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Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup January 19th

Stolen Bike Houston – Transition Covert V2 White
by CovertV2        forums.mtbr.com
Long time reader, first time poster.
Unfortunately I am creating a post to alert everyone in the Houston area of a stolen bike. It is a Transition Covert V2, in white. It can be identified by the missing front deralliuer shifter, Specialized brand chain slap guard, and relatively new tubeless high roller tires.
It was stolen in Midtown, today between 11:30am and 12:30pm
If seen, it would be much appreciated if you could message me with location and other details. I have filed a police report.

Woman on bike struck and killed by train
by KVUE News
LULING, TX — A 50-year-old woman died Saturday afternoon when she attempted to cross railroad tracks blocked off by crossing arms.
Luling Police reported Carolyn Spears was riding her bicycle south on Walnut Street approaching Pierce Street in Luling around 4:40 p.m.
Witnesses and railroad personnel told police they saw Spears pass to the right of two cars stopped in front of the lowered crossing arms and ride onto the tracks. A Union Pacific train going 31 miles per hour struck the woman on her bike.
She was pronounced dead at the scene more than an hour later.
The Luling and Union Pacific police departments both investigated the…

HBC Brenham Ride
Houston Bicycle Club
2/1/2014        9:00 AM
Distances:    33(B), 40(B), 50(C), 59(C) miles
Varying hills, some require low gears. Quite a nice ride, particularly in the spring when the wildflowers are blooming. Stores at Long Point and Burton. In Brenham, stop at Must Be Heaven (113 W. Alamo) for Blue Bell.






Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup January 13th

Interview- Bike Through the Forest and the Hills 2014 – Coldspring, TX
Here is another ride to prep for the BPMS 150! Located in beautiful Coldspring, less than an hour north of Houston and Lufkin, this race is a great one for all skill levels. Check out our interview with Craig Sauer, the director of the event.

Why join the Bike Through the Forest and the Hills?
This year’s BP MS 150 endorsed bike ride benefiting the Kingwood High School dance team takes place on Sat., Jan. 25 beginning at the court house in Coldspring, TX. This ride has four routes: 12, 25, 33 and 50 miles, so we can accommodate all skill levels.
train for the BP MS 150
How long has your ride been around?
6 years, and participants include everyone from novice all the way to experts, shorter routes all the way to longer routes. Also, the ‘New Years Resolutions season’ helps add in more people. We are located 45 minutes north of Houston and Lufkin.
Also this ride is recommended by BPMS 150 – one of the first of the year – BPMS is in April, so they get to train for that race in this one. It’s kind of like a…

An uphill battle
by B.D. | SAN ANTONIO        www.economist.com

TEXAS, where expansive highways teem with trucks and tank-like Hummers, hardly seems like a good place for bicycles. Cities sprawl for hundreds of miles, and bike lanes are rare. Intrepid cyclists are rarer still.
Some Texas cities want to change this. San Antonio plans to triple bike-able and walk-able streets by 2020. Dallas, long thought the worst city for bicycles in America, has unveiled ambitious plans for a new network of more than 1,100 miles of bike lanes over the next ten years. Since 2011 four Texan cities have begun bike-sharing schemes, most recently in Austin just before Christmas. Advocates tout the benefits to health and the environment, and hope bicycles will…

Autistic Texas Boy On Bike Killed By Allegedly Drunken Driver
HOUSTON (January 13, 2014) A man whose pickup truck struck and killed a 12-year-old autistic boy who was riding a bicycle has been charged with driving while intoxicated and could face additional charges.
Alvester Bowens was killed instantly Saturday when he was struck as he rode his bicycle along a high-speed overpass in southwest Houston.
Bowens had been reported missing after he got separated from…

HOT BLAST: A bridge needed by any aspiring ‘bike city’

A new bridge in Fort Worth, Texas, features a series of 24-foot tall arches. This feature was irresistible for Mat Olson, who rode his bicycle over the arches last weekend.
“It seemed like I was on top of a mountain. It was all windy and crazy when I was up there. It was…

In Austin, a Protected Bike Lane Built to Help Kids Get to School
by Angie Schmitt        dc.streetsblog.org

What does it look like when a city gets serious about giving kids the freedom to get to school on their own? Austin, Texas, is showing people what’s possible with a protected bike lane that serves an elementary school.
With the help of the Green Lane Project, the capital of the Lone Star State has really been stepping up its bike infrastructure lately. The city has been looking for strategic places to add protected bike lanes whenever it has the opportunity, says Bike Austin Executive Director Tom Wald, whether it’s resurfacing a street or making some other physical or design change.
One of the more interesting protected bike lane projects in Austin is Bluebonnet Lane, which was redesigned in 2012 with a two-way bikeway separated from traffic with flexible posts. What’s especially…

ARR Trail Stewardship Meeting
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Wednesday, February 5, 2014   6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Pizza Bistro
12001 Burnet Road, , Austin, TX (map)
Ask for Rich

When: Wed, Feb 5 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM.  Pizza, drinks, beer, wine are all available for purchase.  Come early to eat and drink, formal meeting begins at 7:00PM.

