Texas Bicycling News October 1st

Cyclist in Critical Condition After Being Hit By a Car in Leander

By Stephanie Gaskell        patch.com/texas

The accident happened just before sunrise on Wednesday.
A 62-year-old man is in critical condition after being hit by a car on the 500 block of South Highway 183 early Wednesday morning.
The Leander Police Department said the accident occurred just before 7 a.m. when it was still dark outside. Both the car and the cyclist were traveling northbound when they collided.
Police officials say alcohol and weather were not a factor in the accident. They said the …

DANGER: Overhead Artillery Fire Across This Road


The State Road Race, the culmination of a seemingly never ending road season in Texas. The course, entirely inside the Fort Hood Military Base, features a 33-mile loop on a closed course. It is one of the most balanced courses, and hardest races on the Texas calendar. The race regularly features harsh cross winds through the wide open, fairly flat start-finish stretch, followed by four different little ring climb that last between two to three minutes. Here, Super Squadra’s Jordan Oroshiba, a Category 2 racer and college student at Texas State, describes his experience at the championship event.
I woke well before 5 a.m. to travel from Austin to Fort Hood for the State Road Race, and rolled out into the dark early morning with my teammate, Michael Pincus. We stopped at McDonalds for ‘Hot Cakes’ and discussed the things that cycling obsessed college students tend to discuss: bike racing, more bike …

Can bike riders, car drivers coexist on the same roads?

By Marissa Nunez        www.itemonline.com

As the issue of climate change and the the effects humans have on the environment become more of a concern for people all over the world, some have been switching to eco-friendly alternatives when it comes to transportation.
Two alternatives people have been using are public transportation and more fuel-efficient automobiles. Another choice has people switching from motor vehicles to bicycles, which is not only better for the environment but better for an individual’s overall health.
As more and more people make the switch from automobiles to bicycles, it’s critical for both drivers and …

Race to victory: Fort Hood Challenge-VII

By Nick Conner, Sentinel News Editor        www.forthoodsentinel.com

Cyclists from across the state flocked to Fort Hood Saturday and Sunday for the Texas State Road Race Championship Weekend. Dubbed Fort Hood Challenge VII, it marked the end of the cycling season as more than 800 riders, from professional-level competitors to first-time racers, tested themselves over a 33-mile closed course that wound its way up, down and through the western side of the reservation.
According to race sponsor Andy Hollinger, the course is the …

Slaughter Creek !! Intermediate and Advanced Beginner ride (2 groups) 9 am

Saturday, Oct 3, 2015, 9:00 AM

Slaughter Creek Preserve Trail
9901 RM 1826 Austin, TX

5 Mountain Bikers Attending

Helmet and working bike required, spare tube suggested.We will have two groups the intermediate group will do two loops on the trail and the afvanced beginners will do one (maybe two).After the ride will probably go for lunch somewhere near downtown.This is an unsanctioned ride.

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Where We Ride 2014: Analysis of Bike Commuting

by Ken McLeod        bikeleague.org

In our third edition of “Where We Ride: An Analysis of Bicycling in American Cities” we take a look at the growth of bicycle commuters throughout the country, based on new data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.
We dissect broad trends, like where among large cities bike commuting is growing fastest, and take on and more granular analyses, like which cities are exploding with bike commuters by region and size.
In this report, we take a look at:
How all 50 states rank according to bicycle commuters as a share of all commuters;
How cities with a high percentage of bicycle commuters compare to other cities in their regions;
How cities compare based upon multimodal commuters, looking beyond just bikes to other forms of transportation that involve more physical activity, including walking and transit; …

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A Word from Michael Payne The next few weeks will be critical in BikeHouston’s journey to make Houston a better, safer place to ride bicycles. Please join us in… read more>> …

10/3 & 10/4 Rides! Cozy Cove / Bee Creek! Red Horn

by Thomas        steinerranchcycling.com

The crowd is back for this Saturday’s ride! We should have a good showing to go do some hills out Bee Creek road on something close to our usual Cozy Cove ride. This time we will take a turn up that not-so-flat Bob Wire road! There is a convenience store at the top where you can wipe the puke off of your face. We will ensure that by the time we are finished with this ride it will be perfect for cold beer and hot burgers at Lakeside afterward (with our club discounts for everyone that shows!). Depart from Cups & Cones at the usual 7:30am. It is …

Day 22: Seminole Canyon State Park to Del Rio: A good, casual bike ride, if wind would stay away!

