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The Hub: October 2017
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 10/28/2017

October 2017
October 21 Saturday Cycling Report
  Calories per Unit of Fun. By Ken St.John
October 14 Saturday Cycling Report
  Great Conditions for Climbing South Mountain. By Ken St.John
October 7 Saturday Cycling Report
  Mummy Mountain on a Beautiful Autumn Day. By Ken St.John
September 30 Saturday Cycling Report
  Four Tandem Teams and a Recumbent. By Ken St.John


October 21 Saturday Cycling Report
Calories per Unit of Fun

Added October 28, 2017
written by Ken St.John

Forty-eight cyclists signed in to trek eastward on the Marco Polo route. That's four full sign-in sheets; a very efficient use of paper. The ride went well too; a very efficient use of calories per unit of fun.

Yes, we will have our traditional Black Friday ride on Nov 24. The route will be modified due to the closure of that particular Panera Bread location. However, it looks like this is my year to host the family on Thanksgiving Day, which makes me unavailable to lead the Tour de Lehi holiday ride. Please let me know if you would like to lead it, or if you would like to lead a ride of your own choosing on Thanksgiving Day.

Coming up...

Saturday, 10/28/17 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. 8th Street Ail
The extended-distance option includes a few extra loops with little climbs, and one big loop with steep hills, including northbound 8th street from Chandler Blvd to Desert Foothills Parkway. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co. Sunrise: 6:44

Saturday, 11/04/17 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: 6:50

Saturday, 11/11/17 8:00 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: 6:56

Tid Bits...

Don't forget the Chili Cook-off this Saturday.

The PMBC officer candidates for 2108 have been posted on the web site, as per the bylaws. The interesting thing this year is that we had two people willing to take on the VP role. It's being left up to the membership to decide who takes the reins from Steve, responsible for maintaining the membership database, and sending occasional email blasts among regular board duties.

Details of our Holiday party are firming up. It will be Saturday, December 9 @ 4pm, at Miele's Italian Restaurant, 2050 W. Guadalupe Rd. in Mesa. Cost $20 per person; watch for the Eventbrite link will go live soon.

The Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists needs more volunteer talent in leadership positions. They are seeking officer and board candidates for the coming year. This could be your big chance to make a difference for cyclists! Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists or on facebook.

ASU is holding a Commute by Bike event tomorrow, Friday Oct 27 which includes a ride from Tempe Beach Park to the Downtown Phoenix ASU campus. More information can be found here.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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October 14 Saturday Cycling Report
Great Conditions for Climbing South Mountain

Added October 22, 2017
written by Ken St.John

Forty-two cyclists signed in to go up South Mountain. All the conditions were great for climbing, except for my tired old legs. But we made it to San Juan and back in time to enjoy the patio breakfast at AZ bread.

Coming up...

Saturday, 10/21/17 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Marco Polo
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 Panera Bread, McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 6:38

Saturday, 10/28/17 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. 8th Street Ail
The extended-distance option includes a few extra loops with little climbs, and one big loop with steep hills, including northbound 8th street from Chandler Blvd to Desert Foothills Parkway. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co. Sunrise: 6:44

Saturday, 11/04/17 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: 6:50

Tid Bits...

Evie Martinez called today. She's ready to find a new home for George's tandem. If you're like me you wondered when you ever saw George and Evie riding tandem? You haven't. George used it to enable a visually impaired cyclist to join in the fun. If you are in the 5'6" tall neighborhood, and would like to pilot a sleek blue Cannondale tandem for whatever reason, contact Evie, or tell me and I'll get you connected with her.

Come to think of it, if you're in the 5'10" height range and would like to experience being the captain of a tandem on a free trial basis, you should contact me about that too. Janet and I have a Trek T2000 that is seeking a new purpose in life.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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October 7 Saturday Cycling Report
Mummy Mountain on a Beautiful Autumn Day

Added October 11, 2017
written by Ken St.John

Fifty-two cyclists conquered the Mummy Mountain route on a beautiful autumn day. I hear the Tour de Fat parade was a little later this year, so we didn't see as many costumed cyclists, though I did see a couple of tutus on my way up College.

