Texas Bicycling News January 18th 2017


Comanche Cross bike race gets rolling Saturday

Odessa American | www.oaoa.com


The City of Odessa Parks and Recreation has scheduled the fifth annual Comanche Cross Bicycle Race presented by Peyton’s Bikes from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at McKinney Park, 625 W. Pool Road.
Registration starts at noon on site. Racing starts at 1 p.m. …



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By David Hayes | www.crazyguyonabike.com

Day 24 – Sanderson to Marathon TX: Transition or Transformation
Wednesday January 18, 2017
Today was pretty much thoroughly uneventful. Which is why I’m going to talk mostly about a conversation I had yesterday with Don Potter of Antarctica fame.
I was up early, had some not-very-tasty breakfast tacos at the local convenience store and was out on the road not too long after dawn. The key element today’s journey was that it was steadily uphill…and by steady I mean “relentlessly”…uphill for the first 40 miles of the 55 miles I rode today. Not anything like the rolling hills of days past, just a steady grind. Wasn’t too bad really although it meant I was in a pretty low gear all day. And low gears mean less speed and a longer day. And while the day began quite chilly and overcast, there was little wind and by noon the sun was out and it was pleasantly warm. I really like days where the weather isn’t a major factor!
I ended up having a pleasant lunch by the side of the road after roughly 30 miles (which took me …


Balance Bicycle Practice Continue

by Matthew | bike4heck.com

I decided to stop my son’s progress on the balance bicycle a few months ago because he wasn’t mature enough to stop riding it. It became a fight every time he was on it. So we re-introduced it recently and he is doing well. Here are some photos. …


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Public Hearing @ Planning Commission

Houston Bike Plan | houstonbikeplan.org

Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017
Time: 2:30 PM
Location: City Hall Annex Council Chambers, Public Level
900 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002

This public hearing before the Planning Commission is the next step in the City’s efforts to help make Houston a safer, healthier, and more accessible bicycle-friendly City. Full completion of the bikeway network would put high-comfort bikeways within reach of over 95% of people and jobs in the City.
Within the short term, there is an opportunity for modest investments to add 381 miles to the current bikeways network. If fully implemented, the planned network would provide over six times more high-comfort bikeways miles than what exists now.
Format: Members of the public may sign up to speak on any agenda item at the meeting. Speakers are allowed two minutes and may only speak once per item. For further details about the Planning Commission public hearing and agenda, please visit the webpage for the Houston Planning Commission. …


San Antonio retailer is Beeline Bikes’ first brick-and-mortar partner

by BRAIN Staff | www.bicycleretailer.com


SAN ANTONIO, Texas (BRAIN) — Beeline Bikes announced Tuesday that Crossroad Bikes in San Antonio is the first brick-and-mortar retailer in the mobile bike shop franchiser’s new Retail Partner Program.
Crossroad Bikes is set to open in February in San Antonio and will participate in Beeline’s program to extend its brand to customers’ homes and onto corporate campuses. Its mobile service van, also set to roll out next month, is co-branded for both Crossroad and Beeline.
The partners will reach out to local businesses to provide employees with …



2016 Staff Recap

BikeHouston | bikehouston.org

2016 was a very exciting year for BikeHouston. So many wonderful events, so many exciting changes, and so many steps forward towards making Houston a more safe and bike friendly city! We asked our staff to let us know what their favorite memory or event was in 2016 (which was not easy). And here they are: …




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Southern Tier Winter Tour

By David Hayes | www.crazyguyonabike.com

Day 23 – Langtry to Sanderson TX: Not Quite
Tuesday January 17, 2017
I started the day with a breakfast of fig newtons and trail mix because: 1) there was no way I was going to set up my stove again this morning in order to boil water for the oatmeal I have with me because I needed to get going early if I was going to have any prayer of making it to Sanderson today, and 2) I really hate cooking. It gave me almost enough calories/nutrition to fuel me for the morning, but not quite. By later morning I was ravenous again.
In addition to the fact that Sanderson is pretty seriously uphill from Langtry, the hills were rolling and almost the steepest I’ve encountered; but not quite. Despite that, the were STILL extremely challenging over 60 miles however. The other big climb/hill days I rode were not dearly this length of distance in a day.
The wind was almost as difficult a head/crosswind as I’ve experienced so far, but not quite. Still, there were …


