Texas Bicycling News June 17th

The Dallas Team


This team will ride from the Lone Star State to Chi-town.

Christine Kania
I am a middle school teacher in the Chicago suburbs. I completed my first Biking for Babies ride last year with Team Dallas, and I am so excited to be back this year as a team leader. I believe that the best way to live out the pro-life message is to live your own life in a way that …

Program teaches bicycle riding

By Javier Vargas, The Shorthorn staff        www.theshorthorn.com

Students have an opportunity to teach children with disabilities how to ride a bike this week.
UTA and the Down Syndrome Partnership of North Texas are hosting the iCan Bike summer camp. iCan Bike is a five-day program aiming to teach children with mental disabilities how to ride a bicycle in a week. From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, the camp will occupy the far side of Maverick Activities Center, said Elizabeth Hammond, Down Syndrome Partnership of North Texas program specialist.
“[Bicycles] will be their primary type of …

Pastor on 1,000-mile bike ride from Texas to Tennessee

By Kendall Kirkham        www.wmcactionnews5.com

NASHVILLE, TN (WMC) – Pastor Matt Gaston of University Park United Methodist Church (UPUMC) in Dallas is trading the pulpit for the pedals.
Gaston began a 15-day journey on his bike June 10, and aside from a few short breaks, doesn’t plan on stopping until he reaches Nashville.
Gaston is taking part in Pedal for PT, celebrating a new partnership with the church and Project Transformation (PT).
This past spring, a proposal was passed to relocate the Project Transformation offices to unused …

Colnago Recalls Bicycles and Frame Kits Due to Crash Hazard


Recall Summary
Name of Product: Bicycles and bicycle frame kits
Hazard: The front brakes can detach from fork during use, posing a crash hazard.
Remedy: Replace
Consumers should stop using the recalled bicycles and bicycle frame kits and contact Colnago America for a free inspection. If the hole in the front fork for the brake mounting bolt is not at least 12 mm in depth, the front fork will be replaced free of charge.
Consumer Contact: Colnago America Inc. toll-free at (844) 265-6246 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday or online at www.colnago-america.com and click on “Colnago recalls bikes and frame kits” for more information.
Recall Details
Units: About 400 in the United States and 34 in Canada
Description: This recall involves all Colnago CF10 and Colnago V1-r racing bicycles and bicycle frame kits that fit 28-inch wheels. “Colnago for Ferrari” is on the downtube and the Ferrari logo is on …

King Racing Group

This lady has grown to be a heck of a bike racer! Tomorrow she be be the new series week 2 leader in our open womens! Congrats

This Week’s Activities

Fort Worth Bicycling Association

Burleson and Beyond
Thursday, June 18, 2015 8:00 am
Burleson: Commerce Street

The Rusty Chain Gang Romp
Thursday, June 18, 2015 9:00 am
Benbrook: YMCA

Tour de Cure for Diabetes
Saturday, June 20, 2015 7:00 am

Tour D Italia
Saturday, June 20, 2015 8:00 am

Mostly Massey
Saturday, June 20, 2015 8:00 am
Crowley Chicken Express

Joe Pool Lake Marina
Saturday, June 20, 2015 9:00 am
Joe Pool Lake Lynn Creek Marina

River View
Sunday, June 21, 2015 8:00 am
Rio Vista: High School

The Rusty Chain Gang Ramble
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 9:00 am
Ft Worth: Christ Lutheran Church

Watermelon Waltz
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 6:00 pm
Everman: Jerry’s Place

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Leading by example

By Lisa Mitchell-Bennett        www.brownsvilleherald.com

Jerry Ruiz is a low-key, laid back guy. But his actions speak louder than his words and he has had a large impact on our community. Ruiz is a teacher at Russell Elementary School in West Brownsville, but is also known in Brownsville as “the guy who bikes everywhere”.
National Bike to Work Day this past Friday was like any other day for Jerry. He hopped on his bike and traversed Brownsville, arriving at school on time to teach a classroom full of kids.
“Brownsville is really an easy place to bike for a lot of reasons. The streets are well connected, and there are so many alternative routes to avoid heavier traffic. The city has been working hard to add more lanes and protection so we can …

