Texas Cycling News Digest November 27th

Bicycle World co-owner to buy tract next to Cameron Park, maintain public access

By J.B. SMITH        www.wacotrib.com

A Waco businessman announced Wednesday that he will buy a 27-acre private tract next to Cameron Park and keep its trails open to the public.
Todd Behringer, whose Behringer Group LLC owns Bicycle World in downtown Waco, said he intends to close on the Weber tract in December.
“We are excited about the opportunity to purchase this unique, pictorial piece of Waco,” he said in a statement to the Tribune-Herald. “Being a cyclist, trail runner and …

Race Across Texas ride report

by  Peter Rajcani

I have always enjoyed Spinistry gravel grinder events – from challenging Red River Riot to shorter fun rides like the
Northeast Texas trail ride or the Midnight Massacre night ride. Kevin Lee, the race promoter always puts on great
events with well-marked course, neutral support and great food afterwards. When I found out that he is
organizing a Race Across Texas during the first week of November, I was very excited. I always wanted to try a
multi-day stage race and the Race Across Texas (aka RAT) was the perfect opportunity. The race was divided into
8 segments/stages (about 100 miles each) for total of 880 miles of dirt, gravel and paved roads from Texarkana on
Texas/Arkansas state line to Tucumcari, NM. I signed up for the supported option in which Kevin would haul our
camping gear and food between stages since I did not want to carry all my gear on the bike. With the supported
option all I needed to take with me was food/water and gear that I usually carry on day rides; also the bike would …

Cyclists, dog rescue group team up to help Houston’s homeless

By Steve Campion        abc13.com

HOUSTON (KTRK) —  Members of the HTX Bike Social club and Jurassic Bark rescue teamed up on Thanksgiving to help the homeless. They met at Hermann Park near the Medical District to bring food and clothing by going directly to them on their bicycles.
Kellye LeBoff said her work with the dog rescue for bigger breeds, provided an unique insight into the ongoing issue. LeBoff said often homeless people are unwilling to give …

Wednesday Walnut Creek Social – NEW WINTER TIME 6:30pm

The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
6:30 PM
We will be meeting at 6:15 pm to air up, tune and hit the Walnut Creek trail wheels down at 6:30 pm for an 8 to 12 mile circuit, this will be an Advanced Beginner ride for folks who want to ride Walnut at a group pace and we will do a varying loop of the trails.
Here is a suggestion of …

This Week’s Activities

Fort Worth Bicycling Association

The Rusty Chain Gang Ramble
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 9:00 am
Fort Worth: Columbus Trail City Building

Burleson and Beyond
Thursday, December 4, 2014 9:00 am
Burleson: Commerce Street

The Rusty Chain Gang Romp
Thursday, December 4, 2014 9:00 am
Benbrook: YMCA

New bike path extension in The Heights – but bad concrete? (See comments)

by ThatGuyinHouston        www.reddit.com

Congratulations To The 2014 Scavenger Hunt Raffle Winners

Bike Friendly Richardson

Before we announce the winners of this year’s Ride and Seek Scavenger Hunt, we would like to thank a few people. First, our partners: Richardson Bike Mart, Alamo Drafthouse, Ten50 BBQ for donating the prizes. If you happen to visit one of these places, thank them for supporting Richardson cyclists.
Next, we’d love to thank YOU, the awesome bike riders of Richardson, for participating in our little fun ride event and submitting such amazing …

1/12: Bayou City Outdoors & REI Present: Biking 101 (REI)


Monday, January 12, 2015 – 7 PM — 8:30 PM
Bayou City Outdoors & REI Present: Biking 101
REI — in the back of the store
7538 Westheimer Houston, TX 77063
Houston has it all when you’re looking to bike!
If you want to cruise, commute, mountain bike or road bike, we’ll show you where to go and how to get started. Who needs to drive when Houston has over 80 miles of trails in the parks and 345 miles of street trails?
Don’t own a bike yet? No problem, we have …


