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pmbcaz.org The Hub: October 2018

The Hub: October 2018
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 10/31/2018

October 2018
October 27 Saturday Cycling Report
  Enjoying the Rolling Hills of Paradise Valley. By Ken St.John
October 13 Saturday Cycling Report
  21 Cyclists Took on Wettest Saturday Ride. By Ken St.John
October 6 Saturday Cycling Report
  Perfect Weather for St. Francis Loop. By Ken St.John
September 29 Saturday Cycling Report
  Seeking Alternative Routes for South Mountain. By Ken St.John


October 27 Saturday Cycling Report
Enjoying the Rolling Hills of Paradise Valley

Added October 31, 2018
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

It was a wonderful day for forty-eight cyclists to enjoy the rolling hills of Paradise Valley. We also had the pleasure of welcoming back Jesse who was a regular with us some five years ago and has returned. And we got to meet newcomer Heather who seems ready and willing to become hooked on recreational cycling. We're just the club to make it happen - a bunch of enablers.

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Saturday, 11/03/18 8:00 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: 6:49

Saturday, 11/10/18 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. 8th Street Ail
The extended-distance option includes an out-and-back that goes as far west as the road will take us, plus several steep hills including northbound 8th Street from Chandler Blvd to Desert Foothills Parkway. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co. Sunrise: 6:55

Saturday, 11/17/18 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: 7:02

Tid Bits...

If you were at the last quarterly meeting you probably heard that PMBC has been accepted as an entrant in the Chandler Parade of Lights on December 1st. Participation in this event is for members only, so we don't have to spend on supplemental insurance. Since illumination is a central feature of this holiday parade, we would like to see bikes decorated with battery powered holiday lights, and riders wearing our club colors. I think we'll be enough of a spectacle to make kids point and stare. I'll be going to an informational meeting for participants on Nov. 6 and will have more to report then.

The City of Chandler is soliciting public comment on their plans to add more bike lanes on Kyrene and McClintock by reducing the width of the median. https://www.chandleraz.gov/residents/transportation In the current budget plan, construction would happen in 2021, but hear there is a chance that could be improved upon. I think good public input might be "Hooray! Spare no expenses in expediting this project; 2019 completion should be the goal!"

In the spirt of Halloween: IT'S ALIVE!!! You can now register on-line for the Casa Grande Century.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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October 13 Saturday Cycling Report
21 Cyclists Took on Wettest Saturday Ride

Added October 21, 2018
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

That was the wettest Saturday ride I can remember since January of 2013. Back then, only two of us were willing to get soaked; this time 21 cyclists took on the rain. I had suggested that anyone who took the long route should expect to get wet, but the standard route saw a steady downpour as well. I counted three bikes with fenders, one belt-drive, about 1/2 of the cyclists had rain jackets, and most had blinking lights. I also counted 4 who turned back before we got to Queen Creek and some of them got drenched anyway. Thankfully it was not dangerously cold; I saw some chattering teeth, but no hypothermia.

I want to thank Bill and Sharon who turned their tandem back early and then met the rest of us at AZ Bread with big dry towels. It's friends like those who make PMBC a great club.

Janet and I have signed up for the Arizona Bicycle Classic next Saturday. Kathy will be at Kiwanis to lead the Marco Polo route. The current forecast says we'll be dry through Saturday, with more rain arriving Sunday. We'll have to wait and see how that evolves.

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Saturday, 10/20/18 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: 6:37

Saturday, 10/27/18 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. Sunrise: 6:43

Saturday, 11/03/18 8:00 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: 6:49

Tid Bits...

I don't know of Saturday Cycling ever being canceled due to weather. I suppose if it were the day hell froze and we had ice on our roads we would cancel, or in the event of dangerously close lightning, or extremely high wind. My general commitment is that I will be there rain or shine and ride with anyone else who shows up.

The Tour de Sue route we just did in the rain got 3 votes to be eliminated in the survey, but I didn't see any comments explaining why. One member suggested to me in email that it could be the section of the long route north of Riggs and the difficult left turn from there onto Maricopa Rd. Since I took the standard route I was unable to evaluate the situation this time. I'm inclined to keep it in the rotation because it gives us the longest stretches with no traffic lights of any route. Please let me know of any specific problems and maybe we can make some improvements.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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October 6 Saturday Cycling Report
Perfect Weather for St. Francis Loop

Added October 14, 2018
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

It was perfect weather for the thirty-three cyclists who rode the St. Francis Loop.

The Tour de Fat parade starts later than it used to. We took the standard route at a moderate pace, stopping on Mill Ave for a patio breakfast with a view of the bike traffic, but the most exciting thing we saw was our own long-route riders zipping south. By the time we left, the vendor booths were operating, and we were able to say hello to some friends from CAzB, TBAG and Rob Dollar Foundation among others.

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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

Saturday, 10/20/18 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: 6:37

Saturday, 10/27/18 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. Sunrise: 6:43

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Sympathy to those who were training for the Tour de Scottsdale. I hear it was canceled abruptly due to storm damaged roads.

Phoenix Spokes People are hosting their Fourth annual Bike Bazaar on Saturday, October 20. Vendors will be located along Pierce street at the Downtown Phoenix Public Market and there will also be a "bike swap".

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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September 29 Saturday Cycling Report
Seeking Alternative Routes for South Mountain

Added October 7, 2018
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

All forty-one cyclists who signed in were warned up front that Dobbins had construction hazards. Many of us sought alternative routes to avoid it and Baseline as well. I tested two routes that I will now always avoid in the future: taking Baseline all the way west to Central didn't go well and taking Central north to Southern for the return loop was a bad idea too. I was also unhappy with southbound 48th street; I don't see Southern working out as a Baseline bypass on the return.

Tour de Fat is next Saturday. If you want to participate, our ride route will take you right there. And if you just want to witness some silliness, you could consider having your breakfast along Mill Ave where you can watch the participants rolling towards the Town Lake.

========= 7:30 START TIME FOR ALL OF OCTOBER ===========

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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

Saturday, 10/20/18 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: 6:37

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Due to the road work on Liberty, we will postpone any foothills rides until November.

Walt Paciorek will hold a Bike Patrol certification class on Sunday 10/14 after the Sunday Kickoff ride. Certification is valid for two years at all Perimeter Bicycling events such as Tour De Tucson in November and Tour De Mesa in April.

For more information about Bike Patrol, visit http://www.perimeterbicycling.com/bike-patrol and for more information about certification classes, contact Walt Paciorek.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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