Friday, August 28, 2015

Group Riding

. . Woody shared a note that he received from a Memphis biking friend.  He thought it would be a good newsletter topic.  
. . I asked several people their opinion as to what to do with the note.  Their response was unequivocal -- it needs to be promoted.  So I have given it its own page on our website.  You can find it at  (also accessible from the Website page)
. . The discussion also got a little off target -- about how the club works (or doesn't work) with newbees, which was not addressed in Woody's note.  What do you think? 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Saturday Ride, Bethpage 8AM

It's been too long since we visited Macon and Trousdale counties. We'll meet at the Water Utility office at the corner of US 31E and Mt. Vernon Road in Bethpage. If you plan to ride the 50 or 63 mile routes, bring at least 2 full bottles and some food, because although we can usually find water and rest rooms at the Fairgrounds (mile 22) we won't pass a store until Hartsville.

35 miles (store at 22)
50 miles, (store at 37)
63 miles, (store at 50) Challenging Route

Let's recover at Crescent City Po Boys on the Gallatin Square (Water & Main).

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Thursday Ride from Brixx, Aug 27th

We will ride at the following times:

5:30 Turtles
5:40 Hounds and Jackalopes
5:50 Hares

The sun is setting earlier and earlier.  Please remember to bring your lights and blinkies.   Will need to start doing slightly shorter routes and move the times back further as fall is quickly approaching. The riding season has gone by very fast this year.

Easy ride for Thursday as Miley is planning something special for us this weekend.

24 Mile St. Blaise Neals Liberty Loop.

Social hour at BRIXX following the ride.

See you on the road,

Mike Knake

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Mike and Sherry'/ Crystal Creekbed Ride, Aug 26th

We will ride from the Greenway Trailhead on 31W next to the White House Animal Clinic in White House at the following times.

5.30 Moderate pace
5:40 Not so moderate pace

Social hour at De La Pa. Following the ride.

26 mile route

See you soon on the road

Mike And Sherry

Monday, August 24, 2015

Tuesday Ride, Aug 25th from Sam's

We will ride at:

5:30  Turtles
5:40 Hounds and Jackalopes
5;50 Hares

Social hour at Sam's following the ride.

Brinkley Sandy Valley Shell McMurtry

See you on the road,

Mike Knake

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Sunday Aug 23rd Fun Day Recovery Ride

 Ride from Sam's Sports Bar at 8:00 Sunday August 23rd. No drop easy pace recovery ride.

30 mile Sunday Fun Day Recovery Ride


Local Event for September 19'th

If you aren't doing the Red Boiling Springs over-nighter, support the Gallatin Grand Fondo on September 19'th

     On September 19th, the the Gallatin Lion’s Club is sponsoring the 4th annual Gallatin Gran Fondo cycling event This event raises money for children’s eyesight, which performs more than 5,000 eye screenings each year.  We ask for your support in helping children and young adults “see” a greater future. 
     Fee Includes, T-Shirt, Loaded rest stops, Sag/Police Support, post ride BBQ dinner.

Where:  Gallatin City Square, Gallatin TN 37066
Routes: 25K Tour  50K Tour 100K Tour
Climbs:  KOM1   KOM2 
Start time: 8:00am
Fee: $30 Pre-registration, $40 After Sept. 10th
Register @

Friday, August 21, 2015

UPDATE TO TEH UPDATE-Wine Ride AND BBQ - Chateau Ross - 8/22/15, 8:00AM

Sixteen people have signed up for the wine tasting and lunch at Chateau Ross. There are few places left for anyone that would like to join in the wine tasting and lunch.  If you enjoy wine, you will enjoy this.  We had a great lunch last year.

Chateau Ross Vineyard
5823 Fulton Rd.
Springfield, TN 37172



E mail me at if you plan on taking part in the wine tasting and lunch.  Or, you can txt me at 615-714-3947.  The first 20 to respond are in.

The cost for the wine tasting and lunch is $25 per person.    The ride is free.  There is a limit of 20 people for the wine tasting and lunch.  You can still come and ride with us even if you do not intend on staying for the tasting and lunch.

The route will include elements of the Graffitti  Road Route and the Tasty Freeze Route that runs up into Franklin KY and back.  They will be posted later this week.


53 Mile Route

If you plan on just riding, post a comment.

See you on the raod.

Mike and Sherry

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Walk Bike University

Fall Walk Bike University Schedule 

. . Our fall Walk Bike University schedule is here! This fall we will be hosting 12 free community classes focusing on enjoying our city by bicycle and advocating for better sidewalks and bikeways. 
. . Classes are open to the public, but space is limited. Sign up today!
Fall Classes Include:
  • Adult Learn to Ride
  • City Cycling 101: How to Ride Your Bike Safely and Confidently
  • City Cycling 201: Exploring Your Neighborhood by Bicycle
Special Classes: Fix a Flat Workshop Social, Policy Walk, Walk Bike Ambassador Orientation, and Winter Bike Riding.

