Oh What Strong Wind You Have Bike Ride

During today’s ride the weather reminded me of fall but then I realized instead of going away from warmer weather we are getting closer. Starting the “New Caney – Roman Forest – Valley Ranch” route at 11:36 am I hoped to put in a long bike ride and succeed with 40.35 miles, the longest ride in 2018 so far. This moves February to 215.5 miles, 129.5 miles away from reaching my goal.

Getting to Roman Forest was the easiest section of the ride thanks to the strong wind: south 20 mph , gusts to 29 mph. Whenever I went into the wind it I struggled to maintain my speed of 18 to 19 mph. Over all the weather was good for biking: start 78 (humidity 76%), finish 79 (humidity 72%), mostly cloudy.

No rest stops during the ride but I almost took one at the new Exxon station at Roman Forest Blvd. and the railroad tracks. I stopped to get a paper towel to blow my nose but they didn’t have any so I continued riding.

Bicycling south on the I-69/US59 service road the wind came at me strong. I knew it must be above 10 mph but I didn’t find out how strong it really was until I checked the weather after finishing the ride at 2:36 pm.

Wardrobe choices for today: shorts, long sleeve jersey, short sleeve jersey. The long sleeve jersey was for sunscreen purposes as much as warmth from the wind. This selection kept me comfortable.

Rain chance increases on Tuesday and higher on Wednesday which may keep me indoors. I may attempt a short ride on Tuesday to get some miles.

Link to Strava ride summary

SportTracks Ride Summary

Bike Ride Summary

Texas Bicycling News Digest February 18th 2018

Peanut Butter Jelly Ride Peanut Butter Jelly Ride #strava #maps #cycling #bananas

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Wilmington veteran ‘Chris-crosses’ America for for Snipes Academy

By David Dean | portcitydaily.com

WILMINGTON — For Wilmington resident Chris Brown, his grandchildren were a welcome sight. Standing in the sand of Wrightsville Beach, one held a sign reading, “52 DAYS 3082 MILES” memorializing the two-month cross-country bicycle trip his grandfather had just completed. …

… Chris Brown, 64, and his wife Carol, 63, started their cross-country journey in San Diego at Torrey Pines State Beach, a familiar spot for the Browns and their three children many years ago when they lived in California. Plotting their course with the help of the Adventure Cycling Association, the couple found bike-friendly highways and byways, such as the famous Route 66. They made their way through California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina, with Chris on his bike and Carol keeping tabs on him from the comfort of their 27-foot recreational vehicle. …

Texas 2018

By Mike Booth | www.crazyguyonabike.com

Sunday February 18, 2018
Our last full day at home ( Saturday) we should have been packing but there was spring sunshine so we cycled up the steep hill from nearby Clapham onto the top of Halden ridge.A quick coffee and then descent via the village of Ide..
Our car journey drive,Sunday, to …

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Overdressed Atascocita – Walden Bike Ride

No doubt about it, I overdressed for today’s bike ride. The ride started at 12:38 pm under an overcast sky with 72 degrees (86% humidity). I wasn’t sure about the wind but when i finished the ride I found out it was from the SE at 12 mph with 20 mpg gusts. No wonder it was tough pedaling at time and the watts were high riding into the wind. The overdressed part came about because I wasn’t sure the temperature would get much higher than 72 so I wore a thermal long sleeve jersey (rather than a jacket) with a short sleeve jersey on top with shorts. At first i was comfortable though a little chilly until I warmed up. Once I was warm I didn’t really notice the heat building but when I finished the bike ride and took the thermal jersey off it was soaked.

Before the ride I took these pictures of the Stradalli. I don’t think I took any with the PowerPod. Again the PowerPod performed perfectly without any issues.

The route for today was the “Atascocita – Walden” one but I altered the beginning to get the mileage to 26.51 miles putting the month to date at 175 miles, leaving 170 miles to reach my goal for February.

As the ride progressed the overcast sky improved to mostly cloudy and the temperature went up as well. When I finished at 2:37 pm it was 81 (73% humidity), higher than the forecasted 73.

It should be like this on Monday allowing me to ride again.

Link to Strava ride summary

SportTracks Ride Summary

Bike Ride Summary

Texas Bicycling News Digest February 17th 2018

Winter Texas MTB Tour


I joined one of my best friends this past week for a tour of some of Texas’s MTB offerings. We rode some trails in Austin and then headed to Palo Duro Canyon. It was a fun week of car camping and riding some tech in mostly sunshine.

We started in Austin Texas riding at Pace Bend. It was a neat place with some rocky riding. It’s nice to be able to start and end rides from your campsite. There’s about 13 miles of trail that weaves around the peninsula that varies from windy rocky fun to smoother dirt and flow. …

Author and Cyclist Andrew Tilin Dies in Collision

Alex Heard | www.outsideonline.com

Andrew Tilin, a former Outside editor, a longtime contributor, and a close friend to many people affiliated with the magazine, has been killed in a traffic-related accident that occurred early on the morning of February 17 in Austin, Texas.

Law enforcement details are not yet available, but a spokesman for the Austin-Travis County EMS confirmed that a life-threatening accident involving a male in his fifties occurred near the intersection of Marshall Ford Road and …

Outside Magazine says one of their contributors killed in RM 620 crash


AUSTIN (KXAN) – Outside Magazine is reporting that a cyclist who died after being struck by a car near Lake Travis Saturday morning was one of their contributors.

