Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for June 17th

Hotter n’ Hell New Route – No Beer Stop!!?
by Halfast        www.bikeforums.net
HHH has changed the route, and does NOT go through the 98 mile rest stop location!! SAD!!! I wonder if the beer guys will move their famous rest stop? Go to the HHH web site for the new maps. The plus side is that everybody goes through the Air Force Base!

Local church again will host Texas cyclists
By LORETTA SWORD         www.chieftain.com
The public is invited to meet with members of the Texas 4000 while they’re in Pueblo this weekend.

The fundraising bicyclists will stay overnight at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 10 University Circle, as they have for the past four years.

The 22 college students are en route from Austin, Texas, to Anchorage, Alaska, to raise funds for cancer research. …

Tour D’Italia
by Roy and Christine        Pedal Pushers

…We had stayed in Waxahachie as Italy has a grand population of 1993 and few motels. This is just a partial shot of the line up. Over 1,400 riders showed up almost doubling the population of the town. Yes, parking was very interesting. Get there early, or pretend that going from your parking place to the start line is your warm up for the ride. …

Rebecca’s Mirror Ride
San Antonio Wheelmen
Date:     07/01/2012
Time:     08:00 AM-11:00 AM
Location:     Bulverde, TX
Details: Rebecca’s Mirror Ride (N) [R to H] Route of 25, 45, and 75 miles.
A near-mirror image of the popular Rebecca Creek ride with the 75-route taking in a loop of the Kendalia ride. The ride starts at Bulverde Elementary School. Take US 281 North to the FM 1863/Bulverde exit. Turn left and go 2 miles on Bulverde Road to Amman Road. Turn left on Amman and the school is on the right at…

Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for June 10th

Try an early morning ride!
Ted_R        forums.mtbr.com
Now that’s it’s warmin up here in our fair state I decided to get my self on the trail earlier than usual. I was on the trail and rollin at 6:45am. Man let me tell you, that was a great time ! Especially when I took my sunglasses off so I could see

It was Soooo much cooler, I didn’t feel zapped at the end of the ride. Also there was less trail traffic and a lot more wildlife. Plus I still have a lot of day left to take care of other stuff I need to…(several comments)

Wheelbrothers     @WheelBrothers        via Twitter
What amazing weather we had yesterday BEFORE 10am or so…. Well, later on in the evening as well. What rides… http://t.co/1vAcvoN0

Justin Moore     @bikegeek        via Twitter
10 miles in and a brief hydration stop in the small town of Rio Medina @ Rio Medina http://t.co/wmCrjQQV

Texas 4000     @Texas4000        via Twitter
DAY 9 ROCKIES: Oklahoma City was too good to us. Thanks for the hospitality #OklahomaChristianUniversity! 70 miles to Watonga, OK today.

HBC Urban Challenge Ride Ride
Sun 06/17/12    9:00 AM
Distance: 40-45 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 each time. You should be able to maintain a pace of 15 mph and above for a distance of 40 to 45 miles, usually with one rest stop.

Po Po’s Ride
Hill Country Bicycle Touring Club
Start:    June 16, 2012 8:00 am
End:     June 16, 2012 12:00 pm
Venue:     Po Po’s Family Restaurant
Address:  829 FM 289, Boerne, TX
Saturday, June 16th: Ride starts at 8:00 at the parking area across from Po Po’s Family Restaurant in Boerne, TX.  This is a very scenic but hilly ride 35 mile ride through Welfare along Waring Welfare Road to Waring (mostly downhill) and then on to Comfort, Texas before returning to Po Po’s.  …

Pics From The North Texas Vintage Bicycle Swap Meet – Garland
by dickdavid        Bike Friendly Richardson

Yesterday, we drove out to Garland, Texas to check out the North Texas Vintage Bicycle Swap Meet – sponsored by Don Johle’s Bike World and Rat Rod Bikes. I love bike swap meets because they’re clearing houses for bike hoarders – my kind of people. Fortunately, my wife always comes along and brings me back to reality. Otherwise, we would have a garage full of bikes and no money to…

Blazing Saddles, the Afterburn wrap-up
Brazos Valley Mountain Bike Association
BMVBA was very well represent at this years Blazing Saddle, the Afterburn endurance race held at Bluff Creek Ranch in Warda.

99% of the trail system was utilized during the race.  The 1% that was taken out was the Palicade and bridge section.  I’m sure everyone was dissappointed that was ommitted from the race loop, NOT!!  With the rains Warda receive on Friday morning the race officials decided it could be a…

A Saturday Evening River Legacy Bike Ride Appalled At Way Too Many Outhouses
Durango Texas        durangotexas.blogspot.com
It’s been a few weeks since I’ve been to River Legacy Park, in Arlington, on a Saturday evening.

Usually River Legacy Park is very busy on Saturday evenings. Tonight, that was not the case.

