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pmbcaz.org The Hub: April 2018

The Hub: April 2018
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 4/22/2018

April 2018
April 21 Saturday Cycling Report
  Forty-Five Cyclists Enjoy Tour de Sue. By Ken St.John
April 14 Saturday Cycling Report
  Two Recumbents and Three Tandem Teams show for St. Francis Loop. By Ken St.John
April 7 Saturday Cycling Report
  A Busy Weekend for Cyclists. By Ken St.John
March 31 Saturday Cycling Report
  Thirty-Seven Cyclists Ride to South Mountain. By Ken St.John


April 21 Saturday Cycling Report
Forty-Five Cyclists Enjoy Tour de Sue

Added April 22, 2018
written by Ken St.John

We had forty-five cyclists enjoy Tour de Sue. Not Sue however; she headed north to cheer for our friends who took on Pat's Run that same morning. The timing worked out so that afterward they could join us at AZ Bread, looking even sweatier than we did.

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Saturday, 04/28/18 7:00 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: 5:43

Saturday, 05/05/18 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. 8th Street Ail
The extended-distance option includes a few extra loops with little climbs, and one big loop with steep hills, including northbound 8th street from Chandler Blvd to Desert Foothills Parkway. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co. Sunrise: 5:36

Saturday, 05/12/18 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 stop at Panera Bread, McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 5:30

Tid Bits...

I think the Soul Stroll for Healthy Living is going to be an annual event at Kiwanis Park. They surprised us this week by parking a Mobile Mammogram truck in our usual gathering spot. After an internal debate about where to relocate, it occurred to me that I should establish a policy, so here it is: If another event blocks us from using our usual spot, I'll park in the very back of the lot. That should give us more space to gather, keep us out of the cross traffic, and free up the close-in parking for the other guys. If the whole parking lot is full, I'll head south to the lot across from the aquatic center. Next April, if you want to have your mammaries grammed, they said we are always welcome.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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April 14 Saturday Cycling Report
Two Recumbents and Three Tandem Teams show for St. Francis Loop

Added April 22, 2018
written by Ken St.John

I don't recall the last time we saw two recumbents at the sign in, but there they were alongside 44 uprights with three tandem teams. We like to be inclusive where we can.

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Saturday, 04/21/18 7:00 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: 5:51

Saturday, 04/28/18 7:00 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: 5:43

Saturday, 05/05/18 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. 8th Street Ail
The extended-distance option includes a few extra loops with little climbs, and one big loop with steep hills, including northbound 8th street from Chandler Blvd to Desert Foothills Parkway. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co. Sunrise: 5:36

Tid Bits...

Two items of interest hit my inbox today. One is that the city of Phoenix is accepting free registration to the Phoenix Bicycle Forum from 10-4 on Saturday April 28. It appears to be a community effort to make the city more bicycle friendly.

The other I got from ride-leader Scott who shared that Gilbert is building a pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks on the Western Canal Trail. They say it is to provide a safe crossing for those biking, walking or riding on the trail. It's in the design phase now and should be done by the end of 2019.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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April 7 Saturday Cycling Report
A Busy Weekend for Cyclists

Added April 15, 2018
written by Ken St.John

That was a busy weekend for cyclists with El Tour de Mesa and associated activities, the Bike Month family rides in Chandler and Tempe, and the fun, fun PMBC Patio Party. They all looked well attended, and we had forty-four who rode with us from Kiwanis, as usual.

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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

Saturday, 04/21/18 7:00 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: 5:51

Saturday, 04/28/18 7:00 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: 5:43

Tid Bits...

I and at least 3 other club members spent our Friday last week at CAzB's Arizona Bicycling Summit. Two of the top topics this year were distracted driving, and equal cycling access for women, youth, and the economically disadvantaged. We also got updates on e-bike policy from ASU, Tempe, and Scottsdale who are aiming to keep their rules consistent. And we had fun with data from the founder of BikeMaps.org who urges us to go to their web site and report any bike accidents or close calls that could have been an accident. The more data they have, the more good they can do.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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March 31 Saturday Cycling Report
Thirty-Seven Cyclists Ride to South Mountain

Added April 8, 2018
written by Ken St.John

I hear that the Performance Bike poker ride for puppies was a big hit. I was relieved we still had thirty-seven cyclists climb up some or all of South Mountain, followed by the sprint for safety down eastbound Baseline.

Did you notice all the rain we got this past winter? No, neither did the wildflowers. The ocotillo tips were ablaze; at least the cacti will still come through with some spring colors.

==========APRIL START TIME IS 7AM ============

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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

Saturday, 04/21/18 7:00 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: 5:51

Tid Bits...

Don't forget about the PMBC Spring Patio Party, 4:00 Saturday at Macayo's Depot Cantina in Tempe.

A reminder to the volunteer corps: the Chandler Family Fun ride is this Saturday. I'll be starting from Kiwanis as usual, but splitting off route after the standard route regroup, just in time for the 8:00 ride start near Tumbleweed Park. Please let me know if you'll be working it with me.

PMBC members can get a $10 discount (the code word is METRO) on the April 21st Arizona Bicycle Classic. It looks like a fun ride with route options of 28, 56 and 78 miles, all starting in the tiny town of Mud Spring up on the RIM. Here's the link: http://www.arizonabicycleclassic.com/

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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