Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for January 9th

Cycling Fredericksburg – The Texas Hill Country

Hills – lots of them.  Hills and long, winding roads past fields of wildflowers.  Cycling in Fredericksburg can be a meandering ride or a challenging endurance test; sometimes both.  One thing’s for certain, there’s no denying the beauty of the area.  This is, after all, the Texas Hill Country.

Located about 70 miles west of Austin and 60 miles northwest of San Antonio, Fredericksburg is a popular destination.  Filled with unique shops and boutiques, lots of restaurants, art galleries, wine tasting rooms, and B&Bs, this small town – founded in 1846 by German settlers – offers an entertaining variety of ‘things to do’ for…

DAY 2 (Jan. 2) from Austin-Bryan/College Station: All-Time Personal Bicycle Mileage Record Attempt…95 Miles
By Steven Godfrey        Tour de Life
1st day on the highway, cruising toward a personal all-time bike mileage record of 95 miles…

Knowing that it was going to be an especially hefty day, the biggest bike mileage day of my life, as a matter of fact, I started out from my yearlong Austin home, rolling just yards down to US 290, to take the tour out of Austin and into Texas.

The mission of the day was to bike more than I ever had before, ~95 miles, to reach Bryan/College Station, where my very cool couchsurf host Patrick lives.

I basically had 4 major stops including the final one, all about 20-something miles apart from one another. The stops were in Elgin, Lexington (where I met a nice couple of ladies who gave a…

Losing weight through mountain biking
by Shawn        www.texasmountainbiketrails.com

Losing weight through mountain biking is both fun and effective. Follow along as I lead you on the road to race weight.
You can find out more about the strategies I have used to lose 30 pounds…

Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Feb 11 Trail Building Project @ Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
by Il Pirate        Austin Ridge Riders
Do you love riding Walnut Creek? Does riding the high line on the big berm wall before heading across the creek towards the parking lot make you glad to be alive? Do the improvements on the rock bridge crossing warm your heart? Here’s your chance to show Walnut Creek some love and appreciation. Learn about trail building and how to make a trail sustainable as well as what trail projects might be in Central Texas’ future.

The Subaru/IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association) Trail Care Crew will join the Austin Ridge Riders Mountain Bike Club and the City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department in February and host a Trail Building School at Walnut Creek Metro. Walnut Creek was selected because of its immense popularity and because the heavy use this trail gets provides lots and lots…

Rail-Trail Sparks Bike Boom in Texas Town
By Jake Lynch            www.railstotrails.org
One very farsighted investment 18 years ago is paying off, big time, for the city of Denton, Texas.

In 1993, Denton officials struck a deal with Union Pacific (UP) to secure rights to an abandoned stretch of freight track running eight miles into the city from the southeast. The line was once part of the renowned Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, also known as the Katy.

Just 38 miles as the crow flies from the center of Dallas, the largest metropolitan region in the southern United States, the leaders of Denton rightly predicted that their city would do some growing in the decades to come, and that growth would require capacity for mass…

San Angelo Bicycle Association Membership Meeting
January 17, 2012
7 p.m.
Hospitality House, across the street from the Harris Avenue Baptist Church, 1026 E. Harris. The Hospitality house is on East Harris Ave across from the west parking lot of the church. It is a red brick house with signage across the front top of the house stating Hospitality House and the club banner will be displayed

The club will be providing beverages. Please bring snacks. Club t-shirts (dri-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. Extras can be ordered at the membership
drive and be ready for pick up at the meeting.

Leon Springs Leaderless Ride
San Antonio Wheelmen
Date:     01/22/2012
Time:     09:00 AM-12:00 PM
Details: Meet in the parking lot near the Starbucks and HEB in Leon Springs.  From 1604, head west on I-10 and take the Boerne Stage road exit.  Turn left on Boerne Stage, go through the intersection, and make a left into the parking lot. Depending on your route, the maps for the Toutant-Beauregard Ride might be useful.

Mountain Biking in Texas State Parks Picking Up Steam
by Outdoor Hub
Mountain bikers throughout the state ,from novices to experts, are increasingly pedaling the numerous trails found at more than 40 Texas state parks.

From beach and woodland road rides to hair-curling downhill descents in mountain and Hill Country parks, state parks from El Paso to Mustang Island offer bikers of all skill levels a multitude of diverse mountain biking adventures.

“Many trails in Texas state parks provide great opportunities for all levels of mountain-bike riders to test and develop their biking skills, get a good workout, refresh their mind and spirits, spend family and friend time together and experience the great outdoors,” says avid mountain biker Dan Sholly, deputy director of Texas state…

What ten dollars will get you
by Christopher Curnutt        Biking in Dallas

So one night not long ago I’m riding in a part of east Dallas which I am no longer very familiar.  While I recognized the names of the streets, I could not figure out what direction I was riding.  I wanted north but the sun was down so I had to rely on my cell phone GPS…The cell phone with the dead battery.  The cell phone that has a nice compass app that works perfectly…When the battery is charged.  Luckily things worked out for me but I realized an old-fashioned compass was in order.

So the other day I’m in my local bike shop picking up a brake cable for a Fuji road bike that’s headed for the CL auction block and the compass you see below called out to me from a display rack.  I’m convinced this is one of…

Dirt Derby winter session start pushed back to Jan 31
by elliott        Austin on Two Wheels
Dirt Derby that their 1st time winter session has moved from starting this Tuesday to Tuesday, January 31. Apparently, the owners of the Del Valle Motorcross Park have been doing some major course rebuilding, and it will not be ready until later this month. …


Rick Ankrum

In 1999 I had a burning desire to create a web site focused on Texas bicycling. Over the years this web site has existed many people have visited. As I think of information I need to bicycle I add them to the web site.

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