Anthills Trail Work Party


Event category: General
Trail: The Anthills (Terry Hershey Park)
Saturday, May 30, 2015 – 8:30am
The plan for this trail work party includes trail trimming, erosion control, mud hole drainage and some bench cut work. We need quite a few people for this work party so that we can break up into several groups to get the work done at the various locations. Please let me know if …

Ride to Mesilla

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 7:30 AM

River Run Plaza
1071 Country Club Rd El Paso, TX

6 Cyclists Went

Meet at River Run Plaza at 7:30 and ride to Mesilla via Hwy 28. 63 miles, 18-20 mph. Gerd Pfister,[masked]

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Fort Hood Regional Trail Project (segment 3)


Bid Date & Time: 05/21/15 3:00 PM
Prebid: 05/07/15 3:00 PM
Solicitation Title: Fott Hood Regional Trail Project (segment 3)
Owner Solic Number: 15-16
Status: bidding
Report: 6267739
Country : United States
State: TX
County: Bell
Location: Killeen
Scope: The major items of work include approximately 1.2 miles of concrete pedestrian and bicycle trail including concrete pavement, low
water crossing, grading, storm drain and culvert drainage structures, lighting, seating areas, trailhead pavilion, reinforced concrete
retaining walls, and erosion control.
Notes: A non-mandatory pre-bid conference will be held at 3:00 p.m. on May 7, 2015 in the City Hall Council Chambers, 101 N. College, Killeen, Texas 76541.All Pre-bid questions should be addressed to Shawn Bertram with Halff Associates, Inc. atsbertram@halff.com with a copy sent to Karlene Jessie at kjessie@killeentexas.gov andwill be accepted up until 3:00 p.m. on May 14, 2015.
Plans: From Designet, for a non-refundable charge of $100.00 per set
(paper copy). See attached file.
Bond: 5% bid bond
Update Notes: Addendum #1 attached.
Owner Type: Public
Buyer: Killeen, City of – Purchasing Division
Address: 207-A W. Avenue D
City: Killeen    State: TX    Zip/Postal Code: 76541 …

Saturday Beginner Ride

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 10:00 AM

Performance Bicycle
4750 Fm 1960 Rd W Houston, TX

3 Bicycle Enthusiasts Went

The ride starts from the Performance North Houston store location.  We do not ride on 1960 but go through the neighborhoods to start the ride.  The ride is approximately 10 miles and pace is based on participants for the day.  It is a No Drop Ride.Please bring a helmet, spare tube, waterbottle, positive attitude 🙂

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Problem With You Ten Speeders

Cycling Space City        cyclingspacecity.blogspot.com

Today we did our usual Sunday morning ride out of the Katy Mills Mall only the ride got quite a bit more interesting.  As we were riding back to the mall we had a confrontation with a guy in a pickup. We were heading North on Spring Green Blvd and approaching Falcon Landing Blvd where we would make a right turn.  I should note that both roads have two lanes in each direction and this was Sunday morning around 10 AM.  The light was red at the intersection and we were riding two abreast.  The pickup behind us honked his horn at us just before we got to the red …

Fulshear 35 From Foster

Saturday, May 30, 2015, 7:00 AM

Foster High School
4400 FM 723 Richmond, TX

3 SH!FT starters Went

Let’s ride Fulshear. Come prepared for 35 miles at 15-20 mph. Wind can be a challenge so we can work on paceline skills.ROLLOUT AT 7:00 SHARP!!.There is only 1 break and it is 24 miles into the ride. Bring enough food and drink to carry you that far.Our next trip to Fulshear will likely be closer to 50 miles so this is a good intro to the area….

