Texas Bicycling News Digest January 22nd

My cycling club/ advocacy group is riding from Austin to Dallas in March. Supported 2 days with hotels and plenty of beer.

by Classicwgn86        www.reddit.com

We are group that originally met doing bar hop rides in Dallas and thought it would be a good idea to ride to Austin on Fixed Gears for South by Southwest. That was six years ago. After our second time to make the trip we decide to take our enthusiasm and direct it towards the lack of cycling awareness in Dallas. South by South Fixed has become our annual pilgrimage, bringing in new members, gaining a …

This article is not Texas specific but offers a unique approach to cycling after a bad crash.

Our Electric-Assist Bicycle

by Gabe Mirkin, MD        drmirkin.com

Diana and I are passionate tandem bicycle riders. We live in The Villages in Florida, the largest retirement community in the world, and we ride every day with a group of serious tandem-bicycle riding couples. Last March we were riding our tandem very fast, drove into a deep pile of sand on the road and crashed. I was not hurt, but Diana broke her pelvis, hip, shoulder and wrist and surgeons had to install a significant amount of hardware in her body to put her back together. She has severe osteoporosis. This means that the next crash could have even more serious consequences.
We Bought a Recumbent Tandem Tricycle
We certainly were not going to give up riding bicycles. Bicycle riding is our passion. So our friend Larry Black, of Mt Airy Bicycles in Maryland, sold us a recumbent tandem tricycle, which is much safer than our …

Bike share isn’t equitable. Let’s change that

by April Corbin, equity writer        www.peopleforbikes.org

In North America, 2013 was the year of bike sharing. Now, we are working to make 2015 the year of equitable bike share.
The benefits of a bike share program are numerous. It can inexpensively bridge the “last mile gap” between a commuter’s primary public transit and their final destination. It provides visitors an exciting new way to explore a city. It gets people who might not otherwise ride onto bicycles. It encourages physical activity. It is environmentally friendly.
Yet one problem has plagued bike share systems: Report after report has shown that the demographics of users do not reflect the cities overall. Members are disproportionately …

With the lousy weather it may help to work on your bike

Home Workshop Series – Part 4: Getting into the Big Tools

by Tim Krueger         www.bikerumor.com

From the first three articles, someone could easily put together a home shop to do 75% of the repairs on their bike. But once you get past the surface of adjustments and basic components, it is gonna take some pretty large and expensive tools to start working further.
A lot of home mechanics have low-buck ways of replicating these tools, and those methods probably work. Coming from a shop background though, we recommend using the right tool, or taking it to a shop. While you might save money making your own headset press from threaded rod, nuts and washers, the cost savings evaporate if you accidentally wreck that …

Zach McDonald – Third Elite Men, 2015 Cyclocross National Championships, Austin, Texas

Cyclocross Magazine

McDonald had a comeback year, switched teams mid-season, and finished strong with a third place at Nationals – his …

TCC proposed to “Adopt” a stretch of road. Good? Bad? Please read & voice your opinion

by Charlie & Pat Jenkins        Texoma Cycling Club

Adopt a Highway – Chris suggested that TCC “Adopt” the section of FM-691 between Texoma & FM-131. They are in the process of widening this & are supposed to include a shoulder. We anticipate the club utilizing this frequently to access routes west of 75.
The basics are:
– TCC would adopt a two-mile stretch of highway for a minimum of two years. Note: Interstate highways are not eligible for adoption.
– We would agree to pickup litter four times per year (more in some areas due to heavy traffic). This would be done as a group effort.
– Adopt-a-Highway signs will be posted with Texoma Cycling Club at our adopted section.
– Adopt-a-Highway will provide TCC with safety vests, litter bags and safety training.
– You bask in the glory of claiming a piece of Texas pride.
The link to all the info is: …

Bicycle Brewery Tour – The Winter Edition, February 7th, 12:30 PM

Bike Friendly Oak Cliff        bikefriendlyoc.org

Riding a tall bike while eating dumplings on the Continental bridge epitomizes the fun times we’ll be having in our next edition of the Bicycle Brewery Tour!  Meet up at the Continental Bridge at 12:30 pm, 02/07/15.  RSVP link is below.
Dallas’s craft beer industry is growing faster than we can keep up.  All 5 breweries in this 4th edition are brand new to the tour.  First up, the original and …

Postponement of US ‘cross nationals cost riders over $250,000

By: Laura Weislo        www.cyclingnews.com

Financial impact of USA cyclo-cross championship estimated in survey
The actual cost of the one-day postponement of the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championship may never be known, but one informal survey estimated the impact at more than a quarter million dollars.
Amateur racer and fan Matthew Montesano watched the drama unfold from his home in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and created the online survey, which …

“Missions Statement”: Biking San Antonio’s Mission Trail

As the Crow Flies

Looking for a dose of history, fun, and a little exercise within  beautiful San Antonio, Texas? Want to explore the the oldest unrestored stone church in America while biking or hiking down the San Antonio River? Look no further than the San Antonio Missions Hike and Bike Trail. Grab a bike, a pair of running/hiking shoes, or your car if you’re not into the burning muscles and jello legs of the bike trail and enjoy this hidden gem.

