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The Hub: November 2018
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 11/28/2018

November 2018
November 24 Saturday Cycling Report
  A Great Day for MidSummer's Ride. By Ken St.John
November 17 Saturday Cycling Report
  Saturday Cycling Crowd Dwindled Down to 27. By Ken St.John
November 10 Saturday Cycling Report
  Forty-two Cyclists Returned to the Ahwatukee Foothills. By Ken St.John
November 3 Saturday Cycling Report
  Mild Windless morning for Length of Lindsay. By Ken St.John


November 24 Saturday Cycling Report
A Great Day for MidSummer's Ride

Added November 28, 2018
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

We had 43 cyclists for the moderately hilly MidSummer's Ride. The weather, the road conditions, light traffic, no construction detours, and fun companions all contributed to make it a great day to ride. I hear people had a good time on the Thursday and Friday holiday rides too. Thanks to Scott and Neal for making those happen!

I remembered to announce that the start time changes to 8:30 for December and January. What I forgot to say was: THERE IS NO RIDE FROM KIWANIS PARK THIS SATURDAY. Instead we will be at Geno's Free Ride in Mesa. Hope to see you all there!

Coming up...

Saturday, 12/01/18 8:30 a.m., Red Mountain Park, Mesa. Geno's Free Ride
Three route options: 25 miles, 40 miles, and 60 miles with plenty of hill climbing for those opting to ride the longer routes. Food and drinks will be provided along the way and a catered lunch will be at the end of the ride. Best of all, this fully-supported ride is FREE to PMBC members! Please pre-register.
This will replace Saturday Cycling; there will be no ride from Kiwanis Park on Dec 1. Sunrise: 7:14

Saturday, 12/08/17 8:30 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. 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 at The Hungry Monk on the north side of Chandler Blvd, just east of Dobson. Sunrise: 7:20

Saturday, 12/15/18 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: 7:25

Wednesday, 12/19/18 7:00 pm, NE corner of Ray and McClintock. Cookies and Christmas Lights
Spread the Holiday cheer! It is time to see the holiday lights and, of course, eat cookies. The route will be about 15-20 miles ALL FLAT, and the pace will be slow as we enjoy seeing the neighborhood the old-fashioned way—by bicycle! For post-ride libations some may want to go to Zipps just one mile north on McClintock. Remember to dress warmly and be sure your bike is well lit. RSVP to Neal Thomas.

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The Casa Grande Century is PMBC's largest sponsored annual ride and is one of primary fundraisers that allows the club to sustain itself. Please consider volunteering to help make it a success; sign up to volunteer.

The number of people signed up so far to roll with us in the Chandler Parade of Lights is a bit low. Even if you didn't sign up, feel free to join us with lights on at 6:30pm Saturday on the east side of AZ Avenue 1 block south of Frye. Coming with bells on would be great too. Register here.

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Have fun and ride safely.

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November 17 Saturday Cycling Report
Saturday Cycling Crowd Dwindled Down to 27

Added November 25, 2018
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Between el Tour de Tucson and a Global Bikes event ride, our Saturday Cycling crowd dwindled down to 27 this week. The Lucky 7's route did not quite live up to its charmed title. Our first obstacle was Gilbert's annual civic pride festival which didn't close any of the roads we needed but detoured a lot of traffic alongside us. Then there was a road closure on Higley for a running event; I hear they let our cyclists ride on through. And for the second week in a row we were forced to detour due to a Loop 202 related road closure, cutting off the entire Wild Horse Pass segment. As I imagine they often say at the casinos we didn't ride by: "better luck next time".

PMBC is offering group rides on both Thursday and Friday of the coming holiday weekend. Details below.

Coming up...

Thursday 11/22/17 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park, One or the other version of Tour de Lehi
This ride starting from Kiwanis Park in Tempe will take you on a loop to the northeast through the community of Lehi and return back to Kiwanis Park with a breakfast stop at Einstein's Bagel on the NW corner of McClintock and Guadalupe Rds. Sunrise 7:06

Friday 11/23/17 8:00 a.m., 2560 W. Chandler Blvd, Black Friday Ride
The annual "Just Say No to Shopping" ride will start and end at the Einstein Bagel on the north side of Chandler Blvd just East of the 101. Route options of 26 and 36 miles explore some roads in the far SE corner of Phoenix Metro. Sunrise: 7:07

Saturday, 11/24/18 8:00 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: 7:08

Saturday, 12/01/18 8:30 a.m., Red Mountain Park, Mesa. Geno's Free Ride
Three route options: 25 miles, 40 miles, and 60 miles with plenty of hill climbing for those opting to ride the longer routes. Food and drinks will be provided along the way and a catered lunch will be at the end of the ride. Best of all, this fully-supported ride is FREE to PMBC members! Please pre-register.
This will replace Saturday Cycling; there will be no ride from Kiwanis Park on Dec 1. Sunrise: 7:14

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Two repeats from last week's report:

There is an EventBrite sign-up for participation in the December 1st Chandler Parade of Lights. We've limited it to club members only and capped it at 40 participants to make sure we fit the space allotted. Parade rules include that each of us have a minimum of 100 lights on our ourselves or our bikes. I've found battery powered light strings at Target and Home Depot in the past. Logistical details will be provided to those who register.

