Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for February 7th

Fort Worth Bike Swap Meets: Feb 12 & March 4
by Doohickie @ www.bikeforums.net
Couple of swap meets coming up in Fort Worth. First is the Trinity Bicycles swap meet at the Rahr Brewery, 701 Galveston Avenue, Fort Worth, on Sunday, February 12, from 9 to 2.

The second one is the Great Southwest Bike Swap, at the Tarrant County Resource Connection, 1100 Circle Drive, Building 2300, Fort Worth, on Sunday, March 4, from 9 to 2.

Pedestrian/cycling bridge nearly done
By Allen Jones            Houston Chronicle

Workers are constructing a bridge for pedestrians and cyclists near McGregor Way across Brays Bayou that will tie into Hermann Park’s hike-and-bike trails. The bridges are part of a $10 million partnership between Houston’s Public Works and Engineering Department and the Texas Department of Transportation. The Tierwester bridge provides connections to bike routes north and south of the bayou so that cyclists can have better access to the main campus of the University of Houston as well as to Texas Southern University. The Harris County Flood Control District, in partnership with…

Mellow Johnny’s Giant Bikes Demos in 2012
by Il Pirate         Austin Ridge Riders
Giant Bicycles Demo Event 2012
Saturday February 25, 2012  9:30 am – 2:00 pm
Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park 12138 N Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78758
Join Mellow Johnny’s for a great day of demo bike riding at Walnut Creek Park. The event hosted by Giant Bicycles and Mellow Johnny’s Staff, will give you a chance to ride select Giant road and mountain bike models. Helmets required for all rides and demos (limited number of demo helmets available). All Demo Participants must bring with them a valid photo ID and a credit card. …

After Big Rains in January, FWMBA Maintains Momentum at the February Workfest
by M2Rider FWMBA President

On Saturday, February 4, 2012 the Fort Worth Mountain Bikers’ Association (FWMBA) held our forth Workfest of the 2011-2012 trail building season at Gateway Park. Texas weather is full of extremes. The 2011 summer heat wave and drought are still fresh on our minds. When it started raining in late January 2012 who knew we’d see the 10th wettest January ever. Many areas of Fort Worth received over 5.5” of rain last week. The all-volunteer FWMBA trail crew was anxious to see how our work to date held up after the big rains. …

Episode 17 The Whisperer Gets Whispered with LC
MBW Radio is back! After a too long an absence, MBW Radio host and FWMBA president, Larry Colvin is in the interviewee seat as Josh Clark asks him a bunch of questions. Find out about LC’s take on the state of the club, his love of the job of being a mountain bike president, how us mountain bikers’ owe a debt of gratitude to the moto people and dreams of black rimmed bicycles. …

Time for a Dreamslide
By Pam LeBlanc            Fit City
If bikes roll, Dreamslides sashay.

I jumped aboard one of the two-wheeled contraptions, imported from France, yesterday when Miguel Ferguson dropped by the newspaper offices, proud as a papa to show it off.

Ferguson, a 46-year-old professor of public policy in the School of Social Work at the University of Texas, ordered a pair of the ‘Slides last year. Now he zips around town on the scooter-like vehicle, garnering admiring…

Recreational bicycling on the rise
The number of recreational bicyclists in Panola County is on the increase. Many people have turned to bicycling as a healthy activity that can be beneficial.

According to chapter 13 of the Texas Drivers Handbook, “bicycles” means every device propelled by human power upon which any person may ride, having two tandem wheels either of which is more than 14 inches in diameter. “Vehicle” means a device, in, or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn on a public…

Park to host Bayou Adventure Race
The Bayou Preservation Association will present its first Bayou Adventure Race Feb. 18 at 9 a.m. at Terry Hershey Park consisting of a 5K run, a 3K paddle trip and bicycle rides of 10K and 15K.

The race offers a different kind of triathlon, substituting kayaking for swimming.

Organized by Texas Adventure Racing, the event begins in Terry Hershey Park in West Houston at South Mayde Creek Drive with an out-and-back run. Next, the paddle portion goes from Langham Creek/Buffalo Bayou to the Dairy Ashford Canoe Launch. Contestants…

Driver in accident that killed 3 arrested
The Associated Press        www.kfoxtv.com
LUBBOCK, Texas — A 26-year-old man has been indicted on intoxication manslaughter and aggravated assault counts in a crash that killed three men on a road next to the Texas Tech campus.

The Lubbock County grand jury indicted Texas Tech University student Brian Cody Hawthorne on Tuesday in the Jan. 29 crash that killed passengers Hernandez Almaguer and Kendrick Lamaar Johnson and bicyclist Courtland Whitmore. …

2012 Tour of New Braunfels
by Ken            Texas Racing Life
Thank God the season has started.  With months of looking forward, I was finally at a race day.  I was not surprised to find myself so anxious and ready to see how I matched up against the P12’s after a lot of work in the offseason.

The first race on tap for the weekend was the Omloop.  This is a small circuit race that has a huge downhill with the rest of the course gradually returning to the starting elevation.  After the gun, it was evident that I was not alone in my nervousness, and there were many near crashes in the first few laps.  My plan for the race was to…

New Nationwide Gran Fondo Series
endurancesportswire.com     (found this on Twitter)
RAAM Cycling Challenge Kicks Off in Texas As Part of Nationwide Cycling Events Series

Boulder, CO – The 2012 RAAM Cycling Challenge gets started in Austin, Texas on March 17th as part of a nationwide series of “Gran Fondo” cycling events. Operating under the iconic cycling event brand, Race Across America, RAAM Cycling Challenge is a nine-city series of Gran Fondo events.  With the Gran Fondo distance of 120 miles as the main attraction, each event will also consist of…

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