Thunder But No Rain Bike Ride

Finally back riding again!! today is the first bike ride since August 12th. Between a family get together and all of the rain I have not been able to get the rubber on the road. When I left home today at 10:34 the sky had some clouds but the radar didn’t show any rain in the area. In an attempt to make a dent in my monthly goal I rode the “New Caney – Roman Forest Loop – Valley Ranch” route adding a few extra streets to get the mileage up to 41.09 miles. This pushed my August total to 450 miles, 350 short of my 800 mile goal. Year to date stands at 5,303 miles.

When I reached the north bound I-69/US59 service road the pavement was wet but no rain fell. The pavement stayed wet until I started up the incline to Community Drive. I turned right onto Community Drive on the way to Loop 494 and no more wet road. With all of the rain the temperature no longer was in the 90’s or 100 but the humidity makes up for it. At the start of the ride it was 80 degrees.

The ride went well through Roman Forest and all the way to the Porter Stripes station where I stopped for a rest break. I got there at 12:34 at the 28.7 mile point of the ride. Since I haven’t been riding I decided to not buy the Gatorade and stuck with water to wash down the Clif bar and snack crackers.

I refilled my water bottle to leave Stripes at 1:08 for the 11+ miles to the end of the ride. As I rode through Briar Tree I saw the sky getting dark to the southwest. Once I was in Oakhurst I started to hear thunder and I upped the pace. Making my way through Kings Manor and into Kingwood the dark sky was getting closer and the thunder more frequent. I remembered I needed to stopped at a store but it was on the other side of Kingwood Drive. To cross over I had to ride to the west moving me closer to the dark clouds. Once I was across Kingwood Drive riding on the greenbelt trail I saw rain ahead near the entrance to the store I was headed to. I thought I was going to to get wet but by the time I rode into the parking lot the rain stopped. I got the package and raced back onto the route to finish the ride all the time hearing thunder behind and in front of me. I finished the ride at 2:06 without getting rained on but it was close. Later while I washed my bike I felt some rain drops but not enough to make me wetter than I was.

Maybe the rain will leave tomorrow and I can ride. It will be tough to reach my goal if the rain doesn’t let up.

Texas Bicycling News August 18th 2016

Bike-sharing program in the works


Thanks to a partnership with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, the City of Brownsville soon will be able to provide a bike-sharing program to the community.
The city is expecting to have six bike-sharing stations and 30 bicycles ready by September, said Roxanna Rosas, city spokeswoman. …

Keller college student to bike from Austin to Alaska to fight cancer

By Brett Weiss

Next summer, Kristopher Novak plans to travel from Austin to Anchorage, Alaska — by bicycle.
Novak, a Keller resident and senior at the University of Texas at Austin, is set to pedal the more than 4,500 miles along with 79 other adventurous young people in the 2017 “Texas 4000” trip.
Founded in 2003, the Texas 4000 (tagline: Fighting Cancer with Every Mile) is the longest …

Andy Heines to be honored by this year’s Conquer the Coast

Jonathan Munson, KIII

CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) – This year’s HEB Conquer the Coast cycling event takes place Saturday, Sept. 17, and organizers announced Thursday plans to honor longtime steering committee member and avid cyclist Andy Heines.
Heines, who served the community as a spokesperson for American Electric Power Texas and was well known in the cycling community, died Monday, July 25, from injuries in an …

THURSDAY Tour de Southern Walnut Creek Trail

Thursday, Aug 25, 2016, 8:00 AM

Govalle Park
5200 Bolm Rd. Austin, TX

3 Austin Cyclists Attending

Rescheduled to Thursday.   Start Time is 8 AM!A D-pace ride (roughly 11 to 14 mph) on The Southern Walnut Creek Trail from the trailhead at Govalle Park up to the Abrupt End at Lindell Lane just north of Decker Lake.  Round trip is about 20 miles.  The trail is paved for the entire distance, with a 1/2 mile hill on the outbound.  We’ll regroup per…

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Wednesday night ride

Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016, 7:00 PM

White Oak hike and bike and Heights hike and bike intersection
705 Nicholson St Houston, TX

3 HHRC members Attending

Road bike ride from the Heights hike and bike trail up White Oak Bayou and back. Please make sure your lights (front and back) are operational and bring plenty of water.

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Bicycle Sport Shop opens fourth Austin-area store

by Val Vanderpool

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — Bicycle Sport Shop has expanded with a fourth location just outside of Austin in the small community of Bee Cave, Texas. The store, which opened mid-August, is about 14 miles west of Bicycle Sport Shop’s downtown shop and is the retailer’s first foray outside of the city limits.
“Everyone still considers it Austin, though,” said Hill Abell, owner of …

Man owes city of Dallas $259 for not wearing a bicycle helmet — a law that doesn’t exist

By Tristan Hallman

Edward Adkins is a wanted man for breaking a law that no longer exists.
A Dallas officer caught Adkins riding a bicycle without a helmet in September 2014. But the cop never should’ve written the ticket. Months earlier, the City Council had scrapped the bicycle helmet ordinance for adults. Adkins is 46. …

