Texas Bicycling News February 19th 2017

Harlingen’s first social bike ride brings families together

By TRAVIS M. WHITEHEAD | www.valleymorningstar.com

Riders left the City Hall parking lot and followed a 6.9 mile route and were escorted by Harlingen Police officers. Saturday’s event is the first of a monthly series of rides.
HARLINGEN — Lily Torres wore a face of morning smiles yesterday after finishing a bicycle ride through the downtown area.
“My daughter bought me a bike for my birthday and I haven’t had a chance to take it out much,” said Torres, 55.
She’d just completed the …

Clay Walker to Host ‘Band Against MS Ride’ In Texas

By Mike Thiel | tasteofcountry.com

Clay Walker and his nonprofit organization Band Against MS (BAMS) will host the fifth annual “Band Against MS Ride” in Humble, Texas on Saturday, March 25.
The bike ride will start and finish at the grounds of the Shell Houston Open and offers several route options. The event has had more than 1,000 participants in previous years and is still accepting registrants at BandAgainstMS.org
“This event is one of my favorite BAMS events that we hold each year as riders come …

Cycling in the Americas

By Sam Burchell | www.crazyguyonabike.com

Day 38: Del Rio, TX to Eagle Pass, TX
Saturday February 18, 2017, 51 miles (82 km) – Total so far: 1,872 miles (3,013 km)
I had a relaxed morning, lying in the tent and reading for a few hours. When I finally got up, I spent some time repacing my bags and doing xome bike maintenance. I didn’t start cycling until almost noon, which is unusual for me.
I’m trying to avoid having to wait around for the tyres to be delivered, so I’m taking it …

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Cycling in the Americas

By Sam Burchell | www.crazyguyonabike.com

Day 37: Seminole Canyon, TX to Del Rio, TX
Friday February 17, 2017, 57 miles (92 km) – Total so far: 1,821 miles (2,931 km)
When I woke up this morning, I found that my Thermarest sleeping mat has delaminated again. Its not much so far, but last time it spread quickly. I will contact the manufacturer later. The first time I considered it a fluke, but this time I will be more careful – inflating it a bit less, for instance. …

NwAus- Austin Cycling Team Beginner Ride (Road) in Austin


March 1, 2017
Wednesday 6:30 PM (on various days)
Bicycle Sports Shop North
10947 Research Boulevard
Austin, Texas 78759
Weekly beginner ride of the Austin Cycling Team.

Upcoming Rides

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River View
Sat, February 25, 2017 9:00 AM
Rio Vista, Tx
Toils of Tolar
Sat, March 04, 2017 9:00 AM
Tolar, Tx
Pokodot Jersey
Sat, March 11, 2017 9:00 AM
Springtown High School
Century of the Month
Sat, March 18, 2017 8:00 AM
Bikes Inc – Arlington
Azle Freindship Ride
Sat, March 25, 2017 9:00 AM
Azle, Tx
Century of the Month
Sat, April 22, 2017 8:00 AM
Bikes Inc – Arlington

3 & 6 Hour MTB Race by 787 Racing @ Reimers Ranch 2017

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Cypress Creek Mountain Bike Trails

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Group of 5 Ride Mostly Montgomery County Roads

Today’s bike ride was a Houston Cycling Club Meetup ride. I met four bikers at Kingwood Park High School about 9 AM to ride the “New Caney – Gene Campbell Road” route. The weather was cool with some fog but that started to leave as we were getting ready to leave the high school. The other bicyclists:

We pulled out a few minutes after 9 AM riding through Woodridge Forest on the way to the I-69/US59 northbound service road. Traffic was light once we were on the service road as we made our way to New Caney. A sort stop at the Shell station in New Caney and we headed west on FM 1485. We moved to the shoulder about 1 mile from the Shell station and biked there until making the left turn onto Gene Campbell Road. The 18 wheelers did not come out while we rode west to FM 1314. I slowed the speed a couple of times on Gene Campbell Road to wait for a couple of riders to catch up after a water bottle fell out. The wind also hampered the speed as it came from the south at 8 mph with 16 mph gusts.