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This Week’s Activities

Fort Worth Bicycling Association

The Rusty Chain Gang Ramble
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 9:00 am
Ft Worth: Christ Lutheran Church

Watermelon Waltz
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 6:00 pm
Everman: Jerry’s Place

Thursday, May 21, 2015 8:00 am
Benbrook: YMCA

Burleson and Beyond
Thursday, May 21, 2015 9:00 am
Burleson: Commerce Street

The Rusty Chain Gang Romp
Thursday, May 21, 2015 9:00 am
Benbrook: YMCA

Burleson Honey Tour
Saturday, May 23, 2015 8:00 am

Joe Pool Lake Marina
Saturday, May 23, 2015 9:00 am
Joe Pool Lake Lynn Creek Marina

Baker Rd
Sunday, May 24, 2015 8:00 am
Aledo Middle School

Events Calendar

Plano Bicycle Association

19 May
Non-PBA Tues/Thurs ‘OAS’ Ride  ::  Other Rides
Tuesday Night Girl’s Ride  ::  Club Rides
08:00am – 05:00pm  Non-PBA Tues/Thurs Morning Rudy Ride  ::  Other Rides
06:00pm – 08:30pm  Non-PBA Tues/Thurs Eve Popsicle Ride  ::  Other Rides
20 May
May 20 – Ride of Silence  ::  Other Rides
Wednesday Night Dinner Ride  ::  Club Rides
06:00pm  Wednesday Night ABCD Rides  ::  Club Rides
21 May
Non-PBA Tues/Thurs ‘OAS’ Ride  ::  Other Rides
08:00am – 05:00pm  Non-PBA Tues/Thurs Morning Rudy Ride  ::  Other Rides
06:00pm – 08:30pm  Non-PBA Tues/Thurs Eve Popsicle Ride  ::  Other Rides
22 May
May 22 – Bike The Bricks in McKinney  ::  Other Rides
23 May
Sat/Sun OAS  ::  Club Rides
Saturday B Squared  ::  Club Rides
Saturday DB Lite  ::  Club Rides
Saturday DB Recreation  ::  Club Rides
Saturday DB1  ::  Club Rides
Saturday DB2  ::  Club Rides
Saturday Eastside  ::  Club Rides
Saturday Fast Forty/Fast Forty Lite  ::  Club Rides
Saturday McK Fred’s Ride  ::  Club Rides
Saturday McK Java Ride  ::  Club Rides
Saturday Novice Ride  ::  Club Rides
Saturday OAS Lite  ::  Club Rides
Saturday Step-up Ride  ::  Club Rides
Saturday Tweener Ride  ::  Club Rides
07:30am – 11:00am  Saturday McK CAD Lite  ::  Club Rides
07:30am – 11:00am  Saturday McK CAD Ride  ::  Club Rides
07:30am – 11:00am  Saturday McK Tempo 50  ::  Club Rides

Una Bella Machina

Pit’s Fritztown News        pitsfritztownnews.wordpress.com

Today I took my “Italian beauty”, i.e. my vintage Gianni Motta road bicycle, out for her first  ride. This here is what she looks like now: …

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Bike to Work Day to be celebrated at two locations on May 12

By The Woodlands Township        www.woodlandsonline.com

THE WOODLANDS, Texas – Two locations in The Woodlands will host the kickoff of the 2015 Bike to Work Day on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, beginning at 6:30 a.m. The Bike The Woodlands Coalition will be hosting a morning gathering at the new Whole Foods Market in Hughes Landing and at the new location of the Black Walnut Café on the corner of New Trails Drive and Research Forest Drive. Other sponsors of the event include Huntsman and Jones & Carter, Inc.
May is National Bike Month, and the entire month is an opportunity for bicyclists to share …

FWBA Upcoming Rides

Fort Worth Bicycling Association

Bike Out Hunger – Weatherford
Saturday, May 2, 2015 8:30 am

Spring Spoke Spin
Saturday, May 2, 2015 8:00 am
Springtown High School

Joe Pool Lake Marina
Saturday, May 2, 2015 9:00 am
Joe Pool Lake Lynn Creek Marina

