Texas Bicycling News Update October 23rd

Dealer Tour: Austin retailers seek niches in increasingly saturated market

by Val Vanderpool        www.bicycleretailer.com

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — Take away the perpetually sunny skies, year-round mild temps and the ever-present Southern hospitality, and it might be easy to mistake Austin for Portland, Oregon.
Striking similarities between the two cities include: a booming population of under a million, hip food trucks and new restaurants emerging on nearly every corner, a vibrant cycling culture that spans all disciplines, a large green space accessible from town, numerous bridges that connect the downtown with other parts of the city, a growing cycling infrastructure, a vibe that makes you want to stay awhile — and above all, the two cities are siblings in weirdness, with Portland having adopted and adapted the “Keep Austin Weird” slogan for its own use.
And the parallels don’t end there. Like Portland, Austin’s bicycle retail market is saturated, with anywhere from 50 to 60 bike shops and…

Trail Work Party At Cypresswood (Collins Park)


Event category: General
Trail: Cypresswood (Collins Park)
Saturday, October 25, 2014 – 8:30am
Cleaning up Cypresswood trails , from Collins park to the Cypresswood bridge, meeting Collins park 8:30 am Saturday Oct 25th

Cyclesomatic | Boo-Bike-Que, October 29th, 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Bike Friendly Oak Cliff

OCBC’s annual Halloween mountain bike ride is a fun, social outing for anyone interested in gettin’ some dirt and having fun!  This is a…

Keepin’ it weird in Austin

by Stephen Frothingham        www.bicycleretailer.com

The bike market in Austin has many similarities to Portland”s.
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Sounding Off: East Dallas readers discuss funding for bike-lane maintenance


RAISE YOUR VOICE: Share your own opinion online at dallasnews.com/sendletters. Sign up for Sounding Off or submit a guest column (and include your full name and contact information) by visiting dallasnews.com/voices.
Dallas’ city streets department devotes $500,000 a year to on-street biking improvements. But the money is usually spent on creating new lanes, not operations and maintenance. Is there a need for more money to be devoted to bike lanes? Are there improvements needed for lanes you see or use?
Mary Weir, White Rock: I am all for doing anything that helps bikers ride around Dallas safely. One of the improvements that needs attention is Winsted Drive, a…

Wednesday Walnut Creek Social – NEW TIME 7:00pm

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014, 7:00 PM

Location details are available to members only.

2 Mountain Bikers Attending

We will be meeting at 6:45 pm to air up, tune and hit the Walnut Creek trail wheels down at 7:00 pm for a 10 to 12 mile circuit, this will be an Advanced Beginner ride for folks who want to ride Walnut at a group pace and we will do a varying loop of the trails.HELMETS AND LIGHTS ARE REQUIRED, NO HELMET NO LIGHTS NO RIDE!Here is a suggestion of a…

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Webberville Cross Race – Saturday, October 18, 2014

Violet Crown

This year’s Webberville Cyclocross Race was the ninth Violet Crown ‘cross race at Webberville and the largest, at 342 entries, bigger than last season’s State Championships held at Webberville last January. Thanks to the twenty five-plus club members who volunteered to set up and work the event. We also got great help from our major sponsor Mellow Johnny’s in the form of prizes and race infrastructure. Other contributors to the over $3,000 prizelist were Brad Houston Law, Dawson-Lipul Builders, Rol Wheel Works, Hops and Grain Brewing and Linda Craig Massage.
The course was a shorter variation of the usual course, taking out an asphalt section and adding a log run-up, to provide a little something for all types of ‘cross rider, hopefully. Unfortunately there…

Race Preview – Cross Houston – 10.25-26.14

by joeyTWOwheels        texascx.com

Back to the Velodrome!
Very excited to have this course on the #TXCX schedule. It’s straight out of Paris Roubaix, or in cross circles, Alpenrose in Portland.
If you’re looking for some past previews of the course, you know where to go. But for 2014, here’s what Race Director Frank Karbarz has to say about Cross Houston.
Tell me about the venue – what’s the best feature?
The velodrome has a lot of terrain change and is a hidden gem and you would not expect it to deliver a cross course. But Portland and Seattle run cross races every year at their velodromes. There’s even…

Saturday November 22nd Exxon to 211 Ride

Hill Country Bicycle Touring Club

Saturday, November 21st: Ride starts at 8:00  We will meet at the Exxon Station on FM 471 and travel down 471 to FM 211 (hilly) and then continue on to Rio Medina via FM 471 (flat) and then back to the Exxon station for a total of 34 miles.  Those wishing a longer 45 mile ride can ride all the way to Castroville.  Those wanting a shorter 18 mile ride can return to the Exxon Station instead of going onto…

