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The Hub: June 2017
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 6/28/2017

June 2017
June 24 Saturday Cycling Report
  Forty-eight ride Marco Polo Route in Extreme Heat to Quarterly Meeting. By Ken St.John
June 17 Saturday Cycling Report
  More Flats on Mummy Mountain Route. By Ken St.John
June 10 Saturday Cycling Report
  A Warm Ride in the Foothills. By Ken St.John
June 3 Saturday Cycling Report
  The Summer Switch is Turned On. By Ken St.John
May 27 Saturday Cycling Report
  Chandler/Gilbert Bronze Started Memorial Day Weekend. By Ken St.John


June 24 Saturday Cycling Report
Forty-eight ride Marco Polo Route in Extreme Heat to Quarterly Meeting

Added June 28, 2017
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Forty-eight cyclists rode in the extreme heat from Kiwanis Park to the quarterly membership meeting. There were at least 3 different shortcuts ventured down; as far as I know they all made it to the destination without trouble.

Please note the correction to the start time for the July 4 ride. We will start rolling at 6:00 a.m. due to the extreme heat expected.

Kathy Mills will be your ride leader for the next two Saturdays. That also means I won't be writing another ride report until after the July 15 ride. Have fun riding safely while I'm gone.

Coming up...

Saturday, 07/01/17 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Tour de Sue
Tour de Sue is a flat loop to the south, with route options of 25 or 35 miles. Both routes include a good long stretch with no traffic lights. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co (SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot). Sunrise: 5:22

Tuesday, 7/04/17 6:00 a.m., Performance Bicycle 4th of July BBQ Ride
Performance Bicycle will be hosting this year's Independence Day ride. Meet up at their shop on the SE corner of Ray Road and Kyrene in Chandler. Traditional holiday fare of hot dogs, watermelon, lemonade, and apple pie will be provided at the finish. They request that you register on-line so they have an accurate count for the food.

Saturday, 07/08/17 6:30 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: 5:26

Saturday, 07/15/17 6:30 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: 5:30

Tid Bits...

I can't speak firsthand about the membership meeting, because an untimely appliance delivery caused me to leave Fibber Magee's before the meeting started (but not before I got some eggs and bacon in me). From talking with President Janet, these impressed me as the highlights:

  • The new Sonoita Tour and Wine Tasting weekend event was announced for the weekend of September 30 in southern Arizona. Details and an Eventbrite link will be on the web site soon.
  • Other annual events are scheduled. See below.
  • There was an alert about the 6:00 a.m. start time for the 4th of July ride.
  • There's never enough food for hungry cyclists.
  • Neal was given an opportunity to share his passionately held feelings about group-riding etiquette and safety.
  • A couple of people volunteered to help make new roadside signs for our events.
  • No one was awarded a prize for having the newest bicycle because I wasn't there to claim it, and Janet didn't want to give it to herself.
  • A thank you should have gone out to Performance Bicycle for providing the prizes.

Secretary Denise will provide the official minutes.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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June 17 Saturday Cycling Report
More Flats on Mummy Mountain Route

Added June 22, 2017
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

We had forty-seven on board for Saturday's ride, the same number as last week. Also for the second week in a row: no Kathy and two more flat tires. One of them was my own; there was no escaping that. The other was the front wheel of Mike who just moved to town. His flat was early, so we were stuck with each other the rest of the ride, which turned out to be a fun opportunity to get to know the new guy.

The Excessive Heat Warning is still in effect through the weekend. Saturday is predicted to start at 87 degrees and eventually climb to 115. It will be 5 hot miles from Fibber Magee's back to the park after the membership meeting. One way to avoid that challenge would be to drive yourself to breakfast location by 6am, park there, and then pedal to the park in time for the 6:30 ride start. That way you don't have to worry about lingering over another cup of coffee after the meeting, because your ride will be complete.

Coming up...

