Saturday, May 31, 2014

Harpeth River Ride

Harpeth River Ride - Saturday, June 21, 2014 -7:00 a.m. Start

The early bird will be flying soon and that means time is running out to save $$ on your Harpeth River Ride registration!   This year’s ride promises to be another epic cycling experience with four great, new routes (100, 62, 45 & 23 miles), fantastic rest stops, top-notch SAG, and guest rider Levi Leipheimer! The $45 registration fee ends midnight June 6. Don’t miss the opportunity to save – REGISTER NOW

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Saturday, May 31st Chateau Ross Wine and Lunch Ride, UPDATE

We are planning a ride from the Chateau Ross Winery on the 31st.  We will do a ride followed by lunch and a wine tasting at the winery.  The cost is $25 per person for the lunch and tasting.  If you desire, you can bring your own beer.  Non riding spouses definitely invited.

The ride will start at 9:00AM.  Below is a link to the winery with the address.

Chateau Ross Vineyard and Winery

Following the ride, Chateau Ross with have appetizers and a wine tasting for us. Following the appetizers and tasting they will serve us lasagna with salad, etc. for lunch.

Based upon the routes, I expect that we will be back to the winery around 12:30PM.  Non riding spouses can join us at that time.

We need to know ASAP if you are interested so the winery can start getting ready for us.  Please post your intentions.

See you Saturday,
Mike Knake

PS you are welcome to come ride with us even if you don't stay for the tasting or lunch.

52 Mile Route

45 Mile Route

Jack and Back 2014

If you are planning on doing the Jack and Back this year and have not signed up yet, the registration fee increases from $35 to $45 on Saturday June 7th.   I believe Dave Miley may have a discount code for Jack and Back Rookies that may reduce the fee.

This is a great ride!

Mike Knake

Thursday, May 29, 2014

is theBig Hill Challenge scary, well then,,Volunteers needed June 14th

Nashville Kid's Triathlon, Location: Centennial Park
Date: Saturday, June 14th, Time: 6am-Noon
  • Need: 6-8 FOGBEE's on bikes to ride the course continuosly to help keep kids safe. Need many more Volunteers to stand at various spots on the bike and/or run course to cheer, encourage and keep the kids moving along.
  • Perks: Volunteer T-shirt, snack bag and lots of warm fuzzies.
  • Register to Volunteer here:
Be sure to type: FOGBEE in the groups field when you register.
Charlene Alcorn, National Volunteer Coordinator
Kid's Triathlon, Inc.

Smoky Mountain Wheelman Century

I found this ride online earlier in the year. It is in East Tennessee around the time the Fall colors will be pretty. I want to do the century route. Last year while riding the Dancing Bear ride in April, some of us met some locals at the bike shop in Maryville. While home recently, I asked about this ride and it was highly recommended. I'm not aware of any local rides the weekend of October 11 and would love to have some fellow Fogbees join in for this one. Check it out!

Friday, May 23, 2014

The Right Clothes for your First Century

DTI, our most aged veteran competitive bicyclist, wants to be sure newbees were dressed properly for this weekend's Clarksville Century.  One small note contrary to the video, however, the chamois is not a substitute for "Depends."

Pilot Safety Program on Natchez Trace

The Natchez Trace Parkway Association is working with Adventure Cycling Association and NPS to develop a pilot  cycling safety program for national parks (that will also have carryover benefits for urban areas).  One of the first two test sites will be between Leiper's Fork and Nashville.   The second will be in Tupelo.   ACA signed an agreement with NPS to become its cycling partner for national parks, and they selected the parkway for the first pilot program.  We are hopeful that this program will direct a lot of resources and attention to cycling on the parkway, in addition to developing programs to make cycling safer everywhere.   One idea is to develop a sharrows ("Bikes may use entire lanes")  to improve awareness and then to test the effectiveness.  Focus group sessions will be developed as part of this pilot program for cyclists and motorists to provide feedback and help find some solutions.     If successful, the work we put into this program here in Tennessee as well as Mississippi and Alabama will help save cyclists' lives across the country in both park and non-park settings.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


WOW-what a great responses!  We received 100 orders for jerseys.  We placed the order to LG today.   We have sent our art work in to them. They will input it into their system and send us back rendering along with cloth samples with our selected colors on them for us to review.  Once we approve the final art work, they will start production.   Hopefully production will start in 2 weeks. We should have jerseys sometime in the first half of July.

