Beat the Rain Home, Barely

The rain continued Sunday and Monday wiping out my biking plans. Today was different until I rolled my bike into the garage after riding. A brief light rain fell as I walked into the house stopping about 5 minutes later. I raced home hearing thunder to the west and seeing the clouds get darker. The forecast called for possible afternoon rain which prompted me to leave earlier than usual at 11:02 and getting back home at 1:57.

I rode the “Atascocita South – Walden – Huffman” route (I added this route name for the extended version of Atascocita – Walden – Huffman going south of Atascocita Road) under a cloudy sky with the temperature around 82 degrees. All of the rain increased the humidity (83%) causing sweat to pour whenever I stopped. I guess the rain washed away the love bugs since I haven’t seen any on the last two rides. I don’t miss them. Today I biked 34.39 miles pushing my May total to 288 exceeding May 2014 by 23 miles. Now I can start to recover the miles I lost earlier this year when the weather was bad. 2015 now totals 1958 miles.

Wind was not much of a factor today allowing my average speed to top out at 15.3 mph before settling at 15.1 mph at the end of the ride.

At the 22.5 mile point I stopped at the Huffman Chevron for a break to eat and drink. I checked the weather on my phone and the rain did not look like a threat. Apparently it moved east faster than I rode to the west from Huffman.

I think I am in the short sleeve jersey season for awhile with May temperatures staying in the 80’s during rides. Wednesday weather has rain at 50%. I may have to repeat today, starting early and getting home before it hits.

Huffman weather when I stopped at the Chevron station

Huffman weather when I stopped at the Chevron station

Texas Bicycling News Digest May 18th

2015 Tour de El Paso

EP Cyclists

2015 Tour De El Paso Photos

EP Cyclists

Miscellaneous Park Trails and Improvements Project (Trails, A, B, C, D)

Bid Date & Time: 05/21/15 2:00 PM        Prebid:05/13/15 10:00 AM
Solicitation Title: Miscellaneous Park Trails and Improvements Project (Trails, A, B, C, D)
Owner Solic Number: 2015-042
Status: bidding
Report: 6293927
Country : United States     State: TX    County: Dallas        Location: Mesquite
Scope: The project scope involves the demolition and reconstruction of various segments of existing concrete hike and bike trails and various associated drainage improvements along the concrete trails.
Notes: A pre-bid conference will be held on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at the City of Mesquite Municipal Center located at 1515 N. Galloway
Avenue, Mesquite, Texas 75149, in the Fire Administration Conference Room at 10:00 a.m. …

Bike-to-School Day at Thelma Richardson Elementary School

By Elbowz Racing Elite Cycling Team

Tour de El Paso draws range of cycling talent

Sports Town El Paso


There were veteran riders, there were beginning riders. Whatever their level of cycling skills, they all agreed on one thing: Tour de El Paso is an event worth participating in and for the spectators, worth attending.
In its second year, Tour de El Paso met heavy winds early Saturday morning but that didn’t diminish the energy of the riders and the enthusiasm of the crowd that cheered them on.
“It was a really good experience,” said Johnathan Mendoza, who finished third in the …

Ride Terry Hershey And George Bush

Sunday, May 24, 2015, 7:15 AM

Terry Hershey Beltway 8 Feeder St., Under Bridge Parking Lot
Beltway 8 and Faust Lane Houston, TX

7 SH!FT starters Attending

**Check for updates**7:15am rollout at the beltway parking for Terry Hershey Park. The parks can be somewhat challenging due to the wind and total about 36ish miles. Just for fun we may throw in some sprint zones.We will plan on 1 or 2 rest stops depending on how everyone feels, one at a Walgreens and the other at a picnic table at Hwy 6 on the r…

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SFIA releases reports on participation in 25 sports

by BRAIN Staff

SILVER SPRING, Md. (BRAIN) — The Sports & Fitness Industry Association published the first 25 of its 94 single sport and fitness participation reports Monday. These reports provide an analysis and breakdown of participation demographics by specific sport or fitness activity, including bicycling, triathlon and stationary cycling.
“These reports allow people to drill down into specific sports’ data. The detailed dissection of participation demographics provides key figures that our companies can utilize for their business needs,” said Cameron Jacobs, SFIA’s manager of communications and research. “The specific information allows industry …