Where:  Pizza Bistro , 12001 Burnet Road @ Mopac, [masked], www.pizzabistro.com

Who should attend:  All current ARR Trail Stewards and…

HBC Pattison – Hempstead Ride
Houston Bicycle Club
Saturday 01/25/14    9:00AM
Distances: 32(A), 43(B), 49(A), 55(C) miles
Training ride ( ride hard! ). No hills, but smooth road, mostly paved shoulder, stores at Monaville and Hempstead.  Good food  at Hard Times BBQ after the ride.

Bill’s Hilly Chilly MLK Day ride
Fort Worth Bicycling Association
Event Details
Club Ride
Monday, January 20, 2014 9:00 am
Chilly Billy’s Hilly Ride
62 mile route
40 mile route
26 mile route

Watson’s Lone Star
Hill Country Bicycle Touring Club
Sunday Jan 26, 2014
Ride starts at  9:00 a.m. at the Economic Development Center in Somerset, Texas. The route travels down the wide shoulders of Somerset Road to Watson Road. We’ll cross Hwy. 16 South to Lone Star Blvd then ride by the Toyota Plant and make our way back to Somerset. Lunch at a local Mexican restaurant, now open on Sundays. The ride travels country roads and roads with wide shoulders with a few gentle hills.   This ride will automatically cancel if it is 45 degrees or colder 1/2 hour before start time.
Ride Leaders:  Debbie and Richard Hays

Fort Worth issues warning to copycat bridge-riders

FORT WORTH — Stay off the arches.

That’s the message from the City of Fort Worth after a BMX stunt cyclist crossed the Trinity River on the arches of the new West 7th Street Bridge in a daredevil feat on Saturday.

Mat Olson told News 8 he had contemplated the dangerous bicycle stunt for some time, but had to wait until conditions were right.

Police officers warned him after the…

2013 Recap

The word of the year for 2013 would be racing. I really pushed myself this year to both train and race in the TMBRA series. My original goal was a top 3 finish, but that turned out to be too ambitious. I could have finished in 5th had I done the optional Pay Dirt trail work, but I didn’t get my trail work in so I ended up in 9th instead.

In addition to racing the TMBRA series, I also managed to score a victory in a relay marathon race with Kirby at Reveille Peak.

As cataloged in my Strava log, I ended the year with 228 hours of saddle time for 2600 miles of riding, beating my 2013 mileage goal. I didn’t come close to my…

US Nationals CX and Texas Top 10′s

…Here is a listing of the Texans who landed themselves in the Top 10.

Kevin Fish, 9th, Men – U23, Austin, TX
Faith Watkins, 10th, Women – Cat 1/2/3 Masters 35-39, Austin, TX
Summer Moak, 4th, Women – Junior 15-16, Katy, TX
Frederic Schmid, 2nd, Men – Masters 80-84, Waco, TX
Christina Gokey-Smith, 2nd, Women – Cat 1 Master 40-44, Denton, TX
Catherine Moore, 3rd, Women – Cat 1 Master 40-44, Waco, TX

CX Shenanigans No. 26
joeyTWOwheels        texascx.com
January 7-11, 2015

If you’re smart, you’ve already reserved those important days off at the office. Because, I gots to say…ain’t no party like an Austin party, cause an Austin party don’t stop.

You best get ready.

#CXnats in Austin is gearing up. You’ll get all the unofficial news here, on our FB and Twitter  – local tips, course info, parties, more. You can also follow the official promotion group @AustinCX15. Nice folks, to be sure.

Alright, the #TXCX crew was tearing it up in Boulder, and day three was…

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Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup January 2nd

City tries to make San Antonio a safer place for cyclists
By Vianna Davila        www.expressnews.com

SAN ANTONIO — A little more than 10 years ago, San Antonio was not a particularly friendly place for anyone traveling on two wheels. It had only 36 miles of bike infrastructure, placing it in the bottom third of the 50 largest U.S. cities.
But much has changed since then. There now are more than 400 miles of infrastructure citywide, which includes bike lanes, bike routes and improved shoulders.
Of those, 40 miles were added in the past two years, since San Antonio adopted a bicycle master plan.
That number excludes the city’s 45-mile greenway trail system, a network that…

The Racing Post, January 2014 Issue. The Growth of Texas Cyclocross

The Racing Post January 2014 Issue

HBC Zube Park Ride
Houston Bicycle Club
Saturday 01/11/14    9:00AM
Location: Cypress
Distances: 33(B), 40(C), 49(C) miles
Flat county roads in Harris, Waller, and Montgomery Counties. Pay attention to the map – there are a lot of turns. Only one store on the route. …

San Angelo Bicycle Association

Critical Mass is free, but Houston police may begin charging riders for escort
by Heather Alexander, Houston Chronicle

Houston police are considering a plan to charge the Critical Mass bicycle group as safety concerns draw officers away from their regular duties.

