Texas Bicycling News Digest October 30th

In Loving Memory of Dr. Timothy Adams


Timothy Dow Adams, born John Middleton Dow Adams, in Monterey, California on December 11, 1943, was killed October 25 car while on a bicycle ride in the country near his Florence home. His parents, Colonel Lorenzo Dow Adams and April Amis Adams, preceded him in death as did his younger brother, Christopher Amis Adams, and his beloved parents-in-law, Paul and Edna Galloway.
Tim once said that everything he loved started with the letter B: blues, bar-b-que, basketball, and bicycling. When his wife questioned this line-up, he quickly added: Oh,, my Baby!. He looked untouched in death for which we are grateful; only a bruise on his forehead told of his end. He was such a smart man, and so funny, and for a natural loner he had many friends who valued his intellect, enjoyed his humor, and cherished his ability to make memories.
As an Army brat he moved often living in California, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia, Texas, Tokyo, and Ankara among others. For each post there was a story, an adventure, a memory. Moving to Fort Hood was…

Bike Ride

Monday, Nov 3, 2014, 9:30 AM

Katy Family YMCA
22807 Westheimer Pkwy Katy, TX

2 Katy bicyclist fun riders Attending

I’m a member of the Y, I may be inside taking a class, until 9:30. If you need to get a hold of me, you can leave mea message, on my cell-[masked]-5023.I’ve had a couple people ask me to schedule a day ride. I hope you can make it!

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2014 Enchilada Buffet Ride Report

by John        www.austinbike.com

We started off in a mass, with almost 130 riders hitting the trail at the same time  While the snake wound its way through the trails it was a bit eerie to see so many riders at once as well as so much light on the trail.  Somehow I ended up in the fast group, which was both a blessing and a curse.  The best comment of the day started early when we got to the main creek crossing and the rocks forced everyone to dismount and walk a short distance.  “We’ve hardly started the ride and we’re already walking Walnut Creek …”
We hit the streets and started heading for Shoal Creek as a mass of bikes.  The lights allowed us to regroup slightly, so the pack was tight and moving quickly.  When we got down below 2222 I saw the group from Big Pig racing all on singlespeeds.  They were spinning like crazy trying to keep up with a group that was moving at 15-20 MPH.  When we got to the greenbelt, the first bottleneck occurred.  Everyone was trying to hit the stairs and the smart people realized there were several ways down.  I followed a group of…

Tips For a First Time Enchilada Buffet Rider

by John        www.austinbike.com

The Enchilada Buffet is the most grueling ride in all of Austin.  It encompasses 5 of the most popular local trails and all of the connecting roads between them. I specifically waited until after I finished the ride to share this list.  I have mainly accumulated this knowledge from other riders, but wanted to make sure that it was really applicable first.  This is targeted at first timers who are not sure what to expect. With the right mindset and some effort, you can finish the ride, but it’s pretty difficult to just show up and finish.
This blog has tips for how to prepare for and survive your first buffet.

Your Bike
Seat – You’re going to be on it for hours, make sure it is comfortable.  I tried a different seat during my training rides and ended up with a rash that took a week off the saddle to recover from.
Lights – Depending on how fast you ride, you may only need them in the morning.  If this is your first time, err on…

A Pre-Halloween Visit With The Village Creek Indian Ghosts Prior To Trick Or Treating With Butter From ALDI

Durango Texas

Today I needed to get myself a pound of butter at ALDI, along with other weight gain nutrients, so I decided prior to getting fat gain enablers, I’d go to Arlington to the Village Creek Natural Historical Area to check in on the Indian Ghosts on the day before one of their favorite holidays.
All of which explains why you see my handlebars parked on the Village Creek paved trail.
Upon arrival at the Natural Area’s paved parking lot I saw an Arlington Animal Control Officer releasing several opossums back to the…


Georgetown Cyclopaths

DayDateTimeMeet atMilesMapMilesMap
Saturday11/1/20149:00 AM Berry Springs Park35 miles B2446 miles B16
Sunday11/2/20141:30 PM Berry Springs Park34 miles B55
Saturday11/8/20149:00 AM Dale’s Essenhaus Restaurant in Walburg32 miles WA1146 miles WA12
Sunday11/9/20141:30 PM Berry Springs Park34 miles B63
Saturday11/15/20149:00 AM Catholic Church in Andice35 milesA1348 miles A15
Sunday11/16/20141:30 PM Berry Springs Park35 miles B23
Saturday11/22/20149:00 AM Liberty Hill Elementary School33 miles L1239 miles L11
Sunday11/23/20141:30 PM Berry Springs Park34 miles B48
Saturday11/29/20149:00 AM Union State Bank in Florence29 miles F543 miles F3
Sunday11/30/20141:30 PM Berry Springs Park34 miles B64


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Texas Bicycling News Digest October 29th

