Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for May 26th

Create a Bicycling Jacket with Turn Signals

If you like to ride your bike at night you know that visibility to motorists is extremely important. For around $50 of materials and a little electronics experience you can add turn signal LEDs to any jacket or sweatshirt.

Instructables user leahbuechley (Dr. Leah Buechley) used this device to test out her Lilypad – an Arduino designed for wearables and…

Monday, July 2 BCGB – 360 Access
Monday, July 2, 2012 – 18:00
Austin Ridge Riders
Ride Like A Girl is a series of women-led, all women mountain bike rides scheduled from May to September. Women learn differently from men so instruction is designed to help women build confidence while having fun and experiencing nature. Each participant chooses which group to ride with based on skill level, experience and speed. New riders are always welcome…

Bicycle Tour to Chicken Paradise
by Bike Geek        www.bikegurus.com
Problem:  Bicycle tourist wants to take his 71-year old father on his first bike tour
Solution:  The Chicken Paradise Bike Tour

Dad rides an Electra Townie bicycle and a few years ago did his longest ride – the 25-mile route of Conquer The Coast.  I wanted to share the bicycle touring bug with him and started planning a weekend, overnight bicycle tour.  Each time I mapped out a route, the distances were usually well outside his range.

Then the idea formed in my mind about doing a bicycle tour right here in my hometown of San Antonio.  After doing a little research, the Chicken Paradise Bike Tour was born! …

Bike Friendly Denton     @bikedenton        via Twitter

Recycled at least 3 truckloads of bicycle frames from old @QuerenciaDenton shop.

Querencia Bike Shop     @QuerenciaDenton    via Twitter

Anywhere in D/FW that rents recumbents?
by DISCDS            www.bikeforums.net
The wife is having back issues and I think that a ‘bent might be an option. Since she is not big on trying new things, there is NO WAY we are buying one without her trying it out first (and not just around the parking lot at the LBS). I know that RBM rents bikes but not recumbent. Any suggestions?

Girlfriend is moving to Dallas. What is the riding like near Dallas?
reply by By StephenH        www.bikeforums.net
I don’t ride that much in Dallas proper (I live in Garalnd), but I do get plenty of riding in. This weekend, I’ll be doing a couple of rides that start in Italy, Texas, down south of here (300k and 200k). Some of the other randonneurs are riding out of Mineral Wells this weekend on a 600k. In the last couple of months, I’ve done one ride in the Austin area (which is noted for cycling) and one in the Houston area (which is not), and the one in the Austin area actually had more traffic than the rides I do here or the Houston…

Bicycle Point Of View Takes A Look At Richardson
by dickdavid        Bike Friendly Richardson
We all know how awesome Richardson is to ride. What’s really nice is when you get unsolicited praise from somebody who doesn’t live here. The folks over at the blog Bicycle Point Of View did just that. My favorite quote from them: …

UT students will bike 4,700 miles for Livestrong Texas
UT students will participate this summer in a Livestrong charity biking group in order to help raise awareness and money for research to combat cancer.
Author:     Christina Woodard        www.readthehorn.com
43 University of Texas students will cover around 4,700 miles for a 70-day record trip from Austin to Alaska on June 2. Known as the Livestrong Texas 4000 for Cancer, the cyclists will raise awareness and money for research as they trek the distance.

Texas 4000 is a charity biking group made up of those whose lives have been touched by cancer. The UT riders are at the heart of the organization and handle training, fundraising and safety education. Guiding them through the process are…

Monte Bella Bike Trails Mountain Bike Trail
Brownsville, Tx, Texas
Description: On the east side of parking area, there is a warm-up loop that goes around the big field. On the west side, the main trail goes back along a resaca (ditch) – follow this all the way until it ends and that’s where the main trail starts. There is nothing very technical in Brownsville, but the trails offer a fairly high speed course. There are a lot of tight switchbacks that you have to hammer the brakes going in to, then put the power…

Fire-Ant 100K Tour in Gatesville, TX
by WB admin            The Wheel Brothers – Cycling in Texas
The 17th Annual Fire-Ant 100K Tour benefiting various scholars invites you to join their upcoming ride happening on June 9, 2012 at Coryell County Activity Complex
We were lucky enough to be granted an interview with Laura White of Fire-Ant 100K Tour to ask some questions about their upcoming ride.

Why join the Ride?
This is a ride that’s early enough in the summer to be a “warmup” for Wichita Falls’ “Hotter’N’You Know What” ride, so we’re a lot cooler. One of the attractions to many of our riders is that it’s not hampered by lots of city traffic, which is a challenge in some of the larger metropolitan areas. Our county roads are paved and…

Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for May 10th

@bikegeek        via Twitter
Threaded the needle thru waves of storms. Dry bike commute to/from the office. Whew!

