Texas Bicycling News Digest January 27th

Innovation, The VIA Way: Here Comes The Bike Lid

By Eileen Pace        tpr.org

Some San Antonio commuters load their bikes onto VIA bus racks. But now, if they don’t need their bikes at the other end, there’s an option — VIA’s new ‘Bike Lids.’
Here at San Antonio’s Medical Center Transit Station, VIA’s Abigail Rodriguez shows off the newest pilot program for commuters who ride their bikes to the bus stop but don’t want to take them to work.
Perhaps there’s no place at work to store a bicycle. Or perhaps the bus drops the rider off so close to their destination that the bike won’t be needed. Enter the Bike Lid, covered parking for your bike. You can’t …

Riding the Anthills Bike Trails in Terry Hershey Park, Houston, TX


Riding the anthills bike trails in Houston, TX on June 29,2013. I rode west from Wilcrest Drive to Hwy 6, and back, a total of 11 miles. You don’t see the really technical parts of the trail because I either avoided them or walked my …

Lick Creek Hike and Bike Trail


Bid Date & Time: 2/05/15 2:00 PM
Prebid: 01/29/15 2:00
Est. Low Value: $3,396,209
Est. High Value: $3,396,209
Project consists of a five (5) mile hike and bike trail. Work includes: demolition of existing 4′ walks; tree protection; irrigation system salvage; clearing and grubbing for trail alignment (30′ trail corridor); erosion control; fence removal; paving (gravel) removal; grading; concrete curb & gutter; retaining wall; concrete drainage culvert (3’x5′); landscape boulders; trailhead concrete paving (5″ thick concrete w/ 6″ lime base and excavation); trailhead limestone paving; trailhead bicycle rack; trailhead trash receptacle; trailhead informative signage; trailhead fence; precast concrete pavers; pedestrian crosswalk …

Burleson Area Recreational Cyclists

Burleson, TX
5 Cyclists, Roadies, Friends

Burleson Area Recreational Cyclists was organized to promote cycling in our local communities. We are people with different backgrounds and a shared interest: A commitment to …

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Discussion of upcoming spring cycling activities.

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015, 7:00 PM
4 Attending

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Brownsville By Bike – New Repair Stations & Bike Racks


It’s getting easier all the time to roll around Brownsville–the city is installing bike repair stations, bike corrals, and new bike racks.
At the last CycloBia Brownsville in December, over 400 people stopped by BikeTexas tent to learn how to use the new bike racks and repair stations. BikeTexas has worked closely with Brownsville city staff to get these new …

Craddock heading home after nasty TDU crash

By Andrew Hood        velonews.competitor.com

Lawson Craddock (Giant-Alpecin) is heading home following three nights in an Australian hospital recovering from a harrowing crash in stage 4 at the Santos Tour Down Under.
The 22-year-old Texan crashed heavily Friday in the early kilometers of the stage, just as the peloton was picking up speed and coming over some rollers as the day’s main breakaway was forming.
In a freak accident, Craddock evidently punctured his front tire, then bounded into a drainage ditch, with his front wheel collapsing, sending him catapulting over his handlebars. One rider who saw the crash said, “It …

Slow Intermediate Ride @ Walnut Creek 4:00 PM Let’s do this!!!

Thursday, Jan 29, 2015, 4:00 PM

Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
12138 North Lamar Boulevard Austin, TX

2 Mountain Bikers Attending

This is a non-official ride, just looking for folks who want to ride.This will be a slow intermediate ride but we can split into more groups, basic or advanced if others are willing to lead also.Meet in the parking lot by the swimming pool. The route will make it easy for anyone to get back to the parking lot.   Helmets are required along with a …

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Sickness and Weather Dealt a Blow to My Bike Riding

Since my last ride on the 18th I have suffered fever, chills, coughing, bronchitis, antibiotic medicine  and cold weather. All of this has kept me off my bike needless to say. I am starting to recover and went for a ride today to test my condition. Coughing from time to time meant my bronchitis is not over yet but I can tolerate. January has not been kind to me and my wife this year. Whatever I had she had it times two.

