Friday, April 18, 2014

Art of a group ride

This interesting article is from a cycling lawyer on his site,  I share some of his frustrations.  Most of what he says refers to a paceline and the good old days he is pining for are really the bad old days of road bike snobbery to which the Fogbees are the antithesis. Still, he has some points for us to ponder.


Sep 01, 2011 Every so often, I’ll ride a recreational group ride. I love the camaraderie of cyclists, the talk, the last minute pumps of air, the clicking in, and the easy drifting out as a peloton. “I miss riding in a group,” I’ll think to myself.
The magic ends by mile 10. The group will surge, gap, and separate, only to regroup at every stop sign. I’ll hear fifteen repeated screams of “HOLE!” for every minor road imperfection. And then no mention of the actual hole. Some guy in front will set a PR for his 30 second pull. Wheels overlap, brakes are tapped, and some guy in the back will go across the yellow line and speed past the peloton for no apparent reason. A breakaway?!

Click link to read full article. 

Fogbee Beginner Ride Series Begins this Saturday!

This Saturday, we will be starting our beginner bike ride series. We will be meeting up in the Indian Lake shopping center parking lot located behind Sam's Sports Bar at 7:50 with the ride starting at 8:00. This will give our riders plenty of time to meet other riders and prepare their bikes for the ride.

This route will be a fun urban Hendersonville ride that will include roads like Stop 30 behind the golf course, Main Street, Bonita Parkway and finishes on the greenway path through Drakes Creek Park. We will be riding at a comfortable pace and will regroup at the top of hills and at intersections with stop signs.

Hope to see everyone there and we are looking forward to a great new ride season for 2014!


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Just a reminder...If weather won't let us ride we will still SPIN!

Spring Tour - Final Advisory

. . The Final Advisory for the USBR23 Spring Tour was issued this morning.  A copy can be viewed by clicking here.  It was issued to 34 participants doing from one to all six legs of the tour starting at the KY border on Thursday morning (April 24'th) and ending in Ashland City on Tuesday (April 29'th).  Most participants are ending at the Alabama border on Saturday evening. 
. . Dinner has been scheduled for all on Friday evening (Date Night) at Henry Horton SP at 6PM and in Ardmore at the Alabama border at 5PM.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Saturday Ride, Beech HS at 9 AM

Let's start at 9 AM to let it warm into the 50s. Tinnin Hill was requested this week, which is in the 50 mile route. If a kinder, gentler grade is your preference, the 40 miler goes up 31W. Tune those legs before the Spring Tour.

40 Miles
50 Miles

One moment From the 2014 RedBud Ride

 In this short segment, we see something we've never seen before, I knew she was holding out on us, Janice passing people going uphill !     The ride was great, the roads were well marked, the rest stops served everything from almonds to chili, yes Chili...It was hilly but a good ride.

Thursday Ride from Brixx, April 17th

We will ride from Brixx at 5:30 and 5:45 followed by refreshments at Brixx.  Service was good last week and the beer selection and price are great.   The long route involves going up Weeping Willow, down New Hope, back up Shell and down McMurtry.    The short route takes out going up Shell.

Below are 2 possible routes. 

See you there,

Mike (feeling better everyday) Knake

22 Mile Route

27 Mile Route

Mike and Sherry's Excellent Crystal Creek Bed Ride, April 16th

The ride will leave at 5:45PM from greenway trailhead behind the White House Veterinary Clinic on 31W in White House.  Sherry and I will not be able to attend, but someone will step up and lead.

24 mile route\

24 Mile Rou

Have fun and be safe.

Mike And Sherry

A Quandry

Today, the Alliance for Biking and Walking issued its Benchmark Report on biking and walking in all 50 states.  Below is an interesting graphic.

