Texas Bicycling News January 22nd 2017

5th Annual Comanche Cross comes to McKinney Park

By Jeffery Gordon | www.newswest9.com

ODESSA- Wind did not stop nearly 40 cyclists from taking part in the 5th annual Comanche Cross on Saturday afternoon.
The bike race was held at McKinney park in Odessa for everyone ages 10 and up.
The event started at noon and …

Pro cyclist Lawson Craddock trains on Texas hills

by Pam LeBlanc | www.mystatesman.com

Craddock notched first Tour de France in 2016, hopes to head back for more.
Somewhere beneath all the lime-green Lycra, Lawson Craddock’s legs pump like pistons, propelling him through downtown Austin and up a three-decker hill into nearby Rollingwood.
His nose red from the 20-degree temperatures, the cyclist grinds away, making it look easy. Which it is, compared to the nearly 2,200 mountain-studded …

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By David Hayes | www.crazyguyonabike.com

Day 28 – Van Horn TX – Weather Avoidance Day: Discretion is the Better Part of Valor
Sunday January 22, 2017
I’ll not write much today other than to explain why I’m not on my bike at this moment. The weather forecast called for the strongest…and lengthiest…wind storm that I’ve seen all week. And while I’ve ventured out….earlier this week for isntance…in stuff just about as bad, tomorrow, Monday, was predicted to be sunny and, in contrast, much less windy.
And I need a riding day that isn’t grueling. I need something where I am not just chanting in my head “must keep going or you may, literally, die out here” as I pedal in my lowest gear with my head down and body hunched trying make myself the smallest possible sail against which the wind can push. I need a bit of sunlight in my bike touring darnit!
Interestingly, my other non-riding days were for my body. It was …

Stabilized, right into the dirt!

by TC | www.turnincranks.com

Took a spill on the Sweet Skull stage at the RPR Enduro this weekend. Gimbal stabilzed the shot straight into …

Any Given Sunday – MTB Spin

by TC | www.turnincranks.com

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I originally put this together with plans of presenting it …

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Stephens County towns part of bike route

By Linda Provost | www.duncanbanner.com

Duncan and Comanche are going to be featured towns on the 2017 Oklahoma Freewheel bike route which is the state’s only cross-state cycling tour event.
The theme for this year’s ride is “Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Historic Chisholm Trail.” It has guided the route development and will help determine the entertainment that riders will experience in each host town.
The ride will start June 11, 2017, in Wichita Falls, Texas. With the goal of highlighting and celebrating the …

Moritz bike ride cancels 2017 event

By MAGGIE FRASER | www.weatherforddemocrat.com

The annual Moritz Ride for Heroes charity bike ride has been cancelled this year due to several vacancies on the board of directors, according to a Facebook announcement.
“This decision comes after significant discussion within the board. Our board of directors has been plagued by vacancies and this has created issues that cannot be overcome in time to put on the ride this year. But we remain positive and …

APD searching for North Austin bike thieves

by CBS Austin | keyetv.com

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two burglary suspects who broke into a North Austin Capital Metro rail station bike shelter last year.
It happened Wednesday, Oct. 19, at approximately 3 a.m. at the Kramer MetroRail station, located at 2427-1/2 Kramer Lane.
Investigators say …

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By David Hayes | www.crazyguyonabike.co

Day 27 – Marfa to Van Horn TX: Voluntary Discomfort
Saturday January 21, 2017
I was ready. I’d stocked up on dehydrated food in Alpine. I’d filled both of my large spare water bottles. I’d planned a really early departure time in order to ride the 36 miles to my planned camping site in the small, near-ghost town of Valentine during the time of the morning when the head/crosswinds would be at their lightest (which is relative I assure you!). I had queried the locals about their knowledge of Valentine and found there was a working water spigot at the back of the post office building; a crucial fact when cooking up a couple of meals of dehydrated food and riding one’s bike for many hours.
And my ride..up until about the 30 mile mark…was terrific. My legs were strong. The wind wasn’t nearly as hellacious as I’d expected. It was sunny; at least once the sun came up. It was cold, but not below freezing. I was even considering not stopping in Valentine for more than a quick lunch and then pushing on to Van Horn.
And, given THAT level of optimism you all …

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Why Liz Schasel, a Plan II Student at UT, Is Biking from Austin to Anchorage

