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Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for September 27th

Memorial Park Work Party
Event category: General
Trail: Memorial Park
Saturday, October 12, 2013 – 9:00am
When: Saturday – October 12
Time: 9am to Noon
Location Memorial Park – Green Trail (http://goo.gl/maps/lpu0d)
We will meet at the parking lot where the Green trail starts. We will be doing some trimming, filling in ruts and finish what we started on the…

Alice Elementary School Launches New Bicycle Course
by Heather Jackson            www.kztv10.com
ALICE – A mother whose son died while riding his bike, wants to help other kids stay safe.
“Three months before Tony had his accident, he told me he was going to die young, that my husband and I would have to bury him,” says mother Patty Balboa.
Patty Balboa remembers what her son Tony told her before he was killed in a hit and run. He was riding a bike and was hit from behind in 2011.
“It is very hard to lose your only child. But we do all of this to carry on…

Bush feeling ‘pretty good’ after heart procedure
By JAMIE STENGLE, Associated Press

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Former President George W. Bush says he’s feeling “pretty good” after undergoing a heart procedure last month and able to go mountain biking and play golf.

“I’m a little more risk averse on the mountain bike, but I’m exercising,” Bush told The Associated Press on Friday after kicking off the competitive…

What To Take To Interbike 2014
by Shawn McAfee        www.texasmountainbiketrails.com
There is a special opportunity at the end of this for you to come with me to Interbike in 2014. Read no brother!

If I told you how many times I looked this question up online I doubt you would believe me. Being my first year to go I didn’t have a clue and so I asked some buddies like Pete Prebus who runs ElectricBikeReport.com, a site dedicated to reviewing and growing the new electric bike market. He gave me a few pointers, but I still wasn’t overly sure and just kind of guessed on it.

Ultimately, I ended up taking a bunch of stuff I didn’t need and leaving behind stuff that I did need. So partly as a reference for next year and partly as a way of inviting one or two of you to join me at…

Cycle to the Nasher Sculpture Center – Sunday Oct 20th
by Christopher Curnutt            www.bikingindallas.com

I recently sat down with Ester Ippolito, Manger of Visitor Services, Nasher Sculture Center, and Tracy and Amanda Popken of Dallas Cycle Style to review the details for the Nasher’s Cycle to the Nasher event.  This is one of several events celebrating the Center’s 10 year anniversary (full press release here).   Here is the short version – Sunday, October 20th the Nasher will be open from 10am to 10pm with an array of family friendly activities including art, music, food, yoga, cycling and…

Walking, biking, bus initiatives pick up speed
by Kelli Weldon        impactnews.com

Some residents are leaving their cars behind and reducing congestion in Southwest Austin

With a 12-mile daily commute, Oak Hill resident Tom Thayer has been biking to work and using public transportation for a few years. He was enticed by cycling’s convenience, the opportunity to work exercise into his day and the low cost compared with buying car fuel.

Thayer is one of a growing number of individuals in Austin who are looking to alternative forms of transportation as a viable way to meet daily transportation needs without the use of a car. Thayer serves on the city’s bicycle advisory council, a group that meets regularly and advises city staff based on consensus about…

MDA Ride for ALS
San Angelo Bicycling Association
October 26th, 2013.  Ride off at 8:00 am from Family Power Sports, 4160 West Houston Harte Expressway, San Angelo, TX 76901
Come join the fun! The ride is 60 miles, but each rider is encouraged to ride to their level.  You can ride 10 miles or up to 60 miles, it’s up to you.  This will be a supported ride with rest stops.  Lunch will be provided, grilled by our local San Angelo Fire Fighters!  All funds stay locally and benefit those with ALS.  Click on the link below to register.
There will be a trophy for 1st place plus $100 visa gift card for fastest time.  there will also be prizes for 2nd and 3rd.


Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for July 15th

Cycle in Cinema and Pedal Powered: Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
by Matthew            bike4heck.com

I’ve been a fan of pedal powered events for a few years. My Yuba Mundo came from “Rock the Bike” the group who heads up the Pedal Powered Bicycle Music Festival out on the West Coast. They have an impressive pedal powered setup with highly modified Yuba Mundo Cargo Bikes.