It’s Time

by Bike Noob

It’s been awhile in coming, but I have finally concluded it’s time. This is the end of Bike Noob.
I’ve enjoyed writing the blog over the last seven years, watching the page views rise, and fall, and rise again. I’ve gotten to vicariously know some of you from your comments on my posts.
But lately, I’ve been less than enthusiastic when I realize it’s time to write another post. I’ve stockpiled ideas, and pulled them out when I needed them, although more often than not, the blog is a reflection of what I’m thinking about at the time I write it. When I started, I had a plan to post three times a week — Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. I stuck to that plan for longer than I thought possible. But sometime in about 2013, I fell out of that routine. Missed a post? Not a big deal — you can write one tomorrow.
Except that when tomorrow came, I’d be in the same …

Bicyclist struck by car

Lynn Walker

WICHITA FALLS, Texas – Emergency crews were on the scene where a bicyclist was struck by a car shortly before noon Monday in the 3700 block of Sheppard Access Road.
One witness told police she saw the cyclist flying through the air after …

2nd Annual Uptown Ciclovia

Did you make it out for the Uptown Ciclovia on Sunday? The thunderstorms and rain tapered off just in time for the event to go off without a hitch! With a route adjustment this year to accommodate construction, Olive Street proved to be a beneficial change of scene.
Thank you to all the volunteers, participants, sponsors, and organizers of this great event!

Family Bike Ride- Success.

by Matthew

PJ’s first full ride on the new Yuba Mundo took place this past Saturday. A full write up will happen soon. For now here is a photo!

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Leading by example

By Lisa Mitchell-Bennett

Jerry Ruiz is a low-key, laid back guy. But his actions speak louder than his words and he has had a large impact on our community. Ruiz is a teacher at Russell Elementary School in West Brownsville, but is also known in Brownsville as “the guy who bikes everywhere”.
National Bike to Work Day this past Friday was like any other day for Jerry. He hopped on his bike and traversed Brownsville, arriving at school on time to teach a classroom full of kids.
“Brownsville is really an easy place to bike for a lot of reasons. The streets are well connected, and there are so many alternative routes to avoid heavier traffic. The city has been working hard to add more lanes and protection so we can …

Anthills Trail Work Party

Event category: General
Trail: The Anthills (Terry Hershey Park)
Saturday, May 30, 2015 – 8:30am
The plan for this trail work party includes trail trimming, erosion control, mud hole drainage and some bench cut work. We need quite a few people for this work party so that we can break up into several groups to get the work done at the various locations. Please let me know if …


Saturday, May 23, 2015, 7:30 AM

Crazy Cat Cyclery
5650 N Desert El Paso, TX

2 Cyclists Attending

Meet at Crazy Cat on Redd at 7:30 and ride over Transmountain, up to and and over Anthony Gap then return on Valley roads. 50 miles, 18-20 mph. Gerd Pfister,[masked]

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Fort Hood Regional Trail Project (segment 3)

Bid Date & Time: 05/21/15 3:00 PM
Prebid: 05/07/15 3:00 PM
Solicitation Title: Fott Hood Regional Trail Project (segment 3)
Owner Solic Number: 15-16
Status: bidding
Report: 6267739
Country : United States
State: TX
County: Bell
Location: Killeen
Scope: The major items of work include approximately 1.2 miles of concrete pedestrian and bicycle trail including concrete pavement, low
water crossing, grading, storm drain and culvert drainage structures, lighting, seating areas, trailhead pavilion, reinforced concrete
retaining walls, and erosion control.
Notes: A non-mandatory pre-bid conference will be held at 3:00 p.m. on May 7, 2015 in the City Hall Council Chambers, 101 N. College, Killeen, Texas 76541.All Pre-bid questions should be addressed to Shawn Bertram with Halff Associates, Inc. with a copy sent to Karlene Jessie at andwill be accepted up until 3:00 p.m. on May 14, 2015.
Plans: From Designet, for a non-refundable charge of $100.00 per set
(paper copy). See attached file.
Bond: 5% bid bond
Update Notes: Addendum #1 attached.
Owner Type: Public
Buyer: Killeen, City of – Purchasing Division
Address: 207-A W. Avenue D
City: Killeen    State: TX    Zip/Postal Code: 76541 …

