Change of Plans Bike Ride

A change of plans bike ride today. Originally I planned on riding the “Stroker Road – Huffman” route but changed from that to “Atascocita South – Walden – Huffman”. Earlier this morning the sun broke through the clouds and it looked promising but by the time I left on the ride at 12:01 the sky was overcast and looked threatening to the south. I was afraid I might get caught in rain if I took the Stroker Road route because there are long stretches of road with no place to hide from rain. The route I rode was about 7 miles shorter but I was usually near places I could get out of the rain if needed. I did get a few small raindrops riding through Walden but after that only the high humidity (71%) got me sweating wet. The humidity made it feel a cooler than the 77 to 81 degrees while I was on the bike. I ended up biking 34.77 miles.

All of the pools opened today for the first time and there were plenty of swim meets. Tents and shade covers packed the grass and any other area surrounding the pools holding parents and kids waiting to get wet. In my opinion it was a little cooler than I prefer. Cars were parked on all of the streets near the pools making riding a little treacherous weaving through the traffic. Theswim meet at the last pool I passed in Kings River was over and the traffic was trying to get away. I thought I was going to have a long wait to turn from a side street onto the Kings River Drive but a kind pickup truck honked their horn to let me out.

No pools or swim meets east of Lake Houston so the traffic was better. I stopped at the Huffman Chevron as usual arriving at 1:44 after riding 22.4 miles. In a matter of seconds I was dripping moisture as I stood to take a picture of the Edge 520. I got some paper towels and dried off some before getting a Greensheet newspaper to sit on while I took a break. The 520 screen and weather while I was there.

Now that I wasn’t moving the 76 degrees felt a little cool and when I went inside the store to use the restroom it was very cold. They had the A/C low and the moisture on me plus moving air sent chill bumps on my exposed skin. It was warmer in the restroom and I moved quickly through the store to get back outside as quickly as possible. After eating and drinking most of my water I braved the cold and went back inside to refill my water bottle before heading off.

Riding on FM1960 to the weat was easier than getting to Huffman and I slowly improved my average speed until I came to Kingwood Drive. This is where the riding slows down due to stops and traffic. The closer I got to home I noticed the overcast sky changing from a medium gray to a light gray. Now I knew I would have not got wet if I had stuck to my original route.

Sunday’s forecast shows a 50% chance of rain until late in the day. I may not get to ride.

Texas Bicycle News May 20th 2016

The Elite Eight: Frisco Joins the List of Texas Bicycle Friendly Communities

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People on bikes have a reason to smile a little wider while rolling through Frisco today: the city has been named Texas’ newest Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists!
Frisco enters the bike-friendly list at …



SAus- Social Cycling Austin’s Yoga Ride in Austin

austin.eventful.com

June 7, 2016
Tuesday 6:30 PM (on various days)
Doug Sahm Hill
Butler Park
Austin, Texas
Bikes + yoga = fun! This yoga class itself is designed specifically for cyclists and appropriate for all levels including beginners. 6:30pm Meet on Spiral Hill, hang out, meet your fellow yogis, drink some hydrating beverages, etc. 7:00pm Ride to a …


Rotary ride returns: Annual Rodeo Road Rally set June 4 in Mesquite

Kenny Green

starlocalmedia.com

Annual bike ride draws participants from around North Texas

Cyclists will get another chance to tour the Mesquite area June 4 with the return of the Mesquite Rotary Club’s Rodeo Road Rally.
The year marks 20 years of rides through the city’s streets.
“It brings in people from all over that get a chance to see the Mesquite area,” said James Griffin, …


Thursday Morning Cruise

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 8:15 AM

Starbucks
7049 S Desert (Outlet Mall) Canutillo, TX

1 Cyclists Attending

Meet at 8:15 am at Starbucks at the Outlet Mall in Canutillo. Ride out at 8:30. 20-25 miles at 14-16 mph avg pace. Mostly flat, a few hills. Breakfast someplace after the ride. Bob Clark,[masked]

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Grandpa Eats Gravel and Flips Over Handlebars On His Mountain Bike in Kingwood, Texas

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Video

… Steve Davies: Notice how my leg kicked out to instinctively catch my fall? By the time I let go of the brakes, it was too late.
Now healing a broken rib, but still riding (thank God)!
Time to purchase a new helmet and invest in some gloves too.


