Texas Bicycling News June 1st



If you have ever ventured into the Wild West soap opera of Texas bike racing, and the anonymous txbra.org forums (yes, they still exist, and they’re just as glorious and horrifying as ever), you have likely seen a mixture of backstabbing comments, trolling, and genuine discussion. Following the State Criterium Championships last week, an interesting post regarding racer safety, as well as the responsibility of bike race promoters and bike racers, spawned a heated conversation.
Here, Jordan Oroshiba, 21, a category 2 bike racer, full-time student, and owner of Cadence Coaching, wades in with his personal thoughts on racer responsibility.
Memorial Day in Texas is for criterium racing, and the last couple years also for rain. With our El Nino summer in full swing, Memorial Day weekend saw two apocalyptic rain storms sweep through Texas, turning much of the drought ravaged state into a …

6 bike share cities you should watch (because we just gave them grant money to focus on equity)

April Corbin, PeopleForBikes equity writer

Equity in bike share isn’t going to happen on its own.
Innovators will have to experiment with strategies and efforts in order to find best practices. Luckily, there are at least half a dozen cities in the United States ready to do this.
We would know. The Better Bike Share Partnership announced today that it has awarded nearly $375,000 in grants to bike share operators and community organizations that are working to make bike share programs more equitable. The Partnership has also funded an academic research team that will look at data and equity outcomes in Philadelphia, which launched their bike share system Indego in late April.
This first round of grant money is part of $900,000 that The JPB Foundation-funded Better Bike Share Partnership will award over the …

For the people with n+1 bikes

6 Bike Storage Solutions You Can Build Right Now

By Jeremy Cook        makezine.com

Many bikes have kickstands, some are simply placed on the ground. When a bike is in its normal storage place, however, a dedicated place to keep it (or them) can make that location much more pleasing. If you’d rather not simply buy one, these six DIY bike storage methods should give you some ideas for how to make your own. …

First Day Of June Biking Around The Evergreen State Of Texas

by Durango Texas        durangotexas.blogspot.com

The  flooded month of June greatly hampered my outdoor activities. No Tandy Hills hiking, one or two bike rides, a walk with the Village Creek Natural Historical Area Indian Ghosts, with way too many walks around my neighborhood, mostly up the hill to …

In this edition of Spoke&Word…


A Word from Michael Payne about the best way to spend June if you like riding your bike, read more>>
BikeHouston@Events Come see us at our events from socials to community rides, and don’t forget the public meetings for the Houston Bike Plan. Your input is needed, read more>>
Find out what BikeHouston has been doing to improve your rides, read more>>
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Ride > Bike to Work in the spotlight, read more>>

GO for a Mountain Bike Ride

Sunday, Jun 7, 2015, 9:00 AM

Collins Park
6727 Cypresswood Drive Spring, TX

2 Bicycle Enthusiasts Went

Join us every Sunday at Collins Park for a 1hour and a half (approx) ride for beginners and intermediate riders.Ride is 10 milesWe will be on the Cypresswood Trail “Collins Park” – the ride will leave from the parking lot just behind/adjacent to the skate park.Any questions please call us at the store:[masked]Bring a helmet, water bottle, …

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15,000 bike helmets distributed


TYLER (KYTX) – National Bike Month is coming to an end tonight and all month long two East Texas law firms have been giving away free bicycle helmets to kids.
Spiva Law group along with Sloan, Bagley, Hatcher & Perry Law Firm have handed out nearly 15,000 free helmets through the “Heads in Helmets” campaign.
Over the weekend the East Texas Triathletes and Tyler Bicycle Club hosted an event at UT Tyler to raise …

In Hi-Resolution: The City of San Angelo’s Street Condition Survey Results

by Joe Hyde        sanangelolive.com

The City Council will review the results of a consultant’s $185,000 road condition study of the entire city on Tuesday morning at their regularly-scheduled meeting. In the agenda packet, city staff provided a layered, Adobe PDF of the results of the study.
Bell Street and Ben Ficklin appear to be very poor streets. The roads in the sector east of downtown around Bell Street also appear to have poor conditions. Down towards Lake Nasworthy, S. Country Club Rd. is listed as poor in the study. For the smoothest roads, try …