Please Be Kind to Cyclists, Davis Phinney Foundation fund-raisers set for November

By Pam LeBlanc        fitness.blog.austin360.com

Two fund-raisers for really good causes are coming up in November …
* Don a costume (or don’t) and head to the Please Be Kind To Cyclists 2014 Masquerade Social Soiree, set for 7-10 p.m. Nov. 8 at the 410 Speedshop, 410 Pressler Street. The event celebrates Austin’s biking community, and honors those who have been injured or killed while cycling. It also raises funds used for educational programs, to help injured cyclists and their families, and to support public campaigns such as the Safe Passing initiative. The event, sponsored by Pure Austin Fitness, will include live music, food, drinks, dancing, a raffle and a silent auction. (A couple of years ago I bid on – and won! – a cool baby blue beach cruiser at the event.) Masks provided at the door. Tickets are $60 for members, $75 for non-members and $500 for a table for eight. For more information go to http://www.bekindtocyclists.org/2014-fundraiser.html.
* “Gear Up for Victory: A Freewheeling Gala Benefiting People With…

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Texas Bicycling News Digest October 22rd

BRAIN Dealer Tour plies Austin’s prime paths

by Toby Hill        www.bicycleretailer.com

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — Rolling on pink-accented tires provided by sponsor Hutchinson and attired in Sockguy socks bearing slogans like “Save the Ta Tas” and “Cancer Sucks” in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, BRAIN’s Austin Dealer Tour kicked off Tuesday sampling some of the Texas capital’s growing network of premier cycling infrastructure en route to four shops, including multisport specialist Jack & Adam’s Bicycles and multi-store powerhouse Bicycle Sport Shop.
Robin Stallings, executive director of advocacy group Bike Texas, led a crew of about 20 riders on a mix of paved, dirt and gravel paths and…

Spinlister Speeds to Austin to Increase Bike Availability for Residents and Tourists, Unlocking Support and a New Revenue Stream for Austin’s Cycling Community


Spinlister, the global bike share service, is putting roots in Austin, Texas, and investing in growing local peer-to-peer bike rentals. More than 150 bikes are already listed in Austin, and the company aims to have more than 1,500 bikes actively listed by March of 2015, just in time for the influx of SXSW show attendees from all over the world. Spinlister will be participating in local events and actively encouraging Austin residents and businesses to list their bikes and stand-up paddleboards (SUP) for rent as a great way to make extra money and meet other cyclists.
As Austin’s population and popularity as a travel destination continues to grow, the demand for transportation and accommodations has increased as well. There are 1.9 million residents in Austin’s metropolitan area and with more…

Biking across U.S. at 70

by Crystal Nguyen, Staff Writer        www.coastreportonline.com

Still fit and instilled with a strong sense of wanderlust at the age of 70, Mick Donoff is the epitome of someone who knows how to live life to the fullest while positively impacting everyone he encounters along the way.
“I’ve lived long enough to see many people including friends and family diagnosed with cancer,” Donoff said. “I realized that I’ve been very blessed to live the number of years I have.”
So for his 70th birthday he rode his bike 3,059 miles from Laguna Beach to St. Augustine, Fla. under the team name Ride America 4 Cancer and for the research organization Stand Up 2 Cancer. He…

Officials hope downtown bike lane opens by end of year

By Dug Begley        www.houstonchronicle.com

Conversion of a traffic lane on Lamar into Houston’s main bike route through downtown has been delayed as officials finalize plans and wait for in-demand humps known as “armadillos” to arrive.
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Biking to City Hall with the City Council


Five members of the Dallas City Council led a bike ride from Main Street Garden to Dallas City Hall this morning to highlight the city’s commitment to continuing construction of bike paths and bike lanes throughout the city.
Plans call for more than 1,000 miles of lanes and paths for bikes, with about 35 miles of that is currently under construction. Money has already been approved to extend the Trinity Strand Trail into Oak Lawn from Infomart to the Medical District.
More than 50 people rode with…

Getting to #ATXBikeFest


Roll up to the Austin BikeFest hassle-free on October 25! Don’t want to drive? No problem!
Bike: We can’t have a BikeFest without bikes! We’ll have bike parking available after the ride if you need a place to park while you enjoy the food trucks and festivities. Don’t forget your lock! Bike valet will also be provided. Remember– the Southern Walnut Creek Trail will be open and available for riding all the way to Govalle Park.
B-cycle: There will be a pop-up B-cycle station at…

