Texas Bicycling News August 23rd 2017

Hike and bike trail extensions coming to four bayous

By Rebecca Elliott | www.houstonchronicle.com

Hike and bike trail extensions are coming soon to four of Houston’s bayous, after City Council on Wednesday agreed to spend $12.5 million for the next phase of Bayou Greenways 2020, a public-private initiative to expand local parks.
The 13 miles of new trails will put Houston a third of the way to its goal of adding 80 miles of trails along the city’s nine bayous.
“We can barely get the trails in the ground before people are using them … so there is a real hunger for …

Video: HHH volunteers help fill rider pickup packets

By Jack Carney | www.newschannel6now.com

Thousands of riders are heading to Wichita Falls for this weekend’s Hotter’n Hell Hundred, but it’s not able to happen without the dedicated work from the volunteers that help with prep work to ensure the ride goes smoothly and won’t hit any bumps in the road.
“We stuff about 12,000 ride packets to give to the riders. All the coupons, maps, everything that they could use for the ride. We …

Video: Volunteers Prepare Rest Stops for Hotter N’ Hell Hundred

By: Marievel Santiago | www.texomashomepage.com

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX) — As the Hotter N’ Hell Hundred gets closer, it’s all hands on deck for the thousands of volunteers preparing for one of the largest bike rides in the nation. For many of those busy volunteers, they’re focused getting rest stops ready.
Whether a rider needs to repair a bike, seek medical attention they need a quick snack, rest stops are on the map to keep cyclists up on their bikes and moving toward the finish line.
A day before the big ride, rest stop volunteers are on their toes getting their spots ready to roll. …

Bicycling sometimes has natural distractions

Lynn Seman | www.timesrecordnews.com

This is my 10th year to ride in the Hotter’N Hell bicycle race. This amazing event is an experience like no other.
Because I suffer from what I call “Nature Distraction Disorder,” there is no way that I could complete the legendary 100-mile route. Nature distracts me; I could never stay focused long enough to make Hell’s Gate by the cut-off time. (Note: For the 100-mile route, you must meet certain speed requirements.) Instead, I slow down to look at the …

Rice applies to be first Texas Bike Friendly University

Jaecey Parham | www.ricethresher.org

Rice University’s Transportation Demand Management department submitted an application on Aug. 6 for Rice’s designation as a “Bicycle Friendly University,” following a years-long effort to improve biking at Rice.
The League of American Bicyclists will announce new designations this fall. The organization created the Bike Friendly University program as a way to support schools that wish to become better cycling environments.
Rice could be the first university in Houston to become a Bike Friendly University, joining fellow Texas …

It’s Time: #HH100 2017


For over a decade, BikeTexas staff have made the six-hour trip from our home base in Austin to Wichita Falls to attend one of the oldest and largest cycling events in the country: the Hotter’N Hell 100. Now in its 36th year, the event routinely draws around 15,000 riders. And for nearly as long as we’ve been going there, HH100 has been a BikeTexas Event Member, making a generous donation to bike advocacy efforts in Texas, as well as providing us with …

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Approaching Harvey Animates Today’s Bike Ride

I thought a bike ride to the north would take me away from the “love bugs” but they flew around during most of the ride today. I chose the “New Caney – Roman Forest – Valley Ranch” route to ride 40+ miles and ended up biking 42.2 miles. The ride start was delayed until 11:30 as I handled some issues on my “side gig”. My original plan was to leave around 10 am so that I would be back in time to take my niece to get her haircut but with the late start I asked my wife to fill in for me. While I was resolving the issues I watched stage 5 of Vuelta a Espana with a hard uphill finish in the last 2 or 3 kilometers. No hills on my bike ride though.

While I waited I learned that a storm named “Harvey” that had crossed the Yucatan peninsula earlier this week gained strength over the Gulf of Mexico and might come ashore in Texas. If so, lots of rain may be here Friday through Sunday and cause me to not ride which in turn might keep me from reaching my 800 mile goal for August. That is why I lengthened today’s bike ride to 40+ miles. With today’s ride I am up to 662 miles and I plan on riding 40+ miles tomorrow (Thursday) and that would leave 98 miles to hit my goal. It depends on how long the rain stays in the Houston area if at all. Not biking this past Sunday may come back to bite me.

In the meantime today’s weather has no hint of upcoming rain though I rode on a damp Appian Way in Roman Forest near the new Dogwood Elementary school (probably a stray rain cloud). This school has a lot of blue/green sprayed grass covering the dirt which might wash away if we get the amount of rain some weather people are throwing around.

On the way out of Roman Forest I stopped at the Shell station for a water bottle refill to carry me to the Stripes station on FM 1314 where I stopped for about 20 minutes. This was 30.5 miles into the ride at 1:45 pm. I bought some fruit punch Gatorade which tasted weak which is okay because sometimes full-strength can be difficult to handle. The two fruit & grain cereal bars I brought gave me enough energy for the 11+ miles to complete the ride. While I was at Stripes the “love bugs” made a nuisance of themselves flying around and landing on me and anything I had nearby. I will be glad when their “season” is done. The possible heavy rain might wash them away if the cars and trucks with the bugs splattered on the front don’t wipe them out first. When I pulled into the Stripes station a lady had some spray cleaner and paper towels cleaning the bugs off her car. Other people were not as industrious as she was.

