Texas Bicycling News January 25th

Running Interference

Bike Noob

We’ve been enjoying the newly-striped roads in our immediate area. As I’ve mentioned before, in some places there are parking lanes for cars, with bike lanes next to them. The bike lanes are fairly wide, which squeezes moving cars a bit, but has the effect of slowing them down — theoretically.
But I still see cars that follow bikes to an intersection, pass them, and then cut them off to make a right turn. My friend Maggie said she nearly followed a woman into a parking lot to yell at her about it. Maggie is better at controlling her temper than some, and thought …

Valley Ramble

Saturday, Jan 31, 2015, 9:00 AM

7049 S Desert (Outlet Mall) Canutillo, TX

2 Cyclists Attending

Meet at Starbuck’s at the Outlet Shoppes (I-10 at Transmountain). 15-17 mph, 25 miles. Bob Clark,[masked]

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Pedernales Falls State Park Trail Build & Ride!

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015, 9:00 AM

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

1 Mountain Bikers Attending

Pedernales Falls State Park TRAIL BUILD & RIDE!BRING YOUR PAYDIRT FORMS! http://www.tmbra.org/paydirt/paydirt.htmThe completed sections of the new trail were a hit at the 2014 Cranksgiving!  BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!  5+ miles of trail are still under development!These sections, not yet open to the public, have lots more elevation changes, G-ou…

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Texas Bicycling News Digest January 24th

Aspiring cyclist hits the White Oak Bayou trail

By Mike Snyder        www.houstonchronicle.com

Cyclist hopes to enjoy the outdoors with a growing community of enthusiasts

Jerardo Fernandez bikes while his dogs Luna and Pancho jog along the Heights Bike Trail along the Buffalo Bayou on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, in Houston. Rich and Nancy Kinder announce plans to donate $50 Million to Houston Parks Board for Bayou Greenways 2020 project. ( Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle )
I was walking past Market Square Park a couple of months ago, on one of those lovely crisp days we get in Houston, when I noticed a young woman returning a bike to the B-Cycle kiosk in the park.On a whim, I walked over, swiped my credit card and checked out a bicycle.
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Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose. Trail beta

by keithrad        forums.mtbr.com

Here’s my gps route to give an idea of the trail to those who have not been out there. I will add some go-pro footage soon…
Glen Rose would be a good area to go for a weekend getaway to do some cycling if coming up from Central Tx. (or wherever). You have Dinosaur Valley State Park which is a cool park to visit on it’s own merits as well as the trail riding, and you can camp there. Then there’s …

DORBA Beginner Clinic

Saturday, Feb 14, 2015, 1:00 PM

Rowlett Creek Preserve
2525 Castle Rd Garland, TX

12 Members Attending

DORBA will have a new beginner clinic on Saturday Feb 14th at Rowlett Creek Preserve at 1:00 PM.Blain Norfleet will be your instructor, you can send him a private message at “bikecop” on the Dorba.org website, if you have any questions. Blain is THE mountain bike instructor for the Dallas Police Department and patrols downtown on his bike.What:…

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Monthly ride at Anthills!


Event category: Rides
Trail: The Anthills (Terry Hershey Park)
Saturday, January 31, 2015 – 10:00am
Parking at Beltway 8 feeder, between Memorial and Briar forest.

This Week’s Activities

Fort Worth Bicycling Association

Rio Flats
Sunday, January 25, 2015 9:00 am
Rio Vista: High School

The Rusty Chain Gang Ramble
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 9:00 am
Ft Worth: Christ Lutheran Church

Burleson and Beyond
Thursday, January 29, 2015 9:00 am
Burleson: Commerce Street

The Rusty Chain Gang Romp
Thursday, January 29, 2015 9:00 am
Benbrook: YMCA

Texas Chainring Massacre
Saturday, January 31, 2015 9:00 am

Bubba Quixote’s Gravel Attack
Saturday, January 31, 2015 9:00 am
Thurber New York Hill Restuarant

