Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for January 4th

Performance recalls 2,900 Forte pedals
Bicycle Retailer & Industry News
CHAPEL HILL, NC (BRAIN)—Performance, Inc., is working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall about 2,900 Forte Pro Carbon road pedals. The pedal body can break, causing the rider to lose control. The company has received reports of three pedals breaking; no injuries were reported.

The 2011 model year pedals have black bodies made of a carbon-injected thermoplastic. The front, top of the pedal has “Carbon” printed in red; the top middle has “EPS-R” embossed in the body with the “R” in red and on…

Safety in numbers: more walkers and bicyclists, safer walking and bicycling.
by: P. L. Jacobsen
Injury prevention : journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention, Vol. 9, No. 3. (1 September 2003), pp. 205-209.
X Abstract

A motorist is less likely to collide with a person walking and bicycling if more people walk or bicycle. Policies that increase the numbers of people walking and bicycling appear to be an effective route to improving the safety of people walking and bicycling.

With all of the trees being cut down due to the drought and pine bark beatles this is a way to use some of the output.

Converting Condemned Trees into Bikes
by Mark Frauenfelder        Make Magazine

Urban Tree to Bicycle from Spots Unknown on Vimeo.

Jeff Diehl made this short film about Bill Holloway and Mauro Hernandez, of Masterworks Woodworking, who “salvage condemned city trees, then build beautiful bicycles out of them.”

He says:
The story of these bikes goes from the felling of a family’s guardian tree, through the woodworking process, and finally, the completion of art you can ride.

They’re self-taught, and the custom bikes are an offshoot of their larger woodworking and detailing business. Bill is a native San Franciscan, and his family has deep roots here. The dynamic between him and Mauro is a compelling…

Kid Trips Event – Austin Ridge Riders
Saturday, January 14, 2012 – 13:00 – 16:00
Kid Trips will be conducting our 4th annual Girl Scouts ride at Colorado Bend State Park near Lampassas on Saturday January 14. We will carpool from Austin leaving at 9:45 a.m. to arrive by 11 a.m. to be ready for the Kid Trips ride with the girl scouts beginning at 1 p.m. (to conclude around 4 p.m.).
If you haven’t been to Colorado Bend you’re missing a great ride venue. And the girls scouts are a pure joy to ride along with. …

Trail Section to Close for Implosion
by Paul Sorelle         bikehouston.org
A section of the Brays Bike Trail in the Texas Medical Center will be closed Sunday morning from 6:45 a.m. to noon while contractors implode the Houston Main Building for The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

The section of the trail from Fannin St. to Bertner Ave. will be closed to bicyclists and pedestrians. Bicyclists can use Braeswood Blvd. as an alternate route during the trail closure.

See Safety Perimeter for Implosion for information on street closures.

Georgetown Cyclopaths of Texas Ride Schedule

San Angelo Bicycling Association
Concho Bike
Randy’s Bike and Run
January 7 and 14
9 a.m-3 p.m.
Club officers and members will be on site each day to assist the application process. Dry shirt will be available at the January 17 meeting.
Membership Meeting
January 17, 2012
7 p.m.
Hospitality House, across the street from the Harris Avenue Baptist Church, 1026 E. Harris.
The club will be providing beverages. Please bring snacks.
Club t-shirts (dry-fit) will be available at this meeting for members to pick up. Each membership comes with one t-shirt. You will need to purchase any extras you may need for $9.95.

Bicycle Retailer & Industry News
BERKELEY, CA (BRAIN)—The National Interscholastic Cycling Association, which organizes high school mountain bike racing leagues in several states, says it expects to have licensed 1,000 mountain bike coaches in the U.S. by the end of 2012.

NICA trained 250 coaches in 2011. The coaches are trained in cycling and coaching skills and wilderness first aid. There are now more than 500 licensed NICA coaches.

NICA will hold Leaders’ Summits and wilderness first aid courses this spring in Utah, Minnesota and Colorado, and this fall in Northern California, Southern California, Texas, …

USA Cycling to provide live online video of elite ‘cross championships
By: Cycling News
Watch all the women’s and men’s action from Madison, Wisconsin
You don’t have to brave the elements in Madison, Wisconsin this weekend to watch all the action from the elite/U23 women’s and elite men’s races at the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships.