P&Z passes bike plan

by Brian Bethel        www.reporternews.com

ABILENE, Texas – Abilene’s planning and zoning commission passed on to the Abilene City Council a revision of the city’s 1983 bicycle plan.
“Not many of the recommendations of that plan have been implemented,” said Jon James, planning and development director for the city of Abilene. “So what we’re hopeful (for) in this case is we’ll adopt this plan and we’ve already got CIP (Capital Improvement Program) dollars ready to go to start working on some of these projects.”
Bicycle enthusiast Mark Spurlock, speaking at a …

Texas bike ride to stop in PV


On the longest annual charity bicycle ride in the world, the Texas 4000 team will be rolling through Pauls Valley on Thursday, June 4, just six days after departing from Austin, Texas on their way to Anchorage, Alaska.
While in Pauls Valley, the 2015 Texas 4000 Team will celebrate and share hope, knowledge and charity with friends and family before continuing on their 70-day journey.
The 72 undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Texas at Austin will brave the rain, sleet, wind, snow, heat and pedal more than 4,000 miles in the fight against cancer.
After 18 months of …

Shepherd restaurants support veterans with Ride for Hope

By Jacob McAdams        Eastex Advocate

Della’s Pizza Kitchen and the Texas Grill hosted a benefit on May 30 called the “Ride for Hope,” which was designed to help benefit and promote Camp Hope to help United States veterans fighting against post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Camp Hope is an organization that provides interim housing for veterans and their families suffering from PTSD. The organization began in 2012 and is located in Houston, Texas. Those who attend are able to stay among peers and receive help in dealing with the …

Texas 4000 Bikers Traveling Across U.S. For Good Cause

By: KBTX News Staff        www.kbtx.com

More than twenty bike riders from the University of Texas in Austin biked their way into College Station Monday.
They’re part of the Texas 4000 bike ride that travels from Austin to Anchorage, Alaska.
The federal non-profit is considered the longest annual charity bicycle ride in the …

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Texas Bicycling News Digest January 22nd

My cycling club/ advocacy group is riding from Austin to Dallas in March. Supported 2 days with hotels and plenty of beer.

by Classicwgn86        www.reddit.com

We are group that originally met doing bar hop rides in Dallas and thought it would be a good idea to ride to Austin on Fixed Gears for South by Southwest. That was six years ago. After our second time to make the trip we decide to take our enthusiasm and direct it towards the lack of cycling awareness in Dallas. South by South Fixed has become our annual pilgrimage, bringing in new members, gaining a …

This article is not Texas specific but offers a unique approach to cycling after a bad crash.

Our Electric-Assist Bicycle

by Gabe Mirkin, MD        drmirkin.com

Diana and I are passionate tandem bicycle riders. We live in The Villages in Florida, the largest retirement community in the world, and we ride every day with a group of serious tandem-bicycle riding couples. Last March we were riding our tandem very fast, drove into a deep pile of sand on the road and crashed. I was not hurt, but Diana broke her pelvis, hip, shoulder and wrist and surgeons had to install a significant amount of hardware in her body to put her back together. She has severe osteoporosis. This means that the next crash could have even more serious consequences.
We Bought a Recumbent Tandem Tricycle
We certainly were not going to give up riding bicycles. Bicycle riding is our passion. So our friend Larry Black, of Mt Airy Bicycles in Maryland, sold us a recumbent tandem tricycle, which is much safer than our …

Bike share isn’t equitable. Let’s change that

by April Corbin, equity writer        www.peopleforbikes.org

In North America, 2013 was the year of bike sharing. Now, we are working to make 2015 the year of equitable bike share.
The benefits of a bike share program are numerous. It can inexpensively bridge the “last mile gap” between a commuter’s primary public transit and their final destination. It provides visitors an exciting new way to explore a city. It gets people who might not otherwise ride onto bicycles. It encourages physical activity. It is environmentally friendly.
Yet one problem has plagued bike share systems: Report after report has shown that the demographics of users do not reflect the cities overall. Members are disproportionately …

