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pmbcaz.org The Hub: May 2019

The Hub: May 2019
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 5/29/2019

May 2019
May 25 Saturday Cycling Report
  Another Awesome Day for Cycling in the Foothills. By Ken St.John
May 18 Saturday Cycling Report
  Forty-Four Cyclists Made Their Way to the Q2 Club Membership Meeting. By Ken St.John
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 25 Saturday Cycling Report
Another Awesome Day for Cycling in the Foothills

Added May 29, 2019
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

A good-sized group of 47 enjoyed another awesome day for cycling in the foothills. I'm going to miss May 2019; it's been a good one.

Kathy will lead this week's ride while I focus on grandparenting all weekend long.

There was an erratum in last week's report. The correct June 8 route is Midsummer Ride, since we just did 8th St. Ail last week.

Coming up...

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

Saturday, 06/08/19 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. It includes options of 28 miles with one short climb, or 38 miles with a couple of bonus hills. Breakfast at Arizona Bread Co at SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 5:18
Standard Route
Long Route

Saturday, 06/15/19 6:30 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 at AZ Bread on Elliot at Kyrene after the ride. Sunrise: 5:18
Standard Route
Long Route
Less-Climbing Long Route

Tid Bits...

Last week's ride was the completion of the 7th year since Sue handed over the Saturday Cycling franchise to me. That went by fast. It has been a pleasure, and I intend to continue. However, I'm starting to feel guilty for hogging all the Saturday morning glory. If there's anyone else who would like to pitch in, or take over, I'd be happy to negotiate the terms. Many thank-yous to Kathy who has made the standard route a no-drop ride for over 2 years now. Honorable mention goes to Spencer for recently creating RWGSP versions of all 14 of our active routes.

Events...

Have fun and ride safely.

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May 18 Saturday Cycling Report
Forty-Four Cyclists Made Their Way to the Q2 Club Membership Meeting

Added May 27, 2019
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Most of the forty-four cyclists who signed in at Kiwanis Park managed to make their way to the Q2 club membership meeting at the Hungry Monk where we converged with other groups who came from the south and east. The ride, the weather and the meeting all went well.

We have a Monday holiday ride coming up on 5/27; see details below.

Coming up...

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

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

[This June 8th ride has been changed to Mummy Mountain. See May 25th Ride Report above.]
Saturday, 06/08/19 6:30a.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: 5:18
Standard Route
Long Route
Extra Long Route

Tid Bits...

Hurray for happiness! Social Director Tina has arranged for a PMBC happy hour from 3:30-5:30pm on Saturday, June 29th at the Hungry Monk. This is a no-host event, so be prepared to pay for what you consume. Tina would like us to RSVP at this email address: Tina Miller.

President Kevin put on a fine show at the Q2 membership meeting with upwards of 70 members in the audience. By my records, this was our 8th time meeting and eating at Hungry Monk; a full 2 years of satisfying breakfast chow and great service. Here are a few of the club business items presented:

  • There will be 2nd Smart Cycling class offered on Saturday, October 19; Sign-up will be made available as we get closer.
  • Membership dues are being raised to $25 for individual and $35 for family. These rates are effective July 1st, so you might consider renewing before then which will bump your current renew date by one year regardless of when it is.
  • There are plans to implement a new web site that will free us from the need to use EventBrite, among other advantages.
  • Kathy Mills provided a pop-quiz on cycling laws and safety which illustrated that we all still have room to learn.

Events...

  • Flagstaff Tour June 21-23
  • PMBC Happy Hour at Hungry Monk 3:30-5:30pm Saturday, June 29
  • Smart Cycling Class Saturday, October 19

Have fun and ride safely.

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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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