Saturday, 06/24/17 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Marco Polo
It's time for another Quarterly Membership Meeting at Fibber Magees! 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 8:15am, and the meeting should start around 9:00. Sunrise: 5:20 (going up)

Saturday, 07/01/17 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Tour de Sue
Tour de Sue is a flat loop to the south, with route options of 25 or 35 miles. Both routes include a good long stretch with no traffic lights. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co (SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot). Sunrise: 5:22

Tuesday, 7/04/17 6:30 a.m., Performance Bicycle 4th of July BBQ Ride
Performance Bicycle will be hosting this year's Independence Day ride. Meet up at their shop on the SE corner of Ray Road and Kyrene in Chandler. Traditional holiday fare of hot dogs, watermelon, lemonade, and apple pie will be provided at the finish. They request that you register on-line so they have an accurate count for the food.

Saturday, 07/08/17 6:30 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: 5:26

Tid Bits...

The next time we do the Length of Lindsay route (July 22nd) we should see that the disappearing bike lanes on Frye Road at Alma School and Dobson will have been extended all the way to the intersections! I'm told that this improvement at Alma School is already done and the one at Dobson should be by the end of June. In other good news for Chandler cyclists, plans are moving forward to fill in the missing links to the Kyrene and McClintock Road bike-lanes so that they will be contiguous for the full north-south extent of the city. Fixing Kyrene alone will improve the safety on two or three of our routes.

At the state level, it seems that the meddling federal government is pushing states to re-test motorists every eight years. That sounds like a potential traffic safety improvement to me. It would require tax dollars, since that department appears to be perpetually understaffed; so I'll believe it when I see it.

The third annual Tour de Tonopah is scheduled for Saturday October 28. This West Valley charity ride is put on by the Rotary clubs of Buckeye and Goodyear. Learn more at http://www.tourdetonopah.com/.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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June 10 Saturday Cycling Report
A Warm Ride in the Foothills

Added June 18, 2017
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Forty-seven cyclists signed up for a warm ride in the Foothills. It was Kathy appreciation day for me. She was out of town instead of being here to ride sweep for us as usual. Naturally that would be the day that 3 different people got flat tires before we even reached the regroup. It was enough to direct our tandem straight to breakfast after finally reaching the regroup.

Looks like we'll be getting lucky with the weather this week. The Excessive Heat Warning doesn't go into effect until 10am Saturday, right about the time we finish riding. And the Air Quality Alert ends at 10pm the night before. I take that to mean that while we're out pedaling up hills, the air will be comfortable and clean!

Coming up...

Saturday, 06/17/17 6:30 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: 5:18

Saturday, 06/24/17 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Marco Polo
It's time for another Quarterly Membership Meeting at Fibber Magees! 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 8:15am, and the meeting should start around 9:00. Sunrise: 5:20 (going up)

Saturday, 07/01/17 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Tour de Sue
Tour de Sue is a flat loop to the south, with route options of 25 or 35 miles. Both routes include a good long stretch with no traffic lights. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co (SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot). Sunrise: 5:22

Tuesday, 7/04/17 6:30 a.m., Performance Bicycle 4th of July BBQ Ride
Performance Bicycle will be hosting this year's Independence Day ride. Meet up at their shop on the SE corner of Ray Road and Kyrene in Chandler. BBQ will be provided at the finish.

Tid Bits...

There seems to be a lot of talk lately about being less polarized in America, to view the other side as our neighbors, and not as the enemy. Yes, I'm referring to motorists and cyclists. There was even an article about it in the Monday newspaper.

It's not entirely clear to me which group she is chastising, but I think basic courtesy applies to everyone. She cautions us about how much bigger they are, but I try to look past that and remember that I'm dealing with another human being. My top two ways of avoiding motorist rage are to do what I can to stay out of their way, short of sacrificing my right to the road, and to not behave as though I have special privileges.

I also need to make a conscious effort to keep my own anger in check. For example, if a motorist makes a surprise turn across my path, instead of loudly accusing them of inappropriate relations with their mother, I prefer to shout out something like "please use your turn signal!". And to make a habit of smiling or waving, as though they are my neighbors. I've heard it said that one cyclist's antisocial behavior can reflect poorly on all cyclists. That would be especially true for other cyclists present at the time of a hostile interaction. We should all be on our best behavior in a group ride.

Events

  • Quarterly Membership Meeting at Fiber Magee's Saturday, June 24
  • Performance Bicycle 4th of July Ride Tuesday, July 4
  • Flagstaff Tour at Lake Mary - Fri Sun, July 14-16
    • Mention PMBC when you book your room at the Lodge.
  • Tour de Scottsdale Sunday, Oct 8

Have fun and ride safely.

