Mid-Morning Ride in the Heat

The August heat is taking its toll on the vegetation around here. It wants to get me as well. I did get an earlier start today leaving home at 9:51. I rode what I call the “New Caney – Roman Forest – Splendora” route. This takes me north along US59 and then through Roman Forest where I take Tram Road north to FM2090.there is some shade along the route thank goodness. Once I am on FM2090 I ride west to US59. A quick stop at the Chevron station to refill my water bottle and I am on my way south on the US59 service road. The ride south was into the light wind which slowed me down. Fortunately I had built up some extra time so I was able to maintain my average speed above 15 mph ending up at 15.6 mph.

Here is the view from the Splendora Chevron looking west and northwest towards US59.

8-18-2014 Splendora and US59 north

Looking to the northwest

8-18-2014 Splendora and US59

Looking to the west. Notice the Crepe Myrtle blooms and blue sky

When I got to Porter I took a break at the Star Stop Exxon. This was at the 31.5 mile point. It felt good sitting in the shade under the pump canopy. It took about 15 minutes to dry up most of the perspiration. There was about 10 miles left to reach home. After about 25 minutes I got back on the bike and took the service road south to Kingwood Drive.

Riding in the heat should get me ready for the Hotter’N Hell Hundred ride this Saturday. The weather forecast calls for 102 degrees and clear.

I have biked two times wearing a new brand of bike shorts I haven’t used before. They are Aero Tech Designs shorts. The first ride wasn’t as comfortable as the Voler shorts I usually ride in but today’s ride was better. The inseam is about 1/2″ shorter than the Voler shorts so the white skin above my tan line got exposed some. I ordered two pair but based on the first ride I returned one pair. I will keep this pair in my shorts rotation.

August miles are getting closer to my 845 mile goal; today’s ride put me at 621.67 miles leaving 223 miles to go. I could ride over 200 miles this week with 2 days off so I should be real close to the goal by next Monday. I biked 40.65 miles today. I am up to 4834 miles for the year.

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Texas Bicycling News and Blog Digest August 17th

Deer Flies and Fire Ants

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If you ride for any length of time, you’re bound to have an encounter with bees. But sometimes, inhabitants of the insect world can be other types — and cause even more discomfort than a bee sting.
While pedaling beside a stormwater runoff basin during the week, I felt a sharp stinging sensation in my right arm — as though a red-hot needle had just pricked the surface of my skin. I couldn’t react right away, because the path took a turn into some woods and I needed to concentrate on my line. But shortly after, I looked down at my arm and saw a deer fly just sitting there. It hadn’t moved, but also didn’t seem to have done any more damage than the initial prick. Good thing about…

Driveway Crit Series | Austin, Texas | August 14, 2014

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A gallery of pics from last Thursday’s Driveway Crit in Austin.
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Ride in Galveston.

Saturday, Aug 23, 2014, 8:00 AM

No location yet.

6 Katy bicyclist fun riders Attending

A fun getaway to Galveston!  Take the ferry over to Bolivar Peninsula, ride the island. Come back and ride the seawall in Galveston. Finish up with lunch and margaritas!If you can drive and carry extra bikes, please let me know.I will also ask everyone, that isn’t driving ,to kick in a few dollars for gas.

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Go for an easy beginner ride

Saturday, Aug 23, 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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Skills Clinic #101: Climbing

Saturday, Aug 23, 2014, 9:00 AM

Big Cedar Wilderness Trail
5950 Eagle Ford Dallas, TX

40 Members Attending

YOU MUST BE A PAID DORBA.org MEMBER TO ATTEND. NOT a DORBA meet up member, not someone with a Dorba.org forum handle, you must be a paid member of either DORBA.org, or FWMBA.org. It is not to late to join either club.What: Sharon and Jerry McNutt will lead a climbing clinic at Big Cedar Wilderness Trails. Jerry and Sharon are two of the most exper…

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Trc Dj Productions

Friday, Aug 29, 2014, 7:00 PM

No location yet.

