Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup

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
joeyTWOwheels        texascx.com
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

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

Feature Speakers:
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


Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for August 27th

Houston Tour de Cure 2013 in Katy, TX
The Houston Tour de Cure invites you to join their ride on Saturday, September 21, 2013 starting at AutoNation Nissan Katy – Katy, Kingsland Boulevard, Katy, TX
We were lucky enough to be granted an interview with Leslie Mantaring, Associate Director of American Diabetes Association to ask some questions about their upcoming ride.
1. Why join the Ride?
Every person has reasons and desires for wanting to be a part of the ride as you can see from above. Many people will participate in the Tour de Cure for the competition and the challenge of…

Greater Dallas Bicyclists Fall Fiesta is Coming!
Make plans now to attend the GDB Fall Fiesta:

When:  Sunday, October 6th
Where:  Flag Pole Hill at White Rock Lake
Time:  9:00 – 1:30
The Fall Fiesta will take the place of the normal Sunday Roll with Ken Wilson leading the ride and will proceed at the usual Sunday Roll pace. If you feel the need for speed, please step up and become a Ride Leader for the event. Contact Diane at eventcoordinator@greaterdallasbicyclists.com if you are interested in leading a faster paced ride.

The Roll will start promptly at 9am. Lunch will begin around 11:45am. The menu will consist of: …

GDB Lake Murray Weekend is Back! October 11-13
There will be a number of ways for GDB members to enjoy this event:
1. Just come ride – Drive up on Saturday, ride and enjoy the day/evening and go back home. Our ride will not depart the Lodge until 10 AMish
2. Stay in a cabin – we have a number of cabins near the Presidents HQ (cabin no. 250). The nearest are numbers 248, 247, 246, 245, 243, 249, 244 and 242. These are 1 bedroom units, but also have a hide-a-bed in the living room. They cost $93 per night. Call the lodge to check availability and cost (580-223-6600).
3. Stay in a lodge room – call the lodge for types and availability (580-223-6600).
4. Camp out – It should be great weather, if they find your camp site tj\he Lodge will want $12 for rental of their “ground”. If near number 250 HQ cabin, you may use bathroom, etc.
5. Bring that RV up …

‘Hotter’N Hell’ blazes through Sheppard
by Airman 1st Class Jelani Gibson
82nd Training Wing Public Affairs         www.aetc.af.mil

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas  — As the dawn peaked over the indigo sky, the cannon’s boom echoed across the North Texas prairie. While the sun painted Air Force planes with a golden glow, participants rolled across the asphalt with a focused ferocity in the in the Hotter’N Hell Hundred Aug. 24.
The Hotter’N Hell Hundred is a 100-mile bike race dedicated to the pioneers who settled the Wichita Falls, Texas, area more than a 130 years ago. Its original race in 1982 was to celebrate the centennial with a 100-mile bike race in more than 100-degree temperatures, a normal environment for this time of year. It is the largest…

Trick It Up Bike Ride
Date: Saturday, October 26, 2013 – 9:00am

Ride Out Our Way!
Lone Star Cyclists
To The Texas Treasure

Coming October 26, 2013
Whether you ride for fun, for the challenge, or just for the passion of pedaling, when you sign up for the Farmersville Trick It Up Bike Ride we’ve got you covered. Free t-shirts and goody bags for the cyclists who register before Oct. 20. And, we’ve got something for everyone from the Family Fun Ride to the open roads……
cycling through small friendly towns, in wide open spaces and beautiful rolling hills. …

Biking with Jenny Rilling
Submitted by Eliot Landrum        www.bikingindallas.com

You may have seen Jenny Rilling’s posts on the Bike Friendly Richardson group or taken a spin with her on one of the group rides. She’s currently a co-leader with BFR and got started after going on the second annual Black Friday Ride a few years ago. “I thought it was the coolest thing and had some ideas for other group rides. Now I do a little bit of everything – blogging, posting on the Facebook group, planning rides, and working with city staff and city council on items of…



Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for July 8th

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
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
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. …

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
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…


Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for May 21

2nd Annual Hurricane 100
Corpus Christi Cycle Club
WHEN: 6:30 am, Saturday, June 1st, 2013
WHERE: Meet at Lamar Parking Lot

This ride will be a fully supported sag ride with 2 sag stops for the 65 mile group and an additional 2 sag stops for the 100 mile group. Sag points are designated to stop at the Ferry, Aquarium, River and Rann Morgan Rd. Remember to bring your lights for the early weekend start time.

