Texas Bicycling News Digest September 13th

FrankenBike #44 ~RESCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY the 14th (101 Heights Blvd)


FrankenBike #44 ~ SUNDAY THE 14th ~ Hickory Hollow ~ in the Heights ~
Hickory Hollow Restaurant parking lot.
101 Heights Blvd. just north of Washington
Houston, TX 77007
10am till 4pm ~ Come early if you have much to setup ~ bring water, chair, Shade/cover, and bike stuff.
Lots going on this weekend: …
FrankenBike is your go to monthly swap that keeps you in Gear.
Bikes, Parts, Clothing, and Accessories.
Featuring some hand built wheel sets this month.
Come on by and make us a part of your active weekend. …

Big Views on the Road Bike in Big Bend

by Bronwen Gregory        www.afar.com

I am utterly smitten with Big Bend National Park and it’s varied, stunning landscape. In early September I headed down to get in some quiet road cycling and exploring, since the busy season (and vehicle traffic) doesn’t pick up until the October through April months. The heat can be extreme this time of year since you’re on the border of Texas and Mexico and this is a desert, but I lucked out and had some cooler weather this time around.
Two nations meet here in West Texas and the mighty Rio Grande serves as the boundary. Drastic changes in elevation lend to create an out of this world, varied micro-climate experience while you pedal through your day and you’re rewarded with vistas and…

Sunday October 5th Patriot / National Day of Service Ride

Hill Country Bicycle Touring Club

Sunday, October 5th  Meet at 8a.m. @ Brackenridge Park @ Joske’s Pavilion Celebrate Patriot Day / National Day of Service and Remembrance with an easy bicycle ride from Brackenridge Park’s Joske’s Pavilion along quiet downtown streets, through the Pearl Brewery and King William area. This is an informal celebration of Patriot Day and the National Day of Service and Remembrance. All are welcome.   We will pause to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11/01 with a private tour of the San Antonio Fire Museum.  The museum is at the Central Fire Station behind the Alamo. Our tour will start around 9:30-10am.  Feel free to have non riding family members meet us there. After the tour we’ll continue riding back up to Brackenridge Park while it is still relatively cool and the streets are relatively quiet.   Bring a snack, decorate your bike and…

Lake Areas Need Improvements

by Bill Cullins               Team San Angelo

Read through the city’s Lake Nasworthy Master Plan and you’ll notice that biking, hiking, running and walking are described as the most popular non-motorized recreational activities that take place in the areas surrounding the lake.
The park areas, open space and roads around Nasworthy provide an almost-perfect venue for outdoor fitness activities (we’ll get to the “almost” part later).
Lakeside areas such as the swim beach (Mary E Lee Park), the KOA loop, Spring Creek Park and Middle Concho Park are all used extensively by cyclists, hikers, runners and walkers. The lake parks also serve as starting points for cyclists and…

Biker’s June death ruled accidental drug overdose

By Julie Fancher        thescoopblog.dallasnews.com

The cause of death of a mountain biker whose body was found in Flower Mound in June has been ruled an accident, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner.
Wesley Hixson, 30, of Roanoke died of a drug overdose, the medical examiner said.
Hixson became separated from his riding partners on a bike trail near Grapevine Lake in June. The…

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Texas Bicycle News Digest September 12th

Houston, We Have Less of a Problem

ByIan Dille        www.bicycling.com

Thanks to a bike-loving mayor and tireless advocates—and some postride tacos—a sprawling, traffic-clogged city transformed itself into America’s most improved cycling town

From the back of a Hummer, a man pulls out a single-speed with lime green rims. A full-suspension mountain bike emerges from a Ford Excursion. From the bed of a friend’s pickup truck, I remove my own bike. We’ve come to this parking lot in downtown Houston for the monthly Critical Mass ride, a mostly well-mannered protest that draws as many as 3,000 cyclists from across the city. We’ve driven here because, at 600 square miles, sheer distance can prevent bike commuting in Houston, and—given the rash of recent cyclist fatalities, 27 over the last five years, with few drivers held accountable—even the bravest and most experienced cyclists admit that riding in this city, alone, feels risky.
But tonight, for 15 miles, we will own the roads of the nation’s fourth-largest city. Following the 2007–2009 recession, Houston boomed. Led by the oil and gas industry, the city added two new…

