Almost Momentary Muscle Failure

It was a struggle to ride on FM1960 east from Huffman. The wind was trying to push me back to Huffman and my legs were about to let it happen. Building up to that point every direction I rode seemed to be into the wind. On FM1960 the trees were in the distance just before my turning point at Huffman – Eastgate Road. As I was trying to get there my legs approached momentary muscle failure. My speed starting to drop below 15 mph then 14 and a couple of times when I glanced at the Edge 510 I saw 13 mph. Crossing the west bound lane of FM1960 onto Huffman – Eastgate I stopped to give my legs a rest and to take a drink.

On Huffman – Eastgate the wind was finally not in my face. The legs regained some power and I was able to ride around 20 mph. The planned stop at the Huffman Chevron was not far and I looked forward to sitting and resting before riding the 11 miles home.

I don’t ride this often (5 times out of 176 rides this year) but it is on good roads. Huffman – Eastgate used to have some big cracks in the asphalt from the heat and the pavement wanting slide into the ditch. Last year, maybe, it was re-surfaced and the cracks are few. Someday I want to ride FM1960 all the way east to Dayton but there is a section of chip’n seal from the Liberty County line to the railroad overpass. It’s about 2 miles long but I don’t relish it. On the other side of the overpass FM1960 is smooth asphalt.

Today I biked 35.15 miles averaging 15.6 mph. It took almost 16 miles to get my average speed to 15 mph thanks to the wind. I didn’t really get it above there until riding on Huffman – Eastgate. Once I was there I built it up to 15.5 mph when I stopped at the Chevron. After a 20 minute break I headed home and added to my average speed. The peak was at 31.8 miles at 15.8 mph. By then I was stopping and starting in Kingwood.

Another day of fabulous biking weather: scattered clouds, 80 degrees. The wind was from the east at 10 mph with 16 mph gusts. The gusts are what got to me on FM1960 where the cover is not thick enough to slow it down.

Some numbers:

  • 576.89 miles for the month
  • 103.73 miles this week
  • 6108 miles for the year
  • 16 biking days out of 22 this month (retirement helps)

I may not bike tomorrow but the weather is supposed to continue like today.

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Texas Bicycling News Digest October 21st

Cyclocross in Austin

by Clair Melton

A  zigzagging course is taped off in a local park. Pop-up canopies displaying the names of bike shops and teams and brands are clustered in one area, and–even though it’s mid-morning–some folks are drinking beer. Spectators of all ages are scattered along the course, with a large crowd up under the trees and canopies, seeking shade on another hot Austin day. An announcer says something about a “pineapple hand-up,” compliments a racer on a less-than-smooth negotiation of a pair of barriers, thanks a local bike shop for their contribution to the event, and reminds those in attendance that the “Under 10? race is coming up. The sense of camaraderie is palpable. And in…

New Houston area member with an etiquette question

by mac_encheeze

I was watching some videos on youtube that were taken at The Anthills and Memorial park area, and in the ones that didn’t have music in them, I noticed that the person would every once in a while yell out “Rider!”. It seemed like they would do it around blind corners mostly, but I wouldn’t see anyone. So I figured maybe they were just doing it as a precaution.
So just exactly as to when should you announce yourself? For right now I plan on riding the Armand Bayou park trails since I live in Pasadena, but do… (several replies)

St. Mary’s plans Boo Bash bike helmet giveaway

University receives grant to promote safety to children, students
The St. Mary’s University Student Health Center and Office of Residence Life want to help ensure the well-being of children and students by giving away bicycle helmets.
Through a grant from the Texas Medical Association and the Texas Academy of Family Practice, the “Rattlers Have Heart” organization will distribute and properly size 150 helmets to children at Boo Bash on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 6-9 p.m.
Boo Bash is an evening for local children and their families to trick-or-treat on campus and participate in other Halloween festivities. The 27th annual event, for children age 14 and under with…

Dero Dream Bike Room Contest: BikeTexas and Green Building Alliance are Both Winners

Dero is proud to support the dream bike rooms of two nonprofits: BikeTexas opts for an outdoor “bike room” for events around the State of Texas, while Green Building Alliance will renovate its indoor bike room at its Pittsburgh office.

