Texas Bicycling News November 25th

Build-A-Bike lunches at ABGB: Eat, drink, donate bikes to kids

by Pam LeBlanc        fitness.blog.austin360.com

Forget small talk and bad hors d’oeuvres. Wouldn’t you rather build a bicycle for a needy kid at your next holiday party?
Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co., or ABGB, is teaming with the Ghisallo Cycling Initiative to host Build-A-Bike holiday lunches during the first three weeks of December.
Groups can purchase one or two bikes for donation. Party goers show up for pizza and beer, and mechanics from …

Bike retail on a roll entering holiday season, NPD Group says

by BRAIN Staff        www.bicycleretailer.com

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The NPD Group says IBD bike sales were up 4 percent in dollars and 7 percent in dollars in the first nine months of 2015.
“Contrary to the first nine months of 2014, the cycling industry is on the plus side heading into this holiday season,” the retail tracking company said.
The company said sales of …

Trail will be extended


The two Lantana fresh water supply districts at their October meetings approved $63,000 to extend the hike and bike trail into the new Barrington subdivision at the north end of Lantana Trail.
The new section will connect to the existing trail from a point near …

Biking north Austin

by Tonlocvw        forums.mtbr.com

some vids i put together pf BC and LGT. Looking to hit up some further put parks, if it ever quits raining enough to dry out.

Here’s Why Sherman, Texas Needs More Bike Trails

by Sholdon Daniels        www.slantnews.com

One of my favorite things about living in Houston was that I got to ride my bike everywhere. That city is so bike friendly.  Whenever I woke up to a beautiful day and didn’t want to fight traffic, I’d take my bike.  I rode it to school because I lived near a bike trail that led into another trail that ran right through the center of campus.  I could ride my bike to the barber shop, the grocery store, and even to my …

STOLEN: Orange Santa Cruz Superlight – REWARD – $2000 (NW Austin)


My custom Santa Cruz bike was stolen by two youngish men driving a 98-02 Ford Explorer, Gold/Bronze in color. The driver was a lighter skinned African American or Puerto Rica/Dominican looking person. The passenger according to eye witnesses was of lighter skin origin.
Please email me if you see this bike come up, I have a police report and witness accounts.
To the kids who stole it that I have pictures and your …

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Getting Ready for Thanksgiving Bike Ride

The weather warmed up from yesterday to 75 degrees although the sky was overcast. the wind at the George Bush IAH airport was 15 mph from the SE so riding at time required some huge effort. I decided to ride the “Oakhurst – Cumberland – Valley Ranch” route to get some variety before Thanksgiving Day. Maybe the riding and skipping lunch will counteract the extra eating tomorrow.

Traffic was moderate and all the schools and college were closed as I rode by them. All the other bicyclists either stayed home or went before I came along. I left home at 12:11 and returned at 2:46.

The hardest places to ride today due to the wind: going southeast on FM1314 to Porter and the southbound US59/I-69 service road from Valley Ranch to Northpark Drive. On these sections I rode into the teeth of the wind.

I may have overdressed with a long sleeve jersey and a short sleeve jersey but I was comfortable but sweaty. No leg warmers on this ride which I wore yesterday.

Today was number 17 on the “Oakhurst – Cumberland – Valley Ranch” route. The Grand Parkway FM1314 overpass work still has FM1314 lanes reduced. The parkway is supposed to open by the end of the year. Will they make it?

I stopped at the Shell station at Cumberland Crossing and took these screenshots of the weather. The wind speed is quite different from the airport but I can vouch that it wasn’t easy riding.

My goal for 2015 is only 16 miles away; I am at 6484 YTD.

Texas Bicycling News November 24th

Colin Strickland. Nine laps for the glory

by RAW        www.rawcyclingmag.com

Come from Texas, USA, Colin Strickland left the entire audience speechless with his exhibition during the final of RHC Milano No.6. He managed to distance himself from the leading group and maintain a pace to get the victory of this spectacular race through the streets of Bovisa.
Who’s Colin?
I’m just a hard working guy who has a serious addiction to bikes. I took the traditional path of university, career, house, but all the while I was riding and building bicycles for fun. These days …

24 Hour Worlds Recap

by Andaroo Wikllis        www.andaroowillis.com

Friday before last I lined up for the 24 Hour World Time Trial Championships in Borrego Springs, California. I’m pretty happy with how it went. Below are some pictures and a summary.
Pre-Race meeting with race director Jon Reiling. The 24 Hour race started at 6PM Friday. It was dark out and the temperature was dropping.
The race was held on an 18-mile loop and a …

Texas retailer Bicycle World supports new UCI-registered pro road team

by BRAIN Staff        www.bicycleretailer.com

FORT WORTH, Texas (BRAIN) — Texas retailer Bicycle World is the presenting sponsor of the new Elevate Cycling team, which is making the leap from USA Cycling’s elite amateur ranks to become a UCI continental team in 2016.
Ft. Worth-basesd Elevate Credit is the title sponsor for the second year, and other sponsors include Castelli, Michelin, WD40 Bike, Source Endurance, Chamois Butt’r, Lazer, Reed and Scardino and Profile Design. The …

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MTB Riding in the Woods

It’s been 6 days since my last ride. During this lapse the weather has been wet and then cold (for southeast Texas at least). today the clouds came back after the latest cool front passed through and the temperature got up to 68. I rolled out the Motobecane 700HT MTB to ride the Kingwood greenbelt trails. School is out for Thanksgiving and I came across several groups of children on the greenbelt. Before that I stopped to take these pictures of the fall look on the trails.

The top two photos show the trail in the woods and the bottom two show the North Woodland Hills pool and playground. Needless to say the pool is not open.

I am getting very close to my 6500 mile goal for the year. With today’s 16.92 miles I am up to 6450 miles.

Riding the MTB requires a lot of effort with it weighing 32 pounds. That is almost twice what my road bike weighs. That accounts for the slow average speed of 11.8 mph. I did get up to 12.0 mph for a short time but the slight inclines did me in. This is the 11th time I rode my MTB this year.

The weather looks favorable for biking tomorrow. I may switch back to my road bike.