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pmbcaz.org The Hub: November 2016

The Hub: November 2016
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 11/30/2016

November 2016
November 26 Saturday Cycling Report
  A Great Weekend for Cycling. By Ken St.John
November 19 Saturday Cycling Report
  Cliff Bar Treats on Tour de Mesa Rewound. By Ken St.John
November 12 Saturday Cycling Report
  45 Cyclist, Including Several First-Timers Show for Chandler/Gilbert Bronze. By Ken St.John
November 5 Saturday Cycling Report
  Tandems Headed for the Hills on Mummy Mountain Route. By Ken St.John
October 29 Saturday Cycling Report
  Rabbit Impersonations on Lucky 7's Route. By Ken St.John


November 26 Saturday Cycling Report
A Great Weekend for Cycling

Added November 30, 2016
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

It was a great weekend for cycling. We had 24 people do the Tour de Lehi on Thanksgiving Day, 20 more showed for the the Black Friday ride, and 43 riders were at the regular Saturday Cycling event. Add another ten cyclists on the Saturday Sun Lakes ride. I missed the Friday ride, but did squeeze in a short roll with two of my granddaughters that afternoon, until the younger one wiped out and the two of us walked the last few blocks home. I'm sure it was a learning experience.

We can expect heavy holiday shopping traffic every Saturday morning from now until Christmas Eve. This coming Saturday, the big Mill Avenue Arts Festival will prevent us from doing the Midsummer ride as planned, so I've changed the route to the Length of Lindsay. No…that does not mean we're stopping at Jason's Deli for free breakfast; the quarterly membership meeting is a couple weeks later and at a different location.

=== Start Time Moves to 8:30 a.m. for December and January ==

Coming up...

Saturday, 12/03/16 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Length of Lindsay.
The Length of Lindsay takes us to the east, with route options of 29 miles or 39 miles, no climbing. Breakfast at Panera Bread on the SE corner of Guadalupe and McClintock. Sunrise: 7:17

Saturday, 12/10/16 8:30 a.m., Pioneer Park, Mesa. Geno's Free Ride
Three route options: 25 miles, 40 miles, and 60 miles. All routes will start and end at Pioneer Park in Mesa, and head to the northeast, with plenty of hill climbing for those opting to ride the longer routes. Food and drinks will be provided along the way and a catered hot lunch will be at the end of the ride. Best of all, this fully-supported ride is FREE to PMBC members ($10 for non-members)! Please Register (Geno's Free Ride) so that enough food and drinks will be available. This will replace Saturday Cycling; there will be no ride from Kiwanis Park on Dec 10. Sunrise: 7:22

Saturday, 12/17/16 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Marco Polo
It's time for another Quarterly Membership Meeting! We'll be trying a new venue this time and using the Marco Polo route to get us there. The 26-mile standard route goes east on Guadalupe for 12 miles, then loops back on Elliot. The 41-mile long route keeps going east all the way to Ellsworth, then heads a little further south before rejoining the Elliot return path. Sign-in will begin at 10am, and the meeting should start around 10:45. Breakfast at Fibber Magees, 1989 W. Elliot Road in Chandler; just east of Dobson. Sunrise: 7:27

Tid Bits...

I forgot to mention two things in last week's ride report for the Tour de Mesa:

  1. One blue full-fingered glove was found at the regroup. I have it in the van for whoever needs to reunite it with its partner.
  2. While waiting at a light in Mesa, a few of us watched a man ride by on a unicycle. I think he was carrying a small bag, as though he was on his way home from a quick trip to the store. I'd call that a unique way to get around town under pedal power.

Yes, there will be a Christmas Lights Ride this year. It will start from Zipps Sports Grill (McClintock and Ray) at 7pm on Wednesday, December 21. Santa Neal, who will again be leading this ride, also has a New Year's Day ride planned at Tortilla Flats. More details to come.

Volunteers Needed!!

There is now a convenient, on-line way to volunteer to help with Geno's Free Ride. The link is below. This event is only 2 weeks away. Please help if you can.

CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER! On Geno's Free Ride
CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER! On the Casa Grande Century

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Have fun and ride safely.

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November 19 Saturday Cycling Report
Cliff Bar Treats on Tour de Mesa Rewound

Added November 25, 2016
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Those who were in Tucson for El Tour missed out on treats at the Saturday ride. It seems one of our members has connections with the Cliff Bar rep who was in town for Tempe's Ironman race. He arrived with three boxes of promotional samples to share with the pack. There were leftovers, so you'll have another chance to grab a freebie at Thursday morning's pre-feast calorie burn.

Forty-one was the number of cyclists in attendance.

Coming up...

