Texas Bicycling News August 20th 2017

VBikes no longer require deposit


VBikes, the company in charge of all the yellow-wheeled rental bicycles around Denton, has made a major change.
Now, the company will not require users to put in a $99 deposit to use the bicycles, and will only charge the $1 an hour fee for usage. In a press release …

Eagle, butterfly bikes to take wing at Hotter’N Hell

Lana Sweeten-Shults | www.timesrecordnews.com

When it comes to the Hotter’N Hell Hundred, it’s always a zoo out there, considering the 10,000 to 12,000 cyclists that show up annually to the largest single-day biking event.
But it will be even more of a zoo, thanks to an appearance by the Austin Bike Zoo, a group of engineer artists that do more than tinker with bikes. They morph them into pedal-powered creatures.
Think an 80-feet-long bike snake.
Or a bike bat with an 8-feet-long wingspan.
Or a 12-feet-high, light-’em-up praying mantis.
The group — an interesting amalgamation of engineer-artists who create these …

Leon Creek — Intermediate MTB Slow Pace

Tuesday, Aug 22, 2017, 8:00 AM

Leon Creek Greenway – Mainland Trailhead
8198 Mainland Drive San Antonio, TX

1 Mountain Bikers Attending

We will begin at the Mainland Trailhead just off of Bandera Road and then follow the Leon Creek Greenway up to OP and back to Leon.We will stop for accidents, flat tires or other mechanical problems, or if your energy is low and you absolutely have to eat something. As we ride If there is any kind of problem or need something then the rider can sho…

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Leon Creek — Intermediate MTB Slow Pace

Wednesday, Aug 23, 2017, 8:00 AM

Leon Creek Greenway – Mainland Trailhead
8198 Mainland Drive San Antonio, TX

1 Mountain Bikers Attending

We will begin at the Mainland Trailhead just off of Bandera Road and then follow the Leon Creek Greenway up to OP and back to Leon.We will stop for accidents, flat tires or other mechanical problems, or if your energy is low and you absolutely have to eat something. As we ride If there is any kind of problem or need something then the rider can sho…

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Transportation services to host abandoned bike sale

Reece Nations | www.dailytoreador.com

Texas Tech Transportation & Parking Services will host its annual abandoned bicycle sale on Monday, August 21 and August 28, starting at 8 a.m. Students and employees will be able to purchase used bikes online through their My Parking Account, according to the TPS webpage.
Every bike will be sold in used condition for $40 each. All purchased bicycles will come with a new U-lock and will be automatically registered to the customer’s …


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Flashback: Fireworks ordinance gets makeover

By Mark Wilson | www.yourglenrosetx.com

… The council members voted 5-0 to approve $6,000 for the CareFlite Paluxy Pedal bicycle ride event, which will be Oct. 7 in Glen Rose. Proceeds from the Paluxy Pedal, will benefit the LDL Educational Resources Foundation, which supports education, health and environmental projects for people in Somervell and adjacent counties. …

Cyclists hit the road for 22nd annual Vernon Burnin’ Bike Ride


More than 200 cyclists hit the streets in parts of Wilbarger and Foard counties at about 7:30 on a warm, muggy Saturday morning for the 22nd annual Vernon Burnin’ Bike Ride.
The annual ride, which is co-sponsored by the …

Educator for everyone, Stephens’ newest principal does it all


Stephens Elementary School will start this school year with a new principal in Jeffrey Waller. The West Texas native has an extensive career in various roles in education and enjoys teaching both children and adults. He attended Odessa College in Midland then went on to attend the University of North Texas in Denton where he earned his bachelor of science and then went on to get his master of education at Texas Christian University. He has taught and coached at several school districts in North Texas. …

… You mentioned you liked being outdoors – what sort of things do you like to do?

I’m an avid cyclist, I race for a local cycling team, Frisco Crest RBM; I’ll be going to the Hotter’N Hell and racing the 100K with my team and then we’ll go to state. I do triathlons – once the season is over for road racing then I’ll pick up triathlons. I’m about to get back into track racing, and I …

Bike ride: Critical Mass

Friday, Aug 25, 2017, 7:00 PM

Market Square Park
300 Travis Street Houston, TX

18 Outdoor Adventurers Attending

We will meet at the corner of Milam and Congress on Market square across from Barnaby’s Café.Parking suggestion is City of Houston Lot “H” jury parking lot 1643 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77007. There are lots ($7-$10) all over the place. Get there early to give you time to find one.Approximately 15 mile ride.From the Critical Mass Website: “Criti…

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Dallas Bike Ride Early Registration Now Open


BikeTexas is delighted to be partnering with a new, 20-mile, closed-course, recreational bike ride coming this fall!
Dallas Bike Ride is Saturday, November 4th at 8 AM, and early bird registration is now open. Visit https://dallasbikeride.com to learn more and sign up today.
This family-friendly day out is much more than a bike ride: 20 miles of car-free fun, free bike mechanic support, music along the course, rest stops with snacks, and a party at the …

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Stopped Up Toilet, Biker Fixing A Flat Bike Ride

The ride did start early today (early for me that is) but I was delayed by a stopped up toilet that I had to repair. The Elemnt’s start button was pushed at 8:57 am as I headed out on the “New Caney – Tavola – Valley Ranch” route. I selected this ride to the north because the Lake Houston 5K/10K run was going on around the YMCA on W. Lake Houston parkway and traffic would be a nightmare. With this start time the temperature was 85 with 80% humidity so the lower degrees was offset by all of the moisture in the air. It didn’t take long for me to produce lots of sweat but moving helped cool me. Later when I finished at 11:35 am the temperature was 94 but the humidity dropped to 68%, not great but better. A partly cloudy sky and light 6 mph breeze from the west completed the weather scene.