“Watching The City Wake Up:” Two Friends Ride Through Dallas On Bike To Work Day

By Stephanie Kuo

keranews.org


Some North Texans ditched their cars this morning. It was Bike to Work Day, one of the largest cycling events across the country. While North Texas isn’t well-known for being particularly bike friendly, many cyclists wanted to prove otherwise.
http://cpa.ds.npr.org/kera/audio/2016/05/11452_bike_to_work_two_news.mp3
Bike to Work Day kicks off in Oak Cliff
At the Oakenwald Streetcar Station in Oak Cliff, a Mariachi band strummed buoyant tunes on the sidewalk, while the early risers fueled up on breakfast tacos from El Taxqueño. The band and the tacos are both part of an annual tradition, set …



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50+ Miles on SH 242 and FM1314 Bike Ride

After yesterday’s rain today’s weather was much more bike ride friendly. I wanted to get a long ride and chose the “SR242 – FM1314” route. I changed the beginning of the route to add a couple of miles and then exited Kingwood on Mills Branch Drive and Ford Road rather than the usual ride through Woodridge Forest and Adams St. to US59. The mostly cloudy sky and 78 degrees at the start of the ride (left home at 12:05) was slightly chilly thanks to the NW wind. I wore a short sleeve jersey but a couple of times a long sleeve one would have been nice. After I was warmed up and not riding into the wind I was more comfortable. With the few route changes the ride totaled 50.29 miles.

The wind was hardest while I rode west on SH 242 from US59. The trees were too far back from the road in places to break the wind and in other places they created a tunnel for the wind to blow straight at me. One I reached FM1485 the road bent more to the south and the wind was not a full headwind. I made a short water bottle refill stop at the Chevron station at FM1485 and SH 242. Making the left turn at FM1314 the wind moved to my left rear quarter for the ride to Porter. I stopped at the Cumberland Shell for a rest break. The Edge 520 screen when I stopped at the station and the weather while I was eating.

With the longer ride today this positioned me to pass by the schools long after the traffic had gone.

The 50.29 miles moved me past my May mileage goal of 540 miles to 563 miles. Every ride for the rest of the month will add to exceeding the goal.

The splits from today’s ride.

5-20-2016 Ride Lap splits

More nice weather tomorrow for riding. After watching the Giro I will be on the road.

Texas Biking News Digest May 19th 2016

Memorial Day Weekend Spin!

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Saturday, May 28, 2016 in Denton, TX at C. H. Collins Athletic Complex event logo
17 Mile Bicycle Rally & Kids Bike Rodeo at 9:00 AM
» $30.00 Registration (through 5/27 at 5:00 PM US/Central) [Add registration reminder to calendar]
Donation Only at 9:00 AM


Cyclists Trying To Get A Read On The Future

By Jack Morgan

tpr.org


A local cycling group focuses less on the ride itself than on the results of the ride. Stephanie Ward field-coordinates the efforts for Ride For Reading.

“We deliver donated books to Title One Elementary Schools in San Antonio.”
If you’re not sure what a Title One school is, she explains it this way.
“The majority of students qualify for the free lunch program.” …


New Route: Texas Hill Country Loop is Ready to Ride

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On May 5, 2016 we released the latest addition to the Adventure Cycling Route Network, the 310-mile Texas Hill Country Loop. This route begins and ends in the capitol city of Austin and features terrain from flat to rolling hills. …


Interview with Cartographer Nathan Taylor

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I recently sat down with Adventure Cycling Cartographer Nathan Taylor to chat with him about the project that has been occupying his time for the past year, the development of Adventure Cycling’s exciting new Texas Hill Country Loop.
Describe the route in just a few sentences. What can cyclists expect overall?
The Texas Hill Country Bicycle Loop is a 310-mile loop beginning and ending in downtown Austin, with a 71 mile cutoff route from Fredericksburg that allows the distance to be reduced by nearly a third. A shorter offshoot loop was also mapped to bring cyclists to the famous outlaw country town of Luckenbach. Expect miles and miles of country roads rolling across oak forested hills or winding along …


Future bookings

www.dentonrc.com

1 to 5 p.m. June 4 — Confident City Cycling Course at Denton City Hall, 215 E. McKinney St. Certified instructors will cover bicycling basics, maintenance and safety, and the course concludes with a street ride. Free. Visit …


SwAus- Southwest Cycle Sport Saturday Mountain Bike Ride

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This Southwest Cycle Sport sponsored mountain bike ride leaves from the shop and is a 10-12 mile ride at a moderate pace.
For more info, call (512) 263-5107 or visit http://www.southwestcyclesport.com/ride-board.html


Starting Summer Break with a Wet University Oaks

Michael Pincus

mpincus.blogspot.com


2016 has been the slowest start to a race season I have ever had. With my new found focus to put school over racing, along with many races being cancelled due to rain and flooding. I was coming into my summer break with about 10 mass starts and I was eager to get some race miles in before I head out to the bigger races a little further down the road. …


Police: Driver accidentally hit 7-year-old boy riding his bicycle in Weslaco, killing him

By CBS 4 News

valleycentral.com

A 7-year-old boy riding his bicycle on North Texas Boulevard in Weslaco died Wednesday night after a car struck him.
The motorist struck the boy on the 1800 block of North Texas Boulevard near the Hidalgo County Housing Authority apartments, according to …


56-year-old man dies after car-bicycle collision on US 190 in Polk Co.

