Texas Bicycling News Digest January 17th

Theft Ring Busted But Bicycle Thefts Remain Big Problem


Law enforcement agencies from across the state worked together to bust a bicycle theft ring Tuesday. According to Austin Police, the theft ring rented, failed to return and then sold high-end bicycles across Texas. APD says each of the bikes cost between $3,000 and $4,000.
“They had recently rented a bike in Plano, and the officers found that the bike — within hours — here in Austin on Craigslist,” explained APD Downtown Area Commander Troy Officer.
Austin’s own Bicycle Sport Shop and Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop …

Project Pedal On: Local Student Addresses Paris City Council


Paris Jr. High student, Sahil Prakash presented a bicycle awareness project to the Paris City Council Monday night.  In an effort to make Paris a more bike-friendly town, Prakash spoke about Project Pedal On.
Prakash began, “This year my goal is to get more people on bikes.  Project Pedal On is dedicated to increasing bicycle riding resources in Paris, so that more …

Mellow Johnny’s to open second location

by BRAIN Staff        www.bicycleretailer.com

FORT WORTH, Texas (BRAIN) — Mellow Johnny’s — the Austin, Texas, destination store co-owned by Lance Armstrong — is expanding to a second location to be housed in the new Clearfork Trailhead Cycling and Fitness Center in Fort Worth, set to open in late spring. The full-service shop will also include rentals and training.
Clearfork is a mixed-use development of residential, retail and restaurant businesses next to a cycling and hiking trail that covers more than 40 miles along the …

Texas police charge 4 in high-end bicycle theft ring


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Four people have been charged in a high-end bicycle theft ring in which investigators say they rented bikes from Texas businesses and sold them online.
Austin police say one person was arrested after …

UL Cycling Club gears up for competition in Texas

by Crystal Morgan        thevermilion.com

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Cycling Club is preparing for a cycling competition this March in Austin, Texas.
This spring, UL Lafayette Cycling will participate in the road discipline. Cycling disciplines correspond to different seasons. The road discipline is in the spring, the track discipline is in the summer, the mountain biking discipline is in the fall and the …

Get to Know You Ride and Lunch

Saturday, Jan 24, 2015, 11:00 AM

Location details are available to members only.

31 Members Went

One lap around the lake (about 11 miles). We’ll gather up in the parking lot behind Dallas Bike Works and behind The Lakehouse.Beginner pace (8-10 mph pace): one lap will take about 65 minutes. This is a no-drop ride. We will not leave you.Please wear your helmet and bring something to drink during the ride. Any bicycle in good riding condition w…

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Houston Cycling Club

Houston, TX
2,162 Houston Cycling Members

Hello and welcome to the Houston Cycling Club!  Whether you’re training for a triathlon, a road/ mountain bike race or just looking to meet fun people to ride with, this is th…

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Anthills Trail Ride

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015, 4:15 PM

2 Dirty SOB’s Went

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What happened in Austin: A letter from USA Cycling Events VP Micah Rice


The following letter was sent to 2015 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships riders last night with further explanation of events that transpired over the weekend in Austin. USA Cycling recognizes these issues impact all membership and wanted to make the letter public for its membership to read now that those riders directly impacted have been contacted.
Dear Members,
In light of the events of this past weekend at the 2015 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships, I wanted to take time to address a few of the circumstances, decisions and reasons for those decisions that went into the timeline of events from Sunday morning until the competition’s conclusion on Monday. I hope that the information below will answer some of your questions and provide you with a better understanding of what exactly happened in Austin this past weekend, particularly regarding the Sunday postponement and the decision to …

My First Endorphin Inducing Bike Ride In Texas Of The New Year Has Me Feeling Good

Durango Texas

I did not realize, until this 3rd Saturday of the New Year, how much I have been missing the blue sky of Texas, when the sun which that blue sky lets shine, heats the air to a temperature allowing outer wear of the t-shirt and …

Q&A on Citywide Bicycle Master Plan


Thank you to Houston Matters for the Q&A with the people responsible for Houston’s Bicycle Master Plan. Read their description and listen below.
“The City of Houston is launching a $500,000 effort to develop a citywide bicycling plan. It’s the first such comprehensive effort since 1994. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss efforts underway to develop the bike plan, its potential benefits for the city and …

2014 Protected Bike Lane Study including Austin facilities.

by Jack        bicycleaustin.info

bizikletari wrote:
Jack wrote:
Mostly, it seems to be analysis of “perceived safety” (…), and thin on actual safety
“Perceived Safety” carries a lot more weight than what it seems you imply it has. Perception of safety is one of the main arguments Americans invoke to shy away from bicycling. It is the main cause why Americans do not allow their children to bike to school or other activities. ***
I think it may be useful to rethink the profound impact that perception of safety has in everybody’s lives and use that understanding to build facilities that promote cycling.
A new study on cycling risks, according to this http://usa.streetsblog.org/2015/01/09/s … -you-wear/  “Researchers found that people who were injured while riding on sidewalks or shared-use paths tended to sustain worse injuries, even compared to cyclists riding on major roads with no bike infrastructure. These …

The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group

Austin, TX
2,678 Mountain Bikers

Meet other local mountain bikers to organize rides, review trails, gear and trade tips. All skill-levels welcome. We’ll try to organize rides that fit all experience levels. M…

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Police say suspected bicycle theft ring targeted Flower Mound

by Chris Roark        starlocalmedia.com

Three people have been arrested in Austin in connection with a bicycle theft ring that police say targeted several North Texas shops, including one in Flower Mound.
According to a press release from the Austin Police Department, 30-year-old Jonathan Lee Oldham rented “an expensive” bicycle in the …

USA Cycling to restore torn-up Zilker Park after cyclocross race


Zilker Park, which is now crisscrossed by wide muddy gashes, will be repaired by the cycling organization whose event caused the damage.City officials and a USA Cycling spokesman said Thursday they expect the restoration of Austin’s central park to start in just over a week, with grass sprouting in the torn-up areas within a month. The park will remain open while the grounds are restored….

