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December 19 Saturday Cycling Report

An Appearance by Santa

Added December 23, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Santa Neal made his annual appearance to hand out candy canes to the 39 good little cyclists who signed in for a long flat spin through Mesa. Old Santa was probably the only one who was glad that the cloud cover kept the temperature from rising as we rode, since he couldn't shed any layers without breaking character. You won't hear me complaining about clouds though; I want them to come back often in the summer.

This was our second time using the reversed version of this route. One minor tweak was made to relocate the 2nd regroup. This time I was dismayed to learn that the first regroup location does not allow us to use their restrooms. Guess I'll be making one more adjustment before updating the map on-line. If all the convenience stores were Quick Trips, route mapping would be that much easier.

The rumored Christmas Eve ride will not be happening. Feel free to enjoy your holiday with family instead.

Coming up...

Wednesday, 12/23/15 7:00 p.m., Christmas Lights Ride
Santa Claus is putting together the annual trek to see the lights; this year it will be in south Tempe. We'll meet in the parking lot of Zipps Sports Bar on the NE corner of Ray and McClintock. The ride distance will be in the 15-20 mile range and Santa says he'll be setting a slow, sightseeing pace, so be sure to dress warmly. Elves will be serving hot chocolate and cookies somewhere along the route. Stay, if you like, after the ride as the festivities move inside Zipps for some liquid Christmas cheer. RSVP to 
Neal Thomas, and please specify if you are bringing any children along.

Saturday, 12/26/15 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Foothills Training Ride
Work off your holiday chocolate and pie on a loop through the Ahwatukee Foothills with options of 25 miles with a couple of gentle climbs, or 38 miles that will take you up 5 bigger hills. If you follow the spaghetti-bowl long-route map, you will have gone up and down all 5 approaches with no repeats and no U-turns. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co on the SE corner of Kyrene and Eliot. Sunrise: 7:31

Saturday, 01/02/16 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Marco Polo
Marco Polo stretches us to the eastern limits of our range. 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 joining the Elliot return path. Breakfast at Paradise Bakery on Guadalupe and McClintock. Sunrise: 7:33

Saturday, 01/09/16 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Chandler/Gilbert Bronze
Gilbert and Chandler are both Bronze level bicycle friendly communities. We'll ride through the heart of each town with route options of 25 or 35 miles. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co. at the SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 7:33

Tid Bits...

It gives me sorrow to report that Bob Lewis passed away yesterday afternoon from complications caused by his bicycling accident in Apache Junction on December 9. Bob's cycling adventures were recently featured in an article or two in the AZ Republic written by his friend Bob Young. I had the good fortune to speak with him while on Geno's Free Ride just 2 days before his accident. He is already missed by many. The family plans to hold a memorial service sometime in January.

On the weekend of January 15-17, at Tempe Diablo Stadium, there will be an Electric Bike Expo. We are told that there will be a wide range of bicycles to try, ranging from compacts and street commuters, to mountain bikes and cargo bikes. Many of the models are brand new to the US and are here to be tested by you for the very first time. Visit http://www.electricbike-expo.comfor more information and to register on-line.

I recently stumbled into a couple of meetings with Phoenix, Chandler, and Tempe city council members, and local bicycle advocates, to discuss regional bicycle access issues. The initial incentive was to address the changes in the Ahwatukee-Foothills that will be caused when Pecos is converted into an extension of loop 202 and it's continuation around the mountain to West Phoenix. Added to the conversation were the Baseline Road transition from Phoenix to Tempe, all the I-10 crossings from Ahwatukee to Tempe/Chandler, and specifically a little known underpass near Warner that were suggested for improvement. I don't know if these kinds of meetings are routine, or a hot new thing, but I'm enthused about the collaboration. Hopefully there will be more news on future accomplishments.

Events

  • Casa Grande Century – January 10. The board is promising nice weather.
  • Here is a link for CGC volunteer sign-up: http://cgcvolunteer.eventbrite.com
  • Tour de Palm Springs on 01/23/15.
  • J & P Tucson Tour Weekend of 02/13/16.
  • Mining Country Century is 03/19/16. We still need a Ride Leader for this event!
  • Tour de Mesa is coming up 04/02/16.
  • MS Ride is 04/15-16/16.
  • Iron Horse Bicycle Classic is 05/28/16.

Have fun and ride safely.


December 12 Saturday Cycling Report

Record Low Rider Turnout for a Free Breakfast

Added December 18, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Forty-one cyclists has to be a record low for a free-breakfast, quarterly meeting day. Can't blame the weather, it was a beautiful day. It looked like there was still the usual, close to 100 members at the meeting; some must have come from other starting points. The meeting went well, despite the lack of microphone. The breakfast food at Jason's has been consistently good.

Coming up...

Saturday, 12/19/15 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Tour de Mesa Rewound
This is a revised version of the Tour de Mesa that reverses the direction of the standard route to clockwise. Breakfast will be at Paradise Bakery on the SE corner of McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 7:27

Wednesday, 12/23/15 7:00 p.m., Christmas Lights Ride
Santa Claus is putting together the annual trek to see the lights; this year it will be in south Tempe. We'll meet in the parking lot of Zipps Sports Bar on the NE corner of Ray and McClintock. The ride distance will be in the 15-20 mile range and Santa says he'll be setting a slow, sightseeing pace, so be sure to dress warmly. Elves will be serving hot chocolate and cookies somewhere along the route. Stay, if you like, after the ride as the festivities move inside Zipps for some liquid Christmas cheer. RSVP to 
Neal Thomas, and please specify if you are bringing any children along.

Thursday, 12/24 8:30 a.m., TBD
Scott the clothing master, has volunteered to lead a Christmas Eve morning ride this year. Details will be available soon. [Scott has confirmed that this ride will not take place. -Webmaster]

Saturday, 12/26/15 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Foothills Training Ride
Work off your holiday chocolate and pie on a loop through the Ahwatukee Foothills with options of 25 miles with a couple of gentle climbs, or 38 miles that will take you up 5 bigger hills. If you follow the spaghetti-bowl long-route map, you will have gone up and down all 5 approaches with no repeats and no U-turns. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co on the SE corner of Kyrene and Eliot. Sunrise: 7:31

Tid Bits...

Ranger Liz at South Mountain Park says that they are hopeful the repairs to the summit road will be completed by the end of January, as long as the weather remains favorable. I'm tentatively planning Feb 6 as our Saturday Cycling return to the top.

Events

  • Casa Grande Century – January 10. The board is promising nice weather.
  • Here is a link for CGC volunteer sign-up: http://cgcvolunteer.eventbrite.com
  • Tour de Palm Springs on 01/23/15.
  • J & P Tucson Tour Weekend of 02/13/16.
  • Mining Country Century is 03/19/16. We still need a Ride Leader for this event!
  • Tour de Mesa is coming up 04/02/16.
  • MS Ride is 04/15-16/16.
  • Iron Horse Bicycle Classic is 05/28/16.

Have fun and ride safely.


December 5 Saturday Cycling Report

Geno's Free Ride

Added December 11, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

It was another gorgeous day for Geno's Free Ride. Glen kicked it off with a dedication to our old friend Gene Rainey, in whose memory this annual ride will henceforth be named. Here's my favorite part of the route: While riding northbound on Power road, just after passing an unexpected clock tower, I find myself suddenly in the midst of the natural Sonoran Desert, looking up at a great view of the south side of Red Mountain and its illusive rifle-sight rock formation. After passing that, we take aim at the Four Peaks mountain range, and pause prior to its foothills at Mike and Nancy's well stocked rest stop where we are greeted by a life size photo of ol' smilin' Gene. Heading back south from there, we enjoy the long, steady climb over Usury Pass. Then it was all downhill and BBQ from there!

Thank you to Glen and all the volunteers for making it happen, and to the club members for you participation with, and support of PMBC.

Coming up...

Saturday, 12/12/15 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Lucky 7's
The Lucky 7's route will be used to take us to the Quarterly Membership Meeting at Jason's Deli. This will shorten the distance from the start to the breakfast so that we can start the meeting a little earlier. Sign-in will begin at 9:30am and the meeting will start at 10:30. Jason's Deli is at Frye and Chandler Village Dr. Sunrise: 7:23

Saturday, 12/19/15 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Tour de Mesa Rewound
This is a revised version of the Tour de Mesa that reverses the direction of the standard route to clockwise. Breakfast will be at Paradise Bakery on the SE corner of McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 7:27

Wednesday, 12/23/15 7:00 p.m., Christmas Lights Ride
Santa Claus is putting together the annual trek to see the lights; this year it will be in south Tempe. We'll meet in the parking lot of Zipps Sports Bar on the NE corner of Ray and McClintock. The ride distance will be in the 15-20 mile range and Santa says he'll be setting a slow, sightseeing pace, so be sure to dress warmly. Elves will be serving hot chocolate and cookies somewhere along the route. Stay, if you like, after the ride as the festivities move inside Zipps for some liquid Christmas cheer. RSVP to 
Neal Thomas, and please specify if you are bringing any children along.

Saturday, 12/26/15 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Foothills Training Ride
Work off your holiday chocolate and pie on a loop through the Ahwatukee Foothills with options of 25 miles with a couple of gentle climbs, or 38 miles that will take you up 5 bigger hills. If you follow the spaghetti-bowl long-route map, you will have gone up and down all 5 approaches with no repeats and no U-turns. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co on the SE corner of Kyrene and Eliot. Sunrise: 7:31

Tid Bits...

This past weekend we also enjoyed the PMBC Holiday Party at Pesto's Wine Bar. It was a great crowd, all dressed up and no one wore spandex, making it harder to recognize each other. It was good time with great people and fine food and drink. Thank you to our social director Kris and all her helpers.

I had forgotten to praise the city of Phoenix last week after we rode the Ahwafooty route. They finally got around to repaving Lakewood Parkway and the attached side streets, which had been the bane of our standard return path from the foothills. It's now silky smooth and all the paint stripes are flat single-layers. We'll probably be using that Parkway, and Liberty Lane, more often after Pecos gets replaced with a no-bikes super highway.

Word is that the J&P tour is ON again for 2016. Details will be available soon. On the other hand, Mr. Landis has decided to stop producing the Answer to the Challenge ride. Unless some other organization takes it over, I guess I missed my chance to enjoy that leisurely weekend-long ride.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.


November 30 Saturday Cycling Report

Sunny Cycling in the Late Fall

Added December 6, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

How fortunate we are to enjoy sunny cycling in the late fall; the season of thanks giving. Thank you to the 49 cyclists who added layers, gloves and headgear to celebrate cycling with us. I know everyone has a limit to how cold they will go, but I'm saying it should be lower than the 44 degrees we had at the start last Saturday.

THERE WILL BE NO RIDE FROM KIWANIS PARK SATURDAY DECEMBER 5!
Please join us at Pioneer Park in Mesa for Geno's Free Ride instead.

The December and January start time will be 8:30!
Starting with Geno's Free Ride

Coming up...

Saturday, 12/05/15 8:30 a.m., Pioneer Park, Mesa. Geno's Free Ride
Phoenix Metro Bicycle Club says thanks to their members for another great year of cycling and welcomes all riders to join in an adventure celebrating cycling. Three ride options will be offered: 25 miles, 40 miles, and 60 miles. All rides will start (and end) at Pioneer Park in Mesa and head to the northeast, with plenty of hill climbing for those opting to ride the 40- or 60-mile routes. Food and drinks will be provided along the way and a catered lunch will be at the end of the ride. But best of all, this ride is FREE to PMBC members ($10 for non-members)! Please Register (Geno's Free Ride) so that enough food and drinks will be available. This will replace Saturday Cycling; there will be no ride from Kiwanis Park on Dec 6. Sunrise: 7:18

Saturday, 12/12/15 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Lucky 7's
The Lucky 7's route will be used to take us to the Quarterly Membership Meeting at Jason's Deli. This will shorten the distance from the start to the breakfast so that we can start the meeting a little earlier. Sign-in will begin at 9:30am and the meeting will start at 10:30. Jason's Deli is at Frye and Chandler Village Dr. Sunrise: 7:23

Saturday, 12/19/15 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Tour de Mesa Rewound
This is a revised version of the Tour de Mesa that reverses the direction of the standard route to clockwise. Breakfast will be at Paradise Bakery on the SE corner of McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 7:27

Tid Bits...

Tis the season for these important club related tasks:

  1. Register for Events!
  2. Volunteer for Events!!
    • The Mining Country Century (March 19) needs a new ride leader, or leader team. Please contact any board member if you would like to help in this important capacity.
    • Just as importantly, the White Mountain Tour summer event needs a new ride leader as well. These are choice opportunities.
    • I expect that Geno's Free Ride has all the volunteers they need, but if you want to be sure you should contact Glen.
    • The Casa Grande Century is our biggest event of the year, and needs lots of volunteers for sign-in, aide stations and route marking. Here is a link for CGC volunteer sign-up.
  3. Come to the Quarterly Membership Meeting!
    • Saturday December 12 at Jason's Deli behind the Chandler Mall
    • Sign-in starts at 9:30, the meeting will begin at 10:30
    • Free breakfast for PMBC members (2 breakfasts per family membership)
    • Club merchandise will be available to purchase
    • This is the meeting where we will elect our club officers for 2016

Have fun and ride safely.


November 21 Saturday Cycling Report

McKellips Loop Riders Encounter "Rivalry Rage"

Added November 27, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Even with El Tour de Tucson happening, and President Armando off running a half-marathon, we still had 38 cyclists sign in at Kiwanis Park. The ASU/UofA game-day gave us a street closure on College and some parking competition at the start. A sign was posted identifying the other parking lot event as the "Rivalry Rage." Try saying it out loud a few times; it's fun. Makes you feel like a talking dog. Riflery Range works too, woof-woof, but I'm glad that wasn't the competing event this time. The Rivalry Rage actually looked pretty tame.

The regroup changes on the McKellips Loop route seemed to work well. After I also fix Mesa's 8th Street to its new Rio Salado name, I will get the updated map posted on the web site.

Here is ride leader Mike's report for the previous Saturday:

Forty-two cyclists started out together on this rather cool Saturday morning (temp 49 deg) headed to South Mountain for a romp to San Juan. While the cooler temperature may have kept our number down, the group was enthusiastic for our adventure to South Mountain. The weather was perfect for a ride through this wonderful desert preserve with the Estrella Mountains in the background. The majority of our breakfast group sat inside due to the cooler temperatures with lots of lively conversation on numerous topics. Our table discussed future vacations, forthcoming rides and the holidays.

Thursday and Friday rides this week!
Thank you to Neal and Scott for volunteering to lead.

Coming up...

