Texas Bicycle News Digest July 29th

Huntsville resident gives back through new bike shop

Samuel Beard Jr. For The Huntsville Item

HUNTSVILLE — Timothy Dixon has come full circle in Huntsville.
After years of riding bicycles for exercise, enjoyment, and enlightenment, Dixon has realized a dream that many serious cyclists ponder at one point or another: Opening his own bicycle store. The Bike Spot opened in June, but held a grand opening celebration Saturday with door prizes, hot dogs, hamburgers, cake and lots of people.
Dixon formerly owned Brooks Funeral Home, but sold the…

Houston’s Plan to Make “Bicycle Interstates” Out of Its Utility Network

by Angie Schmitt        usa.streetsblog.org

This post is part of a series featuring stories and research that will be presented at the Pro-Walk/Pro-Bike/Pro-Place conference September 8-11 in Pittsburgh.
Long lanes of grass alongside power lines are almost as ubiquitous in Houston as highways. There are roughly 500 miles of high-voltage utility rights-of-way criss-crossing the city, and they’re mostly just dead spaces, forming weedy barriers between neighborhoods.
What could the city do if it repurposed these underused spaces? Inspired by an article in Rice University’s Cite Magazine, Alyson Fletcher decided to write her master’s thesis at the Cornell University landscape architecture program on that question. She drafted a proposal to turn these linear, grassy areas into a…

Chip Seal

Bike Noob

My wife and I took different routes on our Saturday bike rides, but arrived home within minutes of each other.
“They’ve chip sealed LaCrosse,” I said. “But you already knew that.”
She grimaced. “It was awful,” she said.
“Yeah,” I responded. “I had to use the sidewalk for a few hundred feet, until I got around the truck.”
“Well, my tires are wider than yours, so I could stick it out,” she said. “But it looks like I’ll have to…

Mon Road Ride

San Angelo Bicycle Association

Date(s) – 08/04/2014
6:00 pm – 7:45 pm
Location:  Mary E Lee Park
No Drop Ride
Road Ride
Riders meet at Mary E Lee Road (Nasworthy beach) and ride about 12 miles. This ride is a social (no-drop) ride. Don’t worry about getting left behind on this one. Group leaves out at 6:00PM.
- Night Ride Friday August 1st @ 8:00PM @San Angelo State Park – Burkett Trailhead. FMI Contact Justin @ Concho Bike Shop

Upcoming Rides

El Paso Bicycle Club

Saturday, August 2
Airport/Strauss-7:00 am
Sunday, August 3
Crazy 8-6:30 am
Tuesday, August 5
B/IG Ride & Lesson – Cycling Tips-5:45 pm
Wednesday, August 6
Wednesday Night Ride -5:45 pm
Thursday, August 7
Thursday Night Rollers-6:30 pm
Saturday, August 9
Pecan Pancake Pedal-7:00 am
Sunday, August 10
Triple Threat-7:00 am

Huge Race Week in DFW


This week is another convergence of kick-assery as we have 3 racing opportunities for mountain bikers in DFW within the next 7 days.
Tuesday and Thursday nights at 6pm we have DFW Summer Series races, followed up on Saturday by the Lone Star XC race at Rowlett Creek Preserve.
Registration Links…

Group Riding Skills

Brazos Valley Cyclists

One of the fun and rewarding parts of bicycling, for many people, is a chance to ride in groups. Group rides, ranging from the talkative Monday Social Ride, to the intense Take No Prisoners ride, present a unique set of challenges that are not always immediately apparent to new riders.
What are the best ways to learn good group-riding skills? One source I like are YouTube videos, such as the following one on how to avoid common causes of crashes, and…

Upcoming Events

Brazos Valley Cyclists

Mountain Bike Time Trials
July 31 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every Thursday
Millican Reserve
Bike-Friendly Friday Breakfast
August 1 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every Friday
Blue Baker
Bankers’ Ride
August 2 @ 7:00 am – 11:30 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every Saturday
Prosperity Bank
Flagpole Ride
August 2 @ 8:45 am – 11:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every Saturday
A&M Flagpole

Who is Helping Out at the Bright Futures Fair?


