Texas Bicycling News February 5th 2016

Biking in Dallas: A survival guide

By THOR CHRISTENSEN www.dallasnews.com


Dallas streets — once among the worst in the U.S. for bicyclists — are slowly becoming more bike-friendly with the addition of shared and dedicated bike lanes. Yet the idea of urban biking as a safe, fun form of exercise is still a tough hill to climb for all but the bravest pedal-pushers in our car-centric city.
It needn’t be so daunting. By following a few basic tips, just about anyone can reap the benefits of being an urban cyclist. Not only is it an excellent way to improve cardiovascular health, muscle strength and …


Texas State Cycling Team Training Weekend

www.wherevent.com

San Marcos
Friday 19 February 2016, 17:45
Organized by : Jake Boone
Activities San Marcos / Description
About
*Friday 5:45 pm .- meeting at the light up sign in the TX State quad. 30-35 mile no drop ride.
* Saturday 9:00 pm. – meeting at the light up sign in the TX State quad. 80 mile (2X40 mi. loops) out east ride. 40 mile option for those not comfortable doing the full 80 miles. First lap no drop, Second lap fast. …


Views of/from Hayden Ranch Road

Pit’s Fritztown News pitsfritztownnews.wordpress.com

Hayden Ranch Road [here a previous article on bicycling there] is one of the gorgeous country roads that I like bicyling so much here in the Texas Hill Country. I’ve been out bicycling there a few times lately [here a link to the (GPS-)data, map etc.], but without my camera. So, on Monday, I decided to drive along that road in our car and take some pictures in the …


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Bike fest will draw hundreds

By Rani Birchfield www.alpineavalanche.com


Next weekend’s Chihuahuan Desert Bike Fest will offer something for all mountain bikers, from beginner to experienced.
The three-day mountain bike event traverses more than 200 miles of the terrain of Big Bend Ranch State Park, Big Bend National Park and Lajitas Resort.
Now in its sixth year, the Feb. 11-13 is organized by Desert Sports in Terlingua in partnership with Big Bend Ranch State Park and Lajitas Resort.
Crystal Allbright of Desert Sports said they’ve done bike events since the late 1980s, including races for several years. After losing their last course, which was …


Texan riding bike to honor fallen Brownwood DPS trooper

By Joshua Peguero www.ktxs.com


BROWNWOOD, Texas – A former Department of Public Safety investigator is riding his bicycle more than 300 miles to honor fallen DPS Sgt. William Karl Keesee.
Keesee was killed on Oct. 2015 when his car crashed near Goldthwaite. Retired DPS trooper Brent Morris will ride in his memory during the annual Police Unity Tour in May, when thousands of people ride from New Jersey to Washington D.C.
Morris said his parents first suggested he ride in Keesee’s honor. In 2015 he …


Freeze Your Fanny set Feb. 6

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Cyclists and runners will race Feb. 6 to raise money for Gregg County’s Special Olympics team.
The annual Freeze Your Fanny will start at 8 a.m. with a run and a bike ride at 10 a.m. Both events begin at Johnston-McQueen Elementary School, 6000 Airline Road at …

Ride Sesh & Trail Build at RHR with FR512

Saturday, Feb 6, 2016, 11:00 AM

No location yet.

5 Mountain Bikers Attending

Build and Ride Sesh Saturday Feb. 6th!!!!! Meet 11 AM at the FR512 park located at Rocky Hill Ranch by the back gate off Arrowhead Dr. Bring; bikes, drinks/grub, and tools. We’ll be working on the Octagon drop-in to the big lines, decking the floating wall ride on the intermediate slope style line, and shovel work on the jumps. You must have a waiv…

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2016 Recommended Rides for the MS150

Bike Brookshire bikebrookshire.com

Feb 6 – Pedaling the Prairie ms – starts at Waller County Fairgrounds
Feb 20 – Bulldog Bike Ride ms – starts at Waller Junior HS
Mar 6 – SpringFest Metric Century ms – starts at Willow River Farms near Brookshire
Mar 12 – Pedal thru the Pines ms – starts in Riverbend Park Smithville
Mar 13 – Bluebonnet Express ms – starts Waller ISD Stadium
Mar 20 – Tour De Houston ms – starts at Downtown Houston City Hall
Apr 7-9 – Bessies Creek 24 ms – 6hr/12hr/24hr/36hr/48hr time trials, race headquarters at La Quinta Brookshire
Apr 9 – Katy Ram Challenge ms – starts at Sun and Ski Sports Katy MillsApr 10 – Bike for Little Heroes ms – starts at Waller High School
Apr 16-17 – MS150 – Houston to Austin – various start locations

Basic Maintenance Clinic!

Thursday, Feb 18, 2016, 6:00 PM

Performance Bicycle
7549 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX

3 Cycling Enthusiasts Attending

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This weekend’s rides: Courtyard Dam Loop! Red Horn!

by Thomas steinerranchcycling.com

Before I post the rides I want to send out kudos to Andrew, Steve, and Justin for their top spots in USA Cycling’s Cat 5 rankings for Texas (3rd, 4th, and 13th respectively). Awesome, guys! See ranking details below. Go SRC!
Saturday we will try a modified anti-clockwise dam loop with some extra hills for fun. Special features include West Courtyard, City Park, and Ski Shores! The total route is only 48 miles but with around 3700 feet of climbing. Afterward we will grab some …

View from a new #bridge on the Northern Walnut Creek Trail. #rideyourbike #BSS #TeamBSS #NWCT #ATX

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Basic Maintenance Clinic!

