Sickness, Fixed Bike, Short Recovery Bike Ride

I am finally back riding today. The last ride was Monday. After that ride I dropped the Stradalli off at the local bike shop, Bike Werks, to fix a clicking bottom bracket. Tuesday my wife and I went to Galveston for a day trip and relaxation. It rained most of the time we were there but it was enjoyable. On the way back I started sneezing and not feeling good and by the time we got home my sinus and head were in bad shape. This kinda worked out okay because the bike was still in the shop. Wednesday the bike shop called to give me the run down on what was wrong: bottom bracket bearing on the drive side needed to be replaced, head set was loose, rear brake loose, rear axle loose and the shifting needed adjustment. The bearings would take a day to get and since I was sick the timing was good. Thursday I was still sick. The bike shop called in the evening to tel the work was done but I didn’t feel good enough to drive there and said I would pick it up on Friday. Friday after watching some bike races I drove to the shop and picked the Stradalli. The cost was a very reasonable $64.94. Loaded the bike into the Wrangler and headed home.

Today I was feeling much better with the sinus almost back to normal. I watched bike races and then got ready to ride a shorter route, “Oakhurst – Valley Ranch”. I left home at 12:22 but as I rolled out the driveway and started to pedal I heard the chain rubbing the inside of the front derailleur. Not good. I planned on riding to Atascocita and Walden but I changed that plan to ride to Bike Werks to fix the rubbing. When I got there the store person said the person who worked on my bike wasn’t there today and he wanted me to leave the bike. Since I rode it there I didn’t have a way home and didn’t want to leave it and miss riding. After some talking he agreed to look at it. He took it back into the shop area and worked on it. He thought he had fixed it adjusting the cable tension and maybe the inside limit screw. I looked at and it didn’t appear to be fixed. I told him if it still rubbed I would fix but when I went outside it didn’t rub at all. I was wrong and I should have went back inside to apologize but I was in a hurry.

The bike performed great and I pedaled easily without the clicking or the rub. I could tell the difference with bike handling and ride with the tight headset, rear brake, shifting and rear axle. I don’t know if it was the fixed bike or my days off but I was able to ride smoother and faster.

I only stopped at the Valley Ranch Texaco for some ice and water. The wind was not a problem and I set a strong pace on the south bound I-69/US59 service road to Northpark Drive where I made a u-turn to ride into Kingwood through Woodridge Forest. I finished the ride at 2:20.

It is a good thing I reached my July goal before I got sick. Today’s ride added to my overage. I biked 818 miles versus the 765 mile goal.

Home weather at the start and finish

Texas Bicycling News July 29th 2016

Barton Creek bike bridges on the cusp of opening

By Ben Wear

The Barton Creek bike bridges project, a decade in the making and an unprecedented commitment to cycling in Austin, will open in stages between now and the end of the year.
The northern end of the project, which includes surface trails on each side of Loop 360 at South MoPac Boulevard and two short bridges over Loop 360, could open informally within a week after workers put up temporary chain-link fences for safety, said Chad Crager, the city of Austinӳ division manager over urban trails. By October, after permanent railings are in place, that $3 million northern piece will be fully open. …

Cyclists ride in Andy HeinesҠhonor

By Fares Sabawi

The Corpus Christi Cycling Club paid tribute Thursday to Andy Heines the best way they could נwith a bike ride in his honor.
Dozens of cyclists gathered at Dorothy Adkins Middle School to have a ride of silence for Heines, who was fatally struck July 20 by a vehicle while riding his bike at Paul Jones Avenue and South Padre Island Drive. …

Thursday Morning Cruise

Thursday, Aug 4, 2016, 7:15 AM

7049 S Desert (Outlet Mall) Canutillo, TX

1 Cyclists Attending

Meet at 7:15 am at Starbucks at the Outlet Mall in Canutillo. Ride out at 7:30. 20-25 miles at 14-16 mph avg pace. Mostly flat, a few hills. Breakfast someplace after the ride. Bob Clark,[masked]

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Super Clinic III

Saturday, Oct 1, 2016, 8:00 AM

River Legacy Park
703 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd Arlington, TX

31 Members Attending

12+ beginner and intermediate level mountain bike clinics in one day.Volunteers NEEDED to help me pull this off smoothly. Please step up. This is the most fun way to “give back” to the mountain biking community. A clinic schedule will be posted by September 1st.