The Street Olympics’ Summer Games have grown to be one of the most popular events of the summer. Founded in 1987, the Summer Games are now a renowned day of great fun with friendly competitions. A major component of the Street Olympics’ Summer Games utilizes exciting, interactive booths and other activities to emphasize the importance of education, preventive health care, and personal safety. The “Final Event” fair targets children, ages six to fifteen and helps them visualize that they too can have bright futures.
BikeHouston will have an interactive booth at the Bright Futures Fair where we will be fitting children with helmets, please consider signing up as a volunteer here.

Critical Mass Houston

Friday, Aug 29, 2014, 7:00 PM

Market Square Park
301 Milam Street

5 Houston Cycling Members Attending

Houston CriticalMass @HoustonCMThe Houston Critical Mass is a bicycling event held on the last Friday of every month. We meet up at Market Square Park in downtown Houston around 7pm.criticalmasshouston.comalso:Critical Mass Houston is a casual bike ride starting from downtown Houston and going wherever. Cars rule the road every day, but one day…

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Get to Know You Ride and Dinner

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014, 6:30 PM

Dallas Bike Works
4875 W Lawther Dr

4 Members Attending

This ride is one of two monthly introductory rides. It will be one lap around the lake (about 11 miles).Beginner pace (8-10 mph pace): one lap at a conversational pace will take about 65 minutes. This is a no-drop ride and we encourage all types of riders to start with this monthly ride before trying one of our faster pace rides. We will not leave…

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One year ago on Texbiker.net July 29th 2013

  • Thrills and spills at Juniors Track National Championships
  • Corinth Cycling
  • Medical examiner identifies 8-year-old girl who died in Frisco bike accident
  • Cities of McAllen & Pharr Awarded Federal/State Funds to Enhance Hike & Bike Trails for Safety, Health, and Beautification
  • Children Shine At Special Needs Camp
  • 3nd Annual CPR Ride and Summer Picnic
  • NICA High School Cycling News Round-up – July 29, 2013
  • New MTB Trails at Buescher State Park to open August 15, 2013


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Texas Bicycling News Digest July 28th

Tour de Gap

Pedal Pushers

Buffalo Gap, Texas
July 26, 2014

Ready for the ride: Cindy and Jerry Middleton …

In Arlington On A Village Creek Bike Ride With An Indian Ghost Sighting On The Last Sunday Of July

Durango Texas

Yesterday a benefactor benefacted me with a new Sony camcorder camera.
I find the older I get the more averse I am to learning something new, or figuring out something new.
This new camera apparently does all sorts of cool things, like it takes 3D photos. However, …

Train Like A Tour de France Cyclist

Team San Angelo

I’ve heard comments from fellow cyclists over the past couple of weeks that went something like “I wish I could ride half as fast as those guys in the Tour de France — what is their secret?”
My response was “You could — if you trained just half as hard and half as smart as they do.”
Although the cyclists who make it into the ranks of elite professional racers are genetically gifted, their workout regimen is also among the most grueling of all professional sports.
To be competitive at the upper end of professional cycling, these riders must be capable of performing at an almost superhuman level.
They achieve that level by following carefully structured training programs designed to…

Bike Barn Youth Cycling League – Final Session, Class 1.

Alkek Velodrome

Bike skills, Starting and stopping, Ride the Track, Partner Riding, Slow Race, and Basic Track Etiquette. Huge class!!!

Teen on bike struck by ambulance on Galveston’s seawall

By T.J. AULDS        www.galvestondailynews.com

GALVESTON — A teenager is recovering from injuries sustained when he was struck by an ambulance while riding his bicycle on Seawall Boulevard Sunday night.
The 15-year-old boy was headed east in the westbound lane of Seawall Boulevard at about 10:30 p.m. An ambulance was in the right lane headed west when…

Bike Ride from Jasper’s to Axtell TX and back

by Pecos 45        www.baylorfans.com

So yesterday I met my good buddy Dave (“Dave? Dave’s not here!”) in Waco to pick up some lumber he had cut for the bed of a 1953 Chevy pickup I inherited. We decided to do a bike ride from Jasper’s BBQ out to the tiny community of Axtell, come back and eat lunch at…

Dirt Biker Damages Wee-Chi-Tah Off Road Bike Trail


With the annual Hotter n Hell bike ride just four weeks away, volunteers are now busy each weekend getting a popular biking and running trail ready races.
A dirt biker has taken advantage of recent rains and created deep, muddy ruts in the Wee-Chi-Tah Off-Road trail. But trail officials say the ruts are not only an eyesore, they are a potential danger to anyone who runs or rides on the trail.
Larry Brown has mountain biked the Wee-Chit-Tah Off-Road trail for nearly a decade. He says trail damage recently caused by a dirt biker grinds his gears.
“When those ruts are in the middle of a trail you tend to focus on that and when your tire…

