Deciding to Ride

I sometimes am faced with the decision of how soon to resume riding after being sick. The sickness began last Friday when my sinus was invaded by something they did not like. My nose started running like Niagara Falls and sneezing 5 or 6 times in a row was common. By Friday night I was feeling miserable and had to resort to my elephant tusk look with rolled up tissue paper sticking out of each nostril. To top it off I decided Friday to look at a Jeep Wrangler in Katy to replace the one I sold on last Monday. Sitting in the dealer showroom sneezing and blowing my nose we purchased the Jeep and proceeded to drive back to Kingwood. What a mistake. We should’ve stayed in a motel overnight and driven home on Saturday. All of the people who drove one car to work that morning drove two back home. Traffic was horrific and reminded me why I retired. We finally got home and I slowly made it inside. Saturday was not much different but Sunday I started to turn the corner.

Sunday evening we drove to the Greyhound bus terminal in downtown Houston to pick up our daughter and son-in-law who came from Dallas. I was not sneezing anymore but a cough moved in.

Monday I was doing much better but decided not push it to soon and did not ride.

Today I felt much better and the cough was rare. No more running nose so I figured it was time to go for a ride. As I left home at 10:58 with the temperature around 75 I knew I made a good choice. I was able to pedal with effort when necessary and the breeze coming through my long sleeve jersey felt great. I didn’t want to overdo it and rode a slightly shorter version of the “Atascocita – Walden – Huffman” route for a total of 29.77 miles. I stopped at the Huffman Chevron to rest, eat and drink. After 30 minutes or so I headed home for the last 11 miles. I was encouraged by the average speed I built up. I topped out at 15.5 mph and held it until about 27.4 miles when it slowly dropped down to 15.3 as I made my way home in Kingwood.

Several other bikers were out today. I saw four women on the Lake Houston Causeway going west as I went east and later a man was riding on Atascocita Shores Drive going south, opposite from me.

I thought the weather was going to be cooler than it turned out. I wore a long sleeve jersey but should’ve wore a short sleeve one with 83 degrees when I finished at 1:30.

Tonight or early tomorrow a cool front is supposed to move through. There is a small chance of rain. Not sure if I will ride.

October miles are now 606.67 and 6138 miles for the year.

Daylight savings time ends Sunday morning. Not sure how this will impact my biking. So far the warm weather has been sticking around.

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Texas Bicycling News Digest October 27th

Half-way there: 9-year-old bikes across America for cancer cure

By Matthew Costa

Very few people would ever consider riding a bike across a state. Some might even believe going across a county is impossible.
For 9-year-old CJ Burford though, going a far distance on his bike is just another day’s goal.
But Burford isn’t just going across the state of Texas, he’s biking with his family across the entire United States in an effort to raise funds to help fight cancer for children.
“God told me to do this when I was 5-years old,” Burford at a stop in Conroe. “I asked my mom if I should ride my bike for Jesus, and she said, ‘Yes you…

Time change? Time for Trans/Gap

Sunday, Nov 2, 2014, 8:00 AM

The Bagel Shop
985 N Resler El Paso, TX

5 Cyclists Attending

Leave from Bagel Shop on Resler at 8 am, using that extra hour of sleep to go over West Transmt, then over Anthony Gap. 50 miles,  18-20 mph, Lisa Studdard,[masked]

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Ups and down

Our mobility edition for the perfect fall weather.

The AC’s off and the Thumbs-cycle is back on the road. In that spirit:
[Up] Mama said to start on a good note so despite too many fatalities, pot holes and “sliver-thin bike lanes,” the website of Bicycling magazine carried this headline on a story about riding in Houston: “Thanks to a bike-loving mayor and tireless advocates … a sprawling, traffic-clogged city transformed itself into America’s most improved cycling town.”
[Up] And there’s more good news ahead. Our first protected on-street bicycle lane opens by the end of the year when barriers are off of back-order. This trail will take riders from the east side of downtown to the magnificent Buffalo Bayou Park.
[Down] But we’re here to help make things better, so why does the city of Houston allow trash cans to be placed inside bike lanes? This wouldn’t be an issue if the good mayor and her security detail commuted to…

CS City Council Position 5 Candidates address transit questions

The BVC bicyclists recently contacted two of the College Station 2014 City Council Candidates for Place 5 to gain perspective on how they plan to address bicycling and other transportation issues as City Councilmembers. Here, in order, is the message we sent, as well as the candidates’ replies, in the order received:
Dear Ms. Schultz and Ms. Harvall,
On behalf of the Brazos Valley Cyclists, a local association of bicycling enthusiasts (, could I impose and ask for a few minutes of your time to answer a question we have?  I’ll send your responses to our listserv and post them on our blog.
The question is:  What do you see as the largest transportation challenges that you will work to address as a city council member, and how will you address those transportation challenges?
The questions we are not asking (but which offer a sense of cyclist sentiment) included
– would you fund bike lanes and bicycle-specific detection at intersections?
– would you support regulations that punish car drivers who hit cyclists rather than just chalking it…

