Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Recreational/Touring Clubs

Here is how grades a "good" club.  How'd we do?

Clubs should try to promote fun rides and tours. Here are some ways you can identify a club that's doing it right.
1. Good clubs offer a full schedule of weekend rides and occasional longer tours.
2. Good clubs grade rides in terms of distance, speed and ability so that newcomers don't accidentally bite off more than they can chew. One sure sign of a poor club is when a ride rated "easy" turns into a race as the leader shows off his fitness and power.
3. Good clubs have rides that encourage participation from everyone. They sometimes sponsor low-key time trials (safe races against the clock) and encourage everyone to participate, regardless of fitness or skill.
4. Good clubs have social gatherings like potlucks or "restaurant rides" that bring people together off the bike.
5. Good clubs are active in politics. They support local and state bicycle advocacy organizations. They often are the force behind bicycle path construction, traffic ordinances that favor cyclists, and campaigns urging residents to reduce air pollution by commuting to work by bike.
6. Good clubs sponsor a major yearly event, such as a century ride. These rides are well organized, safe and promoted to the regional cycling community. Shorter distances will be included to welcome everyone, not just enthusiasts.
7. Good clubs regularly publish a newsletter to keep members motivated and updated on rides and other events. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mike and Sherry's Crystal Creek Bed Ride April 23rd

We will ride from at 5:45 from the White House Greenway trailhead behind White House Veterinary Clinic followed by refreshments at De Le Paz.

Mike and Sherry

Spring Tour FINAL Advisory

The Final Advisory newsletter issued to all participants has all the information everyone needs for the USBR23 Spring Tour.  Here is the link to it again so everyone print and/or download its content.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Bike Month

Bike Month (May) is almost here and we'd love to have your help spreading the word on a couple of key events/activities.
  • Bike Month Events
    : Walk Bike Nashville is organizing an bike event calendar for the month. If you're hosting any rides or bike events in May make sure you create an account and list them on the city wide calendar. It's a great way to get new riders for your events and to also show Nashville how active the cycling community is.
  • National Bike Challenge:
    Walk Bike Nashville is the local chapter for the National Bike Challenge (May-September) and we'd love to see how many miles Nashville can log and where we stack up against the other cities in Tennessee (we also really need to make sure we beat Memphis and Knoxville!) It's free to sign up so make sure you and everyone you know logs their miles.
  • Bike to Work Day: National Bike to work day is May 16. We'll be organizing rides around town to converge on Public Square at 7:45am. Mayor Dean will be speaking and we'll have coffee and breakfast for all riders. We also really need ride leaders! If you live along any of the routes and would like to help lead groups into town please email Liz (
  • Tour de Nash: The tenth annual Tour de Nash is May 17. It's going to be a blast and all proceeds go towards supporting Walk Bike Nashville's work.
  • TN Bike Summit
    : May 14-16 in Nashville. People from across the state and country will be coming to Nashville to discuss making Tennessee more bike-friendly. Register today! And if you're interested in volunteering and seeing some of the workshops for free, let Nora Kern ( know ASAP! Volunteers get free entry, but space is limited.
  • The Big Payback
    !  If you like the work that Walk Bike Nashville does around town and want to help support us, help us out on the Big Payback,  a community-wide, online giving day hosted by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee on May 6. This charitable giving day will help our organization raise much-needed unrestricted dollars and celebrate the good work of all Middle Tennessee nonprofits. 
Let us know if you have any questions! We hope to see you at some (or all) of the events!

Nora Kern
Program Coordinator
c: (615) 2601988


The finishing touches on the new FOGBEE jersey are being completed. LG has sent us three fit kits for the jerseys.  They were mailed to us today and are expected no later than Thursday of this week.  Once they are in, we will have several opportunities over the course of the next couple of weeks for you try on the sample jerseys for a proper fit.  They are sending us 3 kits, a women's kit, a pro kit and a sport fit kit (also known as club or relaxed fit).  The final cost of the jerseys will be based upon the number and type of jerseys that we order.

We would like to have orders placed by the May 12th.  Once the order is placed, it will take 4 to 6 weeks for production to be completed and the jerseys shipped to us.

Watch the blog to for dates as to when we will have fittings.  We hope to have our first fitting this coming Thursday night at Brixx.  A ride will be posted for Thursday, but Doug, Gary and I are not riding.  We will be at Brixx with the jerseys so anyone who wants to can try one on and place an order.

We are very excited about the new jerseys and have had a lot of good feed back on them.  Hope you all will apprecaite them as much as we do, not that we aren't biased or anything. 

Mike, Doug, Gary and Dave

Tuesday Ride from Sam's, April 22nd

We will ride from Sam's at 5:35 and 5:45PM with slow riders leaving at 5:35PM.  Sunset is at 7:26PM.  We should have plenty of time to get the ride in, but bring your lights and blinkies just in case you run into trouble.

The route is posted below, but basically it is the Happy Hollow/Hogan's Branch/Sandy Vally Loop. 

See you there,

Mike Knake

26 mile route

Stones River Ranger Guided Bike Tours Started April 5th

For those Fogbee members who are history buffs, the Stones River National Battlefield is offering ranger guided bike tours every Saturday throughout the summer. This is a great opportunity to learn some of our areas history through the Civil War as well as lowering your carbon footprint by riding your bicycle. This event is very family friendly and lasts about an hour and a half long.

If the group would like to make it a Fogbee event, I would be willing to get it set up with the park rangers. You can check out the information on this at the link below.


Nashville Hostel - Our First Stop

Dear Fogbee Bike Group,
Thank you for choosing to stay in Nashville Downtown Hostel for the 1st night of your wonderful adventure.  We are excited to host your group.
I want to double check the booking that I have for your group.  Those staying in our facility please send me an email with your room description and I'll reply back with the confirmation.

We've posted a new hostel introduction video on Youtube.  Please share  with friends.

Cheers, Ron

Sunday, April 20, 2014

New Monday Night Pizza Ride

I am continuing to look for a new location for the Monday night ride and while I haven't found a location yet that will be a permanent start point for a ride, this week, the Monday group will be starting at Brixx Pizza in the Indian Lake shopping center. Tomorrow's ride will be a road ride and it will start at 6:20 out with a route of 21 miles. This ride will be a 16-18 mph pace but slower or faster riders are welcome to come join and ride at their own pace. As the group starts later, this ride will finish after dark so front and rear VISIBLE lights are required and reflective or bright clothing is recommended. I have included the route here for those who need it.


On a note about a more permanent solution, has any members eaten at the Bay Brothers Grill on New Shackle? Wondering how the food is and if they serve beer? It has a very easy outlet into our ride areas as we can travel safely down Wessington, which has a bike lane over to the Indian Lake area and out from there.

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.

 615 516 9869