Wagging Trail Bike Ride
Saturday, May 2, 2015 9:00 am

Craddock set to soak in experience at Liege

By Spencer Powlison        velonews.competitor.com

LIEGE, Belgium (VN) — Lawson Craddock is an eager student of the sport. Whether it’s in the mountainous, week-long tours in Spain or the hilly Ardennes classics, the Giant-Alpecin rider is happy to be back in the classroom, in the WorldTour peloton.
His early season was blighted by a nasty crash at the Tour Down Under, but the 23-year-old American jumped back into racing, after many hours on the indoor trainer, at the Volta a Catalunya and then the Vuelta al País Vasco.
“I was really happy with how I was feeling in those two races,” he said. “Especially coming back from an …

Colorado RIver Bikefest

Pedal Pushers        roy-pedalpushers.blogspot.com

Ballinger, Texas
Registration was well organized with plenty of help. The Noon Lions Club must have a lot of active members willing to help out on local events.

… Line up time. I did not get an official rider count, but I would estimate over 100 riders participated. …

T-Shirt Ride Party

Friday, May 1, 2015, 7:00 PM

Proper Printshop
800 Montana El Paso, TX

11 Cyclists Went

The El Paso Bike Month kick-off event begins at 7 p.m. Friday, May 1, at Proper Printshop, 800 Montana, with ride beginning at 7:30 p.m. Ride around downtown area and return for printing party of the 2015 Bike Month t-shirts. $10 donation for t-shirt. Live music, BYOB. Information: ElPasoBikeMonth.com

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Paralyzed Rider Spurs Trek Bicycle Recall


An accident that left a cyclist in a wheelchair has spurred a Trek bicycle recall of nearly a million of the company’s bicycles. The product recall covers bicycles manufactured from 2000 to 2015. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued the Trek bicycle recall when news of the 2014 accident hit the press earlier this week. At least two other riders were injured due to a faulty quick-release lever on the bicycle’s front wheel.
Details of the Trek Bicycle Recall
The Trek bicycle recall involves all models years since …

Bikeabout TX

By Gordon Hodge        www.crazyguyonabike.com

Day 8 La Grange, TX to Lake Somerville, TX: Met another cycle tourer today
Thursday April 23, 2015, 42 miles (68 km) – Total so far: 277 miles (445 km)
weather: 67-85F, no wind, partly cloudy road conditions: lot more ups than down leaving the Colorado river valley. fairly busy traffic with no shoulder most of the day, stayed glued on rear view mirror. moving avg. 7.5 mph. saddle time 5:33
Left Oak motel in La Grange around 0900. Went by the 66 year old bakery on the town square but only sweet stuff, so I went down the road and settled for a Sonic breakfast sandwich. Headed out NE on hwy. 159 and then hwy. 237. This route takes you through the towns of Warrenton and Round Top which are known for weekend antique flea markets. Thank goodness it is a weekday, as I hear the traffic is very busy on spring and fall weekends. You could see the infrastructure for all the activities and everything was closed even the eateries. Round Top was a very pretty town I thought. I did take a short break there. A local cyclist caught up me and …

Day 9 LK Somerville to College Station, TX: bike problems
Friday April 24, 2015, 42 miles (68 km) – Total so far: 319 miles (513 km)
Woke at 0520 in morning to the sound of rain and distant thunder. I got up to rain fly on. Mike and I were prepared to do this as we knew there were morning storms in forecast. We left fly off as it was a warm and muggy night. I checked the radar on smartphone and saw lots of storms coming our way. I decided to take up camp now rather later. Mike stayed in bed as he had short 25 mile day planned to Navasota and a hotel reservation. I went a couple of hundreds over to a empty group pavilion with roof as it started to rain harder. There was Harley group rally planned for the weekend. There was a food vendor near battling the elements. The storm blew and at least 50 mph. outflow winds and driving rain. I was even getting a little mist blowing through the covered pavilion. As the storm subdued, the food vendor cooked up some sausage gravy and biscuits plus coffee. I texted Mike to let him know. He was afraid to leave the tent as it may blow away. He finally pulled camp and joined me for breakfast. Sure is nice for a biker to have hot breakfast without having to ride the bike in search of food. At 0930 were finally able to …

