Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for May 10th

@bikegeek        via Twitter
Threaded the needle thru waves of storms. Dry bike commute to/from the office. Whew!

@AustinCycling        via Twitter
Volunteering for the #Armadillo has its advantages! ow.ly/aLDaw Positions still available!!

Guy Finds Stolen Bike on Craigslist, Steals It Back
via Newser by Evann Gastaldo
When Danny Lesh found his stolen bike listed for sale on Craigslist and police couldn’t help him right away, he decided to take matters into his own hands. The $600 Cannondale hybrid, which had a prominent identifying sticker on it, was listed for sale for $100 and Lesh arranged to…

Concrete BMX park in Cedar Park? Parks Advisory Board Meeting Monday, May 14th at 6:30pm
by Il Pirate        Austin Ridge Riders
Cedar Park riders……
There is going to be a meeting in Cedar Park to discuss a concrete BMX park. This could be an opportunity to get something really big going in Cedar Park. There has been discussion regarding a progressive trail system as well. My wife and I have already scouted close to 20 miles of piece-meal existing trail (game trails, walking trails, jeep trail, etc.) on 4 connected tracts of land. The meeting is Monday May 14th. …

Austin Downtown REI — Yellow Bike and REI Bike Drive
by Il Pirate        Austin Ridge Riders
REI Austin Downtown will host a bike drive on Saturday, May 26th. Austin’s Yellow Bike Project (YBP) will be accepting bikes and parts at any level of completeness and disrepair. Donated bikes will be fixed up by YBP volunteers, who’ll learn while they work, and put back into action on Austin streets. All bikes are welcome, but in an effort to help kids get…

San Antonio Residents – Vote Saturday May 12 for Better Roads for Biking
www.biketexas.org
On May 12, 2012 San Antonio voters will have the opportunity to vote on $596 million in capital improvements – better streets, safer sidewalks, reduced flooding and new and improved parks, libraries, fire stations and museums – all over the city. This is an opportunity to invest in San Antonio’s future, but only if voters step up…

Mother’s Day Weekend Special – Pantego to Lillian
Pace: Touring with a Fast Pace Option
Date: Saturday, May 12, 2012 – 8:00am
Location: Pantego Christian Academy, 2201 W Park Row Dr, Arlington (between Bowen and Fielder)
Join Connie for a fun morning of cycling on this Mother’s Day weekend. You already got a card for Mom, right? If not, you may be doing the short route!

Park in the Pantego Christian Academy High School parking lot. For those of you who remember back that far, it’s where the old Stripling & Cox store used to be. It’s the Park Row West shopping center…

BikeTexas Continues Innovation Streak with Groupon Grassroots
Alliance for Biking & Walking: People Powered Blog
Only weeks after receiving their Alliance Advocacy Award for Innovation, BikeTexas is at it again. As part of their campaign to promote safe cycling, the organization is providing complimentary bike lights to Texas riders. To raise funds for this outreach, they have turned to a unique new source for good.

On Earth Day, the online daily deal site Groupon marshaled its resources to promote community benefits and re-launched their support of nonprofit initiatives in Groupon Grassroots. As with other Groupon…

QBP recalls Salsa Minimalist racks
WASHINGTON, DC (BRAIN) Thursday May 10 2012 10:00 AM MT—Quality Bicycle Products is recalling about 1,100 Salsa Minimalist racks because the mounting straps can break.

QBP has received reports of two racks failing, resulting in minor injuries due to falls, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The recall involves all Salsa Minimalist bicycle racks sold after January 2011. The racks are made of tubular aluminum with a black or silver finish, and can be installed on either the front or rear of a bicycle. The recalled bicycle racks have steel mounting straps with a single hole in the…

Bikerumor Bike Shop Video Challenge: Jack & Adam’s Bicycles – Austin, TX
by Kristibee        www.bikerumor.com

President George W. Bush joins in on W100 Wounded Warrior ride
by AdamNewman        DirtRag
No matter which end of the political spectrum you fall on, you have to respect former President George W. Bush’s ability to tear up a trail. It’s quite possible he was the most physically fit president we’ve ever had.

On April 26-28, 2012, 19 servicemen and women wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan joined President Bush for the W100, a 100 kilometer mountain bike ride in Palo Duro Canyon State Park. As part of the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s Military Service Initiative, the W100 highlights the bravery and sacrifice of the warriors…

Changing Judy Into Madeleine
by Steve A            Dallas Point-to-Point
I’m in no real rush here. Part of the enjoyment of a new bike is changing it into what you wish it to be. In many ways, it is very akin to what James Stewart did when he asked Judy to change into Madeleine.

The Mercier, when it arrived, was both pretty complete, but strangely lacking at the same time. A couple of photos illustrating the situation, follow. Definitely not something you’d get from a bike show. Also not something…

Review – Solo Classique Cycling Jersey
by Christopher Curnutt        Biking in Dallas
Dave Patterson wearing the Solo Classique Cycle Jersey

I recently got my hands on a Solo cycle jersey for review.  Solo Cycle Clothing (“race-bred cyclewear) is based in New Zealand and only entered the USA market recently.  I don’t typically get excited about sport cycle wear but…

Omni Fort Worth Hotel plans to help its guests hit the bike trails
By Barry Shlachter, Scott Nishimura and Sandra Baker
Star-Telegram Staff Writers
Cowtown is building a cycling culture. And the Omni Fort Worth Hotel eagerly announced last month that it would offer guests free use of bicycles around downtown or along the Trinity beginning May 1.

May Day came and went, however, and more than a week later, Omni marketing executive Larry Auth said he’s still in talks with a local bike shop to set up what the hotel is calling the Trinity Trails Bicycle…

Corsicana, chamber prepare for debut of bicycle racing weekend
By Paul Hooper Corsicana and Navarro County Chamber of Commerce
CORSICANA – The Corsicana & Navarro County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Dallas Racing Club and Corsicana Convention & Visitor Bureau will be hosting our first annual Corsicana Stage Race this weekend, May 12 and 13. The race, part of the Texas Bicycle Racing Association Texas Cup Series, will attract competitors from all corners of Texas and beyond. Racers will descend on Corsicana for a weekend of action packed racing. Like the Tour de France, racers will take part in several stages…

Common Terms and Signals on a Group Ride
by sooner1            Shawnee Trail Cycling Club
Below are some of the common verbal signals expected on Shawnee Trail Cycling Club rides.  Being consistent in your communication is essential in a group ride.  Using unexpected commands leaves those cyclists behind you clueless and can lead to an accident. Don’t make up signals because you think they may be…

25th Annual Cross Timbers Classic in Fort Worth, TX
by WB admin            The Wheel Brothers – Cycling in Texas
The 25th Annual Cross Timbers Classic benefiting Northwest Metroport Chamber of Commerce and Flower Mound Rotary invites you to join their upcoming ride happening on May 19, 2012 at Texas Motor Speedway

We were lucky enough to be granted an interview with Jill Burns, Event Coordinator of Cross Timbers Classic to ask some questions about their upcoming ride.

Why join the this year’s ride?
To meet friendly volunteers and enjoy the beautiful North Texas countryside.

How long has the event been around?
It’s our 25th anniversary this year! Every rider who crosses the finish line will receive a…

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