Thursday 11/24/16 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Tour de Lehi
Join us for our annual pre-feast Thanksgiving Day ride out to the quiet streets of Lehi. Route options of 27 miles or 35 miles, with no climbing. Breakfast at Einstein Bagels, NW corner of McClintock and Guadalupe (yes, they are open on Thanksgiving Day). Sunrise: 7:09

Friday 11/25/16 8:00 a.m., Paradise Bakery at Ray and Coronado. Black Friday Ride
The annual "Just Say No To Shopping" ride will start and end at the Paradise Bakery on the SW corner of Ray and Coronado in Chandler (just East of the 101). Route options of 27 and 37 miles explore some roads in the far SE corner of Phoenix Metro. Sunrise: 7:10

Saturday, 11/26/16 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Foothills Training Ride
Ride with us on a loop through the Ahwatukee Foothills with options of 25 miles with a couple of gentle climbs, or 38 miles that will take you up 5 bigger hills. If you follow the spaghetti-bowl long-route map, you will have gone up and down all 5 approaches with no repeats and no U-turns. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co. on the SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 7:10

Saturday, 12/03/16 8:30 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: 7:17

Tid Bits...

Seems like we are getting slower about registering for events. Geno's Free Ride sign-ups are light, which makes no sense since it's FREE and FUN. You can take this link directly to Eventbrite to add another head to the catering count for lunch: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/genos-pmbc-free-ride-registration-28516056292?ref=ebtn.

And here's the direct link to the Holiday Party ticket sales, while we're at it: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-pmbc-holiday-party-registration-29254914236?ref=ebtn.

I've already registered myself for the Casa Grande Century too.

Speaking of the CGC and Geno's Free Ride, both events need more volunteers. For the Free Ride, please contact Glen Fletcher directly. The CGC has setup an Eventbrite page where volunteers can chose how they'd like to help: CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER!

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Have fun and ride safely.

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November 12 Saturday Cycling Report
45 Cyclist, Including Several First-Timers, Show for Chandler/Gilbert Bronze

Added November 17, 2016
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

There were another five or six first-timers among the 45 cyclists who signed-in last Saturday. Two of the curious newcomers had bikes a little less sporty than most. One veteran club member noticed and stayed back to show them a good short cut and a real fun time, as the rest of the pack disappeared down Guadalupe. For that, I thank her.

Our Mesa Rewound route should keep us of clear of Tempe's road closures for the Ironman event this coming weekend.

Yes! We will have our traditional holiday rides on Thanksgiving weekend. I'll be there for Tour de Lehi on Thursday, and Scott will lead the Black Friday route. Details below. If Jerry can find someone to lead next Wednesday's ride there will five days straight of autumn morning club rides.

Coming up...

Saturday, 11/19/16 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Tour de Mesa Rewound
Distance options of 32 miles with no climbing, or 44 miles with a gentle climb. Breakfast at Panera Bread at McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 7:04

Thursday 11/24/16 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Tour de Lehi
Join us for our annual pre-feast Thanksgiving Day ride out to the quiet streets of Lehi. Route options of 27 miles or 35 miles, with no climbing. Breakfast at Einstein Bagels, NW corner of McClintock and Guadalupe (yes, they are open on Thanksgiving Day). Sunrise: 7:09

Friday 11/25/16 8:00 a.m., Paradise Bakery at Ray and Coronado. Black Friday Ride
The annual "Just Say No To Shopping" ride will start and end at the Paradise Bakery on the SW corner of Ray and Coronado in Chandler (just East of the 101). Route options of 27 and 37 miles explore some roads in the far SE corner of Phoenix Metro. Sunrise: 7:10

Saturday, 11/26/16 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Foothills Training Ride
Ride with us on a loop through the Ahwatukee Foothills with options of 25 miles with a couple of gentle climbs, or 38 miles that will take you up 5 bigger hills. If you follow the spaghetti-bowl long-route map, you will have gone up and down all 5 approaches with no repeats and no U-turns. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co. on the SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 7:10

Tid Bits...

This recent mild weather brings motivation to spend more time on the bike. One practice that can help increase your cycling hours is a willingness to ride in street clothes. Sometimes biking short trips seems like too much hassle if you need to change your clothes and then need to launder another bike kit. But for trips of less than say, five miles, when you're not in a big hurry and can keep the pace easy, there's no reason why you can't just ride in the same clothes you'll want be wearing at your destination. You obviously want to wear reasonably loose fitting pants, a relatively snug shirt, and have a way to keep them all out of your bike's moving parts. I have another tip that I consider the real secret to comfortably riding in plain clothes. However, ladies, this one is just for the men; you females should skip down to the bottom, or just hit delete now. Thank you.