Thursday, Feb 18, 2016, 6:00 PM

Performance Bicycle
7549 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX

2 Cycling Enthusiasts Attending

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Sam Houston Jones State Park Bike Trails

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The Gospel According to Bill

The Violet Crown Sports        violetcrown.org


It’s always good to review the basics every now and then; to go back to the fundamentals. In that regard, we are reprinting here the wise words of our friend Bill Reams, co-founder of the Bagel Ride, as stated in his epistle on group riding. Words to live by,
“As with religion, in group rides there are those that lead a righteous life at all times. Even if they do not attend regular services, when worshiping they will help those in need and provide a wheel for the less strong. They will stop and render aid when someone suffers a mechanical. They will follow golden rules such as ‘drop others only as you would have them drop you.’ When they attend church, they understand that …


First time on the east side path, lovin it. #ATX #WinterinTexas #ProjectOneRide @machadoatx

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Bring a Buddy Valentine Ride!

Saturday, Feb 13, 2016, 9:00 AM

Performance Bicycle
7549 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX

1 Cycling Enthusiasts Attending

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Bring a Buddy Valentine Ride!

Saturday, Feb 13, 2016, 9:00 AM

Performance Bicycle
7549 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX

1 Cycling Enthusiasts Attending

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Former UGA star Danny Ware fighting for body of son killed in Texas

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Friday night, Danny Ware awoke to a phone call. The voice on the other end of the line, some 800 miles away, had world-shattering news.
The former University of Georgia football star’s son, 3-year-old Danny Josiah, had been killed.
“I didn’t know if it was a dream, a nightmare, or if I had just heard it wrong,” Ware said Wednesday. “But it turns out it was totally accurate.”
Now Ware said he is battling his estranged wife to bring the boy’s body back to Georgia.
According to information released by the Houston, Texas, Police Department and published media reports, Danny Josiah was killed while riding his bicycle in that city’s Kingwood neighborhood. The driver …


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Mesilla (The Bean) , Group A Ride

Saturday, Feb 6, 2016, 8:15 AM

Across from Rio Plaza
Park across from strip center at 6205 Upper Valley Rd (just north of Artcraft) El Paso, TX

2 Cyclists Attending

• Distance: 64 miles• Roll Out: 8:30 am• Group A Pace: 18-21 mph average (Slower Riders see GROUP B & C Listing)• Details: Fast pace for High Endurance Riders. RL will determine stops etc.Will meet up with Groups B and Group C at The Bean, Mesilla Park• Ride Leader: Randy Limbird,[masked]

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Mesilla (The Bean), Group B Ride

Saturday, Feb 6, 2016, 8:15 AM

Sierra Vista Growers
2800 NM 28 La Union, NM

1 Cyclists Attending

• Distance:  50 miles• Roll Out: 8:30 am• Group B Pace: 14-17 mph ride average. Suitable for New Advanced & Intermediate  Riders (Faster and Slower Riders, see Group A or Group C Ride details.)• Details: At SVG, please use North Parking Lot only.  RL will determine any short Regroup/Rest Stops at La Mesa. Will meet with Group A & C at The Bean•…

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Mesilla (The Bean), Group C Ride

Saturday, Feb 6, 2016, 9:15 AM

La Mesa
NM 28 (Park across from Eagle Grocery) La Mesa, NM

1 Cyclists Attending

• Distance: 24 miles• Roll Out: 9:30 am• Group C Pace: 12-14 mph ride average. (Faster Riders see listing for Group B)• Details: No Drop Group C requires minimum of two (2) riders for buddy system. Ride Leader will determine stops as needed. Will meet up with Groups A & B at The Bean, Mesilla Park• Ride Leader: Larry Reid,[masked]

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Warming up. #zwift #rideon #cycleops #woodgrain

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Who Knows If Fort Worth’s Bike Share Program Has Failed Like Seattle’s?

Durango Texas        durangotexas.blogspot.com


What you are looking at is a row of bikes parked somewhere on the Seattle waterfront.
I did not know, til yesterday, via an article in the Seattle Times titled Bike share’s failure deflates Seattle’s self-image that Seattle had a bike share operation, like the one that operates in Fort Worth.
That would make this blogging sort of a variant of our popular series of bloggings about …


Fritz Park Joins Growing List of Places in Hutto, Texas to Offer Bicycle Parking

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On Saturday, February 27 at 10am, Bike Hutto will be doing a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new bike rack installed at Fritz Park by the Hutto Parks and Recreation Department. Following the ribbon cutting, Bike Hutto will be leading a family-friendly bike ride along the Cottonwood Creek Trail. All are welcome to attend the ribbon cutting, as well as the bike ride afterwards.
Fritz Park is the largest park in Hutto and is located at 400 Park Street. This will be the park’s first bike rack and will get added to the other amenities that Fritz Park has to offer such as a pavilion, picnic sites, playscape, reflection pond, sports amenities, and …


EP Cyclists Mountain Bikers Club

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Friendly reminder about EPC MTB events this month. For anybody that is interested in any and all events, please follow the links provided and sign up. Come one, come all and bring a friend!
7 Feb: 2 EVENTS!
1) Carrera Sakatamales MTB race, 0900 @ parke El Chamizal, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Good luck to all of those participating in the event!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1004467206293116/

2) Sunday Funday MTB ride @ CH Park, noon roll time! Come join us for some afternoon fun in the sun!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1700318570255196/

Expected high of 63 and sunny!
13 Feb: West Side MTB on …


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