Thursday, July 31, 2014

Pool Party August 2nd

It is once again that time of year.  
We will be having the 6th Annual Fogbee pool party following our August 2nd ride.  

After the ride we will have lunch and an afternoon of swimming.

This year we will have Lunch from Shane's BBQ.  It will cost $8.00 per person and we will have Pork and Chicken and sides.  

All you will need to bring is folding chairs and your choice of beverages.  I need to have a head count by July 30th so I can order the food.   The RSVP's can be made via the BLOG or Fogbee email address . Please watch the BLOG for more information.

If you would like frozen margaritas please let Doug Depew know before the party.  
They will be $20 dollars per bucket. 

The party will be at Bob & Misty G's house the address is in the membership list or send a email to the Fogbee email address.

From: David Miley
Subject:  Routes for Pool Party: Start Time is 8:30AM
Hi Bob, Here are the routes I created for the pool party. There should be something for everyone to complete in 3 hours or so. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

A Nice Way to Start this Saturday (8/2/14)

HI guys, Please let the rest of the Fogbee's know that I still have 4 Senior bike course openings usually reserved for Fogbee Volunteers (ie…done first) (stationary spots…no riding required)

Would like to give these last four Senior Bike spots to Fogbee's. :)

If you know a Fogbee that want's to Volunteer, have them email me ASAP with their name and shirt size. Thanks!

Charlene Alcorn

Sharyn and I have been doing this Triathlon for the last 5 years.  She looks forward to it every year.  Doesn't have to ride a bike. And, it'll be over before the Saturday FOGBEE rides.  Tom_E

Tuesday ride from Sam's, July 29th

I am back after a rough (too many injuries/afflictions to list) but great week at RAGBRAI.  We are ready talking about what trip to take next.  Hope more can join us.

Hope you all had good rides while we were gone.

Usual start times.
5:30 Turtles
5.45 Hounds and Jackalopes
6:00 Hares

We will basically go up Garrison and over gap.  You will have an option to go up Shell and down McMurty. LOOY's law applies.

See you on the road

Mike Knake


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Saturday, July 26, 2014

25mm Tires Beat 23mm - Report on

The skinnier and higher pressure the tires, the faster the bike, right? Well, no, actually. Speed comes down to a variety of factors, and even many pro road riders these days are choosing wider rubber for training and racing.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Saturday 3 Club Group Ride From Beech

This Saturday Sumner County will host the largest non-charity group ride the county has ever seen with the Harpeth Bike Club, the Veloteers, and the Fogbees all riding together along with smaller groups like the Ride 615 team, possibly Green Fleet Messengers, and riders from Gran Fondo. With routes of 56 miles, 41 miles, and 31 miles, there is a distance for everyone. I am currently communicating with the Sumner County Sheriffs office to see if they can provide some support early in the ride for protection and safety sake.

This ride will start at 8:00 promptly at Beech High School and it would be great if the Fogbee riders attending could come a few minutes early just to introduce yourselves to the other clubs and help them prepare for the ride.

For those riding the Turtle route, I want to make everyone aware that you will be traveling on Bug Hollow uphill which has a section of road that is torn up and is gravel. That section is about 100 yards long and I would recommend being careful and walking it.

We have created a Facebook events page here if you want to see who else is joining in and I have included the routes so you can see which distance suits you best. Hope to see everyone there!




If any club members would be willing to act as ride leaders for different speed groups, I would greatly appreciate it. I plan on riding the 56 mile route at probably a 17 mph pace, but I know the both clubs have 19-20 mph average riders as well as 15-16 mph average riders. Please contact me if you would be willing to help out keeping people on track.

Unlike Tennessee, Not Every Day in Iowa Is Sunny

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Thursday July 24th Brixx Ride, 530p & 545p, 25 & 30miles

I was asked to post the route for Thursday's Club Ride from Brixx, so here goes...

We'll head out Upper Station, via Saundersville & Lower Station, towards Cottontown.

2 Options: Shorter loop does Watt Nolen, Longer loop adds in Franklin Rd.
(Or if you want even less than 25, just go straight out to the C-town post office)

Should be an exceptional evening, a bit cooler.  Be sure to bring out the blinkies!

RAGBRAI Fuel Stops


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Crystal Creek Bed Ride

The ride will start 6 pm. WEDS. From Green way Trailhead as usual. Mike Short will lead our familiar ride. See you there.

