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Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for August 1st

2013 Specialized Roubaix Elite Apex Compact after one week
by Ray Garza        RGV Cycling

It is the start of my second week with my new bike, the 2013 Specialized Roubaix Elite Apex Compact. I spent a long time with the bike shop using the loaner bike, tweaking the setup until I could ride comfortably (or close enough). After searching their catalog to see what is available at my frame size. The picking were slim due to the transition from the 2013 to the 2014 models that I found myself in. Not wanting…


In memory of Dale T, a fellow Dailymiler
by Ray Garza        RGV Cycling

The last week has been busy and stressful too. A fellow Dailymile friend was hit and died in a car-bike collision. From what I understand, Dale was out cycling in the morning and was hit from behind and died at the scene. When I saw a post, from a friend of mine on Facebook, I was shocked and heart-broken to read about it.

What can I say about Dale? He loved to cycle. It didn’t matter if it was a two-hour session on the trainer or out on the road heading to the Lighthouse. He rode every day and was putting in 300-450 miles per week. How he did that, plus the long hours at his job, keep up the family life and taking the…


Fort Worth Bike Sharing wins grant to expand network, add bikes
By Scott Nishimura        Fort Worth Star Telegram
FORT WORTH — Fort Worth Bike Sharing won a $554,610 Texas Transportation Department grant to add 10 bike stations and 100 bikes, officials announced …


Walnut Creek Workday
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Wednesday, August 7, 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, August 7th, from 5:30PM to 8:30PM
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: We will be finishing the new log pile in Mark’s Art.
What to bring: …


Downtown launches program to help businesses install more bike racks
By Jessica Savage        www.caller.com

CORPUS CHRISTI — Finding a place to park a bicycle in Corpus Christi is about to get easier.
New blue and green bike racks are making a permanent appearance along curb lines in the downtown area. The first wave of racks were installed Friday outside House of Rock, 511 Starr Street, and the Realty Exchange Group building at 402 Peoples Street. It’s a sign of a partnership between the Downtown Management District and Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation aimed at…


Cyclists to ride for UMC cancer funding
Cycle for Hope begins Saturday morning
By ELLYSA GONZALEZ        lubbockonline.com
Competitive and recreational cyclists will have the opportunity to ride for the University Medical Center, Children’s Miracle Network and the Celebrate Today Fund that benefits the Southwest Cancer Center.

The second annual Cycle For Hope begins 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3 from the main entrance of UMC. The course will take riders on a seven-mile bike ride around Texas Tech University and…


Mountain biking trails open at Buescher
By Pam LeBlanc        www.statesman.com
(subscription required)
Looking for new terrain to explore on two wheels? Buescher State Park will open 7.5 miles of trails to mountain bikers starting Aug. 15.
Until now, trails at the park were reserved for hiking only. Visitors who still want that experience can use hiking-only trails at nearby Bastrop State Park. …


2013 Masters Track Nationals day two recap
By Robert Annis            www.usacycling.org
Indianapolis, Ind. (July 31, 2013) — A wet start didn’t dampen riders’ spirits as aggressive racing and dominant victories were the themes of the day at the 2013 USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships in Indianapolis on Wednesday. …

…History repeated itself in the female 55+ sprint and male 50-54 sprint races, as last year’s champions Rita Kacala (Racine, Wis./ISCorp Cycling – NCSF) and Todd Hayes (Ann Arbor, Mich.) retained their stars-and-stripes jerseys. Both won their best-of-three races in two straight against Elizabeth Heller (St. Louis, Mo.) and Wilhelmus Zegers (Weston, Florida/Chester County Cycling Foundation), respectively.

Catherine Moore (Waco, Texas/ThinkFinance Racing) dominated the…


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Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup July 9th

Galveston Bike Social clubs
by Mickey Wayne 21        www.bikeforums.net
My name is Mickey we are wanting to,
Start a social club for bikers in and around Galveston Tx..
Anybody intreasted..
I’m amazed how Houston has a bike scene.. We in
Galveston don’t.. We have Critical Mass we’d also
Like to start other riding clubs.. Hope some us who
Love too ride can meet up..