Bicycle Signals Coming to 12 Austin Intersections

By Jeff Stensland | www.twcnews.com

AUSTIN, Texas — Central Texas bicyclists are about to get a green light that’s just for them.
Over the next couple months, Austin’s Transportation Department plans to install special traffic signals at a dozen intersections.
About half of them will be downtown where crews recently completed protected bike lanes on Third Street.
“All the bicycle signals that we are installing are on routes that are major cycle routes that already have protected bike lane infrastructure,” said …



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Lance Armstrong still clocking big training miles despite lifetime ban

By Cycling News | www.cyclingnews.com


Texan does 185km in six hours with Lawson Craddock
Lawson Craddock (Cannondale-Drapac) and fellow Texan Lance Armstrong shared a bike ride this weekend in Austin, the 45-year-old former pro said Sunday evening via social media. …


Saturday Ride Schedule

Maverick Chain Gang | maverickchaingang.org

January 21, 2017
Pirkey Lake – West – 31.6 miles
Meet at: First Baptist Church, 405 W Austin St, Marshall, TX – 9:00 a.m.
January 28, 2017
Brad Spann – 27.3 miles
Meet at: Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 4700 Victory Dr, Marshall, TX – 9:00 a.m.
February 4, 2017
Pope City – 32.1 miles
Meet at: North side of Walmart parking lot, 1701 SE End Blvd, Marshall, TX – 9:00 a.m.



I normally do not include triathlon news but this applies to Texas bicycling.

Texas triathlon retailer offers franchises

by BRAIN Staff | www.bicycleretailer.com

DALLAS (BRAIN) — Playtri, an endurance sports retailer, coaching service and event producer, is opening triathlon store franchise opportunities this year. The company plans to focus on selling franchises in Texas and surrounding states at first.
Playtri was founded in 2000 as an endurance coaching company. In 2004, Paytri added event production and in 2011 the company opened its first triathlon retail store.
The company now as …



Southern Tier Winter Tour

By David Hayes | www.crazyguyonabike.com

Day 22 – Del Rio to Langtry TX: The Universe Speaks…Again
Monday January 16, 2017
I didn’t rise too early today, mostly because I stayed up too late last night in my hotel room watching Goliath, an awesome series on Amazon Prime. But I did manage to make it out of Del Rio and be on the road by 8:30am. Not too bad really!
Today was a day of firsta, and of quite a bit of soul-searching. The first “first” was meeting not one, but two, sets of fellow travelers. The second “first” was that Jerry & Ruth were the first travelers I’ve met so far who were traveling in my direction. Though I’m traveling faster than they are, and not exactly following the same route; for today it worked out perfectly. It was so pleasant…and weird!…to have people to talk with while riding. To chat with over dinner as we camped at the Community Center in the tiny little town of Langtry. And the final “first” was actually using my backpacking stove and cooking utensils that I’ve been hauling around for three weeks.
Naturally, I HAD to use them…no other choice here in Langtry since there is no …


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Southern Tier Winter Tour

By David Hayes | www.crazyguyonabike.com

Day 21 – Del Rio Rest Day: When Football Reigns Supreme!
Sunday January 15, 2017
My body is really used to early mornings now. It woke up very early on its own and I was out before dawn…like usual…foraging for a big breakfast. I’m doing so much physical exercise each day I’m always ravenous when I wake up. I had a very pleasant conversation with my waitress, who has visited with plenty of bike tourers who come through Del Rio throughout the year. She hasn’t seen any too recently, but she knew right away that I was on a tour when she saw me ride up.
My goals for today are as follows:
– Cheer the Cowboys on to victory!
– Get a load of laundry done. I sweat enough in my cycling clothes each day (not to mention the occasional rain) that I need to at least put things in the dryer pretty much every day. I do have a spare set of cycling bib shorts and cycling jersey, but I try and keep those stored away for an emergency while I just keep washing and/or drying the other set each day.
– Replenish my Fig Newton supply. They really are …





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