A Better Way from Downtown to the Pedestrian Bridge is on the Way

Austin on a Bike

I swear, it’s like every year the city gives or takes away my favorite way to get to the pedestrian bridge from downtown. This year, thankfully, it’s giving and not taking away.
No, it’s not that sweet, bike-only path, but instead Seaholm Drive, which cuts downhill from 3rd street (west of that rickety bike/ped bridge) to the part of 2nd street that you didn’t really realize existed. Simply put, we won’t have to ride down that terrible concrete barrier bike lane anymore and we won’t have to brave the skinny sidewalk on Lamar either.
According to the email from the city, construction should be complete around November 3rd (my birthday is the next day, in case you were wondering – and also when that underpass bike path has opened or closed over the past…

Race Preview – BCRCX – 11.01.14

by joeyTWOwheels

Remember Escalara Loca in Fort Worth in 2011?
Or the brilliant dash up the side of the hill at Spotts Park at BCRCX 2013?
Either race will remind a cyclocross racer that stairs are legitimate obstacles. In fact, the more the merrier.
We caught up with local fast men Scott Minard and Nathan Mills of BCR (the director and marketing chief, respectively) about this year’s BCRCX:
2014BCRCX2Tell us about your infamous, compact course and how it might vary this year.
It will be very similar to last year. Lots of fast sweeping turns, a high speed sand pit, a little bit of elevation and of course the infamous stairway to heaven, which is six flights of pain per lap. The only…

Race Preview – Give Me Some Sugar CX – 11.02.14

by joeyTWOwheels

GiveMeSomeSugarCX_2014flyerHalloween Weekend is upon us and we have four big races to choose from. Here at we’re writing em up as they come in. First up, Give Me Some Sugar CX in Houston.
We spoke with veteran cross course designer and event Director, Bryan Voytilla of Kolo Promotions, about this event.
So, let’s cut to the chase. You built a giant flyover. HUGE. Tell me about this over-engineered beast.
Well first off major credit for the course design goes to Joey Martinez and Rob Sisk. These guys are brilliant when it comes to putting a course together. The fly-over credit goes to Joey Martinez (check him out on Instagram @jamzilla84), this guy can build anything and he’s one fast single speeder. We wanted to do something that would raise the bar. Sugar_FlyoverThis is the Texas Cup series after all, and we feel people need to…

Bicycle traffic deaths soar; California leads nation

By Jerry Hirsch

If you are going to be killed by a car while riding a bicycle, there’s a good chance you are male, older than 20 and living in California or Florida.
That’s the finding of a report issued Monday by the Governors Highway Safety Assn. that also noted that between 2010 and 2012, U.S. bicyclist deaths increased by 16%.
California, with 338 cyclists killed in collisions with motor vehicles, and Florida, with 329, had the highest totals during that period, the report said.
They also had the largest increases in annual cyclist traffic fatalities from 2010 to 2012. Florida’s deaths rose by 37 to 120 in 2012 while cyclist traffic fatalities in California rose by 23 to 123. California had the most bicyclists killed of any state in 2012.
Nationally, cyclist traffic deaths jumped from 621 in 2010 to 680 in 2011 and 722 in 2012. The 16% increase was far greater than other…

Memorial to Downtown and Back Mountain Bike Ride

Saturday, Nov 29, 2014, 9:00 AM

Memorial Park
N Picnic Ln Houston, TX

5 Houston Cycling Members Attending

Memorial to Downtown and Back Mountain Bike RideIf you’re wondering what to do about that mountain bike hanging up in the garage, Come out and enjoy the scenic routes to downtown Houston from Memorial Park us.Three ground rules I think about to be active in Mountain Biking.:” First of all, do not hang the Mountain Bike up on hooks out of the way…

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Firefighters/cyclists honor fallen firefighters

Kevin Reece, KHOU 11 News

The families of four fallen Houston firefighters each received a $2,000 donation on Monday. But the money wasn’t as important as the gesture and the promise that their loved ones memories are being kept alive.
The Brotherhood Ride is a group of firefighters, police officers and EMT’s who hold annual bicycle rides across the country to honor the fallen. Their first ride was in 2007 after the deaths of 9 firefighters in Charleston, South Carolina. Since then the cyclists have logged more than 3,600 miles through 14 states and raised more than $118,000 in donations.
Earlier this year riders traveled 760 miles in 9 days from Plaquemine, Louisiana to…