Road to Discovery and Notre Dame FCU Journey to Frisco, Texas to Help Raise Awareness and Funds for Niemann-pick Type C (NPC) Disease
www.digitaljournal.com
Every summer, Gregory P. Crawford, dean of the College of Science at the University of Notre Dame, rides his bike across the country in effort to spread awareness of the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation which is named in honor of beloved Notre Dame Football Coach, Ara Parseghian. The foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to funding medical research projects to find a treatment for Niemann-Pick Type C (NP-C) disease; a deadly disease that took the lives of three of Ara’s grandchildren.
Notre Dame Federal Credit Union has partnered with the University of Notre Dame’s College of Science to sponsor Dean Crawford’s fourth annual cross-country Road to Discovery bike ride. The 3,746 mile bike ride began on…


Top 10 Bicycle-Motor Vehicle Accident Causes: Awareness is Most Important Element
www.rhlawgroup.com

Bicycle safety and road awareness go hand-in-hand.  When anyone is learning to ride a bicycle they are taught some fundamental aspects of biking safety.  Typically, these include instructions to be aware of your surroundings, pay attention to other motorists, wear a helmet, wear bright clothing and to not bike at night without some sort of reflective gear or lights.  Further, cities are becoming much more bicycle friendly and many provide dedicated paths for cyclists.  In spite of all these great efforts to increase biking safety, it is not always enough.
A factor in many bicycle accidents is other motorists, motorcyclists, and commercial motor vehicles.  When people get their licenses to drive motor vehicles they are not…


Le Tour de Tandemonium, July 14th
Bike Friendly Oak Cliff

It’s bicycle racing season, so to honor the biggest race in France, BFOC is hosting the second annual Le Tour de Tandemonium at the 4th annual Bastille on Bishop! This year, we’ve expanded the race to a second category for cargo bicycles and bicycles with trailers. Winners will receive cash prizes and more!
Here are the details, rules, and awards: …


Man on Bicycle Hit, Killed in Pantego
www.nbcdfw.com

Pantego police say a man riding a bicycle died early Monday morning when he was hit by an SUV on West Pioneer Parkway.
The driver of the SUV didn’t see the bike traveling in the same direction in the 2300 block of West Pioneer Parkway just after 4:30 a.m. according to police.
Police said the man on the bike, later identified as…


GPS Wars, Who Will Win?
by bbeasley            www.bikeforums.net
It’s going to be interesting to see how the GPS wars play out. Phone vs device who will win? So far I’ve found phones do everything okay, but not great.

In another thread this package was mentioned. Seems like great competition to the current batch of bike specific computers.

I picked up a Garmin 800 for $209 delivered, thanks to a heads up from a BF thread, and bought a $40 heart rate strap. I don’t care about cadence but to compare the sensor would add another $60… so $309 all in. 309 (and that was a great deal) vs 148 assuming you have an iPhone 5, I think they’ll sell plenty of those at that price difference.

The often mentioned issue of phones flying off of bikes doesn’t bother me, there are just as many anecdotal stories of Garmins being ejected as phones. I do think the battery life is a big deal but one that will get solved quickly. My Macbook Air has ~4 hours of, real life, battery power. I understand the newest ones are up to 8 hours and the Macbook Pro’s up to 12.

I’ve got two deal killers that keep me from using my phone. First is rain, my Garmin has been drenched with no ill effects. I wouldn’t want to put my iPhone through that and the current phone rain coats look hideous and I can’t imagine actually using the…


A Guide To Buying The Perfect Bike Rack
by Shawn        Texas Mountain Bike Trails
Swagman XC2 Hitch RackI just got this awesome infographic from Mike over at BikeRackShops.com. They are a one stop shop for all things bike racks. This is a subject I’ve been meaning to talk about for a loooooong time and just haven’t gotten around to it.

Let me just say if you aren’t using a good quality bike rack and instead are using a cheap-o trunk mount rack, the differences are incredible. I used a cheap $50 bike rack that strapped to the back of my car for years before finally getting a Swagman 2 bike hitch rack which you can see in the picture to the right. It’s amazing no longer…


STCC to Mont Ventoux!
by sooner1        Shawnee Trail Cycling Club

July 14th, we’re moving our Sunday rides – this week only – to start and finish at The Lemon Bar and Grill. Now just why would we go to the effort to move the TRec, Hangover, Recovery and Blitz start locations and put together routes that you’ll ride this day only?

Well, this Sunday the longest stage of this years Tour de France, Stage 15 will finish at the top of Mont Ventoux!  This is one of the iconic mountaintop finishes and you don’t want to…


NET RMA votes to ban bicycles on toll road
By KLTV News Staff
KLTV.com-Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville, Texas | ETX News
TEXARKANA, TX (KLTV) – The Northeast Texas Regional Mobility Authority has voted to ban bicycles on Toll 49 in Smith County.