1 Houston Cycling Members Attending

You didn’t get enough Mountain Bike training with Tommy? He rides and teaches outside of Houston Cycling Club.What does the class cover?Fundamental RidingGear Change / PositionBreakingHill ClimbObstaclesWeight DistributionSafetyClothingGearEmail @ [masked] your cell number to get on his Texted Mountain Bike Rides.This…

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Critical Mass Houston

Friday, Sep 26, 2014, 7:00 PM

Market Square Park
301 Milam Street Houston, TX

8 Houston Cycling Members Attending

Houston CriticalMass @HoustonCMThe Houston Critical Mass is a bicycling event held on the last Friday of every month. We meet up at Market Square Park in downtown Houston around 7pm.criticalmasshouston.comalso:Critical Mass Houston is a casual bike ride starting from downtown Houston and going wherever. Cars rule the road every day, but one day…

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Being a Responsible Road User

by djcurtin


As cyclists, we tend to look at drivers as “them” just as much as drivers look at us the same way. And that’s even if we cyclists are ourselves drivers. It’s an attitude that leads to more roadway tension for sure. And, like folks that just drive, when we’re on our bikes we too can get distracted, make poor choices, and generally make the same errors drivers that don’t ride make, and for which we tend to be hypercritical when in cyclist mode.
I made such a mistake Saturday. On my bike.
Heading home from Bastrop I was making what I thought was a protected left with the turn arrow in my favor. I was moving at a good clip, and as I crossed the apex of the turn I was fairly close to the car waiting to make its way down the road perpendicular to the one I was turning off of. As I did, I noticed the car waiting at the light was a sheriff patrol car. I didn’t think too much of it. But aparently the deputy…

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Mountain Biking Amongst the Trees

The last time I rode my Motobecane 700HT mountain bike was February 9th of this year. Riding it today the trails look a lot different than February. As summer winds down the trails are green, thanks to rain this year. Several places on the trails have been worked on along Woodland Hills Drive south of Cotswold Drive and just north of it where the brush had almost taken over the trail. One spot that needs work is along Northpark Drive west of Hidden Pines Drive. Dirt has been washed over the concrete trail and the overhanging trees hang low enough that I had to move off the trail to get past.

Biking in the shade helped to reduce the heat but there were places where the trail was out in the open like the dirt along the drainage ditch from Northpark to Kingwood Drive and Appalachian Trail. Yesterday when I was getting my MTB ready I aired up the tires to 60 psi. On the concrete and asphalt trails this was okay but on the rough hard dirt trails I bounced around a lot. Knobby tires are ideal for concrete and I think I have some that around quite so knobby. Might be time to change them out.

I passed many people on the 19.57 mile long ride. Some walkers, joggers and bikers. Almost all of the bikers were on mountain or hybrid bikes without helmets. A couple of times I came around a bend and met oncoming bikers moving at a good clip. No collisions thankfully.

Riding my MTB was a good change of scenery and pace. I may try this on another Sunday soon. Riding a MTB uses my muscles slightly different and the hand positions are not as varied either. My body is more attuned to road biking now.

The clipless pedals on the MTB have a different feel from my Ultegra road bike pedals. The right pedal has one side that is very hard to unclip from. I try to rotate that to the bottom but it seems to sneak back on top. I tired to have a spill before I got out the driveway when I clipped my left foot in and then unclip it right away while the bike moved. I forgot to close the garage door. Apparently I need some practice on the MTB. I waltzed around the driveway getting unclipped and went to close the door.

Look at the weather slides below to see how hot it was.

Wrapping up the week I rode 255.9 miles, move August up to 581 miles and the year to 4793 miles. This is the highest weekly mileage this year by 13 miles. I need 264 miles to reach my August goal of 845 miles.

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Texas Cycling News Digest August 16th

Hello, Betty! You’re beautiful!

By Pam LeBlanc        www.austin360.com


Ah, the thrill of a vintage bike.
My husband Chris and I discovered this beauty – we’ll call her Betty – wearing a blanket of dust and leaning forlornly in the corner of my mom’s garage in South Haven, Mich., last week.
A woman in her late ’80s had bequeathed it to my aunt in Detroit, who at some point stashed it in my mom’s garage, where it languished, with flattened tires and a broken spirit, for several years. When we found Betty, she seemed sad and…

This is YOUR Fort Worth

by Bike Friendly Fort Worth

Over the summer, some of us at Bike Friendly Fort Worth have traveled the country, and the world. We have had the opportunity to see, and experience, first hand how powerful advocacy can be and how people who rally together for a common cause can influence change.
We had this happen first hand in Fort Worth with the 2014 Bond Package. Fort Worth went from having zero dollars in the Bond package specifically allocated to bike infrastructure to having $1.26 million specifically allocated because we, as cyclist, spoke up as a…