With the lousy weather it may help to work on your bike

Home Workshop Series – Part 4: Getting into the Big Tools

by Tim Krueger         www.bikerumor.com

From the first three articles, someone could easily put together a home shop to do 75% of the repairs on their bike. But once you get past the surface of adjustments and basic components, it is gonna take some pretty large and expensive tools to start working further.
A lot of home mechanics have low-buck ways of replicating these tools, and those methods probably work. Coming from a shop background though, we recommend using the right tool, or taking it to a shop. While you might save money making your own headset press from threaded rod, nuts and washers, the cost savings evaporate if you accidentally wreck that …

Zach McDonald – Third Elite Men, 2015 Cyclocross National Championships, Austin, Texas

Cyclocross Magazine

McDonald had a comeback year, switched teams mid-season, and finished strong with a third place at Nationals – his …

TCC proposed to “Adopt” a stretch of road. Good? Bad? Please read & voice your opinion

by Charlie & Pat Jenkins        Texoma Cycling Club

Adopt a Highway – Chris suggested that TCC “Adopt” the section of FM-691 between Texoma & FM-131. They are in the process of widening this & are supposed to include a shoulder. We anticipate the club utilizing this frequently to access routes west of 75.
The basics are:
– TCC would adopt a two-mile stretch of highway for a minimum of two years. Note: Interstate highways are not eligible for adoption.
– We would agree to pickup litter four times per year (more in some areas due to heavy traffic). This would be done as a group effort.
– Adopt-a-Highway signs will be posted with Texoma Cycling Club at our adopted section.
– Adopt-a-Highway will provide TCC with safety vests, litter bags and safety training.
– You bask in the glory of claiming a piece of Texas pride.
The link to all the info is: …

Bicycle Brewery Tour – The Winter Edition, February 7th, 12:30 PM

Bike Friendly Oak Cliff        bikefriendlyoc.org

Riding a tall bike while eating dumplings on the Continental bridge epitomizes the fun times we’ll be having in our next edition of the Bicycle Brewery Tour!  Meet up at the Continental Bridge at 12:30 pm, 02/07/15.  RSVP link is below.
Dallas’s craft beer industry is growing faster than we can keep up.  All 5 breweries in this 4th edition are brand new to the tour.  First up, the original and …

Postponement of US ‘cross nationals cost riders over $250,000

By: Laura Weislo        www.cyclingnews.com

Financial impact of USA cyclo-cross championship estimated in survey
The actual cost of the one-day postponement of the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championship may never be known, but one informal survey estimated the impact at more than a quarter million dollars.
Amateur racer and fan Matthew Montesano watched the drama unfold from his home in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and created the online survey, which …

“Missions Statement”: Biking San Antonio’s Mission Trail

As the Crow Flies

Looking for a dose of history, fun, and a little exercise within  beautiful San Antonio, Texas? Want to explore the the oldest unrestored stone church in America while biking or hiking down the San Antonio River? Look no further than the San Antonio Missions Hike and Bike Trail. Grab a bike, a pair of running/hiking shoes, or your car if you’re not into the burning muscles and jello legs of the bike trail and enjoy this hidden gem.