We strategically parked our cars near the Blue Star Brewing Company so we could celebrate our round trip bike trip of 18 miles with a delicious burger and a refreshing craft beer. After all, doesn’t everyone celebrate a 20 mile bike ride with a glass of beer?  We left from our home in Bastrop and …

Register Now! Cyclists in Suits is March 30


The day we’ve been waiting for since 2013 is coming up fast– Texas’ Bike Lobby Day, Cyclists in Suits, will be Monday, March 30! Sign up here.
cyclists in suits 2013 biketexas
What’s Cyclists in Suits about? We’ll start the day talking about the bills in the lege that are important to people who ride bikes, with some coaching on how to talk to legislators and their staffs. Everybody gets bike pins and literature to hand out. Next, we’ll break into …

New Events Added to Texbiker.net Calendar


Event Reminders

Texas Bicycling News Digest January 21st

Pedestrians’ plight

By Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe, Staff Writer        www.dentonrc.com

… A Denton Record-Chronicle analysis in October 2014 found that vehicle-bicycle and vehicle-pedestrian accidents have increased in recent years.
In 2009, there were 45 accidents between Denton drivers and cyclists or pedestrians. By 2012, that number climbed to 59 — a 30 percent increase at a time when the city’s population increased about 7 percent.
Between 2008 and 2012, most of the increase in those accidents came between drivers and pedestrians. The number of driver-cyclist incidents remained fairly flat, hovering between 20 and 24 accidents each year.
However, police responded to 33 vehicle-bicycle accidents between February …

Frisco council approves construction of pump track for bikers

By CLAIRE Z. CARDONA, Staff Writer        www.dallasnews.com

Bicyclists will soon have a new reason to get pumped up about Frisco.
The city, which the League of American Bicyclists has recognized as a bicycle-friendly community, will be building a $75,000 pump track — a loop of dirt-covered mounds and berms designed for BMX and mountain bikers.
The pump track, which the City Council unanimously approved this month, will be the third of its kind in the Dallas area. But it’s the first to be built by …

Recreation Center offers variety of programs for adults


THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS (January 20, 2015) –The Woodlands Township Recreation Center is offering a variety of adult programs for both Woodlands residents and non-residents. …

… Flat tire? Not sure which side of the road to ride on? Bicycle Traffic Skills 101 is a fast-paced class that gives riders the confidence to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. Learn crash avoidance techniques, how to conduct bicycle safety checks, and how to fix a flat tire. Recommended for adults and children above the age of 14. Fee: $45 per Resident; Date/Time: Saturday, April 25, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Woodlands Township Recreation Center, 5310 Research Forest Drive, 77381.

Bicycling Skills 123 is a class designed for those who are not ready for the Traffic Skills 101 class. Students will practice …

Bike Ride on TerryHershey Park

Sunday, Jan 25, 2015, 9:00 AM

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

2 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,…

Check out this Meetup →

San Antonio B-cycle testing UTSA bike-sharing program

W. Scott Bailey, Reporter/Project Coordinator- San Antonio Business Journal

San Antonio’s B-cycle bike share program is expanding its reach to the University of Texas at San Antonio main campus on the city’s far Northwest Side. The trial program, which launched on Tuesday, is part of an effort to improve health and mobility among …

Mellow Johnny’s bike shop expanding to Fort Worth

BY Pam LeBlanc        fitness.blog.austin360.com

Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop is rolling into Fort Worth.
Crews have already broken ground on the new location, part of the Clearfork Trailhead Cycling and Fitness Center on the banks of the Trinity River in Fort Worth.
The expansion marks the first spinoff of the Austin-based store, opened by cyclist Lance Armstrong and two other partners in 2008. Armstrong won the Tour de France seven times but was later stripped of his victories after admitting he doped during the races.
The Fort Worth shop will be operated and managed by Mellow Johnny’s, but Armstrong does not have financial ownership, said Todd Church, partnerships manager for Mellow Johnny’s. Clearfork, a mixed—use development of residential, retail shops and restaurants, will own the 13,000-square foot facility, which will also house a …

2014 Year in Review

Turnin Cranks

A little edit of with a bit of footage from nearly every single time I videoed my rides in 2014. 2014 was a good year, here’s to more great rides in 2015!

