Texas Bicycling News July 26th 2017

Glissette Rides A Bike: Biking on the Bayou

Glissette Santana | urbanedge.blogs.rice.edu

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This is the second installment of a week-long cycling series. Read the first installment here.
Admittedly, it took me a while to hop on a bike after my fall at Critical Mass. My knee — the reason why I had a hard time getting to Levy Park during my public transit series — was acting up throughout the week, giving me even more of an excuse to not get on a bike and finish my challenges in a timely manner.
I procrastinated. I made excuses. And then I procrastinated more until I realized this series needed to be completed or it would be a bust. I figured I would start out easy: a ride around the bayou seemed innocent enough and allowed me the capability to stop just in case my knee decided to give out, as it …





Police ID bicyclist

by Jan Wondra | www.themountainmail.com

Colorado State Patrol identified Bill Pearce, 74, of El Paso, Texas, as the cyclist killed Tuesday when his bicycle veered into the northbound lane of traffic on U.S. 285 about 5 miles north of Poncha Springs.
Pearce, who was wearing a helmet, died at the scene from injuries he sustained when his bicycle was hit by a northbound Ford F-350 pickup driven by Arthur Walker, 60, of Rensselaer, Ind.
Pearce was …


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Close to Reaching July’s Goal Bike Ride

Another Texas July weather bike ride today following my “New Caney – Tavola – Valley Ranch” route for a total of 33.5 miles. This pouts me within 20 miles of my 800 mile goal for July. Calm wind below scattered clouds awaited me as I started riding at 10:42 am. The temperature began at 90 degrees and by the time I finished at 1:15 pm it was up to 97 degrees. This is the type of weather that reminds me of what I thought Texas was like before I moved here in 1971. Crossing the state line in Texarkana January 1st 1971 I expected to see oil wells every where with jackrabbits roaming the pastures. It didn’t take too many miles on the way to Dallas to find out my ideas were wrong.

The ride to Tavola went easier than the return trip even with the supposedly “calm” wind. Stopping at the New Caney Mobil station for ice and water I continued south through Valley Ranch to the Stripes station where I stopped for a couple of minutes in the shade to drink some water before riding to the traffic light and onto Briar Tree. Usually I ride through Oakhurst but today I changed to Auburn Trails exiting on the I-69/US59 south bound service road. I stayed on the service road to Kingwood Drive making the u-turn and passing the new but unopened Kingwood Emergency Hospital. Not sure what is going on with the hospital. They advertised in one of the area newspapers about a hiring fair a few weeks back but today there were three cars in the parking lot which is behind a construction chainlink fence.

No other cyclists crossed my route today. It is rare to see them when I ride to the north.

I wore a new pair of Bellwether Endurance Gel shorts that I received as a warranty replacement for a pair that the seam holding the gel pad in place unraveled. These are very comfortable shorts and fit well too. My fleet of five pair is back to full strength now.

No biking tomorrow but I plan on riding Friday to reach my goal for July.

Link to my Strava.com metrics and map

Texas Bicycling News July 25th 2017

Fort Hood soldier, who may never run again, wins gold medal

Jillian Angeline | www.kcentv.com

NOLANVILLE, Texas — On July 13, Channel 6 introduced viewers to a retired Central Texas Army veteran who recently took home a silver medal at the Department of Defense Warrior Games, but we also wanted to feature his teammate, a gold medal winner. On Tuesday, we got the chance.
SSG Altermese Kendrick sustained a hip and back injury in PT. The injury means she might never be able to run again. But, she refuses to let that prognosis slow her down. …


Sherman sets bike safety goals

By Emily Akins | www.kten.com

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SHERMAN, Texas — Outside summertime activities can not only be hot… but dangerous. The Sherman City Council is working to change that.
On August 7, two new bike ordinances will be proposed. The first would establish a safe distance of three to six feet between a motor vehicle and a bicycle.
The second would require cyclists to have working brakes and lights on …



Year Round Rides

Carrollton Cycling Club | carrolltoncycling.com

Saturday Morning
8:00AM from Broadway at 5th Street, Carrollton
Saturday Morning
8:00AM from Bicycle Plus, 1901 Long Prairie Rd, Flower Mound
Sunday Morning
8:00AM from NW corner of Marsh at Rosemead, Carrollton

March 13, 2017 to Oct. 05, 2017

Monday and Wednesday
C Group “No-Drop”
6:30PM from Irving Bible Church
Monday and Wednesday
A & B Group Rides
6:30PM from Irving Bible Church