The vote came on Tuesday afternoon at a NET RMA meeting in Texarkana by a vote of seven to six. The ban will now be turned over to the Texas Department of Public Safety for enforcement.

Earlier on Tuesday, a NET RMA member proposed a resolution to allow bicycles on Toll 49 from Highway 110 to Highway 155 on Saturdays and Sundays from 6 a.m.- 10 a.m. This proposal would be in affect until another decision was made or until a separate bicycle path was built. The proposal…


500-mile bike ride brings attention to pollution dangers
By Ellie Cano, Reporter        www.12newsnow.com

Six young adults from across the United States are taking a 500-mile bike ride from New Orleans to Houston drawing attention to what they call society’s deadly addiction to coal, oil, and gas.

The journey is called the “Ride for the Future” where the riders are meeting environmental activists in each city they stop in to highlight the harm pollution has on gulf coast communities.

They also meet with people who live within a two-mile radius of a…


Ride Your Bike El Paso! pedals into downtown scene
By Jaime Quesada            www.utepprospector.com

Chuck Lauser, a bicycle enthusiast and owner of Chuck’s Bicycle Repairs, hosts a weekly downtown bike ride that has been dubbed, Ride Your Bike El Paso!

The ride starts at 7 p.m. at the San Jacinto Plaza and takes riders through the downtown areas of El Paso. The free event will take place every Tuesday at the same time for the remaining month of July.

It initially began as an El Paso bike month event to bring bike awareness to the community, but with its growing support and…


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Midland Cyclists raise money for MS, train for 150-mile bike ride
By Tyler White        www.mywesttexas.com

As Betty Shaffer pedaled stationary bicycle on Sunday outside of Sam’s Club, a blender retrofitted into the bike’s frame crushed and pulsed ice cubes, milk, assorted fruits and ice cream — the “key ingredient” of a good smoothie.

Shaffer and several other volunteers took turns peddling $3 and $5 smoothies from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the Spinathon fundraiser leading up to Cactus & Crude Ride, which is July 20-21.

“We’re on a mission to wipe out MS,” said Tammie Porter, a volunteer with the…


El Paso City Council to mull details of bike-sharing plan
By Cindy Ramirez \ El Paso Times
A planned citywide bicycle-sharing program could get a boost Tuesday, when the City Council is expected to consider approving an interlocal agreement among several transportation organizations that would help fund and manage it.

The proposed BikeShare Program would allow riders to check out the bicycles for a fee at several stations across the city, including Downtown and near the University of Texas at El Paso.

Actual locations would be determined later, but it’s projected that 20 automated kiosks would house 10 bicycles apiece, according to city documents. Global Positioning Systems would likely be used to calculate miles traveled and to…


High School MTB Camp in Colorado in the Gunnison Crested Butte Area
by GunnisonTrail        forums.mtbr.com/texas
Coaches/staff include Dave Wiens, Jennifer Smith, Bryan Dillon and members of the Western State Colorado University cycling team. Special guests will include Susan DeMattei, Kane Leonard, Dr. Rhett Griggs of Griggs Orthopedics and Bryan Smith.

Room and board will be on the beautiful Western State Colorado University (aka, “Western”) campus and riding will be around Gunnison, including at Hartman Rocks, at Crested Butte Resort and a special introduction to…


Man on bicycle hit by SUV
www.chron.com
HOUSTON -
A man was taken to the hospital in serious condition after he was hit by an SUV Monday morning.
Investigators said a man was riding his bicycle and had just crossed a median on the 8200 block of Fulton near Julia Street when he collided with the SUV.
Authorities said the man was…


Museum District Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Babs Eaker and I finish 49 miles in the Tour de Bike Barn!


A ‘Cycling Madman’ Pedals His Way Across the World
By COREY KILGANNON and JEFFREY E. SINGER        cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com

Lai Likun, 41, of China, is visiting New York City, but he does not plan on renting a CitiBike.

Short-term rentals are not useful to Mr. Lai. He has already been through six sturdy bikes over the past three years, having pedaled 31,000 miles through four continents and nearly 25 countries as part of a five-year solo bicycle tour around the world.