Thursday 11/26/15 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Tour de Lehi
This year, Neal himself will lead our annual pre-feast Thanksgiving Day ride out to the quiet streets of Lehi. Route options of 27 miles or 35 miles, with no climbing. Breakfast at Einstein Bagels, NW corner of McClintock and Guadalupe (yes, they are open on Thanksgiving Day). Sunrise: 7:10

Friday 11/27/15 8:00 a.m., Paradise Bakery at Ray and Coronado. Black Friday Ride
The annual "Just Say No To Shopping" ride will start and end at the Paradise Bakery on the SW corner of Ray and Coronado in Chandler (just East of the 101). Route options of 27 and 37 miles explore some newly improved roads in the far SE corner of Phoenix Metro. Thank you to Scott for volunteering to lead. Sunrise: 7:11

Saturday, 11/28/15 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Ahwafooty
We'll circle around to approach the Ahwatukee-Foothills from the south. 24-mile and 35-mile options with moderate climbing on the longer route. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co at Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 7:12

Saturday, 12/05/15 8:30 a.m., Pioneer Park, Mesa. Geno's Free Ride
Phoenix Metro Bicycle Club says thanks to their members for another great year of cycling and welcomes all riders to join in an adventure celebrating cycling. Three ride options will be offered: 25 miles, 40 miles, and 60 miles. All rides will start (and end) at Pioneer Park in Mesa and head to the northeast, with plenty of hill climbing for those opting to ride the 40- or 60-mile routes. Food and drinks will be provided along the way and a catered lunch will be at the end of the ride. But best of all, this ride is FREE to PMBC members ($10 for non-members)! Please Register (Geno's Free Ride) so that enough food and drinks will be available. This will replace Saturday Cycling; there will be no ride from Kiwanis Park on Dec 6. Sunrise: 7:19

Tid Bits...

Two of our East Valley cities got promoted recently when the League of American Bicyclists released updates to their Bicycle Friendly Community awards. Tempe went from Silver to Gold and Mesa from Bronze to Silver. Congratulations to the civic and cycling leaders in both cities. Although, I personally prefer cycling in Chandler or Gilbert which are both still Bronze. One smart person I discussed this with over breakfast reminded me that Scottsdale (Gold) has the Tour de Scottsdale, Tempe has the Tour de Fat, and Mesa has made a major weekend-long event out of El Tour de Mesa. These bike themed events do a lot for our public image. It's not always all about the streets.

Registration went live this week for Geno's Free Ride and the Holiday Party! Links are below.

Upcoming Events...

Geno's Free Ride – Saturday December 5
PMBC Holiday Party – The evening of Sunday December 6
Casa Grande Century – January 10

Have fun and ride safely.


Security Needed for The Fiesta Bowl Parade

Volunteer as Security on your Bike

Added November 13, 2015

written by Sharon Newman Matt

Hello cyclists

It's that time again. When we enjoy the cooler days, we are cycling more & we think about The Fiesta Bowl Parade.

WHO: cyclists 15 years & older
WHAT: bicycle security
WHEN: January 2, 2016
HOW: 
http://fiestabowl.org/volunteer

YOU are invited to volunteer as Security on your bike for this year's Fiesta Bowl parade! In addition to an event t-shirt you get breakfast and a chance to see the parade come together. You get to rub elbows with half a million of your closest friends! The minimum age is fifteen so this is a family friendly activity. These minors need to partner with a parent.

Bicycle Security is the eyes and ears for the professional Police and Fire. We don't intervene in situations. We notify the professionals and keep the parade route clear for the floats, balloons, and bands. The idea is that everywhere you look you see a security person on a bike. We patrol on our bikes in groups of 2 or 3 in the staging and de staging areas. We use hand held radios and communicate to Net Control with any questions or problems. The person who is Net Control relays that information to the appropriate responder.

While the parade is only 90 minutes long we need cyclists who can commit to as much of the parade as possible. We work for 6 to 8 hours. From 6:30 AM to roughly 2:00.PM. We welcome you even if you can only work part of the day.

Please go to the above web site to complete the back ground check & to request the volunteer position of bike security. If you have problems contact me at the address below.

You are also invited to Parade School. Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 0900 AM to 11AM at the North Phoenix Baptist Church. You will get an overview of the parade, refreshments, door prizes & your credentials. While Parade School is optional we really hope you can make it. It's very helpful.

Please share this with your fiends and organizations.

Sharon Newman Matt
Bicycle Security Chair
Email
480-244-5264

P.S. Thank you in advance for your willingness to be a part of the Fiesta Bowl Parade.
P.S. 2 Randy Johnson is the Parade Marshall.


November 7 Saturday Cycling Report

A Meandering Research to Oak Route

Added November 13, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Fifty-three cyclists started out together last Saturday and eventually found about fifty-four different variations on the meandering Research to Oak route. Many of the breakfast eaters took to the indoor seating now that the mornings are getting cool. Conversation seemed to be a lot about the holidays; another sign of the season.!

It paid to ride sweep the previous week for Wendell. He tells me all 62 of the other cyclists riding ahead of him went right past over $100 in cash strewn about the bike lane along with other wallet contents. Of course he didn't keep it, but still, it's curious that no one else noticed or bothered. Apparently they were a focused bunch.!

Yes, we will have Thursday and Friday rides on the Holiday Weekend as well as the usual Saturday Cycling and various Sunday rides. Thank you to Neal and Scott for volunteering to lead.

Coming up...

Saturday, 11/14/15 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. South Mountain
The summit road will be closed for a couple of more months, but bicycles and pedestrians can now use the San Juan road. Route options of 24 miles with a bit of gentle climbing, or 38 miles with moderate climbing. Mike "the Captain" Kirk will be your substitute ride leader. Breakfast is at AZ Bread, southeast of Elliot & Kyrene. Sunrise: 6:59

Saturday, 11/21/15 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. McKellips Loop
This 28-mile or 37-mile loop will take you north through Tempe and then east through Mesa on McKellips Road, returning to Paradise Bakery for breakfast. Sunrise: 7:05

Thursday 11/26/15 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Tour de Lehi
This year, Neal himself will lead our annual pre-feast Thanksgiving Day ride out to the quiet streets of Lehi. Route options of 27 miles or 35 miles, with no climbing. Breakfast at Einstein Bagels, NW corner of McClintock and Guadalupe (yes, they are open on Thanksgiving Day). Sunrise: 7:10

Friday 11/27/15 8:00 a.m., Paradise Bakery at Ray and Coronado. Black Friday Ride
The annual "Just Say No To Shopping" ride will start and end at the Paradise Bakery on the SW corner of Ray and Coronado in Chandler (just East of the 101). Route options of 27 and 37 miles explore some newly improved roads in the far SE corner of Phoenix Metro. Thank you to Scott for volunteering to lead. Sunrise: 7:11

Saturday, 11/28/15 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Ahwafooty
We'll circle around to approach the Ahwatukee-Foothills from the south. 24-mile and 35-mile options with moderate climbing on the longer route. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co at Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 7:12

Tid Bits...

While you're at South Mountain Park this coming Saturday, you could stick around to enjoy the "URock Festival" at the Activity Complex from 10-3. They'll have food, drinks, music and more. Even beer! Plus plenty of information on making good use of the park's hiking trails. Entrance to the event is free, but they do ask you to Registrater: Online - type in Activity #7337

"Bicycle security" volunteers are needed for the January 2nd Fiesta Bowl Parade. If you're interested, please contact Sharon Newman Matt.

A set of keys were lost at the Saturday October 31st ride. Please let me know if you found any.

Upcoming Events...

El Tour de Tucson – November 21
Free (to PMBC members) Ride – Saturday December 5
PMBC Holiday Party – The evening of Sunday December 6
Casa Grande Century – January 10

Have fun and ride safely.


October 24 Saturday Cycling Report

Surprised by Parade of Pink Pedestrians

Added October 28, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

We had 48 cyclists join the St. Francis ride on Saturday. I hear a few of the regulars were off doing a charity ride or two that day. Maybe some of them were among the parade of pink pedestrians who surprised us with the closure of Mill Ave on our return route. The new pedestrian bridge over the lake was a good alternative, but in our group, Ernie just went up to the traffic cops and politely asked if we could ride through, and they said okay! I've also asked in past situations like that, but never gotten a yes before. Ernie must be a smoother talker.

I will not be able to participate this coming Saturday. Wendell will be covering the ride leader duty. Be sure to look for him; he'll be the one with the maps and sign-in sheets.

Coming up...

Saturday, 10/31/15 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Tour de Sue
Go ahead and wear a (non-encumbering, fairly comfortable) costume! Halloween only falls on Saturday every 7 years or so. 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: 6:46

Saturday, 11/07/15 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Research to Oak
The Research to Oak route takes us on a clockwise loop around town, with 31 miles and no hills, or 38 miles with some moderate climbing. Breakfast at Paradise Bakery. Sunrise: 6:52

Saturday, 11/14/15 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. South Mountain
No, I do not yet have confirmation that the road has reopened, but am reasonably confident that we can at least get to San Juan Point, which works for me. 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: 6:59

Tid Bits...

I'm hearing that the chili cook off was a good time, with six entrants and enough participants to gobble up six pots of chili. I was disappointed I couldn't make it this time. I'll have to try to keep my calendar clear for next year.

Our friend Ed sent me news of controversy in San Francisco over the bicyclist habit of treating stop signs like yield signs; the old rolling stop trick. I can remember in the early 80's when it was called the "Idaho Stop" after Idaho became the first, and still only, state to legalize it.

I support the concept, and would love to see it acknowledged as legitimate and safe. Here's my personal stop-sign policy:

When approaching a stop sign at a non-busy intersection, I slow enough so that I could easily come to a complete stop if I need to.

Then I carefully and conspicuously look long and far in both directions, while slowly rolling.

If it's clearly clear, I keep rolling and accelerate through.

If there is other traffic coming, but the right-of-way is mine, I pause enough to confirm that they are paying attention and then proceed quickly to minimize the time they have to wait.

If I need to yield, I still may avoid putting a foot down by rolling very slowly, or if the full lane is available, I can do a small sideways swerve while waiting for my turn, which technically does (in my opinion) constitute a cessation of forward motion. Although, it is usually best to go ahead with the complete, foot-down stop when yielding to avoid creating confusion about what you're doing. Motorists tend to assume I'm going to run the stop sign and I'd rather not have the ambiguity.

Here's a link to an article about the San Francisco situation. It's from NY, naturally.

Upcoming Events...

El Tour de Tucson – November 21
Casa Grande Century – January 10

Have fun and ride safely.


October 17 Saturday Cycling Report

Awesome Autumn Weather

Added October 24, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

The awesome autumn weather brought us an even 60 cyclists for last Saturday's Foothills adventure. More than enough people showed up at the breakfast to overwhelm the AZ Bread Co. patio with brilliant bike-kit colors, as it should be. My favorite part was seeing two first-timers from the week before graduate to second-timers by returning for more! It's great to see more friendly people enjoying the fun of spirited cycling together.

Coming up...

Saturday, 10/24/15 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. St. Francis Loop
Both the 25-mile or 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 Paradise Bakery on McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 6:40

Saturday, 10/31/15 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Tour de Sue
Go ahead and wear a (non-encumbering, fairly comfortable) costume! Halloween only falls on Saturday every 7 years or so. 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: 6:46

Saturday, 11/07/15 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Research to Oak
The Research to Oak route takes us on a clockwise loop around town, with 31 miles and no hills, or 38 miles with some moderate climbing. Breakfast at Paradise Bakery. Sunrise: 6:52

Tid Bits...

The details for the 4th Annual Chili Cook Off have all been finalized, just in time since the event is this very upcoming Sunday afternoon! Kris, our Social Activities Director, and her hubby Ride-Leader Glenn, have volunteered to host it at her home. Today is the last day to RSVP, so hurry and do it NOW.

Here's an update from the city of Tempe on their continuing efforts to improve their bicycle infrastructure; they want our input:

Tempe wants residents, businesses and bicyclists to weigh in on the city's first proposed Bike Boulevard – the Seat Route, which would run east-west along Knox Road, Lakeshore Drive, La Vieve and Caroline lanes, between the I-10 and Loop 101 in south Tempe. The city is holding its third round of public comment, with a public meeting Nov. 5 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Arizona Community Church, 9325 S. Rural Road, and online comment opportunity until Nov. 16. Based on resident input to date and direction from the Tempe City Council, three alternatives for the Seat Route will be presented, including the originally proposed route and two abbreviated routes.

Upcoming Events...

4th Annual PMBC Chili Cook-Off – Sunday October 25, 1-4pm; watch the website for details.
Silent Sunday at South Mountain Park – October 25; San Juan road open, not summit. Global Bikes on hand with Specialized road bike demos.
El Tour de Tucson – November 21
Casa Grande Century – January 10

Have fun and ride safely.


What To Do After a Bicycle/Motorist Crash

An Article from GABA Tucson's "Paceline" Email Newsletter

Added October 18, 2015

written by Eric Post

submitted by Scott Barvian

Statistically, there are more bicycle crashes in October than any other month of the year in Tucson. I have been answering a lot of questions about what to do after a crash. I hope, of course, this advice will not be needed by you. Nonetheless, it is good to know.

A few years ago all we needed to do was call 911. Law enforcement officers showed up and completed a report including important information. They might have even taken photos from time to time. An ambulance would be dispatched for your medical needs, and other details were handled.

Times have changed. Some law enforcement departments no longer show up if there is a collision with no reported injuries. And if they do respond to the scene, they will not necessarily write a four-page Arizona Crash Report that includes pertinent information. That means you have to do it yourself. In fact, even if law enforcement does show up, I highly recommend you make notations yourself. You need to write down names, addresses and phone numbers yourself. It is very common for witnesses to be left off reports.

Handy checklist:

  1. Call 911 and report the crash.
  2. Medical attention.
  3. Driver's information. Name, phone, address, insurance company and policy number. The driver is required to give you information after a crash. Write this information down from their driver's license. Write their insurance registration information from their insurance registration card.
  4. Vehicle information. Hopefully you will be able to see the registration to confirm that the name and address of the owner is the same as the driver.Write down the license plate number, color, make, model and year of the vehicle. If you can get the VIN, write that down. It might be inside the driver's door, visible through the windshield, or on the registration.
  5. Get witness names, addresses, and phone numbers.Even if law enforcement shows up, be sure to keep your own record of witnesses.What did the witness see? The whole thing? After it was over? Were they walking? Were they driving by? Were they a passenger in the car?
  6. Ask the police to do a full report. They will or won't based on policy, but ask anyway. Be polite and cooperative.
  7. Photos. Most folks have cell phones with cameras these days. Take pictures of the bike. Photos of the car and dents. License plate. Up and down the roadway. Take a lot of pictures. Take a picture of the driver if you can. Use different angles. If you cannot move very well, ask someone else to take pictures for you.
  8. Later, you can order a CD recording the 911 calls. Very often more witnesses are found that way.
  9. If the officer does fill out a crash report, it will be ready after five business days. Wait 1 week. If not received, go to the appropriate police or sheriff station and get a copy of the full report. If the report says photos were taken, order those photos.
  10. Hold off giving a statement to the insurance carrier until after you have read the Arizona Crash Report and looked at the photos. It is important to know what others have said or written.