Saturday Beginner Ride

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 10:00 AM

Performance Bicycle
4750 Fm 1960 Rd W Houston, TX

2 Bicycle Enthusiasts Attending

The ride starts from the Performance North Houston store location.  We do not ride on 1960 but go through the neighborhoods to start the ride.  The ride is approximately 10 miles and pace is based on participants for the day.  It is a No Drop Ride.Please bring a helmet, spare tube, waterbottle, positive attitude :)

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Problem With You Ten Speeders

Cycling Space City

Today we did our usual Sunday morning ride out of the Katy Mills Mall only the ride got quite a bit more interesting.  As we were riding back to the mall we had a confrontation with a guy in a pickup. We were heading North on Spring Green Blvd and approaching Falcon Landing Blvd where we would make a right turn.  I should note that both roads have two lanes in each direction and this was Sunday morning around 10 AM.  The light was red at the intersection and we were riding two abreast.  The pickup behind us honked his horn at us just before we got to the red …

Lets Decide

Sunday, May 31, 2015, 7:00 AM

No location yet.

1 SH!FT starters Attending

Terry Hershey to George Bush and back 36 miles orrrrr Fulshear ride about 40 miles orrrrr Bike Barn ride, orrrrr Sun n Ski ride, orrrrrrrr anything else. Someone comment. Lets decide by Tuesday or Wednesday. Oh yeah…. try to be on time Josh lmao.

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This Week’s Activities

Fort Worth Bicycling Association

The Rusty Chain Gang Ramble
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 9:00 am
Ft Worth: Christ Lutheran Church

Watermelon Waltz
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 6:00 pm
Everman: Jerry’s Place

Thursday, May 21, 2015 8:00 am
Benbrook: YMCA

Burleson and Beyond
Thursday, May 21, 2015 9:00 am
Burleson: Commerce Street

The Rusty Chain Gang Romp
Thursday, May 21, 2015 9:00 am
Benbrook: YMCA

Burleson Honey Tour
Saturday, May 23, 2015 8:00 am

Joe Pool Lake Marina
Saturday, May 23, 2015 9:00 am
Joe Pool Lake Lynn Creek Marina

Baker Rd
Sunday, May 24, 2015 8:00 am
Aledo Middle School

Events Calendar

Plano Bicycle Association

19 May
Non-PBA Tues/Thurs ‘OAS’ Ride  ::  Other Rides
Tuesday Night Girl’s Ride  ::  Club Rides
08:00am – 05:00pm  Non-PBA Tues/Thurs Morning Rudy Ride  ::  Other Rides
06:00pm – 08:30pm  Non-PBA Tues/Thurs Eve Popsicle Ride  ::  Other Rides
20 May
May 20 – Ride of Silence  ::  Other Rides
Wednesday Night Dinner Ride  ::  Club Rides
06:00pm  Wednesday Night ABCD Rides  ::  Club Rides
21 May
Non-PBA Tues/Thurs ‘OAS’ Ride  ::  Other Rides
08:00am – 05:00pm  Non-PBA Tues/Thurs Morning Rudy Ride  ::  Other Rides
06:00pm – 08:30pm  Non-PBA Tues/Thurs Eve Popsicle Ride  ::  Other Rides
22 May
May 22 – Bike The Bricks in McKinney  ::  Other Rides
23 May
Sat/Sun OAS  ::  Club Rides
Saturday B Squared  ::  Club Rides
Saturday DB Lite  ::  Club Rides
Saturday DB Recreation  ::  Club Rides
Saturday DB1  ::  Club Rides
Saturday DB2  ::  Club Rides
Saturday Eastside  ::  Club Rides
Saturday Fast Forty/Fast Forty Lite  ::  Club Rides
Saturday McK Fred’s Ride  ::  Club Rides
Saturday McK Java Ride  ::  Club Rides
Saturday Novice Ride  ::  Club Rides
Saturday OAS Lite  ::  Club Rides
Saturday Step-up Ride  ::  Club Rides
Saturday Tweener Ride  ::  Club Rides
07:30am – 11:00am  Saturday McK CAD Lite  ::  Club Rides
07:30am – 11:00am  Saturday McK CAD Ride  ::  Club Rides
07:30am – 11:00am  Saturday McK Tempo 50  ::  Club Rides

