A Slip and A Loose Quick Release

I surpassed my August goal riding to Huffman today. As I turned onto Fairlake Drive from FM1960 my Garmin 510 showed 17.17 miles, enough to hit 845 miles. I now have a few more days to add to that total. The total miles for today was 32.64 at a 15.4 mph average speed. August miles now total 861.59. With 2 rides so far this week I have 65.45 miles. Year to date I biked 5074 miles.

The heat did not feel so intense today even though the ride began at 11:20 and finished at 2:04. It was 92 and 93 when I finished. The wind may have played a part in this coming from the NE at 15 mph with 18 mph gusts. When I rode into the wind I bogged down which accounts for the lower average speed. Partly cloudy skies shielded me from the sun some. Sun screen is still necessary. When I stopped at the Huffman Chevron it felt cooler sitting in the shade, almost fall like.

An unusual thing happened when I turned from Old Atascocita Road onto FM2100. I ran over the round metal blade from a screwdriver (the handle portion was gone) and my rear wheel slipped as I moved forward. I didn’t think too much about it until I got to FM2100 where I had to wait for a slow freight train to pass. Because of the traffic backup I turned right onto FM1960, went a couple of hundred yards and then made a u-turn to go west. The traffic light was red and when it changed I started pedaling but the rear wheel started rubbing the frame and I couldn’t go very fast. I slowly rode to the Chevron station and pulled up to one of the pumps. Reaching down to the rear tire it was loose in the dropouts. I checked the quick release and it was very loose. I tightened the quick release and everything was okay. My theory is the rear wheel slipping on the round metal some how caused the quick release to loosen. No problems riding home from there.

With the slow freight train passing through Huffman I figured the Tuesday Amtrak train to New Orleans would take a different route but at 1:11 I heard the distinctive whistle of the Amtrak engines and 6 or 7 cars passed while I was taking a break at the Chevron station.

Going west the wind was much more helpful. I kept a 20+ speed over Lake Houston which helped make some of the time I lost battling the wind earlier. I slowed some riding on Atascocita Shores Drive. That street is pretty rough and uneven for being concrete. It has been patched numerous times and the seams make for an uncomfortable ride if I forget to raise up from the saddle when I go over them.

After today’s ride the Stradalli RP-14 has been ridden 4039 miles. While I was biking I decided it was time to clean the chain and apply the WD40 Dry Chain Lube I bought at the HH100 expo. The Chain-L No. 5 is a good lubricant but it is very messy. It must have carbon black in or something. If I touch or get near the chain I get a black smudge and the frame has a number of black marks from the Chain-L too. I got home and pulled out the Simple Green cleaner knowing it would take some strong degreaser to get rid of the Chain-L. I want to test the WD40 chain lube before I replace the chain in the next few days. My usual lube is hot paraffin wax. Maybe the WD40 dry lube will be as good or better.

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Links to Garmin Connect and RideWithGPS.

Texas Cycling News Digest August 25th

Cycle Texas Provides Cycling Route Maps


Looking to plan a cycling adventure in the Texas Hill Country? Fredericksburg is full of resources to get you where you want to go. Two bicycle shops, Hill Country Bicycle Works and Jack and Adam’s Bicycles of Fredericksburg, have all of the cycling supplies and local insight you’ll need for a great cycling getaway.
With hundreds of miles of paved roads in the county, it can be hard to choose a cycling route. Another local resource, Cycle Texas, makes planning your adventure easy with a number of downloadable cycling route maps. These route maps provide distance and…

More than 100 take part in bike race

By Gabriela A. Treviño    Laredo Morning Times

More than 100 people participated in the 6th Annual Rock Bike Race hosted by Rock Fitness Center. Bikers gathered on the side of the road in the brushy area near La Bota Ranch promptly at 8 a.m. Sunday morning, and took one of two routes: a 30 mile route or a 50 mile route.The starting line began at Las Tiendas Road and the finish line was at Muller Elementary School.