Mr. Lai, a factory manager, says his next destination is South America and is flying to Beijing on Tuesday to straighten out his visa. Then he will head to the Pacific islands. …

… Mr. Lai came to the United States last December, arriving in New York City, before making his way to Philadelphia, Washington, Atlanta, then to Texas and into Mexico. After a side trip to…


I want my Rack Back At My HEB Plus…Please!
by Matthew            bike4heck.com

My Letter to HEB Customer Service sent on 7/2/13:
Dear HEB #623 Plus Store Manager of
9238 North Loop 1604 West
San Antonio, TX 78249
I’m so glad that the new HEB Plus near my house has bicycle racks.
But sadly I’ve seen them reduced to shopping cart storage, motorcycle parking and picnic table storage. I’ve live less than a mile a away and often take my bicycle to go grocery shopping at this great store.

But lately finding a place to lock up is becoming rare. Can we please have the bicycle racks for Bicycles! Not Motorcycles, golf carts, shopping carts and picnic tables. I often blog about my cycling trips and have…


NCC: Events on both coasts bring little change to standings
www.usacycling.org
With scoring opportunities dwindling, the USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC) had a pair of races this weekend – one on each coast. On Saturday, the men were in West Chester, Pa., to compete in the Iron Hill Twilight Criterium before the women rejoined the fray in Manhattan Beach, Calif., on Sunday to contest the Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix. …

…WOMEN’S STANDINGS
Erica Allar (Tucson, Ariz./CARE4CYCLING powered by Solomon) – 1077
Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Cedar Springs, Mich./Fearless Femme p/b Pure Energy Cycling-Vie 13) – 784
Laura Van Gilder (Cresco, Pa./Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers) – 777
Samantha Schneider (Milwaukee, Wis./TIBO-To the Top) – 504
Jennifer Purcell (Austin, Texas/Colavita-Fine Cooking) – 500…


2013 Hot Rocks Bike Ride offers family fun, racing action
blueribbonnews.com
Registration is underway for the 2013 Hot Rocks Bike Ride, presented by the Rockwall Noon Rotary Club.  The 27th annual cycling event will begin and end at Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium on Saturday, August 10th.

Each year the event grows in popularity, attracting cyclists of all skill levels. More than 1,000 participants are expected, from competitive racers and beginners to families with young children. With improved roads and a better course – including routes of 63-miles (100k), 43-miles, 13.5 miles and a…


Urban Challenge Ride
Houston Bicycle Club
Sunday 07/14/13        9:00 a.m.
40 to 45 miles
The Urban Challenge Rides are in-town group rides, faster and longer than the EZ Rides, each time taking you to different parts of the city. You should be able to maintain a pace of 15 mph for a distance of 40 to 45 miles, usually with one rest stop.


BCC Monthly Ride
Brownwood Cycling Community
July 20, 2013 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Allcorn Park
Brownwood, TX
Monthly group ride every 3rd Saturday of each month.  Meet at Allcorn Park in Brownwood and expect 20-30 miles. No drops, fun ride, great scenery.


Retailers report positive sales in May
Bicycle Retailer
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — After three consecutive months of decline, IBDs rebounded and posted the first month of positive sales this year, according to Leisure Trends Group. Compared with May 2012, all merchandise gained 4 percent in units and 6 percent in dollars to reach $393 million, the largest May dollar volume since at least 2009.

While a very positive sign, it was not enough to offset a particularly difficult beginning to the year. Through May, all merchandise sales fell 7 percent to settle at $1.3 billion, $93 million shy of the same period last year.

“The first four months of 2013 were a stark contrast to the record sales of 2012—sales at IBDs were down nearly 11 percent. May, with its 6 percent growth compared to last year, provided a…


NETT Awareness Ride
by Shawn        Texas Mountain Bike Trails
The Northeast Texas Trail (NETT) is a rail-to-trail program that is working to develop a trail system through 19 cities from Famersville to New Boston, 130 miles one way. The vision of the trail is held by the Northeast Texas Trail Coalition who has applied for their 501c status. They are working long-term to develop the full distance of the NETT and its estimated 90-100 bridges. The potential for eco-tourism relative to the trail is tremendous. When the rail was laid steam engines needed water every 8-10 miles so that is where station and later towns were established. Today the NETT is everywhere from pristine asphalt to granite to rail bed to completely overgrown. Some sections are currently impassable due to growth or adjacent landowner disputes over trail use.