Grand Prairie Bicycling Meetup

Grand Prairie, TX
1 Cyclist

Texas Cycling Camp host events and training to inform adults about bicycling, provide support and encouragement for beginner cyclist, and to offer basic cycling classes. Bicy…

Next Meetup

Introduction To Cycling Types

Saturday, Feb 7, 2015, 9:00 AM
1 Attending

Check out this Meetup Group →

Cyclists offer reward in Irving hit-and-run case

Demond Fernandez, WFAA

IRVING — Fighting back tears, Sandy Dalton sat in a chair at her home, fighting through extreme physical lower body pain. Dalton said she survived a hit-and-run accident while cycling this week.
“I’m real frustrated,” Dalton said. “This is …

Gran Fondo to pedal through The Woodlands

By Bridget Balch        www.yourhoustonnews.com

TWFG Insurance Services Gran Fondo: Texas TMCO — a major cycling charity race and ride — will be pedaling through The Woodlands and Conroe this year.
The ride, which was founded in 2011 and has attracted 6,400 riders, will have its inaugural Woodlands ride on March 29. They expect to have about 3,000 riders this year.
The proceeds of the Gran Fondo will benefit the Texas Medical Center Orchestra and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Last year, the ride raised …

Super Bowl Sunday Ride – Feb. 1st

by Marc Mumby        www.bikedfw.org

Cycling enthusiasts will ride from all over the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex to the West End in Dallas for the 30th annual GDB Super Bowl Sunday Ride. For the past 29 years, Greater Dallas Bicyclists has partnered with bike shops and bicycle clubs to host a casual-pace bicycle ride that starts everywhere in Dallas-Fort Worth and converges on the West End in downtown Dallas. The ride is free, the people are …

Redd Street (Manchaca Road-Mt Vernon Drive) Bicycle Lanes Notification

by AusTexMurf        bicycleaustin.info

At last night’s BAC meeting, city staff presented a proposal to extend the bicycle lanes to Mt. Vernon and St. Elmo, tying into the existing facilities east of South 1st and to the coming facilities on Redd. Plans are also in the works to extend the bicycle facilities westward to Central Market, the coming CapMetro transit substation, and WestGate. This plan helps to insure a safe and inviting, all ages, all ability network for our …

Tour de Meers Road Trip and Rally

Friday, May 22, 2015, 2:00 PM

6 Members Attending

Check out this Meetup →

Pedernales Falls State Park Trail Build & Ride!

Sunday, Jan 25, 2015, 9:00 AM

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

2 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-outs …

Check out this Meetup →

My First Mountain Bike Race- The Erwin Park Endurance Series


It was a cold, cloudy and muddy 29 degrees Fahrenheit when I rode my first mountain bike race two weeks ago on January 10th, 2015. Since showing up is half the battle, I figured this was going to be my best chance at placing well in a local race. The race was held on a course that I am familiar with and ride often. I also assumed that most of the local competition wouldn’t show up due to the cold weather. What I wasn’t ready for was the injury I suffered on the day before the race, which has resulted in a seroma on my inner thigh as a result of …

Biking San Antonio


Our bikes were ready…. and we weren’t disappointed! …


Event Reminders

Texas Cycling News Roundup January 19th

Bike University

Sun & Ski

January 23rd & 24th, 2015 at the Westheimer Sun & Ski.
Sun & Ski is calling all cyclists! Whether you’re on a racing team, training for the BP MS150 Ride or just learning how to ride a bike, Sun & Ski invites to you to attend its annual “Bike U,” for free clinics, food, refreshments and more, January 23rd and 24th, 2015 from 6-10 p.m. at Sun & Ski, 6100 Westheimer Rd.
“Bike U” will feature cycling-specific clinics designed in helping you prepare for training, eating right, riding with more skill, and aiding you to …

Border Crossing and More

Sunday, Jan 25, 2015, 8:30 AM

5550 Cory Dr El Paso, TX

4 Cyclists Attending

Meet at 5550 Cory Dr (from Upper Valley Road, take Romer Ray to Cory). Ride to Border Crossing, Strauss Road, La Union. 40 miles, 18-20 mph. Shelly Mansfield,[masked]

