2019-01-19 through 2019-03-02

I will be unavailable to lead the rides during this timeframe due to other commitments.

Scott Barvian and Jerry Bricker have agreed to lead the Sun Lakes Saturday rides on January 19 and 26 and February 2.  These no-drop rides will start from the Sun Lakes Cottonwood Clubhouse Flagpole with wheels down at 9 am sharp.

The on-road practice section of the Smart Cycling course (which I believe would be beneficial for every cyclist who rides with PMBC, regardless of riding experience, to attend) is scheduled from 1 to 5 pm on Saturday, February 9, so it doesn’t conflict with the Saturday Sun Lakes ride.

I need volunteers to lead the Saturday Sun Lakes rides on February 16, 23 and March 2.  The start times in January and February are 9 am, going to 8 am in March.  Please let me know if you would like to help out by volunteering to lead.  A bicycle club doesn’t exist without ride leaders.

 

 

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2019-02-07/09 Become a Safer Cyclist! Sign Up for the PMBC Sponsored/League of American Bicyclists’ Safe Cycling Course

find_class_gridI’ve been riding a bike since my dad bought me a second-hand Schwinn Tornado in the summer of 1962.  I’m certainly an experienced cyclist, with many years and thousands of miles on the road.  I’ve participated in and led rides for the Western Pennsylvania Wheelmen and  the Phoenix Metro Bicycle Club.

Why should you take a cycling safety course?

I’ve crushed three helmets, taken a couple of ambulance rides and spent a total of five overnights in three hospitals in the past dozen years as the result of crashes I’ve been involved in while riding my bicycles.  While many of my cycling friends have not shared these kinds of experiences, some of them have not been so fortunate, suffering from more severe injuries and worse.  Not all collisions are avoidable.  Some of them are.  In my humble opinion, if even one injury is preventable then it’s worth avoiding.

Just last week, I was driving my car to a bike ride in Ahwatukee.  I took I-10 to Ray, and went west to 48th street, where I came to a red light.  I waited for a break in the traffic coming from my left so I could make a right turn.  Just as I was about to pull out into the intersection, I saw a cyclist coming from my right, riding against traffic in the southbound bike lane.  Now, I know none of you would ride the wrong way on a bike lane or sidewalk, and I also know that I would have felt very badly if I had struck the cyclist with my car, which I came close to doing.  Having taken an LAB sanctioned safe cycling course in 2016, I was aware that many cycling accidents happen when cyclists behave in ways that motor vehicle operators do not expect them to behave.  Maybe that’s why I didn’t turn right into the path of this particular cyclist.  I’m certainly glad that I had taken the course and hope that you feel the same way if you complete this course.

Kathy Mills, a member of PMBC and a League Certified Instructor for the League of American Bicyclists, has graciously agreed to teach the League’s Smart Cycling Course to anyone who wants to take it.  There are two parts to the course; one is a classroom session to be held Thursday evening, February 7 from 6 to 9 pm, where the principles of Smart Cycling are reviewed and discussed with the participants.  The second part is an on-the-road skills training session where the participants get the opportunity to practice specific collision avoidance skills, including the quick turn, rock dodge, and quick stop, to be held on Saturday afternoon, February 9, from 1 to 5 pm.  The price of admission covers the course materials from the League, the cost to rent the classroom space, and not much more.  It’s quite reasonable, especially considering that you don’t have to travel out of town to take the course.  Terry and I had to go to Flagstaff to take ours (where it snowed on us).  Others have even considered going to Santa Fe, New Mexico to take the course.

If I’ve convinced you to sign up, here’s the link in Eventbrite.  It’s open to the public, so feel free to invite your friends and relatives to attend.

https://pmbcsmartcycling.eventbrite.com

If you want to prepare for the course, or just want to learn more about the League of American Bicyclists Smart Cycling Safety Program, check out the videos on their web site at https://bikeleague.org/ridesmart.

Thank you for giving this your consideration.

2019-01-12 Ride to the Islands

Let’s go to the Islands (of Gilbert) this week.  It’s one of my favorites as the Islands remind me of a long ago family vacation I took to St. Pete Beach in sunny Florida.    There’s a coastal community called Treasure Island that looks very much like the Islands of Gilbert, with a few key differences.   There are dangerous fish prowling the waters around Treasure Island.  I don’t believe the fish in Gilbert are dangerous.  It’s also more likely to rain in Florida most days, and the humidity is worse (and so are the bugs).

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Wheels down at 9 am.  It’s a no-drop ride.  Pace will be determined by the slowest riders.  Lunch (optional) will be at Farmboys or Kneaders near the end of the ride.  Temperatures should be in the 50-60 degrees F range with the possibility of overcast skies.  Forecasted winds will be 4-5 miles per hour out of the east-northeast so we can expect slight tailwinds for the second half of the ride.

Volunteers Still Needed for Casa Grande Century This Sunday, January 13

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If you are riding this year’s Casa Grande Century, have already signed up to volunteer for the event or have other plans in the works, please disregard this message.  Otherwise, please consider volunteering your support for this year’s Casa Grande Century ride.  Openings are still available for helping at Rest Stop #4 (morning and/or afternoon shift) and at the Lunch Stop.  As of this writing there are 222 riders signed up.  If history is any guide, we can expect 350-400 riders as many riders sign up the day of the ride.  Here’s the link to register as a volunteer: https://cgcvolunteer.eventbrite.com.

2019-01-05 Northern Exposure Loop

This week’s ride takes us north to Mesa where we follow canal paths and other roads back to Sun Lakes.  Wheels down at 9 am.  We’re going to take a relaxed pace as the route is a bit on the long side at 44 miles.  We’ll make a few stops along the way to refuel.

Consider it a “warm-up” for the Casa Grande Century next weekend.

Here’s the route.  Click on the map to see it in RideWithGPS, where you can download the route to your smart phone or Garmin device.

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2018-12-29 Sun Lakes Northeast Loop

This week’s ride meanders through Fulton Ranch and around Ocotillo Lakes, continues to historic Downtown Chandler, and returns to Cottonwood Country Club.  Total distance is approximately 28 miles with a rest stop almost exactly half-way through the ride.  The pace on this no-drop ride will be set by the slowest rider.  Wheels down at 9 am.  Dress warmly, it’s cold outside today.  I’ll be the one wearing neoprene tights.

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