All riders will start at Lamar and travel around the bay (counter clockwise) and travel over the Kennedy causeway bridge to Port Aransas. We will get on the Ferry at Port Aransas and continue traveling through Aransas Pass, Ingelside, Gregory, Portland to the Texas State Aquarium/Harbor Bridge. At this point, the course will split and one group (65 milers) will take the water Taxi across the…

NTC: Calendar starts strong with great racing in Frisco
The USA Cycling National Track Calendar (NTC) began its 2013 edition at The Superdrome in Frisco, Texas, at the Matrix Cup p/b Richardson Bike Mart. Endurance riders competed in the points race, scratch race and individual pursuit while sprinters vied for points in the match sprint and time trial. After the weekend of racing, several familiar names surfaced atop the standings.

Zachary Carlson (Plano, Texas/Matrix-RBM) won the points race, placed second in the individual pursuit and fourth in the scratch race to amass 35 points and lead the season’s first NTC men’s endurance standings. Liam Donoghue (Boulder, Colo./Natural Grocers Cycling Team) is only one point behind after winning the individual pursuit and scratch race and placing seventh in the points race. Chris Carlson (Plano. Texas/Matrix-RBM) is in third place with 24 points, only two points ahead of Augusto Sanchez (Fort Lee, N.J./Park Place Dealerships-Sun & Ski), who is in fourth place with…

Warda Mountain Bike Race – 2013 TMBRA

2013 The Warda Race at Bluff Creek Ranch
May 18, 2013 Men’s Cat 3 40-49
This is the 10th race in the TMBRA State Series

Shot 100% on GoPro Hero2 HD

Bluff Creek Ranch is a staple of the Texas Mountain Biking Racing Association state series. This course has a lot of wide open and is what I would call a hammerfest. You’re on, pedaling hard almost the entire race. Not only that, but there are lots of flat, open, and straight sections around meadows and fields.

Because of the above, the course is very roadie friendly. And several road oriented riders show up to…

Recycled Bike Part Chandeliers Under a Texas Overpass

Ballroom Luminoso is a series of six chandeliers designed by artists Joe O’Connell and Blessing Hancock currently installed in San Antonio, Texas. Made from custom made structural steel, custom LEDs and recycled bicycle parts, the lights project colorful silhouettes of sprockets and other pieces onto the otherwise drab cement underpass. From the artist’s statement about the project: …

Bicycle & Pedestrian Maps & Trails
City of San Antonio
Downtown Bike Maps & Trails
Bike Rides
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Alamo Hemisfair – 1.7 miles
Brackenridge – 6.9 miles
Pearl Brewery – 3.2 miles
King William – 3.6 miles
Mission Trail – about 20 miles
East Side – 1.7 miles


Biking with Xina Jones
by Eliot Landrum        www.bikingindallas.com

Xina Jones is a quiet legend. She has been a bicycle messenger in Dallas since 1999, lives car-free, and she currently helps lead the weekly Time In The Saddle rides from Whole Foods in Lakewood on Tuesdays. I met her a couple years ago at a get together at The Gingerman and recently reconnected with her on a few social rides. She’s always willing to help new cyclists, and loves exploring Dallas city streets. I enjoy picking her brain about Dallas roads, buildings, and…

DART – Ride the Link – June 1
by Richard Wezensky        www.bikedfw.org
Our friends at DART are hosting an event for cyclists called Ride the Link. Here is the information from their site:
TIME: 11 A.M. – 2 P.M.

A healthier commute starts here!

Now is a great time to be a cyclist in Dallas.

The city boasts a growing community of cyclists and initiatives such as the…

Austin opens its newest green lane

One year into its work to catalyze the creation of world-class bicycling facilities in the U.S., our Green Lane Project announced the opening of a major new protected bike lane in Austin, Texas on Friday.

The City of Austin Bicycle Program worked to create the protected bike lane at Barton Springs Road as part of their commitment to the Green Lane Project. Barton Springs Road previously lacked bicycle facilities, making it an unfriendly route for those on bikes. The arterial road now boasts a westbound protected bike lane, or green lane, and an eastbound widened buffered bicycle lane. The improvements…