Riley Heruska | studybreaks.com

A member of the group Texas 4000, Schasel and 80 others will travel more than 4,000 miles this summer to raise money to fight cancer.
A Marketing and Plan II at the University of Texas at Austin, junior Liz Schasel is going to be having a busier summer than most.
In addition to being the president of Texas Spirits, a member of Camp Kesem and a mentor at KIPP Austin College Prep School, Schasel is also on the Texas 4000 team, which means she will …

Big Bend: A much needed dose of desert solitude

by Pam LeBlanc | fitness.blog.mystatesman.com

Thank you desert, for the solitude. I needed that.
I just wrapped up a West Texas road trip that included solo tent camping, a look at the new dinosaur exhibit at Big Bend National Park, mountain bike riding through the desert, hiking in the Davis Mountains and more.
I’ve visited the Big Bend area at least 20 times over the years. It grows on …

Examining the best places to run, bike around town

Brett Hoffman | www.gosanangelo.com

The hills are alive with the sound of … heavy breathing?
Yep, that’s heavy breathing, not music, that you’re hearing in the hills and it’s the sound of cyclists and runners working hard as they climb up to the top of hilly roads in and around San Angelo.
Although many athletes have a love/hate relationship with hills, serious cyclists and runners seek out hills because they know that biking or …

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By David Hayes | www.crazyguyonabike.com

Day 26 – Alpine to Marfa TX: It Finally Happened
Friday January 20, 2017
It is just before 10pm this past Christmas Eve. Daniel, my fabulous LBS mechanic, has just completed building my touring bike and I’m there to pick it up. In amidst things like making sure I have some spare innertubes, etc., he shows me the completely-not-like-my-regular-road-bike process for changing the tube on my bike’s rear tire in case I get a flat. Because of the Rohloff hub and carbon belt drive, there is no derailleur. And at one point, you need a quarter. And it has disc brakes. Etc.. In short, totally different.
So I’d dreaded…for now nearly 4 weeks…experiencing a flat on my rear tire. While my class was done perfectly in the short time we had that evening, I’d never actually done it. Just watched it done. Moreover, I was pretty certain that I’d forget some tiny, yet crucial detail when the time actually came for me to remember everything perfectly.
And if you can’t change the …

This weekend’s rides: Oatmeal Road Race! Red Horn!

by Thomas | steinerranchcycling.com

Saturday most of the regular ride crew will be racing in Oatmeal Texas http://drivewayseries.com/oatmeal-road-race/ so there will not be a ride from Steiner. Spectators are welcome, so come out and cheer us on!
Sunday is our usual Coffee Shop ride to Red Horn. It is 50 miles and is at an endurance pace typically finishing around a 17mph average speed overall. While we make great efforts to keep the group together, this …

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Construction to begin soon on “University Connections” Bridge on Brays Bayou Greenway

Rachel Compton | houstonparksboard.org

HOUSTON, TX – January 18, 2017 – Construction will soon begin on a new pedestrian/bike bridge across Brays Bayou as an extension of the Brays Bayou Greenway hike-and-bike trails. The new bridge will connect the University of Houston across Brays Bayou to MacGregor Park.
The pedestrian bridge will run parallel to Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and the METRO Rail Purple Line. Construction of the pedestrian/bike bridge is funded through a Texas Department of Transportation grant matched with City of Houston bond dollars. Construction is expected to be complete fall 2017. Brays Bayou Greenway is just one of nine bayous being transformed through Bayou Greenways 2020, one of the most …

Trek issues recall of 720 disc and 24h Bontrager Approved TLR Disc wheels due to spoke breakage

By Zach Overholt | www.bikerumor.com

You know how this goes, if you happen to have a 2015, 2016, or 2017 Trek 720 disc, you should stop riding it and head to your local Trek Dealer. The same goes for the wheels that were on the bike, the Bontrager Approved TLR Disc 700c 24h wheels. The reason for the most recent recall is a higher rate of spoke breakage on those wheels which were sold on the 720 or sold separately. Spoke breakage doesn’t usually lead to …

