Texas Bicycling News Digest February 19th 2018

Coast to Coast US Tour via Southern Route

By Nicholas Gimbrone | www.crazyguyonabike.com

Small Scale Route Map

Avid cyclist fatally struck in McAllen

MOLLY SMITH | www.themonitor.com

McALLEN — A woman known for her affinity for bicycling was killed Monday while out on a morning ride.

Melissa Robles, 32, was struck by a car in the 1600 block of South Second Street at approximately 5 a.m., McAllen police spokesman Lt. Joel Morales said. Robles, a Pharr resident, was transported to a local hospital where she later died.

She was a member of 5AM Wakeup Ride, a group of cyclists who ride together before work. …

Dallas non-profit creates bike share docks for neighborhoods

By: FOX4News.com Staff | www.fox4news.com

A non-profit is trying to find a solution to the clutter often associated with the dockless bike share system in Dallas.

Sitting outside Better Block’s Bishop Arts office is a unique structure that holds bikes. The group constructed a prototype of what it calls a mobility parklet. Complete with seating and spots for about nine bikes, it could be placed all around Dallas in parking spots. …

‘He died doing what he loved’ | Loved ones remember Austin bicyclist/writer killed in crash

Shelby Kimball, Paul Livengood, Pattrik Perez | www.kvue.com

Two people were sent to the hospital after a bicycle and vehicle crashed.

Friends and family are mourning the death of a beloved Austin cyclist and writer.

Andrew Tilin, 52, died Saturday, after a driver hit him while he was changing a flat tire on his bike.

The crash happened about 9:14 a.m. near Marshall Ford Road and North FM 620, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. …


Sunday, Feb 25, 2018, 1:00 PM

Dick Nichols District Park
8011 Beckett Rd, Austin, TX 78749 Austin, TX

2 Austin Cyclists Attending

We will meet before 1:00 PM, wheels down 1:00 PM, at Dick Nichols Park for about two hours of casual rambling around SW Austin. Gary knows the area like the back of his hand.

Check out this Meetup →

Texas Bicycling from Twitter

New Event Added to Texbiker.net Calendar

Oh What Strong Wind You Have Bike Ride

During today’s ride the weather reminded me of fall but then I realized instead of going away from warmer weather we are getting closer. Starting the “New Caney – Roman Forest – Valley Ranch” route at 11:36 am I hoped to put in a long bike ride and succeed with 40.35 miles, the longest ride in 2018 so far. This moves February to 215.5 miles, 129.5 miles away from reaching my goal.

Getting to Roman Forest was the easiest section of the ride thanks to the strong wind: south 20 mph , gusts to 29 mph. Whenever I went into the wind it I struggled to maintain my speed of 18 to 19 mph. Over all the weather was good for biking: start 78 (humidity 76%), finish 79 (humidity 72%), mostly cloudy.

No rest stops during the ride but I almost took one at the new Exxon station at Roman Forest Blvd. and the railroad tracks. I stopped to get a paper towel to blow my nose but they didn’t have any so I continued riding.

Bicycling south on the I-69/US59 service road the wind came at me strong. I knew it must be above 10 mph but I didn’t find out how strong it really was until I checked the weather after finishing the ride at 2:36 pm.

Wardrobe choices for today: shorts, long sleeve jersey, short sleeve jersey. The long sleeve jersey was for sunscreen purposes as much as warmth from the wind. This selection kept me comfortable.

Rain chance increases on Tuesday and higher on Wednesday which may keep me indoors. I may attempt a short ride on Tuesday to get some miles.

Link to Strava ride summary

SportTracks Ride Summary

Bike Ride Summary

Texas Bicycling News Digest February 18th 2018

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Wilmington veteran ‘Chris-crosses’ America for for Snipes Academy

By David Dean | portcitydaily.com

WILMINGTON — For Wilmington resident Chris Brown, his grandchildren were a welcome sight. Standing in the sand of Wrightsville Beach, one held a sign reading, “52 DAYS 3082 MILES” memorializing the two-month cross-country bicycle trip his grandfather had just completed. …

… Chris Brown, 64, and his wife Carol, 63, started their cross-country journey in San Diego at Torrey Pines State Beach, a familiar spot for the Browns and their three children many years ago when they lived in California. Plotting their course with the help of the Adventure Cycling Association, the couple found bike-friendly highways and byways, such as the famous Route 66. They made their way through California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina, with Chris on his bike and Carol keeping tabs on him from the comfort of their 27-foot recreational vehicle. …

Texas 2018

By Mike Booth | www.crazyguyonabike.com

Sunday February 18, 2018
Our last full day at home ( Saturday) we should have been packing but there was spring sunshine so we cycled up the steep hill from nearby Clapham onto the top of Halden ridge.A quick coffee and then descent via the village of Ide..
Our car journey drive,Sunday, to …

Texas Bicycling from Twitter

Overdressed Atascocita – Walden Bike Ride

No doubt about it, I overdressed for today’s bike ride. The ride started at 12:38 pm under an overcast sky with 72 degrees (86% humidity). I wasn’t sure about the wind but when i finished the ride I found out it was from the SE at 12 mph with 20 mpg gusts. No wonder it was tough pedaling at time and the watts were high riding into the wind. The overdressed part came about because I wasn’t sure the temperature would get much higher than 72 so I wore a thermal long sleeve jersey (rather than a jacket) with a short sleeve jersey on top with shorts. At first i was comfortable though a little chilly until I warmed up. Once I was warm I didn’t really notice the heat building but when I finished the bike ride and took the thermal jersey off it was soaked.

Before the ride I took these pictures of the Stradalli. I don’t think I took any with the PowerPod. Again the PowerPod performed perfectly without any issues.

The route for today was the “Atascocita – Walden” one but I altered the beginning to get the mileage to 26.51 miles putting the month to date at 175 miles, leaving 170 miles to reach my goal for February.

As the ride progressed the overcast sky improved to mostly cloudy and the temperature went up as well. When I finished at 2:37 pm it was 81 (73% humidity), higher than the forecasted 73.

It should be like this on Monday allowing me to ride again.

Link to Strava ride summary

SportTracks Ride Summary

Bike Ride Summary