Most of the time, it is best not to give a statement to the driver's insurance company (although you will need to cooperate with your own insurance and give a statement to your own carrier).

Sounds like a lot to remember? You can print the checklist and put it in your saddlebag with a pen, or image it on your cell phone. Best wishes, be safe, keep a good lookout for vehicles, and enjoy the ride.

Eric Post, Esq.
GABA President


October 10 Saturday Cycling Report

51 Cyclists on board for the Mid-Summer Ride

Added October 18, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

A few of our regulars spent last Saturday resting up for the Tour de Scottsdale, but the addition of a few fresh first-timers we still had 51 cyclists on board for the Mid-Summer ride. We have two more weeks of hilly routes ahead and I'm still looking forward to inserting a trip to South Mountain as soon as it's ready for us.

Coming up...

Saturday, 10/17/15 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. ...or Give me Hills
We will approach the Ahwatukee Foothills from the east on Chandler Blvd., then cut south to Pecos before hitting the hills. The 30-mile standard route loops back on Liberty Lane. The extended route adds a couple more hills before returning east on Chandler. Both routes head back to Tempe through Equestrian Trails. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co in Tempe, at the SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 6:34

Saturday, 10/24/15 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. St. Francis Loop
Both the 25-mile or 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 Paradise Bakery on McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 6:40

Saturday, 10/31/15 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Tour de Sue
Go ahead and wear a (non-encumbering, fairly comfortable) costume! Halloween only falls on Saturday every 7 years or so. 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: 6:46

Tid Bits...

Many of you have probably noticed the bike lane improvements that the City of Tempe implemented on McClintock Drive between Broadway and Guadalupe. During the summer, in conjunction with a scheduled repaving project, they actually removed a motor-vehicle lane and replaced it with separated bike lanes. Then you may have heard some of the uproar from motorists in response. Now it appears that some have been disregarding the new bike lanes and using them for motor vehicle traffic. The next trick the city plans to address this issue is to install "candlesticks" to delineate the motor vehicle lane form the bike lane between Southern and Baseline, and then study their effectiveness. I'm not sure what we can do to help get a favorable outcome for cyclists, but I suspect that actually using these new bike facilities couldn't hurt the cause. And if you have any feedback to provide, you should be able to direct it to the City of Tempe's transportation department.

Upcoming Events...

4th Annual PMBC Chili Cook-Off – Sunday October 25, 1-4pm; watch the website for details.
Silent Sunday at South Mountain Park – October 25; San Juan road open, not summit. Global Bikes on hand with Specialized road bike demos.
El Tour de Tucson – November 21
Geno's Mostly Free Ride – Saturday December 5
Casa Grande Century – January 10

Have fun and ride safely.


October 3 Saturday Cycling Report

The Mixed Weather Autumn

Added October 10, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

President Armando tells me that it was very hot on September 26th for the 57 riders who took on Mummy Mountain. The following Saturday, 63 showed up for a flat ride with excellent weather conditions. Then yesterday I rode home in a cool rain and this morning I needed a light jacket for the 1st half of my commute. Autumn's climate is all over the weather map so far. This weekend is expected to be seasonably great; it's our time of year, don't miss it!

Coming up...

Saturday, 10/10/15 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. MidSummer Ride
Route options 28 miles with one climb or 38 miles with a couple of bonus climbs. Breakfast at Paradise Bakery at Guadalupe Rd and McClintock Dr. Sunrise: 6:29

Saturday, 10/17/15 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. ...or Give me Hills
We will approach the Ahwatukee Foothills from the east on Chandler Blvd., then cut south to Pecos before hitting the hills. The 30-mile standard route loops back on Liberty Lane. The extended route adds a couple more hills before returning east on Chandler. Both routes head back to Tempe through Equestrian Trails. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co in Tempe, at the SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 6:34

Saturday, 10/24/15 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. St. Francis Loop
Both the 25-mile or 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 Paradise Bakery on McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 6:40

Tid Bits...

The latest word from Ranger Alison at South Mountain Park is that the road to San Juan will be open later this month, once a new gate is installed at the fork to keep the summit road closed. She has assured me that the San Juan road will be available for the Oct 25th Silent Sunday when motor vehicles are banned from the park. As an added bonus, Global Bikes will be on-hand from 6-11 that morning to provide specialized road bike demos. The event will also include free basic bike maintenance, refreshments and an obstacle course.

Upcoming Club Events...

Tour de Scottsdale – October 11
El Tour de Tucson – November 21
Casa Grande Century – January 10

Have fun and ride safely.


September 19 Saturday Cycling Report

Lure of Free Food on Last Ride of Summer

Added September 22, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Fifty-three cyclists signed in on the last Saturday in summer for the quarterly membership meeting ride. I saw more than a few familiar faces who have been missing out on our rides all summer long. It may be the end of summer or just the lure of free food. Either way, I was very glad to have them back.

Janet and I will be unavailable next weekend. President Armando will be leading the Mummy Mountain ride.

Coming up...

Saturday, 09/26/15 7:00 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 Paradise Bakery at McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 6:19

Saturday, 10/03/15 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Chandler/Gilbert Bronze
Gilbert and Chandler are both Bronze level bicycle friendly communities. We'll ride through both with route options of 25 or 35 miles. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co. at the SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 6:24

Saturday, 10/10/15 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. MidSummer Ride
Route options 28 miles with one climb or 38 miles with a couple of bonus climbs. Breakfast at Paradise Bakery at Guadalupe Rd and McClintock Dr. Sunrise: 6:29

Tid Bits...

I hope you were there for the meeting this morning. Jason's put out a great spread for us; there was even enough to feed the long route riders whose arrival marked the start of the meeting. President Armando put on a fine show, with lots of support from his crew. These were the highlights for me:

  • The White Mountain Tour lost us some money this year, but we're still in the black overall. There are plans for route and lodging changes that should motivate a lot more of us to revisit WMT in 2016.
  • It's nomination time. We will elect our 2016 officers at the next membership meeting in December. New talent is always appreciated. Please speak up if you'd like to take a turn at President, VP (membership), Treasurer or Secretary.
  • I watched a video of Ed Rockland pedaling a stationary recumbent at his gym. The fluidity, range of motion, and focused determination I saw was lump-in-the-throat impressive. His and Carole's past year has been a remarkable and frightening journey.

Offical minutes for the meeting will be posted soon.

Upcoming Club Events...

Tour de Tonopah – October 10
Tour de Scottsdale – October 11
El Tour de Tucson – November 21
Casa Grande Century – January 10

Have fun and ride safely.


September 12 Saturday Cycling Report

The Challenge of Change

Added September 17, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Change is often a challenge. Most of the 45 cyclists who showed up Saturday knew about the route change that was intended to avoid the closure of southbound College in Tempe, but a few were taken by surprise. Worse was the ambiguity about the breakfast stop, since the new route also changed the breakfast venue. Sorry about that.

This week's schedule change is for Saturday 9/26. Mummy Mountain will replace South Mountain since monsoon storm damage has closed the roads in South Mountain Park again this year. I spoke with ranger Alison and she did not yet know when the road will reopen; the city streets department still needs to finish assessing the damage. There is a good chance that the road to San Juan will reopen first, so our next trip there might be without the option of going all the way to the towers.

Coming up...

Saturday, 09/19/15 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Length of Lindsay
Time for another Quarterly Membership Meeting. We will use the Length of Lindsay route to get us from Kiwanis to Jason's Deli on Frye behind the Chandler Mall. Sign-in will begin at 8:30am and the meeting should start around 9:15. Sunrise: 6:14

Saturday, 09/26/15 7:00 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 Paradise Bakery at McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 6:19

Saturday, 10/03/15 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Chandler/Gilbert Bronze
Gilbert and Chandler are both Bronze level bicycle friendly communities. We'll ride through both with route options of 25 or 35 miles. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co. at the SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 6:24

Tid Bits...

I should never let a little writer's block prevent the ride report from being sent, especially when there is a route change to announce.

For your weekly tid bit, here is a link to a video I received from our friend Jan. Be sure you have oxygen nearby; this is one of those mountain bike trick rides that will take away your breath.

Upcoming Club Events...

PMBC Quarterly Membership Meeting – September 19
Skull Valley Loop Challenge – September 20
Tour de Tonopah – October 10
Tour de Scottsdale – October 11
El Tour de Tucson – November 21

Have fun and ride safely.


September 5 Saturday Cycling Report

Glory Be to Clouds on High

Added September 13, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Glory be to clouds on high! The 23 cyclists who did the Labor Day ride enjoyed solid cloud-shade for most of the ride. Conditions were pretty favorable for 47 people on the first September Saturday ride of the year as well. Only two more Saturdays remain of summer. After that we can expect pleasant weather every weekend, right?

I've changed the September 12 ride because southbound College will be closed along our route from 9/3 to 9/18. Instead of Mid Summer, we will be returning to the Foothills.

Coming up...

Saturday, 09/12/15 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Foothills Training Ride
The Foothills Training Ride takes us on a loop through the Ahwatukee Foothills with options of 25 miles with a couple of gentle climbs, or 38 miles that will take you up 5 bigger hills. If you follow the spaghetti-bowl long-route map, you will have gone up and down all 5 approaches with no repeats and no U-turns. Sunrise: 6:10

Saturday, 09/19/15 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Length of Lindsay
Time for another Quarterly Membership Meeting. We will use the Length of Lindsay route to get us from Kiwanis to Jason's Deli on Frye behind the Chandler Mall. Sign-in will begin at 8:30am and the meeting should start around 9:15. Sunrise: 6:14

Saturday, 09/26/15 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. South Mountain
It will be the first Saturday of autumn; time to climb! Route options of 24 miles with a bit of gentle climbing, 38 miles with moderate climbing, or 39 miles for the longest climb within 20 miles of Kiwanis Park. Breakfast is at AZ Bread, southeast of Elliot & Kyrene. Sunrise: 6:19

Tid Bits...

Here's another informative cycling article from Bob Young at the AZ Republic. This one reports on the evolution of the somewhat-connected network of off-road bikeways in the greater Phoenix area.

Upcoming Club Events...

PMBC Quarterly Membership Meeting – September 19
Skull Valley Loop Challenge – September 20
Tour de Tonopah – October 10
Tour de Scottsdale – October 11
El Tour de Tucson – November 21

Have fun and ride safely.


August 29 Saturday Cycling Report

Marco Polo: A Fast, Flat Trip to the Far East

Added September 3, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Fifty-two cyclists showed up for a fast, flat trip to the far east and back on the last August Saturday of the year. You may have noticed Ron McF was on his very best cycling behavior for the whole ride. It was probably because he was hosting a visually impaired cyclist on the stoker seat of his tandem. It looked to me like they both had a great time. Good job sharing the joy Ron.

Coming up...

============ NOTE: September start time is 7:00am ==============

Saturday, 09/05/15 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Lucky 7's
The Lucky 7's route loops clockwise to the south and takes advantage of some of the new roads over by the Wild Horse Pass casino/resort area. The name plays off the mileage options of 27, 37 and 47 miles, plus the two casinos along the way. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co at Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 6:05

Monday (Labor Day), 09/07/15 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Paseo de Cesar Chavez
This 34.5-mile route is our western-most excursion going park-to-park from Kiwanis in Tempe to Cesar Chavez in Phoenix, and back. The standard route turns back at 7th Ave for a 25.5 mile loop. Both routes are mostly flat. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co at Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 6:06

Saturday, 09/12/15 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Mid Summer Ride
Route options of 28 miles with one climb or 38 miles with a couple of bonus climbs. Breakfast at Paradise Bakery at Guadalupe Rd and McClintock Dr. Sunrise: 6:10

Saturday, 09/19/15 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Length of Lindsay
Time for another Quarterly Membership Meeting. We will use the Length of Lindsay route to get us from Kiwanis to Jason's Deli on Frye behind the Chandler Mall. Sign-in will begin at 8:30am and the meeting should start around 9:15. Sunrise: 6:14

Tid Bits...

I amazed myself on this past ride, and became a hero in the eyes of my elbows and knees. I was sitting about 4th position in a paceline that made an abrupt stop which put my front wheel into solid contact with the rear wheel of the rider in front of me as we both veered right. In that instant, all I could think of was how to fall with minimal damage, but the next thing I knew, I had recovered and was rolling to a stop. There was a little damage to my tire tread, but otherwise all was well. I wish I could tell you how I managed to stay upright; probably couldn't do it again if I tried, which I won't. My general advice is to keep your shoulders relaxed and elbows slightly bent (never locked) whenever you ride, to give yourself a chance when the unexpected arises. Also, when you're leading a paceline and the light goes yellow, it may be better to charge on through even if it is within your stopping distance. Those split second decisions are tough to make.

Upcoming Club Events...

PMBC Quarterly Membership Meeting – September 19
Skull Valley Loop Challenge – September 20
Tour de Scottsdale – October 11
El Tour de Tucson – November 21

Have fun and ride safely.


August 22 Saturday Cycling Report

Ahwafooty Route Mercifully Shady

Added August 27, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

I hadn't realized until now what a good summer choice the Ahwafooty route is. The two longest climbs on the long route were mercifully shady, even halfway into the ride.

Among the 43 cyclists who participated was Dave the tire fixer, who conducted roadside flat-repair clinics twice; once on his own wheel and once for a friend. With the number of spectators who stopped to watch, there should be several more well trained experts available next time there's a need.

Coming up...

Saturday, 08/29/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Marco Polo
Marco Polo stretches us to the eastern limits of our range. 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 joining the Elliot return path. Breakfast at Paradise Bakery on Guadalupe and McClintock. Sunrise: 6:00

Saturday, 09/05/15 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Lucky 7's
The Lucky 7's route loops clockwise to the south and takes advantage of some of the new roads over by the Wild Horse Pass casino/resort area. The name plays off the mileage options of 27, 37 and 47 miles, plus the two casinos along the way. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co at Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 6:05

Monday (Labor Day), 09/07/15 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Paseo de Cesar Chavez
This 34.5-mile route is our western-most excursion going park-to-park from Kiwanis in Tempe to Cesar Chavez in Phoenix, and back. The standard route turns back at 7th Ave for a 25.5 mile loop. Both routes are mostly flat. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co at Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 6:06

Sunday, 09/12/15 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Mid Summer Ride
Route options of 28 miles with one climb or 38 miles with a couple of bonus climbs. Breakfast at Paradise Bakery at Guadalupe Rd and McClintock Dr. Sunrise: 6:10

Tid Bits...