Biking the Peninsula

September's article for the Indian Lake Pensinsula Living magazine is about charity rides with a focus on this year's BRASS ride.  Click to view it.
Click the + in the upper right hand corner to blow the article up into something legible.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Thursday Ride From Brixx, 8/20/15

Ride Times:

5:30 Turtles
5:40 Hounds and Jackalopes
5:50 Hares

Social hour at Brixx following the ride.

Try a new route this week:

26 Mile Route

See you on the road,

Mike Knake

RIDE CANCELED - Mike and Sherry's Excellent Crystal Creek Bed Ride, Aug 19th

The weather does not look good for the ride.   Calling for 100% chance at 7:00.  Ride is canceled. 

We will ride from the Greenway Trailhead on 31W next to the White House Animal Clinic in White House, TN.  Social hour following the ride at De La Paz.

Ride times:
5:35 Moderate Pace
5:45 Not So Moderate Pace

27 mile route

See you on the road,

Mike Knake

Portland Tn Aug 22 New Group Riding

  There will be a new group ride in Portland on Saturday Aug 22. Starting at My Time Cafe
125 Main St, Portland, TN 37148 we will be leaving at 9 a.m. for a short no drop not going
 fast 12 mile loop around the Strawberry Capital of the south.

 You can find the group, Portland Ridgeriders on Facebook. If you know new riders, this
 will be a good place for them to start. We have several long time Fogbees coming along.

 The fitness and fun factor side effect is unavoidable.


Monday, August 17, 2015

Tuesday Ride from Sam's, Aug 18th

The sun is starting to set a little earlier. We will ride at:

5:30 Turtles
5:40 Hounds and Jackalopes
5:50 Hares

We will do the Franklin Loop heading out Saundersville and coming back Jenkins Anderson DrAkes Creek.

See you on the road

Mike Knake

Saturday, August 15, 2015


     Yesterday, Bruce led us on a special ride on Roaring River Road just east of Gainesboro TN.  Our destination was to visit with a family with whom he and David Shumaker stayed last year on a ride back from eastern Tennessee.  Everyone said it was the best ride that they had been on, except for the mountain we had to climb that defeated even "the goat."
     This family spent three months biking in Israel.  The trip was so exceptional that Emily Varela wrote a 500 page book describing their adventure.  Our visit was to pickup signed copies of this book. When I was there I felt like I was witnessing a little of "Fiddler on the Roof."
    Phil Vickery has a remarkable eye for photography and he caught this moment which I thought I would share.
   We took lots of pictures which we have posted to Shutterfly.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Hendersonville Police Want to Do Right for Bicyclists

. . The earlier problem that we noted on this blog (You be the Judge) has been thoroughly reviewed by Hendersonville Police Department.  They have rescinded the citation.  We are impressed that they have taken time to have full department reviews of Bicycle Law, such as that displayed on our website.  I would not be surprised if that doesn't lead to better and more frequent enforcement, which benefits all of us. 
. . The FOGBEES is the very rare bike club that believes enough in the safety value of these laws to post them in great detail on its website.  Here all members can take time to understand what is expected and set an expert example for non-club members.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Pool Party Saturday Rides, 8 AM

It's Pool Party Saturday, meaning we'll ride from Bob's. Let's roll at 8 AM so we can get back and start the party.

29 miles
37 miles
41 miles
51 miles

If you are planning on staying for the pool party please try and bring a folding chair.  It looks like we are going to have a big group this year.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Be the Judge

    Here is a real case for you "arm chair" and real lawyers.  This incident occurred at one of the entrances to Demo's restaurant in Hendersonville.
    An adult (over the age of thirty) on the sidewalk running parallel to the road commences to walk his bike across an entrance to a parking lot. A car has stopped momentarily a few feet from the crossing planned to enter the road.  The bicyclist is moving opposite to the traffic flow on the road.  The motorist not seeing the bicyclist moves forward and clips the front wheel of the bicycle as the bicyclist attempts to cross.
    The police ticket the bicyclist for not having a helmet, for being on the sidewalk, and for moving opposite to the direction of traffic.   The ticket says the statute violated is Hendersonville 15-122.  You're the judge.  What do you decide?

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Sunday Recovery Ride

Several folks asked about doing a Sunday ride since Woody won't be available tomorrow. We will start at Sam's at 8AM and do the Madison Creek loop, Sandy Valley, Brinkley Branch, Upper & Lower Station Camp to Jenkins, Anderson, Drakes Creek back to Sam's. Easy pace no drops.

Fogbee Pool Party After The Bike Ride on Aug 15

It is that time of year again.  We will have a pool party following the ride on Aug 15th at Bob & Misty's house.  As in the past we will have Shane's BBQ and the cost is $8.00 per person.  All you need to bring is some folding chairs and the beverages of you choice. 