Cross-country trip promotes animal adoption

By Susan Redden        www.joplinglobe.com

OPLIN, Mo. — Where’s Bixby?
Not the town in Oklahoma, but the dog on the back of a bicycle ridden by Mike Minnick.
On Monday, the two were in Joplin, one stop on a cross-country bike trip to promote the adoption of dogs and cats from local shelters.
Minnick, 38, of Austin, Texas, said he started the journey May 15, 2013. Since then, he and Bixby have ridden thousands of miles, encouraging shelter adoptions and recording their journey on Facebook and Instagram.
The two started with a 600-mile “exploratory” trip across Texas, Minnick said.
“I wanted to see if…

RAJC-Ride Across Johnson County

Fort Worth Bicycling Association

Sunday, August 03, 2014 8:00 am
Formerly known as Burleson Shady when I first joined the club and hosted by John Roberts. One of my favs! and a great stand-by route, especially in the summer. Easy to follow, lots of shade, few hills, plenty of stores, lots of scenery, lots of farm animals and cows, maybe a cloud or two, and a easy finish. Could you ask for anything more??
Come on out for a casual Sunday ride. Whether its your only ride for the weekend, or you need something to smother the fire after the Blazing Saddles ride in Granbury.
Cue sheets and cycling buddies provided.  Routes…

One year ago on Texbiker.net July 28th 2013

  • Dorba race Sept 22nd
  • Juniors Track Nationals ends with scratch races and Madison
  • Looking for wide bike trails
  • Hello From Texas
  • Let’s Ride Sweet 16 – Mountain Biking Barton Creek Greenbelt


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11 Miles Into the Wind

I wanted to leave before 9 AM this morning to get a jump on the heat but I couldn’t get out the door and down the driveway until 9:30. By then it was already 83 degrees. The weather was great for biking with scattered clouds and a light breeze.

This needed to be a longer ride so I went north along US59 to SR242. The ride went well until turning west on SR242. For the 11 miles on SR242 I was riding into the wind. My speed bogged down to 14.5 to 15.5 mph. There are some rolling hills around Fire Tower Road and I slowed down going up the hills. I took a quick stop at the Shell station at FM1485 and SR242 to get some ice to carry me to the Stripes station on FM1314.

Once I reached FM1314 the wind moved to my right rear quarter and I picked up speed to the Stripes station. After passing Gene Campbell Road going to Porter I shifted into the big front ring and sped up to almost 25 mph for a few miles. The Garmin Edge 510 recorded an interval change and when I looked down the interval I just completed took 15:33. This is about 2 minutes faster than normal. Unless I am going downhill 25 mph is a rarity.

The stop at Stripes was about 35 minutes long as I enjoyed the shade, snack and cold drink. This was at the 37.75 mile point. The total ride distance was 48.57 miles and I averaged 16.2 mph.

The Houston Chronicle had an article this morning about the Grand Parkway construction. The land clearing is going on along the corridor between I-45 and US59. Many changes are expected once the construction is complete with housing and commercial. Houston is booming. I hope we don’t overcook it. Many of the subdivisions I bike through have a number of homes under construction as well. The logging and clearing north of FM1314 is making progress. The land is now more clear than wooded. I was passed by one logging truck full of logs on FM1314 and a couple passed me on SR242 that were empty.

Mileage standings:

  • 48.57 miles this week
  • 769.32 miles for July (53 miles over my goal)
  • 4144 miles year to date
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Texas Bicycling Blog and News Digest July 27th

3 things I prefer about cycling in Austin, Texas

By Andreas        www.londoncyclist.co.uk

For a gallon of petrol (3.785411784 litres – give or take) in Austin, Texas you pay £1.96. In the UK, we would pay £4.96. With such bargain fuel prices, why ride a bike or walk?
For me the answer was two-fold: Necessity and a love of cycling.
I was in Austin, Texas for a couple of months at the start of this year for work, and I needed to get around. I didn’t particularly want to rent a car for two months and I certainly couldn’t buy one.
Therefore, the bike was the best option.
Also, I don’t know if you can tell this, but I love cycling. I thought it would be the perfect way to get to know Austin.
But less about me, and more about Austin.
1. You can ride on the pavement
Outside of the busy downtown area, you are free to ride on the pavement. This instantly creates a huge network of cycle paths that are physically separated from traffic. With…

