Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup December 12th

SRAM Cable and Housing Cutter
urbanvelo.org

When my trusty old home-mechanic-quality cable cutter finally gave up the ghost this year, I turned to my local bike shop for a recommendation. I had expected them to suggest one with blue handles, but instead they enthusiastically suggested the SRAM cable and housing cutter. In fact, both the shop owner and mechanic claim it’s the only…

Jingle Bell Ride & Holiday Folly
Austin Ridge Riders
Saturday, December 17, 2011 – 18:30 – 22:00
Northwest Balcones Park, 10201 Talleyran, 78750
Don your red & green socks, strap on some silver bells and wrap some garland or holly on your two-wheeled steed and join us for a fun, family-friendly neighborhood ride to see some spectacular home decorations and partake in some holiday spirit. We might even decide to celebrate as a capella bike choir carollers! Santa’s favorit elf, CIndy W. is scouting out the best route for…

CHAPARRAL BEST All-ROUND RACER
West Texas Cycling Association
The Chaparrals have two traveling awards for Best All-Round Racer (BAR) of the year, styled after a long-time British tradition. We have a Off-Road BAR and a Road BAR. Points are accumulated by racing in either USAC-sanctioned or outlaw races (the outlaw races must have been designated as a “race”. For example, the Steamin’ Wheels in Abilene is a bona-fide outlaw race, but the Tour de Muleshoe is simply a tour where people like to hammer. Use the below listed points schedule to figure your points. The BAR point structure covers both road and…

Houston Randonneurs 2012 Brevet Schedule

Interlochen Christmas Ride – Lone Star Cyclists
Pace: Viewing (so dress extra warm!)
Date: Thursday, December 15, 2011 – 6:15pm
Location: River Legacy Park, 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd
Join the Thursday night riders for a tour of Interlochen’s Christmas lights the day BEFORE it officially opens, (I’m thinking fewer cars??). These are some of the best Christmas lights anywhere and even more fun to view by bicycle! Meet near the pavilion and be ready to ride at 6:15 PM. Front and back lights are required for your bike but feel free to express your inner Santa with decorations on yourself or your bike.

San Antonio Wheelmen Rides
Saturday, December 17:  Elmendorf Ride

Sunday, December 18:  Comfort-Lady Bird Loop Ride

Saturday,  December 24:  Christmas Eve Leaderless Ride

Sunday, December 25:  Christmas Day Leaderless Ride

Saturday, December 31:  New Year’s Eve Ride

Sunday, January 1:  New Year’s Leaderless Ride

It was 64 degrees in Houston today but the cold weather will be back. Be prepared.

Turn Old Bike Shorts into a Winter Wind Blocking Layer
posted by Tyler (Editor)        www.bikerumor.com

Chances are you have a pair of old cycling shorts that have been pushed out of your regular rotation, forgotten in the back of the drawer. Now you can give them a new life.

I’ve found that many winter rights tights put wind blocking material over the knees and thighs only to stop short of the most critical parts, leaving your crotch subject to arctic air blowing across your bits and pieces at 15-20mph. If the tights have a chamois built in, the problem is compounded because it’s not practical to wear…

Groceries by Bike
by minorbaker        Austin on Two Wheels

Two years ago, the downtown Whole Foods decided to explore doing deliveries by bike.  I have been wanting to start a monthly segment highlighting jobs in the Austin area where people are making a living on a bike.  Whole Foods is a perfect starting point. I arranged a time to meet up with Matt Whetstone, the coordinator for bike deliveries.  While we waited for an…

The Dallas Bike Plan is stalled and here’s why
by Christopher Curnutt        Biking in Dallas

Well *I* don’t have the money, I thought YOU had the money!

While on one hand we have a modern Dallas Bike Plan, on the other we lack a plan of execution.  Or more specifically, we lack the funds to execute that plan.  Seems nobody mentioned that detail to the city council when they were having the plan drawn up.  So mix in a little right hand not talking to the left hand for flavor. …

Plano Safer For Bicyclists
The city of Plano is investing in new signs to direct cyclists and alert drivers.
By Catherine Ross        www.nbcdfw.com

According to Plano Police Department numbers, in 2009 and 2010, more than 50 cyclists were injured while riding on city streets.

While Garland’s Greg Stone hasn’t experienced a serious accident personally, he sees how it could happen.

“Sometimes it’s hard to find a good, safe way to get to work,” he said.

Stone rides more than 16 miles per day, commuting by bike to his job in Plano. Soon, however, his…

P&Z clears path for bicycle, pedestrian plan
Public hearing and vote by council on proposal is expected in February
By Lowell Brown / Staff Writer        Denton Record-Chronicle
The city’s proposed bicycle and pedestrian plan cleared another hurdle Wednesday.

The Planning and Zoning Commission voted 7-0 to recommend approval of the plan, which now heads to the City Council for final action. A public hearing and vote is expected in February.

The plan takes stock of existing conditions for bicyclists and pedestrians, suggests roadway design standards and offers short- and…

The BikeConsole iPhone Mount – Installation and Review
by Justin            The Plano Cyclist

Since I am an early adopter, and needed the ability to move appointments and send harassing text messages verbally, I actually stood in a line to upgrade to the iPhone 4S. As I stood in my line, I was Googling away on my perfectly functioning iPhone 3G, looking for a bike mount for the new phone. I am afraid to admit that I’m a headphone guy; I love having music on my rides. I do feel a little guilty sometimes because everyone says “You’ll die if you can’t hear the car that’s going to run you over”. I can’t bunny hop, so I don’t see myself doing…

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