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The Hub: February 2017
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 2/26/2017

February 2017
February 18 Saturday Cycling Report
  Sloshing Through the Tour de Lehi. By Ken St.John
February 11 Saturday Cycling Report
  It Just Was. By Ken St.John
February 4 Saturday Cycling Report
  St. Francis Loop Starts with Headwind and Finishes with Hills. By Ken St.John
RAGBRAI a breeze for 580,000-mile rider
  Roger from Arizona. Submitted by Tom Adams
January 28 Saturday Cycling Report
  Complimentary Brunch was a Big Hit. By Ken St.John


February 18 Saturday Cycling Report
Sloshing Through the Tour de Lehi

Added February 26, 2017
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Water was the story last Saturday. First, water released from the Granit Reef Dam turned part of McKellips road into river bottom, closed to all traffic, which necessitated a route change. Despite the near certainty of some rain, 19 people showed up at the start. Four of them changed their minds on arrival and drove away (DNS in Le Tour lingo), which left 15 cyclists to slosh through the Tour de Lehi.

It started out with light sprinkles, wet roads, and rooster tails. Then, as the pack's premier pessimist predicted (say that 3 times fast), heavy rain came down as we approached the point furthest away from the park, and continued for most of the remainder of the ride. So yes, we who rode got very wet and gritty. At least it wasn't cold; we were wet, but not shivering wet. I was impressed with how many cyclists were willing to ride in inclement weather, but only two of us brought rain-ready bikes complete with fenders (or something similar to fenders). That meant muddy faces, dirty chains, soaked feet, and dark stripes up the back. But still, we rode. The pay-off should come three weeks out in the form of a colorful wildflower display in South Mountain Park.

Coming up...

Saturday, 02/25/17 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: 7:01

Saturday, 03/04/17 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Marco Polo
It's time for another Quarterly Membership Meeting! We'll be returning to Fibber Magees this time. 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. Breakfast at Fibber Magees, 1989 W. Elliot Road in Chandler; just east of Dobson. Sign-in will begin at 9:15am, and the meeting should start around 10:00. Sunrise: 6:53

Saturday, 03/11/17 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. South Mountain
Route options of 24 miles with a bit of gentle climbing, 38 miles with moderate climbing, or 39 miles with the longest steady climb within 20 miles of Kiwanis Park. Breakfast is at AZ Bread, southeast of Elliot & Kyrene. Sunrise: 6:44

Tid Bits...

The Mining Country Challenge needs volunteers! A volunteer sign-up has been created on Eventbrite for your convenience.

I did a little exploratory ride in the Ahwatukee-Foothills yesterday. There were people working on the Chandler Blvd extension west of 19th ave, but it looks a long way from finished. It appears that Pecos is still clear sailing most days in the westbound direction, but that won't last long. Since I plan the routes 3 weeks out, I'm not taking any more chances with Pecos; two of our three Foothills routes are now obsolete (Ahwafooty and …Or Give Me Hills). Scouting out a new route was the main reason for yesterday's excursion. We need to maintain a reasonable balance between routes that hit our two breakfast stops, and we just dropped two AZ bread maps. I hope to roll out the new route in March, or early April while the weather is still nice, because there will be hills.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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February 11 Saturday Cycling Report
It Just Was

Added February 17, 2017
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

The forty-three cyclists up showed up last Saturday were treated to no weather at all. It wasn't hot, it wasn't cold, it wasn't bright, it wasn't dark, and it wasn't windy. It just was.

The March free-breakfast Quarterly Membership Meeting is on the radar. We'll be returning to the same venue as last time. Changes will be made to ensure the long route riders get some hot food too. Jason's Deli on Frye is the latest in a collection of previous meeting venues and breakfast stops that have gone under. I think it's the first time it's happened since I became the ride leader, so it's not all my fault!

Coming up...

Saturday, 02/18/17 8:00 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 Panera Bread for breakfast. Sunrise: 7:09

Saturday, 02/25/17 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: 7:01

Saturday, 03/04/17 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Marco Polo
It's time for another Quarterly Membership Meeting! We'll be returning to Fibber Magees this time. 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. Breakfast at Fibber Magees, 1989 W. Elliot Road in Chandler; just east of Dobson. Sign-in will begin at 9:15am, and the meeting should start around 10:00. Sunrise: 7:27

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About a month ago, our board was contacted by Nicole, the volunteer coordinator at a Tempe non-profit called Bike Saviours (yes, they use the British spelling; don't know why), and this week I finally went to their facility to see what it was about and found two reasons that our club members might be interested. First, you might want to use their primary service which is as a very inexpensive do-it-yourself bike repair shop. For $4 an hour you can use their fully stocked shop complete with repair stands, tools (including truing stands), parts and the company of other friendly cyclists. If you are a little mechanically challenged, they have volunteers on site who can help you out. Volunteering as a helper is the other way we could get involved. In fact, there was already a PMBC club member named Jim there on Monday wearing an apron and ready to help. Nicole told me that no experience is necessary, but I would think some familiarity with bicycles would be a plus. They're located on Roosevelt, just north of Broadway and a short dart's throw away from Boulder's On Broadway, so beer and pizza are always close by.