Thanks to social networking (i.e. Facebook) my wife and I found out that the July 11th there would be a pedal powered event held at Main Plaza in downtown San Antonio. It was sponsored by SATX Pedal Power and Main Plaza Conservancy. My parents were in town visiting from San Angelo, Texas and they brought their Townie 3i’s along so we decided to…

Questionable arguments made by NET RMA for banning bikes
By Laura Sadler            www.kltv.com
KLTV.com-Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville, Texas | ETX News
Tyler, Texas – The Tyler Biking Club is mulling over a new plan after being told they will not be allowed on Toll Road 49.
Last Thursday, North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority made the ruling against the Tyler Biking Club.
The club is now left with more than $60,000 that the club had raised for the stripping and signage to ride on Toll Road 49.
“I was disappointed with the decision in Texarkana,” said John Adair, a cyclist who has contributed to the funds needed to ride on the toll road.
There were many arguments NET RMA used to ban cyclists from the toll road that…

All Level Ride @ Walnut Creek Spring/Summer hours
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Sunday, July 21, 2013        9:30 AM
Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
12138 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX (map)
We set up under the trees in the parking lot near the swimming pool. Look for the ARR Banner.
New Spring/Summer hours to help when the weather gets hotter.  Starting 3/31 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 will need to sign a waiver and wear a helmets when riding.
This is for all levels of riders, which will break into groups according to ability. Beginners are welcome, and there will be no drops. Meet in the…

Austin bike selection
by mack_turtle            forums.mtbr.com/texas
I moved to Austin from Atlanta a few weeks ago and finally got to ride Walnut and BCGB in the last few days. I am riding a single-speed Vassago Jabberwocky with a 80mm fork (as much travel as the Jabber can handle), wide bars, and fat, tubeless tires. I don’t have much confidence on the rocks in Walnut and ate sh!t a few times at Barton (and got really lost). I spent more time carrying my bike than riding Barton. I think my frame is not exactly “confidence inspiring” due to the uber-long chainstays, so I am looking into replacing my frame with something morer flickable with a shorter CS and maybe a shorter TT.

I felt fine in northern Georgia on this bike although the long backend was a bit annoying. Trails up there have long climbs, far fewer rocks, and more linear systems. I could ride fast and confident there. Riding Austin trails has… (numerous replies)

NTC: New names emerge throughout NTC standings
After a pair of events, the USA Cycling National Track Calendar (NTC) standings boast the same leaders, but many new faces. After the Hellyer Velodrome Challenge at the Hellyer Velodrome in San Jose, Calif., from June 28-29 and the U.S. Grand Prix of Sprinting at the Velodrome at Memorial Park in Colorado Springs, Colo., from July 12-13, there are several new names animating the standings.

Zachary Kovalcik (Portland, Ore./Sizzle Pie Cycling p/b Velodforma) has taken a commanding lead in the NTC men’s endurance standings with 116 points. His closest competitor, Keith Hillier (Millbrae, Calif./Marc Pro-Strava), has 48 points. A pair of riders, Zachary Carlson (Plano, Texas/Matrix-RBM) and…

Galveston Bike Social

A few photos from Sunday July 14′s Walnut Creek ride
Austin Ridge Riders

Le Tour Tandemonium Was Not Meant to Be
by Christopher Curnutt            www.bikingindalas.com

Sadly we had a steady drizzle all day Sunday which made the roads not very bike race friendly so the le Tour Tandemonium never got off the starting line.  Nonetheless the Oak Cliff Bastille Day celebration provided a good reason to stick around and have fun.  Here are a few snapshots I took: …


Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup May 13th

City Bike Designer, Linus Bike, Releases a Statement on Austin’s Efforts to Becoming More Bike-Friendly
Bohemia, NY (PRWEB) May 08, 2013
On May 8, city bike designer Linus Bike releases a statement on a KUT News article that discusses the city of Austin’s efforts to becoming more bike-friendly.
According to the KUT News article, more than two percent overall of Austin residents bike to work. In certain parts of the city, more than eight percent of residents commute to work on their bikes. This number is due to the steady flow of money that the city has allocated for bike advocacy projects.