Sugar Land expands walking, biking trails


More than 3.5 miles of new pedestrian and bicycle routes were recently completed in Sugar Land.
Many of the improvements are bike lanes on city streets that connect to the city’s trail network. These include:
1shared bike lanes and a side path on Alston Road;
1buffered bike lanes on Grants Lake and Sugar Lakes Boulevards; and
1side paths along University Boulevard that connect existing bike lanes to Telfair Avenue.
In 2013, voters approved a $31.5 million bond referendum that included approximately $10 million for a connecting network of nearly 10 miles of…

City Park Slow Pace Intermediate-Level Ride

Sunday, Nov 2, 2014, 1:45 PM

City Park – Emma Long Motorcycle Trails
7548 Oak Shores Dr Austin, TX

2 Mountain Bikers Attending

Let’s try this again, and this time I will be careful to avoid breaking the key off in my front door as I leave the house.For those who haven’t ridden City Park, it is definitely not a beginner-friendly trail.  It was originally designed for off-road motorcycles, so it basically goes straight up the bluff, then straight down, then straight up aga…

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Cane Creek Recalls Bicycle Shocks Due to Risk of Injury


Name of product:
The shock absorber is marked with graphics that incorrectly identify the adjustment directions for High Speed Rebound (HSR) damping. Following these directions will cause unexpected behavior by a bike’s suspension and pose a fall hazard to a rider. …

A Fixed Flat Had Me Rolling My Handlebars Around My Neighborhood Today

Durango Texas

Today, weather-wise, is just about as perfect as perfect can get at my current location on the planet.
One in the afternoon with the outer world warmed to 70 degrees, clear blue sky, little wind.
For a bike ride.
On Monday I aborted a bike ride when I discovered my rear tire had…

LGT – Overlook Rd

Sunday, Nov 2, 2014, 9:00 AM

Lake Georgetown, Overlook Rd Lot
598 Lake Overlook Rd Georgetown, TX

2 Mountain Bikers Attending

598 Lake Overlook RdGeorgetown, TX 78633

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Tim Dow Killed by Bicycle Accident on Ronald Reagan Blvd in Georgetown, TX

By Michael Grossman        www.texas-wrongful-death-lawyer.net

Georgetown, TX — A man from Florence, 70-year old Tim Dow, was killed over the weekend after his bicycle was in a fatal accident outside of Georgetown. Police said that this happened on Saturday evening, October 24, 2014 at about 5:45 p.m.
Dow was apparently riding his bicycle along County Road 289 that evening when he came upon the intersection with Ronald Reagan Boulevard.
The details aren’t clear, but it appears that a car headed south on Ronald Reagan Boulevard crashed into…


Texas Bicycling Blog and News Digest October 28th

Recap And Pics From Last Weekend’s Bicycling Skills 123 Class


Last weekend, BikeDFW was asked to help out a local Boy Scout troop earn their merit badge in cycling, so we held a Bicycling Skills 123 clinic in Allen, Texas. Not only did we have the opportunity to teach some great kids, but also their parents. We wanted to leave this group with some good bicycle knowledge, so that the whole family can work together to ride safely. I feel that if the parents are safe riders, the kids will pick that up from them.
It was great to see the progress these kids have made, especially since many of them couldn’t even ride a few weeks ago. They were part of our…

Actually, biking has been getting dramatically safer as Americans ride more

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

The Governor’s Highway Safety Association released a report Monday that, the organization claimed, showed that the ongoing surge in American biking has increased bike fatalities.
Transportation reporters around the country swung into action.
“Fatal bicycle crashes on the rise, new study shows,” said the Des Moines Register headline.
“Cycling is increasing and that may be reflected by an increase in fatal crashes, the report said,” wrote NJ.com.
“Bike riding, particularly among urban commuters, is up, and the trend has led to a…

Cibolo Ride Sunday November 2nd

Hill Country Bicycle Touring Club

Sunday, November 2nd: Ride starts at 8:00 a.m. at the St. Paul Evangelical Church’s parking lot (the gravel part in the back) adjacent to Harmon’s BBQ for a 30 mile group ride at an easy pace.  Ride will proceed southeast through rolling farm country to New Berlin, then northwest by Zuehl and Hackerville Road back into Cibolo.  The 20 mile ride will cut over at Gin road between Santa Clara and Zuehl.  See Map #506.  Directions: To get to St. Paul’s (108 S. Main) in Cibolo take IH35 north. Take exit 175 and turn right on Roy Richard Dr. (FRM-3009 S).  Drive 3.2 miles and turn left onto Seguin Rd (FM 78).  Drive 1.4 miles and turn left onto W. TX-539 Loop.  Turn left on…

Riders and Their Rigs : Isaac Goodwin’s November


November Hot Buns
Isaac Goodwin, Austin, Texas
Frame: November Hot Buns, size 56
Shifters: Sram Force
Rear Derailleur: Sram Red
Crankarms: Sram Force 22
Chainring: RaceFace Narrow/Wide 40t
Stem/Bar: Ritchey WCS
Brakes: Avid Shorty Ultimate
Wheels: November RFSW carbon tubular, 50mm deep, 23mm wide
Tires: Challenge Grifo 32
I absolutely love riding wide wheels; every wheel I own for both cross and road is at least 23mm wide. The ride is better, and the added bonus for cross is extra gluing surface. I’ve been dabbling with…

It’s coming! This year’s Pedal For Plenty kicks off on November 8.