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Dero is proud to support the dream bike rooms of two nonprofits: BikeTexas opts for an outdoor “bike room” for events around the State of Texas, while Green Building Alliance (GBA) will create its indoor bike room at its Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania office.
Earlier this year, BikeTexas and GBA entered the Dero Dream Bike Room Pinterest contest to win $7,500 in Dero products, plus $1,000 to decorate the winner’s dream bike room. In May 2014, BikeTexas was declared the winner via public online voting. While working on layouts and logistics, Dero and BikeTexas realized that an indoor bike room would not meet this bicycle advocacy organization’s needs. BikeTexas envisioned an outdoor “bike room” that would support its many events. Dero generously donated Dero Event Racks to BikeTexas, which will…

Lost Pines Mountain Biking Tour

Saturday, Oct 25, 2014, 9:00 AM

Bastrop State Park
100 Park Road 1A Bastrop, TX

7 Mountain Bikers Attending

Take a guided mountain biking tour in an area of Bastrop State Park that is normally closed to the public. On this moderate five-mile ride, see a historic town site and learn about the history of the park.Bring your own mountain bike – hybrid bikes are not recommended. Helmets and some experience with off-road biking required. This is not a techni…

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Fitness profile: Former college athlete still runs, bikes and swims


Chauncey Deller, 29, swam four years in high school, started doing triathlons, and joined the track and cross country teams at the University of Texas at Tyler.
“I love the rhythm of sports,” says Chauncey, who lives in Dallas and works in recreation management. “When everything is in sync, there is no greater feeling. I don’t wear headphones because I would rather hear my breathing and be present in the action with my thoughts.”
Typical week of workouts: …

Behold, the Electric Cheeto!

By Pam LeBlanc

You might recognize the bike, which we’ve long called The Cheeto. For the last six or seven years I’ve been pedaling it all over Austin. My husband Chris built it up from parts, and it’s served me well in getting me to work and home most days.
But now that my husband has converted it to an electric bike, it’s a lot easier riding up hills.
I blame Rocket Electrics, an Austin bike shop that sells purpose-built electric bikes. After years of scoffing at people who rode e-bikes, this summer I borrowed a very fancy electric one from the shop. I immediately fell in love.
Suddenly I could zip home without breaking a sweat (or a bad sweat) on an August afternoon, but I…

We’re in A Bike Racing Drought

by Bill Cullens        Team San Angelo

If you live in the San Angelo area and want to compete in cycling races, be prepared to travel out of town to find events.
Our city is experiencing a severe drought as relates to road and mountain bike racing.
With the exception of the upcoming 6-Hour Dinosaur mountain bike event and the small time trials put on by the local cycling club, there hasn’t been an organized road or mountain bike race in San Angelo since the Red Bluff Mountain Bike Challenge took place in October of 2009.
It wasn’t always this way.  During the 80s, 90s and as recently as the mid 2000s San Angelo was a hotspot for bicycle racing.
Our community hosted the Texas road cycling state championship event twice (1997 and 1998) with bike racers from…

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How Low Can That Stuff Get?

One of the things I like to watch when I am biking is the price of gasoline. Earlier this year the prices were moving up but for the last couple of months they have been going down. Each ride I see a new low price. Today on Loop 494 south of New Caney there was a Valero station with a cash price of $2.599 and a little further north an Exxon station had the same price but not with the cash requirement. As an owner of a gas consuming Jeep Grand Cherokee and a Wrangler the price declines are greatly appreciated. In Houston though many companies’ fortune depends on the price of oil being stable to rising. The drop in gasoline prices could start to slow down the Houston and Texas economy.

Back to biking. Today I rode the “New Caney – Gene Campbell Road” route for the 24th time this year. All of those are not the exact same route but close enough. Today I biked 34.99 miles (I should’ve done something to get that extra .01 of a mile). I left earlier than yesterday (11:21 today) under another clear blue sky. Temperatures were a little lower today and caused me to select a long sleeve jersey. At times I was glad and other times I was sad of the choice. In the sun I was over dressed but the shade affirmed my choice. It was 80 degrees when I finished at 2:09. An ENE 6 mph wind made it feel cooler. When I stopped at the Stripes station on FM1314 the big Valley Ranch US flag alternated between standing straight out and falling limp.

Average speed once I reached the 15 mile point stayed above 15 mph. At one point I got it to 16 mph for a mile or so. It settled at 15.9 when I reached Kings Manor to start the ride through Kingwood to home. The final average was 15.6 mph.

No other bikers spotted today.

The Stradalli reached 5013 miles today. I may wait a few days to switch the tires that I mentioned yesterday. Overall I have biked 6073 miles this year. The difference was on my Motobecane Le Champion CF Ltd prior to buying the Stradalli RP-14 Carbon. October has been a good biking month with 541.75 miles so far.

The weather for Wednesday looks like a repeat of today. Riding looks to be in my future.