Day 10-College Station, TX to Richards, TX: a meat cooker day and I was the meat!
Saturday April 25, 2015, 41 miles (66 km) – Total so far: 360 miles (579 km)
The day started like yesterday to sounds of thunder except I was in house. As a practical thinker, I went back to sleep. I finally started ride at 0950. There were good bike lanes leaving this college town. I made a quick stop at HEB for groceries before heading into the rural areas. My goal today was only 41 miles to Richards, TX and cyclist only camp. Temps were 75F starting warming to 87 with sunny sky and light south winds. Perfect for porch sitting but a bit toasty on a loaded tour bike. I took plenty of water and shade breaks even though I was feeling strong and the bike was working well. I had changed my gear ratio to 11-32 cassette(the 9 rear sprocket thingy for non bikers) which made pedaling up hills easier for me and you know by reading my blog that I needed the help. At mile 23 into ride I came upon an unexpected Cajun café. I expected only cows and …

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Two Wheels of Awesome – Episode 15

The Ghisallo Foundation        ghisallo.org

The students of Metz Elementary School had a great week!
All the kids had big smiles while completing their Bike Rodeo Badge. Bike Rodeos are one of the core activities of The Ghisallo Foundation. Bike Rodeos are instructional workshops where riders learn safety and practical riding skills to prepare them for riding independently in the future.
The young riders at Metz learned many useful skills during their Bike Rodeo, including: correct hand signaling, dodging obstacles and …

La Primavera at Lago Vista bike races set for this weekend

by Pam LeBlanc        fitness.blog.austin360.com

If a trip to Europe to take in the Tour de France isn’t in your future, consider a jaunt to the north shore of Lake Travis this weekend to see La Primavera at Lago Vista Bicycle Race.
The race, in its 24th year, draws about 900 cyclists from across Texas, surrounding states and even Mexico and Canada, who race in packs over a twisting, notoriously hilly 5.5-mile course.
The event, hosted by the Lago Vista & Jonestown Chamber of Commerce and the Texas Bicycle Racing Association, runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and it’s free to watch. Spectators typically bring their own folding chairs and line the streets as cyclists speed past. The start/finish line is at …

Women’s MTB Ride/Event – International Women’s Day

Sunday, Mar 8, 2015, 8:30 AM

Collins Park
6727 Cypresswood Drive Spring, TX

1 Bicycle Enthusiasts Went

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Century of the Month More or Less

Fort Worth Bicycling Association

Saturday, March 07, 2015 9:00 am
Please note the start time for the March COM is 9:00 AM (due to the expected cold front moving in.)
In April we will go back to the usual start time of 8:00 AM.
Come on out and join Eddie and Rickey Wray for the “Century of the Month More or Less” series with a century or less from the Bicycles Inc., in Arlington. Routes of 12, 23, 42, 61, 81, and 102 miles will be available.
Donuts, sausage rolls, and Starbucks coffee will be served, as usual. The store will be open for the use of the facilities and any needed last minute items. Riders who make at least 90% of the rides are awarded special merchandise prizes twice a year (July and December) compliments of Bicycles, Inc. and companies such as Specialized. Emergency sag support and maps provided.

Amplify Austin with BikeTexas!


Austin Needs an All Ages Bicycle Network– And You Can Help Make That Case to Policy Makers
Amplify Austin with BikeTexas and you’ll make a difference in critical education programs for policy makers, like guided tours of Austin’s protected bike lanes and making sure transportation professionals understand why we need an all-ages bicycle network. Many state and federal agencies have offices in Austin, and we’ve seen a dramatic increase in their interest in …

Bike Parking: A How-to Guide


Recently, we created a quick-reference guide for bike parking installation. It’s intended for developers or businesses looking to add bike parking near their shops, but I think it’s broadly useful for understanding what the safest options are for locking up your bike. You may roll up to a place with a bicycle rack and …

I’m Famous! (Video to Prove It!)


I got about my 10 seconds of fame here in San Antonio in this video by Liz Canning as I was leaving HEB with a load my dad shot video of my using the Go-Pro 2. I didn’t even release I made it into the Less Car More Go Kickstarter video “LESS CAR MORE GO: a quick test ride” but I did. How call is …

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