Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Cystic Fibrosis

      Although the Fogbees are not actively participating in the organization of the Cycle for Life, we received the following note.  I am passing it along because of past interest of members
 Hi!  I started cycling this year and checked out your website on the recommendation of some of my fellow HEAT members.  I found out that the CFF had a Cycle for Life event from your website.  I had done Great Strides before, but was extremely excited to see they had this.
My 10 year old niece has Cystic Fibrosis so it is very near and dear to me.  I decided to create a team this year - Biking for Brooke.  I saw from an email from CFF that you guys have a team again this year.  I can't wait!

This Doctor Makes House Visits

If you have any bike repair needs, Byron Brown has started a mobile bicycle repair service Ridgewood Cycle Werks.    He will come to your home or office and make most repairs or adjustments in your driveway.  His phone number is 615.969.5265 and his email address is bb@ridgewoodcyclewerks.com  and here's a link to his website http://ridgewoodcyclewerks.com/ . We have added his link to the right side-bar under Blogs.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Great Fogbees Memorial Day Ride and lunch

The Fogbees had a huge turnout for the White House ride this morning! Great experience and friendship along with a big lunch. We even had a few new riders.....Way to go Fogbees!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Great time to register for Jack-n-Back, look for Abby at CRAM

We want to see you back at the Bike MS: Bike to Jack and Back 2013!!
How about a game of Bike MS: Where is Abby??
Our new Coordinator, Abby, will participating in her first cycling event, the CRAM in Clarksville, this weekend.  FIND ABBY before, during, or after the ride and she will give you a $10 DISCOUNT CODE for your 2013 registration.

If you get the discount code from Abby and register before June 1, it's only $25. Effective June 1, the registration fee goes up $10.  Be sure to register as a rider with the Fogbees team. 


Here is a picture of Abby in the jersey she will be wearing tomorrow!

Abby Jersey

The Survey

      It's been a week since we mailed out the survey.  70% of you have opened it and 26% has completed it.  What's exciting is nearly everyone wants the Newsletter to continue and over 50% who responded wish to contribute to it.  However, we will be modifying it to match the great suggestions that were shared.
      If you haven't shared your ideas yet, it is not too late.  I am not going to rap it up until we head out for the HORSEY 100, where I will distribute the preliminary results for discussion before sending out them and your recommendations to everyone who completed the survey.
     We have updated the webpage for the HORSEY and are promising a Turtle-Horse version on Saturday for those who may have worried about the Fogbee stallions galloping off over the hill. Even if you haven't made your reservation yet, I suspect the Hyatt will still welcome you.
     So please HELP with those surveys, make plans to go to the Horsey, and don't forget the upcoming BarBQ ride.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Beer to Cyclists = Dark Chocolate to Yoginis

Beer is to cyclists what dark chocolate is to yoginis. What gives? I asked two experts: a beer-maker who likes bikes and a cyclist who likes beer. Read on for insight from bike racer and Certified Cicerone (beer sommelier) Spencer Powlison and New Belgium Brewery’s Senator of Tour de Fat Non-Profit Relations, Michael Craft. In case you missed the article on the Blog, click here.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Cedars of Lebanon Triathlon Results - 2 FOGBEES Podium

There were 6 FOGBEES that participated in the Cedars of Lebanon Triathlon.  Jason Sexton placed first in his age group 25 -29 and finished 6th overall.  Congrats to Jason.  Marsha Depew finished second in her age group, Congrats to Marsha now a two time winner.  All this being said out of the 6 FOGBEES Doug Depew finished second among our group.  Times as follows:
Jason Sextion        46:03 First in age group 6th overall
Doug Depew       1:15::49 Fourth in age group
April Johnson       1:16.13 Great time for a first time Tri!
Bonnie Willis        1:17.50 Honorary FOGBEE Friend of Doug Depew's Daughter
Marsha Depew     1:20:35 Second in age group
Heidi Fulford        1:29:41 Honorary FOGBEE Doug Depew's Daughter

All had a good time.  Bonnie and Heidi rode mountain bikes, that affected their performance.  

Friday, May 17, 2013

Okay, It's YOUR Turn

      In your mailbox (Members Only) you'll find a request for your input on our communications and on member interests. PLEASE take time to complete the brief survey.  If you do, we'll share the results with you (participants only get to see the answers). We don't want to waste time on activities that members do not find have value.  So PLEASE do the survey!
      Also, MAY 20'th is the deadline on reserving you room at the Horsey 100.  These away trips are great fun, a way to get your significant other involved, and a way to broaden your biking experience beyond Shun Pike.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Ride of Silence: 2013: May 15'th

Distance:     7 miles
Notes:     It's the 8'th year for this ride in Nashville. With over 100 rides it continues to grow.  Every bicyclist is encouraged to attend.

