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pmbcaz.org The Hub: July 2018

The Hub: July 2018
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 7/25/2018

July 2018
July 21 Saturday Cycling Report
  A Wet and Wild Ride in the Foothills. By Ken St.John
July 14 Saturday Cycling Report
  Some Days it Feels Like We Own the Road, and Other Times the Road Owns Us. By Ken St.John
June 30 Saturday Cycling Report
  Forty-Seven Cyclists Enjoyed Another Saturday Morning of Dry Heat on Midsummer Ride. By Ken St.John
June 23 Saturday Cycling Report
  Heat and Tour of Flagstaff Reduces Pack. By Ken St.John


July 21 Saturday Cycling Report
A Wet and Wild Ride in the Foothills

Added July 25, 2018
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Seventeen cyclists signed up for a wet and wild ride in the foothills last weekend. Most of the wet came from the ground up; I don't remember getting rained on much, but the roads were very wet in places. The wild was from some uncomfortably close lighting strikes. Most of us stayed under the patio roof of the regroup location until the sound of thunder became more distant, while a few others retreated to the safety of breakfast before getting that far.

Coming up...

Saturday, 07/28/18 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: 5:38

Saturday, 08/04/18 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: 5:43

Saturday, 08/11/18 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Length of Lindsay
The Length of Lindsay takes us to the east, with route options of 29 miles or 39 miles, no climbing. Breakfast at Panera Bread on the SE corner of Guadalupe and McClintock. Sunrise: 5:48

Tid Bits...

The fiscally conservative members of PMBC are likely to appreciate this news. Treasurer Kris has gotten us a 60% savings on the cost of our storage unit. When our previous supplier informed her of a rent increase, she shopped around and found us a climate-controlled version at a lower price. I like it when a free market economy benefits the consumer. The transition was completed this week, so don't go looking for our things in the old location; they've been moved east to Ray Road at Cooper.

Our next quarterly membership meeting is scheduled for Saturday, August 25. Since Janet and I are unavailable that day, Vice President Jim will be running the show. Another different thing this time will be a bicycle parts recycling barrel from WeCycle of Mesa. If you have old bike parts or tools cluttering up your garage, this will be an opportunity to put them to good use. WeCycle will use them to refurbish old bikes to be used by those in need, or to repair bikes for their existing clients. Representatives from WeCycle will be present to provide more information, and to accept larger donations (like bikes), or cash.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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July 14 Saturday Cycling Report
Some Days it Feels Like We Own the Road, and Other Times the Road Owns Us

Added July 20, 2018
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

I've had my share of trouble with flat tires, but last Saturday was the first time I got a flat on my van while driving to the park. The 39 cyclists who showed up on time had to compete for space with a surprise running event as they milled about wondering where the ride leader was and why there had been no 2-minute warning. Kathy found me roadside, grabbed the sign-in sheets and maps and got to the park in time to see everyone off.

As it turned out, my inconvenience and resulting expenses were insignificant compared to those of two of our friends whose rides were cut short due to injury. Both got home to start the healing process later that day, about the time I was paying for a pair of new radials. Some days it feels like we own the road, and other times the road owns us.

Coming up...

Saturday, 07/21/18 6:30 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: 5:33

Saturday, 07/28/18 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: 5:38

Saturday, 08/04/18 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: 5:43

Tid Bits...

Ride leader Scott alerted me to the City of Mesa's 2018 Bike/Ped survey. It will be available until October 15.

I visited http://www.mesaaz.gov/residents/transportation/bike-pedestrian looking for the notification, but it isn't posted there yet. Nevertheless, I was impressed with the informative web site and their e-magazine Mesa Spokelife.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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June 30 Saturday Cycling Report
Forty-Seven Cyclists Enjoyed Another Saturday Morning of Dry Heat on Midsummer Ride

Added July 6, 2018
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Forty-seven cyclists enjoyed another Saturday morning of dry heat while this year's monsoon season remains at bay. My weather app says that may change by the upcoming weekend, although I expect unpredictability to be the norm for the next two months.