Scott has been making more refinements to the Lucky 7's route. This next version will eliminate the northbound Dobson stretch and the unpopular left turn onto Ray. Watch the website for the new map.

The League of American Bicyclists is considering Tempe's latest Bicycle Friendly Community application and would like our feedback. You can take a survey here if you have something to say about it.

Four of our members (Neal, Lenore, Jackie and Steve) are on a cycling adventure in Belgium. You can follow vicariously from Neal's blog: Flanders For Four With Some Amsterdam Mixed In

Upcoming Club Events...

PMBC Quarterly Membership Meeting – September 19
Skull Valley Loop Challenge – September 20
Tour de Scottsdale – October 11

Have fun and ride safely.


August 15 Saturday Cycling Report

Scorching Heat on Debut on Tour de Mesa Rewound

Added August 20, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

It was good to see that 45 cyclists didn't let a little scorching heat stop them from having fun in the sun! It was record breaking hot, but as far as I know everyone managed their fluids well and enjoyed themselves. The true sign of the excessive heat was how many people opted for the air-conditioned comfort inside at breakfast instead of taking over the patio as we are known for.

The reversal of direction on the standard route seemed to work well, though I will probably move the 2nd regroup a little further down the road where there is a QT on the right side of the street.

Coming up...

Saturday, 08/22/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Ahwafooty
We'll circle around to approach the Ahwatukee-Foothills from the south. 24-mile and 35-mile options with moderate climbing on the longer route. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co at Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 5:55

Saturday, 08/29/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Marco Polo
Marco Polo stretches us to the eastern limits of our range. 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 joining the Elliot return path. Breakfast at Paradise Bakery on Guadalupe and McClintock. Sunrise: 6:00

Saturday, 09/05/15 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Lucky 7's
The Lucky 7's route loops clockwise to the south and takes advantage of some of the new roads over by the Wild Horse Pass casino/resort area. The name plays off the mileage options of 27 and 47 miles, plus the two casinos along the way. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co at Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 6:05

Tid Bits...

Whenever you are leading a paceline, or anyone is drafting behind you, it is important that you inform those behind about obstacles in the path ahead, or any change of pace or direction. You can use hand signals, verbal alerts or both. Which should you use when?

In general, I think hand signals are preferred. Except for those times when both hands are needed to apply the brakes or make an evasive maneuver; then a good loud shout is in order. When alerting to obstacles, the hand signal adds the essential location information. It often doesn't matter whether it's a rock, a hole, broken glass, or road kill; a simple point says something is THERE that should be avoided.

While riding through a residential area in the early morning, it's a good idea to avoid shouting if possible so as to not disturb the locals from their rest. Also verbal alerts can be misunderstood by someone a few bikes back with the wind in their ears. For example, yelling out 'POLE' sounds an awful lot like 'HOLE' and will convey the wrong message. If you must yell for a pole, please shout 'POST' instead. I've also learned to avoid using the word 'turning' when referring to a traffic light changing colors. Lights change. Bikes turn.

One other time when I like to hear verbal alerts is when something truly unusual is in road. If you hear someone ahead shout out "WAFFLE IRON", you should soon see an actual waffle iron in the bike lane. The trick is to quickly identify the object and judge that it's silly enough to shout about before you zing past and it's too late. Safety is the primary goal, but why not make it fun when the opportunity presents itself?

Upcoming Club Events...

Quarterly Membership Meeting – September 19

Volunteer Opportunities...

September 7, Labor Day Holiday ride
I will plan to lead the Peso de Cesar Chavez route, unless someone wants take the lead and roll out something different.

October 25, Silent Sunday - One volunteer identified, but she could use some company!
The South Mountain Park Rangers have invited us to set up a booth alongside other bicycle-related vendors. This would probably just involve setting up a table and shade tent and giving the club a little publicity. Someone with some marketing or PR skills could have some fun with this.

Have fun and ride safely.


August 8 Saturday Cycling Report

Tour de Sue on a Humid Post-Monsoon Morning

Added August 16, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

The 41 cyclists on Tour de Sue saw a repeat of the previous week's conditions: a flat route on a humid post-monsoon morning. There is always a greater chance of flats when so many thorny branches are strewn about the bike lane.

This Saturday is scheduled to be dry and scorching hot. It'll be a relatively flat route. Just remember to keep hydrated! The new map of the reversed Tour de Mesa has been posted on the web site now. It is just a basic reversal of direction for the standard route segment. Not really a new route, just a new perspective on the old. The regroups locations are a Circle-K and an AM/PM, so we'll see when we get there if they meet our needs better than the ones on the old version of the route.

Coming up...

Saturday, 08/15/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Tour de Mesa Rewound
This is a revised version of the Tour de Mesa that reverses the direction of the standard route to clockwise. Hopefully it will solve our regroup issues and result in fewer left turns. Breakfast will be at Paradise Bakery on the SE corner of McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 5:51

Saturday, 08/22/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Ahwafooty
We'll circle around to approach the Ahwatukee-Foothills from the south. 24-mile and 35-mile options with moderate climbing on the longer route. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co at Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 5:55

Saturday, 08/29/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Marco Polo
Marco Polo stretches us to the eastern limits of our range. 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 joining the Elliot return path. Breakfast at Paradise Bakery on Guadalupe and McClintock. Sunrise: 6:00

Tid Bits...

I'd like to offer some clarification from last week's report that the Grand Canyon Railway race will be a "closed course". Here is what their web site actually says:

"The event is completely permitted by the Arizona Department of Transportation and will have traffic control on the entire route. The route will be monitored by law enforcement from the Coconino County Sherriff's Department, Arizona Highway Patrol and the Williams Police Department"

I'm not sure what they mean by "traffic control" but am assuming that you won't have to stop for any lights or stop signs (if there even are any). It does appear, however, that the road will still be open to the motoring public. Participants still need to follow the traffic laws, unless directed otherwise by a uniformed police officer.

The Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists has published an interesting article about the finer points of the law regarding vehicles, motor vehicles, and bicycles that you may find informative. http://www.cazbike.org/bicycles-are-not-motor-vehicles-and-why-it-matters/.

Upcoming Club Events...

Quarterly Membership Meeting – September 19

Volunteer Opportunities...

September 7, Labor Day Holiday ride
I will plan to lead the Peso de Cesar Chavez route, unless someone wants take the lead and roll out something different.

October 25, Silent Sunday - One volunteer identified, but she could use some company!
The South Mountain Park Rangers have invited us to set up a booth alongside other bicycle-related vendors. This would probably just involve setting up a table and shade tent and giving the club a little publicity. Someone with some marketing or PR skills could have some fun with this.

Have fun and ride safely.


St. Vincent de Paul Bike Program

Request for Donations of Broken and/or Unused Bicycles

Added August 2, 2015

St. Vincent de Paul serves our underprivileged communities across the entire valley in all aspects of life. They have a Bike Program where they take broken or unused bikes, repair them, then provide them to either working poor families or to the homeless in need of transportation to work. If you have any bike donations or any other in-kind donations please call 602-254-3338 and they will pick it up for you! For bike specific info contact Curtis at 602-386-9882.


August 1 Saturday Cycling Report

Landscape Debris and Humidity on McKellips Loop

Added August 9, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Landscape debris and humidity were all that was left of Friday's monsoon storm as 47 cyclists swam around the McKellips Loop. It was great to see a pack of familiar faces who usually ride from Sun Lakes on Saturday. Seems things are kinda quiet there in the summer, so they made the drive down to Tempe to be where the action is!

Coming up...

Saturday, 08/08/15 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: 5:46

Saturday, 08/15/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Tour de Mesa Rewound
Now that I've published it here, I give myself 2 weeks to create and post a revised map of the Tour de Mesa that reverses the direction of the standard route to clockwise. Hopefully it will solve our regroup issues and result in fewer left turns. Breakfast will be at Paradise Bakery on the SE corner of McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 5:51

Saturday, 08/22/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Ahwafooty
We'll circle around to approach the Ahwatukee-Foothills from the south. 24-mile and 35-mile options with moderate climbing on the longer route. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co at Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 5:55

Tid Bits...

If you enjoyed the Iron Horse Classic, or if you wished you had, this may interest you. The Grand Canyon Railway is sponsoring a bicycle race against the train from the south rim of the Grand Canyon to Williams. Although it's open to all, this is a real race on a 55 mile closed course using highway 64, and a prize of $500 for the winner. More info.

The City of Phoenix continues to make incremental progress towards being bicycle friendly. They recently cut the ribbons to a "Complete Streets" project on Roosevelt Street between Central and 4th St. The Complete Streets standards require facilities that are inclusive of all users, not just cars. It's only 4 blocks, but will be extended to 7th Street in the fall. Phoenix is no Portland Oregon when it comes to bicycling, but someone is clearly trying to make it better. Read more.

Meanwhile, the city of Tempe is planning a network of bike boulevards called BIKEiT, which includes nine routes named after bike components. The first one is called "Seat" (maybe "Saddle" is being reserved for horse trails) and is to run east-west between I-10 and Loop 101 along or near Knox Road, which is hard to picture given how disjointed Knox looks on the map. They want the public's input at a meeting on Aug. 12 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Arizona Community Church, 9325 S. Rural Road. Comments can also be given on-line from Aug 12 to 26. Let's hope this one is a better design than that notorious stretch of Hardy they recently "improved" for bikes.

Upcoming Club Events...

Quarterly Membership Meeting – September 19

Volunteer Opportunities...

September 7, Labor Day Holiday ride
I will plan to lead the Peso de Cesar Chavez route, unless someone wants take the lead and roll out something different.

October 25, Silent Sunday - One volunteer identified, but she could use some company!
The South Mountain Park Rangers have invited us to set up a booth alongside other bicycle-related vendors. This would probably just involve setting up a table and shade tent and giving the club a little publicity. Someone with some marketing or PR skills could have some fun with this.

Have fun and ride safely.


July 25 Saturday Cycling Report

Fifty Cyclists Signed on for "...or Give me Hills" Route

Added August 2, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Fifty cyclists signed-in on the last Saturday in July. No start-time change for August; it's still 6:30 for 5 more weeks.

At the breakfast stop we were reminded of a good safety tip: When you roll onto a crowded sidewalk, you should dismount and walk your bike around the obstacles.

We had a decent sized crowd for the Sunday Tour de France viewing at Uncle Bear's, considering the late notice. Rather than a rerun of the final stage, we watched a recap of the entire tour. At least those who bothered to look up at the TVs watched. The rest of us were too busy eating, drinking, yakking amongst ourselves, and winning prizes.

Coming up...

Saturday, 08/01/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. McKellips Loop
This 28-mile or 37-mile loop will take you north through Tempe and then east through Mesa on McKellips Road, returning to Paradise Bakery for breakfast. Sunrise: 5:41

Saturday, 08/08/15 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: 5:46

Saturday, 08/15/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Tour de Mesa Rewound
Now that I've published it here, I give myself 2 weeks to create and post a revised map of the Tour de Mesa that reverses the direction of the standard route to clockwise. Hopefully it will solve our regroup issues and result in fewer left turns. Breakfast will be at Paradise Bakery on the SE corner of McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 5:51

Tid Bits...

We were graced with more great publicity from Bob Young of the AZ Republic. He's been running a series on his "bucket list" of AZ biking and running events. Earlier in the year he featured our Mining Country Challenge, and this past Sunday the Republic ran his 1.5 page story on our White Mountain Tour! Here is a link to the on-line version that includes a short video clip.

The board has been contacted by a couple of charity organizations recently. While charitable fund raising is not one of our club missions, I do want to at least pass along the information to you. For example: St. Vincent de Paul has a bike program that refurbishes used bikes and provides them to working poor and homeless families in need of basic transportation. You can contact the program coordinator, Curtis Davis if you have bikes, parts or time to donate.

Another non-profit, Mental Health America of Arizona, is holding a bike rally and family fun ride in support of a team of cyclists who are traveling from San Diego to Florida to raise awareness for their cause. The Rally for the Ride to Awareness is Sunday, September 20th at SRP PERA Park, 1E Continental Dr., Tempe, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The event is free, but they ask you to register.

Upcoming Special Events...

Quarterly Membership Meeting – September 19

Volunteer Opportunities...

September 7, Labor Day Holiday ride
I will plan to lead the Peso de Cesar Chavez route, unless someone wants take the lead and roll out something different.

October 25, Silent Sunday - One volunteer identified, but she could use some company!
The South Mountain Park Rangers have invited us to set up a booth alongside other bicycle-related vendors. This would probably just involve setting up a table and shade tent and giving the club a little publicity. Someone with some marketing or PR skills could have some fun with this.

Have fun and ride safely.


July 18 Saturday Cycling Report

Saturday Cycling group Dwindled to 37

Added July 25, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

The big Tour of Flagstaff last weekend dwindled our Saturday Cycling group down to 37. Once again the pessimistic weather forecasts were off-base and there was no problem with rain. Or maybe they were optimistic forecasts, depending on how you feel about rain.

I have an excuse for the late report this week: we were still working on the final weekend Tour de France viewing party detials. NBC Sports decided to dedicate all of Saturday afternoon to NASCAR (is that even really a sport? Where are the athletes?) instead of rerunning the big Alp d'Huez mountain stage. As a result, we have rescheduled our viewing party to noon Sunday for the final ride into Paris and closing ceremonies. Hope you can still make it! See below for details.

Coming up...

Saturday, 07/25/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. ...or Give me Hills
We will approach the Ahwatukee Foothills from the east on Chandler Blvd., then cut south to Pecos before hitting the hills. The 30-mile standard route loops back on Liberty Lane. The extended route adds a couple more hills before returning east on Chandler. Both routes head back to Tempe through Equestrian Trails. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co in Tempe, at the SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 5:36

Sunday, 07/26/15 Noon, Uncle Bear's in Ahwahtukee, Tour de France Viewing Party
Happy hour prices! New and improved giveaway prizes!! And the company of some of your favorite people viewing one of your favorite annual cycling events. Sounds good to me; I'll be there. Uncle Bear's is on the SW corner of Ray Road and 50th street. The broadcast runs from noon to 1:30. This is a no-host event; please be prepared to pay for your own food and beverages.