Whiskey Flats
Saturday, January 31, 2015 9:00 am
Texaco @ Whiskey Flats

Saturday Morning Fitness Ride

Saturday, Jan 31, 2015, 9:00 AM

6 Members Attending

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Awesome video even if it is not in Texas

Fat biking in Moab filmed with a quadcopter!

by David Glover

Ag Agent: Trail offers outdoor opportunities


WICHITA FALLS, Texas – Are you looking for a place to get out in nature, take a bike ride or maybe even saddle up your horse and have a secluded place to ride? Of course, the closer the better. Well, I just recently learned about the Wichita Valley Rail Trail, and you need to check it out.
The Wichita Valley Rail Trail is 7 miles of rail bed that stretches from the southwest corner of Wichita Falls (Stansbury Lane) to the south edge of Holliday (South Ford Road). The track and railroad ties have …

Biking from Van Horn TX to Marathon TX

by Spike Finney

Want to know what’s in west Texas? Brown. Lots and lots of brown. Brown, brown, brown.

GoPro Adventures : Biking – Brushy Creek Park

by Prakash Gandhi Natarajan

A couple biking hangout at Brushy Creek park Austin Texas

GoPro Hero 4 Edition: Monday Funday (Lake Bryan mountain biking)

by Freddy Hernandez

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What are these riders doing out there in the cold????

Texas Cycling News Roundup January 23rd

Exploring the Lower Rio Grande Valley on a Bike

by Ray Garza            rgvcycling.com

I’ve made a few changes to my blog site and what I want to focus on. My tag line used to be about losing weight (and it’s still my goal) but I wanted to change directions. Instead, I want to focus more on exploring the lower Rio Grande Valley on a bike. I figure kill two birds with one stone. Explore the Valley with long rides and lose weight at the same time.
The lower Rio Grande Valley is located in deep south Texas. I have to put the word, lower, in it because the Rio Grande Valley stretches all the way up to Colorado where the Rio Grande River starts. I realized this when I would see the Rio Grande Valley associated with New Mexico and I was saying, “What?”. After doing a little research, I found out about the …

APD works to get ‘top offenders’ off the streets

by Shannon Murray, KVUE

AUSTIN — In the last year, dozens of Austin’s habitual criminals have been taken off the streets, thanks to a new program used by Austin police.
Jason Dusterhoft, assistant chief with the Austin Police Department, said a small number of people in Austin commit the majority of the region’s crime, and that’s why Austin police created the Top Offender Program.
Last year, Bicycle Sports Shop on South Lamar had six expensive bikes stolen. Police said the four people they arrested, on the list of APD’s top offenders, were behind the …

ARR February Club Ride @ Lake Georgetown Trails

Saturday, Feb 14, 2015, 9:30 AM

Lake Georgetown – Russell entrance
2101 CR 262 Georgetown, TX

24 Mountain Bikers Attending

ARR February ride is at the newest IMBA Epic Trail: Lake Georgetown.Show your bike some love on Valentine’s Day and come ride with us!Where: Russell Park. Look for us outside the park ranger gate.When: February 14, 2015. Arrive by 9:30am to prepare yourself and your bike, wheels down promptly at 10:00am.All riders are welcome, you do not hav…

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Lawson is from Texas

Rough start to 2015 for Craddock after crash Down Under

By Andrew Hood        velonews.competitor.com

ADELAIDE, Australia (VN) — It was a rough start to the 2015 season for American Lawson Craddock, who crashed out of the Santos Tour Down Under on Friday.
The 22-year-old Texan ended up in a local hospital with broken bones after crashing heavily in the opening kilometers of Friday’s fourth stage.
According to Giant-Alpecin, Craddock suffered a fractured wrist, sternum, and rib. He was transported to a local hospital, and is expected to spend at least the night under the care of Australian doctors.
“Lawson has a lot of pain,” said …