By Judy Gamble        www.crazyguyonabike.com

No Tears on the Southern Tier

Thursday October 1, 2015, 47 miles (76 km) – Total so far: 1,328 miles (2,137 km)
47 miles (incl. 3 around town), 989′ climbing
The night of camping of Seminole Canyon was quite nice. We left the fly off the tent (Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3, for those of you interested!) and when we laid our heads down at 830pm the stars were filling the sky. Within an hour the Milky Way was visible and constellations were in all directions. The darkness of the sky is incredible. We don’t remember such beautiful skies since sailing to Panama. The moon was in our eyes all night. (And in honor of the Milky Way we shared a Milky Way candy bar tonight, pure bliss!)
The night was super restful and we awoke to a deer and her two fawns crossing not far from our campsite. Since we hadn’t found any food (do we sound like scavengers???) yesterday we settled for a granola bar breakfast, packed camp and hit the road. We only had 40+ miles to go to reach Del Rio. A relatively easy day…except the wind was already blowing when we …

City of Dallas Bicycle Parking Inventory and Map!


Here’s another little side project we have going on… inventorying all the existing bicycle parking in Dallas. Ultimately, we want to someday create a smart phone-friendly way to access it when you’re looking for a place to lock up. The map below is interactive and provides information on bike racks both in

Waco Results and Updated Series Overall Standings


Here are the Waco Results and Updated Series Overall Standings.
Please find them here:  Series Results

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Bike Barn, Bayou City Adventures named exclusive providers for Buffalo Bayou Partnership


Buffalo Bayou Partnership announced a five-year exclusive partnership with Bike Barn – a Houston-based bike retailer servicing the biking community since 1983 – and Bayou City Adventures – a popular provider of outdoor recreational equipment and services – to begin offering bicycles, canoes, and kayaks for rent along Buffalo Bayou between Shepherd Drive and Fannin Street. Rental stations will be located along major points of interest along Buffalo Bayou Park, namely Lost Lake and The Water Works, and also at the foot of Sunset Coffee Building at Allen’s Landing in downtown.
This agreement comes as the improvements to the 160-acre, 2.3-mile Buffalo Bayou Park are nearing …

Give bikers a break, and more lanes


As the price of parking permits rise and temperatures begin to fall, more UTSA students choose bicycles as their muscle-powered method of transportation.
Cycling to class is a great way to save money, energy and time that would otherwise be spent hunting down a parking spot. Students who bike to class burn calories while reducing their carbon footprint — a choice beneficial to cardiovascular health and the environment.
However, the benefits of biking do not come without …

Palestine gearing up for 2nd Annual Gravel Grinder Cycling Event


The Camino 205, a long distance cycling adventure through the Piney Woods of East Texas, will kick off on Saturday, October 3, in Old Town Palestine.
According to event organizer Dave Morrow, “Cyclists in the upper Midwest have been putting on gravel grinder events for about ten years. One of the most notable being the Dirty Kanza, which traverses the Flint Hills National Grasslands in Kansas, and has over 1,200 riders.”
The popularity of gravel grinders is …

Tuesday: Intermediate/Advanced Mountain Bike Ride at the Ant Hills

Tuesday, Oct 6, 2015, 6:15 PM

15200 Memorial Dr
15200 Memorial Dr Houston, Te

1 Houston Cycling Members Attending

This will be a medium to fast pace ride through the Ant Hills of Hershey Park! Bring WATER, spare tube/tire, snacks, etc…Helmets required. Call if you are going to be late so we can wait for you. Wheels rolling by 6:30! See you there

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October Slow Roll at Buffalo Bayou Park

Saturday, Oct 17, 2015, 8:00 AM

McGovern Centennial Gardens
6201 Hermann Park Dr Houston, TX

1 Cyclers Attending

Let’s roll out for another relaxing ride through the city! Our goal is Buffalo Bayou Park and back. Afterwards, tacos at Bodega’s! Optional: visit to the Houston Bicycle Museum, if you’re interested. We’ll have a busy and fun Saturday, for sure!October’s Slow Roll Ride will start at McGovern Centennial Gardens, in front of the Cherie Flores Garden…

