Texas Bicycle News August 25th

Houston By Bike & Bonobo

Colin Ward

I’ve been wanting to make this video for a long time. After two small crashes and a plethora of technical mishaps, it finally happened. To Bonobo, I’m very sorry for using your song “Ketto” without your permission. I hope you can forgive me. I had to use it. It’s was simply the perfect song.

Pedaling forward

Houston Chronicle        www.chron.com

As the mercury rises in Houston, so do B-Cycle rentals. That was the surprising discovery when Chronicle transportation reporter Dug Begley tallied the ridership statistics for Houston’s bicycle rental system (“Awaiting expansion, B-Cycle continues to grow in Houston,” blog.chron.com/thehighwayman, Aug. 6).
Apparently riders can tolerate a sweat, but not a chill, with cold temperatures sending ridership plummeting but high heat having little impact.
That’s hardly a problem in Houston.
Despite potholes, trash-filled bike lanes and, yes, the weather, Houstonians have taken to cycling as a part of our city’s transportation and recreation systems. As the Houston-Galveston Area Council eyes infrastructure projects for its …

Northwest New Mexico; Texas

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Mile after mile of great cycling as you leave New Mexico and head into Texas.

Texas Mounting Biking: Let’s Ride! | Things to Do in Texas

Texas Tourism

Go for a ride along some of the state’s most scenic mountain biking trails in the Texas panhandle. There, you’ll find Palo Duro Canyon, the second largest canyon in the United States. It bursts with beautiful vegetation, biker-friendly trails, and even historical theatrical performances.

Bear Mountain Cameron Park Blowout 2015


2015 Cameron Park Blowout presented by The Bear Mountain. Come and race this TMBRA Fall Series mountain bike race in Waco, TX September 20th on some of best trails in Texas. Hope to see you again this year! For more info: www.thebearmountain.com

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Racing the Rain and Wind

Before I started today’s ride I looked at the weather radar for possible rain. The forecast was for a cold front to pass through later this afternoon. There was a glob of rain storms to the north Livingston and I figured they would move to the east like they do many times. I put on sunscreen and got dressed planning to ride the “New Caney – Gene Campbell Road” route to the north. I left home at 11:19 with the sun shining and the temperature at 93 degrees.

After riding through Kingwood to add some miles to the route I headed to Loop 494 and US59 to begin going north. When I reached US59 I looked to the north to see some gary clouds in the distance. I still thought I could ride to New Caney but I changed how far north I was going to ride from Roman Forest Blvd to FM1485. Arriving in Porter I turned right onto FM1314 and rode to Loop 494. Once I was on Loop 494 I rode north towards the darkening sky. The further north I rode the darker the sky got. After passing New Caney High School and Eagle Drive I decided to turn around and get back home. I took Loop 494 south to Porter and then got on the southbound US59 service road keeping an eye in my mirror on the approaching line of clouds. With the wind behind me I raced to Northpark Drive. Stopping for the traffic light to change a big gust of cold wind blew through and I knew the rain wasn’t too far behind.

Taking Northpark east I cut through the Showbiz theater parking lot to reach Loop 494 to ride to Kings Manor and into Kingwood. The wind was blowing in gusts and caught my wheels at time trying to move me to the side of the street. By now I was about 4 miles from home. I continued riding as fast as I could. It started to drizzle rain and I pedaled faster trying to reach home but when I got to the Bear Branch Park the rain picked up and I went to the pavilion for shelter. The rain and wind picked up and I was glad I found shelter. That sunscreen should’ve rain repellent as the wind started blowing the rain into the pavilion I was getting chilled. A rain cape would be handy. Before I reached the pavilion while riding on Cedar Knoll a large tree (12 to 15 feet tall) fell over in the front yard of a home from the wind. It looked like the trunk was rotted.

