Tagged Bicycle Safety

Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup January 18th

Tyler woman on bicycle seriously injured after being hit by an SUV
By Marshall Stephens
TYLER, TX (KLTV) – The Tyler Police Department says Petra Spence of Tyler was hit by an SUV Friday while riding her bike Friday afternoon.
Spence was taken to East Texas Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
Officers say Spence was peddling eastbound on East Second Street. She…

Children learn bicycle safety
By TY JOHNSON The Brownsville Herald

Christmas brought a trio of bicycles to the Flores family in Brownsville, meaning Karolina, 8, Sophia, 4 and Cris, 2, began spending a lot of time riding up and down the family’s driveway.
In the weeks that followed, Mario Flores helped his oldest daughter to ride her new bike without training wheels, and he said the experience was just as special as it’s made out to be in…

Corinth Cycling Upcoming Rides

Shades of Green
An Old Guy On Two Wheels
This is the name of a regular program on the local community radio station, KOOP.  I’ve listened to the station quite a lot but never listened to the show.  I was interested in this particular episode because of the topic and the guests.
Elliott, executive director of Austin BCycle (our brand new bike share) is also the frame maker that built my custom road bike.  Sarah and Claudia, from Yellow Bike Project, are fellow shop coordinators and volunteers.
This was a well done interview.  I thought everyone involved did a…


Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup

Single Ring Drivetrain Conversion
by John            www.austinbike.com

This one was a long time coming.  I rarely ever used my granny gear, but liked to have it around “just in case.”  I had plenty of chain drops and had added the Bionicon C-Guide to help eliminate that (it did), but I am generally one for simplicity and the single ring systems with a narrow-wide chainring that doesn’t drop your chain was becoming appealing.

This is the story of how I converted my bike, and it is easy enough that anyone should experiment on…

I have some thoughts about this from my recent collision. It is easy to be lulled into a sense of safety but it only takes one mistake to yank you back to the reality that riding a bicycle in traffic is dangerous.

How Safe Is Cycling? It’s Hard to Say
By GINA KOLATA            well.blogs.nytimes.com

Until his bike slid out of control while he was going 35 miles an hour downhill around a sharp turn, Dr. Harold Schwartz thought cycling accidents were something that happened to other people. Now, after recovering from a fractured pelvis, Dr. Schwartz, 65, the vice president for behavioral health at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut, has changed his mind.

“No one is immune,” he said in an interview. Like many avid cyclists, he is convinced that it is not if you crash. It’s when.

But Rob Coppolillo, 43, who was an elite level amateur bicycle racer for 10 years, led cycling tours in Italy and regularly rides in his…

HBC Hempstead Melon Trail Ride
Houston Bicycle Club
Saturday 11/02/13     8:00am
Distances: 23(C), 37(C), 41(C), 50(C) miles
Meandering flat to rolling country roads, some long grades, little traffic but for State Highway 6. Few stores! Produce stands outside Hempstead.

Sixth Floor Museum & JFK Ride on October 26th
What: Sixth Floor Museum/JFK Ride
When: 9 AM, Saturday October 26, 2013
Where: Meet at Preston and Forest

Ken Wilson will be leading a unique ride to explore the history surrounding the Kennedy assassination 50 years ago.

We’ll ride down to the 6th floor museum and go through it. It costs $16 for admission. We will need to bring bike locks to secure our bikes while we’re in the museum. Our route will go down Main Street to follow the JFK motorcade route.

After the museum, I propose a ride to see the Kennedy sites. Those that do not want to do the Kennedy ride part can go back to the ride start on their own from the museum. The rest will go to the building where Oswald was shot, to Oswalds’ boarding house, to the…

Halloween Ride on October 29th
Mark your calendars for the Annual GDB Halloween Ride

What: Halloween Skeleton Ride
When: October 29th at 7pm
Where: Café Express, 5600 W. Lovers Lane

Please Note: This ride will take the place of the Tuesday Evening Lake Ride that normally leaves from Forest and 75.

Here’s the plan: Ride Leader Ken will lead us thru the Park Cities area to take in local decorations. It’s called the Skeleton Ride for a reason: In the past, the club had skeleton costumes (home-made) and make-up.Don’t have a skeleton costume? No worries! Half of the riders don’t have skeleton costumes! Riders are encouraged to decorate their bikes and ride in costume – any costume! Use…

Fox issues voluntary recall on certain 2013 forks
Submitted by AdamNewman            www.dirtragmag.com

Got this note today from Fox about certain 2013 Evolution-series forks. According to the recall notice, some 32 and 34 series forks the damper cylinder / damper assembly can overextend, possibly allowing the wheel to detach from the bike. Not good. Fox says there has been one recorded instance of this happening, and they’re looking to make things right with their customers. The full notice is below. To see if your fork is affected by the recall, visit this website Fox has set up.

Voluntary Recall of Certain Model Year 2013 32 and 34 Evolution Series forks with 120mm – 160mm of travel with an open cartridge damper

FOX has initiated a voluntary recall of certain model year 2013 Evolution Series forks manufactured between March 1, 2012 and November 30, 2012. Consumers should stop using the recalled product immediately unless otherwise instructed. …

Miguel wins Most Crashes in a Season

Miguel is a beast on the bike. Pure power and he can hammer it down! That power comes at a cost though!