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First Tour – Dallas to Austin/San Marcos/Gruene

by Jarrett2        www.bikeforums.net

Howdy all. I’m planning my first self-supported tour coming up in a month.
I’ve got the bike, got the bags, got the legs, got a ride buddy, but looking for route suggestions.
I’m wondering if anyone has ridden from the Dallas area down to the Austin/San Marcos/Gruene area before?
I’m actually starting about 40 miles south of Dallas, so the total trip seems to be between 185-215 miles depending on stopping point. This will be a one way trip as I have a ride back. …


by MadKaw        www.bikeforums.net

’cause they’re not cartoons…

Remaining Mountain Bike Races


The remaining mountain bike races for the 2015 season are:
October 3/4 – UTA at Flat Rock Ranch – Comfort, TX
October 10/11 – SCCCC Conference Championships at Palo Duro Canyon – Canyon, TX …

Day 21: Sanderson to Seminole Canyon State Park (10 m. W of Comstock): Hot west Texas.

By Judy Gamble        www.crazyguyonabike.com

No Tears on the Southern Tier

Wednesday September 30, 2015, 81 miles (130 km) – Total so far: 1,281 miles (2,062 km)
81 miles, 2,078′ climbing
Since we had just experienced a few days where the wind came up within the first 20 miles of riding, we decided that today was gonna be an earlier start. After a cup of coffee in our room and a quick bowl of cereal we were on the road in the dark at 6:30am. Sunrise was around 7:35a or so. Temperatures were cool enough that we both started out with jackets on. They came off within the first 10 miles as we started to heat up and the sun came up.
Traffic was moderate, with primarily semis travelling in both directions. We have both LED headlights on the front and rear so we were very visible. All the drivers …

Balmorhea to Ft. Davis: Climbing into the Davis Mountains

By Steven Neish        www.crazyguyonabike.com

New Mexico to the Gulf of Mexico!

Monday September 28, 2015, 35 miles (56 km) – Total so far: 127 miles (204 km)
This is a beautiful ride. Most of the world, who imagine that Texas is a flat world with longhorns and oil wells have no imagination that includes a Texas like I saw today.
The first few miles was slowly rising farmland. The weather was perfect, cool and calm. I saw a coyote just inside the fence line. I made eye contact, and …

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Charity event nearly turns deadly for cyclist

Author: Robert Arnold        www.click2houston.com


HOUSTON – An annual charity event nearly turned deadly for a Houston area cyclist. On Saturday, Matt Haynie was one of hundreds of cyclists participating in the American Diabetes Association’s annual Tour de Cure 100-mile bike ride.
The event helps bring awareness to diabetes and raises money for research.
Haynie said he was 64 miles into his ride when he was hit by a silver Dodge Ram pickup truck on FM 529 just outside of Bellville. Haynie suffered numerous deep tissue injuries and …

Mellow Johnny’s opening Fort Worth location this weekend

by BRAIN Staff        www.bicycleretailer.com

FORT WORTH, Texas (BRAIN) — Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop is planning a grand opening Saturday for its new Fort Worth location, which is being operated as the bicycle component of The Trailhead Cycling and Fitness Center.
Mellow Johnny’s was founded in 2008 in Austin, highlighting co-owner Lance Armstrong’s longtime sponsor, Trek Bicycle. The new location, however, is a Specialized Elite dealer, offering bicycle sales, service, rentals, training, rides and clinics.
“It was really the only opportunity we had in that region. There was a competitor nearby with Trek already, so …

I received an email today from Cullen

I know this is a long shot, but I thought there might be an interesting angle for your website.
I’m an mtb rider and trail builder from Austin.
I visited Ireland recently and had an excellent time renting a bike from one of Ireland’s only high-end mtb rental companies– biking.ie.
I chatted with Leo at that shop, south of Dublin in the Wicklow mountains.
Anyway, he tells me that one of their employees and racers just moved to Austin. His name is Richie.
Unfortunately, in his first week in Austin, his bike got stolen.  Here are some more details:
He made a police report, has been checking craigslist, all that….
But, I was hoping, that because his bike is so rare in Texas (they are only distributed in the UK & Ireland), that maybe your sharper readers might spot it in Houston, Dallas, or San Antonio, etc.