Leaving Stripes I rode south through Briar Tree past the soon to be in session elementary and middle schools. Next week I will need to move up the time I ride by them to miss the traffic. Oakhurst doesn’t have any schools so nothing to worry about there but Kings Manor is the next place where I need to keep the school dismissal time in mind. I made my way through Kingwood and finished at 3:02 pm.

Thursday weather looks to bike ride friendly.

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Texas Bicycling News August 22nd 2017

You could pay less to replace that worn out cassette

Industry wins landmark ruling overturning duties on cassettes

by Marc Sani | www.bicycleretailer.com

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — For duty purposes, bike cassettes are once again being treated just like freewheels — exempt from all duty requirements, thanks to a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of International Trade.
The dispute dates to June 2012, when the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service rebuffed Trek Bicycle Corp.’s formal protest over a Customs decision to reclassify cassettes and levy a 10 percent duty on them. Trek, backed by the …

Special Olympics TX athletes to compete in HHH

By Samantha Forester | www.newschannel6now.com

The Hotter’N Hell Hundred kicks off this weekend in Wichita Falls. Newschannel 6 has learned that eight Special Olympics Texas athletes from Wichita Falls will ride in various races, including the Criterium course with professional riders.
Six will compete in various events on Saturday, including the …

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ARR Trail Crew Berm Building – Meet at Lincolnshire Trailhead

Monday, Aug 28, 2017, 6:00 PM

Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
12138 North Lamar Boulevard Austin, TX

4 Mountain Bikers Attending

Meet at the LIncolnshire Trailhead on the southern border of the Park.We will be building berms for turns and drainage diversions as the soil conditions should be ideal for dirt work.   If you are not allergic to poison ivy, we have a special hero job for you!  :)Please sign up here so we know how many to expectWear sturdy boots and bring water …

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ARR Trail Crew Berm Building – Meet at Lincolnshire Trailhead

Tuesday, Aug 29, 2017, 6:00 PM

Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
12138 North Lamar Boulevard Austin, TX

4 Mountain Bikers Attending

Meet at the LIncolnshire Trailhead on the southern border of the Park.We will be building berms for turns and drainage diversions as the soil conditions should be ideal for dirt work.   If you are not allergic to poison ivy, we have a special hero job for you!  :)Please sign up here so we know how many to expectWear sturdy boots and bring water …

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Abilene Wide Open: The Iron Rider and his scrappy hobby

Ronald W Erdrich | www.reporternews.com

I knew when I saw a bathtub behind the bicycle, there was only one guy who would pull something like that in a bicycle race – the Iron Rider.
Since around 2000, John Klemp has been seen on his bicycle towing a trailer stacked with scrap iron and appliances through Abilene to the salvage yards on Pine Street. Most people are surprised he owns a pickup; he’d just rather deliver the …

Top 10 Things to Do at the Hotter’N Hell Hundred

Richard Carter | www.timesrecordnews.com

The Hotter’N Hell Hundred has always been more than just riding bikes for 100 miles (or less, if you choose) in really hot weather.
Fun things to do beckon from the Multi-Purpose Event Center every day of the event, one that attracts some 10,000 to 12,000 bicyclers over four days to tackle the big Endurance Ride or the USA Cycling competitive Road Race.
The Hotter’N Hell, which runs through Aug. 27, also touts fun activities for those who don’t necessarily ride. If you want to check out some great food, watch live bands, eat a ton of spaghetti, watch thrilling bike races or just take in the annual spectacle, here is our list of Top 10 Things to Do at the Hotter’N Hell Hundred.
1. The Start …

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Love Bugs Pests Bike Ride

Love bugs were a pain on the bike ride on the “Atascocita – Walden – Huffman” route today. Most of them were on Old Atascocita Road and later when I stopped at the Huffman Chevron for a rest stop.I could hear the pesky bugs hitting my helmet as I biked on Old Atascocita Road and FM 2100 on the way to Huffman.

Arriving at the chevron 21.6 miles into the ride I went inside to get more ice and water. Picking up the trusty Greensheet newspaper to sit on I headed outside to the shade and what turned out to be flying love bugs bothering me. Swatting them away kept me busy and thinking the stop might be a short one to get away from them. For some reason they liked to land on the nozzle of my water bottle and brushing them away only lasted a few minutes before they reappeared. After 20 minutes I refilled my water bottle and headed out glad to leave the bugs behind but their siblings were along FM 1960 but not as thick. At Lake Houston they seemed to stop and I didn’t miss them.

The weather was hot but some reason at the beginning the intensity of the heat felt less. Maybe the eclipse leftover some effect. I started biking at 11:22 am after a late finish to stage 4 of Vuelta a Espana. The temperature was 90 degrees with scattered clouds and lots of blue sky showing. The wind was an acceptable 5 mph from the SE and humidity was 65% (home weather station data).

After starting I remembered the sidewalk construction along Kingwood Drive in front of Kingwood High School and modified the route to avoid that area. When I got to Kingwood Drive the sidewalk on the east bound lane was poured so I think the next time I will go back to my usual route to test it. School starts next Monday and traffic will increase so I need to keep that in mind.

By the time I finished the bike ride at 2:14 pm the temperature moved up to 94 degrees, humidity dropped to 58% and I was sweating a lot.

I am getting closer to my goal of 800 miles in August after today’s 33.7 miles moved me to within 180 miles.

The next two days’ weather looks great for biking but Friday and Saturday could be very wet. I will need to change my plans to ride around 32 miles each day to 40 or so.

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