We Wave initiative promotes safety for bicyclists, motorists

By Pam LeBlanc            fitness.blog.austin360.com

Maybe a friendly wave can help.
Police Chief Art Acevedo will unveil a new initiative today that aims to improve safety of cyclists and motorists on Austin streets.
The idea? A friendly wave makes bicyclists and motorists more aware of each other, and fosters cooperation and camaraderie between the two groups.
That’s a big challenge. I get regular emails from motorists frustrated by cyclists’ behavior, and vice versa.
The truth is, there are good bicyclists and not-so-good bicyclists, just as there are good motorists and not-so-good motorists.  We all need to look out for one another as we…

Webberville Cyclocross Race, Saturday, October 18, 2014

Violet Crown

Here are photos from Saturday’s Webberville Cyclocross Race. You can find the results on the txbra.org site here. Photos provided by Rusty Brooks. You can see more of his cycling photos here, or learn more about Rusty on his Facebook page here. Use of the photos in this photo galIery are restricted to this site.

Trail Maintenance

San Angelo Bicycle Association

8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: SA State Park South
Join the volunteer crew to do trail maintenance on the second Saturday of every month. Meet at the South Shore Entrance at the San Angelo State Park.

Pedernales Falls State Park Trail Build & Ride

Sunday, Nov 9, 2014, 9:00 AM

Pedernales Falls State Park
2585 Park Road 6026 Johnson City, TX

2 Mountain Bikers Attending

Pedernales Falls State Park TRAIL BUILDING DayHELP GET THE TRAIL READY FOR CRANKSGIVING!  Flat Creek Crossing & Pedernales Falls State Park trails will both be part of the 2014 Cranksgiving!Also thinking of making this or the build day on November 22 into a full weekend build/ride/campout.  Let me know if you are interested and which weekend work…

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Almost Momentary Muscle Failure

It was a struggle to ride on FM1960 east from Huffman. The wind was trying to push me back to Huffman and my legs were about to let it happen. Building up to that point every direction I rode seemed to be into the wind. On FM1960 the trees were in the distance just before my turning point at Huffman – Eastgate Road. As I was trying to get there my legs approached momentary muscle failure. My speed starting to drop below 15 mph then 14 and a couple of times when I glanced at the Edge 510 I saw 13 mph. Crossing the west bound lane of FM1960 onto Huffman – Eastgate I stopped to give my legs a rest and to take a drink.

On Huffman – Eastgate the wind was finally not in my face. The legs regained some power and I was able to ride around 20 mph. The planned stop at the Huffman Chevron was not far and I looked forward to sitting and resting before riding the 11 miles home.

I don’t ride this often (5 times out of 176 rides this year) but it is on good roads. Huffman – Eastgate used to have some big cracks in the asphalt from the heat and the pavement wanting slide into the ditch. Last year, maybe, it was re-surfaced and the cracks are few. Someday I want to ride FM1960 all the way east to Dayton but there is a section of chip’n seal from the Liberty County line to the railroad overpass. It’s about 2 miles long but I don’t relish it. On the other side of the overpass FM1960 is smooth asphalt.

Today I biked 35.15 miles averaging 15.6 mph. It took almost 16 miles to get my average speed to 15 mph thanks to the wind. I didn’t really get it above there until riding on Huffman – Eastgate. Once I was there I built it up to 15.5 mph when I stopped at the Chevron. After a 20 minute break I headed home and added to my average speed. The peak was at 31.8 miles at 15.8 mph. By then I was stopping and starting in Kingwood.

Another day of fabulous biking weather: scattered clouds, 80 degrees. The wind was from the east at 10 mph with 16 mph gusts. The gusts are what got to me on FM1960 where the cover is not thick enough to slow it down.

Some numbers:

  • 576.89 miles for the month
  • 103.73 miles this week
  • 6108 miles for the year
  • 16 biking days out of 22 this month (retirement helps)

I may not bike tomorrow but the weather is supposed to continue like today.

RideWithGPS and Garmin Connect metrics, charts and maps.