Saturday, 08/01/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. McKellips Loop
This 28-mile or 37-mile loop will take you north through Tempe and then east through Mesa on McKellips Road, returning to Paradise Bakery for breakfast. Sunrise: 5:41

Saturday, 08/08/15 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: 5:46

Tid Bits…

The Tour de Scottsdale will be on Sunday, October 11. Jules Moore is coordinating a PMBC team that may get you a discount on the registration fee. I also received an email about a Kick-off Party that takes place on Thursday July 30th from 5-7 which includes valuable raffle prizes. The RSVP link took me to a facebook page, so I'm not sure what to do from there but here's that link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1599289643664033/. And here is the link for the general ride information: http://www.tourdescottsdale.net/.

One of the top reasons for having a regroup stop on our weekly rides is the opportunity to replenish your water supply. It's especially important in these hot weather months. Please remember when you do, that your mother probably does not work at the quick stores and gas stations we visit. So if you make a mess of ice and water, please do try to clean it up. If you're in too much of a hurry and don't have a domestique on your team to clean it up for you, you might consider slipping a couple of bucks to the attendant who will have to deal with it after we leave. We want them all to love us so we can keep coming back.

Upcoming Special Events...

Tour de France Viewing Party – Noon Sunday, July 26 at Uncle Bear's in Ahwatukee. 
Quarterly Membership Meeting – September 19

Volunteer Opportunities...

September 7, Labor Day Holiday ride
I will plan to lead the Peso de Cesar Chavez route, unless someone wants take the lead and roll out something different.

October 25, Silent Sunday - One volunteer identified, but she could use some company!
The South Mountain Park Rangers have invited us to set up a booth alongside other bicycle-related vendors. This would probably just involve setting up a table and shade tent and giving the club a little publicity. Someone with some marketing or PR skills could have some fun with this.

Have fun and ride safely.


July 11 Saturday Cycling Report

4th of July and a Forgotten Ride

Added July 19, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

This ride report is so late that I don't remember much about last Saturday's ride. The sign-in sheets tell me we had 56 cyclists. I'm going to assume it was hot, yet we enjoyed the company of some of our favorite people, and a very refreshing breakfast stop.

Here is the summary from Capt. Mike for the July 4 ride:

For our romp around the Ahwatukee Foothills we had sixty cyclists show up with the intent on getting lost somewhere on the route. We had cyclists spread out over every road in Ahwatukee and surprisingly many of them made it to Paradise Bakery to hear tales of travel to foreign lands such as Scotland, Slovenia, Croatia and even Oklahoma! The day was overcast and humid, but the cooler temps were appreciated by all riders.

It was nice to see so many of our friends out today and a great opportunity for a 4th of July reunion.

And finally, a report on my Friday morning commute: A light breeze, thick cloud cover and a few gentle drip-drops. I sure hope tomorrow morning is the same. The climate comfort was energizing.

Coming up...

Saturday, 07/18/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Chandler/Gilbert Bronze
Gilbert and Chandler are both Bronze level bicycle friendly communities. We'll ride through both with route options of 25 or 35 miles. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co. at the SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 5:31

Saturday, 07/25/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. ...or Give me Hills
We will approach the Ahwatukee Foothills from the east on Chandler Blvd., then cut south to Pecos before hitting the hills. The 30-mile standard route loops back on Liberty Lane. The extended route adds a couple more hills before returning east on Chandler. Both routes head back to Tempe through Equestrian Trails. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co in Tempe, at the SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 5:36

Saturday, 08/01/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. McKellips Loop
This 28-mile or 37-mile loop will take you north through Tempe and then east through Mesa on McKellips Road, returning to Paradise Bakery for breakfast. Sunrise: 5:41

Tid Bits…

If you have not been following this year's Tour de France, I have a suggestion for how to enjoy the remainder of the stages: join the Team Sky fan club! Go ahead and wager your entire July happiness on the performance of Team Sky in the TdeF. Your joy will be multiplied many times over.

One of the benefits of PMBC club membership is the group insurance policy we provide through our affiliation with the League of American Bicyclists. In the unlikely event that you are involved in an injury accident on one of our rides, the insurance is only available to you if you are a member or if you are a first time guest on one of our rides at the time of the incident. So… if you ride with us more than once, it is recommended that you join the club. However, there is no requirement to join and non-members are always welcome, they just aren't always covered under our accident insurance policy.

Speaking of injury accidents, according to my informal tracking it has been 45 weeks since our last unfortunate incident on the Saturday Cycling ride. Closing in on a full accident-free year. Not bad.

Upcoming Special Events...

Tour de France Viewing Party – Saturday, July 25 at Uncle Bear's in Ahwatukee. Time TBD. 
2015 Flagstaff Tour - July 17-19 
Quarterly Membership Meeting – September 19

Volunteer Opportunities...

September 7, Labor Day Holiday ride
I will plan to lead the Peso de Cesar Chavez route, unless someone wants take the lead and roll out something different.

October 25, Silent Sunday - One volunteer identified, but she could use some company!
The South Mountain Park Rangers have invited us to set up a booth alongside other bicycle-related vendors. This would probably just involve setting up a table and shade tent and giving the club a little publicity. Someone with some marketing or PR skills could have some fun with this.

Have fun and ride safely.

 


June 27 Saturday Cycling Report

First Tangible Day of the Monsoon Season on St. Francis Loop

Added June 28, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Fifty-five cyclists greeted the first tangible day of the monsoon season. Suddenly, humidity was added to the triple digit temps. Thankfully, it also brought blessed cloud cover for much of the ride, ensuring we still had very enjoyable biking conditions. This is at least the third time this week I’ve sung praises unto clouds on high. I also give thanks regularly for every tree that splays its shadow across my path. These things matter in the summer.

Coming up...

Friday, 07/03/15 6:30 a.m., QueenCreek and Alma School. Queen Creek Holiday Ride
For all who have Friday off work and are staying in town for the holiday weekend, Scott will be leading this bonus holiday ride. Starting from Einstein Bagels on the northeast corner of Queen Creek Road and Alma School Road in Chandler, this ride offers options of a 24, 36 or 40 mile loop out to Queen Creek and back with no climbing. Breakfast will be afterwards at Einstein. Sunrise: 5:23

Saturday, 07/04/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Foothills Training Ride
The Foothills Training Ride takes us on a loop through the Ahwatukee Foothills with options of 25 miles with a couple of gentle climbs, or 38 miles that will take you up 5 bigger hills. If you follow the spaghetti-bowl long-route map, you will have gone up and down all 5 approaches with no repeats and no U-turns. Mike the captain Kirk, fresh from his Scotland vacation, will be the ride leader. AZ Bread Co is closed in observance of Independence Day; Mike will announce an alternative spot at the start of the ride. Sunrise: 5:23

Saturday, 07/11/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Research to Oak
The Research to Oak route takes us on a clockwise loop around town, with 31 miles and no hills, or 38 miles with some moderate climbing. Breakfast at Paradise Bakery. Sunrise: 5:27

Saturday, 07/18/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Chandler/Gilbert Bronze
Gilbert and Chandler are both Bronze level bicycle friendly communities. We'll ride through both with route options of 25 or 35 miles. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co. at the SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 5:31

Tid Bits…

My favorite rules are the ones I make for myself. In years past I’ve set 115 degrees as my upper limit for bicycling. This year my daily commute has doubled to a solid hour of exposure, so I’m trying to find a new cutoff. I think it’s somewhere between 105 and 110 now, which has been exceeded pretty regularly in the afternoon lately. My solution for getting home these days is to finally learn how to use the bike racks on the local buses.

The total trip time increases by about 5 minutes and the ride is comparatively boring, but the air conditioned comfort means survival. The racks are pretty easy to operate. Valley Metro has an animated video with snappy music that sort of shows you how. Most buses accommodate 3 bikes; the one I rode on Thursday only had space for 2. I’ve seen them fill up, but have yet to see anyone turned away for lack of space. I’ve learned two other things. First, the bike experiences some vibration; the clock that was mounted to the top of my stem disappeared last week. Second, bus drivers can get a little testy if you don’t fold the empty rack back up after removing the last bike. I won’t forget that again.

Upcoming Special Events...


Tour de France Viewing Parties – July. Watch the web site for more details to come. 
2015 Flagstaff Tour - July 17-19 
Quarterly Membership Meeting – September 19

Volunteer Opportunities...

September 7, Labor Day Holiday ride
I will plan to lead the Peso de Cesar Chavez route, unless someone wants take the lead and roll out something different.

October 25, Silent Sunday
The South Mountain Park Rangers have invited us to set up a booth alongside other bicycle-related vendors. This would probably just involve setting up a table and shade tent and giving the club a little publicity. Someone with some marketing or PR skills could have some fun with this.

Have fun and ride safely.


June 20 Saturday Cycling Report

Nice Riding Conditions for Lucky-7 Ride

Added June 24, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

An even 50 cyclists showed up for the Lucky-7 ride this past weekend. The afternoon high temperatures lately are scorching, but mornings still bring very nice riding conditions. There's just one more Saturday left in June. Then we'll soon see what this year's monsoon season brings.

Please note that we have added a Friday July 3rd holiday ride.

Coming up...

Saturday, 06/27/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. St. Francis Loop
Both the 25-mile or 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 Paradise Bakery on McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 5:21

Friday, 07/03/15 6:30 a.m., Queen Creek and Alma School. Queen Creek Holiday Ride
For all who have Friday off of work and are staying in town for the holiday weekend, Scott will be leading this bonus holiday ride. Starting from Einstein Bagels on the northeast corner of Queen Creek Road and Alma School Road in Chandler, this ride offers options of a 24, 36 or 40 mile loop out to Queen Creek and back with no climbing. Breakfast will be afterwards at Einstein. Sunrise: 5:23

Saturday, 07/04/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Foothills Training Ride
The Foothills Training Ride takes us on a loop through the Ahwatukee Foothills with options of 25 miles with a couple of gentle climbs, or 38 miles that will take you up 5 bigger hills. If you follow the spaghetti-bowl long-route map, you will have gone up and down all 5 approaches with no repeats and no U-turns. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co. at Kyrene and Elliot. Mike the captain Kirk, fresh from his Scotland vacation, will be the ride leader. Sunrise: 5:23

Saturday, 07/11/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Research to Oak
The Research to Oak route takes us on a clockwise loop around town, with 31 miles and no hills, or 38 miles with some moderate climbing. Breakfast at Paradise Bakery. Sunrise: 5:27

Tid Bits…

Many of us have wondered what will become of Pecos when the new freeway extension goes all the way around South Mountain. Will there still be bicycle access? According to a recent article by Bob Young of the AZ Republic (the same columnist who wrote the great article about his experience on our Mining Country Challenge), one Chandler City Councilman, Rick Heumann, is proposing a recreational bicycle trail that would parallel the 202. Rick has always been a great friend to cyclists in the East Valley. Good to see him stretching his influence county wide. I hope he has some success.

My favorite part of the article, however is at the end where Bob tacks on the comment "I'll be riding the White Mountain Tour two-day bicycle ride June 27-28" along with a brief description of the ride. So now you have one more reason to do the WMT this year – to meet a local celebrity! There's still time to sign up; on-line registration is open until 4pm Thursday. Everything is a go for the tour and no menacing forest fires have cropped up anywhere nearby.

Here's the link to the full article on azcentral.

Upcoming Special Events...

White Mountain Tour - June 27-28 
Tour de France Viewing Parties – July. Watch for more details to come. 
2015 Flagstaff Tour - July 17-19 
Quarterly Membership Meeting – September 19

Volunteer Opportunities...

3rd of July Holiday ride leader - Filled

4th of July Saturday Cycling substitute ride leader - Filled

September 7, Labor Day Holiday ride
I will plan to lead the Peso de Cesar Chavez route, unless someone wants take the lead and roll out something different.

October 25, Silent Sunday
The South Mountain Park Rangers have invited us to set up a booth alongside other bicycle-related vendors. This would probably just involve setting up a table and shade tent and giving the club a little publicity. Someone with some marketing or PR skills could have some fun with this.

Have fun and ride safely.


June 13 Saturday Cycling Report

Quarterly Membership Meeting

Added June 14, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Sixty-three signed in today to converge with fellow cyclists from around the East Valley at our quarterly membership meeting. More commonly known as: Free Breakfast! And the food was great; we're going back to Jason's in September. President Armando put on another good show. He is very much appreciated for leading this club. Everyone says so. Please see below for more on a significant announcement at today's meeting.

Janet and I took the short route today, so missed the Brown Rd construction challenge. According to my informant, it must have been worse than the short stretch of rough and narrow on Frye. I need to do some homework on Mesa and Chandler's road repair plans and make the necessary adjustments.

Coming up...

Saturday, 06/20/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Lucky 7's
The Lucky 7's route loops clockwise to the south and takes advantage of some of the new roads over by the Wild Horse Pass casino/resort area. The name plays off the mileage options of 27 and 47 miles, plus the two casinos along the way. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co at Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 5:19

Saturday, 06/27/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. St. Francis Loop
Both the 25-mile or 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 Paradise Bakery on McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 5:21

Expect there to be a July 3rd holiday ride. Details will be available next week.

Saturday, 07/04/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Research to Oak
The Research to Oak route takes us on a clockwise loop around town, with 31 miles and no hills, or 38 miles with some moderate climbing. Breakfast at Paradise Bakery. Sunrise: 5:23

Significant Bits…

One of PMBC's founding and perpetual members, Bob Prochaska, passed away on Tuesday June 9 from diabetes and respiratory complications. As I recall, my personal sensei, Sue McFadden, told me that Bob was her respected ride-lead mentor, and she isn't the only one. While I don't recall when or how, I'm almost certain that Bob was awarded a lifetime membership in PMBC; I can only think of two others with that honor.

Our knowledge of Bob's passing came to us from his friend Jack Rubino. Jack also tells us that Bob's widow, Gladys had broken her hip the day before and is still away from home dealing with that. She unfortunately has little to no family for support. Your condolences can be sent to this address: 
Gladys Prochaska 
10405 E. Twilight Drive 
Sun Lakes, AZ 85248

After informing other of Bob's friends and the PMBC board, Jack Rubino then requested that his name take the place of Bob's on the web site as the contact for the Saturday morning Sun Lakes Bicycle Club ride. That weekly gathering has been Bob's baby from its inception I bet. Conception. What a wonderful way to honor Bob's legacy; thanks for doing that Jack. May you and all who join you, and all who come after you continue to enjoy "the fun of spirited cycling with a group of friendly people" in perpetuity (quote from PMBC bylaws Sec1a that just may have been written by Bob, or at least voted on by him).

Thank you Bob for all you've done.

Wishing peace and comfort to Gladys.