Bike Friendly Fort Worth

It’s coming! Spread the word!! Cyclists pedal to support the Tarrant Area Food Bank! Our goal this year is to collect 2,000 lbs of non-perishable food. Collection begins November 8th! Collection Celebration: December 6th. Be there!

Will bike shops serve the changing market?

by Fred Clements        www.bicycleretailer.com

A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements
Editor’s note: This blog post was written by Fred Clements, executive director of the National Bicycle Dealers Association. Clements’ previous blog posts can be read on bikedealerblog.wordpress.com.
One of the most important metrics for bike shop success is store traffic. Living and breathing visitors are a necessary part of the retail business model for brick-and-mortar stores. Without them, retailers would be left trying to sell bikes to air, and that is very hard to do.
Getting people into the store is becoming a greater challenge, though. New research shows that consumer traffic at bike shops is declining across the board. While this is distressing news at first glance, there are also clear opportunities to reverse the trend.
The 2014 American Bicyclist Study, conducted by the Gluskin Townley Group, examined the demographics of adults who are current owners of bicycles. The fieldwork was done in February 2014 representing the 2013 calendar year. Results were then balanced to…

A Ride Across America to End Severe Acute Malnutrition

by Luke Mysse        cyclecause.com

Cycle Cause will be stopping in Austin TX and participating in two local group rides. Come out and ride with Luke, meet the family and support a great cause. All riders will receive a limited edition lapel pin.

Saturday Nov 1st
Bicycle Sport Shop, Parmer
Saturday morning group ride leaving at 8:00am from the Parmer location at 9900 W. Parmer Lane Austin, Texas 78717
Click here for more info about the ride.

Sunday Nov 2nd
Jack & Adams Bicycles
Sunday morning group ride leaving at 8:30am from Jack & Adam’s Bicycles. 300 S Lamar Unit L Austin, TX …

Boy And Father Bike Across Country To Raise Money For Cancer Research

www.myfoxphilly.com    (Video)

BRENHAM, TX–He’s only 9 years old, but one little boy is already taking a stand against cancer.
CJ Burford and his dad are riding through Brenham, Texas, as part of their cross country bike ride for the National Children’s Cancer Society. The goal is to raise money and awareness for cancer research.
CJ says he’s riding for his grandmother, who is a cancer survivor. He’s also riding for…


Why is Texas roads agency ignoring bike, pedestrian needs?

By Robin Stallings        www.houstonchronicle.com

Why is TxDOT unwilling to address the critical safety concerns of Texans who walk and bike? The question is urgent as the agency considers withholding federal money intended to build infrastructure that will make walking and biking safer.
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Trick It Up Bike Ride, Still Has A Few Tricks

By: Suzee Bolton        www.wheelbrothers.com

The Farmersville Chamber of Commerce Fourth Annual Trick It Up Bike Ride still has a few trick up its sleeves. Most awesome, while others are questionable depending on your skill level. With a population of approximately 3300, Farmersville is a rural community that takes pride in its historic downtown. The city is diligently returning each store to the historic period beauty and doing a very nice job. Charming antique shops, restaurants and a center gazebo makes a browse downtown delightful.
This is the last local rally of the season for the Dallas metroplex cyclist. Farmersville has earned the reputation as a cycling friendly destination. Trick It Up is one of the reasons and the other is access to the North East Texas Trail. The start was at the small Onion Shed situated across from the city park, where access to the…

BikeHouston needs volunteers this weekend for BikeFest and Sunday Streets


After a very successful BikeHouston Moonlight Bicycle Ramble BikeHouston goes back to basics. Our mission is to make Houston more bike-friendly and a much better place to live, work and have fun. To achieve that we need to unite all cyclists to make ourselves heard at City Council, City Departments and all around Houston. You can help us.On Saturday November 1st BikeHouston presents itself at HTX Bikefest. We ask our volunteers to come out to talk about BikeHouston’s goals and mission, help signing up new members and…

2014 Enchilada Buffet – Blowout coming down Courtyard

by TC        Turnin’ Cranks

Had a puncture blow out while coming down the Courtyard descent during the Enchilada Buffet. Orange Seal didn’t do the job… back to Stan’s for me…

