Summer Arrives, Time for a Bike Ride

The first day of summer arrives today and I decided to go for a bike ride. The mind was willing but the legs had trouble with the NE wind at 13 mph and 19 mph gusts. The wind is a sign of  tropical storm Cindy lurking in the Gulf of Mexico trying to make up its mind whether to come ashore on the upper Texas Gulf Coast or Louisiana. We might get a lot of rain or not much depending on the storm’s location on Thursday and Friday. I will take rest days if it does rain. My legs are tired and I believe I am over “training”.

Biking the “Atascocita – Huffman – Walden” route I rode 33.1 miles. The route reverses portions of the “Atascocita – Walden – Huffman” route I ride and the reversed portion put me into a headwind for the first 18 miles. I stopped at the 18.5 mile point at the Huffman Chevron for a quick water bottle and ice refill. Normally this leaves 11+ miles to the end of the ride but with the reversed route there were 14+ miles to the end. From the Chevron station many of those miles were with a tailwind where I got my speed up to 18 mph or more. But the last 4 miles my legs slowed and the energy faded. I was glad to finish at 2:00 PM after starting at 11:22 AM.

There were lots of clouds in the sky but not enough to hold the heat back. During the ride the temperature ranged from 93 to 95.

I saw two other cyclists; one early in the ride and the other less than 2 miles from the end.

If I ride around the same time tomorrow the weather should be like today with rain possibly later in the evening.

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Texas Bicycling News June 19th 2017

Want a say in future of Shoal Creek Trail? Attend Wednesday meeting

Pam LeBlanc |

Want a say in what the Shoal Creek hike and bike trail looks like five years from now?
The Shoal Creek Conservancy is hosting a series of community meetings to help plan improvements to the trail, which now extends from Lady Bird Lake to 38th Street.
The first meeting is set for 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 21 in the …

“Biking is a MUST in Austin!”

Review of Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail
We took our bikes to Austin for the weekend and it was worth it! Austin is a very bike-friendly city with dedicated bike lanes on most streets. We biked the Lady Bird and the Town Lake trails…a combination of dirt, paved, elevated bike/hike trails and bridges…the elevated trail was …

Vbikes rolls into downtown Fort Worth

By Denise Harris |

If you’ve spent some time in and around downtown Fort Worth you’ve probably heard of the bike sharing program BCycle. It is designed to offer riders a means of transportation or leisure riding all without the commitment of purchasing a bike.
As with most successful endeavors comes competition. So it should be no surprise that Garland-based Vbikes has entered the market. What is a surprise is that they just …

Share the road: Bicyclists suffer the brunt of collisions with vehicles

By Silvio Panta |

Bicyclists are bound by law to observe the same rules of the road as motorists, law enforcement officials said.
But while bicyclists and motorists are expected to follow the law there have been times when cyclists have been seriously, or in some cases, severely hurt …

Mancation Day 1 – Palo Duro Canyon | MTB Vlog 10

by TC |

After dropping off my son at the in-laws, I was off on an 8 day solo mountain biking trip. It had been a few years since my last big MTB trip and this was the first time I’d headed out solo. I was excited to get out on the road with …

Work begins on constructing bicycle lanes down Broadway

By Shaley Sanders |

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A month-long road project is underway that could make downtown Lubbock look a little more like what is common in Europe.
The city has started reconfiguring Broadway to make room alongside cars for bicycle lanes.
Crews began measuring and pre-marking new lane lines on Monday.
Once they complete this step, they will start eliminating …

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New Event Added to Calendar

Another Jeep Wrangler Encounter Bike Ride

A new week and I hit the road on my Stradalli Red Pro 14 bike. I rode the “New Caney – Tavola – Valley Ranch” route for a total of 34.1 miles. Now that I am within 254 miles of hitting the June mileage goal this week’s bike rides will be in the 30 mile range. With today’s ride I am 220 miles away from the goal. I started a little later at 11:42 and finished at 2:15 pm. No bike races to watch this week so the rides should start earlier than recent ones getting out and back before the temperature soars. The temperature range today was 91 to 93 with partly cloudy sky and a light 3 mph breeze.