Event Reminders

Texas Bicycling News Digest November 26th

Austin to Alaska for cancer research

By Deborah Martin        www.mysanantonio.com

O’Connor grad will lead one of three teams on part of 70-day ride

The Texas 4000 pitch — “Do you want to bike from Austin to Alaska?” — got Alexander Zwaan’s attention.
“I said, ‘That sounds crazy,’ but it got me interested,” said Zwaan, a native San Antonian currently studying international relations and global studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
He was intrigued enough to look into the program. And he liked the sound of it so …

Cycle-In Cinema, Edinburg’s First Try

by Ray Garza        rgvcycling.com

A few months ago a friend of mine posted an article on Facebook about San Antonio’s Cycle-In Cinema being a great success. After reading it, I thought to myself, “We can do that!”. It was a neat idea that could work here in the Rio Grande Valley. I’ve been to other outdoor movie venues in the Sharyland area and enjoyed watching the free movies outside. Those events were well attended so I knew it could work again but this time with a cycling element. I had visions of cycling power games before the movie to see who could generate the most power. Similar to the old carnival games of ringing the bell with that sledge-hammer. Or maybe charging the batteries on the generator and the movie won’t start until the batteries are topped off. Or just cycle to provide the power to the …

Cypress Creek MTB Trail


Featured Ride near Cypress, Houston area, Texas
“A very diverse, technical trail considering the terrain.”
— Scott Dammitt on Nov 25, 2014
The folks who have designed, built and maintained this trail over the years have taken careful consideration to include as much fun technical riding as possible, while also providing some fast flowy tracks, sometimes right next to each other. The trail sits on several blocks of forested land, and there are a multitude of places to enter the trail, so it can be confusing. Pay special attention …

Biking Houston on a Quiet Sunday Downtown

by thenextword        www.reddit.com

Terry Hershey Park 11/26/14

by thenextword        www.reddit.com

UT Austin’s Adventure Activities Comes to BikeTexas


The University of Texas at Austin Adventure Activities class with Dr. Tere Ramirez participates in a variety of adventures through out the semester. The class hikes, rock climbs, and goes fishing and kayaking. The class also learns basic bicycle safety and goes on a bike ride with BikeTexas staff.
At the BikeTexas office, Dr. Rameriz presented the College Active Transportation Safety power point to the students. The program goes over the Texas Laws that pertain to riding a bike and gives recommendations of …


Event Reminder

Changing Leaves and Some Wind

I skipped the last two days because it was cooler than I like but today it warmed up to 71 degrees but the wind was stiff from the WSW at 10 mph and 17 mph gusts. The sky was a clear blue. At the beginning of the ride I rode west along Northpark Drive on the greenbelt trail. The east bound lanes are about 8 feet away and the traffic created more wind turbulence making fast riding difficult. This made me grateful for the clothes I selected: leg warmers over my shorts, long and short sleeve jerseys and a wind breaker jacket.  Once I was amongst the trees on the trails the wind was not such a problem and it was cooler except when I rode into an opening with sun.

The activity profile on my Garmin 510 still needs tweaking: I forgot to set the lap distance. I set the lap time to 5 miles which I thought set it. More adjustments. I now have a MTB activity profile to go with my MTB rides.

The ride was 16.39 miles long. The average speed was 12.4 mph. I have remember the gearing and speed riding my MTB is different from a road bike.

Temperature and daylight changes have started the leaves color bonanza. It is beautiful riding on the trails. Sometimes the leaves have fallen in such large amounts the trail is covered. I have to pay attention not to go off the concrete or asphalt trail. I did not see many other people on the trails. There was a father and his two children in the first 2 miles. The boy was riding a balance bike and the girl had training wheels. The trail was nice and wide where we passed.

No biking tomorrow on Thanksgiving Day. Friday and Saturday the weather looks great. I should be able to ride the Stradalli RP-14.

I am now up to 158.38 miles for November and 6330 miles for the year. 170 miles to go.

Texas Bicycling News Digest November 25th

2014 Biking on the North East Texas Trail

from Donnie Robertson

Mountain biking on the NETT from Farmersville to almost Wolfe City on November 24, 2014.