2014 Enchilada Buffet Ride Report

by TC        Turnin’ Cranks

The Enchilada Buffet is a grassroots Austin born event. Somewhat sadistic, it is a roughly 80 mile ride covering 5 Austin area trails worth about 40 miles of singletrack and another 40 miles of roads to connect them. It is an annual event on its 5th year.
It is quite an epic day in the saddle, and an ambitious one at that. Some of the trails covered are some of the tougher trails in Austin, including some Barton Creek Greenbelt back trail gnar, the always technical City Park, and everyone’s favorite trail to hate, Thumper, so named for the Thumping you will receive while riding it.
I first heard about the EB 3 years ago and decided then that it was something I wanted to…

Race Preview – Spooky Cross – 11.01-02.14

by joeyTWOwheels         texascx.com

If you’re looking for the only race in Texas that promises to bring the costume party, then look no further than the legacy events this weekend in Dallas. Spooky Cross is here, and it promises to be outlandish as the past events.
Race Director, Zac Lytle, gives us his take on the world-famous Halloween races.
The past few years we’ve seen Spooky Cross at Rosemont Elementary and Dallas Heritage Village. This year is the same as far as location, but will the courses be similar to years past?
We have the same great locations as the past two years. We will be keeping both courses very similar and will make a few tweaks to them based on racer feedback. For instance, at the school course we are going to…

Halloween Weekend Is An Epic Time For Cyclists In Houston

Cycling Space City

This weekend is shaping up to be an epic weekend.  Critical Mass is on Halloween night and that has to be a blast.  The next day we have the HTX Bike Fest and Bayou City Racing Cyclocross at Spotts Park in the Heights.  And Sunday has Sunday Streets
I hate to admit it but I’ll be trick-or-treating with the kids and will miss Critical Mass. Thousands of people riding their bikes through Houston while in costume!  Now that they have smoothed out the issues with the police, and the route, I am sure it will be…

City Park Slow Pace Intermediate-Level Ride

Sunday, Nov 2, 2014, 1:45 PM

City Park – Emma Long Motorcycle Trails
7548 Oak Shores Dr Austin, TX

1 Mountain Bikers Attending

Let’s try this again, and this time I will be careful to avoid breaking the key off in my front door as I leave the house.For those who haven’t ridden City Park, it is definitely not a beginner-friendly trail.  It was originally designed for off-road motorcycles, so it basically goes straight up the bluff, then straight down, then straight up aga…

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Deciding to Ride

I sometimes am faced with the decision of how soon to resume riding after being sick. The sickness began last Friday when my sinus was invaded by something they did not like. My nose started running like Niagara Falls and sneezing 5 or 6 times in a row was common. By Friday night I was feeling miserable and had to resort to my elephant tusk look with rolled up tissue paper sticking out of each nostril. To top it off I decided Friday to look at a Jeep Wrangler in Katy to replace the one I sold on last Monday. Sitting in the dealer showroom sneezing and blowing my nose we purchased the Jeep and proceeded to drive back to Kingwood. What a mistake. We should’ve stayed in a motel overnight and driven home on Saturday. All of the people who drove one car to work that morning drove two back home. Traffic was horrific and reminded me why I retired. We finally got home and I slowly made it inside. Saturday was not much different but Sunday I started to turn the corner.

Sunday evening we drove to the Greyhound bus terminal in downtown Houston to pick up our daughter and son-in-law who came from Dallas. I was not sneezing anymore but a cough moved in.

Monday I was doing much better but decided not push it to soon and did not ride.

Today I felt much better and the cough was rare. No more running nose so I figured it was time to go for a ride. As I left home at 10:58 with the temperature around 75 I knew I made a good choice. I was able to pedal with effort when necessary and the breeze coming through my long sleeve jersey felt great. I didn’t want to overdo it and rode a slightly shorter version of the “Atascocita – Walden – Huffman” route for a total of 29.77 miles. I stopped at the Huffman Chevron to rest, eat and drink. After 30 minutes or so I headed home for the last 11 miles. I was encouraged by the average speed I built up. I topped out at 15.5 mph and held it until about 27.4 miles when it slowly dropped down to 15.3 as I made my way home in Kingwood.

Several other bikers were out today. I saw four women on the Lake Houston Causeway going west as I went east and later a man was riding on Atascocita Shores Drive going south, opposite from me.

I thought the weather was going to be cooler than it turned out. I wore a long sleeve jersey but should’ve wore a short sleeve one with 83 degrees when I finished at 1:30.

Tonight or early tomorrow a cool front is supposed to move through. There is a small chance of rain. Not sure if I will ride.

October miles are now 606.67 and 6138 miles for the year.

Daylight savings time ends Sunday morning. Not sure how this will impact my biking. So far the warm weather has been sticking around.

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