RAGBRAI Gone Quiet. Last Photo. Jersey Change

Oh crap! Where's my tent?

Report from Mike Knake at 7:45P, 7/22/14.  All 12 FOGBEES did 108 miles today! All are doing well, but the cell phone service is jammed.  They can't get any pictures out.  Will be near larger town tomorrow and expect to be able to send everything then.  So, stay tuned.

Monday, July 21, 2014

No ride post? No problem. ..

Our Sams Tuesday ride is on.  Usual times. I don't know how to Map My Ride. Sorry about that. Jones/Jenkins/lower/upper/liberty/Neals
/longhollow/harris-greenlea/saint Blaise/ long hollow/big station through neighborhood/ jenkins-Anderson/ drakes or Jones to Sams. We can tweet this route to add/subtract.

RAGBRAI Breakfast

Courtesy, Image, and Bike Lanes

Hope our local biker/motorist relationship doesn't deteriorate to the levels of animosity described, but it is one more reminder of the importance of our image to the general public.  DTI
"Bitter Battle Between Motorists And Bikers," Chicago July 14, 2014:
. . The debate is escalating as rhetoric and fervor match the passion shown on controversial issues such as gun rights and the Middle East peace process. The rage may have hit a peak last week after a prominent Washington Post columnist suggested some motorists might think it worth paying a fine to hit bicyclists.
. . NPR host Scott Simon wrote on Twitter, "Any walk through downtown demonstrates cyclists think they are above the law. Does that explain Lance Armstrong?"
. . The issue has become an emotional one for Americans as drivers are increasingly told they'll have to share the road with bike riders.
The problem with motorist rage is -- the bicyclist who is the brunt of the rage frequently is not the bicyclist that PO'd the motorist.  To most motorists "a bicyclist is a bicyclist."

Good Lookin Group at RAGBRAI

Click here for second group of pictures

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Comments on Demetrius Post & Crash last Saturday

I'm sorry that Demetrius was injured in the crash last Saturday and I hope he heals quickly.

My reason for this post is that I found out today that my son Robert, through the Fogbee rumor mill, was thought to be the "unknown" rider described in Demetrius' post. The reason that he was being considered as the "unknown" one is because the "unknown" rider was supposed to have been wearing a Bikers Choice kit. Gary Williams took a picture of a number of riders at the start of the ride and Robert was the only one  in the picture wearing a Bikers Choice kit; therefore he had to be the one described in the post.

The only problem with that reasoning is that I know for a fact that Robert was no where near the accident when it happened since he was with me, my wife Kim, my youngest daughter Emily, and 3 or 4 other Fogbee riders who chose to do the 47 mile route. None of us even knew that a wreck had happened that day until we got back to Sam's. Needless to say, Robert was very upset when he found out that he had even remotely been considered by any Fogbee member as the "unknown" rider described in Demetrius' post.

There have been times in the past that Fogbee riders have been unjustly accused by drivers of riding inappropriately in traffic and those cyclists were justifiably upset. We should make sure that we don't make the same mistake when an unfortunate incident like what happened a week ago happens.

If anyone has any questions or would like to discuss, please feel free to call me at 615-944-0404.

Friday, July 18, 2014

And the Party Begins (3 Pics)

Saturday Ride & Jersey Pick Up, Sam's at 8 AM

UPDATE: Start delayed 15 to 30 minutes for shower to pass. Means post ride jersey pick up will also be later. 

The rain just might move out to our east by ride time. If so, we'll have very comfortable, cool and overcast conditions for these routes up Weeping Willow to Cross Plains and back via Shell.

47 Miles - store at 25 & 37
57 miles - stores at 25 & 47

Jerseys - Provided rain doesn't cancel the ride, I will have the remaining jerseys available for pick up at 7:45 AM and after the ride around 11:45 AM.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Saturday Morning Beginner Ride at Beech High School

This upcoming Saturday, we will be having our beginner ride at Beech High School at 8:00. This ride will be a 12 mile ride with a no drop policy. We will travel from Beech down Long Hollow Pike to Madison Creek, over to Hogans Branch turning right on New Hope and back to Beech. This ride will feature 2 climbs and we will regroup at stop signs and at the top of hills. Please encourage all your new bike riding friends to come out and join us.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Thursday Ride

So I guess someone needs to post a's Brixx night. See you at the regular times and we can do an old favorite " the Long hollow-Madison creek- Hogans-sandy valley ride"...see you there

Thank You

Thank you all for the on scene first aid and well wishes after my "spill" on Saturday. All will be okay in time. I will be on crutches for a couple weeks with a hip injury and a bunch of other cursory injuries.  Time line unknown at this time. Aside from myself and Curtis, Im just glad nobody else was injured.

