Tuesday, August 30, 2011

It Takes a Team

. . Participating in the HOT 100 yesterday reminded me how critical the support of a bike club is in the achievement of a great event.  So many clubs in our area have this down to a science.  I spent yesterday afternoon picking Sarah Lovett's brain on how the Murfreesboro Bike Club does the HOT 100.  She has a fat manual she has put together over the years and has taught "Organizing an Event" at MTSU.  She has volunteered to share much of her work.
. . Many FOGBEES have wanted to have OUR event and the opportunity has presented itself by means of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  Several FOGBEES have already taken leadership positions, but it is going to TAKE A TEAM effort for this to be successful.  I shared with Sarah what has been accomplished to date and she confirmed that we are on track, but please consider getting involved with your club's event.
. . What we need now is MARKETING.  Few people know about this inaugural event. Even if you are unable to ride in our first Cycle for Life (for whatever reason) - - TALK IT UP.  We hung posters and passed out brochures and flyers at the HOT 100.  CLICK HERE to print a flyer to share with friends, family, business associates, etc.
. . Join me in being proud of the FOGBEES that recognize the importance of sharing personal time and treasure in our community and making your club successful. 

Monday, August 29, 2011

Dog Attack

I was riding this morning and got chased by 2 dogs on Weeping Willow road. I've called Sumner County Animal Control (452-2400) and reported the incident. The are going to contact the owner and enforce the leash law. If you have a similar experience I would ask you to call SCAC and report the dogs/owner. [Weeping Willow runs into Brinkley Branch rd. It's about the 4th house on the right once you make the turn onto Weeping Willow. The house number is 522].

This is not the first time there has been a problem with those dogs.

Ride safe.


Friday, August 26, 2011

Wounded Warrior Ride Sept 24th

I know we have allot of upcoming charity rides, but I have started a Fogbees team for this ride.

The cost is Registration fee: $25 (includes post-ride Community Picnic and lunch). It is each rider's responsibility to raise $150/each in donations by September 24.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Bike/Ped Count - Volunteers Needed

The Nashville Area MPO will be conducting regional bicycle and pedestrian counts as part of the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project on Tuesday, September 13th. The counts were first conducted in the MPO region (Davidson, Rutherford, Sumner, Wilson and Williamson Counties) in 2009. There were 23 count locations in all - 11 in Davidson County and 3 each in the other counties. The counts are totally dependent on volunteers who agree to participate in a brief web-based training and count for one or both two-hours periods on the 13th from 7-9am and 4-6pm.
We are asking for volunteers who may be able to help. Depending on how many locations we select and the availability of volunteers, we will need a large pool of names from which to draw. Please volunteer by emailing to meehan@nashvillempo.org by Friday, August 12th.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Congrats to Eric

Everyone, please be sure to congratulate Eric Bateman. He rode in his first race tonight......a criterium as part of the Nashville Crit Series, and did well. Eric is young, motivated, strong, and has great form. He has a very bright future in racing and I look forward to seeing him develop.

The Fogbees is a wonderful cycling club that developes both avid social cyclists and racing candidates. I still believe the fastest 25 mile ride I have ever been on was with Gary, Miley, and Mike K. A few of the Fogbees that have gone on to race are:

Eric Bateman (team to be determined)
myself (Team BC, Merck Racing, and Team Louisville; soon Team SVMIC)
Mike Poole (Team BC; now with Team SVMIC)
Josh Lewis (Team BC)
Jon Cherry (Team BC)
Garland Stone (Team BC)

I have my sights now set on Jason Sexton! Gary has recently informed me that the Fogbees will begin charging a finders fee for all riders that move on to race.........

Help Launch our Cystic Fibrosis Ride

. . Members of your FOGBEE Club are working with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to launch a new major Charity Ride.  Committee members discussed it during Bob's Pool Party a couple of weeks ago.
. . Besides being for a worthy cause, this ride gives particiapnts an opportunity to ride wonderful areas in Tennessee they probably have never seen. We are riding Sumner, Trousdale, and Macon Counties with spectacular autumn views from Drury Ridge. 
. . After this fully supported ride, we have a Hay Ride to take participants up and back to our “Party on the Hill” served by Demo’s and complete with FOGBEE juice.
. . I know you want to help.  As a start we would appreciate it if you would share the attached information with friends, family, etc and with other organization that might have an interest.  Put it on your FACEBOOK page! In about a month we will be asking for volunteers to staff the event, again with family, friends, and others willing contribute such a small amount of time for a special cause.
. . Thanks for helping us launch this worthy endeavor.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Senator Roberts appointed to Transportation Coordination Committee

Remember Kerry Roberts?  He's the guy that owns bike shops. Well . . .

