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Cycle Memphis 2.0 – tonight!

People.  I mentioned this in my post yesterday, but the Cycle Memphis 2.0 group ride is tonight.  Here’s a link to their facebook page for the event.  What I forgot to post was a link to the route for tonight’s ride – here it is – and a link to a flickr photo set from the first Cycle Memphis ride.

I hope it’s not too obscenely hot tonight, but one way or the other, I will be there.  Hope to see you all there as well.

Yesterday’s ride

I’ve written before about how much I enjoy summers as an academic – while my work load right now is rather high, I appreciate the freedom to work from if I choose to.  But I do have to go to campus at least once a week for meetings or to run an errand, as was the case yesterday.

I left home around 11:30 AM – not quite the hottest part of the day, but a time well past morning’s relative cool.  I’m pleased to report that the heat wasn’t really that bad.  I must be getting used to the heat, because it was 94ºF when I arrived at work and I wasn’t that uncomfortable on my ride.  That’s one aspect of summer biking that I think many people fail to consider: as long as you are moving, you have a 10-15 M.P.H. breeze washing over you, cooling you down and drying your sweat.  It’s only when you stop, either at a traffic signal or upon arriving at your final destination, that the sweat begins to jet out of you like a lawn sprinkler.  Was that a good visual?  I hope so.

Anyway, here’s a screenshot from my iPhone as proof of the heat.

Hot

And what a lovely forecast we have to look forward to.  I loves me some Memphis, but summers here are rough.

So after my afternoon meeting I biked home.  Again, it was hot, but not that bad.  I then took my second shower of the day and headed to Boscos for some relaxation.

(Note to the interested reader: I am almost always at Boscos on Thursday evenings.  My academic and non-academic buddies and I usually congregate there for beers and such for most of the evening.  Feel free to stop by and say hi if you’re in the neighborhood – I’ll be the guy with the most awesome helmet you’ve ever seen.)

I left Boscos around 10:30 AM and biked home.  I decided to take the long way, west on Madison, then south on McLean to Young Avenue.  By that time in evening, the weather was quite pleasant and my ride was very enjoyable.

MotionX GPS tells me that I biked 10.8 miles that day, but I forgot to reactivate it when I left Boscos, so between there and McLean my mileage was not being recorded.  So we’ll round up and say that I biked 11 miles yesterday.  Not too shabby for just getting around town.

Here’s a screenshot of my ride.

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And here’s that clickable link I know you love.

I’m a bit behind in my blogging so you can expect an extra-long weekend wrap-up this Sunday.  Also, I am ridiculously excited about Saturday’s Cycle Memphis group ride.  I hate that I missed the first installment of what will hopefully become a very regular event – I love biking around downtown at night – but this week’s ride should be just as fun.  Hats off to the organizers, Jason, Adam, and Matthew.  I hope to meet you all at the ride.  I’ll be the guy in the … well, you know.

Alright Memphians, I gotta run and get ready for a meeting.  It’s raining right now, so hopefully the temp outside has dropped a bit.  Be safe out there and I’ll see you around.

(Slightly Delayed) Weekend Wrap-Up

Lately I find myself wanting to start every new blog entry by remarking how busy I’ve been this week, by way of explaining why I haven’t posted much recently.  In reality, I just haven’t been biking much lately.  My summer course ended the week before last, and other than a few errands here and there, I haven’t been on the old Gary Fisher much.  I guess that’s what happens when one is primarily a bike commuter; no commuting = no biking.

But I am really excited about what the guys over at Cycle Memphis are doing.  I know I’ve blogged about this before, but I’m really happy to see other Memphis cyclists organize events and generally promote the cause of biking in our fair city.  I missed the first Cycle Memphis group ride, but I will most definitely be at the next one, scheduled for Saturday, 6 August, at 8:00 PM. The meeting place is the gazebo at the intersection of Cooper and Young.  I really hope that even more people attend this event; apparently over 60 cyclists participated in the first ride.

In a recent blog post I wrote about this article and rightly took the author to task, as many other writers have.  In all fairness, here is a link to his response.  And another response from him. Overall, he does raise some interesting points in his responses, but I must to his defining biking advocacy as purely an interest-group driven activity.  Wanting to get from home to work (or anywhere else) is not specific to cyclists.  Everyone wants that.

For another perspective on this discussion, have a look here.

In more local news, it looks like the Greenline could actually get a proper link to Overton Park and Midtown.  I missed the meeting where this was discussed, but I’m really excited about it. Read more here.

Also, I’m happy to report that Memphis has been selected as one of six cities for a pilot project called “Strong Cities, Strong Communities.”  I don’t know what this could mean for biking in Memphis, but it’s good news nonetheless.

And, local bike shop Midtown Bikes posted this article about bike commuting.  I’m really glad to see more Memphis people writing about cycling as a means of transportation.

Did you ever wonder if you could wear a skirt and still comfortably ride a bike?  Have a look here for an answer.

Unfortunately, some people in Congress are not so friendly toward cycling.  Please take a moment and contact your local legislator about this issue.

That’s all I have for now.  I’m planning to bike to work at least three days this week, plus to the meeting about Madison Avenue on Wednesday.  Hope to see you all biking in Memphis.

Cycle Memphis Group Ride!!!

Cycle Memphis is sponsoring its first group ride this Saturday, 2 July, beginning at 8:00 PM.  The meeting place is the gazebo at the corner of Cooper and Young.  The ride will be moderately paced and good for beginners.  Read more about it here.

I really hate that I’m going to miss it but I need to spend some time at home with the fam that night.  But next month I am totally there.