GO for a Mountain Bike Ride

Sunday, Aug 31, 2014, 8:00 AM

Meyer Park
Cypresswood Dr. Spring, TX

3 Bicycle Enthusiasts Attending

Join us every Sunday at Meyer Park for a 1hour and a half (approx) ride for beginners and intermediate riders.Ride is 10 milesWe will be on the Cypresswood TrailAny questions please call us at the store: [masked]Bring a helmet, water bottle, spare tube and a positive attitude

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Anti 28 ride

Sunday, Aug 31, 2014, 7:30 AM

River Run Plaza
1071 Country Club Rd El Paso, TX

4 Cyclists Attending

7:30 a.m. Sunday Aug. 31. Meet at River Run Plaza for 25-30 mile ride, moderate pace. Patty Van Tine, 667-0202.

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All Level Ride @ Walnut Creek Spring/Summer hours

Sunday, Aug 31, 2014, 9:30 AM

Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
12138 North Lamar Boulevard Austin, TX

9 Mountain Bikers Attending

New Spring/Summer hours to help when the weather gets warmer.  Starting 3/9 we go to 9:30 am.We know that this time change doesn’t work for everyone so we hope you considering hosting a ride for yourself and those who might want to ride at a different time or on a different day.You do NOT have to be a ARR member to attend most club riders. You wi…

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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

7 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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Hotter’N Hell Hundred 2014 in Pictures

By Aaron Galloway         929nin.com

Nearly 11,000 cyclists from all over the world flooded Scott Street in Wichita Falls, Texas Saturday morning August 23, 2014 for the annual Hotter’N Hell Hundred endurance ride and race.
One of the largest and longest running cycling events in the country, the Hotter’N Hell Hundred has been going strong for 33 years and continues to be a can’t-miss cycling event for racers and casual riders alike.
This year the Hotter’N Hell lived up to its name with 97 degree temperatures by late morning and early…


by Jody Urquhart        www.youtube.com

ARR Free Beginners Skills Clinic

Sunday, Sep 14, 2014, 8:30 AM

Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
12138 North Lamar Boulevard Austin, TX

5 Mountain Bikers Attending

ARR Free Beginners Skills ClinicJoin ARR this Sunday morning (September 14) at Walnut Creek Park for a free beginner skills clinic before the regularly scheduled Sunday morning ride. Arrive early enough to prepare yourself and your bike, the clinic starts promptly at 8:30 and runs until the 9:30 start of the ARR ride.This months clinic will be co…

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Houston Ghost Bike group honors fallen unicyclist with memorial

By Craig Hlavaty         www.chron.com

A man who was known in the Houston area as the “naked unicyclist” for his past nude unicycling exploits was struck and killed late one night in early August while riding down a dark La Porte road. His death didn’t go unnoticed as a memorial has sprung up in his honor near where he fell.
Joseph Glynn Farley, 48, was a fixture in the Houston-area cycling community, routinely participating in rides with Houston’s Critical Mass group and known by locals for his…

Salado Creek Trail Ride

San Antonio Cycling Club

Where: Meet at Tobin Park on Loop 410 eastbound frontage Rd between Harry Wurzbach Rd and Starcrest Rd.
When: Aug 31, 7:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Description: Meet at Tobin Park for a trail ride southbound on paved bike trails along the Salado Creek Greenway. This ride will continue past Fort Sam to Lions Park, then return to Tobin Park for 28 miles. There is an option of returning from Fort Sam, then ride the entire trail northbound before returning to Tobin Park for about 20 miles. Ride Leader, Corrie, 917-991-9241. Guests are welcome.
Directions: On Loop 410, take the Harry Wurzbach exit (#24).
From the west, traveling east, exit Harry Wurzbach Rd, go past Harry Wurzbach, staying on the frontage road until you get to the park just past the bridge.
From the east, traveling west, exit Harry Wurzbach Rd, go the turnaround at Harry Wurbach Rd, then head east along the frontage road to the park just past the bridge.

