Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for May 22nd

@TourduRouge        via Twitter
I posted 37 photos on Facebook in the album “2012 Tour du Rouge Day 6” fb.me/1USM9j5hW

@BSS_Austin        via Twitter
It’s hot and the trails should be great for the Wednesday night ride at Walnut Creek with @ATXCyclingTeam. Join us! Wheels down at 6:30.

@realaleride        via Twitter
A few teaser pics from the ride on Saturday! facebook.com/media/set/?set… Thanks again for coming out to ride! cc: @RealAleBrewing

@bikedenton        via Twitter
spotted @Nichels of Midlake wearing a bikedenton shirt at Cinco fest. Too big a smile to not share.

@GeorgetownGrand        via Twitter
Nice shot of the Elbowz Racing Elite Cycling Team Shimano Cycling Grand Prix P12 win! fb.me/25q8B6XRw

@AlkekVelodrome        via Twitter
So much new stuff now up on the website! Up to date results, race schedules into July, Flyer and bikereg link… fb.me/ys54l5W5

@bkindtocyclists        via Twitter
Story behind Please BE KIND to Cyclists. Please share! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcUN1Cth9Zg&feature=youtu.be

@BSS_Austin        via Twitter
Super Squarda grabs 2 top 10s in the P/1/2 races @GeorgetownGrand, another in the Cat 2 race, & first and second in the under 23 race! Nice!

@CyclingATX        via Twitter
The weather looks good for some MTBing Wednesday evening. Join Team Brain and Spine Cycling at Walnut Creek, wheels down at 6:30.

@bikedenton        via Twitter
That Penn Dr. commission meeting is likely to be fiery. Strong opinions on both sides. Parking vs bike lanes. Not ideal bike plan start, IMO — Bike Friendly Denton

2012 Bicycle Friendly State Rankings Just Announced
Alliance for Biking & Walking: People Powered Blog
This morning, the League of American Bicyclists released the 2012 Bicycle Friendly States ranking. For the fifth year in a row, Washington continues to lead the nation, with outstanding performance in all categories…

How to Create a Bike to Work Day Event
by jennyrilling            Bike Friendly Richardson

Now that Bike Friendly Richardson has successfully held our very first Bike To Work Day event, we’d like to share the steps we took to make it happen. One of the goals for this year’s event was that it could serve as a template and an inspiration to other  bicycling groups, cities, and organizations for next year and the years to…

2012 Real Ale Ride
by donbynum            Don Bynum’s Blog

The 2012 Real Ale Ride is now in the history books (recorded with gallons of muscle burning lactic acid!) and as the pain fades it is becoming a legend that my grandchildren will tell their children around the campfire (providing heat from a ball of solar and wind powered magic, but extremely green, plasma on the cold, still, nights on the plains).

Five of us from the Hillybikers Cycling Gang out here in Llano and Burnet Counties made the trek down to Blanco this year to join with about 1,400 other nutjobs on the ride starting from the Real Ale Brewery in Blanco.  Our gang rode the 65 mile route that a couple of us had ridden before.  I rode it last year along with a…

Cyclists get discounts during Bike to Eat Week
By Pam LeBlanc        Fit City
Need another reason – besides feeling generally awesome and looking cool – to ride your bike?

Here’s one: Cyclists who ride to participating restaurants get a 10 percent discount on food and drink during Bike to Eat Week, Sunday through Thursday, May 27-31.

Cyclists must arrive at the restaurant by bicycle and may be required to show proof they pedaled (helmet, bike…

Traveler’s View: International Mountain Bicycling Association Shouldn’t Twist Facts To Raise Funds
by NPT Editors             www.nationalparkstraveler.com
With hopes of raising money to further its efforts to gain access for biking trails, the International Mountain Bicycling Association is smearing the Traveler as the evil villian.

Unfortunately, IMBA’s PR machine is twisting the facts and casting aspersions.

In a fund-raising e-letter it sent out to its membership, IMBA claims that “the National Parks Traveler website erroneously asserted that an IMBA-led trail project at Big Bend National Park will be built in an inappropriate piece of backcountry Wilderness. In fact, the trail is adjacent…

The latest news from the USOC
Daniel Gay (Temecula, Calif.) and Payton Thomas (Grapevine, Texas) topped the men’s and women’s sprint standings of the USA Cycling National Track Calendar after their stellar performances at the…

May Happy Hour
Plano Bicycle Association
Happy Hour News Flash
Procyclist and TV personality, Geoff Godsey, will be attending Wednesday’s Happy Hour. Geoff, a PBA member, is the 2012 Masters Texas State Criterium Champion.  Come out to meet him and ask for pointers.  He not only donated…

Bring your bike and wetsuit!!  TriShop is allowing us to hold our Happy Hour at their store.  During this time, you will be able to test drive their training equipment, which includes riding on the Computrainers and swimming in the Analysis Pool**.  They are also extending a 20% discount on most items.  Come mix and mingle as you browse the store!  Following this event, join us at…

Ridley recalls 4ZA carbon stems
via Bicycle Retailer & Industry News
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)-Ridley Bicycle is recalling about 105 carbon fiber threadless stems because they can crack or break. So far the company has received one report of a stem breaking in use, resulting in minor injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The 4ZA threadless stems were manufactured in Taiwan and sold as aftermarket products. The affected stems are intended for use with 31.8-millimeter handlebars, are black and have the words “4ZA Cycling Performance” painted on the carbon extension between the steerer clamp and handlebar clamp. The recalled stems range in extension lengths from 90 to 130 millimeters. …

Try A Tandem
Ever think about trying a tandem? They are great fun for couples and families. This coming weekend, the Dallas Area Tandem Enthusiasts (DATES) will be at Plano Cycling & Fitness (Saturday, 5/26, 12-4:00pm) and Richardson Bike Mart in Richardson (Sunday, 5/27, 12-4:00pm) to answer any questions you…

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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