2,700 Miles, 27 Days, 27 Million Lives

Riding 2,700 miles in 27 days—from Los Angeles to Charleston, South Carolina—may seem a little crazy. Add in the fact that Luis Leonardo is stopping in towns along the way to challenge law enforcement officials and other local luminaries to do a 27-second plank with him, and you have a recipe for one tired man at the end of the month. Oh yeah: He’s making the trip on a singlespeed.
He’s also raising awareness for the new nonprofit Hope and Rescue Foundation and its Hope27 campaign, with the end goal of ending human trafficking. The project gets its name from the 27 million people worldwide that the US estimates are working in slavery—a figure that includes child soldiers and those who have been forced into sexual servitude or domestic or manual labor.
Bicycling spoke with Leonardo 2,000 miles into his journey, which was scheduled to finish October 27, and found him in high spirits.
Bicycling: How far in are you right now?
Luis Leonardo: I just passed the 2,000 mile mark, so getting there! Only 700 more to go…
It’s great when 700 miles seems like a small amount.
Isn’t that crazy? I’ve been averaging 100 miles a day, and on a good day when there isn’t much wind or…


Texas Bicycling Digest October 26th

Texas Two-Wheel Tuesday: Bicycle Giveaway!

Doc’s Motorworks has teamed up with Ozone Bikes for Texas Two-Wheel Tuesdays!
Each Tuesday night starting November 4th, Doc’s will be giving away one bicycle to one lucky winner at the 38th St. restaurant. In order to win, simply ENTER ON DO512 for the date you’d like to win. Please note, you must be 21+ and MUST be present during the time of the drawing. Drawing times vary based on the Tuesday of the month.
Drawings will take place on the:
1st Tuesday of the month, 11/4 — 8:00pm
2nd Tuesday of the month, 11/11 — 9:00pm
3rd Tuesday of the month, 11/18 — 10:00pm
4th Tuesday of the month, 11/25 — 11:00pm
5th Tuesday of the month, 12/2 — 12:00am
Once you have entered, be to…

Freeride 512 Texas freeKride Fest 2014

Some clips of the freeKride Fest 2014, plus a few random GoPro Hero 2 clips. Tyler Trueman with the backflips.

Go for an easy beginner ride

Saturday, Nov 1, 2014, 9:00 AM

Performance Bicycle
7549 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX

1 Cycling Enthusiasts Attending

You’re invited to join our Saturday morning, beginners group ride starting from and ending at our W. Houston, Performance Bicycle store. The ride is for beginners and those getting back on the saddle. The average pace will be between 10 and 14 miles per hour and the ride will last approximately one hour. We’ll explore some of the local bike paths a…

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Saturday Beginner Ride

Saturday, Nov 1, 2014, 9:00 AM

Performance Bicycle
4750 Fm 1960 Rd W Houston, TX

1 Bicycle Enthusiasts Attending

Leaves from the store to Cypresswood, Cypress wood to TC Jester going north an then back.Please bring a helmet, spare tube, waterbottle, positive attitude :)

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Austinites Celebrate Bicycle Culture at Inaugural BikeFest

Hundreds of people showed up for the inaugural Austin BikeFest in in East Austin this weekend.
Bikers got out to compare bikes and enjoy live music, food and craft beer along with a bike fashion show.
The celebration was held in partnership with Capital Metro to commemorate the opening of the Southern Walnut Creek Trail. The 7-mile trail, which starts at Govalle Park and goes north, has been years in the making.
Rep. Lloyd Doggett, who was at the event, says it’s another great…

No Country for Old Men 2014 Race Leaderboard

Kokernot Park, Alpine, TX.
October 25, 2014    Start: 7:00 am
Are You Rugged Enough?
1000 Mile Coen Brothers …

What: Walnut Creek Workday

Saturday, Nov 8, 2014, 9:00 AM

Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
12138 North Lamar Boulevard Austin, TX

2 Mountain Bikers Attending

What:  Walnut Creek WorkdayWhen:  Saturday, November 8th from 9:00AM to 11:00AMWhere:  meet in the pool parking lotWhat will we be doing:  This will be in combination with the APF education series,  we will be working several portions of the trail by doing some heavy trimming along sections of the creek.  You will need to bring gloves, long pant…

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What: Walnut Creek Workday

Saturday, Nov 15, 2014, 8:00 AM

Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
12138 North Lamar Boulevard Austin, TX

1 Mountain Bikers Attending

What:  Walnut Creek WorkdayWhen:  Saturday, November 15th from 8:00AM to 11:00AMWhere:  meet in the pool parking lotWhat will we be doing:  This will be in combination with the APF education series,  we will be working several portions of the trail by doing some heavy trimming along sections of the creek.  You will need to bring gloves, long pan…

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This can be fun & a good training ride!