Tour de Cypresswood Bike Path

Saturday, Aug 30, 2014, 9:00 AM

Cypresswood Bike Path
1/2 Block East of Cypress Wood Crossing Blvd. Cypress, TX

6 Houston Cycling Members Attending

Tour de Cypresswood Bike PathIf you’re wondering what to do about that mountain bike hanging up in the garage, Come out and enjoy the trails of Cypresswood with us.People ask me sometime, “Tommy, It’s so difficult to get out and ride my mountain bike”. As an Expert Rider, I tell them, ” First of all, do not hang your bike up on hooks out of the w…

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Memorial to Downtown and Back Mountain Bike Ride

Saturday, Sep 13, 2014, 9:00 AM

Memorial Park
N Picnic Ln Houston, TX

3 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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Tour de Cypresswood Bike Path

Thursday, Sep 11, 2014, 6:00 PM

Cypresswood Bike Path
1/2 Block East of Cypress Wood Crossing Blvd. Cypress, TX

1 Houston Cycling Members Attending

Tour de Cypresswood Bike PathIf you’re wondering what to do about that mountain bike hanging up in the garage, Come out and enjoy the trails of Cypresswood with us.People ask me sometime, “Tommy, It’s so difficult to get out and ride my mountain bike”. As an Expert Rider, I tell them, ” First of all, do not hang your bike up on hooks out of the w…

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Changing the Cycle: NIOC Texas Sailor puts a Spin on Mentorship

By Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) 2nd Class Martha E. Bailey, Navy Information Operations Command Texas Public Affairs        www.navy.mil

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (NNS) — Respect, Obedience, Love, and Leadership (R.O.L.L.) Models is a community-supported leadership experience, founded in San Antonio, Texas by Navy Information Operations Command Texas (NIOC TX) Sailor Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) 1st Class Sharron Dante Jones.
This unique activity-based group teaches youths to respect themselves and the community, obediently follow the principles that guide their lives, and lead others by modeling the behavior they wish to see.
Growing up in a single parent home in a community that lacked positive role models, Jones valued visits with his father who took him on bicycle rides in their hometown of Indianapolis. During these rides they often came upon others in need, and Jones, with the help of his father and brothers, would always stop and help.
These bicycle rides taught him and his brothers the importance of service to others and how teamwork enhances that service.
In 2010, after moving to San Antonio, Jones carried forward his childhood pastime of bicycle riding and took his then 10-year-old daughter on rides around…

Trc Dj Productions

Monday, Aug 18, 2014, 7:00 PM

No location yet.

1 Houston Cycling Members Attending

You didn’t get enough Mountain Bike training with Tommy? He rides and teaches outside of Houston Cycling Club.What does the class cover?Fundamental RidingGear Change / PositionBreakingHill ClimbObstaclesWeight DistributionSafetyClothingGearEmail @ [masked] your cell number to get on his Texted Mountain Bike Rides.This…

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Ride for Eric

by Bill Cullins        Team San Angelo

Paint Rock resident Matt Garcia will be doing a 100 mile bicycle ride next Thursday (August 21) to help raise funds for a Ballinger family that needs our help.
His route will take him through a lot of the rural countryside east of San Angelo in areas near Paint Rock, Eden, Ballinger & San Angelo.
He’ll be doing this ride solo and self supported, which means he’ll be on the bike for six or more hours in the West Texas heat carrying supplies such as water, food and bike repair essentials.
In addition to the heat, Garcia will face rough chip-sealed roads, wind and the fatigue that comes with making his bike’s wheels spin through 75,880 revolutions during the 100 miles he’ll…

The School Run — Preparing Your Child To Cycle To School (and Get Fit!)

By Darryl        lovingthebike.com


Childhood obesity has more than doubled in the past 30 years, and in 2012 more than one third of children were overweight in the States. This is a staggering statistic for any parent to hear. It’s going to take time, but it’s not impossible to turn such numbers around on a household level. The surgeon general’s recommendation of ‘regular, moderate, physical activity’ will play a critical role in both the combat and cure of rising obesity rates, and makes cycling to school a worthwhile consideration in the battle to keep your little ones healthy. It’s also more considerate of the environment than driving for such a short, fuel-expending journey every day. But before you send them out into the wonderful world of cycling, however, there are a few considerations.
Service their bike
It doesn’t matter if your kid’s rocking two wheels on an incline-blasting 24 speed mountain bike or a little pushbike with pink plastic daisies on the handle; for the sake of their safety, the bike has to be in…

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