Will keep you posted on the blog.

Thanks for all your support,

Mike, Dave, Gary and Doug

Great Response from the City

We often hear how slow the City responds to requests.  I would like to share a recent exchange between Miley and the City that's worth acknowledging.  He was concerned about blockage of the shoulder that we use for bike travel.

From: david miley: 5/21/14 Subject: RE: Shoulder Obstruction on West Main Street
Wow. That was fast. Thank you very much for the quick response and having the changes made so quickly.

David, We are working with Speedway’s engineer to get all  concerns addressed before Speedway can open. We will look into your concern about the curb, also. Thank you for bring it to our attention.
Sincerely, Jerry Horton

From: david miley: 5/15/14 To: City Staff Cc: Tom Evans; David Hardin; Bruce Day
Subject: Re: Shoulder Obstruction on West Main Street
I later noticed a second area at the site , closer to the Rockland intersection, where the shoulder has been removed and replaced by a curb defining an entrance lane to the site. Photo attached.

Friday, May 16, 2014


We have had a great response to the new FOGBEE jersey design.  Orders are now up to 94. Orders have far exceeded our expectations.  We greatly appreciate the support that we have received. 

We will be at Sam's following the ride on Saturday for those that still need to make payment for their jersey. We hope to finish our ride by 12:00.  Byron Smith and I will be there to receive your payment.

RAIN OR SHINE, RIDE OR NOT,  WE WILL BE AT SAM'S ON SATURDAY in order for you to make payment for the jerseys. If ride is canceled, we will be there at 11:00.   You can write checks out to Mike Knake.

If you can't make it for some reason on Saturday, text me at 615-714-3947 and we can make alternate arrangements.  We plan on sending the order in on Monday. So, we need to wrap this up by Sunday.
Thanks for all your support for the new jersey design.

See you on the road,

Mike, Doug, Dave and Gary

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

US-31 E / W. Main St. Shoulder Obstruction

Once again, a new convenience store has obstructed the shoulder on Main Street. This time at West Main and Rockland. The raised-curb fixture comes all the way out to the traffic lane. I'm contacting the City to voice my objection and ask if this complies with codes and regulations and was approved. Does anyone know if this is a violation?

Adventure Cycling Association Meeting with Jim Sayers

If you want to attend the FREE Adventure Cycling meeting on May 15'th at the OASIS Bike Workshop, please send your RSVP to Beth Petersen no later than today (May 13).

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Fogbee Spirit at Vol. State Cycling Classic makes the news...

May Newsletter

. . On Sunday 5/11/14, we issued the May Newsletter.  If you didn't receive a copy, you can view it by clicking here.  In it we have included a link to the YouTube version of our 2014 Spring Ride.  This almost silent version will be used as the backdrop for the Adventure Cycling Meeting at the Oasis Bike Workshop this Thursday. 
. . It's not too late to register to attend this FREE meeting with Jim Sayers, Executive Director of ACA.  Click Here for more details.

Saturday, May 10, 2014


We have had a great response to the new jersey design with 69 jerseys ordered so far.  To get a new order will take 24 Jerseys minimum and you will miss out on volume pricing.  Forget the Regret and Order now!

We will have the fit kits at Sams Sports Bar TODAY Saturday at NOON for anyone still interested in placing an order.

TODAY  will be the last day to place orders!!

Next week, we will contact LG to determine what the final cost of the jerseys will be.  Once we have determined the cost, we will post a comment to the blog and will immediately need to collect everyones money before we  can place the order.

Keep an eye on the blog.

We a greatly appreciate your response to jerseys,

Mike, Doug, Gary and Dave