Although it is specific to biking/walking to work, it is reflective about all activities, most notably the willing of bicyclists to support their favorite pastime.  After studying these charts for nearly ten years, I haven't figured out why the states lineup this way and sure would like some reasons.  For the full report click here

Friday, April 11, 2014


A certain senior pedaler started a chain letter about the merits of WD-40.  His was hardly the first about this miracle solvent. After his legitimate uses he ended with
I knew about its several other uses but did not know it was made of fish oil; my local CVS drug store sells fish oil capsules as a health supplement; wonder if a spoonful of WD-40 in my morning coffee might do something for my geriatric issues, eh?
As you might imagine that opened the topic.  Before you get too far, it does not contain fish oil.  However, I found this gem

While WD-40 Multi-Use Product it is not a grease, it is formulated with strong lubricating oils and other ingredients, and is a terrific product to use for bike maintenance [especially chains]. It does not attract dirt or moisture to metal surfaces – just be sure to wipe off any excess WD-40 Multi-Use Product before riding.  For long-term lubrication and other specialized bicycle maintenance needs, check out WD-40 BIKE. Developed specifically for cyclists and mechanics, this high-performance line of bicycle care products is sure to become a mainstay in the toolboxes of bike mechanics for decades.

Also the Duct Tape Guys say,
You only need two tools in life, Duct Tape and WD-40.  If it’s not stuck and it’s supposed to be, Duct Tape it.  If it’s stuck and it’s not supposed to be, WD-40 it.”

Pedals for Paws Alternative

If you are waffling on the P4P routes, thinking 30 is too short and 62 too long, I have created an amalgam of the two routes, retaining the best and eliminating the most painful.  The route is 43 miles long and I will be riding it at Turtle pace.  If you want to join me, seek me out at the start and/or comment to this post.  I'll head out with the 62-miler group but quickly drop back (more likely get dropped) near the airport. Here is a link to my alternative 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Thursday Ride, April 10th from Brixx

Tomorrow night looks like a great night for a ride.  We will ride from Brixx at 5:30 and 5:40, slower riders leaving at 5:30 and faster riders at 5:40.   We will do the same route that I had planned for Tuesday, heading out Saundersville to Lower to Upper to Brinkley Branch crossing over Sandy Valley, turning right on New Hope and left on Hogans Branch, turning left onto Madison Creek heading back Long Hollow to Goshen, Center Point and Stop Thirty, turning right onto Drakes Creek and back to Brixx for 27 miles.

You can modify the distances for a shorter ride a number of different ways.  Everyone has long rides planned for this weekend.  So, this should be an easy warm up ride.

We will give Brixx another chance.  They had a Trivia event last week that drew in a lot of people and had an effect on service.  They are not going to have this event any longer. So, we will see if the service improves. I hope so because they have a great beer selection and good food.

See You There,

Mike Knake

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

MIke and Sherry's Excellent Crystal Creek Bed Ride, Wednesday, April 9th

IT IS BACK-Mike and Sherry's Excellent Crystal Creek Bed Ride.  We will ride from the Greenway Trailhead on 31W behind the White House Veterinary Clinic at 5:45PM followed by refreshements at De Le Paz.

The route is posted below and is about 24.5 miles. 

Please remember to bring your headlights and blinkies.

24.5 Mile Route

See You There,

Mike and Sherry

Jere's Ride - April 26'th

Dear Fogbees,

I’m trying to help Gregg and his team get the word out about a new ride that is happening April 26, in Lebanon TN.  The ride is in memory of Jere McCulloch who passed away last year during the HOT 100.  Jere suffered a heart attack while on course doing what he loved, riding bicycles.  Some of the Fogbees may have known him.  

The Jere’s Ride group have organized a ride this year for April 26th.  It will leave the Lebanon Ag Center/Fair Grounds.  The longest route is 31 miles. Would you post to your Blog about Jere’s Ride or list it on your calendar.  We would really appreciate it. 

Thank you in advance for helping to spread the word.

Cheryl Wilson,Veloteers – Treasurer
Hoover Gran Fondo – Assistant Director

(P.S. - Many of the Veloteers have plans to attend the Pedal for Paws this weekend.  The weather looks promising!  We always enjoy seeing the Fogbees on the road.)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Pedals for Paws this Saturday

The weather for this upcoming Saturday is looking sunny and warm...Perfect weather for the 3rd annual Pedals for Paws ride in Gallatin. If you haven't signed up yet, don't worry, there is still time to get registered. The organizers of the ride are expecting a record number of riders in attendance and with $1000 in merchandise being given out by our store, this could end up being the largest cycling event Sumner County has ever seen.