To HONOR those who have been injured or killed
To RAISE AWARENESS that we are here
To ask that we all SHARE THE ROAD

Where: Gather at Centennial Park at 6:45PM for 7:00 PM roll out.
Price: It's FREE
Route: To be determined, check back soon.
Rules: Cyclists ride no faster than 12 mph and remain silent during the ride. Hand signals are used.
More Info: Visit www.NashvilleCyclist.com
Past History for FOGBEES: Click Here 

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Mother's Day Pick Up Ride

Leaving from Sam's at 10am, Sunday morning.  If you're not busy with momma's day stuff, come tag along with us and enjoy the road for awhile.  Planning a 30 mile route.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Call for Volunteers - Kids' Tri

Many of you helped me out at last year's Nashville Kid's Triathlon by wearing your Fogbee bike jerseys and riding the bike course to help keep our athlete's safe and moving.

Well it's that time again, and I'd LOVE to have the Fogbee's on the bike course yet again!

I am looking for 10-12 Fogbee's to help staff the Bike Course during the Nashville Kid's Triathlon, Sunday, May 19th, 7:00am-Noon at Centennial Park. I prefer to place only experienced cyclists on the bike course to help keep our young athlete's safe and moving. So if you're in town May 19th, get your ride in on Saturday or Sunday after the Kid's Tri and please join me at Centennial Park to help encourage the next generation of healthy active kids!

Charlene Alcorn
National Volunteer Coordinator
Kid's Triathlon, Inc.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

May Newsletter

Got something for the May Newsletter?  Please send your article to Fogbees@gmail.com no later than THIS Saturday (5/11/13) by noon. I plan to issue it on Sunday 5/12/13.

Please help. Don't make me do this thing by myself!  Get your OWN by-line.  Should address items that you believe are of general interest in the next six weeks.  Rides, parties, special events, brags, words of wisdom, advice, alumni updates, etc. No article is too long or too short. We'll edit your submissions to make you look great.  Include some pic's, videos.

The Newsletters go ONLY to people on the FOGBEE Membership List.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Bicyclist Killed on 3S3M Bike Event

      Accidents on the Three State Three Mountain ride are nothing new.  It's a very popular event in Chattanooga that many veteran bicyclists avoid, because with the fast downhills and high percentage of newbees, it can easily get out of control.
      This year a bicyclist lost control on a downhill, crossed lanes, and plowed into oncoming motor traffic.  Click here to read about it.  There is a caution worth noting.
      When rim-based bike brakes get wet they don't work.  Most veteran bikers use extreme caution in those conditions, slowing it down, and pumping the brakes repeatedly to dry them as much as possible.  It is also good to check those brakes and replace them anytime they have worn to less than half their original thickness.  Brake pads are cheap and easily replaced even by the most multi-thumbed mechanic AND they're a lot less expensive than a day in the emergency room.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Spring Overnightger - Horsey 100

As a reminder to the post below, we need to make our reservations by May 20th to keep our rate.  Please make your reservations as soon as possible. 

Also, on the link for the Horsey 100 on the upper right sidebar, we have included a number of different links for non riders to check out various things to do on Lexington.

See you in Lexington,

Mike and Sherry

Friday, May 3, 2013


      Since we won't be riding in the rain this weekend, everyone can take this opportunity to check out the membership list.  Instructions on how to retrieve it are shown in the newsletters.
      Once a year I update the list based a record of who opens the Newsletter.  Those not opening the newsletter (don't need to read it) get purged.  I have sent the 18 people whom I removed this month a separate email notice just in case their SPAM blocker has not been kind.
      As you examine the latest update (on worksheet May_3_2013), look for people we may have removed unintentionally.  Contact them and have them send us a note at FOGBEE@gmail.com.
      Also, send a note, if you are unable to post/comment on the blog, and want to.  You must be on the membership list to be able to post/comment.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Bicycle Friendly Ranking

      The 2013 Bicycle Friendly State rankings were issued today by the League of American Bicyclist.  Tennessee jumped again from 27'th in 2012 to 17'th in 2013.  We have seen a continually increase since the formation of Bike Walk Tennessee in 2009 when Tennessee received a 43'rd rank.  At that time Chattanooga was the only bicycle friendly city and Memphis was identified as one of the three worst cities in America for bicycling.  Tennessee can now claim Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Nashville as bike friendly cities and Memphis received an honorable mention in the city awards. The bicycle advocacy work in these four cities is remarkable.
      In 2012 Tennessee's first Bicycle Summit was held in Chattanooga.  This year the Summit is being held in Memphis.  Next year, Nashville will hold the Summit.
      The FOGBEES have played a significant role in this progress.  Members of our club work with TDOT, the Nashville MPO, Adventure Cycling Association, the League of American Bicyclists, the Alliance for Bicycling and Walking, and the Safe Routes to School Network to help advance benefits.  Two out of the three charter signing members of Bike Walk Tennessee were FOGBEES. At this time both Bruce Day and David Shumaker continue providing leadership to Bike Walk Tennessee.  If you wish to contribute to this effort, please contact Bruce Day.