Volunteers are needed for Geno's Free Ride! Sign up to help at: https://freeridevolunteer.eventbrite.com. Or else register as a participant at http://genosfreeride.eventbrite.com.

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Have fun and ride safely.

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November 10 Saturday Cycling Report
Forty-two Cyclists Returned to the Ahwatukee Foothills

Added November 18, 2018
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Forty-two cyclists returned to the Ahwatukee foothills last weekend, with a minor route adjustment to circumvent the never-ending construction on Liberty Lane. The folks at AZ Bread were happy so see us return to them as well. If you ever get hungry on the other days of the week you'll find the same warm friendly service for breakfast and lunch there any day except Monday when they rest.

The deteriorating condition of the Ahwatukee roads has been apparent to cyclists for a while. Our plight received some publicity when the Ahwatukee Foothills News made it their top story in last Wednesday's edition. The article centers on cyclist Stuart Anderson's fatal accident and quotes a couple of local cyclists who rode with him. It also includes a quote from the "Phoenix Metro Bicycling Club's blog" which was text copied from one of my previous ride reports. They didn't give me personal credit, but they did elevate me with the title of "blogger", which I'm sure is very special. We should give the city credit where it is due: Lakewood Parkway is now smooth and new, after having been one of the worst of the crumbling messes. Which street will they fix next, I wonder? And when?

Here's a link to the article.

Coming up...

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

Friday 11/23/17 8:00 a.m., 2560 W. Chandler Blvd, Black Friday Ride
The annual "Just Say No To Shopping" ride will start and end at the Einstein Bagel on the north side of Chandler Blvd just East of the 101. Route options of 26 and 36 miles explore some roads in the far SE corner of Phoenix Metro. Sunrise: 7:07

Saturday, 11/24/18 8:00 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: 7:08

Saturday, 12/01/18 8:30 a.m., Red Mountain Park, Mesa. Geno's Free Ride
Three route options: 25 miles, 40 miles, and 60 miles with plenty of hill climbing for those opting to ride the longer routes. Food and drinks will be provided along the way and a catered lunch will be at the end of the ride. Best of all, this fully-supported ride is FREE to PMBC members! Please pre-register.
This will replace Saturday Cycling; there will be no ride from Kiwanis Park on Dec 1. Sunrise: 7:14

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PMBC Nominating Committee Presents Slate of Officers for 2019

There is an EventBrite sign-up for participation in the December 1st Chandler Parade of Lights. We've limited it to club members only and capped it at 40 participants to make sure we fit the space allotted. Parade rules include that each of us have a minimum of 100 lights on our ourselves or our bikes. I've found battery powered light strings at Target and Home Depot in the past. Logistical details will be provided to those who register.

Neal and Lenore's annual Christmas Lights and Cookies Ride will be on the evening of Wednesday Dec 19. Another opportunity to use those festive battery powered lights. Details will be provided as we get closer.

Now that our South Mountain route is back in the rotation, we'll need to watch out for the welcomed roadway improvement activity on the San Juan road. Also good to remember that San Juan road is open to all vehicle traffic on the first Saturday of each month, other times it's motorist free. More good news for the parks people: from December through March Silent Sunday will be every Sunday of the month! They're calling it a pilot program; I hope that enough cyclists get out there to make it a success. Read more...

Volunteers are needed for Geno's Free Ride! Please contact Glen Fletcher if you would like to help out.

It's also time for participants to register for the ride.

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Have fun and ride safely.

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November 3 Saturday Cycling Report
Mild Windless morning for Length of Lindsay

Added November 11, 2018
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

November came in like a lamb as usual. It was a mild windless morning for the 37 cyclists who rode out to Lindsay together. Nice to have the sun be an ally again.

The construction on Liberty Lane in the Foothills is still ongoing, and now has spilled onto Desert Foothills Parkway, completely closing the access to Liberty that is part of the extended route for this week's ride. Rather than continue to postpone the foothills routes, I have penciled in some changes for this week only. Both standard and extended routes will return east on Chandler Blvd, turning south on 24th street (at the crest of the small hill just west of the Ray-Chandler loop) which will take us back to Liberty beyond the messy construction zone.

Coming up...

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

Friday, 11/23/17 8:00 a.m., 2560 W. Chandler Blvd, Black Friday Ride
The annual "Just Say No To Shopping" ride will start and end at the Einstein Bagel on the north side of Chandler Blvd just East of the 101. Route options of 26 and 36 miles explore some roads in the far SE corner of Phoenix Metro. Sunrise: 7:07

Saturday, 11/24/18 8:00 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: 7:08

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Scott will be leading the traditional Black Friday Ride on Nov 23rd. The map is available on the web site as a pdf, and an electronic version is available from Ride with GPS.

I am unavailable Thanksgiving Day. If anyone else would like to lead a holiday ride on the 22nd, please let me know. We often use the Length of Lehi route to work up our appetites.

As an alternative to Saturday Cycling this Veterans Day weekend, Performance Bicycle in Chandler is hosting a No Vet Alone charity ride. There is no cost, and they provide a lunch and store discounts. I'd bring some cash given that it is intended as a fund raiser; I have to imagine there will opportunities to donate.

According to our bylaws, members have until Nov. 15 to make a play for one of the elected board positions that we will vote on at the Dec. meeting. Don't be shy.

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