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The Hub: July 2019
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 7/14/2019

July 2019
July 13 Saturday Cycling Report
  A Long Trek East Toward the Sun. By Ken St.John
July 6 Saturday Cycling Report
  Fourth of July Holiday Weekend. By Ken St.John
June 29 Saturday Cycling Report
  Forty-three Rolled Out to the Ahwatukee Foothills. By Ken St.John


July 13 Saturday Cycling Report
A Long Trek East Toward the Sun

Added July 14, 2019
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Twenty-five cyclists signed in, and at least four more joined along the way for another long trek east toward the sun. It was monsoon hot, but at least there were a lot of good seed popping opportunities. And we got to welcome a first timer and reunite with some old friends we hadn't seen in a while, which brightened up an already really bright day.

I'm away next Saturday. Kathy Mills will be there for you.

Coming up...

Saturday, 07/20/19 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 AZ Bread on Elliot east of Kyrene. Sunrise: 5:33
Standard route on RWGPS
Long route on RWGPS

Saturday, 07/27/19 6:30 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: 5:37
Standard Route
Long Route

Saturday, 08/03/19 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: 5:42
Standard Route
Long Route

Tid Bits...

Have you noticed sections of roadway, like Guadalupe through Mesa, where the bike lane has lateral cracks that have lifted into bumps every 10 feet or so? But as they extend into the general traffic lane, the cracks stay flat, as though the heavier vehicles are smushing them down. This encourages cyclists to abandon the bike lane and take the 1st vehicle lane, which really ticks off motorists.

Earlier this week I rode down Knox as a crew was sealing cracks with tar. It struck me as odd that they were excluding the bike lane. They would seal a crack up to the white line and then stop, leaving the annoying bumpy crack in the bike lane unchanged. That mile-long stretch of road west of 48th St. does have cracks, rough spots and even one pothole, but none of that is particularly noticeable in a car or truck. Cyclists would benefit most from the smoothing of the pavement; I think the bike lane should be the priority.

Events...

Have fun and ride safely.

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July 6 Saturday Cycling Report
Fourth of July Holiday Weekend

Added July 10, 2019
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

We had thirty-three participants on the Fourth of July holiday ride, which was six more than we had at the regular Saturday outing. Those six people probably made the right choice. I remember Thursday's route having some shade and the temperature was comfortable enough, whereas McKellips Loop was relentlessly hot. The only shade McKellips eastbound provided were the overpasses at the two freeway crossings. Nevertheless, it was a great holiday weekend for cycling, and I hope many of you enjoyed Friday and Sunday rides too.

I've changed the July 13 route. If I hadn't, we would have had three weeks in a row where Saturday Cycling and Sunday Spin Cycle routes were way too similar.

Coming up...

Saturday, 07/13/19 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: 5:28
Standard Route
Long Route

Saturday, 07/20/19 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 AZ Bread on Elliot east of Kyrene. Sunrise: 5:33
Standard route on RWGPS
Long route on RWGPS

Saturday, 07/27/19 6:30 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: 5:37
Standard Route
Long Route

Tid Bits...

Seems like years since we started hearing rumblings of a new club website. Now the board is hearing sounds of cyber construction crews really making it happen. The goal is to go live on September 1, and I believe it. Our October 19 Smart Cycling Class will probably be the first to use the new event sign-up process. Not sure if the blogging feature will replace these MailChimp based reports, or just become the new repository for the on-line archive. Don't know if all the old archives are going to make the leap, or if anyone cares. Eight more weeks should be enough time to figure it out.

Events...

Have fun and ride safely.

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June 29 Saturday Cycling Report
Forty-three Rolled Out to the Ahwatukee Foothills

Added July 7, 2019
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Forty-three rolled out to the Ahwatukee Foothills together, where we shared the roads with another cycling group from Gilbert who came west to climb. We probably had around the same number at the PMBC Happy Hour later that same day. We took up about half the Hungry Monk's seating and had a really good time. It goes to show that it doesn't need to be free to be fun.

Coming up...

Thursday, 07/04/19 6:30 a.m., Downtown Gilbert. Give Me Liberty...
Put on your red, white, and blue for an Independence Day holiday ride! We will start from the shaded lot at the downtown Gilbert park & ride next to the big water tower off Gilbert Road just north of Elliot. It's a flat, mostly north-south 25-mile loop through Mesa and Gilbert, with an extra journey west to Dobson for the 35.5-mile extended route. You'll find the map on the miscellaneous routes section of the web site. Breakfast is at Liberty Market near the start location. Sunrise: 5:23
Standard Route
Long Route

Friday, 07/05/19 6:30 a.m., 5th of July Holiday Ride
Start time 6:30 a.m. Details are posted on the RWGPS event calendar.

Saturday, 04/06/19 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. McKellips Loop
With distance options of 28, 37 or 45 miles, this route will take you north through Tempe and then east through Mesa on McKellips Road, returning to Panera Bread for breakfast. Sunrise: 5:24
Standard route on RWGPS
Long route on RWGPS
Extra-long route on RWGPS

Saturday, 07/13/19 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: 5:28
Standard route on RWGPS
Long route on RWGPS

Tid Bits...

I like solving puzzles. Crosswords, Sudokus, and things like that. The bike gods must know this, because they keep bedeviling me with mysterious maladies that I struggle to diagnose and solve. The latest was a clicking noise from my front wheel that struck once per revolution just after I had put on a new tire. I tried another tire, inspected the rim and the tube but the noise persisted until I tried a different brand of tire and now it's gone. The new 'good' tire had a rotation-direction arrow, so I was careful to orient it correctly, remembering I once read that the front wheel should be oriented so that when sitting in the saddle, the hub brand name is right-side-up when it rolls around to the top. It occurred to me that I may have been mounting the wheel the other way around on the previous attempts. So, I tried flipping the wheel around the other way to see what happened, and there was that pesky noise again. I don't know why it matters, but apparently it does. And I don't know if it means there is something wrong with my fork and/or hub; I'm just grateful the noise is gone and that I didn't throw away those other tires because they're probably fine.

Events...

Have fun and ride safely.

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