Here's their web site: Bike Saviours

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You can reach Nicole if you'd like to volunteer. If you want to use the shop, check the hours on the web site and then drop on in.

The Mining Country Challenge registration is up and ready for you!

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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February 4 Saturday Cycling Report
St. Francis Loop Starts with Headwind and Finishes with Hills

Added February 8, 2017
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

We kicked off our February rides with 44 cyclists. It appeared that no one missed the move to the earlier start time; all 5 of the maps I left on the windshield were still there. The St. Francis Loop has long been my personal favorite; it starts with headwind and finishes with hills, but all the climbing seems easy.

Coming up...

Saturday, 02/11/17 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Chandler/Gilbert Bronze
Gilbert and Chandler are each 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: 7:16

Saturday, 02/18/17 8:00 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 Panera Bread for breakfast. Sunrise: 7:09

Saturday, 02/25/17 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: 7:01

Tid Bits...

I'm suddenly on Arizona Bicycle Club's (ABC) email list and have added a couple of their rides to the event list below. Also added is the 2017 Arizona Bicycling Summit put on by the Coalition of AZ Bicyclists and the City of Mesa, and in some way associated with the Tour de Mesa. I went last year and was impressed with the number of statewide, even federal government agencies who presented. I know of three PMBC members who work in the transportation departments of three of our East Valley cities. I'm hoping to see them all there this year.

Last week I was asked if I expect more alternative-start locations on the Saturday ride. The short answer is no, other than the 2nd Saturday in December each year when we start in Mesa for Geno's Free Ride. You should always feel confident in knowing that Saturday Cycling will leave from Kiwanis Park every Saturday morning, even if you have no internet service at all. Although, it would be hard to remember the migrating start times, so I recommend you stay connected anyway.

We do, however, love to do special rides like the previous week's Mountain Bridge Loop from time-to-time, and I have had other members suggest that we do more of these relocated rides a little further away from the city centers. I agree, and I encourage them to organize those rides on any of the 10-12 holidays that recur each year. With the Mountain Bridge Loop added, we now have five maps on-line under Miscellaneous Rides, plus Paseo de Cesar Chavez which has been relegated to Labor Day only. New routes are especially welcome. Just stay within our approximate mileage guidelines (25/35+), locate good regroup sites at appropriate intervals, and create a map. I can help with any of these steps if you're interested in leading a holiday ride. President's Day is two weeks from now, and there is no ride scheduled yet. Memorial Day will be the next opportunity after that.

Due to road construction, it looks like the Mining Country Challenge will be restricted to the Metric Century route only this year. The good news is we have a ride leader and are once again making it happen. Watch for updates on the web site soon.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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RAGBRAI a breeze for 580,000-mile rider
Roger from Arizona

Added February 5, 2017
submitted by Tom Adams

The July 29 2016 Ragbrai section of the Des Moines Register newspaper carried a half page article with pix about our own Roger Simmons, headlined "RAGBRAI a breeze for 580,000-mile rider". I thought it would be of interest to his friends in the club.

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January 28 Saturday Cycling Report
Complimentary Brunch was a Big Hit

Added February 5, 2017
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

The invitation to brunch, and the chance to ride over Usery Pass attracted 60 cyclists. Not all of them actually did the ride, but they were all cyclists. The complimentary brunch was a big hit. I think the real complement part is Rick and Maggie's message that they think this club is great, and they really like you good people that they ride with. That sentiment is as warm and comforting as the AZ Bread Co. breakfast entrees they provided. Many thanks for both!

==== February start time is 8:00 am =======

Coming up...

Saturday, 02/04/17 8:00 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: 7:22

Saturday, 02/11/17 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Chandler/Gilbert Bronze
Gilbert and Chandler are each 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: 7:16

Saturday, 02/18/17 8:00 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 Panera Bread for breakfast. Sunrise: 7:09

Tid Bits...

The Tempe City Council has become one of the first communities to establish rules for the operation of electric bicycles; it also covers gas powered "light" motorized vehicles. My interpretation of the ordinance is that light motorized vehicles are treated the same as standard bicycles, with these exceptions:

  • Motorized bicycle operators must be 16 or older.
  • They are assigned a speed limit of 28mph when using bicycle lanes, and 20mph on multi-use paths.
  • Motors are required to be shut off when riding on a sidewalk.

All sounds reasonable to me. You can read it yourself here: http://documents.tempe.gov/sirepub/agdocs.aspx?doctype=agenda&itemid=24248

The May 2017 Amgen Tour of California route was revealed yesterday. You can find it on their web site: http://amgentourofcalifornia.com/home

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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