the lead role for me this week while I entertain out-of-town visitors at home.

See below for details of the Monday, Labor Day ride, which I will probably also have to miss.

Coming up...

Saturday, 09/03/16 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. ...or Give me Hills
We will approach the Ahwatukee Foothills from the east on Chandler Blvd., then cut south to Pecos before hitting the hills. The 30-mile standard route loops back on Liberty Lane. The extended route adds a couple more hills before returning east on Chandler. Both routes head back to Tempe through Equestrian Trails. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co on the SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 6:04

September 5 (Mon) Labor Day Casual Bike Path Ride
Meet at 7:00 a.m. in the north parking lot at Desert Breeze Park in Chandler (located between McClintock and Rural, Chandler Blvd. and Ray along Desert Breeze Blvd). This is a new ride intended to explore paths rarely used by the recreational cyclists. IT IS NOT A RACE ROUTE. A bike path/lane ride of about 44 miles, with about 20 miles on multi-use paths. Enjoy the Paseo, Heritage and Sun Circle Consolidated Trails in the East Valley, a trip through the Town of Gilbert, Indian Bend Wash and Crosscut Canal from Scottsdale to Tempe. The finish is down Mill, by ASU across Apache and down the now infamous new McClintock Bike Lane which should be used whenever possible. You can view the map at Map My Ride. Contact Neal Thomas for questions..

Saturday, 09/10/16 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. MidSummer Ride
This route was designed to seek out maximum shade on summer mornings when the sun is farthest north and most brutal. It includes options of 28 miles with one short climb, or 38 miles with a couple of bonus climbs. Breakfast at Panera Bread at Guadalupe Rd and McClintock Dr. Sunrise: 6:09

Saturday, 09/17/16 7:00 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: 6:13

Tid Bits...

When relating a story over breakfast of multiple mysterious flats on a seemingly haunted rear wheel, I was reminded that two out of three cyclists have strong opinions about how we should store our rubber-like spare parts. They insist that they should be stored inside your comfortable home; never in your garage, where you could slow cook a brisket after parking two hot cars inside. In fact, best case, you should have climate controlled indoor parking for your entire fleet of bikes and inventory of parts. A corollary to this is: do not trust tubes that have been sitting in your wedge pack for 6 months or more; especially if you stored your bike in the garage! I don't have any personal experience with ill consequences from my shoddy spare-parts handling, and can't really say if that was the cause of our friend's recurring flat mystery that day. I can say that I've seen tire sidewalls crack and crumble long before the tread has worn thin here in the AZ heat, so there probably is some merit to what they say.

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