Upcoming Special Events...

White Mountain Tour - June 27-28 
Tour de France Viewing Parties – July. Watch for more details to come. 
2015 Flagstaff Tour - July 17-19 
Quarterly Membership Meeting – September 19

Volunteer Opportunities...

White Mountain Tour – Wayne says he is fully staffed. Thank you.

3rd of July Holiday ride leader
If I were available that day, I would choose the Give Me Liberty route from Downtown Gilbert. But whoever volunteers to lead is free to choose the route.

4th of July Saturday Cycling substitute ride leader
I'm not available again on Saturday the 4th. The Foothills Training Ride is the tentatively scheduled route.

September 7, Labor Day Holiday ride
I will plan to lead the Peso de Cesar Chavez route, unless someone wants take the lead and roll out something different.

October 25, Silent Sunday
The South Mountain Park Rangers have invited us to set up a booth alongside other bicycle-related vendors. This would probably just involve setting up a table and shade tent and giving the club a little publicity. Someone with some marketing or PR skills could have some fun with this.

Have fun and ride safely.


June 6 Saturday Cycling Report

The Clouds Parted on Mummy Mountain Route

Added June 11, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

The cool, clean air that greeted 41 cyclists on the Mummy Mountain ride made the wet streets well worth the trouble. It's tempting to attribute the 5 flat tires we witnessed to the bike-lane clutter from the recent rains, but the 3 that President Armando suffered looked to all be rim related. Once again the clouds parted as we approached and no one got noticeably wet on the entire ride.

Coming up...

Saturday, 06/13/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Length of Lindsay
Time for another Quarterly Membership Meeting. We will use the Length of Lindsay route to get us from Kiwanis to Jason's Deli on Frye behind the Chandler Mall. Sign-in will begin at 8:00am and the meeting should start around 8:45. Sunrise: 5:18

Saturday, 06/20/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Lucky 7's
The Lucky 7's route loops clockwise to the south and takes advantage of some of the new roads over by the Wild Horse Pass casino/resort area. The name plays off the mileage options of 27 and 47 miles, plus the two casinos along the way. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co at Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 5:19

Saturday, 06/27/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. St. Francis Loop
Both the 25-mile or 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 Paradise Bakery on McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 5:21

Tid Bits...

When I first started bicycle commuting, I was a little like Jeff the Arrogant Cyclist in the Pearls Before Swine comic strip. Self-righteous, holier than the other guy, and I viewed all motorists as the enemy. That made for a lot of enemies, so I abandoned the superiority attitude and have been striving to peacefully coexist ever since. In recent years I've even tried to connect with the other human beings on the road. Time-tested techniques like a smile, a nod or a wave are simple ways to say "Hello. I'm your friendly neighbor. Not arrogant at all." Results have been mixed. Here are some of my observations:

Pedestrians respond in kind. Older people who take long walks just for the sake of walking are especially quick to give a smile and say hello.

Most joggers have earphones on. They have created a private world for themselves, focused on their heart rate, footsteps and soundtrack, and don't want anyone to distract them. They tend to trudge along as though they can't see or hear me. Except the high school cross country track team; they're a bunch of friendly kids with unencumbered ears.

Many motorists sometimes seem to be suspicious of what I'm up to. Or perhaps they think I'm laughing at them for having to yield to my mighty right-of-way (bwah-ha-ha!). But a few will make eye contact and wave back, acknowledging that they see me and are watching out for my safety.

Other cyclists have sometimes been very friendly, especially if our pace and route match well, and we happen to be in sync that day. Others are like the joggers who can't be bothered; they stay low over their aero-bars and remain focused on their training mission. But the majority will at least return a nod.

If there's a point to this rambling, I guess it's to encourage us to not reinforce the arrogant cyclist stereotype. Be friendly toward other road users. We don't need enemies. The next skill I need to learn is how to calmly educate the motorist who nearly annihilates me, rather than shaking a fist and cussing which is so much more natural.

Upcoming Special Events...

Quarterly Membership Meeting - June 13 
White Mountain Tour - June 27-28 
Tour de France Viewing Parties – July. Watch for more details to come. 
2015 Flagstaff Tour - July 17-19 
Quarterly Membership Meeting – September 19

Volunteer Opportunities...

White Mountain Tour – Wayne says he is fully staffed. Thank you.

3rd of July Holiday ride leader
If I were available that day, I would choose the Give Me Liberty route from Downtown Gilbert. But whoever volunteers to lead is free to choose the route.

4th of July Saturday Cycling substitute ride leader
I'm not available again on Saturday the 4th. The Foothills Training Ride is the tentatively scheduled route.

September 7, Labor Day Holiday ride
I will plan to lead the Peso de Cesar Chavez route, unless someone wants take the lead and roll out something different.

October 25, Silent Sunday
The South Mountain Park Rangers have invited us to set up a booth alongside other bicycle-related vendors. This would probably just involve setting up a table and shade tent and giving the club a little publicity. Someone with some marketing or PR skills could have some fun with this.

Have fun and ride safely.


May 30 Saturday Cycling Report

Crossing Paths in Ahwatukee Foothills

Added June 7, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Last Saturday we had 54 cyclists sign in to take on the Ahwatukee Foothills. Variations on the standard routes provided opportunities to cross paths with just about everyone at some point before coming to rest in the comfort of AZ Bread Co's patio. Yes, it's still cool enough in the mornings to sit out on the patio.

Coming up...

Saturday, 06/06/15 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 Paradise Bakery at McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 5:18

Saturday, 06/13/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Length of Lindsay
Time for another Quarterly Membership Meeting. We will use the Length of Lindsay route to get us from Kiwanis to Jason's Deli on Frye behind the Chandler Mall. Sign-in will begin at 8:00am and the meeting should start around 8:45. Sunrise: 5:18

Saturday, 06/20/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Lucky 7's
The Lucky 7's route loops clockwise to the south and takes advantage of some of the new roads over by the Wild Horse Pass casino/resort area. The name plays off the mileage options of 27 and 47 miles, plus the two casinos along the way. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co at Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 5:19

Tid Bits...

Do you have a favorite bike route that you'd like to share? Or have you ever felt like it was time for you to step up and volunteer to lead a PMBC ride one day? We have a long-standing policy to encourage guest ride-leaders (club members of course) to take on a special holiday ride whenever a large chunk of people have an extra day off for cycling. The 4th of July lands on a Saturday this year, but if you're like me, you have the 3rd off as your Independence Day holiday. Then Labor Day, and the end of summer, will be just around the corner. We have routes and maps ready to use, or you can create your own (within some reasonable guidelines). Please contact me, or Scott or Glen if you would like to jump in and contribute someday.

Speaking of Scott (Sunday Kick-Off ride leader, board member and club merchandise manager), and the end of summer... We will have size samples of Voler vests and jackets available at the June 13 quarterly membership meeting. Once you've confirmed your fit, you can order the items on line directly from Voler and get them in plenty of time for the freezing cold winter. Details on the web site.

If you're planning do the White Mountain Tour this year, please register soon. It's only 3 weeks away and volunteer leaders would like to get an accurate idea of the size of the event this year. Then the Flagstaff Tour is just a couple weeks after that, 
White Mountain Tour June 27-28 
2015 Flagstaff Tour July 17-19.

Have fun and ride safely.


May 23 Saturday Cycling Report

Time Has Come for Winter Weather to End

Added May 31, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

If you've been waiting for the cold winter weather to end, I believe the time has come. There were still a lot of long-sleeves and ear warmers among the 44 who signed in for last Saturday's ride. But we weren't nearly as cold as our friends who rode the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic from Durango to Silverton Colorado that same day.

For the 37 cyclists on the Monday Memorial Day ride, it was very pleasant without the cold weather gear, but still not summer. This coming weekend is more likely to be seasonably warm. Time to start carrying more water and remembering the sunscreen.

Coming up...

Saturday, 05/30/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Ahwafooty
We'll circle around to approach the Ahwatukee-Foothills from the south. 24-mile and 35-mile options with moderate climbing on the longer route. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co at Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 5:20

Saturday, 06/06/15 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 Paradise Bakery at McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 5:18

Saturday, 06/13/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Length of Lindsay
Time for another Quarterly Membership Meeting. We will use the Length of Lindsay route to get us from Kiwanis to Jason's Deli on Frye behind the Chandler Mall. Sign-in will begin at 8:00am and the meeting should start around 8:45. Sunrise: 5:18

Tid Bits...

If you had a chance to glance around as we rode through downtown Tempe, you saw a very cool new bicycle parking facility along Mill Ave. The locally fabricated, decorative structure took over a couple of car-parking spots and claims it can hold up to 20 bicycles. It's situated right in front of The Handlebar, which calls itself a "bike-friendly American beer garden" with the slogan: "Beer Brats and Bicycles". Tempe has already achieved the Silver level as a bicycle friendly community; maybe they're going for gold! I'd like to see bike lanes on all the major arterials first, but spiffy bike parking and cyclist-friendly businesses sure do help to create the right image.

Here's an interesting video about an Engineer who used a strangely modified cruiser to gain more understanding of how the human brain works. Another example of how the bicycle truly is a useful tool. 'The Backwards Brain Bicycle - Smarter Every Day 133' on ViewPure

Remember to register for these major event rides: 
2015 Flagstaff Tour July 17-19. 
White Mountain Tour June 27-28

Have fun and ride safely.


May 16 Saturday Cycling Report

Menacing Skies made for Inspiring Scenery

Added May 18, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

The twenty who risked the menacing skies we're rewarded well this morning. Nature has an immense canvas for her art in the Arizona sky. Those towering grey clouds made inspiring scenery. And they held their water as we circled them from below. No rain, unbelievably cool temperatures, and breathtaking views. It was a good day to ride.

Another thing I liked about today's ride was the impressive self-organization of the pack for the 17 miles between the regroups on the long route. Fourteen of us (over half the starters) maintained a long, single-file, well-behaved pace line. I want to thank Neal and Lenore at the front, Mike and Nancy stabilizing the midpoint on their tandem, and everyone in between for keeping it smooth, safe and fun. It was a really great day to ride!

Coming up...

Saturday, 05/23/15 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: 5:23 (The same as the date! Spooky.)

Monday, 05/25/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Mid Summer Ride
President Armando will be doing the Iron Horse ride in CO this year instead of leading our Memorial Day ride. I'm just going to take the next Saturday Cycling route in the rotation and host it myself. Route options of 28 miles with one climb or 38 miles with a couple of bonus climbs. Breakfast at Paradise Bakery at Guadalupe Rd and McClintock Dr. Sunrise: 5:22

Saturday, 05/30/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Ahwafooty
We'll circle around to approach the Ahwatukee-Foothills from the south. 24-mile and 35-mile options with moderate climbing on the longer route. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co at Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 5:20

Tid Bits...

Although we were not rained on, the roads were plenty wet in some areas. After we did our sputtering start out of the parking lot, I was reminded that I should have given my rainy ride safety pitch. Since I didn't, here it is now:

Expect slippery when wet. Anything metal will be like ice. Make sure you are straight and true as you go over manhole covers and railroad tracks. Painted stripes and bricks can also be deceptively slick. Be very careful cornering over crosswalk markings.

I think riding in a gentle rain is enjoyable if you have the right equipment, and safe if you follow those tips.

I'm sure you're all familiar with the thin cables that are sometimes placed across roads to count vehicles. This past week I saw three sets of them in Chandler, miles apart from each other, which extended only through the bike lane. I was proud to be counted as a cyclist as I bumped over each. But I wonder what they're up to...?

Remember to register for the big rides: 
2015 Flagstaff Tour July 17-19. 
White Mountain Tour June 27-28

Have fun and ride safely.


May 9 Saturday Cycling Report

Where's the Heat?

Added May 13, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

The 54 cyclists who took on the foothills last Saturday were treated to some unusually mild spring weather. And now this week, there's a chance of rain in the forecast. Isn't the oppressive heat ever going to come?

Coming up...

Saturday, 05/16/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Marco Polo
Marco Polo stretches us to the eastern limits of our range. 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 joining the Elliot return path. Breakfast at Paradise Bakery on Guadalupe and McClintock. Sunrise: 5:27

Saturday, 05/23/15 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: 5:23 (The same as the date! Spooky.)

Saturday, 05/30/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. MidSummer Ride
Includes options of 28 miles with one short climb, or 38 miles with a couple of bonus hills. Breakfast at Paradise Bakery, SE corner of Guadalupe and McClintock. Sunrise: 5:20

Tid Bits...

The Tour de Flagstaff sign-up has gone live! 2015 Flagstaff Tour. This weekend of fun will be July 17-19.

Ride Leader Wayne tells me that he lost a husband/wife team from his gang of volunteers for the White Mountain Tour. He says he'd like to replace them with another couple. Please do consider playing a support role this year. There is still plenty of space available for participants in the WMT (June 27-28) too. White Mountain Tour

Have fun and ride safely.


May 2 Saturday Cycling Report

An Awesome Day for Tour de Mesa

Added May 3, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Same as last week: forty-nine signed in and it was an awesome day to ride. A generous cloud bank in the east kept us shielded from the previous day's return of triple digits.

I had moved the regroup location to put it on the correct side of the street, and we ended up at an inconvenience store with no public restrooms. From there, most of the standard-route pack took a shortcut to bring the mileage down below 30. This route still needs some tweaks.

Coming up...

Saturday, 05/09/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. ...or Give me Hills
We will approach the Ahwatukee Foothills from the east on Chandler Blvd., then cut south to Pecos before hitting the hills. The 30-mile standard route loops back on Liberty Lane. The extended route adds a couple more hills before returning east on Chandler. Both routes head back to Tempe through Equestrian Trails. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co in Tempe, at the SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 5:33

Saturday, 05/16/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Marco Polo
Marco Polo stretches us to the eastern limits of our range. 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 joining the Elliot return path. Breakfast at Paradise Bakery on Guadalupe and McClintock. Sunrise: 5:27

Saturday, 05/23/15 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: 5:23 (The same as the date! Spooky.)

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Janet and I had occasion to be in downtown Phoenix last weekend and stopped for dinner at one of our favorite taprooms. Next door, we couldn't help notice, was a small building with bicycle décor around the roof. Exploring further we found two large, bike themed murals and a very cool, life-size cycling sculpture. They were closed at the time, but a couple of days later we saw this article in the Republic. Bicycles, coffee, and art right next to a great pub. What's not to love?

Have fun and ride safely.


April 25 Saturday Cycling Report

A Triple Ride Report

Added April 28, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Has it really been 3 weeks since my last ride report? Things have been unusually busy for me lately, and will stay that way for a few more weeks at least. Ride reports are not the only thing that's suffered. I'm working at catching up on all fronts.

