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The Hub: February 2018
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 2/18/2018

February 2018
February 10 Saturday Cycling Report
  Tour de Mesa Rewound: A Routine Warm Winter Ride. By Ken St.John
February 3 Saturday Cycling Report
  Mild Weather for South Mountain. By Ken St.John


February 10 Saturday Cycling Report
Tour de Mesa Rewound: A Routine Warm Winter Ride

Added February 18, 2018
written by Ken St.John

Thirty-eight is the number of cyclists who signed in last Saturday. I did not have any special announcements at the start of the ride, and still have nothing of interest to say about it now. It was a routine warm winter ride.

You'll notice below that there is a quarterly membership meeting coming up on March 3, the same day that our start time moves to 7:30am. The meeting sign-in will begin at 9:00 and the meeting will start at 9:45am when the long route riders are expected to roll in.

Coming up...

Saturday, 02/17/18 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. McKellips Loop
With distance options of 28, 37 or 45 miles, this route will take you north through Tempe and then east through Mesa on McKellips Road, returning to Panera Bread for breakfast. Sunrise: 7:10

Saturday, 02/24/18 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: 7:02

Saturday, 03/03/18 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Chandler-Pecos East
We're returning to the Hungry Monk for our Quarterly Membership Meeting, and a small change to this route will get us there. Breakfast is free for members; two free breakfasts are included in a family membership. Sign-in begins at 9:00 and the meeting starts at 9:45. 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 is at The Hungry Monk on the north side of Chandler Blvd, just east of Dobson. Sunrise: 6:54

Tid Bits...

We still need one more volunteer to work our table at the Transportation Day event on the 24th of this month. Here's an option that would work well: you could still ride the long route of the Foothills Training Ride, then along the return on Liberty, stop at the event and take over the 2nd half for Rick so he can go to the board meeting. The meeting is timed to allow board members to ride the long route, so that should work out well. If I can't get another volunteer, I'll probably need to cancel PMBC's presence at the event, and they will once again fail to teach the children that the bicycle is a viable option. Any member on any bike would be fine; you just need to enjoy working with children and want to promote cycling.

Sounds like the city of Tempe has come up with a creative compromise regarding the McClintock Dr. bike lanes that had reduced the main traffic lanes from 3 to 2 in each direction. This week they will start restriping between Del Rio and Oxford to accommodate ordinary bike lanes in each direction; the current design is buffered from the traffic lane. This enables them to restore the southbound side to three traffic lanes, leaving the north bound traffic with just two lanes. I guess the motorists who complained are more concerned with congestion in one direction over the other. The work should be completed by February 24 and does not require busting up any curbs, sidewalks, or landscaping. The city of Chandler has plans to install bike lanes on their portion of McClintock to the south, but that improvement is still a couple of years away.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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February 3 Saturday Cycling Report
Mild Weather for South Mountain

Added February 11, 2018
written by Ken St.John

We had forty-two cyclists take on South Mountain for the third time since the mild weather arrived. Speaking of our great weather, halfway into winter, we're still getting a steady flow of new and returning cyclists. Let's all help them feel welcome and show them a fun time.

In the Event list below, you'll notice that two local bike shops are determined to show cyclists a good time this weekend. With us or with them, I hope everyone stays safe and has fun.

Coming up...

Saturday, 02/10/18 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: 7:17

Saturday, 02/17/18 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. McKellips Loop
With distance options of 28, 37 or 45 miles, this route will take you north through Tempe and then east through Mesa on McKellips Road, returning to Panera Bread for breakfast. Sunrise: 7:10

Saturday, 02/24/18 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: 7:02

Tid Bits...

I've moved the next Ahwatukee Foothills ride out to the 24th to sync us up with the Transportation Day event at God's Garden Preschool. You may have noticed in years past when Liberty Lane has been converted to Liberty parking-lot. This year we've decided PMBC should have a presence at their event to show the children, mommies, and daddies that the bicycle is for transportation too. We'll have a small space at the event for two or three cyclists to show off their bikes and answer questions. Rick has volunteered to be there with his loaded touring bike to represent travel by bicycle, but he has to leave the event early for our board meeting. The plan was to have the second volunteer bring a commuter bike, but I have yet to find an experienced bike commuter who is available. We need at least one more volunteer! It's from 9am-1pm, Saturday February 24. You can bring any kind of bike you want; the important thing is to have someone who isn't on the board and can stay until 1:00, and enjoys talking to children.

The 2nd part of our participation is to have the short-route riders do a brief stopover at the event, which is about a mile after the regroup. For this I'd like to encourage you to ride your tandems and recumbents the kinds of bikes that make children stop and stare. Everyone on the long route should plan to ride on by as normal, being especially mindful of car doors and escaped toddlers.

The MCC volunteer registration site is up.

The Ahwatukee Global Bikes shop is presenting a Valentine's Poker Ride on Sunday, February 11 at 7:30am. Your $20 entry fee gets you a burrito, a chance to win valuable prizes and a happy fun time. Proceeds benefit Trips for Kids Phoenix. Sign up here.

El Tour de Mesa has been added to the event list below too. Best rates are available now; participation is capped at 2,000.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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