At the pavilion several close lightening strikes hit and lots of thunder. After 15 minutes or so the wind let up and the rain slowed down. Later it stopped and I left to ride the last mile home. When I got home at 1:19 I checked the temperature and it was 73, a 20 degree drop. No wonder I was chilled. The wind was from the NNE at 26 mph with 43 mph gusts. This is why I had trouble keeping my bike pointed where I wanted it to go.

The weather radar when I got home.

8-25-2015 Weather Radar Finish

With the abbreviated ride I ended up biking 22.3 miles.

The weather should straighten out for tomorrow’s ride. I am at 851.7 miles for August and need 106 miles to hit my goal for August.

Texas Bicycling News August 24th

Popular Austin cyclist falls victim to hit and run

Jenni Lee, KVUE            www.kvue.com

AUSTIN — Popular amateur cyclist Brendan Sharpe won’t be riding his bike anytime soon after he was hit by a driver on the Lamar Boulevard Bridge and left for dead.
Sharpe is recovering from a broken back, broken nose and broken sternum. He has to wear a body brace and a nose guard. He’s had two surgeries to repair his eye and nose, and he will need one more to replace his two front teeth. …

Local riders take cycling challenge

By Frank Garza        www.brownsvilleherald.com

Celina Hernandez pedaled down Boca Chica Boulevard on Sunday, doing her best to keep up with the rest of the pack. Her focus was disrupted when her tire got caught in one of the grooves, causing her to bounce out and lose control.
Hernandez, who works for the Brown­sville Neighbors Emer­gency Center, was aiming to complete the 60-mile ride in the Raúl Alcalá Bike Ride Challenge.
“I was really excited about it. I’ve been talking about it the …

Upper Valley Tour

Sunday, Aug 30, 2015, 7:45 AM

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

5 Cyclists Attending

Meet at Rio Plaza, 6205 Upper Valley Rd. at 7:45 a.m., roll out at 8 a.m. Please park across from Plaza. Flat route to Anthony (Dos Lago CC), return via NM 28 (with Haasville Loop off of Gadsden High). About 35 miles, 15-17 mph. Rick Rivas,[masked], Danny Cavazos,[masked]

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Wednesday Brushy Creek/Deception Ride

Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015, 6:00 PM

Brushy Creek Sports Park
2310 Brushy Creek Road Cedar Park, TX

5 Mountain Bikers Attending

We will be meeting at 5:45 pm to air up, tune and hit the Brushy Creek Deception trail wheels down at 6:00 pm, this will be a ride for folks who want to ride Deception Trail at a faster beginner to intermediate group pace, depending on the crowd. If we get a big group we can split up based on the pace people want to ride. Definitely bring: HELMET, …

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FREE CLINIC – Brake, Derailleur & Gear Clinic

Thursday, Aug 27, 2015, 6:00 PM

Performance Bicycle
7549 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX

2 Cycling Enthusiasts Attending

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FREE CLINIC – Brake, Derailleur & Gear Clinic

Thursday, Aug 27, 2015, 6:00 PM

Performance Bicycle
4750 Fm 1960 Rd W Houston, TX

1 Bicycle Enthusiasts Attending

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ARR Volunteers: Kid Trips – Girl Scouts of America

Saturday, Sep 5, 2015, 7:00 AM

Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
12138 North Lamar Boulevard Austin, TX

6 Mountain Bikers Attending

The Austin Ridge Riders Kid Trips September outing is with the Girl Scouts of America.All volunteers are welcome, and it would be great to have some of our RLAG members show up as volunteers this month as strong female role models for the Girl Scouts.Where: Walnut Creek ParkWhen: Saturday September 5: 7:00am – 12:00pmThe Kid Trips Program is a …

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Bay area Ride Sylvan Beach to Seabrook marina & Back 20~21 Miles

Saturday, Aug 29, 2015, 8:00 AM

Sylvan Beach
576 Bayshore Dr La Porte , TX

4 Cyclists Attending

The Ride: We will start at Sylvan beach parking lot and follow the map below stopping at seabrook marina for a break then returning to laporte going by the Houston yacht club. This will be a casual ride averanging approx: 12/miler hour.