The new Primal Wear Lucent Black Label jersey was perfect and wicked away the moisture as I rode. This is the last of the new jerseys I bought last week.

Hanging on the refrigerator is not the most picturesque view though.

I stopped at the Stripes station at FM 1314 and Valley Ranch Parkway. As I was getting ready to walk inside to refill my water bottle a Jeep Wrangler wheeled by catching my eye. This time I thought to take a picture.

The red rims and fender outlines set off the black paint. There is a snorkel on the passenger “A” pillar in case this beauty goes underwater.

I stopped just a few minutes and was back on the bike to finish the ride through Briar Tree, Oakhurst and Kings Manor before entering Kingwood proper.

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Texas Bicycling News June 18th 2017

Auto, ped crashes to be probed_


HARLINGEN — An increase in the number of fatal and injury accidents between vehicles and pedestrians and bicyclists is prompting transportation officials to investigate the incidents in-depth.
J. Joel Garza Jr., director of the Harlingen-San Benito Metropolitan Planning Organization, says the MPO will collect and analyze these accidents in the region and …

New bikes bring new life to historic Third Ward

By Lydia DePillis |

Alan Moore, co-founder of 3rd Ward Tours, moves bicycles from their storage container Sunday. The bicycle tour company has 20 new bicycles for group tours in the community.
In the blocks surrounding the pomp of the grand opening for Third Ward’s sweeping new Emancipation Park this past weekend, residents may have noticed something else new and unusual: A fleet of shiny orange bikes, led by a man with long dreadlocks and a boxy speaker on …

27 milers ready to Round Rock & Roll at training ride yesterday. Next week 5 Mike Dam!

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Let’s go for a social road ride.

Saturday, Jun 24, 2017, 8:00 AM

Performance Bicycle
4750 Fm 1960 Rd W Houston, TX

3 Bicycle Enthusiasts Attending

Social Ride: If you’re hesitant to join a riding group, this is the ride for you! In the beginner group, there is NEVER pressure to ride longer or faster. Our knowledgeable ride leaders will help you navigate through the turns and answer any cycling questions you may have. All types of bodies and bicycles are welcome!Please bring your helmet, wate…

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Let’s go for an intermediate road ride

Saturday, Jun 24, 2017, 8:00 AM

Performance Bicycle
7549 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX

2 Cycling Enthusiasts Attending

Intermediate Ride:Please join us and all are welcome to our Saturday morning, 8am Intermediate ride starting and ending at our shop. We will average 16mph and ride for 90+ minutes. This is a no drop ride and the group will stay together.Please bring your helmet, water and a positive attitude.All bikes and bodies are welcome to join us on the Per…

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ARR Trail Crew – Walnut & Watermelon Workday

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2017, 6:30 PM

Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
12138 North Lamar Boulevard Austin, TX

3 Mountain Bikers Attending

Meet at the pool lot picnic tables.  After a two hour Trail Crew session, we will have some ice cold watermelon!We’ll will focus on maintenance and erosion control measures at the Main Creek Crossing.  Moving rocks large and small to shore up stream banks will be the focus of the evening.   If you are not allergic to poison ivy, we have a special …

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Saturday Ride Schedule

Maverick Chain Gang |

une 24, 2017
Pirkey Lake – West – 34.7 miles
Meet at: First Baptist Church, 405 W Austin St, Marshall, TX – 7:00 a.m.
July 1, 2017
No Ride Scheduled – Independence Day Weekend
July 8, 2017
Scottsville, Marshall/Leigh Rd. – 29.9 miles
Meet at: Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 4700 Victory Dr, Marshall, TX – 7:00 a.m.

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