By Gary Bass, Digital Content Producer

www.kswo.com

POLK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) – A wreck involving a car and a bicycle on US Highway 190 that occurred on Tuesday night in Polk County claimed the life of a 56-year-old man.
According to a press release from the Texas Department of Public Safety, DPS troopers responded to a crash on US 190 about a half …


BSS South to Mountain City and Back – 47 Miles

Saturday, May 21, 2016, 8:00 AM

bicycle sports shop
517 S. Lamar Blvd Austin, TX

1 Austin Cyclists Attending

This route is the standard South Austin Out-and-Back with a few stop lights and mostly flat. We will go to Buda and then just keep going to Mountain City, stop for refueling, then ride back. The ride is no drop and the pace will average 16-17ish mph so be sure you can maintain that ride pace. Regular bikes welcome, recumbents worshipped. Post-ride …

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Wednesday Night DT ride to eat!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 6:30 PM

“The Rock”
1700 Veteran Drive Austin, TX

2 Austin Cyclists Attending

welcome to the wed downtown ride to eat ride!!ride is 24mi. route is a loop around austin. which starts on the westside. it goes north from start though neighborhood along MoPac to anderson ln. then heads east over to springdale. then south on springdale back to downtown. ride avg is bout 14-17mph depending on weather and who shows up. also at 17m…

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Local TABC sergeant helps raise money for families of fallen officers

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BRYAN, Texas — A local officer with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) was among 70 riders to participate in a bike ride to raise money for families of fallen peace officers.
Sergeant Jeff Farmer of TABC’s Bryan office took part in the 150-mile route from Katy to Austin; it took riders two days to finish, raising $40,000 in the process. …


Bike Commuting Class Prepares North Texans For Bike To Work Day

By Stephanie Kuo

keranews.org

There’s a class every month at the downtown Dallas Public Library that teaches people the ins and outs of bike-riding in North Texas. It’s called Bike Commuting 101, and it covers everything from bike gear and safety to state biking laws. This week, the cyclists prepared for Bike to Work Day on Friday. …


Going Green to Texas

By Ken Sidenblad

www.crazyguyonabike.com

Hamlin, TX to Abilene, TX: Hardest day
Sunday May 15, 2016, 46 miles (75 km) – Total so far: 571 miles (919 km)
The city park in Hamlin was great I had a sheltered table with electric pomwer and water. The posts were spaced just right for hammock hanging which made set up easy. I was able to wash my clothes and charge all my electronic devices all in the same place which was great. Didn’t want to get up and got a later start again but felt well rested. It wsa a cloudy cool morning with a …

Georgetown, TX to Temple, TX: On the road again
Wednesday May 18, 2016, 44 miles (71 km) – Total so far: 615 miles (990 km)
After a great breakfast prepared by our great host Linda it was time to hit the road. A cool cloudy morning was a good start to the day the only disappointing thing was a north wind . After three days riding south into a southeast wind I was looking forward to having a wind to my backside as I headed north but a cool front and a north wind changer that. It was a good ride as …


Dallas Park Board eager to see city help fund Katy Trail makeover

Robert Wilonsky

cityhallblog.dallasnews.com


“We need your help,” Friends of the Katy Trail president Wayne Smith told the Park and Recreation Board on Thursday. And from the sound of it, he might just get it.
Smith is hoping to raise millions for a major Katy Trail makeover — anywhere between $40 million and $50 million for bridges over Knox Street and Harvard Avenue, overlooks, an amphitheater behind the Kalita Humphreys Theater, concrete benches and prairie grasslands and wider lanes for hikers and bikers. He’s hoping the Park Board will …


Paint it bleak: Five years later, Dallas’ bike plan still pedaling in the slow lane

Robert Wilonsky

cityhallblog.dallasnews.com


Five years after the Dallas City Council adopted a new bike plan, it’s not exactly pedal to the metal at City Hall. Quite the opposite.
In fact, as far as some members of the Park and Recreation Board are concerned, Dallas is heading backward when it comes to implementation of the plan, which calls for 840 miles of …


This weekend’s rides: Real Ale! Red Horn!

by Thomas

steinerranchcycling.com

Saturday is the most awesomest ride… Real Ale! Registration is still open… be sure to join us! See http://realaleride.com/registration/ There is no other scheduled ride on Saturday, but I’m sure some people won’t be able to make Real Ale and will meet at Cups & Cones at the usual time. Feel free to email the mail list to coordinate something if you are in this …


Meet Lynn

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Join BikeTexas in welcoming our newest member of staff, Lynn Haas. Lynn holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from UT Austin and will be doing transportation engineering for BikeTexas. Lynn particularly enjoys intersection and interchange design, and will often pause in her commute to study traffic flow–watching how road users interact with infrastructure is one of her favorite things about bike commuting.
Lynn’s major project for BikeTexas will be the 2017 Benchmarking Report. Building …



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