Anticipating today’s great weather yesterday I worked my the Stradalli RP-14 road bike. I waxed the chain and installed a new 34T front chainring. With over 5400 miles on the bike/chain ring I figured the 34T ring must be worn. It wasn’t drastic but the valleys between the teeth looked wider than the new one. I previously replaced the rear cassette and chain. I want to keep the drive train components around similar mileage. I am still waiting to put new tires on. The current ones are still performing well. No flats.

The weather was too good to not ride today. 81 degrees when i got back at 3:00, clear blue sky and no wind to speak of. Tomorrow is supposed to repeat as well as Thursday. I plan on biking tomorrow but Thursday is iffy because I take my wife to the oncologist.

I wanted to ride to the north but chose the Atascocita – Walden – Huffman route in case I needed to cut the ride short for some reason. The New Caney – Gene Campbell Road route doesn’t have any options to shorten the ride once I get to New Caney. It was great getting out of the house and in the sun.

My wardrobe selection was probably overdone considering how warm it was: shorts, long sleeve jersey and a jacket. I was comfortable and with my coughing it was better to be warm than chilly.

The ladies at the Huffman Chevron asked where I had been. I said the cold weather was too much for me.

Today’s ride was 32.09 miles long. Reaching my goal for the month is now impossible unless I ride a century or two by the end of the month. This is not likely with the weather turning chilly and wet again on Friday. So far I biked 106.03 miles this month. If I can ride 30+ tomorrow I can cut my losses to less than 200 miles for the month.

Average speed was 14.3 mph falling to 14.1 mph at the end of the ride. I did not try to push a big gear in fear of starting a coughing spasm. Slow and steady is the goal for now. The Golden Cheetah program and Garmin Connect are in agreement on most of the ride metrics. I will show Garmin Connect for now.

RidewithGPS map, charts and metrics.

Texas Bicycling News Roundup January 26th

Cyclists enjoy the beauty of Coldspring in annual bike ride

By Jacob McAdams        www.yourhoustonnews.com

The annual Bike Ride through the Forest and Hills brought in numerous cyclists, some of which experienced the beauty of Coldspring and challenge of the ride for the first time on Jan. 24.
The Bike Ride is a path no greater than 46 miles in length that takes bikers all around Coldspring.
The Kingwood Fillies, the drill team of Kingwood High School, host the bike ride every January. The proceeds …

Woman Charged for alleged Central Austin DWI crash that seriously injured cyclist.


A woman has been arrested for allegedly hitting a bicyclist in Central Austin with her car while intoxicated — leaving the man seriously injured.
According to the arrest affidavit, Lauren Gamberger, 30, is charged with intoxication assault, a third degree felony.
It happened early Saturday morning at around 5:30 a.m. at the intersection of North Lamar Boulevard and Koenig Lane.
Court documents say Gamberger told police she did not see the cyclist until he was on the hood of her car.
Police say Gamberger was crying when she spoke to officers at the scene and was emitting an odor of an alcoholic beverage. She told police she was driving back from her brother’s house where she …

Bike Ride on TerryHershey Park

Sunday, Feb 1, 2015, 9:00 AM

Terry Hershey Park on Memorial Dr.
15200 Memorial Dr. Houston, TX

6 Tour de Friends Attending

Another ride on Terry Hershey park!!Sorry for the short notice cyclists. Please forgive me…Does 9:00 AM sounds good or can we push it to 10:00 AM?Lets gather at the Terry Hershey park on memorial Dr by 8:45AM and roll out by 9:00 AM. Let bike towards the end of Beltway and come back to the start point. We can then join with the NEO cyclists,…

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Bike Riding With The Village Creek Indian Ghosts & Cat Brats

Durango Texas

With today’s temperature high predicted to be somewhere in the 70s, I thought this would be a mighty fine day to go roll my wheels with the Indian Ghosts who haunt Arlington’s Village Creek Natural Historical Area.
The trouble with that plan became …