Annick Beaudet is an avid cyclist and is the Manager of the Bicycle and Urban Trails Program with the City of Austin. She hopes that one day Austin will be as bike friendly as Portland, Oregon which is said to be the biking mecca of the United States. Beaudet told KUT News that Austin…

Send a pro-bike letter to your local newspaper
People for Bikes
This week is officially National Bike to Work Week. However, we’d like to encourage you to think of it as National Bike to Anywhere Week. Half of all trips Americans make are three miles or less—an easy biking distance. Imagine the good that would come if more people in your community tried biking for some of these short trips. Wouldn’t it be nice?

We have an easy way for you to tell your community why bikes are a great way to go. Use this simple tool to send a pro-bike letter to your local newspaper that encourages and inspires your neighbors to give…

Share The Road invites all out to Ride of Silence
by Shannel Douglas        www.connectamarillo.com
AMARILLO, TEXAS — Share The Road invites riders to take part in this year’s Ride of Silence Wednesday night.

Ride of Silence is a silent ride where riders on their motorcycle, bicycle, etc. ride along a planned route in silence for all of the rider’s lives lost by being…

LDS missionary in Texas recovering after being hit by vehicle
Deseret News
An LDS Church missionary serving in the Texas San Antonio mission is recovering from injuries today after being struck from behind by a vehicle as he was walking with his bicycle.

“Elder Michael Garver, 19, from Tooele, Utah who has been serving in the Texas San Antonio Mission was struck by a vehicle while he and his companion were walking their bikes on the side of a road on 2 May 2013,” Ruth Todd, spokesperson for…

On the Lege: Update, May 13
The Safe Passing bill, HB 2225, failed to make it to the House floor before the midnight deadline on Thursday, May 9, for introducing bills originating in the House.

There was hope that Safe Passing would be heard on the floor when HB 2225 was voted out of Calendars committee on May 7, but the agenda was so backed up going into Thursday morning that lawmakers were still finishing up the Tuesday list. In each session, …

Tenth Annual Ride of Silence on Wednesday, May 15th

This Wednesday, May 15th, BikeHouston will host the Tenth Annual Ride of Silence from Memorial Park to City Hall.

On May 15, 2013 at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn’t aware of these rights, and sometimes not…

Terry Hershey/George Bush Park Road Ride
Houston Cycling Club
Saturday, May 18, 2013        8:00 AM
Terry Hershey Park Trail
5 West Sam Houston Pkwy S, Houston, TX (edit map)

I’m thinking about riding through both George Bush and Terry Hershey Park Saturday morning. I would definitely be interested in making it a group ride though. The link below shows the route.


Starting and ending points are at the Terry Hershey parking lot, underneath the Sam Houston Tollway. Total distance is about 36 miles…


Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for April 30th

Fort Worth Trail Workday – Gateway Park 5/4/2013 – 8:30am
by Beechnut        forums.mtbr.com/texas
Meeting location TBD. It will either be at the regular riding trailhead or at the gas burnoff. I’ll post up where on Friday night. If you don’t see a post up, there will be signs pointing the way to meeting location.

We have a lot on the to-do list for FWFTF’13 prep. We are still debating the task list for Saturday.

Pulled pork tacos are on the menu. We’ll make it worth your while!

Memorial Park Work Party
Trail: Memorial Park
Sunday, May 5, 2013 – 1:00pm
Memorial Park work party rescheduled for Sunday, May 5th at 1 PM.

We will meet at the Rugby Field parking lot, GHORBA will provide some of the tools but you can bring your own. Tasks will be removing some of the fallen trees from this past weekend, trimming and some deberming. We’ll probably work for about 2-3 hours and may break out into…

Free breakfast, free Tshirts and more bike month fun!
By Pam LeBlanc             Fit City

Bike Month is upon us, people. Time to haul your two-wheeler out of the shed, pump up the tires and get ready to ride.