I passed another cyclist around Elm Grove Elementary School around 1.7 miles into the ride. Later I saw another bicyclist sitting on the curb fixing a tire on Avalon Park Drive and Briar Berry Lane. A Montgomery County Deputy Sheriff was parked a few feet away with the amber flashers on alerting the surprisingly heavy traffic on  Avalon Park. Normally this little section is void of traffic and I never saw a bicyclist there before. I would’ve stopped but he looked like he was okay and all of the traffic made it difficult for me to ride to where he sat.

Riding on Valley Ranch Parkway the many yellow wildflowers in the grass caught my eye.

No rest stops today because I was trying to finish the ride in time to watch some of the Vuelta a Espana TTT live but I didn’t make it. I stopped at the New Caney Mobil station at FM 1485 and I-69/US59 for ice and water to carry me home. I will watch the TTT replay instead.

I am making progress in the National Bike Challenge rankings.

National Bike Challenge Standing

As of today I am at 168 miles for the week, 551 miles for the month and 5126 miles for the year. I am not biking tomorrow to rest but will resume on Monday. This will be the fewest miles biked in a week since the week of June 19th when I rode 148.8 miles. I am 249 miles away from my goal for August and 1674 miles away from my goal for the year. My legs feel like they need some time off.

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Texas Bicycling News August 18th 2017

Camp teaches kids with Down syndrome, autism to ride a bike

By Nicole Villalpando | www.mystatesman.com

Inside the pavilion at Dripping Springs Ranch Park, bikes are lined up by size along one wall, just waiting for their riders.
They look like ordinary kids bikes, except these have a handlebar on the back of the seat and an extra rubber wheel on the back.
These two tweaks are how I Can Shine teaches kids with Down syndrome, autism and other physical and …

Video: Busy Bike Shops Ahead of Hotter ‘N Hell

By: Landon McBride | www.texomashomepage.com

With the Hotter ‘N Hell Hundred kickoff just a week away, many riders are in condition and ready to ride, but still need to make sure their bikes are too.
Both Endurance House and The Bike Stop say they have plenty of work to do but expect it to get even busier next week.
Riders who are ready to ride still have one important thing to check off before rolling into the long line next week, making sure their bikes are ready too.
“It’s been pretty busy people are bringing in their last-minute tune ups to have their bikes checked over for the big ride,” said Larry Hein from Bike Stop. “Lot of flat tires, so the folks have been training a lot on the …

Cove House fundraiser draws 115 cyclists

By Jeff Steers | kdhnews.com

The 63-mile bicycle ride for Glenn Moreau should have been a drop in the bucket for the experienced bicycle rider.
The Copperas Cove resident participates in a 545-mile jaunt annually.
Moreau was one of 115 cyclists who rode in the 17th annual Cove House Classic Bike Tour event Saturday to benefit the …

First human-powered two-wheel device in San Antonio was a velocipede — an early form of bicycle.

By Hugh Hemphill | www.expressnews.com

The first recorded two-wheeled human powered device to appear in the Alamo city was a velocipede built by a man only known as Mr. Muhl in 1869, quite likely using bicycle wheels advertised on the same page of the San Antonio Daily Herald. The velocipede was an early type of bicycle. Sometimes they had no pedals and the rider essentially ran while sitting, raising his feet while going downhill and walking up them. Some had pedals connected directly to the front wheel, like a toddler’s trike today. Regarding Muhl’s achievement, the paper gushed, “Who will hereafter …


Saturday, Aug 26, 2017, 8:15 AM

Don’s Automotive Repair
1636 S 1st St Austin, TX

1 Austin Cyclists Attending

OK, we are going to ride the very mellow car-free Walnut Creek trail.  We leave from Don’s Automotive on South First, meet 8:15, WHEELS DOWN 8:30 Five miles to the trail head, trail is about 10-15 miles out. (??)   So about 32 miles total.  BUT, you can fall in at the Govalle Park parking lot on Bolm Rd. alternatively.  Please RSVP with comment pos…

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Captains Blog – 08/18/17 – Conquer the Coast

by Sameer Gokhale | cycling.powweb.com

Conquer the Coast
Couple of days back, this little event popped up in my news feed on Facebook. It looked interesting enough for me to dig a bit deeper. In short, it’s seems like a fun ride along the coast with some challenging sections.
Their 66 mile route description – “A challenge for even the most seasoned cyclist, this is the course that separates the joy riders from the die-hards. As you make your way over the Harbor Bridge within the first mile, you realize this is no ordinary ride. Once complete, …

This weekend’s rides: Liberty Hill! Red Horn!

by Thomas | steinerranchcycling.com

NOTE: If you have not yet taken advantage of your complementary Squeeze and Freeze at Champion Cryotherapy, do it soon! I have mine scheduled for 1pm Saturday. Afterward, please shoot them a review on Google and/or Yelp.
This Saturday will be nice and hot again. Let’s get all sweaty together and head up to Liberty Hill on a 60ish mile ride (https://www.strava.com/routes/7664897). After the ride we …

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