Check out this Meetup →

Cyclists will soon have more bike lanes

by Caroline Flores        www.kristv.com

CORPUS CHRISTI – Cyclists will soon have an easier time getting around the city. The city is planning to revamp its 10-year old bicycle and pedestrian master plan.
Yulie Johnson is an avid cyclist, “I would like to see more bike lane for us. You know, we not asking so much. But just certain distance. A little bit more stretch also.”
One of the main things all cyclists here in Corpus Christi want, is consistency with the bike lanes.
“So you’ve got a nice great lane for about half a mile to a mile, and then you’re done. And I don’t think …

Sunday Mountain Bike Ride: Rowlett Creek Preserve

Sunday, Feb 8, 2015, 2:00 PM

10 Members Attending

Check out this Meetup →

New Years Day Make Up Ride

Sunday, Jan 25, 2015, 10:45 AM

3 Dirty SOB’s Attending

Check out this Meetup →

Laredo Urban Transportation Study looks into plan for bicycle and pedestrian options

By: Matt McGovern        www.kgns.tv


LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) – Laredo transit planners are meeting to talk about the first of several steps toward making Laredo more bike-and-pedestrian friendly.
Members from the Laredo Urban Transportation study are talking about starting a master plan for bike and pedestrian circulation.
Between 2010 and 2012, the city identified more than 200 pedestrian crashes and nearly 100 bike crashes involving …

Conversational Bike Ride


January 21, 2015
Every Wednesday
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Bicycle Sports
2770 Interstate 10
Beaumont, TX 77703
An easy conversational speed bicycle ride around Beaumont. No one is left behind and speed is adjusted to slowest rider.

6 Hour Dinosaur Race Results

San Angelo Bicycle Association

The 6 Hour Dinosaur Race was a huge success. The route was great and everyone enjoyed the event. We had 34 riders competing in all the classification. Congratulations to all the riders. Here are the winners of each class:
The top 3 solo finishers each completed 8 laps of the 9 mile course. …

What’s Coming Up

Hill Country Bicycle Touring Club

Dates for the out-of-town cycling events up to August 2015
February 13 – 16 (Presidents’ Day Weekend) Garner State Park. Ride starts at 9:30 AM on February 14th at the entrance to the park. If you are planning to camp out in the park for the weekend you can find the link to make reservations online at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/garner/map or call (512) 389-8900. For more information contact Vanessa at vness.leal@yahoo.com or (210) 273-8835. Cabins may also be available.
March 27 – 29 Kerrville Schreiner Park.  Ride starts at 9:00 AM on March 28th at the …


Event Reminder

Texas Bicycling News January 18th

Everyone Bikes: Anita Mills

Bike Friendly Oak Cliff

Everyone poops and everyone bikes.
This is the first in a series of short bios of neighborhood cyclists.
Meet your neighbor, Anita, she bikes too.
Anita Mills: 66 yrs, Gardening Consultant, Bishop Arts Neighborhood

Cyclist Questionnaire:
1. Why do you ride?
Health – recreation
2. Type of riding? …

La Mesa Hustle

Saturday, Jan 24, 2015, 9:00 AM

River Run Plaza
1071 Country Club Rd El Paso, TX

2 Cyclists Attending

Ride to La Mesa and back. 44 miles, 18-20 mph. Rick Rivas,[masked]

Check out this Meetup →

HBC Columbus – North Ride

Houston Bicycle Club

Sat 02/07/15        8:30am
37(C), 42(C), 51(C) miles
Scenic, rolling countryside, worth the trip. Flat to rolling hills, open fields. Good roads and pretty scenery, very little traffic. Short route goes to Fayetteville and back. Longer routes miss Fayetteville, but go through Frelsburg (if it is possible to go “through” Frelsburg). …

No Limits: Lisa Ann Leal

By FREDDY GONZALEZ        www.valleymorningstar.com

As Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Be the change you want to see in the world,” and for the most part change is never simple; but it is doable.
For Lisa Ann Leal, of San Benito change came as a necessity. For the 50-year-old go-getter, change was the best thing that could have happened to her.
Having been overweight and diagnosed with high blood pressure, Leal decided to join a gym and like many other examples the weight began to come off …

El Paso Puzzler 2015

SportsTown El Paso

A record number of mountain bikers turned out for the 8th annual El Paso Puzzler race. (El Paso, TX). Interviews with winners and footage of race.

Early bird Saturday ride!! Slow Intermediate Ride @ Walnut Creek 9:00 AM

Saturday, Jan 24, 2015, 9:00 AM

Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
12138 North Lamar Boulevard Austin, TX

1 Mountain Bikers Attending

Please bring your helmets , and a working bike.  This is not a sanctioned 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 al…

Check out this Meetup →


New Events Added to Texbiker.net Calendar



Event Reminder