@AustinCycling        via Twitter
Volunteering for the #Armadillo has its advantages! ow.ly/aLDaw Positions still available!!

Guy Finds Stolen Bike on Craigslist, Steals It Back
via Newser by Evann Gastaldo
When Danny Lesh found his stolen bike listed for sale on Craigslist and police couldn’t help him right away, he decided to take matters into his own hands. The $600 Cannondale hybrid, which had a prominent identifying sticker on it, was listed for sale for $100 and Lesh arranged to…

Concrete BMX park in Cedar Park? Parks Advisory Board Meeting Monday, May 14th at 6:30pm
by Il Pirate        Austin Ridge Riders
Cedar Park riders……
There is going to be a meeting in Cedar Park to discuss a concrete BMX park. This could be an opportunity to get something really big going in Cedar Park. There has been discussion regarding a progressive trail system as well. My wife and I have already scouted close to 20 miles of piece-meal existing trail (game trails, walking trails, jeep trail, etc.) on 4 connected tracts of land. The meeting is Monday May 14th. …

Austin Downtown REI — Yellow Bike and REI Bike Drive
by Il Pirate        Austin Ridge Riders
REI Austin Downtown will host a bike drive on Saturday, May 26th. Austin’s Yellow Bike Project (YBP) will be accepting bikes and parts at any level of completeness and disrepair. Donated bikes will be fixed up by YBP volunteers, who’ll learn while they work, and put back into action on Austin streets. All bikes are welcome, but in an effort to help kids get…

San Antonio Residents – Vote Saturday May 12 for Better Roads for Biking
On May 12, 2012 San Antonio voters will have the opportunity to vote on $596 million in capital improvements – better streets, safer sidewalks, reduced flooding and new and improved parks, libraries, fire stations and museums – all over the city. This is an opportunity to invest in San Antonio’s future, but only if voters step up…

Mother’s Day Weekend Special – Pantego to Lillian
Pace: Touring with a Fast Pace Option
Date: Saturday, May 12, 2012 – 8:00am
Location: Pantego Christian Academy, 2201 W Park Row Dr, Arlington (between Bowen and Fielder)
Join Connie for a fun morning of cycling on this Mother’s Day weekend. You already got a card for Mom, right? If not, you may be doing the short route!

Park in the Pantego Christian Academy High School parking lot. For those of you who remember back that far, it’s where the old Stripling & Cox store used to be. It’s the Park Row West shopping center…

BikeTexas Continues Innovation Streak with Groupon Grassroots
Alliance for Biking & Walking: People Powered Blog
Only weeks after receiving their Alliance Advocacy Award for Innovation, BikeTexas is at it again. As part of their campaign to promote safe cycling, the organization is providing complimentary bike lights to Texas riders. To raise funds for this outreach, they have turned to a unique new source for good.

On Earth Day, the online daily deal site Groupon marshaled its resources to promote community benefits and re-launched their support of nonprofit initiatives in Groupon Grassroots. As with other Groupon…

QBP recalls Salsa Minimalist racks
WASHINGTON, DC (BRAIN) Thursday May 10 2012 10:00 AM MT—Quality Bicycle Products is recalling about 1,100 Salsa Minimalist racks because the mounting straps can break.

QBP has received reports of two racks failing, resulting in minor injuries due to falls, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The recall involves all Salsa Minimalist bicycle racks sold after January 2011. The racks are made of tubular aluminum with a black or silver finish, and can be installed on either the front or rear of a bicycle. The recalled bicycle racks have steel mounting straps with a single hole in the…

Bikerumor Bike Shop Video Challenge: Jack & Adam’s Bicycles – Austin, TX
by Kristibee        www.bikerumor.com

President George W. Bush joins in on W100 Wounded Warrior ride
by AdamNewman        DirtRag
No matter which end of the political spectrum you fall on, you have to respect former President George W. Bush’s ability to tear up a trail. It’s quite possible he was the most physically fit president we’ve ever had.

On April 26-28, 2012, 19 servicemen and women wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan joined President Bush for the W100, a 100 kilometer mountain bike ride in Palo Duro Canyon State Park. As part of the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s Military Service Initiative, the W100 highlights the bravery and sacrifice of the warriors…

Changing Judy Into Madeleine
by Steve A            Dallas Point-to-Point
I’m in no real rush here. Part of the enjoyment of a new bike is changing it into what you wish it to be. In many ways, it is very akin to what James Stewart did when he asked Judy to change into Madeleine.