Because the most important thing is safety, a hats off to the Austin Police Department, which launches a Safe Bike Initiative this week. Law enforcement officials say they want to decrease the number of vehicle-bicycle crashes, increase motorists’ understanding of bicycle issues and…

What Will it Take for Austin to Become a Bicycling Capital?
By Joy Diaz, KUT News

Austin is steadily pedaling its way to becoming one of the bike-friendliest cities in the country.

With more than two percent overall of Austinites biking to work – and in some parts more than eight percent – the city has surpassed commuter goals set in its bike master plan. (The plan’s linked here.)

That success is due in part to the steady flow of money the city has allocated for bike projects. Still, bike advocates hope the $11.5 million voters approved in bond money last November will propel the city even…

May 11 – TPWD Trail Workday
by Il Pirate        Austin Ridge Riders
Saturday, May 11 8:30 am to 2:00 pm – Buescher State Park, Smithville
The Texas Parks and WIldlife Department have an exciting new trail expansion project underway in beautiful Buescher State Park. The project is fortunate to have a Texas Conservation Crew at the park for the past 10 days focusing on trail work.  Due to their efforts, approximately 75 % of the new trail construction has been completed!  They completed a huge portion of this project and we are much closer to having the trail renovation project completed.

That being said, there are still a few short areas of new trail construction, along with 3 bridges and some maintenance on current trails that needs to be done to complete the project and open the trail for multi-use recreation, including mountain biking.  Park officials would like to announce a trail workday coming up on 5/11/13 at Buescher State Park from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm.  The work will be a continuation of blazing new trail.  The area has already been cleared of fallen trees and the…

Climb the Mountain, One Stroke at a Time

Editors Note: This article is from one of our very own Wheelbrothers, who has a fascinating story of determination and goal setting to tell… Ron was actually introduced to the Wheelbrothers group through fellow cyclist, Eugene. We warmly welcomed him, but at the same time, we always joked around with Ron due to him being one of the few people who did NOT have a cell phone (crazy, huh?). And we always wondered why he’d always want to eat at CiCi’s before races vs. somewhere like Olive Garden. Well Ron has since made a profound statement to us and his story is worth sharing.

Ron is now RETIRED and makes fun of us for actually having ‘jobs’!

He rides in all kinds of cycling events around the country and is a CAT racer.

Since he is a ‘Wheelbrother’ we figured it might be cool to hear a little about his journey and his book.

Take it away Ron…

Texas Law Enforcement Organization Honors Fallen Brazos County Constable
A ceremony was held Tuesday night for Brian Bachmann, the Brazos County Constable killed last summer in the line of duty, at the College Station park that now bears his name.

It was part of the 2013 State Memorial Trek Across Texas. …

Lone Star Cyclists Club Picnic
Date: Saturday, May 18, 2013 – 8:00am
Our club picnic will once again be held at Valley Ridge Park, 2850 Park Ridge Dr, in Cedar Hill.

From Lake Ridge Parkway west of Hwy 67, turn west on Texas Plume Road. At the stop sign turn right on Sweeping Meadows Lane. Park in the first lot on the right. (Google 32.555106, -97.006745)

We will have three rides and three start times so that everyone will have the opportunity to return by noon.
40 Miles Starting at 8:00 AM
28 Miles Starting at 9:00 AM
12 Miles Starting at 10:30 AM…

Trail Work @ Walnut Creek
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Wednesday, May 8, 2013        5:30 PM
Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
12138 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX (map)
In front of the City of Austin Maintenance building

We will have a Walnut Wednesday Workday on May 8th from 5:30PM to 8:00PM.

We will meet in the gravel parking lot in front of the City of Austin Maintenance building on the west side of the park.

Please bring fluids, and any trail tools including loppers and hedge trimmers. We will either be doing some heavy trimming (and as time gets closer I will post the map and grid location where we will be…