Hotter’n Hell Hundred

Pedal Pushers

Early the next morning, I took a shot of Christine as it would be a while before we met up. She was going to do the 50 mile and I was riding the 100K (62 mile). …

The Dog Days Of August Rolling With the Village Creek Indian Ghosts Wondering About Spencer Jack Going To Prison

Durango Texas

These HOT final days of August have me looking forward to the fall following these dogs days.
Why is the latter part of August referred to as the Dog Days of August it just occurred to me to wonder?
Is this a Native American saying?
Speaking of Indians.
What with the heat and the humidity and what with needing to go to Walmart and ALDI I opted out of doing anything too strenuous during my regularly scheduled daily bout of endorphin inducing aerobic activity and instead had…

New Event Added to Texbiker.net Calendar


Event Reminders

Tired Legs from HH100

I didn’t think my legs were tired from Saturday at the Hotter’N Hell 100 in Wichita Falls but during today’s ride I noticed some tired muscles when I tried to speed up for a long stretch. The route took me north to Roman Forest and back to Valley Ranch. Exiting Valley Ranch I stopped at Stripes on FM1314 for food and drink. I brought the food and bought the drink. After about 35 minutes I left Stripes to finish the ride going through Briar Tree, Oakhurst, Kings Manor and then Kingwood. As I crossed FM1314 after leaving Stripes there was another biker waiting for the light to change heading east on FM1314. We exchanged waves as I rode down Old Sorters Road.

It’s still hot here but the heat did not feel quite as intense. I didn’t sweat as much and when I stopped at Stripes the paper towels weren’t soaked while I ate in the shade. I think once the HH100 is past the weather seems to lose its burning hotness. We are 2/3 of the way through summer. In a month it will be Fall. It was 94 degrees when I got home, 107 heat index and 56% humidity. The wind was from the ESE at 7 mph which wasn’t too big of an issue while I was biking.

Riding all of the miles in Wichita Falls I thought I would hold my weight but I ate way too much. Now I need to eat less and ride more.

Metrics for today’s ride. Click on the image to enlarge it.

8-25-2014 GC Ride Metrics

8-25-2014 GC Ride Metrics

For August I rode 828.95 miles leaving 17 miles to reach my goal. With 6 days left I think I have a good chance of getting to my goal.

Link to RideWithGPS map and metrics.

Texas Bicycling News Digest August 24th

Safety Measures: Drivers, cyclists urged to take better precautions on road

by Kenneth Dean        www.tylerpaper.com

Leslie Shirley loves living near Lake Tyler, but said the past few years, weekend drives to Tyler have become increasingly dangerous as she and other motorists encounter cyclists on curvy, hilly, roadways obscured by the sun’s glare.
Mrs. Shirley, a surgery/procedure scheduler at a local physician’s office, said she has nothing against cyclists, runners or anyone else out exercising to get fit or maintain fitness, but she is worried about her family’s safety and that of cyclists riding on highways and…

Head for Afton

Saturday, Aug 30, 2014, 7:00 AM

River Run Plaza
1071 Country Club Rd El Paso, TX

2 Cyclists Attending

7 a.m. Saturday Aug. 30. Meet at River Run Plaza and ride to Hwy 28 and up Afton Road. 54 miles 18-20 mph. Lisa Studdard, 637-2319

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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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Saturday Beginner Ride

Saturday, Aug 30, 2014, 9:00 AM

Performance Bicycle
4750 Fm 1960 Rd W Houston, TX

1 Bicycle Enthusiasts Attending

Leaves from the store to Cypresswood, Cypress wood to TC Jester going north an then back.Please bring a helmet, spare tube, waterbottle, positive attitude :)

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Go for an easy beginner ride