We strategically parked our cars near the Blue Star Brewing Company so we could celebrate our round trip bike trip of 18 miles with a delicious burger and a refreshing craft beer. After all, doesn’t everyone celebrate a 20 mile bike ride with a glass of beer?  We left from our home in Bastrop and …

Register Now! Cyclists in Suits is March 30


The day we’ve been waiting for since 2013 is coming up fast– Texas’ Bike Lobby Day, Cyclists in Suits, will be Monday, March 30! Sign up here.
cyclists in suits 2013 biketexas
What’s Cyclists in Suits about? We’ll start the day talking about the bills in the lege that are important to people who ride bikes, with some coaching on how to talk to legislators and their staffs. Everybody gets bike pins and literature to hand out. Next, we’ll break into …

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Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup January 14th

Gear up for a bicycle race
City to host second annual Cyclocross event
BY NATHANIEL MILLER            www.oaoa.com
Get ready to get down and dirty with your bicycle and other racers as the City of Odessa is scheduled to host their Second Annual Comanche Cross.
Set for noon Saturday, the event will consist of four categories — three for adults and one for children — and take place at McKinney Park. Participants will be placed in categories based on their age and athletic abilities.
Scott Anderson, assistant director for Odessa Parks and Recreation, said the event was only in its second year, but he is hoping for more than the 35 people who…

One person dead in bicycle vs vehicle accident
Longview, Texas (KETK) — One person is dead in a bicycle vs vehicle collision Monday night.
It happened at 6:58 p.m. near the intersection of Buchanan Street and Mobberly Avenue in Longview.
When Longview Police arrived on scene, witnesses told police that a bicycle rider had pulled out from Buchanan Street and into the path of a van owned by…

New bike rack just one part of smoothing cycle-bus connections
By Dug Begley        blog.chron.com

Texas Bicycle Coalition Executive director Robin Stallings, foreground, and Sherman Phillips place their bikes on a bike rack April 20, 2007 in Houston. Photo: Kevin Fujii / Houston Chronicle
Tuesday’s story on a Rice University project to create bus racks capable of holding three bikes is important for anyone who’s had to wait for the next bus to schlep their bike somewhere.
There’s a lot more to helping connect bike riders to buses, however.
Promotion and improved mapping are just two of the ways to better connect bicyclists to buses and trains, according to a team of Rice students tasked with helping Metropolitan Transit Authority officials outline strategies. In a report to a Metro board subcommittee on Monday, the students found 84 percent of current riders who bring their bike to a bus do so more than twice a week, and nearly 9 out of 10 would…

Group Workout Jan 12, 2014
By Williams Racing Academy
Photo gallery
Eight men enter…one man leaves. Good fun on a beautiful day in Wimberley!

Body of bicyclist found in Houston bayou
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston police say a man found dead in a bayou apparently had been riding his bicycle and was struck by a vehicle that sped away.
Police on Tuesday asked for the public’s help in identifying and locating the hit-and-run driver.
An autopsy has been ordered on a body found floating Monday night in…

Austin residents join Oak Parkers in seeking Divvy bike program
By Katy Kather        Austintalks.org

A little over six months after the Divvy bike-sharing program launched in Chicago, the city’s most-populated neighborhood doesn’t have a single station — but that could change, according to a city transportation official.

Of the city’s 400 bike stations, just two are slated for the West Side, including neighboring Austin.

In November, the Chicago Department of Transportation received a federal grant to build 75 more stations this year, bringing the total number of…



Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup November 7th

Would You Like to Be on the BFOC Board?
Bike Friendly Oak Cliff
The events we throw year-round, grants and donations we receive, and infrastructure we advocate for are all determined by our core Board of dedicated volunteers. We’re looking to add a few passionate cyclists from the neighborhood to round-out our reach and capacity to make OC the most bike-friendly neighborhood in Dallas.
If you’re interested, shoot an email to Amanda. Include your contact info as well as why you’re interested in being on the board and what unique skills or experience you bring to the table. We’re hoping to increase the diversity of…

Camping and Mountain Biking
Dallas Cycling Trail Riders and Weekend Pub Crawlers
Friday, November 29, 2013        10:00 AM
Tyler State Park
789 Park Road 16 , Tyler, TX (map)
Well things did not work out before but I am going to try this again. Steve and I are going camping the day after Thanksgiving at Tyler State Park and we would love for anyone interested to join us. We are only camping Friday night. We will be arriving by about 10 on Friday Nov 29th and leaving around 10 on Saturday. We are going to get a tent sight this time but if anyone joins us who does not have a tent we will change to a shelter or bring our extra tent. If anyone wants to…