Stolen bike W. 6th street
by Richie Enduro
Hey guys!
Just moved here from from Ireland last week, I brought my Vitus sentier 275 over with me( Irish brand) looking to enjoy the local trails. After my first exploring spin on saterday night I locked my bike up beside my apartment – which is right in front of my window and right beside the front door.
When I went to go for a ride yesterday morning it was gone. Thieves had cut through the lock with what must have been an industrial enough bit of kit.
It’s a 27.5 large red and black hard tail. Maxxis high roller II front- Mavic 2.4 on the back. It’s got 740mm bars and a small enough Suntour fork-120mm.
Ive been watching Craigslist. I reported it. And I was recommended to post here by a helpful Austin rider. But if you guys could keep an eye out for my Bike that would be great, ,already missing it.
Any tips?

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Trail Work and Sessioning at Rocky Hill Ranch with FR512

Sunday, Oct 4, 2015, 10:00 AM

Rocky Hill Ranch
578 Farm-to-Market 153 Smithville, TX

3 Mountain Bikers Attending

Trail work and ride sesh with possible campout Saturday night. Bring shovels, rakes, power drills, and saws. Meet at the back gate off Arrowhead Dr. We will be working out the high ladders in the skinnies area, plan Andy start work on the stunt line after the drop zone, continue work on intermediate slope style line.For those who haven’t been to t…

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Trail Work and Sesh at Rocky Hill with FR512

Saturday, Oct 3, 2015, 10:00 AM

Rocky Hill Ranch
578 Farm-to-Market 153 Smithville, TX

2 Mountain Bikers Attending

Trail work and sesh with possible campout. Bring shovels, rakes, power drills, saws and camping gear. Meet at the back gate off Arrowhead Dr. We will be working out the high ladders in the skinnies area, plan Andy start work on the stunt line after the drop zone, continue work on intermediate slope style line.For those who haven’t been to the FR51…

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RIDE SCHEDULE – October 2015

Georgetown Cyclopaths        www.cyclopathsoftexas.com

Day     Date     Time     Meet at     Miles     Map     Miles     Map        Short Rides     Long Rides
Saturday     10/3/2015     9:00 AM     Union State Bank in Florence     34 miles     F2     43 miles     F3
Sunday     10/4/2015     1:30 PM     Berry Springs Park     32 miles     B65     43 miles     B50

Saturday     10/10/2015     9:00 AM     Liberty Hill Elementary School     33 miles     L2     45 miles     L9
Sunday     10/11/2015     1:30 PM     Berry Springs Park     31 miles     B44     40 miles     B19

Saturday     10/17/2015     9:00 AM     Dale’s Essenhaus Restaurant in Walburg     32 miles     WA11     46 miles     WA12
Sunday     10/18/2015     1:30 PM     Berry Springs Park     31 miles     B18     38 miles     B69

Saturday     10/24/2015     9:00 AM     Catholic Church in Andice     34 miles     A11     47 miles     A22
Sunday     10/25/2015     1:30 PM     Berry Springs Park     33 miles     B27     40 miles     B3

Day 20: Marathon to Sanderson: Mostly downhill

By Judy Gamble        www.crazyguyonabike.com

No Tears on the Southern Tier

Tuesday September 29, 2015, 56 miles (90 km) – Total so far: 1,200 miles (1,931 km)
56 Miles, 542′ Climbing
Restful. Last nights sleep was restful at the funky, hippie, hostel. After a rather upscale meal at the Gage Motel we both hit our perspetive beds in our silk sleeping bag liners that we have for camping. It was dark, quiet and 9 hours later it was daylight. And we were ready for a rather easy day.
We started out with a bit of a climb out of Marathon, but for the most part, the ride was on a downhill slant. Unfortunately the wind turned on after about 12 miles and we had it gusting to 20 in our faces all the way to …

Southern Walnut Creek Trail to close for maintenance

by Pam LeBlanc        fitness.blog.austin360.com

Heads up, cyclists.
A portion of the Southern Walnut Creek Trail between Delwau Lane and FM 969 (Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard) will be closed the first three weeks of October to address erosion issues.
Because of flood damage earlier this year and …

Thirteen Manufacturers, Distributors Recall Bicycles with Front Disc Brakes to Replace Quick Release Lever Due to Crash Hazard

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission        www.cpsc.gov

Recall Summary
Name of product: Bicycles equipped with front disc brakes and quick release levers
Hazard: An open quick release lever on the bicycle’s front wheel hub can come into contact with the front disc brake rotor causing the front wheel to come to a sudden stop or separate from the bicycle, posing a risk of injury to the rider. …