Saturday, Aug 30, 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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Giant Regional On-Road Team

with Jim Gerhardt and 23 others

The guys line-up at 1:30PM today to defend and hold onto the overall leaders jersey at the 2014 Hotter n’ Hell Hundred. After an incredible race Friday Night finishing w/ (2) riders – Bret Crosby 3rd & Josh Thornton 1st – on the podium… yesterday’s road race proved to be everything that makes the Hotter n’ Hell one of the toughest road races in the country. Wind, heat and a field heralded by some as one of the most competitive fields in more than a decade… Josh and Geoff ended up off the front of the main field. Josh was able to hold on to…

Brake Hoods

Bike Noob

I’ve been riding the same road bike for more than six years now, and inevitably it’s going to show signs of wear and tear.
But one area I didn’t expect to see problems is the brake hood. These are items we take for granted. They’re a comfortable place to rest our hands during our rides, and 80 percent or more of our ride time is spent grasping these rubber sheaths.
So I was bothered awhile ago when my left brake hood started showing signs of wear. And tear. In fact, my first inkling that there was a problem was a small tear in the hood.
Of course, it doesn’t take long for a small problem to morph into a larger one — and that’s what…

Masters Track Nationals end Sunday with team competitions


Redmond, Wash. (August 24, 2014) –The 2014 USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships came to a close on Sunday as riders combined forces for the team pursuit, team sprint, and Madison competitions. In addition to the 14 national titles awarded, the Best-All-Around Teams were named. Those winning teams can be found here.
Team Pursuits
The Odd Man Out foursome of Kurt Broadhag (Los Angeles, Calif.), Jonathan Davy (Torrance, Calif.), Kevin Phillips (Redondo Beach, Calif.), and Benjamin Sharp (Boulder, Colo.) posted a finishing time of 4:45.250 in the men’s 35+ team pursuit to beat out the East Plains Mt Men team of Daniel Casper (Northfield, Minn.), Brian Haas (Chicago, Ill.), Gregory Pent (Boulder, Colo.), and Jason Meidhof (Ramona, Calif.).
The men’s 45+ team pursuit was won by Team Sofa King riders David Brinton (Los Angeles, Calif.), Chris Carlson (Plano, Texas)…

Another 17 national titles awarded on penultimate day of Masters Track Nationals


Redmond, Wash. (August 23, 2014) –Individual competition wrapped up at the 2014 USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships on Saturday with the final individual pursuits, time trials, scratch races, points races, and sprints. Best All-Around Riders were also named on Saturday. Those winners can be found here.
Individual Pursuits
Dean Phillips (Wenham, Mass./Fit Werx) won the men’s 35-39 individual pursuit when he bested Kevin Schiller (San Diego, Clif.). In the women’s 40-44 contest, Catherine Moore (Waco, Texas/Guru Cycles p/b Haute Wheels Racing) rode her way to the top of…

Tuesday Ride at Walnut Creek – slow intermediate ride level

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014, 5:30 PM

Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
12138 North Lamar Boulevard Austin, TX

1 Mountain Bikers Attending

Unsanctioned ride!!!This will be a slow-intermediate ride doing around 10-12 miles.We can break into different groups if someone is willing  to lead a group.Please be there and be ready to roll by 5:30 pm. We meet in the parking lot near the pool in the middle of the island.Any question please call/text  me at [masked]Slow intermediate le…

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Rocky Hill Ranch!!!! Early bird, beat the heat!!!

Saturday, Aug 30, 2014, 8:00 AM

Rocky Hill Ranch
578 Farm-to-Market 153 Smithville, TX

1 Mountain Bikers Attending

Slow intermediate ride. The hills and switchbacks will ensure you get a good workout. Helmits, water and working bike required. This is not an official ridge riders ride. I will be riding at 800 am and your welcome to join me. I will do 12-14 miles. If you want to ride longer or lead a faster group that’s always welcome.  There is a $10 fee to ride…

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