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Texas Bicycling News Digest October 20th

Austin cyclist dies moments after finishing local cyclocross race

By Maxwell Nagel

The Texas cycling community suffered a tragic loss over the weekend when Guy Nethery, 47, died suddenly, just moments after a cyclocross race in Webberville, Texas.
Following his race on Saturday, Nethery rode away from the course. He then collapsed on the ground without cause. A passerby quickly noticed Nethery and notified race officials. CPR was administered within 30 seconds of Nethery’s fall and emergency services were contacted immediately.
Fellow racers and spectators stood at Nethery’s side until an EMT crew arrived. Nethery was promptly…

Brownsville police mount bicycle safety campaign

By Christina R. Garza | Staff Writer

Brownsville police took to the streets to inform bike riders of traffic laws and promote safe cycling after two bicyclists were involved in traffic accidents over the last two weeks.
According to authorities, a bicyclist was involved in an accident on Oct. 12 when he collided with another vehicle on the 5100 block of Boca Chica Boulevard when he failed to change lanes safely. The bicyclist was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries and…

9-year-old in SA for cross-country charity bike ride

SAN ANTONIO – Four years and many charitable rides later, a young boy is taking his charity work to another level.
C.J. Burford is riding his bike across the country to raise money for the National Children’s Cancer Society.
His goal is to average a distance of 40 miles a day and raise $100,000 for the NCCS.
Burford isn’t your typical 9-year-old. He is gearing up and ready to kick cancer in the butt by riding his…

GO for a Mountain Bike Ride

Sunday, Oct 26, 2014, 8:00 AM

Meyer Park
Cypresswood Dr. Spring, TX

2 Bicycle Enthusiasts Attending

Join us every Sunday at Meyer Park for a 1hour and a half (approx) ride for beginners and intermediate riders.Ride is 10 milesWe will be on the Cypresswood TrailAny questions please call us at the store: [masked]Bring a helmet, water bottle, spare tube and a positive attitude

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Cemetery Bike Ride

Sunday, Oct 26, 2014, 8:15 AM

Onion Creek Coffee House-area of Saturday Farmer’s Market
3106 White Oak Drive Houston, TX

4 Katy bicyclist fun riders Attending

Subject: Cemetery Bike Ride & River Oaks Bike RidesWe will meet at 8:00 am at the Onion Creek Cafe at 3106 White Oak Dr in the Heights.  We will start at 8.15 am and our first stop will be the Hollywood Cemetery on North Main. From there we will bike towards the Glenwood Cemetery to see where Howard Hughes is buried.  We will also see some famous…

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New funds for trails boost Dallas efforts to ‘connect the dots’


Dallas officials are celebrating two recent infusions of money that will add several miles of hike-and-bike trails.
This month, the Regional Transportation Council, an arm of the North Central Texas Council of Governments, approved financing for more than 30 bike and pedestrian projects across North Texas. Among them: extensions of a trail in North Dallas and one near downtown.
Separately, the Dallas City Council was informed this month that Dallas County earlier agreed to pay for six trails in the city as part of the county’s major capital improvement program.
All told, the financing totals nearly…

All Level Ride @ Walnut Creek Spring/Summer hours

Sunday, Oct 26, 2014, 9:30 AM

Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
12138 North Lamar Boulevard Austin, TX

7 Mountain Bikers Attending

New Spring/Summer hours to help when the weather gets warmer.  Starting 3/9 we go to 9:30 am.We know that this time change doesn’t work for everyone so we hope you considering hosting a ride for yourself and those who might want to ride at a different time or on a different day.You do NOT have to be a ARR member to attend most club riders. You wi…

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BRAIN returns to Texas for second tour—this time in Austin

Bicycle Retailer

AUSTIN, TX (BRAIN) — BRAIN’s final Dealer Tour of 2014 gets underway Tuesday in Austin as BRAIN editors, sponsors and guests set out on bikes to visit shops in the Texas capital.
The tour will visit 13 retailers over three days. Leading our group will be Robin Stallings, executive director of Bike Texas, a nonprofit advocacy group dedicated to advancing bike access and improving conditions for riders in the Lone Star State. Stallings also guided riders during BRAIN’s Dallas-Fort Worth Dealer Tour in the fall of 2010.
The Dealer Tour will cover a wide gamut of bicycle retail, from triathlon stores like Jack & Adam’s Bicycles and Austin Tri Cyclist, to…

In Memory Of Guy Nethery

by joeyTWOwheels

Anyone who toe’d the line with Guy Nethery knew he was a kind person. He would ask how you were doing and wish you luck on your race. He was always talking to someone, with a big, bright smile on his face. You’d bump elbows with him in a crit, cross race or on a ride and new you were leaning into a stable man – the type of seasoned racer and rider you want by your side.
Much of that transferred to his daily life.
Guy was – first and foremost – a husband and father. He was proud of his three girls and he loved his wife with all his heart. Often on team rides we’d…

Livestrong 2014 – A ride with Lori

Plano Bicycling Association

Lori (holding the yellow rose) achieved her goal of 65 miles for the Livestrong Foundation. We are part of Team Plano Buddies in Action, captained by Tim Elliott. Thanks Tim! And cancer survivor Don Swartz rode the 100 mile route. Great rides Lori and Don!

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