If you have not ridden
 this ride, it benefits the Sumner County Spay and Neuter Alliance. This is an organization that offers quality spay and neuter services to pet owners at affordable prices. This ride features a route for every type of rider, from the experienced distance rider to the 1 hour fitness rider, we have routes of 12 miles, 30 miles, and 62 miles. These routes will be well supported with SAG vehicles and super well stocked rest stops so come out and enjoy the morning on your bike with some of the nicest bike riders in all of Middle Tennessee and all for a great cause!

Online registration is still open at the link posted here or come down to the Gallatin Civic Center early on Saturday and register in person

Country Music Marathon Cyclists Support April 26 2014

     Each year ~25 cyclists support the marathon's elite and celebrity runners along with
 fulfilling other tasks happening during the marathon. If you would like to be part of this
 event you will have a day to remember. We typically meet at LP filed ~05:30 and then
 assemble at the start, get our assignments and take off with the runners. Most all are finished  by 10 a.m. so we can still make our group rides .. If you're interested please get in touch with me. You'll  get another t shirt and lanyard to add to your collection along with free concert tickets for the after race evening show.  The cycling requirement to consider is the blistering pace you'll have to maintain for 13.1 or 26.2 miles. These runners move at ~ 12 mph , even up the hills we have in Nashville.

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Redbud Training Ride Part 2

There will be a short but hilly ride on Sunday leaving from Gallatin Civic Center parking lot at Noon on Sunday April 5. This ride will mosey up 31E to Westmoreland, down old 31E, climb Rock Hollow, then climb Wallace for total of about 50 miles.

For those who have not ridden Rock Hollow, it will be a good test for the steepest hill on Redbud.

There may be a splinter group also riding at 2 PM.

Gallatin Half Century Hill Ride

Sunday Morning Mountain Bike Ride at the Warrior Trail

Tomorrow morning, there will be a group of riders meeting up for a casual ride at the Hendersonville Warrior Trail for an hour and a half of fun mountain biking. If you haven't had an opportunity to get out on  our new local trail, it is a super fun trail that suits all talent levels. Bryan, our sales manager will be out there to help any beginner mountain bikers figure out the correct trail loop as it has not been marked with signs yet. He will do two laps with the entire group and then riders, once they have done the entire loop, can venture out at their own pace.

This is going to be a great opportunity for those friends of ours who purchased their first mountain bike or a new mountain bike over the winter to get out and try their new bikes out. For the beginner riders, this trail is a great experience as there are bypasses for any technical section and with the lap being only 1.5 miles in length, you will have plenty of opportunities to ride and ask technique questions from some of our more experienced riders in the area.

Plan on meeting up at the Veteran's Park parking lot near the hockey rink and skate park at 9:30 and the riders will then ride the greenway path back to Saundersville Road and the trail head.


**Cycling First Aid and First Responder Class (Monday, April 7th, 7:00pm)**

The FOGBEES and Biker's Choice are teaming up to put on a Cycling First Aid and First Responder class Monday, April 7th at 7:00pm. The location will be at Vol State Community College, second floor of the Thigpen library.  There will be parking available on the back side of the library.  The spots should be marked by orange cones. Address: 1480 Nashville Pike, Gallatin, TN 37066

With the season coming into full swing, and memories of a few unfortunate incidents over the past year or two, we feel now is the perfect time to prepare ourselves for the riding season. The goal of the class will be to teach proven medical standards in assessing and evaluating common injuries related to cycling accidents, how to best assist and provide treatment to a downed cyclist, then taking those tools to better assist First Responders if needed. The class is not a certification class for first aid or CPR, nor will it make you a doctor; however, it will cover time sensitive and critical topics that are catered to our cycling community to BEST assist a fellow biker in need. 

This class is designed for new and old riders alike. As our group gets larger and our cycling community is expanded, we owe it to each other and our families,  that if an unfortunate incident occurs, we can have faith in those around us to assess, treat, and make the best decisions possible.