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June 3 Saturday Cycling Report
The Summer Switch is Turned On

Added June 11, 2017
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

It's June. Just like that, the early morning cool is gone and the summer switch is turned on. Forty-five cyclists managed the warmth of the 3rd on a ride with very little climbing. The next two weeks we hit the hills. This would be a good time to focus on your hydration habits and think about carrying more water or using more ice. And include other common-sense stuff like sun screen and don't make a mess at the convenience stores, and don't get heat exhaustion or have a stroke. Keep it fun.

Update from last week: 30 people rode the canal trails with Neal on Memorial Day Monday. I'm told it was delightful.

Coming up...

Saturday, 06/10/17 6:30 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: 5:18

Saturday, 06/17/17 6:30 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: 5:18

Saturday, 06/24/17 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Marco Polo
It's time for another Quarterly Membership Meeting at Fibber Magees! 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 8:15am, and the meeting should start around 9:00. Sunrise: 5:20 (going up)

Tid Bits...

Another local bike shop would like to show their appreciation for PMBC by hosting the next Holiday ride! Performance Bicycle on Ray at Kyrene will provide us with a SAG supported Fourth of July ride, complete with BBQ at the finish for all participants. All this for the usual ride fee of zero dollars. More details will be provided as we get closer to the date.

In the olden days, I griped about the lack of wind data from the weather forecasts available on television, radio and newspaper. They seldom bothered to give wind speed and direction, let alone a forecast for how it would change as the day went on, because who cared? Maybe a dozen cyclists and as many private pilots in a given city? These days, drone owners can be added to the list, and there is no shortage of information available for anything even if there is no demand at all. My friend, the photography buff drone pilot, told me about this site: www.windy.com. I haven't figured it all out yet, but it looks pretty rich; like a Google Earth for wind. Maybe you'll find it useful before a long day in the saddle, or a hot-air balloon ride.

Events

  • Quarterly Membership Meeting at Fiber Magee's Saturday, June 24
  • Performance Bicycle 4th of July Ride Tuesday, July 4
  • Flagstaff Tour at Lake Mary - Fri Sun, July 14-16
    • Mention PMBC when you book your room at the Lodge.
  • Tour de Scottsdale Sunday, Oct 8

Have fun and ride safely.

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May 27 Saturday Cycling Report
Chandler/Gilbert Bronze Started Memorial Day Weekend

Added June 4, 2017
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Fifty-eight cyclists started out their Memorial Day weekend with a Saturday Morning ride in the flatlands of Chandler and Gilbert. On the Monday holiday, I rode as a PMBC guest with the Global Bike crowd where they treated us to a variety of breakfast treats at the finish. There must have been over 70 on that ride, and plenty of climbing. They even showed me an un-gated hill climb hidden away in the foothills development that I didn't know about.

I understand that Memorial Day is a somber observance, and I respect that. But I can't help but want to celebrate any day that can magically eliminate the morning rush-hour traffic. Being prime vacation time between school's-out and summer activities begin probably helped too.

Coming up...

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

Saturday, 06/10/17 6: 30 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: 5:18

Saturday, 06/17/17 6:30 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: 5:18

Tid Bits...

Another advantage of this summertime lull between school and extracurricular summer stuff is that I got to be a stay-at-home grandpa all week, instead of a boring old retired guy. Sun-Tues we had the 8-year-old, then Tues-Friday the soon-to-be-five little lady. And that's my excuse for this late ride report. It's naptime now, so if I hurry I can still get it out before the next Saturday ride starts. It's tough to get anything else done when you're busy spoiling your grandchildren.

NOW the Flagstaff Tour registration is live.

The second quarterly membership meeting of 2017 is scheduled for Saturday, June 24 at the same location as the last two: Fibber Magee's.

Events

  • Quarterly Membership Meeting at Fiber Magee's Saturday, June 24
  • Flagstaff Tour at Lake Mary - Fri Sun, July 14-16
    • Mention PMBC when you book your room at the Lodge.
  • Tour de Scottsdale Sunday, Oct 8

Have fun and ride safely.

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