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pmbcaz.org The Hub: January 2019

The Hub: January 2019
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 1/16/2019

January 2018
January 12 Saturday Cycling Report
  Lucky with Weather, Unlucky with Flats. By Ken St.John
January 5 Saturday Cycling Report
  Thirty-six Signed in for the Chandler/Gilbert Bronze Route. By Ken St.John
30th Annual New Year's Day Pinnacle Peak Pedalers Potluck Picnic
  A Group Photo. By Scott Barvian. Photo by Walt Paciorek
December 29 Saturday Cycling Report
  South Mountain on a Cool Winter Day. By Ken St.John


January 12 Saturday Cycling Report
Lucky with Weather, Unlucky with Flats

Added January 16, 2018
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

We were lucky with weather, but unlucky with flats this past weekend. Forty-two cyclists enjoyed the flat lands to the east on Saturday morning. There were three flat tires that I know of; two of them were on the same tire but with different causes.

Later that day, rain snuck in under cover of darkness and then retreated in time for the Casa Grande Century on Sunday. Hundreds of cyclists started out on wet streets cutting through patches of thick fog that gradually gave way to a moderate, wind-free, awesome day to be rolling down the road surrounded by friends. I heard as many as 18 flats reported just in the first hour or two of riding; one of them was on my bike.

I hope everyone has cleaned the muck off their pretty bikes by now; I'll try to get to mine later today. I want to ride it on Wednesday this week and my weather app says I need to make room for a new batch of wet road grime.

Coming up...

Saturday, 01/19/19 8:30 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: 7:31
Standard route on RWGPS
Long route on RWGPS

Saturday, 01/26/19 8:30 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: 7:28
Standard Route
Long Route

Saturday, 02/02/19 8:00 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: 7:24

Tid Bits...

PMBC has been invited to participate in Transportation Day on February 9th at God's Garden Preschool on Liberty Lane in the Ahwatukee Foothills. We had signed up to participate last year but had to cancel due to a lack of volunteer availability. We're looking for 2 or 3 cyclists to show off their bikes and talk to children about bicycling as transportation. It would be great to have a fully loaded touring bike, and a well-equipped commuter bike, or any bike that is used for getting around. Please let me know if you are willing and able to help.

We recently confirmed that the insurance for the Smart Cycling class covers both members and non-members for the same cost. If you know anyone who would like a class on safe cycling, please forward them the link below so that they can register. There is a fee to cover course costs.

Events...

Have fun and ride safely.

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January 5 Saturday Cycling Report
Thirty-six Signed in for the Chandler/Gilbert Bronze Route

Added January 11, 2018
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Thirty-six signed in for the CG Bronze route. I was covering the standard route in Kathy's absence where we kept up a reasonably brisk pace making me among the first to arrive at breakfast for a change. I have received helpful suggestions from a couple of members about improving this route and plan to modify both the standard and extended versions, enough so that it might merit a name change too.

Coming up...

Saturday, 01/12/19 8:30 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: 7:33
Standard route on RWGPS
Long route on RWGPS
Extra-long route on RWGPS

Saturday, 01/19/19 8:30 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: 7:31
Standard route on RWGPS
Long route on RWGPS

Saturday, 01/26/19 8:30 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: 7:28

Tid Bits...

I am impressed with the Rob Dollar Foundation. I've seen them give free helmets to low income cyclists, visited their table at most every cycling related event in the valley where they were handling out lots of things but primarily it's always bicycle safety awareness. They've also posted a billboard along I-10 saying "SAVE A LIFE, GIVE 3 FEET TO CYCLISTS". We should thank them every chance we get and congratulate them for keeping the memory of Rob alive in such a meaningful way.

As we retrieved everything from the storage unit for the CGC, an old file box of useless archives was discovered. Most of it was extra copies of the Tailwinds Times, so I grabbed one at random to read over. The newsletter I got was "Vol VI, No. 4" dated April 1998 and covered five statewide chapters of GABA, though it listed contact info for 9 different chapters. Here are some other items of note:

  • The PMBC president was Roy Kopel. Jemma Kopel was treasurer.
  • Bob Prochaska was leading the "Sun Lakes Bicycle Club" Saturday ride.
  • Kokopedallis rides were every Sunday
  • The Saturday breakfast ride from Kiwanis Park was flagged as NEW, and was led by Sue Fassett (now McFadden). I tried to call her, but the phone number given, like the name, was no longer in service.
  • The quarterly membership meeting was to be a catered picnic at Usery Pass, "Free to GABA members who stay thru meeting", where they were going to discuss the possibility of changing our club affiliations.
  • Dick Landis himself was leading the Answer to the Challenge.
  • Forty people rode the Mining Country Century on a cold rainy Sunday.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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30th Annual New Year's Day Pinnacle Peak Pedalers Potluck Picnic
A Group Photo

Added January 6, 2019
By Scott Barvian. Photo by Walt Paciorek

First held in 1990, this picnic was created by the late Gurnelle Jones and Bob Prochaska. Roseann Wagner organized for several years before handing off to Gerry and Cindy DiMassa and Jerry and Rita Bricker this year.

Recent odd-numbered years have been cold, and this was no exception. The traditional morning ride from Usery Mountain Regional Park down to the Salt River was cancelled, and our small but hardy bunch wished each other a quick Happy New Year. If tradition holds, Jan. 1, 2020 will be warm and sunny.

Pinnacle Peak Pedalers 30th annual New Year's Day Potluck

Pinnacle Peak Pedalers 30th annual New Year's Day Potluck (click photo for larger image)
(Photo credit: Walt Paciorek)

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December 29 Saturday Cycling Report
South Mountain on a Cool Winter Day

Added January 6, 2018
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Happy New Year Saturday Cyclists!

In last year's survey, twenty-three respondents said we should go ahead and do South Mountain in the winter, so it makes sense that twenty-two cyclists signed in to take on the mountain on a cool winter day. With the right pair of gloves, some ear covers, layering on the torso and bright sunshine, the cold was not a problem. Two new Saturday Cyclists and three new bicycles made their first trip to the towers this time. There's nothing like steep climbs to spread out the group. By the time we final three long-route riders got to AZ Bread, everyone else had already eaten and left!

There were 48 cyclists on the Rewound Tour of Mesa on the previous Saturday. Focus on the holidays caused me to miss sending a ride report last week and is now causing me to not remember much about the ride, other than I know we had fun.

Coming up...

Tuesday, 01/01/19 8:30 am, Tortilla Flat and End of Pavement
Neal and Lenore will be leading this ride from The Old West Highway and Apache Trail (take Idaho Road off the 60). This annual ride has gone by the wayside with the terrible road to Tortilla Flat. The road is now new. Let's get the annual ritual going again. It starts at the Antique Store. The ride is out and back with 42 miles to the End of Pavement or 31 miles to Tortilla Flat. It is a gorgeous ride.

Saturday, 01/05/19 8:30 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: 7:33

Saturday, 01/12/19 8:30 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: 7:33

Saturday, 01/19/19 8:30 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: 7:31

Tid Bits...

The Casa Grande Century is less than 2 weeks away. Volunteers are still needed!! You'll find the sign-up link below.

The Eventbrite registration link for the Smart Cycling class is now live. There will be a classroom session the evening of Thursday Feb 7, and an on-road session on the afternoon of Friday Feb 9. There is a $25 fee to cover the course materials and other expenses. Both sessions will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 6400 W Del Rio St. in Chandler, which can be reached by taking McKemy south from Ray Rd.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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