Texas Bicycling News Digest October 21st

Cyclocross in Austin

by Clair Melton        outdooraustin.com

A  zigzagging course is taped off in a local park. Pop-up canopies displaying the names of bike shops and teams and brands are clustered in one area, and–even though it’s mid-morning–some folks are drinking beer. Spectators of all ages are scattered along the course, with a large crowd up under the trees and canopies, seeking shade on another hot Austin day. An announcer says something about a “pineapple hand-up,” compliments a racer on a less-than-smooth negotiation of a pair of barriers, thanks a local bike shop for their contribution to the event, and reminds those in attendance that the “Under 10? race is coming up. The sense of camaraderie is palpable. And in…

New Houston area member with an etiquette question

by mac_encheeze        forums.mtbr.com

I was watching some videos on youtube that were taken at The Anthills and Memorial park area, and in the ones that didn’t have music in them, I noticed that the person would every once in a while yell out “Rider!”. It seemed like they would do it around blind corners mostly, but I wouldn’t see anyone. So I figured maybe they were just doing it as a precaution.
So just exactly as to when should you announce yourself? For right now I plan on riding the Armand Bayou park trails since I live in Pasadena, but do… (several replies)

St. Mary’s plans Boo Bash bike helmet giveaway


University receives grant to promote safety to children, students
The St. Mary’s University Student Health Center and Office of Residence Life want to help ensure the well-being of children and students by giving away bicycle helmets.
Through a grant from the Texas Medical Association and the Texas Academy of Family Practice, the “Rattlers Have Heart” organization will distribute and properly size 150 helmets to children at Boo Bash on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 6-9 p.m.
Boo Bash is an evening for local children and their families to trick-or-treat on campus and participate in other Halloween festivities. The 27th annual event, for children age 14 and under with…

Dero Dream Bike Room Contest: BikeTexas and Green Building Alliance are Both Winners


Dero is proud to support the dream bike rooms of two nonprofits: BikeTexas opts for an outdoor “bike room” for events around the State of Texas, while Green Building Alliance will renovate its indoor bike room at its Pittsburgh office.

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Dero is proud to support the dream bike rooms of two nonprofits: BikeTexas opts for an outdoor “bike room” for events around the State of Texas, while Green Building Alliance (GBA) will create its indoor bike room at its Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania office.
Earlier this year, BikeTexas and GBA entered the Dero Dream Bike Room Pinterest contest to win $7,500 in Dero products, plus $1,000 to decorate the winner’s dream bike room. In May 2014, BikeTexas was declared the winner via public online voting. While working on layouts and logistics, Dero and BikeTexas realized that an indoor bike room would not meet this bicycle advocacy organization’s needs. BikeTexas envisioned an outdoor “bike room” that would support its many events. Dero generously donated Dero Event Racks to BikeTexas, which will…

Lost Pines Mountain Biking Tour

Saturday, Oct 25, 2014, 9:00 AM

Bastrop State Park
100 Park Road 1A Bastrop, TX

7 Mountain Bikers Attending

Take a guided mountain biking tour in an area of Bastrop State Park that is normally closed to the public. On this moderate five-mile ride, see a historic town site and learn about the history of the park.Bring your own mountain bike – hybrid bikes are not recommended. Helmets and some experience with off-road biking required. This is not a techni…

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Fitness profile: Former college athlete still runs, bikes and swims

By LESLIE BARKER        www.dallasnews.com

Chauncey Deller, 29, swam four years in high school, started doing triathlons, and joined the track and cross country teams at the University of Texas at Tyler.
“I love the rhythm of sports,” says Chauncey, who lives in Dallas and works in recreation management. “When everything is in sync, there is no greater feeling. I don’t wear headphones because I would rather hear my breathing and be present in the action with my thoughts.”
Typical week of workouts: …

Behold, the Electric Cheeto!

By Pam LeBlanc        fitness.blog.austin360.com

You might recognize the bike, which we’ve long called The Cheeto. For the last six or seven years I’ve been pedaling it all over Austin. My husband Chris built it up from parts, and it’s served me well in getting me to work and home most days.
But now that my husband has converted it to an electric bike, it’s a lot easier riding up hills.
I blame Rocket Electrics, an Austin bike shop that sells purpose-built electric bikes. After years of scoffing at people who rode e-bikes, this summer I borrowed a very fancy electric one from the shop. I immediately fell in love.
Suddenly I could zip home without breaking a sweat (or a bad sweat) on an August afternoon, but I…

We’re in A Bike Racing Drought

by Bill Cullens        Team San Angelo

If you live in the San Angelo area and want to compete in cycling races, be prepared to travel out of town to find events.
Our city is experiencing a severe drought as relates to road and mountain bike racing.
With the exception of the upcoming 6-Hour Dinosaur mountain bike event and the small time trials put on by the local cycling club, there hasn’t been an organized road or mountain bike race in San Angelo since the Red Bluff Mountain Bike Challenge took place in October of 2009.
It wasn’t always this way.  During the 80s, 90s and as recently as the mid 2000s San Angelo was a hotspot for bicycle racing.
Our community hosted the Texas road cycling state championship event twice (1997 and 1998) with bike racers from…

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