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New Report: Equity of Access to Bicycle Infrastructure


Equity Research/Policy        by League Staff
UPDATE: This report’s case study was revised with updated information on Sept. 16, 2015. The case study on Chicago now reflects the most up-to-date data related to bicycle infrastructure plans in the city, made possible through the provision of data from the Chicago Department of Transportation. The League again reiterates the value of this report as a tool for other communities to use — the case study is merely that formula in action and not meant to serve as a statement on or indictment of Chicago or any other community. If you have used the …

TC Jester Loop

Sunday, Nov 8, 2015, 7:30 AM

Ascent Fitness
1911 W Alabama St Houston, TX

5 Cyclists Attending

From Montrose area, we will work our way up to TC Jester , ride the Bayou, back through the heights (where we will stop for coffee) and then on through to Heights Blvd and then Buffalo Bayou back to the studio.MUST BE 18 to ride.

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Boys & Girls Club Fundraiser for Bikes Halloween Bash

Thursday, Oct 29, 2015, 6:30 PM

Ascent Fitness
1911 W Alabama St Houston, TX

1 Cyclists Attending

Help buy a bike for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston. More details to come soon!

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BikeHouston Moonlight Ramble

Saturday, Oct 24, 2015, 11:45 PM

George R Brown Convention Center
Chenevert & Polk Houston, TX

6 Cyclists Attending

The 43rd Moonlight Ramble will be October 24th and registration is OPEN! 11:45pm – 2:00amSign up now to secure an awesome t-shirt.This is BikeHouston’s largest fundraiser. It is a super fun, social, night-time ride with proceeds going towards making our city a better, safer place for all people on bikes. This year there is individual and team fun…

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Christmas Caroling Ride

Sunday, Dec 6, 2015, 6:30 PM

Town in City Brewing Company
1125 W Cavalcade St Houston, TX

5 Cyclists Attending

Come decorate your bikes, and cycle and sign your way through the heights. Price TBD (will pay for lights and Hot Toddy’s Afterwards.

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Become A Ride Leader


Are you a natural born leader? Do you like to tell people what to do? Do you want to become an integral part of the PBA? We are always looking for Ride Leaders to lead our weekday and weekend rides, and we could use your help. Take the first step towards being a PBA Ride Leader.
Ride Leader Training
Sunday, October 4th
1pm – 3pm
Legacy Tower
7250 Dallas Parkway
(SE corner of Legacy and DNT)

Week Three 2015 Preview – Six Shooter CX

by joeyTWOwheels        texascx.com

Up until this week, everything has been Regional, small time. But here we are in week three, staring down the barrel of our first Texas Cup Elite Series race – Six Shooter, big time.
What does this mean? Well, you should read this post for more details. But in a nut – the races have expanded categories, their own points system, leaders jerseys and more.
If you’re counting at home, that’s …

Day 19: Ft. Davis to Marathon: Late start for a short day.

By Judy Gamble        www.crazyguyonabike.com

No Tears on the Southern Tier
Monday September 28, 2015, 57 miles (92 km) – Total so far: 1,144 miles (1,841 km)
57 miles, 881′ climbing
Our stay at the historic home in Ft. Davis was timed perfectly to allow us to enjoy the lunar eclipse last night. We sat outside in the backyard of the home and watched the changing shape of the moon for over 2 hours. Sometime around 9 pm a rock band started playing down the road at the Stone Village Tourist Resort. Not ones to miss an event, we strolled the block and half down and joined a semi-private gig which was …

Balmorhea: From the Oil Field to Farmland

By Steven Neish        www.crazyguyonabike.com

New Mexico to the Gulf of Mexico!
Sunday September 27, 2015, 36 miles (58 km) – Total so far: 92 miles (148 km)
Today the bike was fully loaded. With water, it weighed a little over 90 pounds. It rode heavy. It wasn’t too bad, but every time I stopped, I could tell that the bike was different. I wouldn’t want it to be heavier.
Today, I rode from Pecos to Balmorhea. It was a good ride. Gentle uphills but no major climbs. The roads were good. No important wind. Partly cloudy.
Halfway through the ride, the markings of being in the oilfield went away. The landscape became a world of agriculture. Irrigation, crops, cattle. Arid high plains. I suspect that west Texas will run out of water before it runs out of oil. I understand the science that might allow us to move away from oil. I don’t understand how to …

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