We are going to be lucky enough to have members of our medical community, EMTs, and first responders teaching the class, in attendance, as well as being available for any questions and/or hands on training we need to get us ready for the season. David Hardin from Biker's Choice has been very encouraging and helpful in this dual effort to better educate our cycling community and helping us procure a suitable venue at Vol State. Both the FOGBEES and Biker's Choice are excited to put on this initial First Aid and First Responder class. We hope you will all join us. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Saturday Ride - Sam's at 9 AM

Last Saturday was rained out, so let's try these routes again. It might be a little chilly this week, but at least it's supposed to be dry. See you there.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Recumbents Anyone?

Looks pretty docile here, but this woman completed/won RAAM in 2013 on one of these bikes, despite having her follow vehicle and 2 backup bikes destroyed in a crash.

Thursday Ride, April 3rd

We will ride from Brixx at 5:30PM.  Right now, the weather looks a little suspect.  So, watch the blog to see if the ride is canceled or not.
We will do a little climbing. Head out Jones/Anderson/Jenkins to Lower to Upper. From there, climb Garrison Branch, turning left onto Weeping Willow.  At the bottom of Weeping Willow, we will turn right onto Brinkley Branch climbing over Sandy Valley to New Hope Rd.   From there, we will take Drakes Creek back to Brixx.

Shorter options are to take Brinley Branch across Sandy Valley to New Hope. Or, if  you take Garrison, you head straight over the gap taking New Hope all the way back to Drakes Creek and to Brixx.

If you want some more fun, once you get to Drakes Creek, you can turn  a left turn onto Anderson and take Jones back to Saundersville to Brixx.

Hopefully, Mother Nature will give us a break tomorrow.

See you on the road,

Mike Knake

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

May Italy Bike Touring with John Dagostino and Italy Cycling Holidays

This upcoming May, one of our local riders has joined up with the cycling organization Italy Cycling Holidays as an American ride leader and he will be taking a touring group from the states to the Lake Garda area of Italy(one of the most scenic areas in all of Europe) where they will stay at fantastic hotels, eat great food and ride guided tours over some of the prettiest roads in all of Europe.

For those who would be interested in cycling in Europe, John has been going there consistently for the past 10 years. These tours are extremely well planned out where all your needs will be taken care of, food, hotel stays, cycling cloth cleaning and even rental bikes are covered. You can choose to travel with your own bike or use one of their carbon fiber Eddy Merckx bicycles.

These tours can be set up for multiple days and you can choose how many hotels you wish to stay at. Along with that, you will get the opportunity to ride with ex-professional cyclists and these tours accommodate all skill levels. If in the middle of a tour you feel like you have had enough bike riding, get picked up by your support vehicle and they will transport you back to your hotel.

You can check out more on these fantastic vacations at the link below...

Italy Cycling

Monday, March 31, 2014

Tuesday 5:30pm Ride from Sams - Franklin Loop with Options

It promises to be a great night for a ride.  Requests have come in to do the Franklin loop ride.  This is an out and back ride.  We will go out Saundersville to Stop 30, Jones, Anderson, Jenkins to Lower Station.  Take the Lower Station Camp Greenway to Upper Station Camp Rd.  The short ride will go Upper Station Camp to the Cottontown Post Office and come back. Your option on Saundersville or Jenkins Anderson Jones.  This is about 25 miles.  For those faster riders turn right on 25 and continue to Franklin do the loop and return for about 29 miles.  This will be pressing daylight. . The nice thing on this ride is you have about an hour and a half to finish so just turn around at 45 minutes and you will get back.  Post to let us know you are coming.
Franklin loop Long 29 mi

Cottontown PO short 25 mi

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Monday Night Casa Vieja Mountain Bike Ride

Tomorrow night, as long as the trail is dry, we will be heading over to Casa Vieja in the Hendersonville Walmart shopping center for a night time mountain bike ride. We will meet at 6:30, head from the shopping center via the bike path and do 4-7 loops of the trail. This trail is very beginner friendly and safe. As we will be out on the trail after dark, lights are a requirement. We will have food afterwards at Casa Vieja.