Texas Cup Action — Chappell Hill Classic Road Race


Meredith Bunkers (c) – Shama Cycles, Solymar Rivera (l) – Dallas Racing, and Ash Duban (r)- Guro Cycles p/b Haute Wheels Racing enjoy the celebration of the Women’s 1/2/3 podium.

So what happened in Texas?

by alexthepuffin        alexbikes.wordpress.com

The last time I wrote on this blog was back in February as I was planning my bike trip across Texas. Here’s a quick review.
The ‘why on earth would you bike in Texas?’ question continued well into the trip and after I got back. My values and political views don’t match a typical Texan’s, although typical is part of the problem.
Here’s something I learned: political views don’t really show through that much when you’re just visiting somewhere. Sure, there were a lot of pickup trucks with gun racks and wildly xenophobic views of Hispanics. If you can look past that (without forgiving it), you’ll find the people caring and genuine. And you’ll have quite an experience.
I learned a lot about nothingness and loneliness. Often there were no cars for an hour. There were no trees to ruin the views. I’ve never gone so long in my life without ever talking to someone. Emptiness. You should…



bike crashes map

by badgnome        bicycleaustin.info

Made this at work the other day using TxDOT CRIS data. Next is a version with 2011 to 2013 bike crashes by individual counties along with pedestrian versions. …
http://www.campotexas.org/wp-content/up … 13-CSA.pdf
parent directory: http://campotexas.wpengine.com/safety-data/
TxDOT site: http://www.txdot.gov/government/enforce … stics.html

Edward Jones’ Tour de Ted Coming to Waco Oct. 17


Waco is one of nine cities participating in a Texas bike tour commemorating the life of Ted Jones, who was instrumental in opening Edward Jones’s first branch office, according to Financial Advisor Donna Phelps.
The nine-city tour, beginning in Houston on Oct. 11 and concluding in Dallas/Fort Worth on Oct. 19, is aptly named Tour de Ted – Ride the Lone Star.
The bike tour celebrates the life of the firm’s second managing partner, Ted Jones, and commemorates his unique vision of serving clients in local communities.
Two years ago, Tour de Ted followed a 13-state route that traced the path of a telegraph wire that stretched from Colorado to St. Louis in the early days of the firm, which was…

White Oak Bayou Trail

by Julie L.        www.yelp.com

Love this trail!  This trail is worth it just for the section between Tidwell and W Little York: you will seriously feel like you are biking in Germany as you hear the church bells ringing, see no houses in sight, and  instead have a lovely view of lush, green hills gently rolling into the creek.
To lengthen the trail, when you get to the southern end of the trail at TC Jester and 11th Street, take 11th street east to Dorothy and you can connect to the Heights trail and stop for a refreshing drink at Onion Creek (where you can…

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Texas Bicycling News Digest September 11th

Lorenzo Guerra Killed in Bicycle Accident Seven Mile Lane in Harris County, Texas

By Michael Grossman        www.texas-wrongful-death-lawyer.net

Harris County, TX — Police have identified Lorenzo Guerra as the victim of a bicycle accident in Harris County, Texas, on Monday, September 8, 2014. The accident took place on Seven Mile Lane.
Reports indicate that Guerra was riding his bicycle along Seven Mile Lane, when a pickup truck turned left from Hopper Road and hit him. The truck continued across the road, dragging…

Texas A&M Police Continuing To Crack Down On Bike Thefts

By: Clay Falls        www.kbtx.com

COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M University is reporting a sharp decline in the number of bike thefts since starting a bait bike program in 2011.
The number of bicycle thefts reported has dropped each year since then.
News 3 takes a closer look at the most common crime on campus.
Bicycle thefts are an all too often problem at college campuses including Texas A&M.
Texas A&M Student Lucia Ordonez rides her bike everywhere to get around and found that out the hard way.
“My freshman year I forgot to lock it one day and it ended up being stolen and this was right before winter break and then they ended up calling me over…