(NASHVILLE, TN), August 11, 2011 – State Senator Kerry Roberts (R-Springfield) has been appointed to a special joint committee charged with creating a five-year strategic transportation coordination plan for Tennessee.  The plan will guide the state’s efforts to improve transportation coordination of state and local governments to increase effectiveness and financial efficiency.  The announcement regarding the appointment was made during a meeting in Sumner County which featured Tennessee Transportation Commissioner John Schroer.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Tomato Arts Festival images

It was a great day. Thanks to Bryan and all the Fogbees for making it so.
Pictures here. 

Out of Africa

I've been gone for quite awhile but I return home this upcomIng week. Hopefully the heat will break and I'll be able to join you. See you soon.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Embedding Maps

If you use embedded code in your POST, click here to read this note. We have had some problems. I have added it to menu bar to make it easily accessible for future reference.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Bike Tires

. . This info is old for veteran road warriors, but valuable for people who have just purchased a new bike.  Please replace the "Bike Shop" issue ASAP with Gatorskin or Armadillo (or facsimile) tires if you want to reduce greatly the potential for flats.  Those bike shop tires are like vacuum cleaners.  They suck up every piece of glass on the road.
. . Unless you are in the Glydesdale class of riders and need tank tracks on your bike, buy 25-mm instead of 23-mm tires.  That tiny difference provides a noticeably softer ride. Plus, the 25-mm work much better than 23-mm on hard-pack trails.
. . Always check tires before the ride.  If you see cord through the rubber or have excessive knicks replace the tire.  Armadillo tires have a wear-indicator. Don't push your tires to the limit. You'll thank me on that 40-mph downhill glide.  Also, be sure your wheel liner is in good shape and properly position over the spoke nuts.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

A reflection on the joys of Fogbee'ing

and so..we met at Sams for the Milkshake ride. There were more non-Fogs than Fogs but a lively crew at that. We even had a wonderful lady from the Harpeth River Club scouting out locations for potential rides for later this month. At the WH Greenway came several unknown riders but one who knew of a mystery lady who rode on a tandem in WH and said she worked for State Farm (sherry). Great ride..about 12 of us. We get to Crossplains and sitting at the counter sipping shakes are KJ and Andrew. Where did they come from?..Go figure. The Harpeth River rider loved the place. Headed back..Brian turned towards home (as planned), where's Roger and Andrew and the guy who knew the mystery lady? gone..go figure..Also, lost several non-foggers on a long straight away... the Harpeth rider moved on..several riders went back to find the lost riders..never saw them again..go figure..and so in the end KJ and I head up New hope Road..it's raining..KJ heads home..so..I creep into Sams parking lot..One Fogbee..go figure..it was a good day..See you all riding soon..

Thursday, August 4, 2011

7th Annual HEAT Kid's Triathlon - Aug 6'th

THANK YOU SO MUCH for volunteering. Many of you have volunteered the last several years and for a few, this is your first time. Welcome back!
We still have TEN more "easy" course Volunteer Spots available. 
Spread the word if you know someone who'd like to help out. No experience required!

Charlene Alcorn, HEAT President, www.triheat.com
FOGBEES: Be in uniform (Charlene wants to see FOGBEE jerseys) and bring your bikes. We'll do the Douglas Bend Route after the TRI.  This will be a LITE Ride, so if y'all have friends that want to join the ride -- WELCOME. Just be near the Tri Finish Line and look for me at 8:30A.  I'll be in uniform.

Here's the Route http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/44735078  . It's 26 miles. We'll stop at Avanti's after the ride around 10:30

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Extra Care is Called for.

David Irvine sent this to me last week after some of us had heat issues with the Red BOILING Springs ride.  However, the thermometer on my computer says 101 degrees. That's not feels like; that's RAW heat.  I enjoy the LITE ride on Wednesday, but the weather has been a continuing issue.  When temperatures get this hot, bicyclists make bad decisions (such as riding in this heat).  BE CAREFUL.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Nashville MPO Announcement

Announced today: An extremely important pedestrian safety project for Nashville. Hat-tip to Bike Walk Tennessee for their advocacy efforts in getting the need for sidewalks along this dangerous corridor (with high transit use & low vehicle ownership) on the radar of decision-makers.