Cyclist Lawson Craddock talks about his first Tour de France

by Pam LeBlanc

That’s one Tour de France in the books for Lawson Craddock.
The 24-year-old professional cyclist returned to Austin this week after finishing what’s been called the hardest endurance sporting event in the world.
“It was an incredible experience,” said Craddock, 24, who lives and trains in Austin during the winter months. “It was humbling. It’s a very difficult race.” …

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Texas A&M University honored for promoting cycling on campus

The Association for Commuter Transportation recently honored the Texas A&M Transportation Services’ alternative transportation program with the 2016 Marketing and Community Outreach Award for its efforts in promoting cycling on campus. …

NBDA names America’s Best Bike Shops for 2016

by BRAIN Staff

Three Bike Shops in Texas

COSTA MESA, Calif. (BRAIN) — The National Bicycle Dealers Association has published its 2016 list of America’s Best Bike Shops. Retailers who made the cut this year not only offer great shopping experiences and expert staff, but are also rated on dedication to their communities and support for bicycle advocacy locally and nationally, the NBDA said.
The America’s Best program is designed to help consumers find great stores in their communities that provide the expertise and professionalism to get the most benefit from cycling. …

Tuesday: Intermediate/Advanced Mountain Bike Ride at the Ant Hills

Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016, 6:15 PM

15200 Memorial Dr
15200 Memorial Dr Houston, Te

1 Houston Cycling Members Attending

This will be a medium to fast pace ride through the Ant Hills of Hershey Park! Bring WATER, spare tube/tire, snacks, etc…Helmets required. Call if you are going to be late so we can wait for you. Wheels rolling by 6:30! See you there

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Casual Tuesday Evening Ride (B.I.G)

Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016, 6:00 PM

River Run Plaza
1071 Country Club Rd El Paso, TX

2 Cyclists Attending

Casual Tuesdays are a continuation of the Beginner Intermediate Group (B.I.G.) program that began in May. No more lessons! Just a friendly, easy ride of 15-18 miles through the Upper Valley. Meet at 6 p.m. so we can leave no later than 6:15 p.m. Pace is 12-16 mph depending on riders. No rider left behind! Route to be announced.Coordinator is Randy…

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Captain’s Blog – 08/17/2016 – It’s Still Only August But There’s SO MUCH GOING ON!

by peter.ray

…Well, it’s still the middle of August, but there’s just so much going on in the San Antonio cycling community, beginning with…
Spike MS Coming Up This Weekend
Received this last update from Board Member Carmen on Spike MS –
Spike MS is this Saturday evening, August 20th, 5 pm to 10 pm – Come out and support the Velo Valero Bike Team and our two volleyball teams!
Team – Velo-arians
Captain – Lyndsey Rickett
Players – Joey Ximenez, Natalie Villarreal, Daniel Gonzales, Nico Moreno, Chelsea Abercrombie, Nyla Saleh, Manny Silva …

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A 1,550-mile bike ride to fight for more names on the Vietnam memorial, with an assist from a congressman

Sarah D. Wire

Del Francis passed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall on the National Mall on Monday, but wouldn’t stop. The names of the 74 sailors he served with on the destroyer Frank E. Evans aren’t there.
“I don’t consider it complete, and I consider it a disservice to the 74 men. They deserve to be on the wall with their brothers. They died just like the rest of them,” he said.
The 74-year-old veteran completed a 1,550-mile bicycle journey from his home in Sulphur Springs, Texas, to …

Support prostate health at 1400 Miles community bike ride on Aug. 27

by Pam LeBlanc

Davis Tucker is gearing up to pedal his bicycle about 1,400 miles from Austin to Denver to raise awareness about prostate health.
Tucker, owner of NXNW Restaurant and Brewery in Austin, made the ride last summer, alongside a small group of cyclists riding to encourage men to get a prostate cancer screening.
This year’s ride departs Redhorn Coffee House & Brewing Company, 13010 West Parmer Lane in Cedar Park, on Sept. 18 and pulls into Denver on Oct. 2, a few days before the start of the …

Cove House holds annual bicycling event


Despite looming storm clouds and the threat of rain, 95 dedicated cyclists participated in the Cove House Emergency Homeless Shelter’s annual biking event on Saturday morning.
The Cove House Classic Bike Tour began bright and early at 7:30 a.m., 30 minutes earlier than usual, a fact which pleased some and irked others. Riders could ride in the 26 mile, 42 mile, 50 mile, or 63 mile course. All of …

Cyclists pedal in Fort Bend for health, adventure

By Lindsay Peyton

An increasing number of Fort Bend County residents are discovering the benefits of regular bike riding.
Cycling has become much more than a casual hobby for Eunice Mather of Sugar Land, for example.
The sport has become her regular source for release and relaxation – not to mention an easy avenue for meeting new people and making friends.
She is only one of a number of residents in Fort Bend County who are trying to get more people interested in bicycles – and …

ASI buys Performance Bicycle

by Lynette Carpiet

PHILADELPHIA (BRAIN) — Advanced Sports International has bought the nation’s largest bicycle retailer, Performance Bicycle, including its 106 stores, private-label brands Forte, Spin Doctor, Transit and Scattante, and online businesses and
ASI declined to reveal the purchase price, but the deal had been in the works since ASI learned last November that Performance was on the block. …

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