USA Cycling is providing live streaming video coverage of both the elite/U23 women’s and elite men’s national cyclo-cross championships from Badger Prairie Park on Sunday, January 8. …

5th Annual LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour Jerseys Have Arrived!
Those planning to ride in this iconic Texas ride in the magnificent Texas Hill Country just west of Austin will find these jerseys available for purchase at any of the three Ride Away Bicycles locations in San Antonio (Huebner Oaks Center, 1604 @ Redland, and 1604 @ Culebra).

Those riders outside the San Antonio area wishing to order one may do so as follows:  Send check for $90 ($85 jersey cost + $5 S&H), payable to “Friends of LBJ NHP”, to:
Nolan Kuehn, LBJ 100 Ride Chair
29370 Duberry Ridge
Fair Oaks Ranch, TX 78015
For details of jersey design, go to the ride web site, www.LBJ100BicycleTour.org

Corinth trail beauty
by bikedenton

I haven’t written much for BikeDenton lately, but I’m still riding around and taking photos. We’ve had some golden weather, and I’ve taken my own advice to get off the internet and ride a bike. As often as possible.

Just before the new year, I went out and explored the Corinth mountain bike trails on my CX bike, and I snapped these photos on the  first section, just off the Denton Katy rail trail. It’s the least challenging section of the trails, but I really like the aesthetic. Creek, grazing horses and cows, barns, timber fence. The rest of the trail is twisty, as it has to be in such a small space, but it’s still fun to ride and easy enough that I’ve done it on wider road tires…

Our Thoughts are with Liberty Kat aka Misty
by Christopher Curnutt            Biking in Dallas

For those of you who are not aware, last Saturday Kat crashed during a downhill on the group ride in McKinney.  Someone who was with her said that they noticed her front wheel began to wobble and the next thing they knew she was down.  After the crash her chain was undone but that could have been a result of the…

Taking your dream out for a spin from the Pacific to the Atlantic
M. Kate West, Chester Editor        plumasnews.com
After cycling for more than two months across the southern United States, Seneca Healthcare District CEO Doug Self treats himself to a bit of well-earned fun in the surf when he reaches his destination Nov 18: Jacksonville Beach, Fla.

“I’ve been a cyclist since I was a young teen. I bought my first bike, a Schwinn model, for $150, with money I earned working 30 hours a week in a fast food restaurant,” said Seneca Healthcare District Chief Executive Officer Doug Self.

He grew up in Wichita Falls, Texas, where there is an annual bike ride called the “Hotter than Hell 100.” …

Recreational Sports Calendar & Sign-up Sheet – Jan. 4, 2012
San Antonio Express-News
Bicycling: Today, 8 a.m., Wheelers Senior Ride, 30 miles, Floore’s Country Store, Helotes. 210-643-0314.

Bicycling: Saturday, 9 a.m., Bullis Park Ride, 21, 34, 48 and 66 miles, Bullis County Park. 210-862-6559. …More

2012 Hill Country Ride For AIDS: Annual Texas Bike Ride
BY Rebekkah Adams        askmissa.com
Although it is still winter, here in Texas we are already gearing up for the summer weather and all that it brings. Included in this is one of the best forms of exercise: biking. Of course, this is good to do recreationally for health and fitness but in Austin we also host a number of charity rides. The Hill Country Ride for AIDS, an annual Texas bike ride, does not take place until April 28th but it is never too early to start training. To build up expectations and encourage participants to train, they are holding a series of events between now and the ride itself. It all begins on January 13th with the Kick-Off Party at Austin Music Hall. …

Why Be Offended By Winning?
By Justin            The Plano Cyclist
I finally got my trophy from the 2011 Tour De BBQ in the mail the other day. I was (to say the least) very excited to receive it. I haven’t won an award of any type in years, and sometimes, like a 12 year old, I need validation. I’m not proud of it, but I am honest about it. Thanks to lots of fundraising, emailing, begging, and cajoling, I was indeed the first place fundraiser for the ride this year. Not second, not third, or someone who merely met their goal, but number one. …

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