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The Hub: May 2017
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 5/28/2017

May 2017
May 20 Saturday Cycling Report
  53 Cyclists Sign In for the St. Francis Loop. By Ken St.John
May 13 Saturday Cycling Report
  Lucky Streak of Good Cycling Weather Continued with Lucky-7 Route. By Ken St.John
May 6 Saturday Cycling Report
  Great Spring Weather for MidSummer Ride. By Ken St.John
April 29 Saturday Cycling Report
  The Wind Giveth and the Wind Taketh Away. By Ken St.John


May 20 Saturday Cycling Report
53 Cyclists Sign In for the St. Francis Loop

Added May 28, 2017
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

We had 53 cyclists sign in for the St. Francis Loop. Maybe it's because it's my favorite route, or maybe it's the new bike, but I seem to be having more and more fun on the rides lately. The moderate weather helps, but how long can that last? It'll be June soon. We welcomed back "Diesel" Mike fresh off the injured reserve (skiing is a dangerous sport to cross train with), and said farewell to Roger who is leaving for his annual transcontinental summer ride.

Ride Leader Neal is offering up another option on Memorial Day Monday that leaves from our familiar site in Kiwanis Park, Tempe. See below for details.

Coming up...

Saturday, 05/27/17 6:30 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: 5:21

Monday, 05/29/17 6:30 a.m., Global Bikes, Chandler. Memorial Day Ride
Global Bikes at 2915 W Ray Rd in Chandler, is hosting the PMBC Memorial Day Ride this year. They've planned a nice, hilly Ahwatukee Foothills route for us. Global will be leading the ride, and we will be signing their waiver. You can do it ahead of time on line at https://www.meetup.com/Global-Bikes-Meetup/events/239658593/ where you'll also find long and short route maps and other information. Food at the finish is included in the zero-dollar ride fee. Sunrise: 5:20

Monday, 05/29/17 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Memorial Day Ride
Come ride our area bike paths for an easy going Memorial Day ride. The ride is 32 miles and flat. The first 25 of 27 miles is bike path and the last 7 or so is along good bike routes. Experience the new bike trail along the Rio Salado along with the Consolidated and Western Canal Trails. Plan on a good, easy going route for a holiday ride. Come be social and protected from automobiles!!! Add 2 miles and come to breakfast at AZ Bread; they'll be open to 11:30am. Sunrise: 5:20

Saturday, 06/03/17 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 Panera Bread for breakfast. Sunrise: 5:19

Tid Bits...

Although registration is not live yet for the 2017 Tour of Flagstaff on July 14-16, it's a good idea to book your room at the Mormon Lake Lodge as early as you can. Please remember to tell them you are with PMBC because we have reserved rooms and want to fill them up! Their phone number at the lodge is 928-354-2227. You can check them out on the web at www.mormonlakelodge.com. Many of their cabins are new and some of the older ones have been remodeled and fixed up. They are all nice and cozy with full amenities.

The city of Tempe's newest bicycle and pedestrian facility opens (or opened) this month. It's the Rio Salado Multi-use Underpass at Priest Drive which joins the more than 175 miles of bikeways in the city.

We're still working on the Tour de France party plans. The dates are not set yet, but we expect to have two Saturday gatherings and know they will be somewhere between July 1st and 23rd, since that's when the tour is.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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May 13 Saturday Cycling Report
Lucky Streak of Good Cycling Weather Continued with Lucky-7 Route

Added May 21, 2017
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Forty-four cyclists showed up for the Lucky-7 route last Saturday while our lucky streak of good cycling weather continued.

We did run into some trouble with the freeway construction; the light on northbound 40th St. at Pecos failed to sense our presence, even with 6 or more bicycles on the sensor. The group I was with waited through three long cycles of the light before a car finally joined us and tripped the sensor. The traffic there was very heavy, it had no pedestrian buttons, and individuals were starting to be tempted by creative high-risk maneuvers. One person later complained to the freeway construction outreach coordinator who said they will fix it to always go green northbound each cycle without regard to the sensor, but only on Saturday and Sunday mornings. I suppose a partial solution is better than none at all.

Coming up...