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San Antonio Military Cycling Camp

26 – 28 October 09:00 – 16:00
Adaptive Adventures, Operation Comfort, and Ride2Recovery are partnering with the VA and WTB to provided a 3-day cycling camp for wounded, ill, and injuried service members and veterans. Our workshops will provide instruction, supervision, cycling equipment, and …

Texas retailer Chad Plumlee opens third store, Giant Lakeside, in DFW area

by BRAIN Staff

FLOWER MOUND, Texas (BRAIN) נLongtime Texas retailer Chad Plumlee has opened his third store, called Giant Lakeside. The new location will serve the market around the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including the communities of Flower Mound, Grapevine, and Coppell.
The 3,500-square foot location carries Giant, Liv, and Momentum brands exclusively.
Plumlee opened his first business, Cadence Cyclery, in McKinney, Texas, in 2011. Three years later, he opened a second Cadency Cyclery location …

Brownsville wins competitive federal grant for buses, bike lane

By Dug Begley

Better buses and an innovative bike lane are coming to Brownsville, which was the only winner in Texas of a highly competitive transportation grant program that federal officials announced Friday.
The proposal by the city of Brownsville means $10 million of the $23.8 million project will come from federal coffers. The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program, managed by the U.S. Department of Transportation, awards federal dollars for projects across the country, spanning road, transit, freight rail, bicycle and maritime improvements. …

2 riding in Bangs bike race to honor fallen Texas officers

By: Joshua Peguero

BROWNWOOD, Texas – Karesa and Hillary Keesee haven’t picked up a bicycle since they were kids, but they will participate Saturday in a race to honor fallen Texas law enforcement officers
That includes their father — Department of Public Safety Trooper Sgt. Karl Keesee — who died in 2015 when his patrol vehicle hit a guardrail in Mills County.
The two are riding in the inaugural H.O.T. Cyclists 100k happening in Bangs. They purchased …

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Veteran Cycling Across Texas for a Good Cause

By Laura Zamarron

ODESSA- A veteran is cycling across Texas in the name of freedom. George Aranda is riding to bring awareness to the topic of human trafficking.
He’s part of a group called “21 Freedom ChasersԮ
He’s also raising money for the freedom walk that takes place in San Antonio. …

Funeral mass & silent ride for hit-and-run victim.

Avid cyclists from around Corpus Christi will gather Thursday for a silent ride in honor of Andy Heines.
Andy Heines, former AEP Texas Communications Director passed away last week after being struck by a vehicle while riding his bike on Paul Jones Ave. …

SwAus- Southwest Cycle Sport Saturday Mountain Bike Ride

August 13, 2016
Saturday 9:00 AM (on various days)
Southwest Cycle Sport
11805 Bee Cave Road
Austin, Texas 78733
This Southwest Cycle Sport sponsored mountain bike ride leaves from the shop and is a 10-12 mile ride at a moderate pace.
For more info, call (512) 263-5107 or visit …

Tour de Southern Walnut Creek Trail

Tuesday, Aug 2, 2016, 8:00 AM

Govalle Park
5200 Bolm Rd. Austin, TX

1 Austin Cyclists Attending

Start Time is 8 AM!A D-pace ride (roughly 11 to 14 mph) on The Southern Walnut Creek Trail from the trailhead at Govalle Park up to the Abrupt End at Lindell Lane just north of Decker Lake.  Round trip is about 20 miles.  The trail is paved for the entire distance,with a 1/2 mile hill on the outbound.  We’ll regroup periodically on the outbound an…

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Adventure 1

By Jazael Martinez

Day 79: No Way But The Long Way
Friday June 24, 2016, 95 km (59 miles) – Total so far: 3,286 km (2,042 miles)
On the morning of the 24th I checked and double checked my things before departing. I said my farewells, then I began to ride.
I didn’t make it very far before some noise of my chain forced me to stop. Something was wrong! I had just put a new chain on, it shouldn’t have anything wrong with it. I realized that the reason it was so noisy was that I routed it incorrectly (it was over one of the metal derailleur tabs, instead of under it). At first glance it didn’t look wrong but it was, and I had to ride back to my friend’s house and borrow some pliers to fix it.
I had to say my farewells again! It reminded me of my farewells in Matamoros! Was I going to keep having false starts, and repeated goodbyes? …

Houston police officer hit bicyclist with cruiser early Monday morning

Will Axford

A bicyclist was hit by a Houston Police Department vehicle early Monday morning.
According to HPD spokesman Victor Senties, the accident happened at Montrose and West Alabama at approximately 4:15 a.m.
Senties said the bicyclist sustained a minor injury on his right leg and refused treatment.
The website About News claims the officer hit the bicyclist after the cruiser ran through a red light. The website obtained surveillance footage of the accident. …

About to ride!