I hope to see some of you Wednesday in downtown Gilbert for a rare midweek holiday ride. Kathy will be leading the ride again next Saturday while Janet and I attend a funeral. Thank you, Kathy.

Coming up...

Wednesday, 07/04/13 6:30 a.m., Downtown Gilbert. Give Me Liberty...
Put on your red, white, and blue for an Independence Day holiday ride! We will start from the downtown Gilbert park & ride next to the big water tower off Gilbert Road just north of Elliot. It's a flat, mostly north-south 25-mile loop through Mesa and Gilbert, with an extra journey west to Dobson for the 35.5-mile extended route. You'll find the map on the miscellaneous routes section of the web site. Breakfast is at Liberty Market near the start location. Sunrise: 5:23

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

Saturday, 07/14/18 6:30 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: 5:29

Saturday, 07/21/18 6:30 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: 5:33

Tid Bits...

Holidays seem to sneak up on us and we end up scrambling to put together a group ride to help fill in the extra day of leisure. Which is silly, because we all have a calendar and the holidays themselves are scheduled way in advance. Our preferred approach is to use the holidays as an opportunity for someone who isn't a regular ride leader, to experience the joy of planning, mapping and leading a club ride (or using an existing route is fine too). The next one is Labor Day on September 3rd. Then November has Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Please let me know if you would like to step up and make something happen for your friends on any of those days and I will help you get it on the calendar and spread the word. Otherwise, it will probably be Scott, or Kevin or me pulling something from the old bag of routes at the last minute.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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June 23 Saturday Cycling Report
Heat and Tour of Flagstaff Reduces Pack

Added July 1, 2018
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Kathy tells me Saturday's ride went well, though the crowd was on the small side possibly due to heat, and probably due to about 30 people being at the Tour of Flagstaff for the weekend. The Flagstaff Tour was a little warmer than usual, but there was no rain this time which is a better deal.

Yes, we will have an Independence Day ride on Wednesday July 4! Sorry for the late notice; it's the main reason I'm squeezing in this last-minute ride report today. We'll be using the Give Me Liberty route which starts and ends near Liberty Market in downtown Gilbert and was created for this very purpose.

Coming up...

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

Wednesday, 07/04/13 6:30 a.m., Downtown Gilbert. Give Me Liberty...
Put on your red, white, and blue for an Independence Day holiday ride! We will start from the downtown Gilbert park & ride next to the big water tower off Gilbert Road just north of Elliot. It's a flat, mostly north-south 25-mile loop through Mesa and Gilbert, with an extra journey west to Dobson for the 35.5-mile extended route. You'll find the map on the miscellaneous routes section of the web site. Breakfast is at Liberty Market near the start location. Sunrise: 5:23

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

Saturday, 07/14/18 6:30 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: 5:29

Tid Bits...

One of my favorite things about the Flagstaff Tour besides Chef Bob's big spaghetti dinner, and the total lack of traffic lights was that I did not encounter any landscapers kicking up a noisy micro dust-storm in my face. Here in the big city, I'd estimate I encounter one such incident per mile on typical weekday rides. I have often said that power lawn and garden tools are the bane of the suburban lifestyle. It's ironic, because without these noisy tools we wouldn't have the clean, well-manicured look that sets the burbs apart. But try to enjoy your backyard barbeque with friends on a Saturday afternoon and you'll likely be serenaded by gasoline powered lawn mowers, leaf blowers, hedge trimers and chain saws. On weekdays you can add air hammers and circular saws, usually cutting tile or brick, to the din. It's rare to get even an hour of daylight with peace and quiet to go with the beautiful visual appeal. Everything comes with a cost I suppose.

The link below for the Arizona Bicycle Classic Fall Edition has been updated to one that works! I've heard good things about this ride from club members who have been there.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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