This past Saturday, 49 cyclists started out with a BANG! It was the sound of Lenore's tire exploding at the sign-in table. Her friend Steve managed to fix it in the time it took me to pack up the van and be ready to go. Good friend to have!

Several of us left the route midway to participate in the Chandler Family Fun Ride. They had a great showing and everything seemed to go smoothly. I hear that Tempe's bike month activities went well too, other than the mayor showing up for the ride in a 3-piece wool suit instead of spandex. I guess he was double booked that morning.

The week before that saw 50 sign in for the extended McKellips Loop route. As far as I know all went well. We had to go short and hurry home due to all that busy-ness I mentioned.

And the week before that I'm sure everything went well because Capt. Kirk filled in as ride lead. Here is Mike's report from then:

We had forty-four cyclists sign-in today for our return to South Mountain as the Tour de Mesa took some of our riders north. Many of our riders took the option to go up to the Towers and some riders even took on the San Juan option prior to heading off to breakfast at Arizona Bread Company. Our group took over AZ Bread with lots of conversion on numerous topics with many hanging on for well over an hour.

========= NOTE: 6:30 Summer Start Time for May-Aug ================

Coming up...

Saturday, 05/02/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Tour de Mesa.
The Tour de Mesa takes us to the northeast, with route options of 32 miles with no climbing or 44 miles with a gentle climb. Breakfast is at Paradise Bakery at Guadalupe & McClintock. Sunrise: 5:39

Saturday, 05/09/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. ...or Give me Hills
We will approach the Ahwatukee Foothills from the east on Chandler Blvd., then cut south to Pecos before hitting the hills. The 30-mile standard route loops back on Liberty Lane. The extended route adds a couple more hills before returning east on Chandler. Both routes head back to Tempe through Equestrian Trails. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co in Tempe, at the SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 5:33

Saturday, 05/16/15 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Marco Polo
Marco Polo stretches us to the eastern limits of our range. 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 joining the Elliot return path. Breakfast at Paradise Bakery on Guadalupe and McClintock. Sunrise: 5:27

Tid Bits...

Let's revisit the questionable practice of rolling through a red light or stop sign at the top of a 'T' intersection. It is usually a safe and victimless practice. But since technically we do not have the right-of-way, it should only be done under ideal circumstances. If there are cars turning into our path from the other street, we wait so as to not confuse or upset them. We also need to yield to other cyclists or pedestrians who are properly crossing with their green light. When I cycle alone, and there are motorists present, I just stop with them and wait, to avoid the risk breeding contempt. It's your choice, but please be very aware of the other roadway users when you bend the rules your way.

If you are affiliated with ASU in any way, you may be interested in their new Bicycle Master Plan. A first draft will be presented on Wednesday, April 29 at 5:30 in MU 207. You can contact Matthew Messina for more information.

The City of Tempe's next bicycle improvement project is to create marked bike lanes on McClintock Drive between Broadway and Guadalupe. A safe N-S route north of Guadalupe will be a welcome addition. They expect to start work May 18 and finish in mid July. There will be an "open house" at the Tempe Library (3500 S. Rural Rd) from 5:30-7:00pm on Monday May 4th to provide information about the project.

Have fun and ride safely.


April 4 Saturday Cycling Report

St. Francis Loop on 2nd Saturday of Spring

Added April 12, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Fifty-nine cyclists signed in on the 2nd Saturday of spring for a fun ride that stayed close to Tempe but still had a few hills to climb. Thanks to the return of a few long-time friends, we had a good sized conversational-pace pack on the standard route. We may not have been fast, but we had a high rate of smiles per hour.

Coming up...

Saturday, 04/11/15 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. South Mountain
We'll return to the mountain again, before the summer heat sets in. 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. Captain Mike Kirk will be your substitute ride leader. Sunrise: 6:03

Saturday, 04/18/15 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. McKellips Loop
This 28-mile or 37-mile loop will take you north through Tempe and then east through Mesa on McKellips Road, returning to Paradise Bakery for breakfast. Sunrise: 5:55

Saturday, 04/25/15 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Chandler/Gilbert Bronze
Gilbert and Chandler are both Bronze level bicycle friendly communities. We'll ride through both communities with route options of 25 or 35 miles. Volunteers for the Chandler Family Fun Ride can branch off form the standard route re-group to the nearby Tumbleweed park. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co. at the SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 5:47

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For you aspiring racers, the Highly Falkner Memorial South Mountain Time Trial, sponsored by Vitesse Cycling Club, is happening on Saturday May 9th. The race is only in the uphill direction, so no risky descents required. You can even use this coming Saturday as a training ride. Feel free to go up and down the mountain a few times. This annual event was renamed in memory of Highly Falkner who was killed while cycling on Pecos last November.

I'm still looking for volunteers to ride with me on the Chandler Family Fun Ride on April 25th. If you like children, and don't mind riding slowly for a little ways, you'll fit right in.

The PMBC White Mountain Tour registration is live! Sign-up early if you can; it helps the volunteer organizers get more organized.

Mark your calendars for the weekend of July 17-19 for the Tour de Flagstaff! Watch this space, or the web site, for registration information coming soon. Expect to pay a modest fee this year to cover the cost of the group dinner.

Have fun and ride safely.


March 28 Saturday Cycling Report

Another Trip to the Foothills

Added April 5, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Sixty-five cyclists signed in last Saturday for another trip to the foothills. Once again I experienced one of the benefits of group riding. I kept telling myself after each hill that I would cut the ride short so I could get on with my busy day. Yet, without really trying, my 3 riding companions convinced me that I should go the distance. And I did. It was fun and did me good. I guess peer pressure can be a positive thing!

========== NOTE: April Start Time is 7:00am!! ===============

Coming up...

Saturday, 04/04/15 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. St. Francis Loop
Both the 25-mile or 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 after, at Paradise Bakery on McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 6:12

Saturday, 04/11/15 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. South Mountain
We'll return to the mountain again, before the summer heat sets in. 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: 6:03

Saturday, 04/18/15 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. McKellips Loop
This 28-mile or 37-mile loop will take you north through Tempe and then east through Mesa on McKellips Road, returning to Paradise Bakery for breakfast. Sunrise: 5:55

Tid Bits...

There was a report in today's paper about a 20-year-old Phoenix woman riding southbound in the northbound lane when she was struck and killed by a vehicle exiting a private drive. So sad. And so preventable. It still amazes me the number of people who don't understand the dangers of wrong-way cycling. So it was heartwarming to get an email today from Bob and Lee Evans who have been leading twice-a-week PMBC rides for beginners in Sun Lakes for the past three years.

During that time, Bob and Lee have had 110 cyclists join them at least once, and they report that "...a number have 'graduated', joined PMBC, and are strong reliable cyclists. That makes us happy." Road cycling can be reasonably safe, when you know what you are doing. Thanks to these two PMBC members, dozens of cyclists are much safer and surely more confident. It makes me happy too. Thanks Bob and Lee!

Have fun and ride safely.


March 21 Saturday Cycling Report

Spring Sprang

Added March 25, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Spring sprang! On day 2 of springtime 2015, 61 cyclists zipped their way from Kiwanis Park to downtown Chandler to try out another meeting venue option. About 85 members showed up for the meeting, which pretty well filled up the unique roof-top patio at the Perch. President Armando put on another great show, although with no roof or walls, the space was acoustically challenging.

What I really enjoyed this past weekend was discovering that the Travel & Explore section of the Sunday AZ Republic had two entire pages dedicated to glorifying our own Mining Country Challenge! There were 7 great photos, PMBC was mentioned frequently, and Bob Lewis is now a local cycling hero, immortalized with a new nickname: The Cheeseburger Choo-Choo (that's a mouthful! :) MCC is a glorious ride; it's about time it got the notoriety it deserves. Plus it was a great bit of publicity for the club. Here's a link to the on-line version, which includes many more photos.

Coming up...

Saturday, 03/28/15 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Foothills Training Ride
The Foothills Training Ride takes us on a loop through the Ahwatukee Foothills with options of 25 miles with a couple of gentle climbs, or 38 miles that will take you up 5 bigger hills. If you follow the spaghetti-bowl long-route map, you will have gone up and down all 5 approaches with no repeats and no U-turns. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co. at Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 6:22

Saturday, 04/04/15 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. St. Francis Loop
Both the 25-mile or 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 after, at Paradise Bakery on McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 6:12

Saturday, 04/11/15 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. South Mountain
We'll return to the mountain again, before the summer heat sets in. 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: 6:03

Tid Bits...

April is Bike Month in the Valley of the Sun! Tempe and Chandler are ramping up for their usual events.

The City of Chandler is hosting its annual free Family Bike Ride Event on Saturday, April 25, at 8 am along the scenic Paseo Trail. Chandler's Transit Services Coordinator, Ann Marie Riley, is again asking PMBC to provide some volunteers to ride along and role-model safe cycling. I will select a route that day that will enable the volunteers to do the Saturday Cycling ride up to the short route regoup, and then vector off to the Park & Ride at Germann and Hamilton in time for the big start. Please let me know if you plan to participate so that I can coordinate with Ann Marie.

The City of Tempe is organizing a 10-mile community bike ride they call Tour de Tempe on Sunday April 12 from 7:30-11:00. You can meet up with members of Tempe's city council in Kiwanis Park for a quick spin around the town. Then on Wednesday, April 15 they are offering up free breakfast and t-shirts to bicycle commuters at several local businesses, including Ncounter, Wildflower and Whole Foods. Visit here for all the details.

All of these events include giveaways, treats and fun.

Valley metro has a web site with more bike month information for all participating valley cities.

Have fun and ride safely.


March 14 Saturday Cycling Report

A Great Day to be an AZ Cyclist

Added March 20, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

It was a great day to be an AZ cyclist with the Mining Country Challenge, and the Honor Ride2Recovery participants all enjoying the same beautiful day as the 42 who showed up for Saturday Cycling. I don't know much detail on the other rides, but all went well around Mummy Mountain. It may have been the best weather for MCC ever, so I hope everyone enjoyed their day.

Don't miss the quarterly membership meeting next Saturday, 3/21!!

Coming up...

Saturday, 03/21/15 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Length of Lindsay
This will be the day of the first Quarterly Membership Meeting of 2015 and we have a new venue to try out this time: The Perch, off AZ Avenue at the south end of downtown Chandler near Frye Rd. As usual, we will use a slightly modified Length of Lindsay route to get us there from Kiwanis. Sign-in will begin at 9:00am and the meeting should start by 9:45. The breakfast buffet and meeting will be on the 2nd floor; you may want to bring a lock for your bike. Sunrise: 6:31

Saturday, 03/28/15 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Foothills Training Ride
The Foothills Training Ride takes us on a loop through the Ahwatukee Foothills with options of 25 miles with a couple of gentle climbs, or 38 miles that will take you up 5 bigger hills. If you follow the spaghetti-bowl long-route map, you will have gone up and down all 5 approaches with no repeats and no U-turns. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co. at Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 6:22

Saturday, 04/04/15 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. St. Francis Loop
Both the 25-mile or 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 after, at Paradise Bakery on McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 6:12

Tid Bits...

Chandler's Sunset Library at Ray and Rural is hosting a series of workshops on sustainability topics. For next Monday (6-7pm) they will be bringing in a celebrity cyclist to talk about bicycling for transportation. Not really...it's just me! But with 37 years of bicycle commuting, I figure I'm qualified enough. I'll be showing off my commuter bike, giving away my favorite safety tips, and mostly answering whatever questions people bring. So if you know anyone who might be interested in cycling the mean streets of suburbia, and would benefit from a little information and encouragement, feel free to send them to Sunset. I'm guessing there will be somewhere from 3 to 30 people; we'll see.

The city of Tempe has named their 2014 Bike Hero Award winners: Rochelle and Erick Geryol. They are the owners of Boulders on Broadway (with indoor bike parking) and Spokes on Southern. Besides role-modeling bicycle friendly business, they are apparently very active in the community as well. Good to know.

Have fun and ride safely.


March 8 Sunday Kickoff Report

New record of 23 Sunday Kickoff riders

Added March 8, 2015

written by Scott Barvian

Another new record of 23 riders today for a return visit to Gateway Airport.

(Photo credit: Kathy Thomas)




March 7 Saturday Cycling Report

Forty-seven on Lucky 7's

Added March 13, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

There were forty-seven cyclists again this week for an early spring flat route. One sight we don't see very often was Pecos road closed to traffic west of 40th street for the Senior Olympics time trial. I've seen Pecos closed further west for the soapbox derby in the past, but this was the first time I know of for a bike race.

Coming up...

Saturday, 03/14/15 7:30 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 Paradise Bakery at McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 6:40

Saturday, 03/21/15 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Length of Lindsay
This will be the day of the first Quarterly Membership Meeting of 2015 and we have a new venue to try out: The Perch, off AZ Avenue at the south end of downtown Chandler near Frye Rd. As usual, we will use a slightly modified Length of Lindsay route to get us there from Kiwanis. Sign-in will begin at 9:00am and the meeting should start by 9:45. The breakfast buffet and meeting will be on the 2nd floor; you may want to bring a lock for your bike. Sunrise: 6:31

Saturday, 03/28/15 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Foothills Training Ride
The Foothills Training Ride takes us on a loop through the Ahwatukee Foothills with options of 25 miles with a couple of gentle climbs, or 38 miles that will take you up 5 bigger hills. If you follow the spaghetti-bowl long-route map, you will have gone up and down all 5 approaches with no repeats and no U-turns. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co. at Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 6:22

Tid Bits...

I had cause to reflect while riding home from work last week along the Paseo Trail canal path in Chandler. It was one of those spooky weather days with dark grey clouds which somehow enabled me to see into the canal right to the bottom; usually all I see are reflections of the sun and sky. I quickly discovered that the canal is teeming with fish. They were all about 1-foot long, and many of them were slowly swimming against the current, or just holding their position in the moving waters. It reminded me of the headwind I was battling above the surface. I felt a kinship to those wrong-way fish, except that they are far more streamlined, and have a much higher muscle-to-weight ratio.

The fish didn't seem to care which way the water flowed, they just went the direction they wanted to go. As I pondered this, I resolved that I should whine less about prevailing winds. Headwind does not have to be my foe. It's just a natural part of the world I swim in. The important thing is to keep swimming.

One more week to the Mining Country Challenge: Saturday, March 14.

Have fun and ride safely.


February 28 Saturday Cycling Report

Darkish Clouds but no Rain on Research to Oak

Added March 2, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

We may finally be getting over our aversion for the color grey. A full forty-seven cyclists set out under darkish clouds to enjoy an all-around great day for a fun ride. The brisk breeze from the south was there to keep it from becoming dull. I knew all along it wouldn't rain on us. I only brought a fendered bike because my carbon model woke up with a flat tire, and I was short on tubes.