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ARR Monthly Club Ride

Saturday, Aug 19, 2017, 9:30 AM

Pace Bend Trailhead
5100 Grisham Trail Spicewood, TX

14 Mountain Bikers Attending

Join us this month as we travel to Pace Bend to ride! Wheels down at 9:30. Arrive early for a special Q &A Bike Maintenance Session with Joe from Monkey wrench Bicycles starts at 8:30! $10 CASH per car entry feeIt’s hot out! We noticed last month that a lot of you wanted to get back to the Air Conditioning after the ride, so we will just be doing …

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Bike ride: Critical Mass

Friday, Aug 25, 2017, 7:00 PM

Market Square Park
300 Travis Street Houston, TX

4 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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8 AM start: Tour de Southern Walnut Creek Trail

Tuesday, Aug 1, 2017, 8:00 AM

Govalle Park
5200 Bolm Rd. Austin, TX

1 Austin Cyclists Attending

We’re riding out at 8 AM for summer coolness.A moderate C-pace ride (roughly 11 to 14 mph) on The Southern Walnut Creek Trail from the trailhead at Govalle Park to the Abrupt End and return. Round trip is about 20 miles. The trail is paved for the entire distance, with a 1/2 mile hill on the outbound. We’ll regroup at the top of the hill on the ou…

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Bid on Circle Drive Road/Bike Safety Improvements in Austin

www.texasbids.net

Prebid: 07/12/17 10:30 AM
Solicitation Title: UPDATED Circle Drive Road/Bike Safety Improvements
Owner Solic Number: Q1706-011-LP Status: design Report: 7882506
Country : United States State: TX County: Travis Location: Austin
Scope: The Consultant shall provide professional engineering services to produce a preliminary schematic alternatives layout, preliminary and final Plans, Specifications, and Estimates (PS&E) documents for the Safety Improvements.
Notes: An optional pre-proposal conference will be held for this project on July 12, 2017 at 10:30 a.m., Central Standard Time, Purchasing Office Conference Room, at 700 Lavaca, Suite 800, Austin, Texas 78701. Q & A deadline: Jul 17, 2017 10:00:00 AM MDT. …

Bullick Hollow Road/Bike Safety Improvements in Austin

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Prebid: 07/12/17 10:00 AM
Solicitation Title: UPDATED Request for Qualification – Bullick Hollow Road/Bike Safety Improvements
Owner Solic Number: Q1706-003-LP Status: design Report: 7882499
Country : United States State: TX County: Travis Location: Austin
Scope: Professional engineering services for the road/bike safety improvements. The Consultant shall provide professional engineering services to produce a preliminary schematic alternatives layout, preliminary and final Plans, Specifications, and Estimates (“PS&E”) documents for the Project.
Notes: An optional pre-proposal conference will be held for this project on July 12, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., Central Standard Time, Purchasing Office Conference Room, at 700 Lavaca, Suite 800, Austin, Texas 78701. Q & A deadline: Jul 17, 2017 10:00:00 AM MDT. …

FM 1382 Phase 2 Hike and Bike Trail

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Reversed Some Roads Bike Ride

I watched stage 4 of the Tour de Wallonie before leaving on today’s bike ride. I decided to ride the “Stroker Road – Huffman” route but changed the direction at FM 2100 to ride south to Stroker Road and then east to Ramsey Road to Old Atascocita Road west. The roads have different look when I ride them in the opposite direction. The distance was 40.2 miles, no change from the usual direction. I am closing in on July’s goal with 747 miles of the 800 mile goal.

The bike ride started at 10:53 am, a little later than I prefer but I saw another cyclist within a half mile of the start on Woodbridge Drive. Our rides crossed before.

The weather was typical Texas July, 90 degrees at the start and 93 at the finish (2:09 pm) with a partly cloudy sky and a south 12 mph wind. The wind was strong enough to provide some cooling effect when it was a headwind. On Ramsey Road biking north the tailwind allowed me to keep my speed around 18 mph with not many watts showing on the Elemnt.

Huffman Chevron provided a 20 minute rest stop arriving at 12:56 with 28.6 miles on the Elemnt. I refilled my water bottle with ice and water and ate some snack crackers I brought along. At first sitting in the shade the breeze didn’t cool me down but after 10 minutes or so it picked up and started to cool me down and ry up some of the perspiration. The Greensheet newspaper was wet when I stood up to leave. From there to the finish was 11+ miles with most of it not battling the wind. Biking across Lake Houston on FM 1960 the wind was coming from my left at an angle that kept it from being a headwind.

More Texas July weather on tap for Wednesday and I plan on biking.

Link to RideWithGPS.com map and metrics

Strava Ride Summary (click the image to go to the Strava page)

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