The Mercier, when it arrived, was both pretty complete, but strangely lacking at the same time. A couple of photos illustrating the situation, follow. Definitely not something you’d get from a bike show. Also not something…

Review – Solo Classique Cycling Jersey
by Christopher Curnutt        Biking in Dallas
Dave Patterson wearing the Solo Classique Cycle Jersey

I recently got my hands on a Solo cycle jersey for review.  Solo Cycle Clothing (“race-bred cyclewear) is based in New Zealand and only entered the USA market recently.  I don’t typically get excited about sport cycle wear but…

Omni Fort Worth Hotel plans to help its guests hit the bike trails
By Barry Shlachter, Scott Nishimura and Sandra Baker
Star-Telegram Staff Writers
Cowtown is building a cycling culture. And the Omni Fort Worth Hotel eagerly announced last month that it would offer guests free use of bicycles around downtown or along the Trinity beginning May 1.

May Day came and went, however, and more than a week later, Omni marketing executive Larry Auth said he’s still in talks with a local bike shop to set up what the hotel is calling the Trinity Trails Bicycle…

Corsicana, chamber prepare for debut of bicycle racing weekend
By Paul Hooper Corsicana and Navarro County Chamber of Commerce
CORSICANA – The Corsicana & Navarro County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Dallas Racing Club and Corsicana Convention & Visitor Bureau will be hosting our first annual Corsicana Stage Race this weekend, May 12 and 13. The race, part of the Texas Bicycle Racing Association Texas Cup Series, will attract competitors from all corners of Texas and beyond. Racers will descend on Corsicana for a weekend of action packed racing. Like the Tour de France, racers will take part in several stages…

Common Terms and Signals on a Group Ride
by sooner1            Shawnee Trail Cycling Club
Below are some of the common verbal signals expected on Shawnee Trail Cycling Club rides.  Being consistent in your communication is essential in a group ride.  Using unexpected commands leaves those cyclists behind you clueless and can lead to an accident. Don’t make up signals because you think they may be…

25th Annual Cross Timbers Classic in Fort Worth, TX
by WB admin            The Wheel Brothers – Cycling in Texas
The 25th Annual Cross Timbers Classic benefiting Northwest Metroport Chamber of Commerce and Flower Mound Rotary invites you to join their upcoming ride happening on May 19, 2012 at Texas Motor Speedway

We were lucky enough to be granted an interview with Jill Burns, Event Coordinator of Cross Timbers Classic to ask some questions about their upcoming ride.

Why join the this year’s ride?
To meet friendly volunteers and enjoy the beautiful North Texas countryside.

How long has the event been around?
It’s our 25th anniversary this year! Every rider who crosses the finish line will receive a…

Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for October 24th

Press Release
Award-Winning Bike Shop To Be First Downtown Since Departure of Cromer’s Ace Decades Ago
FORT WORTH – Trinity Bicycles announced today that it will move its business to a 1550 square foot space at 343 Throckmorton Street in Sundance Square.

“ This is a tremendous opportunity for us to move our business to the heart of downtown Fort Worth, Sundance Square,” Trinity Bicycles owner Bernie Scheffler said. “As Fort Worth’s premier shop for bicycle commuters, a downtown location is an ideal fit for us.”

Trinity Bicycles has made a name for itself as one of the few shops in Texas promoting bicycle transportation through education and advocacy, but it sells more than just commuting bikes. Trinity sells and repairs all types of bikes, from high-end competition machines, to daily commuters, to various styles of comfortable bikes perfect for enjoying Fort Worth’s Trinity River Trail system or just cruising the neighborhood.

Trinity Moving to Downtown Fort Worth
FORT WORTH, TX (BRAIN)—Trinity Bicycles will move to a new space in Sundance Square, a 35-block retail, residential, entertainment and cultural district in downtown Fort Worth, Texas.

The new 1,550-square-foot location should be open in mid-January 2012, with a grand opening targeted for March, said Trinity Bicycles owner Bernie Scheffler. Trinity’s current home is 2,100 square feet, but due to unusable space there, the business will have the same retail and service footprint at the new location—plus…

Years ago I was riding with another guy and he told me about an invention he was going to make that would put turn signals in the ends of the handlebars. I never saw that invention come along but this might be alternative you can make yourself.

Add Turn Signals to Your Bicycle For Less Than $40
By Thorin Klosowski            Lifehacker.com

Even if you’re fully decked out in reflective coating, riding a bike at night can be a dangerous thing, which is why Instructable user NEIN decided to rig up a simple system to add blinking turn signals to his bicycle.

