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The Hub: September 2018
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 9/30/2018

September 2018
September 22 Saturday Cycling Report
  Equinox Technicality. By Ken St.John
September 15 Saturday Cycling Report
  The Last Summer Saturday of the Year. By Ken St.John
September 8 Saturday Cycling Report
  Forty-three cyclists enjoyed the Chandler-Pecos East Loop. By Ken St.John
September 1 Saturday Cycling Report
  44 Riders for First Ride in September. By Ken St.John


September 22 Saturday Cycling Report
Equinox Technicality

Added September 30, 2018
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Saturday was the first day of the fall season. However, I was informed that the actual equinox did not occur until 6-something that evening. So technically, that was our last ride of summer, not the week before. Other than having one more sign-in for a total of 36 cyclists, this week's ride report is 'ditto' of last weeks, clouds and all.

Coming up...

Saturday, 09/29/18 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. South Mountain
Summer will be over and it's time to climb the 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: 6:21

Saturday, 10/06/18 7:30 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: 6:26

Saturday, 10/13/18 7:30 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: 6:32

Tid Bits...

In response to the survey results, I am penciling in some options on the South Mountain map for this Saturday with the goal of avoiding the fast, heavy traffic on Baseline.

My least favorite part is the eastbound return leg, where the motorists seem to be ramping up to highway speed as they approach I-10. The new return-route will have us continue north on 24th street to take Southern (does not connect to I-10) east to 48th and avoid Baseline altogether. There is no bike lane on that one-mile stretch of 48th; we'll have to see how that goes.

In my opinion, the earlier westbound leg on Baseline isn't so bad, other than the left turn at 24th St. You could opt to take Southern then as well, but you would still have 1 mile with no bike lane, two big left turns, and it would add another 2 miles to the round-trip distance.

Although I won't route Saturday Cycling onto a mixed-use canal path – they are not suitable for high speed group riding – I did pencil in the off-road option that begins at 40th St. There is also a way to bypass the no-bike-lane part of Baseline by taking 48th St ½ mile north, and going east on Vineyard to loop back to Baseline at 40th St. From there, Baseline or the canal path are your options west. I made the test map really messy by drawing this option too.

Whichever route you take, I'm looking forward to hearing your feedback after the ride.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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September 15 Saturday Cycling Report
The Last Summer Saturday of the Year

Added September 23, 2018
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Thirty-five cyclist rode together on the last summer Saturday of the year. The season was still plenty hot, but unexpected cloud cover provided extra relief. Now that summer is over, those who have been waiting for perfect weather can come on back and ride with us!

Coming up...

Saturday, 09/22/18 7:00 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: 6:17

Saturday, 09/29/18 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. South Mountain
Summer will be over and it's time to climb the 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: 6:21

Saturday, 10/06/18 7:30 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: 6:26

Tid Bits...

As I mentioned before, I am now ordering the rotation to favor variety of route without the constraint of alternating weekly between the two breakfast venues. That's why we'll be at Panera two weeks in a row. It will all even out over each quarter year. The October 6th hill-climber is the first exception to the attempt to alternate hilly and flat routes. I did that to be sure we will return up Mill Ave to witness some of the Tour de Fat silliness in Tempe.

I don't know how much this has gotten around yet, but some of the more progressive ride leaders have started the process of getting our routes organized under Ride with GPS. I am now at risk of learning new tricks, 18 years into the new millennium. For the foreseeable future, Saturday Cycling will still be using old-school hardcopies of PowerPoint maps. Other of the weekly rides have maps ready to download.

On the subject of maps: ADOT has come out with a mobile-friendly version of their Arizona Bicycle Users Map.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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September 8 Saturday Cycling Report
Forty-three cyclists enjoyed the Chandler-Pecos East Loop

Added September 16, 2018
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Forty-three cyclists enjoyed the Chandler-Pecos East Loop on Saturday. This route got two votes for improvement needed in the recent survey which didn't surprise me. While visitors might enjoy seeing our thriving historic downtown districts, Saturday Cyclists prefer the roads with fewer traffic lights, and nice safe bike lanes. I will probably make some revisions before it comes around again.

Summer officially ends the day we ride the Tour de Mesa. Our first climbing route of autumn will be South Mountain. Maybe that should be a tradition. Though 5 people voted to be rid of that one, and 2 think it needs improvement, I still consider it a keeper. The main issue appears to be the traffic on Baseline. We will likely have an alternative approach to test-ride on the 29th.

Coming up...

Saturday, 09/15/18 7:00 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: 6:12

Saturday, 09/22/18 7:00 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: 6:17

Saturday, 09/29/18 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. South Mountain
Summer will be over and it's time to climb the 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: 6:21

Tid Bits...

Thank you to all who donated bikes and bike parts to WeCycle at the last membership meeting. In the days leading up to my vacation I neglected to remind Robert about being there, and I hear he didn't show. As it turns out, he was dealing with open heart surgery that week, so I gave him a pass. Thank you also to Bob who hauled all the loot to our storage unit. Yesterday I delivered all the donations to Robert. Though he wasn't able to help me with the heavy lifting, he did very much appreciate the donations. WeCycle has more volunteer opportunities coming up in October as they participate in Tour de Fat and the Rob Dollar Ride.

Speaking of the Rob Dollar Ride…PMBC has agreed to occupy an information booth at the event. President Janet would love to have a couple of members-at-large to join with board member Rick to work the crowds and spread the good word about us at South Mountain Park on Sunday October 28.

PMBC members should have received notification of the Cottonwood Tour and Wine Tasting event October 13-14. The deadline to register is 9/28. If you think you're a member and didn't get the email blast, something has gone terribly wrong and you should contact VP Jim to fix it.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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September 1 Saturday Cycling Report
44 Riders for First Ride in September

Added September 9, 2018
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

I'm back; we should see Kathy back this week too. It's late for a ride report, but I wanted to make sure the next two routes get posted on the web site sooner.

Here is Mike's report on last week's ride:

We had 44 cyclists show up for the first ride in September with a start time of 7 AM. As normally happens with Mummy Mountain, our group was spread out everywhere with some of our riders getting lost in the process of navigating the course. The weather was cooler than it has been in the past month, but high humidity for us Arizonians.

Coming up...

Saturday, 09/08/18 7:00 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: 6:07

Saturday, 09/15/18 7:00 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: 6:12

Saturday, 09/22/18 7:00 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: 6:17

Tid Bits...

The Rob Dollar Foundation is organizing a family fun day of cycling at South Mountain on the October 28 Silent Sunday, from 8:00am to noon. The event will offer cycling safety classes, entertainment for kids, food trucks, music and more for only $19.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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