Four smart things about USDOT’s new ‘Mayors Challenge’ for bike safety

Michael Andersen, Green Lane Project staff writer        www.peopleforbikes.org

There’s a difference between bike-safety warnings that focus on blaming victims and warnings that recommend actual systemic improvements. Today’s launch of a Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx is the good kind of warning.
Yes, it’d be nice if it weren’t being pegged on the dubious claim that biking has gotten more dangerous in the last few years. Also if USDOT were offering any money for cities that take its advice.
That said, there’s a lot for biking believers to love in this initiative launched Friday. Let’s count a few of the ways.
The feds want cities to measure successful bike trips, not just bad ones. …

Austin, TX

Tiara Travels: Rabbit Fest royalty stays busy

Wendy Sledd | Special to the Herald        kdhnews.com

Young Miss Rabbit Fest Kelsey Dane and Pre-Teen Miss Rabbit Fest Natalie Perez cheer on the cyclists as they leave the starting line in the Megan Babb Memorial Bicycle Race on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. The two city festival representatives also greeted guests as they arrived and directed them to registration.
School may be back in full swing, but that has not slowed down the Rabbit Fest royalty with a half-dozen appearances this past week.
The Rabbit Fest queens, ages 9 and older, are encouraged to do a community service effort or a platform they support throughout the year of their reigns. Miss Rabbit Fest Aleea Best’s platform is …

Kim Hornsby speaks to Rotary about next Police Unity Tour

Bob Massey | Herald correspondent        kdhnews.com

The violent deaths of two Killeen police officers in less than a year shocked the community and plunged their immediate family members into deep grief. The tragedies also showed how police officers lay their lives on the line each day in the Killeen-Harker Heights area.
Killeen police SWAT member …

Austin was a little too weird for Cyclocross National Championships

by Bill Cullins        www.gosanangelo.com

On Jan. 10, I wrote about the 2015 Cyclocross National Championships that were taking place that week in Austin’s Zilker Park.
In that column, I noted that racing had started Wednesday and continued Thursday and Friday with heats for master’s age groups and that junior, collegiate and Pro/Elite races would take place Saturday and Sunday.
Now, as Paul Harvey used to say, here is the rest of the story.
For the first four days of the five-day event, the 2,000 competitors from all over the nation and thousands of spectators enjoyed a …

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Texas Bicycling News Digest January 22nd

My cycling club/ advocacy group is riding from Austin to Dallas in March. Supported 2 days with hotels and plenty of beer.

by Classicwgn86        www.reddit.com

We are group that originally met doing bar hop rides in Dallas and thought it would be a good idea to ride to Austin on Fixed Gears for South by Southwest. That was six years ago. After our second time to make the trip we decide to take our enthusiasm and direct it towards the lack of cycling awareness in Dallas. South by South Fixed has become our annual pilgrimage, bringing in new members, gaining a …

This article is not Texas specific but offers a unique approach to cycling after a bad crash.

Our Electric-Assist Bicycle

by Gabe Mirkin, MD        drmirkin.com

Diana and I are passionate tandem bicycle riders. We live in The Villages in Florida, the largest retirement community in the world, and we ride every day with a group of serious tandem-bicycle riding couples. Last March we were riding our tandem very fast, drove into a deep pile of sand on the road and crashed. I was not hurt, but Diana broke her pelvis, hip, shoulder and wrist and surgeons had to install a significant amount of hardware in her body to put her back together. She has severe osteoporosis. This means that the next crash could have even more serious consequences.
We Bought a Recumbent Tandem Tricycle
We certainly were not going to give up riding bicycles. Bicycle riding is our passion. So our friend Larry Black, of Mt Airy Bicycles in Maryland, sold us a recumbent tandem tricycle, which is much safer than our …

Bike share isn’t equitable. Let’s change that

by April Corbin, equity writer        www.peopleforbikes.org

In North America, 2013 was the year of bike sharing. Now, we are working to make 2015 the year of equitable bike share.
The benefits of a bike share program are numerous. It can inexpensively bridge the “last mile gap” between a commuter’s primary public transit and their final destination. It provides visitors an exciting new way to explore a city. It gets people who might not otherwise ride onto bicycles. It encourages physical activity. It is environmentally friendly.
Yet one problem has plagued bike share systems: Report after report has shown that the demographics of users do not reflect the cities overall. Members are disproportionately …