Coming up...

======== NOTE: The start time changes to 7:30 for March ==============

Saturday, 03/07/15 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Lucky 7's
For the first Saturday in March, we will enjoy the Lucky 7's route which loops clockwise to the south and takes advantage of some of the new roads over by the Wild Horse Pass casino/resort area. The name plays off the mileage options of 27 and 47 miles, plus the two casinos along the way. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co at Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 6:49

Saturday, 03/14/15 7:30 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 Paradise Bakery at McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 6:40

Saturday, 03/21/15 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. TBD
This will be the day of the first Quarterly Membership Meeting of 2015. As soon as we determine the location of the breakfast, a route will be selected. Sunrise: 6:31

Tid Bits...

This was my first ride up Hardy since the construction project finished. I saw an interesting sculpture that I liked. But the marked bike path between Broadway and University, I did not like at all. This project was advertised as making Hardy safer for all users, specifically cyclists; and I know they solicited public input. So how did they end up with a sidewalk-style bike lane? It's along a steep curb, dips up and down at every driveway and alley, has occasional obstacles, and is something I plan to never use. Where were we, TBAG, and everyone else when that decision got ratified? This is a valuable lesson about getting involved. I wish I had actually looked at the drawings of the proposed improvements and provided meaningful feedback. Or maybe someone did, and it just didn't help. I have to believe that everyone involved had good intentions, but...jeez!

Remember the Mining Country Challenge is Saturday, March 14. Volunteers are still needed. Send an email to Mining Country Challenge to offer your services.

Have fun and ride safely.


February 22 Sunday Kickoff Report

New record of 17 Sunday Kickoff Riders

Added February 24, 2015

written by Scott Barvian

A new record of 17 Sunday Kickoff riders braved the 55 degree wind chill for today's ride.

(Photo credit: Ron Konopka)


 



February 21 Saturday Cycling Report

Return to South Mountain

Added February 26, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Forty-five cyclists participated in the return to South Mountain. It was great to be back at the summit for the first time since April of last year. You had to really pay attention to see the numerous road patches, mostly on the lower sections of the tower road. The transitions were so smooth, it was as though nothing had changed since the last time. And, as promised, we had perfect weather for climbing. We were even spared from the traditional headwind challenge on the return leg. We will return again to South Mountain in April, before the summer heat sets in.

Coming up...

Saturday, 02/28/15 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Research to Oak
The Research to Oak route takes us on a clockwise loop around town, with 31 miles and no hills, or 38 miles with some moderate climbing. Breakfast at Paradise Bakery. Sunrise: 6:58

Saturday, 03/07/15 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Lucky 7's
For the first Saturday in March, we will enjoy the Lucky 7's route which loops clockwise to the south and takes advantage of some of the new roads over by the Wild Horse Pass casino/resort area. The name plays off the mileage options of 27 and 47 miles, plus the two casinos along the way. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co at Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 6:49

Saturday, 03/14/15 7:30 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 Paradise Bakery at McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 6:40

Tid Bits...

Tonight (Wednesday, February 25 at 5pm) there is a public meeting to discuss proposed changes to the intersection of Pecos Road and 17th Avenue to improve overall safety, at the Pecos Community Center. Council member DiCicco says: "These changes have been developed after extensive collaboration between community members and city staff in an effort to enhance safety for cyclists and motorists."

The Maricopa Association of Governments is now providing an interactive, on-line version of their popular Valley Bikeways map at http://azmag.gov/bike. They also have a new facebook account called 'Bikeways – Metropolitan Phoenix Area'.

For those of us who commute by bicycle year-round, this short video about a cyclistg in Ohio is inspiring. It reminds me of how good we have it here. http://www.cincinnati.com/media/cinematic/video/23789585/subzero-temps-dont-stop-bicycling-commuter/

Here's another video clip of some jaw-dropping mountain bike escapades. It's hard to believe this is for real at times. http://www.youtube.com/embed/xQ_IQS3VKjA

Remember the Mining Country Challenge is Saturday, March 14.

Have fun and ride safely.


February 14 Saturday Cycling Report

Catching Up

Added February 21, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Time to catch up on ride reports:

President Armando says that the Marco Polo route on the 7th went great, with 49 signing in and just one flat tire.v

Capt. Mike and his wife Nancy covered very well for Janet and I by teaming up on a Valentine Red tandem on the 14th for the winter edition of the Mid Summer Ride. Forty-two showed up while some were away for the Tour de Palm Springs. A couple of others, like me, were off on the J&P Tour.

Now I've read it in the newspaper, so it must be true. The road to the top of South Mountain opens today, Feb 20! Seems like it's been closed forever, but 5 months for 12 road repairs is not so bad. Tomorrow we'll see how smooth they made the patch transitions; be on the lookout. The very next day will be a Silent Sunday at the park, in case you want to go do it again. And if you've been waiting for good weather...it's here! So come on out and climb with us.

Coming up...

Saturday, 02/21/15 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. South Mountain
At last, the roads to the top and to San Juan point will be open again to cyclists! 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: 7:06

Saturday, 02/28/15 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Research to Oak
The Research to Oak route takes us on a clockwise loop around town, with 31 miles and no hills, or 38 miles with some moderate climbing. Breakfast at Paradise Bakery. Sunrise: 6:58

Saturday, 03/07/15 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Lucky 7's
For the first Saturday in March, we will enjoy the Lucky 7's route which loops clockwise to the south and takes advantage of some of the new roads over by the Wild Horse Pass casino/resort area. The name plays off the mileage options of 27 and 47 miles, plus the two casinos along the way. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co at Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 6:49

Tid Bits...

The 13th annual J&P Tucson Tour started for me when I rolled down my driveway on Friday the 13th; but all our luck was good on a glorious AZ winter weekend. Just ask Boston Ron who missed out on a blizzard or two while riding with us. The newly added overnight visit to Biosphere 2 was a winner. It's nice to have a destination worth traveling to in the middle of a 250-mile long ride. Thanks again Jane, Paul, and Tom! I'll try to get a few of my photos posted on the web site soon.

Our next major event is the 23rd Annual Mining Country Challenge! The date is Saturday, March 14 and registration is now open. I'm sure more volunteers would be welcomed. Please use the "More Information" link at the bottom of the page to contact the ride leader with your offer to help.

Have fun and ride safely.


January 31 Saturday Cycling Report

Ahwafooty Super Saturday Cycling XLIX

Added February 8, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

24 cyclists showed up for SUPER SATURDAY CYCLING XLIX! I guess the rest of the heard was downtown participating in Super Bowl mania. Or...they just don't like the color gray, which is what the sky was all morning long. But this time gray did not mean wet, and I did not see a drop of rain until a light mist hit me going from the breakfast stop back to the park. In fact, it was great weather for rolling through the foothills.

The week before, there was no ride report, but there were 49 cyclists who came out for a fast, flat route to the southeast.

I will be away for the next two Saturdays, missing out on two of my favorite routes. President Armando will lead the ride on 2/7, and Capt. Mike Kirk will handle the Valentine's Day ride on the 14th. Don't forget that the start time moves to 8:00 a.m. for all of February. We just gotta hope Armando and Mike remember too.

Coming up...

Saturday, 02/07/15 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Marco Polo
Marco Polo stretches us to the eastern limits of our range. 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 joining the Elliot return path. Breakfast at Paradise Bakery on Guadalupe and McClintock. Sunrise: 7:20

Saturday, 02/14/15 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. MidSummer Ride
Bring your sweetie out for a Valentine's Day meander through 4 east valley cities. Or...come by yourself and maybe you'll meet someone special! It wouldn't be the first time romance blossomed at a PMBC ride. Includes options of 28 miles with one short climb, or 38 miles with a couple of bonus hills. Breakfast at Paradise Bakery, SE corner of Guadalupe and McClintock. Sunrise: 7:13

Saturday, 02/21/15 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. South Mountain
At last, the roads to the top and to San Juan point will be open again to cyclists! 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: 7:06

Tid Bits...

Two road work projects that have been an inconvenience to us have, or soon will have, finished! The repair of the roads in South Mountain Park that were damaged by the big rain of 2013 is projected to be complete on 2/20. And last month, the work on Hardy near University in Tempe was completed. We'll hit both those stretches of street on our February rides, and will soon see just how improved they really are.

Which would you like to see more of in the valley: freeways or bike lanes? Maricopa County is seeking public input on their long-term transportation plan. This could be your chance to be heard, starting this week and through mid March. You can read more about it here: County seeks public opinion for transportation.

Have fun and be safe


January 17 Saturday Cycling Report

A Sunny Ride in the Ahwatukee Foothills

Added January 21, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Forty-eight cyclists signed in for a sunny ride in the Ahwatukee Foothills. At the breakfast stop we witnessed just how much the AZ Bread Co. is a part of our community. Faced with an overwhelming customer-to-employee ratio, Carol worked the kitchen while citizens in both street clothes and bike kits could be seen busing tables to help the small crew keep up. It was inspiring, but I'm sure we'll all be glad to see it back to normal next time.

Friday February 20 is the new date for the reopening of the roads in South Mountain Park. I'm setting aside the day after as our return to the towers. In the meantime, the start time will begin its 1/2 hour monthly roll-back putting us at 8:00am for February, and back to using Paradise Bakery routes.

Coming up...

Saturday, 01/24/15 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Chandler/Gilbert Bronze
Let's ride the flatlands of Gilbert and Chandler (both Bronze level bicycle friendly communities) with route options of 25 or 35 miles. It will give us another opportunity to breakfast at AZ Bread Co. at the SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 7:29

Saturday, 01/31/15 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Ahwafooty
We'll circle around to approach the Ahwatukee-Foothills from the south. 24-mile and 35-mile options with moderate climbing on the longer route. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co at Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 7:25

Saturday, 02/07/15 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Marco Polo
Marco Polo stretches us to the eastern limits of our range. 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 joining the Elliot return path. Breakfast at Paradise Bakery on Guadalupe and McClintock. Sunrise: 7:20

Tid Bits...

If you were at the start for the last ride, you heard Linda and Jack's pitch for the Saturday, March 14 Honor Ride, to raise money for America's healing heroes. https://www.ride2recovery.com/honorRide.php They also wanted to let us know that they will be organizing some happy hours while they're in town. The first one will be Friday, February 12 at Minder Binder in Tempe. More info to come.

On Sunday it became clear that some very tight friendships have formed among the members of this club, and that cyclists are capable of great depth of feeling, as we celebrated the life and memory of Gene Rainey. May we who ride together continue to bond in friendship the way Geno did so well.

Have fun and be safe


January 10 Saturday Cycling Report

Fifty-four Cyclists on Tour de Sue

Added January 16, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Fifty-four cyclists signed in for the Tour de Sue last Saturday. The highlight of the ride was seeing our friend Ed roll in to join us for breakfast. The spontaneous applause was an indication of how great it is to see his recovery moving along. And by jiggity-jig, he is back home-again home-again!

The big event last weekend was, of course, the Casa Grande Century which was blessed with the best weather ever! The scenery never looked better with all that sunshine and very little wind for 250+ happy, smiling cyclists. Big thanks to all the hard working volunteers who made that ride a success.

Coming up...

Saturday, 01/17/15 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. ...or Give me Hills
It's a good thing we're avoiding Tempe and Scottsdale this weekend, as the PF Chang rock and rollers will be forcing many road closures. Instead, we will approach the Ahwatukee Foothills from the east on Chandler Blvd., then cut south to Pecos before hitting the hills. The 30-mile standard route loops back on Liberty Lane. The extended route adds a couple more hills before returning east on Chandler. Both routes head back to Tempe through Equestrian Trails. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co in Tempe, at the SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 7:32

Saturday, 01/24/15 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Chandler/Gilbert Bronze
Let's ride the flatlands of Gilbert and Chandler (both Bronze level bicycle friendly communities) with route options of 25 or 35 miles. It will give us another opportunity to breakfast at AZ Bread Co. at the SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 7:29

Saturday, 01/31/15 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. South Mountain
I remain hopeful that the road repairs from the big flood of 2014 will finally be completed, but until I have confirmation, this is subject to change. 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: 7:25

Tid Bits...

On Saturday January 3rd, we lost a good friend and long-time club member, Gene "Geno" Rainey. He passed away from complications of cancer and pneumonia at the age 65. It had been a while since Geno rode with us, but he regularly joined in at the breakfast stop where we grilled him on his treatment status, always hoping for good news. He is, and will long be, profoundly missed.

Have fun and ride safely


January 3 Saturday Cycling Report

21 Shivering Cyclists Showed for Foothills Training Ride

Added January 10, 2015

written by Ken St. John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

We hear you had some pretty cold weather here last week while Janet and I were cruising the Mexican Riviera and frolicking on the beach in Cabo. President Armando tells me it was 38.1 degrees at the start of last Saturday's ride for the 21 shivering cyclists who showed up. Gosh, I'm sorry I missed that one!

The week before that was slightly warmer and attracted 35 cyclists. Since I reset my brain during the cruise, I can't remember anything to report from that ride other than the bike-count.

Word is that South Mountain summit road will reopen at the end of January, so I continue to push out our ascent. Watch for it in February!

Coming up...

Saturday, 01/10/15 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: 7:33

Saturday, 01/17/15 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. ...or Give me Hills
We will approach the Ahwatukee Foothills from the east on Chandler Blvd., then cut south to Pecos before hitting the hills. The 30-mile standard route loops back on Liberty Lane. The extended route adds a couple more hills before returning east on Chandler. Both routes head back to Tempe through Equestrian Trails. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co in Tempe, at the SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 7:32

Saturday, 01/24/15 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Chandler/Gilbert Bronze
Let's ride the flatlands of Gilbert and Chandler (both Bronze level bicycle friendly communities) with route options of 25 or 35 miles. It will give us another opportunity to breakfast at AZ Bread Co. at the SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 7:29

Tid Bits...

The Casa Grande Century team is still looking for volunteers right up to the last minute. Please contact Casa Grande Century Organizers if you can help.

Giant Scottsdale will be hosting a demo at South Mountain Park at the Pima trail head, this Saturday Jan 10th from 10am to 3pm. Giant and Liv (their women's line) Factory Demo crews will be on hand; there will be 75+ bikes to choose from! Both road and mountain bikes will be available. Be sure to bring: ID, credit card, helmet, shoes and pedals (unless you want to ride platform pedals). http://www.giantscottsdale.com/en-us/localevents/event/giant.factory.demo/2313/.

Have fun and ride safely