Saturday, Nov 1, 2014, 8:00 AM

Double Lake
301 FM 2025 Coldspring,TX 77331, TX

2 Dirty SOB’s Attending

Description for Double LakeEast Texas does not have a ton of places to mountain bike, Double Lake is a nice ride, not the best trails but if you are looking for something new it is worth checking out. The area is beautiful and the ride is more about getting exercise and looking at the scenery. Fun, flowy trail with nice elevation change. Not too t…

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Rain Makes for Bike and Run Fun

by Bill Cullins        Team San Angelo

I was lucky enough last week to get in a bike workout and then a transition run on a cool day with light rain falling.
That wet workout reminded me of some epic events from past years that took place in really wet conditions.
Although many people instinctively retreat indoors to the stationary bike or treadmill during inclement weather, bike and run events or workouts that take place in rain (or mud, or snow) are special and should be looked forward to.
One of my most memorable ride-in-the rain events took place on the second day of the 1999 Ride the Rockies cycling tour in Colorado.
That day’s ride was a 76-mile trip from Cortez to Telluride with the final part of the route going…

Upcoming Rides and Events

San Antonio Wheelmen

Saturday, 11/1:         Cibolo Ride (9 AM start)
Sunday, 11/2:           Kendalia-Crabapple Ride (9 AM start)



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Texas Bicycling News Digest October 25th

I have been battling sinus problems the last two days. This keeps me off the bike. Maybe I can shake this by Monday.

TxDOT, Chamber hosts ribbon cutting for hike and bike trail in Kountze

KOUNTZE, Texas – The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) joined by the Kountze Chamber of Commerce, elected officials, bike enthusiasts and community members gathered on October 17,  to celebrate the opening of the long-awaited Hardin County Hike and Bike Trail
The nearly seven-mile long trail stretches along side U.S. 69 from the Super 8 Motel in Kountze to FM 420 near the Big Thicket Visitors Center. Construction for the $2.7 million project began in January.
Kountze Mayor Fred Williams welcomed the crowd of about 50 to the city and expressed thanks and gratitude to all who helped make the trail a reality. Speakers included TxDOT’s Beaumont District Engineer Tucker Ferguson, Rep. James White, Hardin County Judge Billy Caraway, South East Texas Hike and Bike Coalition member Tom Thompson, and…

WECC kids get field day training at ETBU

by Rebecca Holland

There was a lot of running, jumping, pedaling and smiling going on Friday at Keys Gymnasium on the East Texas Baptist University campus, as more than a 100 pre-kindergartners and a dozen ETBU students played together during field activities.
What started out as a kinesiology class project more than seven years ago for Dr. Will Walker’s Organization and Administration in Kinesiology and Sport class at ETBU has turned into a much-anticipated annual event for teachers and students at Washington Early Childhood Center in the Marshall Independent School District.
The annual fall field day includes a round-robin concept…

Two State Parks — Two Different Rides

by Bike Noob

I’m a member of a Meetup group, the Austin Mountain Bikers. Earlier this week, I got a message from them that an interpretive mountain bike ride would take place at Bastrop State Park in Bastrop, Texas, about 25 miles east of Austin. We would be led by a park ranger on trails that are normally closed to the public. Sign me up.
Maggie had the same idea, so we loaded the bikes onto the SUV and set out for Bastrop. The park and the area are known for the “Lost Pines” — a substantial acreage of loblolly pines that somehow detached from the piney woods of East Texas. it’s the farthest west stand of loblollies in the United States. In 2011, the area — including…

Day 7: Faith

by SAG Lady

Despite an overly soft mattress, and despite sharing a room with a dad who snores, I woke up on Thursday from my best night’s sleep of the trip. I know this because my Sleep Cycle app awarded me 93% sleep quality.
Breakfast at The Round Top Inn is usually served at 9 a.m. (and usually not served on weekdays, I later learned. Maybe they did it for us because so much of the town was closed.) Anyway, 9 was too late for the bikers, who were usually heading out around then, so Tim, the most “ask-y” of us in Ask vs. Guess culture theory, asked the innkeeper — who also happened to be the cook — if we could…×576.jpg

Cyclo-cross National Champtionship is Coming to Austin

Cycle Austin

Wow – the USA Cycling Cyclo-Cross National Championships will be held in Zilker Park this coming January! The event it scheduled for January 7th through the 11th. Check out USA Cycling for all the details. Here’s the course map to pique your interest. This is gonna be huge! …

New Event Added to Calendar