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pmbcaz.org The Hub: March 2018

The Hub: March 2018
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 3/31/2018

March 2018
March 24 Saturday Cycling Report
  Through the Arts and Crafts show in Tempe. By Ken St.John
March 17 Saturday Cycling Report
  32 Show for Lucky 7's as Mining Country Challenge draws 50. By Ken St.John
March 10 Saturday Cycling Report
  Marco Polo: A Popular Flatland Route. By Ken St.John
March 3 Saturday Cycling Report
  Getting Tossed Between Groups. By Ken St.John
February 24 Saturday Cycling Report
  Winter Chill in Ahwatukee Foothills. By Ken St.John


March 24 Saturday Cycling Report
Through the Arts and Crafts show in Tempe

Added March 31, 2018
written by Ken St.John

Even with several of our friends doing the Bike MS event, we had forty-six cyclists at Kiwanis Park. Our route took us right through the biannual Arts and Crafts show in downtown Tempe. It was easy enough to ride around, but at least one couple took my suggestion to dismount and walk straight through the festival. They were constrained from impulse spending by their lack of cargo capacity and it did make them the last ones to reach breakfast, but I think they enjoyed the non-detour distraction.

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Saturday, 03/31/18 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. South Mountain
Route options of 24 miles with a bit of gentle climbing, 38 miles with moderate climbing, or 39 miles with the longest steady climb within 20 miles of Kiwanis Park. Breakfast is at AZ Bread, southeast of Elliot & Kyrene. Sunrise: 6:17

Saturday, 04/07/18 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Chandler/Gilbert Bronze
Gilbert and Chandler are each Bronze level bicycle friendly communities. We'll ride through both communities with route options of 25 or 35 miles. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co. at the SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 6:08

Saturday, 04/14/18 7:00 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: 5:59

Tid Bits...

Here is a link to Tempe Bike Month activities, including the April 8 Tour de Tempe, and Bike to Work day on April 18.

I've added ABC's April 28 Desert Classic event to the list below. Your PMBC membership saves you $5 on the entry fee, plus another $15 savings if you register by April 15.

If all went as planned, this was my first ride report sent using MailChimp. I'm interested to see if I get around more spam filters this way; there was a dozen or so email addresses @cox.net that started to bounce back all at once, and another dozen that are more random. So, if you're suddenly seeing this report after a long absence, that's why.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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March 17 Saturday Cycling Report
32 Show for Lucky 7's as Mining Country Challenge draws 50

Added March 25, 2018
written by Ken St.John

I hear there were right around 50 people who participated in the Mining Country Challenge, which is good news for all the volunteers who worked hard to put on the event. Yet we still managed to rustle up 32 more at Kiwanis for the regular Saturday Cycling ride. It was a great day to be out on the bike.

Coming up...

Saturday, 03/24/18 7:30 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, 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: 6:27

Saturday, 03/31/18 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. South Mountain
Route options of 24 miles with a bit of gentle climbing, 38 miles with moderate climbing, or 39 miles with the longest steady climb within 20 miles of Kiwanis Park. Breakfast is at AZ Bread, southeast of Elliot & Kyrene. Sunrise: 6:17

Saturday, 04/07/18 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Chandler/Gilbert Bronze
Gilbert and Chandler are each Bronze level bicycle friendly communities. We'll ride through both communities with route options of 25 or 35 miles. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co. at the SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 6:08

Tid Bits...

Whether you ride with us, the Chandler Family Fun Ride, or El Tour de Mesa on Saturday, April 7th, you'll be able to refresh yourself at the PMBC Spring Patio Party that same day. It will start at 4:00pm on the patio of Macayo's Depot Cantina (300 S. Ash Ave, Tempe). The club will provide appetizers, but you'll have to cover your own bar tab.

If you were listening closely at the last membership meeting, you will have already heard about Performance Bike's Pedaling for Pups Charity Poker Ride on March 31. The meetup link is below.

More information was released about the April 6 AZ Bicycling Summit. Topics will include: Distracted Driving, Bicycling and Public Health, E-Bikes, BikeMaps.org, and many more. See the event list below for more info.

I can be a very effective procrastinator. Next week, I plan to check an item off my todo list that has been there since 2012. I intend to begin shipping these weekly ride reports using MailChimp. This should save me minutes of effort every week and make it easier for cyclists to get themselves on or off the distribution list with a simple mouse click.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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March 10 Saturday Cycling Report
Marco Polo: A Popular Flatland Route

Added March 16, 2018
written by Ken St.John

Marco Polo appears to be one of our more popular flatland routes with fifty-five cyclists participating this past week. It always helps to have perfect pre-spring weather too. Having a canal path slice through the middle of the map, there were plenty of opportunities for creative modifications with various in-between mileage options.

