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
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
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS 78229
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
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
New Event: Palo Duro Canyon Mountain Bike Marathon Race – Canyon, TX: When: Sun Nov 17, 2013 10:30am to 5pm
— Rick Ankrum (@texbiker) October 23, 2013
— Reveille Peak Ranch (@RPRTexas) October 23, 2013
Show your support for the City Council and Staff for the recently installed bike lanes & sharrows as well as… http://t.co/0EZNZ4uQNF
— SwitchingGearsCycley (@SGCyclery) October 22, 2013
There will be an Open Training Session on Sunday 10/27 from 8-11am. So come on out for a ride and stick around for our volunteer day!
— Alkek Velodrome (@AlkekVelodrome) October 22, 2013
Join our friends at Bayou City Racing for an awesome CX race in… http://t.co/bDZdn3Rzgm
— Alkek Velodrome (@AlkekVelodrome) October 22, 2013
— Bike Barn (@BikeBarnTX) October 22, 2013
It's coming! Austin B-Cycle becomes the 16th B-Cycle city. Membership in one city is valid in all others. http://t.co/U8MF3vgnJE
— FortWorthBikeSharing (@FWBikeSharing) October 22, 2013
Fort Worth Bike Sharing is celebrating its 6-month anniversary today. More than 7,000 riders have taken 15,000… http://t.co/twbnRw3Okh
— Betsy Price (@MayorBetsyPrice) October 22, 2013
I really need to start riding my bike to the grocery store, if for no other reason than to cut down on the impulse buys.
— BikeFortWorth (@BikeFortWorth) October 22, 2013