Forney woman indicted for 2014 hit-and-run accident involving bicyclist

by  Mathew Richards        inforney.com

FORNEY, Texas — On January 23, 2015, a Kaufman County grand jury indicted a Forney woman for a May 2014 hit-and-run accident involving a bicyclist on a U.S. Highway 80 service road.
The grand jury indicted Melida Nava of Forney, Texas, on one count of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury, a second-degree felony.
On May 30, 2014, at approximately 8:21 p.m., Nava was allegedly driving westbound on the north service road of U.S. Highway 80 when she struck Barry Richardson of Mesquite, Texas. Richardson was riding a bicycle and …

Free Clinic Basic Bike Maintenance

Thursday, Feb 12, 2015, 6:00 PM

Performance Bicycle
7549 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX

2 Cycling Enthusiasts Attending

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Flat Creek Crossing Ranch – TRAIL BUILD & RIDE!

Thursday, Jan 29, 2015, 9:30 AM

Flat Creek Crossing Ranch
County Road 201 & Ulrich Road Johnson City, TX

2 Mountain Bikers Attending

Flat Creek Crossing TRAIL BUILD & RIDE!Flat Creek Crossing is adding 2 miles of NEW TRAIL in the cabin loop area.  Come out and build some great new trail with great views.Building in the morning and lunch will be on the agenda.  A ride or more trail building for the afternoon.   NO TRAIL BUILDING EXPERIENCE NEEDED! Tools & guidance provided fo…

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Free Clinic Basic Bike Maintenance

Thursday, Feb 12, 2015, 6:00 PM

Performance Bicycle
4750 Fm 1960 Rd W Houston, TX

1 Bicycle Enthusiasts Attending

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Bikes + Literacy– A Match Made in El Paso

By Victor Cordero, Velo Paso        www.biketexas.org

Friday morning, January 16, 32° F (FREEZING!), 5:30 AM wakeup call, up and at ‘em!
Warmth & excitement flowed through my veins as we prepared for El Paso’s 2nd Ride for Reading event, in which almost 30 riders participated. Most of the riders were local, plus we had some spectacular out of town guests, including action sports writer and photographer Devon Balet from Montrose, Colorado, and professional mountain bike racers Katie Holden from Seattle, WA, and Dejay Birtch of Tucson, AZ.
Ride for Reading provides a way for donated books to be delivered to low-income elementary schools BY BICYCLE–promoting a …

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Texas Bicycling News January 25th

Running Interference

Bike Noob

We’ve been enjoying the newly-striped roads in our immediate area. As I’ve mentioned before, in some places there are parking lanes for cars, with bike lanes next to them. The bike lanes are fairly wide, which squeezes moving cars a bit, but has the effect of slowing them down — theoretically.
But I still see cars that follow bikes to an intersection, pass them, and then cut them off to make a right turn. My friend Maggie said she nearly followed a woman into a parking lot to yell at her about it. Maggie is better at controlling her temper than some, and thought …

Valley Ramble

Saturday, Jan 31, 2015, 9:00 AM

7049 S Desert (Outlet Mall) Canutillo, TX

2 Cyclists Attending

Meet at Starbuck’s at the Outlet Shoppes (I-10 at Transmountain). 15-17 mph, 25 miles. Bob Clark,[masked]

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Pedernales Falls State Park Trail Build & Ride!

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015, 9:00 AM

Pedernales Falls State Park
2585 Park Road 6026 Johnson City, TX

1 Mountain Bikers Attending

Pedernales Falls State Park TRAIL BUILD & RIDE!BRING YOUR PAYDIRT FORMS! http://www.tmbra.org/paydirt/paydirt.htmThe completed sections of the new trail were a hit at the 2014 Cranksgiving!  BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!  5+ miles of trail are still under development!These sections, not yet open to the public, have lots more elevation changes, G-ou…

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