Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for December 11th

These lights fit right in with the western living in Texas.

Problem Solvers Brake Stud Light Mount Review
urbanvelo.org

Mounting your light down low has certain advantages — better depth perception, less chance of blinding oncoming drivers/riders with high powered lights, and free space on the bars. In my case bar space on my city commuter is not only in short supply due to my front cargo rack, but handlebar mounted lights can interfere with and are blocked by my typical cargo loads. In Urban Velo #33 we wrote up a…

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What’s Behind the Rise in Cyclist and Pedestrian Deaths?
by Angie Schmitt                streetsblog.net
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is out with traffic fatality data for 2011, and the news is not good for cyclists, pedestrians or, for that matter, anyone who uses U.S. roadways.

Last year, 677 cyclists were killed in the United States — an 8.7 percent increase over 2010. Photo: Bike Portland

While motor vehicle deaths declined to a still mind-numbing 32,000, cycling deaths were up 8.7 percent, and 3 percent more pedestrians were killed. The increase represented a break with recent trends, and folks all over the…

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Looking for places to ride on new years trip to Austin/San Antonio
by seancs14                    forums.mtbr.com
Thinking about spending the new years weekend on a quick trip from DFW (home) to Austin/San Antonio/hill country. We want to ride each day, but aren’t very familiar with trails outside of DFW. I’m already sure I want to go to Reveille Peak Ranch, but what are other good rides in the DFW to San Antonio corridor. We’re totally open other than we want to be in San Antonio for new year’s eve.

What are everyone’s suggestions on where to go? …(several replies)

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South Llano State Park this weekend…
by In-Yo-Grill                    forums.mtbr.com
Took the family to South Llano State Park for my son’s 17th birthday. We had a blast riding the trails and saw lots of wildlife. This place is known for it’s turkey population and it didn’t disappoint us. We saw/heard turkeys the whole time we were there. For anyone interested in some good trails to train in these are the ones. This park has 25 miles of single and double track with challenging climbs.

We also took a ride from the park into town and it was worth the 20 mile round trip. The city park has lots to do. Multiple basketball courts, volleyball, disc golf and of course fishing the Llano river.

It’s definitely on my list to go back during the summer so I can take advantage of the river. …

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Lindsey Four Endurance Race – January 5th, 10AM
by PinkFloyd                    forums.mtbr.com
The Tyler Bicycle Club is hosting a four hour endurance mountain bike race, The Lindsey Four, at Lindsey Park on Saturday, January 5th at 10:00 am. You can compete individually or as a team. We will have music and food throughout the race.

Tim McCellon is the race director for the Lindsey Four and you may contact him through email at…

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Ride East From the Oasis
Lone Star Cyclists
Pace: Touring (varied pace with frequent stops averaging 12-15 mph)
Date: Saturday, December 15, 2012 – 8:30am
Location: The Oasis / Lynn Creek Marina, Joe Pool Lake, 5700 Lake Ridge Parkway, Grand Prairie

Join us for a ride through Duncanville, Lancaster (almost), DeSoto, Glenn Heights, Cedar Hill, and Midlothian (if you do the long route) finishing in time to get home and spruce-up for the Holiday Party.

Let’s have lunch after the ride at the Oasis or On The Border (SE corner of Hwy 360 and Camp Wisdom Road).
Distances: 44 and 60 Miles

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2012 Holiday Boutique Ride – This Weekend
by UrbanPedal                Dallas Cycle Chic
Bike Friendly South Dallas, Bike Friendly Oak Cliff & Dallas Cycle Style present

If you haven’t been to Deep Ellum or Exposition Park in the daylight lately you’re in for a pleasant surprise. There are some real niche boutiques, owned by Dallas locals, nestled between all the great bars and restaurants. We have 8 on our list, including the…

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Kohl’s donates bike helmets
By Mollie Bryant        Amarillo Globe-News

Kohl’s donated $29,290 to Northwest Texas Healthcare System on Thursday to go toward 5,000 bicycle helmets for Amarillo Independent School District students who attend Windsor, Bivins, Ridgecrest, Belmar, Sunrise, Western Plateau, Glenwood and Olson elementary schools.

“The generosity they show and their effort to keep kids safe is amazing,” said Debbie…

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Hill Country Bicycling Touring Club Rides
December 16, 2012 9:00 am
Lone Oak Cafe
12237 Hwy 87 eastAdkins, TX78101

January 5, 2013 9:00 am
Castroville-Lytle Ride
Sammy’s Restaurant
202 US Hwy 90 East, Castroville, TX, 78009

January 6, 2013 9:00 am
Good Time River and Town Tour
Lions Field Senior Center
2809 Broadway, San Antonio, TX, 78209

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PBA NEW YEAR’S DAY RIDE
Date:  January 1, 2013
Time: 10 am
Start/finish location: TBD (probably NW corner of Coit and Spring Creek, Plano)
Distances:  TBD (probably 3 distances, say 30, 40 and 50 miles)
Pace packs: TBD (probably more than 1)
Ride leaders: TBD
Maps: Maybe
After ride food provided by Andrew Hoodwin: TBD (BBQ would be good)

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Advanced ride Gruene, TX 30 or 55 miles river road and more
Austin Cycling Meetup
Sunday, December 16, 2012        9:00 AM
Gruene Hall
1601 Hunter Rd, New Braunfels, TX (map)
large parking lot across form gruene hall

This is a great ride at an 17+ pace.  Must be able to keep up as this is a Drop ride. We will regroup, but route is designed for quick stops and pedaling the miles.

2 x 2 Paceline and designed as a winter training team ride.
Any questions please ask.
Please wear helmet, bring 2 full water bottles, snacks, and a bank card for…

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Tweets

As if you needed to read this one!

I had to post this one!!!

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