With the lousy weather it may help to work on your bike

Home Workshop Series – Part 4: Getting into the Big Tools

by Tim Krueger         www.bikerumor.com

From the first three articles, someone could easily put together a home shop to do 75% of the repairs on their bike. But once you get past the surface of adjustments and basic components, it is gonna take some pretty large and expensive tools to start working further.
A lot of home mechanics have low-buck ways of replicating these tools, and those methods probably work. Coming from a shop background though, we recommend using the right tool, or taking it to a shop. While you might save money making your own headset press from threaded rod, nuts and washers, the cost savings evaporate if you accidentally wreck that …

Zach McDonald – Third Elite Men, 2015 Cyclocross National Championships, Austin, Texas

Cyclocross Magazine

McDonald had a comeback year, switched teams mid-season, and finished strong with a third place at Nationals – his …

TCC proposed to “Adopt” a stretch of road. Good? Bad? Please read & voice your opinion

by Charlie & Pat Jenkins        Texoma Cycling Club

Adopt a Highway – Chris suggested that TCC “Adopt” the section of FM-691 between Texoma & FM-131. They are in the process of widening this & are supposed to include a shoulder. We anticipate the club utilizing this frequently to access routes west of 75.
The basics are:
– TCC would adopt a two-mile stretch of highway for a minimum of two years. Note: Interstate highways are not eligible for adoption.
– We would agree to pickup litter four times per year (more in some areas due to heavy traffic). This would be done as a group effort.
– Adopt-a-Highway signs will be posted with Texoma Cycling Club at our adopted section.
– Adopt-a-Highway will provide TCC with safety vests, litter bags and safety training.
– You bask in the glory of claiming a piece of Texas pride.
The link to all the info is: …

Bicycle Brewery Tour – The Winter Edition, February 7th, 12:30 PM

Bike Friendly Oak Cliff        bikefriendlyoc.org

Riding a tall bike while eating dumplings on the Continental bridge epitomizes the fun times we’ll be having in our next edition of the Bicycle Brewery Tour!  Meet up at the Continental Bridge at 12:30 pm, 02/07/15.  RSVP link is below.
Dallas’s craft beer industry is growing faster than we can keep up.  All 5 breweries in this 4th edition are brand new to the tour.  First up, the original and …

Postponement of US ‘cross nationals cost riders over $250,000

By: Laura Weislo        www.cyclingnews.com

Financial impact of USA cyclo-cross championship estimated in survey
The actual cost of the one-day postponement of the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championship may never be known, but one informal survey estimated the impact at more than a quarter million dollars.
Amateur racer and fan Matthew Montesano watched the drama unfold from his home in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and created the online survey, which …

“Missions Statement”: Biking San Antonio’s Mission Trail

As the Crow Flies

Looking for a dose of history, fun, and a little exercise within  beautiful San Antonio, Texas? Want to explore the the oldest unrestored stone church in America while biking or hiking down the San Antonio River? Look no further than the San Antonio Missions Hike and Bike Trail. Grab a bike, a pair of running/hiking shoes, or your car if you’re not into the burning muscles and jello legs of the bike trail and enjoy this hidden gem.

We strategically parked our cars near the Blue Star Brewing Company so we could celebrate our round trip bike trip of 18 miles with a delicious burger and a refreshing craft beer. After all, doesn’t everyone celebrate a 20 mile bike ride with a glass of beer?  We left from our home in Bastrop and …

Register Now! Cyclists in Suits is March 30


The day we’ve been waiting for since 2013 is coming up fast– Texas’ Bike Lobby Day, Cyclists in Suits, will be Monday, March 30! Sign up here.
cyclists in suits 2013 biketexas
What’s Cyclists in Suits about? We’ll start the day talking about the bills in the lege that are important to people who ride bikes, with some coaching on how to talk to legislators and their staffs. Everybody gets bike pins and literature to hand out. Next, we’ll break into …

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