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pmbcaz.org The Hub: May 2019

The Hub: May 2019
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 5/16/2019

May 2019
May 11 Saturday Cycling Report
  Surprisingly Cool May Weather. By Ken St.John
May 4 Saturday Cycling Report
  St. Francis Loop Draws 52 Cyclists. By Ken St.John
April 27 Saturday Cycling Report
  31 Cyclists Sign In for Tour de Sue. By Ken St.John


May 11 Saturday Cycling Report
Surprisingly Cool May Weather

Added May 16, 2019
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Thirty-seven cyclists saw me age another year on last Saturday's ride. In a fair world, my birthday would fall right on Mother's Day next year; but since 2020 is a leap year, it will skip ahead to Monday instead. The good news is that club-member Court will finally get to celebrate another birthday, because he only gets to have them in presidential election years. That's even more unfair.

The real highlight of the ride was this surprisingly cool May weather. It looks like it'll start in the 60's again this Saturday morning for the ride to the Quarterly Membership Meeting!

Coming up...

Saturday, 05/18/19 6:30 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. Sign-in starts at 8:00 and the meeting begins around 8:45. Distance options are 28, 34 and 42 miles. The extra-long route sails east on Chandler Blvd all the way from Rural to Power, returning by way of Pecos. 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: 6:56
Standard Route
Long Route
Extra Long Route

Saturday, 05/25/19 6:30 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: 5:22.
Standard Route
Long Route
Extra Long Route

Monday, 05/27/19 6:30 a.m., Gilbert Wildflower. Memorial Day Ride
Ride leader Scott will be hosting the Memorial Day ride this year from the Wildflower Bread Co. on the NE corner of Gilbert Rd. and the south leg of loop 202. He's created a new route that goes east to the Gateway Airport, then south to Chandler Heights before circling back to Gilbert Rd. for breakfast after the ride at Wildflower. Sunrise: 5:21.
Memorial Day Ride from Gilbert Rd Wildflower - TENTATIVE

Saturday, 06/01/19 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: 5:19
Standard Route
Long Route

Tid Bits...

I was a little disappointed the last time we did an Ahwatukee route. They had finally finished the road work on Liberty, but the eastbound lane showed no improvement in the quality of pavement. Now there's good news from the City of Phoenix; not only do they intend to resurface it for us, they have decided to upgrade it from microsurfacing (seal the cracks and color it new) to a thicker pavement overlay treatment. They say: "This will lead to a consistent surface condition for the segment of Liberty Lane between Desert Foothills Parkway and 24th Street." Good news long-term; I just hope they don't have to close it again on the days when we plan use it.

Our new trouble spot is the complete closure of 40th street in the 202 construction zone from now to September. I'll need to pencil a detour into our 8th Street Ail route and will probably suspend use of Lucky-7's for the duration.

Events...

Have fun and ride safely.

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May 4 Saturday Cycling Report
St. Francis Loop Draws 52 Cyclists

Added May 10, 2019
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

We had 52 cyclists for Saturday's St. Francis Loop. Four of those 52 were riding with us for the first time. Hope they enjoyed it as much as I did.

Note that we will be holding our 2nd quarterly membership meeting of 2019 the Saturday May 18. The details are below.

Another note: I can't find my source file for the Marco Polo route, created back in 2013. Consequently, the map on the web site still says R1 is Valero and breakfast is at Paradise Bakery, although they've changed their names to Circle-K and Panera Bread. At least all the street names have stayed the same.

Coming up...

Saturday, 05/11/19 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: 5:31
Standard Route
Long Route

Saturday, 05/18/19 6:30 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. Sign-in starts at 8:00 and the meeting begins around 8:45. Distance options are 28, 34 and 42 miles. The extra-long route sails east on Chandler Blvd all the way from Rural to Power, returning by way of Pecos. 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: 6:56
Standard Route
Long Route
Extra Long Route

Saturday, 05/25/19 6:30 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: 5:22.
Standard Route
Long Route
Extra Long Route

Tid Bits...

I only got one reaction to calling us a "social/reactional club" last week. If you're like me and my proof reader, you're brain just saw recreational, like it expected, and moved on. If you must do a typo, it least it should be a little humorous.

There will be a Monday Memorial Day ride listed in my next ride report. It could still be yours to lead if you let me know by this weekend.

Our county association of governments (MAG) has released a 2019 revision to their popular bikeways map. This printed map is free and also includes cycling safety tips. It can be obtained from MAG and is distributed to local bike shops. You can download the PDF version here. The online, interactive version of the map, MAG Bikeways, is kept up to date and was recently redesigned for a better user experience.

Events...

Have fun and ride safely.

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April 27 Saturday Cycling Report
31 Cyclists Sign In for Tour de Sue

Added May 5, 2019
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

We started out light with just 31 cyclists signing in at Kiwanis Park, until another 6 joined along the route bringing the total to 37. Two of those who intercepted us were Treasurer Kris and her man Glen on their tandem! That was a nice surprise.

We love the Tour de Sue for its long stretches of open highway, free of traffic lights and stop signs, but the downside is that those state-owned shoulders are not always in the best condition. This time out our group had five flat tires that I know of.

I hate to have to bear bad news again, but I think you all have a right to know. One of our cyclists had their car broken into while we were riding last Saturday. While nothing significant was stolen, having to replace one of the rear door windows is a big nuisance. Pretty cheeky petty thief, to bust a car window midmorning in a busy park. It was parked just a few spaces in from the entrance to the lot.

This week begins our 6:30 summer start time!!

Coming up...

Saturday, 05/04/19 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: 5:37
Standard route on RWGPS
Long route on RWGPS

Saturday, 05/11/19 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: 5:31
Standard Route
Long Route

Saturday, 05/18/19 6:30 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. Sign-in starts at 8:00 and the meeting begins around 8:45. Distance options are 28, 34 and 42 miles. The extra-long route sails east on Chandler Blvd all the way from Rural to Power, returning by way of Pecos. 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: 6:56
Standard Route
Long Route
Extra Long Route

Tid Bits...

PMBC imposes just 3 special rules beyond the law of the land for participating in our rides. Thank you everyone for always wearing a helmet, and never dropping down to your aerobars while in a group. It appears, however, that not everyone agrees with our third rule which is "no earphones allowed". Being that I'm not much of a bossy-pants disciplinarian type, I'm going to appeal to reason in hopes of getting everyone onboard with this safety habit. Besides the obvious ability to hear motor vehicles approaching, let's brainstorm some other reasons we would want to keep our ears unobstructed. I'll go first:

  1. To hear your riding companions wish you a good morning and ask you to tell them all about your awesome bike or your recent vacation.
  2. So that you can hear the lead cyclist shout out warnings and be able to tell the difference between "hole!" and "pole!"
  3. To notice the ratcheting sound of a cyclist 2 or 3 positions ahead of you in a pace line when they suddenly start to coast.
  4. To hear the whisper of brake pads touching metal.
  5. For early detection of an emergency vehicle siren, and to be able to discern from which direction it's coming.
  6. To know when a riding companion behind you pulls over with a problem and would like you to wait.
  7. To hear a kid on the sidewalk yell out, "Hey mister! You dropped your wallet!"
  8. To enjoy the chirping of the birds.

Maybe you can think of others. Ride leader Tom likes to say: "situational awareness" is the name of the game. The bottom line is ensuring the safety of the group and every individual in it and about being present with your friends. We are a social/reactional club; most of us are not interested in adding unnecessary risk.

Events...

Have fun and ride safely.

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