Once were on FM 1314 bicycling towards Porter the wind wasn’t in our face as much. We made a stop at the Sorters Road Valero station and then rode on to Old Sorters Road, turned right going to Briar Tree. Passing through Briar Tree a pair of small dogs came to the edge of the road to bark and maybe chase us but I think they gave up quickly as we passed. Entering Oakhurst we made our way to Northpark Drive, Kingwood Place and I-69/US59 to make the u-turn under the freeway to ride to Kings Manor. I changed the usual route to get us back to the high school where we pulled in a few minutes before noon. We said our goodbyes as everyone prepared to go home. One lived in Walden, one lived in Woodstream Village (Kingwood), one lived in Kings Forest and the other lived in west Houston.

By the end of the ride the temperature was approaching 80 degrees and the clothes I started with (long sleeve thermal jersey, leg warmers, jacket and shorts) were soaked. I was comfortable until about half way through the ride when I noticed the sweat coming out of the sleeves soaking my gloves. I hesitated to take my jacket off for fear the wind and wet jersey would feel too cold.

Links to RideWithGPS.com and Strava.com.

I am within 21 miles of reaching my February goal of 345 miles. Tomorrow’s (Sunday) weather could repeat today’s so I should be able to ride after church.

Today’s weather.

Ride summary

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Bell County Medical Alliance teams up to ensures the safety of local kids

By Kierra Pixler | beltonjournal.com

The Bell County Medical Alliance bicycle helmet giveaway at Belton Early Childhood Center is part of a statewide effort Hard Hats for Little Heads, launched by the Texas Medical Association in 1994. The program promotes fun exercise and teaches parents and children about the importance of properly wearing a helmet when on wheels and has given away over 260,000 free helmets to children. This event is sponsored by the …

Bike Tour next to Ft Houston TX Military Base, San Antonio TX? RAD level updates

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Cycling in the Americas

By Sam Burchell | www.crazyguyonabike.com

Day 36: Dryden, TX to Seminole Canyon, TX
Thursday February 16, 2017, 61 miles (98 km) – Total so far: 1,764 miles (2,839 km)
Wayne had already left when I woke up, but Teresa was there so we spoke briefly. I then packed up and got on the road.
Today was quite a bit hillier than previous days – overall, it was downhill, but there were lots of rolling hills. …

Future suburbs will focus on walking, cycling, technology, experts say

By Gordon Dickson | www.star-telegram.com

HURST — Suburbs of the future will feature ample places to walk and cycle — and it won’t be because someone in government imposed their political will on developers.
Instead, it will be what the residents want.
That was among the messages Friday during the eighth annual Northeast Tarrant Transportation Summit in Hurst — an event that in the past focused on road-building in Dallas-Fort Worth but this year highlighted the impact of technology on future commuting.
Suburban dwellers will be immersed in mobile communications to a degree that can …

Chihuahuan Desert Bike Fest

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Big Bend Ranch State Park and Lajitas provide some great mountain-biking opportunities, including the park’s Fresno-Sauceda Loop, which was designated an epic ride by the International Mountain Bicycling Association in 2010. With the level of rides available and the generally appealing February climate, it is no surprise that the area is the destination for a …

Sofi Hits the Road Again

By Ann Wilson | www.crazyguyonabike.com

Route Section: Houston to New Orleans
Friday February 17, 2017
This is Section 5 of the ACA Southern Tier Route. We had to cycle North East from Houston to join it at Silsbee.

Deridder: Screaming Eagles
Friday February 17, 2017
Along the roadside as we cycled, we kept noticing small towers of mud obviously built by some creature but what? They were around 6 inches high and made of small pellets of mud, much like an upside down swallow’s nest. In the middle was a hole which suggested some kind of burrowing animal but …

New bike lane on Comal

by cycling74 | bicycleaustin.info

This has been a couple years in the making, but wanted to post this here today. The city striped this today, No Parking signs went up as well. The first photo is Comal between 5th & 6th looking north. The second photo is Comal north of East 7th st looking north. This bike lane has been much needed for …

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