Official GHORBA Group Ride At Warda


Join GHORBA’s recently appointed official ride coordinator, Gabriela Tamez, at Warda for a funtastic no-drop ride.  Non-alchoholic resfreshments and snacks will be provided.
We’re meeting at the trailhead at 9am on 8/9/2014

Mid-summer Adjustments

Bike Noob

Summer is not shaking out the way I’d planned. I’m worked roughly half days, in the mornings, and was looking forward to doing some regular riding when I got home in the afternoon.
But afternoons in Central Texas are ridiculously hot right now, and the thought of getting out on the bike when it’s 98 degrees (37C) is unappealing.
So I was glad to get Friday morning off and hit the road for the club’s weekly ride to the zoo.
What I didn’t realize is that the turnout for the ride is made up of A riders. I guess the B’s are all working or don’t want to try to keep up with the fast guys.
After about three miles, it became apparent that I would not be keeping up with them, either. I was way off the back. Luckily, I had company. My friend Rick, who had just returned from a week in…

Focusing on bicycle safety

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Preventing Two-Wheeled Tragedies: The Mistakes We All Make
In the warmer summer months, more people are out bicycling—for exercise, recreation, or to run errands, commute to work, or conserve energy. From 2000 to 2012, the number of Americans traveling to work by bicycle increased from…

TxDOT seeks public input on long-range transportation plan

By Sarah Rafique        lubbockonline.com

Public invited to meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday
The Texas Department of Transportation is stopping in Lubbock Thursday as part of a series of 25 statewide public meetings to welcome citizens’ feedback on a long-range plan for the state’s future transportation needs.
The meeting will be from 5:30 to 7: 30 p.m. Thursday at the Lubbock TxDOT District Office Training Center, at 135 Slaton Road.
During the meeting, residents can ask questions and provide written comments on the direction of the plan, which is scheduled to be completed and ready for public hearing and adoption by the Texas Transportation Commission this fall.
The Texas Transportation Plan 2040 will define TxDOT’s long-range goals for all transportation modes — roadways, transit, rail, ports, aviation, pedestrian, bicycle…

Team USA earns three silver medals as BMX Worlds conclude with Supercross finals


Rotterdam, Netherlands (July 27, 2014) – Team USA Cycling collected three more silver medals as the 2014 UCI BMX World Championships concluded on Sunday with the Supercross finals.
Shealen Reno (Plano, Texas/Hyper Bicycles) and Sean Gaian (Santee, Calif./GT Bicycles) placed second in the junior races while Alise Post (St. Cloud, Minn./Redline) raced to silver in the elite women’s contest.
After five days of competing in Rotterdam, Team USA tallied…

dfwbike social ride group picture. Thanks to all who came out!

2 laps around the lake and cold drinks

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014, 6:30 PM

Dallas Bike Works
4875 W Lawther Dr

2 Members Attending

Pending clear weather – a couple of laps around White Rock Lake at a 15 mph pace followed by dinner and/or drinks at the Lakehouse.

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New CC Cycle Club Kits are here!

Corpus Christi Cycle Club

Third Thursday Time Trial Series Race 6

West Texas Cycling Association

Date: August 14, 2014
Location: Lubbock, TX
Contact: Brian Alger
Details: DATE CHANGE: AUGUST 14, 2014. Chapparal Cycling Club, as a part of the West Texas Cycling Association, will be hosting the 2014 Third Thursday Time Trial series. We will be looking for a few volunteers to help at each event as the series can not happen without you. No experience necessary. Meet at the intersection of CR7300 & CR3600 (Horseshoe Bend) at 6:00pm. Race starts at 6:30pm. The course is an 11 mile counterclockwise circuit heading east on CR7300, then north on CR3860, then west on CR6950 and finally south on CR3700 back to the start.

One year ago on Texbiker.net July 27th 2013

  • Eight national titles awarded at Juniors Track Nationals on Friday
  • Biketown owner MacDonald expecting another successful Tour de Gap
  • Tour de Cure – DFW
  • Sterling grad to bike across west: Personal impact drives Shaver to ride for research
  • Frisco girl dies after falling off bicycle on off-road trail at park


New Event Added to Texbiker.net Calendar


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