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Barton Creek Greenbelt 360 Access Intermediate level technical

Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015, 4:30 PM

Barton Creek Greenbelt – 360 Access
3755-B Capital of Texas Hwy. Austin, TX

1 Mountain Bikers Attending

The trail is more technical than Walnut creek., there are more rocks, drops, and roots, so it will wear you down fast.  I  recommend knee and elbow pads to accompany your helmet.I would estimate 11-15 miles 2-2.5 hrs. of sweaty nasty,fun riding.Please ensure you have an extra tube for the ride.All riders must bring a trail-worthy bike, closed-…

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Notes from the BAC: August Edition

Austin On A Bike        austinonabike.com

Having spent much of the summer in far away (read: cooler) lands, I decided to celebrate my return to Austin and it’s sweltering summer days with a nice evening in the air conditioned bull pen of City Hall for the Bicycle Advisory Council meeting last week. While I will spare you much of the round-and-round discussion that filled much of this month’s two-hour meeting, I can tell you of a few things of particular interest:
1. So called “e-bikes”, AKA bikes with electric assist motors, should be considered bicycles and allowed on trails in parks. This sentiment appeared to be the consensus (minus one) of much of the council and those in attendance. For some reason, this conversation took a very long time, while most all in …

Tour de Gap

Pedal Pushers        roy-pedalpushers.blogspot.com

Having just gotten back from Illinois and hadn’t even unpacked our bags yet, the Gap ride was upon us.
Some 234 riders registered for this annual event.
We are off but no rush. We discovered the 28 mile route last year.

A Long Hot Walk With Arlington’s Indian Ghosts While Strangling My Handlebars

by Durango Texas        durangotexas.blogspot.com

Why am I gripping the throat of my handlebars you are sitting there wondering?
Around noon I headed to Arlington to the Village Creek Natural  Historical Area for my regularly scheduled Monday bike ride with the Indian Ghosts.
All was going well as I …

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Schools Start and Traffic Does Too!

Another long ride today on the “FM1960 to FM686 – Back” route to the east leaving home at 11:33. The late start was due to watching stage 3 of the Vuelta a Espana on EuroSport.  I rode 42.68 miles with a maximum average speed of 15.4 mph. The average speed was up and down depending on stops and when I was riding into the light 5 mph breeze. It was hot again at 92 degrees when I stopped at the Huffman Chevron on the way back home and when I got home my weather station showed 97.9 degrees. Below is the screenshots when I was in Huffman.

Humidity is back and I could tell by the amount of sweat I produced whenever I stopped. I stopped at the Dayton Food & Fuel store at the turnaround point at FM686. Iwalked inside the store to get ice and water and I think I left a trail of sweat drippings from the door to the fountain machine and back. Worse thing was I got a phone call while I was inside and left a bigger puddle where I stood while talking.

I hope these 40+ mile rides are getting me prepared for the 75 mile route at the Hotter’n Hell 100 on Saturday. I think I am ready for the heat but the route has rolling hills and I am a flatlander. I done them many times before so they shouldn’t be a problem.

At 31.0 miles I rolled into the Chevron station in Huffman. I got there about 1:45. I wasn’t in a hurry to leave because this is the first day of school and I didn’t want to do battle with the Kingwood High School traffic on Kingwood Drive when it let out. I waited to 2:30 to leave thinking by the time I covered 9 miles it would be past the 2:45 dismissal time. I got to Kingwood Drive just before 3:00 and traffic was backed up in both directions. So much for trying to avoid this. I waited 3 to 5 minutes and finally got to the middle of Kingwood Drive where I waited another 2 to 3 minutes to get across to the north side. From there I didn’t have any other problems with school traffic getting home at 3:10.

Tomorrow’s weather looks favorable for biking until 5 PM when a chance of rain pops in. I plan on being back before that time.