Okay guys…now that the girls are gone, here are my two words of advice: boxer briefs. They don't have seams at your saddle contact points like standard briefs, yet they're supportive in ways that boxers aren't. Leave the car and the padded shorts at home someday and see if you agree.

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Have fun and ride safely.

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November 5 Saturday Cycling Report
Tandems Headed for the Hills on Mummy Mountain Route

Added November 11, 2016
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

It would have been a good day for a long, flat route with a headwind since 18% of the pack were riding tandems; we had six two-person teams out of 66 total riders. Instead we headed for the hills, where tandems could generally be spotted circumventing the steepest sections. I was also pleased to see a healthy number of newcomers, and some members from years back who popped in for a visit. Tis the season for both visitors and excellent riding conditions.

Coming up...

Saturday, 11/12/16 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Chandler/Gilbert Bronze
Gilbert and Chandler are both Bronze level bicycle friendly communities. We'll ride through both communities with route options of 25 or 35 miles. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co. at the SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 6:58

Saturday, 11/19/16 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Tour de Mesa Rewound
Distance options of 32 miles with no climbing, or 44 miles with a gentle climb. Breakfast at Panera Bread at McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 7:04

Saturday, 11/26/16 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Foothills Training Ride
Ride with us on a loop through the Ahwatukee Foothills with options of 25 miles with a couple of gentle climbs, or 38 miles that will take you up 5 bigger hills. If you follow the spaghetti-bowl long-route map, you will have gone up and down all 5 approaches with no repeats and no U-turns. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co on the SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 7:10

Tid Bits...

Last week I suggested that you block your calendars on Dec 17 for the PMBC Holiday Party. Ooops! Wrong date. The real time is 5pm, Sunday Dec 11th; that's the slot to reserve. It will be a new venue this year: Stone & Vine Urban Italian, 1035 W. Queen Creek Rd. in Chandler. The sign-up details will be on the web site soon.

Now you can free up the evening of Saturday, Dec 17 for other fun. But…reserve the morning of that day for the election of our new club officers at the winter edition of our quarterly meetings. We're too late in the morning for our usual spot, so we'll be trying out Fibber Magees's at the SE corner of Dobson & Elliot. Our Marco Polo route will take us right to it.

The Tempe City Council seems to have taken a compromise approach regarding the controversial new bike lanes on McClintock. They have committed to keeping bike lanes on that stretch of road, but also to make changes that "improve traffic flow", which could mean they will no longer be extra-safe, buffered bike lanes. City Engineers will work up new proposals for future public comment.

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Have fun and ride safely.

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October 29 Saturday Cycling Report
Rabbit Impersonations on Lucky 7's Route

Added November 4, 2016
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Out of 58 people kicking off their Halloween weekend with a bike ride together, at least somebunny wore a costume. Two somebunnies. The next time I plan something that silly, I'll announce it ahead of time so the rest of you can play along too. The journey and breakfast destination were both fun, as usual. It's surprising how many different rabbit characters you can impersonate on a 37-mile ride.

==== ALERT: November Start Time is 8:00 ====
(a couple of extra Mummy Mountain maps will be left on our windshield in case someone forgets)

Coming up...

Saturday, 11/05/16 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Mummy Mountain
A 40-mile loop with lots of climbing, or 31 miles with a couple of moderate climbs, takes us north into Scottsdale and around Mummy Mountain. Breakfast stop at Panera Bread at McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 6:51

Saturday, 11/12/16 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Chandler/Gilbert Bronze
Gilbert and Chandler are both Bronze level bicycle friendly communities. We'll ride through both communities with route options of 25 or 35 miles. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co. at the SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 6:58

Saturday, 11/19/16 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Tour de Mesa Rewound
Distance options of 32 miles with no climbing, or 44 miles with a gentle climb. Breakfast at Panera Bread at McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 7:04

Tid Bits...

Tomorrow, November 3, is the big meeting in Tempe to decide the fate of the McClintock Drive bike lanes. Meeting details can be found here.

Our new merchandise master, Bob, has been busy making arrangements for club logo insulated water bottles to be available for sale at our Dec 17 quarterly membership meeting. They'll be available to us at or near cost, so bring a little extra cash; $12 ought to be enough.

The busy holiday social season is approaching. You may want to mark your calendar now to reserve the evening of Sunday Dec 11 (probably 4:00-7:00) for the annual PMBC Holiday Party. [Previously reported dates for the party are incorrect. Dec 11 is the most likely date.] Details and sign-up will be available soon on the web site.

That reminds me...I still need to sign up for Geno's Free Ride and the Casa Grande Century!

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Have fun and ride safely.

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