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Fajar Hassan: City of Bicycles

Fajar Hassan, 22, Intern at BikeHouston
You might have met him on the road, in bike shops, and at events in the past couple months. The BikeHouston Summer Intern goes by the nickname Fudge and has been all over town to talk to other people on bikes about BikeHoustonӳ mission.
Besides his study of Media Production and Graphic Communications at the University of Houston, Fajar also works at Bay Area Cycling (Bicycle Shop). ԉ heard about the BikeHouston job from Nabiha Hossain, a teammate of mine from the University of Houston Cycling and Triathlon team and a former BikeHouston intern, told me about the ExxonMobil internship program. …

Raspados, Bike Trails and Bike Bucks

When does opening a new snow cone shop constitute a leading economic indicator? Well, more precisely, a raspado shop, offering traditional Mexican shaved ice treats. And smoothies, too. What makes this grand opening notable? It is the first bike-thru shop on the new White Oak Bayou Hike and Bike trails, the first business in a shopping center turning its face toward the bayou trails.
Three weeks ago the Houston Chronicle wrote about the emerging multi-use trails and cycling lanes along Houstonӳ streets and bayous in an editorial entitled Ԃike Bucks.ԠԈouston can …

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Taking care APD bicycle fleet. @tsunamicycles #bikeshop #thankful

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Bicycle thief points gun at Fort Worth Wal-Mart employee, then pedals away

By Elizabeth Djinis

Police are looking for a man who stole a bicycle from a Fort Worth Wal-Mart at gunpoint last month, police say.
The man entered the store at 2245 Jacksboro Highway around 4:30 p.m. June 20, and a loss-prevention employee recognized him as a repeat shoplifter, police said.
The employee watched on the store’s cameras as the man grabbed a bicycle and rode it past the store’s garden center. …

How to Choose the Right Bike for Your Child

Megan Wilson

There is one step you need to take to build a bicyclist that strong and confidence from toddler to teen and beyond: the right bike. Every option, from starter bike to adult version, aims to help kids build their bike skills. But there are a few steps you need to understand in order to buy the best bikes.
For starters, think about a balance bike little different than the ones you may have learned on. These donӴ have pedals, and can be sized from the smallest toddler on up. Once your child is ready for a pedal bike, there are a number of options in materials and extras, too. Some or all may be necessary, according to your lifestyle and your needs. No matter the bike, there are sizing guidelines for your kid and his or her helmet. Follow them, according to this graphic, and youӬl keep your kid biking happily for years.

TX: Plan Aims to Improve Biking, Walking Options in Woodlands Township

Bridget Balch

The Woodlands Township Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan, which offers short and long-term improvements for walking and biking around town, is nearing completion.
The creation of the plan has been a topic of discussion among residents and The Woodlands board of directors since 2012, when the League of American Bicyclists awarded the community a bronze-level designation for being bike friendly. Part of the reason The Woodlands fell short of the gold is that it lacked a long-term plan to improve and expand the pedestrian and bicycle network in the community, said George Mendes, a member of the Bike The Woodlands Coalition, a grassroots organization dedicated to improving cycling in The Woodlands. …

Master Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan for Town of Rancho Viejo

Bid Date & Time: 08/16/16 4:00 PM Prebid: 07/26/16 3:00 PM
Solicitation Title: Master Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan for Town of Rancho Viejo
Owner Solic Number: RVM-44-0916
Status: bidding Report: 7185746
Country : United States State: TX County: Dallas Location: Cameron County
Scope: Master bicycle & pedestrian plan.
Notes: Question Acceptance Deadline: 08/09/2016 05:00 PM EDT.
Plans: From Owner. See outside link.
Outside Link:
Owner Type: Public
Buyer: Balch Springs, City of
Address: 13503 Alexander Rd
City: Balch Springs State: TX Zip/Postal Code: 75180
TEL: 972-557-6070 FAX: 972-286-7531
Website: [](] …

Cyclist’s GoPro video shows safety concerns on Ocean Drive

By Priscilla Torres


CORPUS CHRISTI – Ocean Drive is a popular route for the cycling community. But a cyclist’s GoPro video shows us that it can be a dangerous route despite the bike lanes already in place for most of the road.
Nick Olvera’s video shows that in some areas the bike lane is clearly marked, in other areas it completely disappears, and then you have to watch out for cars and trucks parked in the bike lane.
He started riding 4 years ago to get control of his life and his health. “My diabetes was out of control. I was weighing 325 pounds I’ve lost like 85 pounds since I started doing this,” Olvera told KRIS 6 News. …