Please RSVP by Aug 12th on the blog or at the Fogbees Gmail address. 

If anyone is interested in having frozen margaritas please get with Doug Depew.

Ride details will be posted before the ride date.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Majorca, Spain Trip May 22-29, 2016 - IMPORTANT UPDATED INFO

     We all know how much we love cycling, and cycling with our friends is even better, what about combing them and cycling with our friends on one of the most beautiful islands of Spain?! Majorca (Mallorca) Spain is known for its white sandy beaches, it's cycle friendly atmosphere, and its overwhelming beauty.
     I am working with Diane Golden with on a cycling trip to Majorca, Spain. She has planned several of these trips before and it will be amazing. She has a trip listed on the website for May 1-15, 2016, but with kids moving back from college, high school graduations, and mother's Day, I asked her to do one on a later date for us. She has agreed to do a trip for the Fogbees (Fogbee families and friends) on May 22-29, 2016. We would fly in on May 22nd and start cycling on May 23rd.
** You can also chose to stay for 10 days. Checking out June 1, 2016. The last few days Diane would show us around personally. (She said that those who stay 7 days, always wish they had stayed 10)
     Please visit the website and read all the details of the trip. She is checking with the pro UK cycle leaders who would take us around the island to confirm how many people we need for the trip to be a reality. 20 people is what I have been told so far.
    Non cycling spouses or family members are welcome and encouraged to attend. There is plenty for them to do while we ride.
    I will post soon how to sign up for the trip since the only one listed on the site for now is the trip with the earlier dates. Please comment below if you are interested so I can start getting an idea on numbers. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. 615-828-4632 Thank you! Tammy Gibson

** Sign up by going to, chose the Majorica Cycling trip May1-15, 2016 Spain trip, scroll down to the bottom and click the yellow tab "Book Your Trip", Fill out the contact information form and put the CHECK IN DATE as May 22, 2016 and the CHECK OUT date as May 29th (Unless you want to stay 10 days, then you would CHECK OUT June 1, 2016) Agree to the terms and conditions and hit submit. This will direct you to pay your $150 per person deposit.

IMPORTANT… Sign up with your deposit before September 1st and you get the "Early Bird Price" which are the prices currently listed for the trip. Lodging prices will change to the 2016 price on September 1, 2015.

You are also welcome to Email or call Diane directly with any questions.
Tel: 214-370-8300

Note From Sarah

First five from the Fogbees to register for the HOT 100 (Ride Date August 22'nd) using this code FOGHOT100 gets $5.00 off registration.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Show Your Appreciation

Have you ever thought about the many rides that are posted on the blog? They don't just happen, but we all expect them to be there and we show up for the ride. I think most would agree it's more fun and safe to ride with others.
Planning routes is a thankless task and takes a lot of time and thought in regards to everyones safety, temperatures, time of day, difficulty, traffic flow and road conditions, not to mention special requests. Let's not take the individuals for granted that donate their time and energy to planning all the great routes and rides for all of us to enjoy! (They don't get paid for it) I want to openly thank those individuals.
A BIG THANK YOU! To Mike Knake, Dave Miley, Bruce Day, Tom Benim and Tom Evans ( if I missed anyone I appologize). Let these men know you appreciate what they do, tell them, shake their hand, give them a pat on the back, buy them a meal or at lease a cold beverage every once in a while.

Stay upright and be safe

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Who is volunteering for the Kid's Triathalon this weekend?

Who is volunteering for the Kid's Triathalon this weekend?  Sherry and I are volunteering this weekend for the Kid's Tri.

Wanting to know who else is volunteering so we can plan a ride after the event is over.  We are usually able to start riding at 9:00.  Miley is going to try and work the Saturday ride out so that it will come by the Y to pick the volunteers up for the ride.

See you on the road,

Mike Knake

Jerseys Bibbs and Vests

They are in!  I will have them at the rides the rest of this week.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Latest Magazine Article

Only biking for a little over a year and does a 1000-mile bike ride.   
Quite an accomplishment. 

You may have to click the + in the upper right corner to enlarge to be able to read it.

Jerseys, Vests and Bibb

Today, LG shipped the jerseys, vests and bibbs.  We should have them no later than Monday.  Will post when they arrive and when you can pick them up. 

Mike Knake

Monday, July 20, 2015

Stones River Greeenway

The ROTten contingent of the FOGBEES (who post their morning rides under the FB Ride Group TAB) make frequent (almost weekly) trips to the Nashville Greenway.  On our trip last week we were seriously flooded out.  To avoid this problem in the future, we have added a tailwater level link in the sidebar on this blog.  We guess that 398 is the magic number for a dry trail.  Last week it was at 401.5 feet.