Austin B-cycle adding more bikes and stations, increasing free ride time

Pam LeBlanc | fitness.blog.austin360.com

Hot off a record year for ridership numbers, Austin B-cycle is adding more bike docks, more bikes and more no-charge bike time for users. It’s also changing the cost of a 24-hour pass.
The bike share service is adding capacity to its busiest stations, and installing four new stations in the next two months. Look for the new stations at 13th and San Antonio streets, Henderson between 6th and 9th streets, Congress Avenue at …

Step Up Ride for January 21st 8 AM Start

by jtotaro | www.planobicycle.org

Looks like last few weeks sequence of rain activity might line up just right for us to get a Saturday AM ride in this weekend. Weather channel has it mostly sunny Friday to dry out the roads (and the trail through the park) and, as of Thursday noon, only a 15% chance of rain starting at 9 AM Saturday. Mid 50s temps …

3 things to know about the new Central Texas bike, pedestrian plan

By Amy Denney | communityimpact.com

Formation of the Central Texas region’s active transportation plan is underway, and residents are invited to provide their feedback at 10 upcoming open house events.
1. This is the first Regional Active Transportation Plan for Central Texas.
Active transportation involves using one’s body to get around, including walking and biking. …

Best Ideas Contest gets thumbs-up from IBD Summit attendees

by Marc Sani | www.bicycleretailer.com

TEMPE, Ariz. (BRAIN) — It was billed as the Best Ideas Contest. Five dealers offered attendees at the annual IBD Summit their best ideas to improve their operations and profitability. And the winner as selected by the audience in a secret ballot was . . .
Hill Abell. He shared financial data from his stores, Bicycle Sport Shop in Austin, Texas, on the success of his Trade In/Trade Up program. A quick synopsis: Last year his staff sold $345,000 in …

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By David Hayes | www.crazyguyonabike.com

Day 25 – Marathon to Alpine TX: Vini Vidi Vindy
Thursday January 19, 2017
I know I had an entire post about the wind coming out of Austin. And while it was pretty serious, it was wind made by a weak weather god, because the wind today came straight from Thor. Headwind so strong there was one point where I was pushing my rig up what couldn’t have been more than a 1% grade. Gusts up to 25mph with steady winds in the 15-20 range. Headwinds. But, luckily, it was at least sunny all day and it warmed up by mid-morning so I didn’t have rain or bitter cold in the mix.
I knew, of course, that the forecast called for this kind of wind. And I knew I would be, STILL!, riding uphill all day. Without overstating things, I was dreading the day ahead. I contemplated just staying in Marathon, but I also knew that these winds are supposed to last a FULL WEEK. And while anyone, including me, might question my courage in facing what I thought would be a riding day from hell, no one should question my desire to leave the terrible WiFi of Marathon. Even Langtry…lowly Langtry…had pretty good WiFi in that visitor center I could pirate at night. But Marathon…well, ’nuff said.
So, off I want not long after breakfast at dawn. And it was just as …

Public Hearing on the Bike Plan Brings Many Supporters

Mary Blitzer | bikehouston.org/

A big thanks goes out to the many (we packed the house to standing room only) people who showed up on this bleak Thursday, 1/19 at 2:30 pm, to voice their support for the bike plan and tell decision makers why people on bicycles need safe places to ride and why Houston needs to develop better bikeways.
Watch the full testimony here: http://houstontx.city.swagit.com/htv1/ (The video feed should be uploaded to this link shortly, just click Planning Commission Jan 19 and then agenda item …

Ride to the Monument

Saturday, Jan 21, 2017, 7:00 AM

Bay Area Park
7500 Bay Area Blvd. Houston, TX

1 Cyclists Went

NOTE:  A chance of rain for the event.  If it’s raining, I’ll stay home.  I really don’t like riding in limited visibility.  Cars have a hard enough time noticing us and rain or drizzle make it much worse.A 30-ish mile route, from Bay Area park to the monument. Not many bail-outs along the way.  We will take 2 short breaks, one at the monument or …

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8th La Porte Social Ride

Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017, 7:00 PM

La Porte Municipal Court
3005 N. 23rd St La Porte, TX

1 Cyclists Attending

Join us for the 8th La Porte Social ride! That’s right, still young enough to be counting’em. Should be a nice pace with something in the middle. Like an Oreo with bikes and no innuendo.The weather should be positively balmy, which is great because we’ll have an excuse to stop off and refresh ourselves with ice cream or adult beverages.  Even both…

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