The event, which sees thousands of riders take to the streets on the last Friday of every month, has operated in cities across the world for over 20 years. At times it has become a real Drivers vs. Cyclists war, with violence erupting at rides in both Seattle and San Francisco.

Just this past Friday, a disgruntled driver shot video that shows riders racing through the…

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Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup December 29th

Brownsville groups offer running, cycling options
By YVETTE VELA The Brownsville Herald

Coming into 2014, Browns ville residents have options to make healthy resolutions for the new year: no-cost running or cycling groups.
Saturday morning brought cold and drizzly weather, but that didn’t stop a group of dedicated runners who gathered before sunrise for a weekly run at Rx Running Co., at 3101 Pablo Kisel Blvd.
The Brownsville store, which specializes in running shoes, hosts Saturday morning runs for anyone wanting to get out and improve their running times and distances — or for those who enjoy running as a…

My FitVlog Day 9 and Cycling Allen, Texas!
by Shauna Chan

Here’s my short fitvlog update for this week. I’ve only lost 2 pounds so far~~most likely because of the holiday this week. At least I didn’t gain 2 pounds! haha!
Also, I give a glimpse of today’s bike ride around Allen, Texas! When I…

ARR/RLAG Club Ride @ Rocky Hill Ranch
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Saturday, January 11, 2014        10:00 AM
Rocky Hill Ranch
578 FM 153, Smithville, TX (map)

Look for the Austin Ridge Rider Banner
Austin Ridge Rider & Ride Like A Girl Monthly Club Ride at Rocky Hill Ranch

This month we join RHR’s Jordan’s Challenge as they raise money to fight Systemic Lupus and Juvenile Arthritis.


All mountain bikers are welcome, riders will break into groups based on skill level (beginner, intermediate, advanced) and pace (fast, casual, slow). This is a No Drop ride so…

HBC Ride Schedule

Wednesday 01/01/14New Years Pot Luck Lunch And Ride8:30 a.m.David Dick
Saturday 01/04/14Montgomery9:00amRonald & Lilette Britsch
Sunday 01/05/14Houston Sans Car9:00 amGail Wellenkamp
Sunday 01/05/14Your Ride9:00amNEEDED
Saturday 01/11/14Zube Park9:00amRonald & Lilette Britsch
Sunday 01/12/14Your Ride9:00amNEEDED
Saturday 01/18/14Chappell Hill North9:00amRonald & Lilette Britsch
Sunday 01/19/14Your Ride9:00amNEEDED
Saturday 01/25/14Pattison – Hempstead9:00amRonald & Lilette Britsch
Sunday 01/26/14Your Ride9:00amNEEDED

Trail Grooming – December 28, 2013
friends of colorado bend

This was originally going to be a full weekend trip, but the weekend between Christmas and New Year apparently isn’t a great time to schedule a trail building weekend!  The only other option available was the weekend BEFORE Christmas and we figured that would be an even worse time!  Two couples signed up for the trip, but one couple could only make it for the day, so the weekend became a ‘Day Trip’ for both couples and a late notice was sent out to the trail builders about the change.  With no food or lodging involved, there was no deadline for signing up and all were invited to just ‘show up’ if they wanted to.  Two guys took the offer, so there were…

Upcoming Rides and Events
San Antonio Wheelmen

Wednesday, 1/1:   New Year’s Day Ride
Saturday, 1/4:       Krueger Canyon-River Road Ride
Sunday, 1/5:         Helotes-Castroville Ride

Intermediate & Faster Ride-Carl Barton Park
Woodlands Cycling Club
Saturday, January 04, 2014, 08:30am – 11:00am
Directions:  I45 N exit 84B 336/Frazier Street.  Go right on 336.  Continue east about 3 miles to the park on the right. Turn right into Carl Barton Park at the second exit and park on the left side of the parking lot.  Restrooms are available.

Helmets and hydration are required.

Intermediate group:  average 16-18 mph
Faster group:  average 18-20+ mph

Multiple routes from 40+ miles.  Route is generally decided at the start of the ride based on the group and weather.  Intermediate group about 40 miles.  Faster group 50+ miles.
Please plan to arrive in time to be ready at the start time. …

How To : Ride Your Bicycle in Cold Weather

Bank robber? No, just layered up and ready for a ride in the mid-30′s!

Without the proper apparel, bicycling in cold weather can redefine what it means to be cold and uncomfortable.  Wind chill is a big factor in this equation of discomfort.  So what is a cyclist to do when the mercury starts to dip?

The answer – breathable layers and a windproof outer shell.

Here’s a quick peek at what I wear when the temperatures dip down between 32-49 degrees.

Your first layer should usually be form-fitting (so it plays nicer with subsequent layers you put on) and made of a breathable fabric so moisture gets pulled away from your body as you…

P123 Resolution Cross barriers
by noprobXC

Resolution Cross P123 – Sunday
by noprobXC

First lap at the run-up

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