Una Bella Machina

Pit’s Fritztown News

Today I took my “Italian beauty”, i.e. my vintage Gianni Motta road bicycle, out for her first  ride. This here is what she looks like now: …

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RESCHEDULED: Bike Month Group Ride at Berry Springs Park

Williamson County & Cities Health District

Saturday, July 11 at 11:00am in CDT
Berry Springs Park and Reserve in Georgetown TX in Georgetown, Texas
RESCHEDULED: In anticipation of thunderstorms and wet roads, we are rescheduling the bike event tomorrow out of concerns for safety. We will be rescheduling the event for Saturday, July 11 from 9am-12pm at …

Head for the Hills 2015 Photo Gallery

A Soggy Day For North Texas Bike Commuters

By Dianna Douglas

It’s National Bike to Work Day, when commuters across North Texas are encouraged to get out of their cars and push their pedals. Despite the rain, some people took up the challenge.
At dawn on the Katy Trail in Dallas, birds sang and bikes and runners zoomed past. Salome Abad was almost to work. She biked 8 miles this morning to get to her …

Pedernales Falls State Park Trail GRAND OPENING Build & Ride!

Sunday, Jun 14, 2015, 9:00 AM

Pedernales Falls State Park
2585 Park Road 6026 Johnson City, TX

6 Mountain Bikers Attending

Pedernales Falls State Park TRAIL GRAND OPENING BUILD & RIDE!BRING YOUR PAYDIRT FORMS! completed sections of the new trail were a hit at the 2014 Cranksgiving!  BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!  We are putting the finishing touches on 5+ more miles of trail of sweet singletrack!These sections have lots of eleva…

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Lady Bird Lake downtown Excursion 8:00 am. I need to ride!!!

Sunday, May 17, 2015, 8:00 AM

Lady Bird Lake – Mopac Bridge – North Side
Stephen F Austin Dr. Austin, TX

4 Mountain Bikers Attending

This will be a basic ride level because of the amount of people who run an walk on the trail, but it will be fun.  We will do 10-15 miles around the trail and a few streets, than head back to the trail head.   We will probably be riding a few city streets so if your not comfortable, this ride wont be for you.   The ride is not technical,  it is a n…

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Finding Imaginative Sign Progress By America’s Biggest Boondoggle On Saturday Gateway Park Bike Ride

Durango Texas

Long ago, almost every Saturday, I took my handlebars to Gateway Park to roll over the mountain bike trail before going treasure hunting at Town Talk.
Well, due to excessive mud the Gateway Park mountain bike trails are currently not rollable, but the …

Bikes Lanes Coming to Comal from 5th to 11th Streets

Austin On A Bike

According to an email from the city, Comal is scheduled for resurfacing and re-striping some time in the next three months. As such, they will be updating the street to reflect its status as a bicycle route, as identified in the Austin Bicycle Plan. The email refers to the section of Comal between 5th Street and 11th Street, noting that the new striping will prevent parking on both sides of the street between …

Photos from Police Memorial Ride 2015

Permian Basin Bicycle Association

Thanks to Cochise Masters and Tammie Porter for these photos from the May 10, 2015, Police Memorial Bike Ride.

Ride the trail


Bicyclists of all ages gather for 3rd Annual Family Bike Ride
HARLINGEN — Aida Rocha sat on her bicycle Saturday morning at McKelvey Park as loud hip hop music energized the crowd.
“I’m interested in riding my bike again in a safe environment,” said Rocha 50, who was at the Third Annual Family Bike Ride sponsored by the Harlingen-San Benito Metropolitan Planning Organization.
She was one of about 250 people who’d come to the event where they would ride a …

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