Ride to La Mesa NM Group B (14-17 mph average)

Saturday, Jul 30, 2016, 7:15 AM

Upper Valley Rd (just north of Artcraft), El Paso, TX
6205 Upper Valley Rd (just north of Artcraft), El Paso, TX El Paso, TX

1 Cyclists Attending

Meet:  7:15 am.  RIO PLAZA – Upper Valley and ArtcraftRoll Out 7:30 amPark across the street from the shopping Plaza.  Do NOT park in the shopping center parking lot….Pace: 14-17 mph avgRoute: Ride Hwy 28 N to LaMesaReturn by same routeDistance:  Approx 39 miles• Ride Leader:  Alan Mork,[masked]

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DORBA Beginner Clinic

Sunday, Aug 14, 2016, 8:30 AM

Harry Moss Park
7610 Greenville Av. Dallas, TX

13 Members Attending

There will be a beginner clinic on Sunday the 14th of August at 8:30am at Harry Moss Park near Central Expressway and Forest Lane (you should arrive no later than 8:15am to unload your bike and gear up).What: There is a “classroom” for about an hour or so, a mini-skills workshop for 30 minutes, and then a ride of an hour or more. So count on appro…

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Tuesday: Intermediate/Advanced Mountain Bike Ride at the Ant Hills

Tuesday, Aug 2, 2016, 6:15 PM

15200 Memorial Dr
15200 Memorial Dr Houston, Te

1 Houston Cycling Members Attending

This will be a medium to fast pace ride through the Ant Hills of Hershey Park! Bring WATER, spare tube/tire, snacks, etc…Helmets required. Call if you are going to be late so we can wait for you. Wheels rolling by 6:30! See you there

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Casual Tuesday Evening Ride (B.I.G)

Tuesday, Aug 2, 2016, 6:00 PM

River Run Plaza
1071 Country Club Rd El Paso, TX

2 Cyclists Attending

Casual Tuesdays are a continuation of the Beginner Intermediate Group (B.I.G.) program that began in May. No more lessons! Just a friendly, easy ride of 15-18 miles through the Upper Valley. Meet at 6 p.m. so we can leave no later than 6:15 p.m. Pace is 12-16 mph depending on riders. No rider left behind! Route to be announced.Coordinator is Randy…

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Friends remember bicyclist killed in Longview hit and run

By Francesca Washington


LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) – An East Texas man is now charged with driving while intoxicated in connection to a bicycle rider’s death.
Monday night, 19-year old Paul Price was killed when his bike was hit by a car in the 3700 block of West Loop 281 in Longview.
The driver of the car, 49-year old Bryan Arnold, was arrested and charged with accident involving injury, failing to stop and render aid, DWI and driving with a suspended license.
Comic books and cardboard cutouts, surrounded the unoccupied couches at SovereignLove Church on Tuesday afternoon. Pastor Mark Lee Dickson said the relaxed atmosphere is for church services as well as fellowship. …

Eighter From Decatur Bike Rally and Fly In, Decatur, TX

Saturday, Aug 13, 2016
Decatur Municipal Airport (KLUD), Decatur, TX
The Eighter from Decatur Bicycle Rally and Fly In is a fun-filled, family-friendly event designed to get our participants out of the city to enjoy the backcountry roads of Wise and Montague counties, all while raising money for a worthwhile cause, the transport of cancer patients to treatment centers by airplane, free of charge to the patients. The countryside is beautiful, the roads are good, the people are friendly, and …

Adventure 1

By Jazael Martinez

Day 72-78: Corpus
Friday June 17, 2016, 10 km (6 miles) – Total so far: 3,191 km (1,983 miles)
June 17th – 23rd
After finding sanctuary in the home of one of my old friends from college. I set about resting and catching up with him. I had a few travel chores to take care of while there but mostly I wanted to just hangout. Which was good, because my friend having some recurring issues with his Jeep that I tried in vain to help with. That poor thing was cursed till I left apparently.
On my first full day in Corpus Christi, I went with my friend, whom I shall call Mr. Diamond or Zeke #2, to a self service junk yard to get some parts for his …

Bicyclist, 61, killed in Haltom City hit-and-run; police seek driver

By Marc Ramirez

Haltom City police are seeking the public’s help in locating the driver of a red SUV believed to have fatally struck a bicyclist last Thursday evening.
Officers responded to the 4100 block of NE Loop 820 around 11:30 p.m. after a report of a collision involving a bicycle in the westbound access road. They found Michael Rodriguez, 61, whose bicycle had been heavily damaged. …

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