Broken spokes: Despite broad community support TxDOT withholds federal funds for bike share
City and MPO support smaller first-phase program as an alternative
by Alberto Tomas Halpern        newspapertree.com

Cities across the U.S., including in Texas, have embraced bike share programs as a way to reduce traffic, improve air quality and foster a healthier quality of life. But El Paso’s nascent bike share program, which the city, the University of Texas at El Paso, the El Paso Metropolitan Planning Organization or MPO, and the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority or RMA have supported, will be reduced to a much smaller program.

The issue: the Texas Department of Transportation or TxDOT has withheld much of the funding.

On April 5, following discussions between the city and UTEP, the MPO voted to fund and create a citywide bike share program—the first of its kind in El Paso—with almost 200 bikes at about…

City Park (Emma Long) preride of the 100k route
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Sunday, November 10, 2013        2:00 PM
City Park – Emma Long Motorcycle Trails
7548 Oak Shores Dr, Austin, TX (map)

Park and meet at one of the picnic tables. Look for the red Santa Cruz Nomad
Wheels down at 2:00pm for a guided ride along the route for the 100k (which happens on 12/8/13).
You don’t have to be riding the 100k to come out and ride with us. Just show up and ride!
The first lap will be no-drop group ride to make sure everyone …

ATX100k sponsors a 50k bonus ride at Reveille Peak Ranch! Camp and Ride!
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Saturday, November 23, 2013 3:00 PM        to Sunday, November 24, 2013, 8:00 PM
Reveille Peak Ranch
2046 County Road 115 , Burnet, TX (map)

If you arrive on the 23rd, go set up your tent and then hang at the Pavilion. If you arrive on the 24th, park and meet at the Pavilion. MAKE SURE YOU SIGN IN AND PAY THE LAND FEES WITH THE RANCH STAFF!!

This is an organized race/ride at Reveille Peak Ranch with the option of camping the night before.  Bring your kids! Bring your bikes!
It is a bonus ride on the ATX100K Endurance Race Series (six-pack series). The distance will be a timed 50k on the ranch’s most…

Bicycle rides in the State of Texas for the month of November, 2013
Every month we present to you all of the bicycle rides and criteriums in the state of Texas in less then 90 seconds.

Look through the rides, pick your rides or criteriums, on our…

Kaizen and Cycling
by Shawn McAfee            www.texasmountainbiketrails.com
Pedro Del Busto shares about the gradual process of upgrading and improvement.

Last week I was reminded about one more reason why I love cycling. My 5 year old son had just received a birthday present from a friend and he came to me asking for help. He wanted me to cut the cape off of an airplane from one of the Pixar films – “El Chupacabras”, if I remember correctly.

His request made absolutely no sense to me, but I was intrigued with his motive. So, I asked him why he wanted me to do that to his brand new plane. His answer was beautiful and simple , and made me so proud. He said “His cape is getting in the way and slowing him down, see?” as he showed me with his hands what I imagine was a display of extreme effort by the plane cutting through the wind.

Now, back to cycling and why this incident reminded me of another reason I am still as passionate about it and engaged as I was when I first started drooling over bikes and dreaming all-day rides almost 30 years ago. See, cycling is very complex in that it’s not only about you or a bike, or a trail or road. It’s about the relationship between all of that and everyone else around you doing it. I will not get into…

Action Alert: Submit Feedback to TxDOT for Texas Transportation Plan
Bikes ready to rideBikeTexas has just learned that TxDOT is holding a series of workshops, open houses, and public meetings to update the long range (through 2040) Texas Transportation Plan (TTP). BikeTexas and TxDOT encourage your participation.

The TTP 2040 will serve as TxDOT’s blueprint to guide the state’s multimodal transportation needs for the next 25+ years, addressing all all transportation modes including roadways, aviation, public transportation, bicycle and…

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