The magazine says that Andrew Tilin, 52, was riding his bicycle in a group ride on Ranch to Market 620 near Marshall Ford Road when his bicycle had a flat tire and he pulled off the road to fix it. They said a passing vehicle skidded on slick pavement, hit another vehicle, which in turn struck Tilin. …

Man injured after his bicycle is struck by a car in Bryan


A bicyclist was injured Friday evening after he was hit by a vehicle on Texas Avenue in Bryan. ​

According to Bryan police, first responders were called to the intersection of South Texas Avenue and Inwood Drive just after 6 p.m. A bicyclist was attempting to make his way across the intersection, and pulled out in front of a vehicle being driven by a teenager, police said.

The man received non-life threatening injuries, and was taken to a local hospital.

The teenager was not cited in this incident. …

Full Loop – Odessa Mountain Bike Park


Must be a PBBA member for access. Scan code/website at the front gate to pay online before use. Only $25/year per person for access. Helmets must be worn by all riders.
It’s great to have some off-road areas to ride in the west Texas flat desert!
Family Friendly: All the trails are in close proximity with a covered patio area to hang out.
Dogs: Off-leash
Need to Know
Membership is required. Helmets are required.
West Texas is known to be flat. The PBBA and City of Odessa did a great job utilizing two caliche pits to create a great place to ride. This ride is made up of the Green Trail loop of 3-4 miles which is for beginners and the Blue Trail loop that combines around 9 miles of trail (in total). For more advanced riding, there are some Red/Black “expert” trails which can add some more miles. …

Coast to Coast US Tour via Southern Route

By Nicholas Gimbrone | www.crazyguyonabike.com

That’s it… I’m doing this!
Saturday May 27, 2017
I’ve signed up to do a US “coast to coast” (San Diego to St. Augustine) bicycle tour in March & April of 2018! This has been on my bucket list for over 20 years now… and this journal is about the realization of that dream.
The $ has been sent in, commitments are made to ride my bike from coast to coast… now to prepare!

How I decided to do THIS ride…
Tuesday August 29, 2017
In the past the big blockers on doing this have been:
a) having time available to do it at a pace I can actually achieve (I’m no longer up to 3 weeks of PAC Tour’s 100+ miles daily pace, and really only ever was up to back to back 125-ish mile days);
b) finding a logistics company to remove the logistical hassles for me… for me this really was THE key question (forgive me for going into it more below, but I can’t stress how important it was for me).
Until my retirement, time pretty much eliminated the option. While I could (and still can) imagine doing a crossing in 4 weeks, I doubt it would be anywhere near the fun that a 7 week crossing will be… stopping to take flower pictures (etc) is a part of the fun. …

Storm ravaged TX
Saturday September 2, 2017
Rt 10 in eastern TX has been (literally) under water… Will riding thru the Houston TX area still by then be like riding through a disaster area? Will the displaced fire ants still be a problem for camping? I’m counting on these logistics being handled by others and trying to put the fear out of mind.

Travel Plans All Set
Wednesday October 18, 2017
Travel plans to the start of the trip in San Diego have been firmed up. My wif & I will be traveling via AmTrak, realizing another item from our bucket lists of a cross country train trip, complete with sleeper car. This is exciting!
The plan for after the ride continues to be that the wif will meet us in FL and we will drive back up the coast to home.

One of the niceties of these plans is that the wif will get to see our ceremonial wheel dipping at both ends of the tour! 😉

The start of the long, cold, damp training months just before the ride…
Sunday November 5, 2017
It is getting cooler & wetter here in on the east coast, cutting into my riding. I’m supplementing regular 60 mile rides with 2-7 mile walks on the less pleasant days, and past years’ experiences make me confident that I’ll still get enough winter riding (and exercise) in to be fully ready for the physical side of this ride.

Bye Bye Tiferme: The bike has been shipped, training is done…
Friday February 16, 2018
The bike went off to the shop yesterday for shipping (via BikeFlights, a FedEx reseller specializing in bikes) to the ride start… no more riding until I pick it up a few days before day 1 of the ride.
Riding this winter has, as always, been a bit “catch as catch can”, with 500-600 mile months being typical (both past years and this). February would likely be similar if it were a full month of riding, but that is not to be due to the shipping time requirements. As it is, the 230 miles I got in this rainy month will have to do, backed up with lots of walks (46 miles so far). …

Just Ride For A Just Cause

Saturday, Mar 24, 2018, 7:30 AM

Simonton Community Church
9703 Fm 1489 Simonton, TX

1 cyclists Attending

Just Ride For A Just Cause is an MS150 Recommended bike ride on the west side of the Greater Houston Metropolitan area. The proceeds from the JR4JC ride supports Passion for Humanity on the fight against human trafficking.The ride starts at Simonton community Church, Simonton, TX. We have something for everyone, a short family scenic ride, for the…

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Not bad for being 21 yrs old. Upgrade to the wheels and tread.

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Ride Santa Ana: Refuge weighs cycling, geocaching pursuits

By RICK KELLEY | www.valleymorningstar.com

HARLINGEN — Cycling and geocaching have been the most talked about among eight refuge uses which are being reviewed as being appropriate to start or to continue at the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge.

“Several years ago, before the flood in 2010, bicycling had kind of evolved from a few at a time to where it got really popular, and it got going before we …

28th annual Jalapeño 100 Bike Ride forges ahead despite strong winds

FREDDY GONZALEZ | www.valleymorningstar.com

HARLINGEN — The wind was harsh, but the smiles were prevalent at the 28th annual Jalapeno 100 Bike Ride on Saturday.

With winds gusting well over 20 mph across Cameron and Willacy counties, the push of air made riding a little more difficult, but it also made finishing much more satisfying. …

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