To bring attention to the NETT (and to have a little fun) Dean Nix from Dallas plans to ride the trail from end-to-end and back. This 260 mile ride has never been done but one day it will be…


In Remembrance
Plano Bicycle Association

July 7, 2013 marks the anniversary of the loss of PBA member and ride leader Duane Evans to a cycling crash on his DB2 ride. To commemorate his love and devotion to cycling, Duane’s family is traveling to the Tour de France this year to place a small portion of his ashes on the hallowed slopes of…


The Fixed Touring Mini-Cat
Biking in Dallas
Wait, wait! What’s a Mini-Cat? Fixed Touring explains:

On July 13 2013 Fixed Touring will embark upon a mission to provide the city of Dallas with a bicycle race like they have never seen!

What is the problem with bicycle racing as it is, you say? Well, touring races are very long and fairly uneventful not to mention hard to watch. Criteriums are easier to watch, but repetitive. The Alley-Cat — now there’s a race! However, it is probably the hardest to observe due to the sporadic and unpredictable nature. Solution: we are going to wrap an action packed Alley-Cat around the spectators. Watch as the bravest cyclists in town battle it out through…


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Bike Rack Competition Continues through December 1st
Bike Friendly Oak Cliff
Don’t forget there’s still plenty of time to get in your design plans for the bike rack design/build competition by December 1st!  Get your entries in asap.  See below for the full details and how to submit:

BIKE RACK DESIGN/BUILD COMPETITION
We have all used a tree, lamp post or stop sign as a makeshift bike rack at one point or another. Fred Pena of the Back Porch Studio is taking steps to avoid bike…

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They Wait and I Wait
by Steve A            DFW Point-to-Point
The last couple of weeks, I have been reminded more times than I can recount that a large proportion of all of our interactions involve one road user deferring to another in the interests of harmony in accordance with rules made to be easy to remember and follow.

Case 1 – I’m riding down an arterial and, off to my right I see a car stopped at a stop sign. Strictly speaking, the motorist at the controls could have made a quick right without me having had to make any action to evade. She waited. And I appreciate it. It made an extra impression on me. It got me paying extra attention.

Case 2 – I’m in a two-way left turn lane, waiting to make my left. I see a motorist coming on who looks like he wants to also go into the lane. He hangs back a bit and, seeing it, I make my own left. I left a little less gap than…

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Walnut Creek Workday: “Let the Armoring Begin!”
Austin Ridge Riders
Saturday, December 1, 2012 – 08:00 – 14:00
After bringing in 10,000 lbs of stone, we are finally ready to begin armoring the creek crossing.  And Saturday, December 1st is the day.  We will start at 8:00AM and go until 2:00PM.  We will meet at the creek crossing where there will be a waiver for you to sign.

You will need to bring:  gloves, pants, shovel, pick, and any digging tools you might have.  This is going to be a lot of hard…

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Revolution Studio marks Sugar Land’s first indoor cycling studio
By Cory Stottlemyer                yoursugarlandnews.com

On Oct. 26, Sugar Land became home to its first indoor cycling studio when Revolution Studio opened its doors at 2125 Lone Star Dr. in Town Square.

The boutique, indoor cycling studio combines the fast growing popularity of the indoor cycling movement with a full-body workout component to offer participants a complete mind and body exercise.

“Our mission in a nutshell is to create a community focused around our fitness philosophy, which combines the benefits of cardio and strength training while connecting the mind, body and spirit. We really take a ‘wholisitic with a w’ approach,” said Kim Syma, the co-owner of Revolution Studio. “We really believe in…

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Salado Creek Greenway Ride
Hill Country Bicycle Touring Club
McAllistar Park
13102 Jones Maltsberger Rd, San Antonio, TX, 78247
Sunday, December 30th:  Join us for a 34+ mile ride along the Salado Creek Greenway from McAllister Park to the Martin Luther King park.  Ride begins at 9:00.  Meet at the Turkey Roost Pavilion in McAllister Park.  Except for about a quarter mile, this ride is completely along shaded paved, mostly flat path.  Since this is an out-back ride, you can turn around at any point if you do not want to ride the entire 34 miles.  For more information contact ride leaders Jon and “Fred” Brett at…

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Upcoming Rides and Events
San Antonio Wheelmen
Thursday, November 22:  Turkey Day Leaderless Ride
Friday, November 23:  Black Friday Ride in Cibolo
Saturday, November 24:  Elmendorf Ride
Sunday, November 25:  Comfort-Ladybird Ride
Saturday, December 1:  Holiday Party

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