Join GHORBA for a ride at Cypress Creek Trails

Houston Dirty S.O.B.’s (Seniors on Bikes) Mountain Biking

Saturday, November 29, 2014
11:00 AM

Pearland Bridges 48


Sunday, November 30, 2014
7:00 AM
Academy Sports and Outdoors
2804 Business Center Dr., Pearland, TX
Pearland has been elected for this week’s ride. You’ve pigged out on turkey Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Come and burn some energy with us on Sunday morning. We will be rolling out from Academy, in Pearland, at 7AM. The route is about 48 miles. The pace will be somewhere between 15-20 most of the ride. After considering the red lights and stop signs (that we will be stopping at) our avg moving speed should be less than that. It …

Early morning Turkey day Ride!!! Slow Intermediate Ride @ Walnut Creek 7:30 am.

The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group

Thursday, November 27, 2014
7:30 AM
Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
12138 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX
Early morning ride!!! I am going to have seconds maybe even thirds on Thanksgiving, so I need an early ride!!!
I know that this …

Mountain Biking in Texas: Erwin Park, Mckinney


Past the northern suburbs of the city of Dallas and Tarrant county, mountain biking options are few and far in between. Erwin Park has been around since the 90’s and it’s the go to place for local Collin county mountain biking scene.  About 8 miles long, this trail is known to have lots of tree roots that can frustrate many  a newcomer who come and ride it. It is not the fastest flowing trail in DFW, nor is it the most challenging. In spite of this it is challenging enough to keep intermediate riders on their toes and boasts a variety of obstacles that are both …

A different kind of pot peddler rides cross country

By Casey Stinnett        www.yourhoustonnews.com

William “Palito Blanco” Mueller peddled through Dayton, Texas, Monday afternoon, Nov. 24, as part of his 4,200-mile “Plant-a-Seed Tour” bicycle ride to promote awareness of beneficial uses for cannabis and build support for its legalization.
Starting out from St. Augustine, Fla., Nov. 1, he reached Tallahassee by Nov. 7, was in Alabama the next week and Mississippi by Nov. 16. Mueller cycled into Texas Nov. 22.
Stopping for a moment on the shoulder of FM 1960 to …

HBC Urban Challenge – Lake Houston Ride

Houston Bicycle Club

Sun 11/30/14     9:00 a.m.
Distances: 57 – 62 miles
This is an extended version of our regular Urban Challenge Rides. Distance is between 57 and 62 miles with our destination being Lake Houston. We stay in a group but you should be able to maintain a 14 to 16 mph pace. In addition to our stop at the lake, we should have a couple of other rest stops.
Meet: Crestwood Street, just South of Arnot Street, on the eastern edge of Memorial Park.

Race Preview – Black Friday CX – 11.27-28.14

by joeyTWOwheels         texascx.com

It’s the day after Thanksgiving. You’ve already had turkey and all the fixins, maybe a late-night sammich, pecan pie, more stuffing and family than you can imagine.
And you’re done with it.
You’re not a shopper – you race your bike. Hell, you even prefer to order parts online so you have more saddle time.
So, what’s next?
Get yourself a heaving helping of some CX. Andy Hollinger, race director of Black Friday CX, tells us about …

A Colorful Group on a Colorful Ride

Plano Bicycle Association

Bike Rodeos in Brownsville Create a Community


On Saturday, November 22, families in Brownsville gathered at Cabler Park for a chance for their children to learn more about bicycle safety.
Most of the 25 children who attended do not own a bike or a helmet, so the park provided those for practicing new bike skills like signaling turns, coming to a complete stop at stop signs, and passing pedestrians with care. A few of the parents present also took the …

Video edit of Deception’s western trails – Rim Job, Dave’s Ditch and Camp Fire Loop

by hunrugger        forums.mtbr.com

Recent cold November day riding at Deception Trails at Brushy Creek. These are the wester trails created by the BCB Crew and Dave Esper. Riding my 2013 Salsa El Mariachi 29er hard tail.

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