Race Preview – Spooky CX – October 26-27, 2013
joeyTWOwheels        texascx.com
If one were to go looking for zombies, something tells me you’d find them near the Chaos Worldwide headquarters. So it’s fairly apropos that we point our carbon wheelsets to the Big D this upcoming weekend.

We’re back for yet another year of Spooky CX with veteran promoter Zac Lytle, who gives us the top-level input on our return to the…

Foot Down Sunday!
by sooner1        Shawnee Trail Cycling Club

Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear, when we took our Sunday “Recovery” Ride east through McKinney, Fairview and Lucas. Ride everyone’s favorite hills east on Virginia, taking you through old downtown McKinney, around the airport and points south. This route reminds you its not all about how fast you go – but don’t you fret – your legs’ll still feel it at the end…

The last time we did this route, our Sunday ride was larger than usual for the time – only a single group with 18 on that day.  How times have changed.  We will have…

2013/07/11 Club Meeting
Hill Country Bicycle Touring Club
November 12, 2013 6:30pm
Joe’s Crab Shack
4711 North West Loop 410

Seen at the Nasher Sculpture Center 10 Year Anniversary and Bike Rack Coming Out Party
by Christopher Curnutt            www.bikingindallas.com

Festive and colorful are two words that come to mind when describing the 10 year anniversary shindig at the Nasher Sculpture Center.   I don’t know if I’ve ever seen more people wandering about taking photos and I was certainly one of them.

This was also the “coming out” party for the two newly installed bike racks, one set on each end of the building.  By the time I got there the bike racks were filling up so I was not able to get a clean shot of the racks alone.  They are are an array of of stainless steel circles that you simply lock your bike onto…

Imagine Austin Speaker Series: Get on Your Bike and Ride!
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 – 5:30pm

Feature Speakers:
Jon Orcutt | New York
Jon is the New York City Department of Transportation Policy Director. He has contributed to transportation policy in New York for nearly twenty years and helped to establish New York’s bike share program.

Roger Geller | Portland
Under Roger’s leadership as the Bicycle Coordinator for the City of Portland, Portland was the first big city in the nation to earn a platinum designation from the League of American Bicyclists.

Nathan Roseberry | Chicago
Nathan is the Senior Bikeway Engineer with the Chicago Department of Transportation. In the past two years, Chicago has installed over 50 miles of buffered bicycle lanes and cycle tracks.

November 12, 2013 | 5:30-8:30 P.M. | Free | Light Refreshments Served
St. David’s Episcopal Church – 301 E. 8th St., Austin
5:30-6:00 Registration, Refreshments, Open House
6:00-7:30 Speaker Presentations and Q&A
7:30-8:30 Interactive Open House on Bicycle Plan
Bike parking available in St. David’s garage. Street parking is available without cost after 6 P.M.

Learn more on the Imagine Austin “Compact and Connected” Speakers Series website or download the event flyer (PDF).
RSVP on Facebook.

New Event Added to the Texbiker.net Calendar


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 Daily News Roundup July 21st

Bicycle safety still has long way to go in S.A.
By Jordan J. Rubio, Staff Writer        www.mysanantonio.com

A “ghost bike,” spray-painted white, leans against a signpost at East Commerce and Pine streets.

Such memorials are sometimes placed where a bicyclist is killed in a collision with a vehicle, and at this spot Jose “Joe” Gamez was fatally struck July 6.

He was the fourth bicyclist to die this year, a number equal to the total for all of…

HCMPO 3rd Annual Walk-N-Rolla raises over $9,000
Weslaco – The South Texas Juvenile Diabetes Association (STJDA) received a $9,000 donation from the Hidalgo County Metropolitan Planning Organization (HCMPO) Thursday.

Proceeds were raised during the 3rd Annual Walk-N-Rolla’s 5K & Bike Ride. Walk-N-Rolla is held to encourage valley citizens to move towards healthier lifestyles, as well as support healthy alternative modes of transportation such as walking and cycling. These alternative forms of transportation support a healthy lifestyle and with continued use can reduce…

Mexican Cyclist Biking from NYC to Saltillo Advocating for Immigration Reform

Armando Mendou Rosales is no ordinary long-distance cyclist, he is a man on a bike with a mission bringing attention to the issues of immigration reform and the importance of the Latino vote.

Rosales is currently on a 2,200 mile journey on his bike from New York City to his native Saltillo, Mexico.  You can track him via his Facebook that last reported him in Baltimore, Maryland.

The cyclist is making this journey advocating for immigrants, many of which he has met along the way in other long-distance cycling adventures. At the stops he makes along this 2,200 mile journey he…

Walnut Creek Workday
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Wednesday, July 31, 2013        5:30 PM
Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
12138 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX (map)
Meet in the pool parking lot

What:  Walnut Creek Workday
When:  Wednesday, July 31st from 5:30PM to 8:00PM

Where:  Meet in the pool parking lot and head into the woods at 5:30PM.  If you miss us there, we will be at the Log Pile in Mark’s Art.

What are we doing:  Removing the log pile in Mark’s Art and…

Hill of a Steamer
Corinth Cycling Club
When: Thu Aug 1, 2013 6:20pm to Thu Aug 1, 2013 7:50pm  CDT
Where: Ronny Crownover Middle School
Event Status: confirmed
Event Description: Hilly fast paced ride through Argyle and to Robson Ranch.