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The Hub: June 2018
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 6/21/2018

June 2018
June 16 Saturday Cycling Report
  A Ride with a Risk of Rain. By Ken St.John
June 9 Saturday Cycling Report
  Fifty Must be a Lucky Number. By Ken St.John
June 2 Saturday Cycling Report
  Playing With a Full Deck. By Ken St.John
May 26 Saturday Cycling Report
  Fun Ride with Fine Weather and Great Friends. By Ken St.John


June 16 Saturday Cycling Report
A Ride with a Risk of Rain

Added June 21, 2018
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Thirty-six cyclists showed up to risk a ride with a 50% chance of rain. I can say that the last pack on the standard route didn't feel anything more than a brief, refreshing mist. However, the faces and bikes of the long route riders indicated that they at least saw some very wet road, while the last of them rolled into the breakfast stop soaking wet under a steady shower. Nevertheless, I didn't hear any problems or regrets beyond a couple of flat tires. For the last two miles back to the park, I was able to justify the fenders and rain jacket I had carried with me all morning.

Coming up...

Saturday, 06/23/18 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: 5:19

Saturday, 06/30/18 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 and spring, 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: 5:22

Saturday, 07/07/18 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: 5:25

Tid Bits...

I trust Ann Chadwick enjoyed her milestone birthday on Sunday. I heard she planned to spend it scuba diving. Now we'll need one more prize to give away at our next meeting when we honor our octogenarian members. All two of them.

At 7am on Sunday June 24, registration opens for the Orange County Wheelmen's popular Amtrak Century scheduled for Saturday September 8. If you want to hook up with other PMBC members on the ride, you should identify your club affiliation when you register, and talk to Jim and Jen to be included in additional activities the next day. The link is listed below; they have been known to sell out quickly once registration starts.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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June 9 Saturday Cycling Report
Fifty Must be a Lucky Number

Added June 17, 2018
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Fifty must be a lucky number, because that's how many cyclists signed in for the Lucky 7's route. We got to meet some more new people again this week for an otherwise typical summer ride.

Kathy Mills will be away this Saturday; Janet and I will take on the sweep duties on the standard route. Currently they are predicting a 25% chance of rain that morning. If it is raining, I will still be there with fenders and lights on (no bells) ready to ride with whoever else shows up. Then on the 23rd, I'll be on the Flagstaff Tour, and Kathy will lead Saturday Cycling.

Coming up...

Saturday, 06/16/18 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: 5:18

Saturday, 06/23/18 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: 5:19

Saturday, 06/30/18 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 and spring, 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: 5:22

Tid Bits...

It's always amazed me when a motorist kills a cyclist or pedestrian, and then gets off with a traffic fine of a few hundred dollars for some infraction like "failure to stay in your own lane". And if you believe one opinion I saw published about the Uber autonomous fatality, you can strike and kill a jaywalker and be considered blameless since the jaywalker was violating the law. Same goes, I suppose, for a cyclist going the wrong way or failing to come to a complete stop. But recently heard that this oversight was improved upon by a revision to traffic law 28-672 "Causing serious physical injury or death by a moving violation" which increases the penalties by changing it from a class 3 to a class 1 misdemeanor.

I imagine it would be difficult to prove that a motorist deliberately struck another road user, but I think there should still be some culpability just for hurtling tons of plastic and aluminum down the street with the power of hundreds of horses, which endangers everyone they encounter as well as themselves. Oops happens, but it's a whole bigger deal when it happens behind the wheel. That almost sounds like a slogan.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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June 2 Saturday Cycling Report
Playing With a Full Deck

Added June 8, 2018
written by Ken St.John

Fifty-two cyclists signed in to ride last weekend; that's like playing with a full deck. Changing the route without enough lead-time to update the website did mess up things for a few people who tried to join us along the route, and now my reason for doing it is no longer relevant, so I'm doubly regretting it. Other than that, it was a lovely day.

Coming up...

Saturday, 06/09/18 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: 5:18

Saturday, 06/16/18 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: 5:18

Saturday, 06/23/18 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: 5:19

Tid Bits...

It was pointed out to me recently that the AZ Cycling Links section of our website was missing most of our local bike charity organizations. I've asked Terry to add Trips for Kids Phoenix, Rusty Spokes, and We-Cycle-USA under advocacy groups. It's We-Cycle that I want to feature this week.

We-Cycle-USA occupies a small shop on Main St. in Mesa, at the light rail's east end-of-line near Horne. They are a 501c3 charity org in the business of providing bikes, bike maintenance and cycling safety training to adults and children in need. They accomplish this through the generous donation of used bikes, parts, volunteer hours, and cash. I visited the shop this past week and found it packed to the limit with used bikes in various stages of reconditioning. I had been planning to make a rest stop there along the Tour de Mesa Rewound route so that all the Saturday Cyclists could see it for themselves, but the extended light rail construction at the intersection made me abandon the idea.

They specifically need volunteers on Thursday, June 21 when they will be participating in the Valley of the Sun United Way's Project Connect at an LDS church near downtown Mesa. Project Connect is a homeless outreach event that brings over 30 human service providers to one location Project Connect is a homeless outreach event that brings over 30 human service providers to one location. There will be medical, dental, legal, employment, and housing resources. And thanks to We-Cycle, they can bring their bicycles in for a safety inspection and tune-up, or even begin the process of receiving a newly refurbished bike.

We-Cycle will also need volunteers in October for their support of the Tour de Fat in Tempe. All the contact information can be found on their website.

Please keep them in mind when you want to dispose of old bikes and bike parts. You can visit their shop, or arrange for them to come pick things up.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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May 26 Saturday Cycling Report
Fun Ride with Fine Weather and Great Friends

Added June 3, 2018
written by Ken St.John

Forty-six cyclists kicked off the Memorial Holiday weekend with a memorial moment to honor the cycling companions who have preceded us in death. Then we went straight out and enjoyed a fun ride with fine weather and great friends, just like the dearly departed would have done, if they were still with us.

Thirty-six joined ride leader Scott on the Monday holiday. He also led a moment of remembrance at the start, for those who died in the defense of our country, and specifically our friend the veteran George Martinez.

I've switched this week's route to be McKellips Loop so that I could delay using Tour de Mesa until later in the month; probably the 16th, but I'm not sure yet.

Coming up...

Saturday, 06/02/18 6:30 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: 5:19

Saturday, 06/09/18 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: 5:18

Saturday, 06/16/18 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: 5:18

Tid Bits...

Most of the fast-pack probably remembers club member Stuart Anderson. Last August he emailed to alert me about a road closure on our Saturday route, and to thank me for playing the ride leader role. In November he was fatally injured while cycling. This week, on Memorial Day, his family held a celebration of Stuart's life via Zoom, and they posted this 10 minute photo montage on YouTube for us to see: https://youtu.be/_uliHtwmBrg.

I didn't know Stuart well myself, but the images of his life story sure have a familiar feel.

Events

  • PMBC Tour of Flagstaff Fri-Sun, June 22-24
  • Amtrak Century Saturday, Sep 8
  • Tour de Scottsdale Sunday, Oct 7
  • El Tour de Tucson Saturday, Nov 17
  • Casa Grande Century Sunday, Jan 13

Have fun and ride safely.

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