Wednesday Night Ride

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014, 5:15 PM

Rio Plaza, 6205 Upper Valley Road
at Artcraft (parking lot next to Little Caesars_ El Paso, TX

1 Cyclists Attending

These are leaderless rides of 17-22 miles leaving from Rio Plaza, 6205 Upper Valley Rd (at Artcraft). The most popular route is a 19-mile loop to Gadsden H.S. Riders begin 5:15-6:00 p.m. this time of year.Optional dinner afterward at Hello Pizza, 1071 Country Club (River Run Plaza).

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Harrassment on Bannister Lane

Bicycle Austin

Yesterday evening I was commuting home, southbound, in the bike lane on Bannister Lane.  I was halfway up the hill when I heard a car slow down, move to the right, and drive right behind me in the bike lane – I could hear its tires crunching in the broken glass that always seems to be along the bike lane on that street.  As I moved even further towards the curb, the car gunned it around me, and as it passed, the right rear passenger threw a tennis racket at me.  I was able to duck and dodge it, but in the ruckus I was…

Is Your City Council Candidate Bike-Friendly?

By Rob Preliasco        www.austinpost.org

You may know the expression “voting with your feet.” This November, the bicycle advocacy group Bike Austin is hoping that people will vote with their feet on the pedals.
With its new “I Bike, I Vote” campaign, the organization is gathering a voting bloc of Austinites who support bicycle safety and walkability in the city. The group also plans to identify and endorse city council candidates with similar views on those issues. The first “I Bike, I Vote” volunteer meeting is scheduled for…

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A Day to Remember 13 Years Ago

Three rides in a row to Huffman is rather unusual for me. The road construction at Community Drive to the north has put a crimp on my route selection. Also I did not start riding until 12:57. I wanted to give the weather time to heat up again and it did. It was a balmy 94 degrees at home when I left and it stayed there until I returned at 3:45. The air was a little drier than normal so the heat did not feel quite as intense as July or August. We are only 10 days from fall but the weather has not really let up that much. The Houston Chronicle weather guy thinks today was the last chance for 100 degrees until next June. Tomorrow a “cool” front could pass through and it could mark the end of temperatures this high for the year. Time will tell.

To add some variety riding to Huffman I went north on E. Lake Houston Parkway rather than south on Fairlake Drive. Google maps likes to show E. Lake Houston going north a couple of miles further than it really does. I turned on Smith Road to ride to FM2100 and enter Huffman from the north. FM2100 from this direction is still a nice smooth asphalt from the recent resurfacing work. With the route variation I biked 32.85 miles, slightly more than yesterday. Due to the late start there were lots of school buses out but I managed to pass all of the schools before or after dismissal.

It took me 16 miles to build my average speed up to 15.0 mph. From there I added another .8 mph to top out at 15.8 mph. Keeping it at 15.8 was not easy as I slowed some across Lake Houston. But I got it back up and held it there until about 29.9 miles into the route. By then I was on W. Lake Houston Parkway amongst traffic and frequent stops. The final number was 15.5 mph. My legs are complaining about all the effort it takes on the quest for 16+ mph averages speeds. I may have an over training problem. Riding to Huffman does not have as many long stretches of open road where I can build up the average speed like biking to the north.


  • 148.05 for the week
  • 350.22 for September
  • 5531 for the year

Today marks the 47th ride to Huffman this year out of 160 rides.

During the ride I thought about what I was doing on September 11th, 2001. I was at work when my manager yelled from his office to come look at the TV news report as the twin towers burned from the planes hitting them. We could not believe what we were seeing. What a tragedy. I wore a red, white and blue jersey with a single star on it today to honor and remember those who died.

Garmin Connect and RideWithGPS. Click on an image to enlarge it.