I know Mummy Mountain is many peoples favorite Saturday Cycling route, and that it feels like we don't do it as often as we should. Here are the facts: this year we've ridden it on March 18, June 17, and October 7. We rotate through each of our 14 route maps about 4 times each per year. But I will try to cheat in this one and South Mountain more often while the weather is moderate. And for those who have a favorite breakfast stop, 7 routes lead to AZ Bread, and the other 7 favor Panera; that seems fair.

Coming up...

Saturday, 10/14/17 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: 6:33

Saturday, 10/21/17 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Marco Polo
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 Panera Bread, McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 6:38

Saturday, 10/28/17 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. 8th Street Ail
The extended-distance option includes a few extra loops with little climbs, and one big loop with steep hills, including northbound 8th street from Chandler Blvd to Desert Foothills Parkway. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co. Sunrise: 6:44

Tid Bits...

Someone in our group was handed a little pink flyer about a breast cancer ride sponsored by Performance Bicycle. She handed it to me, and now I'm passing the info along to you. It's on Saturday, October 21. They are asking for a minimum $3 donation, which they will match up to a total of $5,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society. Go here if you're interested: Great Ride Series Chandler

I was also reminded this week of the 11th annual Heart Of Arizona ride on Saturday, November 4 in Congress AZ. They offer distance options of 44 and 98 miles.

My co-leader Kathy Mills will be away for the last two Saturdays in October. If you are interested in covering for her those days by ridding sweep on the short route, please let me know.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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September 30 Saturday Cycling Report
Four Tandem Teams and a Recumbent

Added October 5, 2017
written by Ken St.John

Fifty-one cyclists showed up for the last Saturday in September. Our start time moves to 7:30 for all of October. The mix this week included four tandem teams and one recumbent. I think five is the most tandems we've had on any Saturday ride; that was probably the time we declared it tandem day.

Coming up...

Saturday, 10/07/17 7:30 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, McClintock and Guadalupe. Alternative breakfast stop at Ncounter in downtown Tempe to watch the Tour de Fat go by. Sunrise: 6:27

Saturday, 10/14/17 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: 6:33

Saturday, 10/21/17 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Marco Polo
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 Panera Bread, McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 6:38

Tid Bits...

Registration has gone live for the 2017 PMBC Chili Cook-off. There is no cost for this event. The Eventbrite registration is just how you RSVP, so please do.

As promised, I attended one of the Strada Racing coaches' three-hour safety and performance clinics in September. They covered a few fundamentals, and we rode round and round a 1/4 mile track practicing handling skills and competitive cornering techniques. Here are the points that struck me as interesting:

  • Cornering, swerving, and virtually all aspects of bike handling have almost nothing to do with steering the front wheel. Most of your control comes from body movement. A shift of the hips, or a flick of the knee are how it's really done. More steering happens through the saddle than the bars. We all do it, even if we don't notice.
  • When riding beside someone, there are two safe places to be. Elbow-to-elbow, with the handlebars adjacent is one. If your bars are just a little ahead or behind the other guy's bars, you risk hooking up in a bad way. The second is handlebar-to-hips. This way if things get too crowded, you can place a hand on the hip next to you to control the spacing.
  • A certain amount of touching within a pack can be a good thing. As mentioned above, you can control the space between you and the next bike. A gentle touch to the lower back is a silent way to let someone know you are there. And they recommended a method for looking behind while in a group; you place your right hand on the upper back of the rider next to you, keeping your left hand on your brake as you turn your head to the left and look back. Not only does this keep you in a straight line, you will feel it if there is slowing or movement happening that you didn't expect. It's like having eyes in the back of your head.

I suspect that some of us may be startled if a hand reached out and touched us while riding in a fast-paced group. But I think it could benefit us some if we do it carefully. It could increase communication without adding noise. You might want to test it out yourself. Being a mixed-gender social club, we should probably try to avoid touching the derriθre, since that message could be misinterpreted.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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