Secondly, with some humility, I wanted to apologize for being somewhat hypocritical after the crash by not going to the ER in an ambulance. After we put on the Cycling First Aid class earlier this year, we made it clear that the injured person should not wave off an ambulance if "first responders" feel that you "need it." I did feel well enough to get a ride, but as my hip injury left me painfully immobilized, I should have been told to get an ambulance. Lesson learned, I am sorry.

Most importantly, I am a very upset that the unknown cyclist that was riding with us, swerved into me without looking, never stopped, and kept going after all other riders in our group stopped after yelling out, "Biker down!" There is no doubt that with the speed and violence of the collision, the other rider "knew" that I went down.  I am not upset so much that he collided with me, as accidents happen. I am more upset that the FOGBEES code of not leaving anyone behind, especially after an accident, was violated. It was very selfish, dangerously untrustworthy, and not typical of the character that represents a FOGBEE.  I ask that if any of you know this person, you attempt some damage control and hold him to a standard you would personally expect from a fellow rider. I sure will when we meet again.

As our group expands in size and in status, I also ask all FOGBEES that if we see or gain a new rider, that we should never hesitate to lay down some of our awesome ground rules and safety pointers to the new rider. The trust I have when we all depart on a ride is one of the main reasons I enjoy riding with you all so much, as I am confident that no matter what happens on the road, that I will be taken care of.  I hope that feeling for us all is never compromised again.

Thank you all and be safe out there.


Crystal Creek Bed Ride, Wednesday, July 16th

The ride will start at 6:00 tonight from the Greenway Trailhead on 31W next to the White House Animal Clinic in White House, TN.  Mike Short will be leading the ride tonight. 

Below is the route.

Be Safe - See you when I get back from RAGBRAI.

Mike Knake

New jerseys

Now that most of us have gotten our jerseys and had a chance to try them on....

If you ordered a medium fondo and it's a little tighter than you like and would like to swap for a medium sport let me know.


Monday, July 14, 2014

The New Jersey Pick Up Ride from Sam's at 6:00 Tuesday, July 15th

If you haven't heard, the new jerseys are in!!!!!  You can pick your jersey up at Sam's Tuesday night following the ride.    If you are unable to pick up your jersey this Tuesday, the next time to pick it up will be on Tuesday, July 28th, Thursday, July 30th or at Bob's Pool Party on August 2nd.

It is going to be a good night for a ride - an arctic blast is bringing cool temperatures.  Come out for a fun easy ride. We will head out Jones/Anderson/Jenkins to Lower to Upper turning left onto Brinkley Branch and crossing over Sandy Valley to Hogan's Branch, turning left onto Happ Hollow heading back Long Hollow to New Shackle to Drakes Creek.

See you on the road,

Mike Knake

Sunday, July 13, 2014

July Newsletter

We have issued the July Newsletter to 136 members.  While examining my copy, I noticed the link to Bruce's fine article with photos about the Blind Bikers' Ride isn't working.  Never fear!  Click Here. (
If you didn't receive your copy of the newsletter click here to read it on-line.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Sunday Morning Ride from Sam's

Easy leisurely pace rolling from Sam's at 7:15. St Blaise Loop with a Neals, Liberty option.


Friday, July 11, 2014

Saturday Ride 8AM from Sam's, followed by Jersey pickup

By request we will ride the Gallatin loop. There are many ways to do it; here are a couple.

Good News and Bad news on Jerseys: Updated after sorting through the shipment, which differed from the documentation.
Good - 96 98 jerseys arrived and will be available at Sam's after the ride, approximately 11:30.
Bad - 2 jerseys (all Fondo XL) did not pass quality, have to be rerun and are due in 2 weeks: Fondo M for Josh C. and Fondo XL for Mike S. So Mike S., Bob H. and yours truly will have to wait. Boo Hoo.

See you tomorrow!