Texas Bicycling News February 1st 2016

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Bicyclist killed on FM 1960 in Huffman


Houston police are investigating a fatal crash at 10900 East FM 1960 in Huffman about 5:15 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30.
The male victim, 50, was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.
“The driver of a white Nissan Frontier was traveling eastbound on an FM 1960 bridge when the victim, a …

Getting bent in Big Bend

By Terry Parsell        www.crazyguyonabike.com

Hope I got the flats out of the way early
Sunday January 31, 2016
things seem to be happening so fast now that I have set the date for the trip.
The bike needs to be taken to Fedex by Friday, that’s just 5 days away. I want to try it out one last time before I head out. I took this opportunity to change my tires. I had on 32c tires, but have since determined that most of the roads I’ll be on will be paved, and the 32c would be overkill. So I put my continental 700cx28c gator skins on.
For my training ride, I planned to go up to the top of Mill Mountain about a 3 miles climb with about 700 feet of elevation gain. I got to the parking lot where I planned to leave from. I aired up my tires and immediately felt a gush of air when I disconnected the pump. The valve had disconnected from the tube. I took out my spare tube and got it back on the back, and …

Austin: The Most Bike-Friendly City in Texas

by Clarence Eckerson Jr.        www.streetfilms.org

I was in Austin a few months ago for the NACTO 2015 Summit. While in town I was able to put together this look at what the city is doing to improve bicycling, including the dazzling 3rd Street curb-protected bikeway. Also captured on camera: many bike paths along the Pedernales River, car-free nights on 6th street, and the ridiculously long Halloween Social Ride, which is an exhilarating weekly nighttime bicycle excursion with …

In this edition of Spoke&Word… February


A Word from Michael Payne about the release of the Draft Bike Plan and BikeHouston’s Annual Meeting recapping 2015 and looking forward to 2016…read more>>
BikeHouston@Events Come see us at our events from socials to community rides, read more>>
Find out what BikeHouston has been doing to improve your rides, read more>>
BikeHouston member David Baldwin prepares for the ride of his life, 4000 miles cross country, read more>>
An overview in pictures, read more>>
Ride > Ready2Roll Cycling helps you prepare for MS150, read more>>

Come Ride With Us! – Meetup Group

Houston, TX
1,111 Members of the Peloton

Come Ride With Us! is a recreational cycling group focused on bringing together you and other cyclists in our community for safe and fun social rides. We believe in making gro…

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Upcoming Rides

Houston Bicycle Club        houstonbicycleclub.org

Sat 02/06/16     Chappell Hill North     8:30am     Don Johnson
Sun 02/07/16     Houston Sans Car     9:00 am     Gail Wellenkamp
Sat 02/13/16     Sealy West     8:30am     Don Johnson
Sat 02/20/16     Montgomery     8:30am     Don Johnson

Upcoming Rides

Pearland Cycling Club        www.pearlandcyclingclub.org

Saturday, February 6    8:00am
When    Sat, February 6, 8am – 12pm
Where    9330 Broadway (FM 518), Pearland – 1.3 mi. east of SH 288 (map)
DescriptionPCC Weekly Saturday Ride – Meet at 9330 Broadway (FM 518 & CR 90), Pearland, TX – Ride starts at 7:30am (May-Sep) and 8:00am (Oct-Apr) – Various routes and speeds. Visitors are always welcome.
Check and read the RIDE WITH US pages on our website: http://www.pearlandcyclingclub.org.

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No Hills But Plenty of Wind Bike Ride

In the coastal plain around Houston mountain and hills do not exist but to make up for it we have wind. Today when I left home at 1:15 the wind was out of the SSW at 12 mph with 17 mph gusts. By the time I returned home the wind shifted to the SSE at 21 mph with 29 mph gusts. I noticed the wind direction change when I rode east over Lake Houston on FM1960. This was around 17 miles into the ride. Making the left turn from Old Atascocita Road onto FM2100 north the wind was at my back and I picked up my speed.