Saturday, 05/20/17 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: 5:24

Saturday, 05/27/17 6:30 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: 5:21

Monday, 05/29/17 6:30 a.m., Global Bikes, Chandler. Memorial Day Ride
Global Bikes at 2915 W Ray Rd in Chandler, is hosting the PMBC Memorial Day Ride this year. They've planned a nice hilly Ahwatukee Foothills route for us. Global will be leading the ride, and we will be signing their waiver. You can do it ahead of time on line at https://www.meetup.com/Global-Bikes-Meetup/events/239658593/ where you'll also find long and short route maps and other information. Food at the finish is included in the zero-dollar ride fee. Sunrise: 5:20

Saturday, 06/03/17 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 Panera Bread for breakfast. Sunrise: 5:19

Tid Bits...

Normally, I avoid attaching anything to the weekly ride report, but this week's Tid Bit is visual. Every tool you see in this picture was found in the street while cycling in the East Valley. I started collecting road-kill tools in 1991 when I first moved into what was then the Ahwatukee Foothills giant home-construction zone. My only requirement is that it has to still retain at least some of its functionality, or I throw it away. I only recently put them all on display. It's a lot of tools, and is still growing. When you collect something that costs nothing, you can never have too many.

Roadkill Tools

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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May 6 Saturday Cycling Report
Great Spring Weather for MidSummer Ride

Added May 13, 2017
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

I wonder if eight months qualifies as short-term memory loss, or is there a medium-term? Either way, I think it's the memory limit for anyone who thought Saturday morning was hot. I'd say we're having great spring weather, even with the extra breeze. And I'm having a lot of fun riding with you all. We had 35 again this week; same as last.

I was taken by surprise when our friend Stacie said her goodbyes. She's moving out of state! I wish her well in her next adventure, and miss her already.

== time sensitive tidbits below ===

Coming up...

Saturday, 05/13/17 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Lucky 7's
The Lucky 7's route loops clockwise to the south, through the Wild Horse Pass casino/resort area and parts of Ahwatukee. The name plays off the mileage options of 27, 37 and 47 miles, plus the 2 casinos along the way. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co at Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 5:29

Saturday, 05/20/17 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: 5:24

Saturday, 05/27/17 6:30 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: 5:21

Monday, 05/29/17 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Memorial Day Ride
Global Bikes at Ray and the 101 in Chandler, is going to host the PMBC Memorial Day Ride this year. More details will be made available soon. I do believe complimentary breakfast will be one of those details.

Tid Bits...

Here is some information that is probably too late to be useful:

GABA Tucson has organized a group ride up Mountain Lemon for tomorrow, Friday May 12
http://www.bikegaba.org/content.aspx?page_id=87&club_id=307669&item_id=574056

Vitesse is holding the Highly Falkner Memorial South Mountain Time trial on Saturday May 13th. But I'm told registration is only open through today, Thursday May 11th. I suppose you can still go as a spectator to cheer for Ann at the finish.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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April 29 Saturday Cycling Report
The Wind Giveth and the Wind Taketh Away

Added May 5, 2017
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

The wind giveth and the wind taketh away. The especially strong overnight wind gave us clean air and cool temperatures. However, it apparently took away half of the road arrows I had spent my Friday laying down. At least I want to believe it was the wind; I'd hate to think another human being would purposely thwart my efforts. The moderate morning winds gave us an enhanced workout; it seemed like all the climbing was into a headwind. The forecast for wind alone may have taken away some of our participants; we had a relatively light thirty-five cyclists on hand.

The new map is a bit of an eye chart, and it didn't help to have key road arrows missing. Even when they were there, I found them tough to spot. The extended distance loop after the regroup didn't seem to pose any issues. It was easy to follow, and took on some hills not on any of our other routes.

Besides forgetting to put any maps on my windshield for the latecomers on Saturday, I also neglected to announce this:

== Next week begins our 6:30am summer start time! It stays 6:30 May-Aug ===

Coming up...

Saturday, 05/06/17 6:30 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. In the winter, it's just another route, much like the others. 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: 5:35

Saturday, 05/13/17 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Lucky 7's
The Lucky 7's route loops clockwise to the south, through the Wild Horse Pass casino/resort area and parts of Ahwatukee. The name plays off the mileage options of 27, 37 and 47 miles, plus the 2 casinos along the way. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co at Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 5:29

Saturday, 05/20/17 6:30 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

Tid Bits...

A long-time friend of PMBC, Kevin Hartke, has announced that he is running for Mayor of Chandler! Some of you may remember Kevin riding with us on Saturday mornings in his pre-politics days where he earned the nickname The Faster Pastor. While this is not an endorsement of a candidate, and in no way jeopardizes our tax exempt status, I will say in general terms that I like having community leaders who have experience cycling on our community's roads. See http://kevinhartke.com/.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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