It’s a bit of a process to outfit the bike, but it’s an inexpensive fix considering you’ll end up with a safe means of transport. Using commercially available parts, NEIN hooked…

Tour de Fat from the eyes of a 7 year old
by elliott            Austin on Two Wheels

When I get on a cargo bike with my children, I think about what effect bicycle transport will have on their future. Will they break the American wealth draining cycle of car ownership? Will they be better prepared for peak oil? I don’t know, but I do know riding with them is a supremely more enjoyable, relationship building experience than sitting in a car.

On Saturday, we rode our Xtracycle to the Tour de Fat for the opening bike parade ride. Coming in near Halloween, it is always a costumed affair and my kids love to see what people wear. This year, my son Miles…

Spooky Cyclocross Racing Saturday October 29th
by The Announcer Guy        Biking in Dallas

Bike To City Hall Wed Oct 26th
by The Announcer Guy        Biking in Dallas

It’s that time of year again! Along with all the other cycling events going on this month, we can’t forget to show City Hall our continued support for our updated BIKE PLAN!

We all spent hours upon hours pulling together one heck of a Bike Plan for Dallas. Next Wednesday the 26th join Councilman Scott Griggs in gathering to demonstrate how stoked we all are to see our bike lanes, cycle tracks and…

Bent Wheel Bash draws hundreds of cyclists from across Texas
By Greg Kendall Ball     Abilene Reporter-News

About 200 mountain-biking enthusiasts met Sunday for the 2011 Bent Wheel Bash, an off-road race around an 8.5-mile course along the Buck Creek bike trails north of Abilene.

Kelly MacDonald, owner of Bike Town — one of the event’s main sponsors, said the race drew riders from…

Round Rock REI — Central Texas Mountain Biking Basics
Date: 11/8/2011
Event Location: Round Rock REI
Event Fee: Free
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (CST)
Presenter: REI Specialist
Group Size: 30
Description: Central Texas is a great place to take your bike off-road! In this free presentation, an REI mountain biking specialist will give an introduction to the basics of mountain biking. We will share tips on equipment selection, best trails to ride, needed skills, mountain biking resources and more. Whether you’re just thinking about getting into mountain biking or are looking to learn about Austin trails and how to meet other riders , this course will cover what you need to know before getting on your bike.

Spaghetti Warehouse Ride
Hill Country Bicycle Touring Club
Start:     November 6, 2011 9:00 am
End:     November 6, 2011 11:30 am
Venue:     Spaghetti Warehouse
Address:   1226 E. Houston Stree, San Antonio, TX, United States, 78205
Sunday, November 6th: Meet at the Spaghetti Warehouse, located downtown at 1226 E. Houston Street. Ride will start at 9:00 a.m. We will ride for 20 miles through mostly deserted downtown streets and then go on past some of the missions.  This ride is mostly flat to slightly hilly.  Ride will be at a stop & smell the roses pace.  Lunch afterwards at the Spaghetti Warehouse.  For more information contact ride leaders Isabel Mendoza at (210) 771-8767, email rimmendoza@satx.rr.com or Karen Zipper at (210) 379-5268 or email kzipper50@yahoo.com

I may be ready to write a really funny book
by Gil Jones        Musings of Captain Justice
I think that I’ve now had enough pain which, according to some is necessary in order to write a funny book. The plan was hatched months ago when ace cycling-buddy and former high school classmate Don Bynum started laying out routes for a Century Ride. I didn’t pay much attention to the notion at first. I should have.

The Plan
Eventually the route from the West side of Lake Buchanan to Junction, Texas was determined and within a matter of days the plan was laid. Thursday saw copious quantities of water quaffed, chasing a spaghetti dinner. Friday saw electrolyte pills, more water and lasagna disappear down the hatch. Several large salads laced with green leafy vegetables mysteriously disappeared. My weight went from 188.2 to 190 by Saturday morning. All…

Trainer’s Tips: Indoor cycling class can heat up winter
by Michelle Zapanta / Guest columnist    El Paso Times
Chasing daylight. It is a favorite pastime of mine — during a morning ride as the sun begins to lift off the horizon or an evening jog as the rays settle down to let night in.

But now that fall is in full swing and winter is waiting in the wings, the temperatures are quickly dropping and the days are getting shorter. I guess it’s time to bid our glorious summer weather au revoir and bring those workouts indoors.

For many exercise junkies, taking the sweatfests indoors to a gym during the colder months can be challenging — at best, unappealing. Perhaps the lack of scenery (besides occasional eye candy) and a…