Coming up...

Saturday, 03/17/18 7:30 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: 6:36

Saturday, 03/24/18 7:30 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, 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: 6:27

Saturday, 03/31/18 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. South Mountain
Route options of 24 miles with a bit of gentle climbing, 38 miles with moderate climbing, or 39 miles with the longest steady climb within 20 miles of Kiwanis Park. Breakfast is at AZ Bread, southeast of Elliot & Kyrene. Sunrise: 6:17

Tid Bits...

The long-range weather forecast has had us a little worried about our ride plans for this Saturday. But as of this morning, there is now 0% change of rain (in Phoenix at least) that day, so it's looking good for both Mining Country and Saturday Cycling. The MCC still needs volunteers, especially a SAG driver for the long route and registration duties. You should be able to help with registration and still do the ride, if you don't mind being among the last to roll out.

The annual Chandler Family Bike Ride event will be on April 7th at 8am. As always, PMBC has been asked to put some serious cyclists in the mix as role models and safety monitors. This is another chance for anyone who enjoys working with children to support cycling in our community. Those who would like to volunteer can ride with Janet and I from Kiwanis park, straight to the park-and-ride at Germann and Hamilton by Tumbleweed Park. They request that you register for this free event.

Events

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March 3 Saturday Cycling Report
Getting Tossed Between Groups

Added March 9, 2018
written by Ken St.John

We had 46 cyclists start from Kiwanis Park last Saturday. Almost double that number attended the quarterly membership meeting, including the pack who rode over from Sun Lakes. I especially enjoyed the ride because I somehow got tossed between at least five different small groups and had enough time at each to get lots of friendly interaction. On the middle-length route, we got to see the fast pack go zipping down Pecos as we approached from the north, with a string of recovery-pace riders strewn behind. That was fun too.

Coming up...

Saturday, 03/10/18 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: 6:45

Saturday, 03/17/18 7:30 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: 6:36

Saturday, 03/24/18 7:30 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, 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: 6:27

Tid Bits...

The business part of our membership meeting was pretty routine. The call for volunteers this time was for Mining Country Challenge (link below), and two more appointed board members. Per the bylaws, appointed members of the board should have some specific responsibility. The top two needs currently are for someone tech savvy to put events on EventBrite, help out with the web site and stuff-like-that, and for someone who can make publicity happen. A few members responded on the spot with their willingness to help, but don't worry If you missed the meeting; there's still time to contact a board member or use the link below to let us know how you want to help.

Does anyone want to take a turn leading Saturday Cycling on March 17 so that I can go be challenged in mining country? Please.

Through March 31 you can get the PMBC group rate of $120 for Tour de Mesa through this link: http://bit.ly/2HO8Lsj

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February 24 Saturday Cycling Report
Winter Chill in Ahwatukee Foothills

Added March 2, 2018
written by Ken St.John

The winter chill may be what kept 1/4 of us away on February's last Saturday. Counting the three who were too late to sign in, we had 30 cyclists take on the Ahwatukee foothills. The start time moves back another 1/2 hour in March, since summertime is right around the corner.

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Saturday, 03/03/18 7:30 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 begins at 9:00 and the meeting starts at 9:45. 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 is at The Hungry Monk on the north side of Chandler Blvd, just east of Dobson. Sunrise: 6:54

Saturday, 03/10/18 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: 6:45

Saturday, 03/17/17 7:30 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: 6:36

Tid Bits...

Here's two cycling habits I've adopted in recent years (just stop me if I've already said this):

  1. We're usually very good about using the STOP hand-signal when riding in a group of cyclists. It's also a good idea when riding solo. Many motorists expect us to run stop signs and red lights, and often prefer to cede their right-of-way rather than risk collision. I prefer that we all follow the rules for smooth flowing traffic. Signaling with my left hand that I actually am going to stop makes it less ambiguous for the other guy.
  2. While making a left turn with a green left-turn arrow, I've experienced times when an oncoming vehicle in the right-turn lane thinks they have room to go too and rolls out right into my path. Now I make a point to point out my trajectory and make it obvious that I'm going to cross their path. I've been consistently able to get them to yield with this approach, when their instinct was to turn at the same time as me, since I'm so small and all.

The Mining Country Challenge needs volunteers!

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