A quick stop art the Huffman Chevron for some fuel and water prepared me to ride the last 11 miles home. The ride was 21.29 miles at that point and my stay was about 20 minutes. I thought I might cool down while I was there but sitting in the sun helped to keep me warm. The weather screenshots while I was at the Chevron station.

The wind in the screenshot is not the same as above which is from the George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Leaving the station riding west on FM1960 the wind helped me. Riding over Lake Houston the wind was coming from my left and wasn’t as chilly as yesterday. This was a good thing. I dressed for wind today with a short sleeve jersey under a BikeTiresDirect jacket. The vented sleeves let the heat out just enough that I didn’t overheat. The temperature agreed with my home weather station and the airport.

I am beginning to ride the “Atascocita – Walden – Huffman” on a regular basis. Below is a comparison of the last 4 times on this route. (click to enlarge it)

2-1-2016 Route Rides Comparison

I need to set my mileage goal for February. Using the same method as January, I averaged the last three February miles. 2013 was 370, 2014 was 375 and 2105 was 292. The average is 346 miles. That will my goal for February 2016.

The weather at the end of the ride. (click to enlarge) The image on the left also has the forecast for the coming days. Tuesday looks good for biking but Wednesday and following don’t look so good, cold front arrives.

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Pretty nice 50+ mile ride, about 95% bike trails.

by ThatGuyinHouston        www.reddit.com

Leaving from my house in Woodland Trails North, I do have to ride through neighborhood streets and one short stretch of Alabonson to get to the northwest end of the White Oak trails, but once I get there, I’m on the NO MOTOR VEHICLES trails all the way downtown and out Buffalo Bayou.
Anyone who hasn’t been to …

Dick Nichols Park. Intermediate and Advanced Beginner ride (2 groups) 10 am

Saturday, Feb 6, 2016, 10:00 AM

Dick Nichols District Park
8011 Beckett Rd Austin, TX

2 Mountain Bikers Attending

Helmet and working bike required, spare tube suggested.We will have two or more  groups.After the ride will probably go for lunch somewhere near downtown.This is an unsanctioned ride.  Ride at your own risk.

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Super Bowl Ride

Fort Worth Bicycling Association        www.fwbaclub.org

Club Special Event
Sunday, February 07, 2016 8:00 am
Join Jerry for a local area tradition where cycling clubs from all over the Dallas / Fort Worth area ride to the Dallas West End for lunch on Super Bowl Sunday. This year we will be eating at Dick’s Last Resort. Jerry starts the FWBA ride at the Trinity Railway Express Station at the corner of 9th and Jones, in downtown Fort Worth. Wear your red FWBA jerseys. We recommend you …

Cycling 2015 – Plano Bicycling Association

By Tim Elliott        www.facebook.com
I uploaded some pictures from last year’s riding to Facebook.

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Finally Some Heat Bike Ride

I was limited on time today so I chose the short route “Kingwood-E Lake Houston Pkwy” riding 24.48 miles to the southeast. I knew I would fight the wind most of the way there and back across Lake Houston. The temperature was 79 when I rolled down the driveway at 12:33. The sky was mostly cloudy with the sun going in and out behind the clouds. When it was out I was comfortable with my two jerseys and shorts. At the start before I warmed up the wind was chilly but I recovered whenever the sun came out. It was not quite the same as I rode east and west over Lake Houston. The strong wind was cooled down as it came off the lake. Going east I was okay because the sun was out but riding back home I really wanted tot get off teh causeway and my two jerseys weren’t keeping me warm.

With the short time I didn’t stop except at the traffic light at E. Lake Houston to turn around to head back home.

Two other serious bikers were on my route today. The first one I had talked with a couple of times when I was at the Huffman Chevron on previous rides. The other biker I was not familiar with.

I closed out January at 340 miles, 199 miles more than January 2015. This is a good start for 2016. This was my first 100+ mile week too. I need to decide what February’s goal will be.

The wind at George Bush Intercontinental Airport: SSW 13 mph with 21 mph gusts. My home weather station is among houses and the wind is not so extreme. Below is the weather before and after the ride.

Monday’s weather looks favorable for biking.