Usually, on Saturday night, there is something going on in the River Legacy Pavilion. I’ve seen many a wedding celebration take place there, and reunions, and…

Tour de Burma
by Roy and Christine        Pedal Pushers
Since the Tour de Burma is San Angelo’s local event, I would like to begin with some of the event organizers and helpers. Gene Potter, Club President and Event Director talks to the local TV reporter before the event began.

…All of the routes were an out and back type of design. Right after the turn around for the 60K and 100K routes, we met Liz heading for the rest stop down the road. Deann and John. Sorry I didn’t take a picture of your rest stop. I think the heat was already getting to me but we…

McAllister Park MTB Action
by KrayZeeDan

Jeff and I went mountain biking at McAllister Park, rode the blue trail and then some.

@grandpajerald        via Twitter
100 degrees in the shade, temps back to normal , to hot for a afternoon ride, trying for early morn. rides in the cool of the day

Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for May 27th

@dkcholo        via Twitter
Photo: Five stitches near my elbow, mildly concussed, road rash on back & glut, crushed helmet & iPhone ~…

@dkcholo        via Twitter
Photo: Dead iPhone ~ from today’s accident ~ gonna have a wicked rectangular bruise on my backside (Taken…

@CyclingATX        via Twitter
Last “Lend Your Legs” ride from Social Cycling Austin coming up this week. Seriously, if you haven’t done this,…

@bikedenton        via Twitter
DK200 tip: zip tie rear light on.

@bikegeek        via Twitter
Great ride but not forgetting the significance of this weekend.

@331miles        via Twitter
Felt weak and cut ride to 20 miles. Realized after ride that rear hub needs work. Worse than brake rub.

Memorial Day Ride
LMRA Bicycle Club Message Board
Post by LarryFS
Some of the many folks who turned out for the 2012 edition of the Honey Tour expressed interest in a ride on Memorial Day, Monday May 28th. So here is a relaxing 34-mile route from west side of Weatherford to Garner to Millsap to Weatherford: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1180902. Rest stops available in Garner and in Millsap (assuming gas station stores are open). Route starts from Tx DoT parking lot on southwest corner of Hwy 180 and west Bankhead Hwy. Start time is 8:30 AM. Post ride lunch is planned for Skinny’s Hamburgers which opens at 11:00 AM. I’ll be there and will have a few paper copies of the route map.

Mesquite Rotary Ride 2012
LMRA Bicycle Club Message Board
Post by LarryFS
David was spotted at the Mesquite Ride:

Honey Tour 2012
LMRA Bicycle Club Message Board
Post by LarryFS

The 2012 Honey Tour started from a new location (Centennial High School) and used slightly modified routes. Cheers to both changes – plenty of parking now and I liked going outbound initially on the routing we came inbound on in prior years. I think almost everything about this ride was excellent. Very good roads and scenery, excellent traffic control at intersections, well-stocked rest stops (they even had honey sticks this year), courteous drivers, enthusiastic and helpful volunteers. Only negative comment I have is the 15 minute interval between staged starts. Wendy and I might have waited for the actual 46-mile route start if it was only going to be…

River Legacy to Fort Worth and Back
Lone Star Cyclists
Pace: Touring
Date: Saturday, June 23, 2012 – 8:00am
Location: River Legacy Park, 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington
Pace: Touring
Denise will be leading the club on a fun ride from River Legacy Park to downtown Fort Worth. If you know Denise, you can bet she will be making a rest stop at a coffee shop downtown. Hope they are ready for a swarm of hungry and thirsty cyclists. …

How to Recover from Muscle Soreness Caused by Intense Exercise
by Dr. Gabe Mirkin        Fitness & Health with Dr. Gabe Mirkin
Muscle soreness should be part of every exercise program. If you don’t exercise intensely enough on one day to have sore muscles on the next, you will not gain maximum fitness and you are also losing out on many of the health benefits of exercise. The benefits of exercise are much greater with intense exercise than with casual exercising.

You must damage your muscles to make them grow and become stronger. When muscles heal, they are stronger than they were before you damaged them. All athletes train by “stressing and recovering”. On one day, they take a hard workout in which they feel their muscles burning. Eight to 24 hours after they finish this intense…

What do cyclists deserve from the rest of us?
Courtney Barry, Local Contributor        www.statesman.com
So the other day, I almost killed a cyclist. It was not out of malice or anger or negligence. I was following the rules of the road as they apply to automobiles and bicyclists. He was not.

As I signaled to turn right driving down South Congress Avenue, following the “yield” sign heading onto Barton Springs Road, he came out of nowhere on my right, speeding out of control down South Congress. Because I was turning, and he was going so fast, he had to…

Cyclist urges area’s drivers to share road

Living to tell about the accident that could have killed him, avid Lufkin cyclist Mark Dunn has but one message to spread after being hit by a car two weeks ago: “Share the road.”

Dunn and biking buddy, Marc Lishewski — or “Lew, ” as Dunn calls him — sat down with The Lufkin News last week to express how blessed Dunn feels to have survived, and to share tips to keep others from…

Bike Friendly Denton     @bikedenton        via Twitter

50 mile bike ride to Roanoke with 4 beer tasting stops long the way. June 23:

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…