Texas Trail Show & Tell

by cykelk        forums.mtbr.com

It struck me that we needed a general place to post up local ride photos and video. If you’ve got some stuff from a recent ride that you don’t feel like starting a new thread for, show it off here!
I’ll kick it off with some footage from last week on Barton Creek side trails. Cool out but very nice riding. …

Kickin’ Ash

by Kat Hunter        texasbikeracing.com

Cycling has many breeds: roadies, track racers, mountain bikers, commuters, cyclocrossers, and even stranger subsets of the two-wheeled. Ash Duban is somewhere at the center of cycling’s complicated Venn diagram of how to be on the bike. A 5-foot-2 redhead with a big engine, she’s ridden everything from underground alley cats and cross-country tours to velodrome events and …

Garmin Goes Crazy

Pit’s Fritztown News

Today I did my exercise again, the same route as last time, only a few hundred feet more, to the intersection of Kneese and Lower Crabapple Roads. Everything went well again and I was within the same pace and heart range as before, when all of a sudden, after about three quarters of my walk, my Garmin showed a heart rate of way over 200. The maximum …

The wind between their wheels

BY JARED WILSON        www.oaoa.com

Hundreds compete in Comanche Cross
On Saturday it was a sight that most people in West Texas haven’t seen in a few weeks. The sun was shining and temperatures were optimum but there was …

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Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for February 7th

Fort Worth Bike Swap Meets: Feb 12 & March 4
by Doohickie @ www.bikeforums.net
Couple of swap meets coming up in Fort Worth. First is the Trinity Bicycles swap meet at the Rahr Brewery, 701 Galveston Avenue, Fort Worth, on Sunday, February 12, from 9 to 2.

The second one is the Great Southwest Bike Swap, at the Tarrant County Resource Connection, 1100 Circle Drive, Building 2300, Fort Worth, on Sunday, March 4, from 9 to 2.

Pedestrian/cycling bridge nearly done
By Allen Jones            Houston Chronicle

Workers are constructing a bridge for pedestrians and cyclists near McGregor Way across Brays Bayou that will tie into Hermann Park’s hike-and-bike trails. The bridges are part of a $10 million partnership between Houston’s Public Works and Engineering Department and the Texas Department of Transportation. The Tierwester bridge provides connections to bike routes north and south of the bayou so that cyclists can have better access to the main campus of the University of Houston as well as to Texas Southern University. The Harris County Flood Control District, in partnership with…

Mellow Johnny’s Giant Bikes Demos in 2012
by Il Pirate         Austin Ridge Riders
Giant Bicycles Demo Event 2012
Saturday February 25, 2012  9:30 am – 2:00 pm
Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park 12138 N Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78758
Join Mellow Johnny’s for a great day of demo bike riding at Walnut Creek Park. The event hosted by Giant Bicycles and Mellow Johnny’s Staff, will give you a chance to ride select Giant road and mountain bike models. Helmets required for all rides and demos (limited number of demo helmets available). All Demo Participants must bring with them a valid photo ID and a credit card. …

After Big Rains in January, FWMBA Maintains Momentum at the February Workfest
by M2Rider FWMBA President

On Saturday, February 4, 2012 the Fort Worth Mountain Bikers’ Association (FWMBA) held our forth Workfest of the 2011-2012 trail building season at Gateway Park. Texas weather is full of extremes. The 2011 summer heat wave and drought are still fresh on our minds. When it started raining in late January 2012 who knew we’d see the 10th wettest January ever. Many areas of Fort Worth received over 5.5” of rain last week. The all-volunteer FWMBA trail crew was anxious to see how our work to date held up after the big rains. …

Episode 17 The Whisperer Gets Whispered with LC
MBW Radio is back! After a too long an absence, MBW Radio host and FWMBA president, Larry Colvin is in the interviewee seat as Josh Clark asks him a bunch of questions. Find out about LC’s take on the state of the club, his love of the job of being a mountain bike president, how us mountain bikers’ owe a debt of gratitude to the moto people and dreams of black rimmed bicycles. …

Time for a Dreamslide
By Pam LeBlanc            Fit City
If bikes roll, Dreamslides sashay.

I jumped aboard one of the two-wheeled contraptions, imported from France, yesterday when Miguel Ferguson dropped by the newspaper offices, proud as a papa to show it off.

Ferguson, a 46-year-old professor of public policy in the School of Social Work at the University of Texas, ordered a pair of the ‘Slides last year. Now he zips around town on the scooter-like vehicle, garnering admiring…

Recreational bicycling on the rise
The number of recreational bicyclists in Panola County is on the increase. Many people have turned to bicycling as a healthy activity that can be beneficial.

According to chapter 13 of the Texas Drivers Handbook, “bicycles” means every device propelled by human power upon which any person may ride, having two tandem wheels either of which is more than 14 inches in diameter. “Vehicle” means a device, in, or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn on a public…

Park to host Bayou Adventure Race
The Bayou Preservation Association will present its first Bayou Adventure Race Feb. 18 at 9 a.m. at Terry Hershey Park consisting of a 5K run, a 3K paddle trip and bicycle rides of 10K and 15K.

The race offers a different kind of triathlon, substituting kayaking for swimming.

Organized by Texas Adventure Racing, the event begins in Terry Hershey Park in West Houston at South Mayde Creek Drive with an out-and-back run. Next, the paddle portion goes from Langham Creek/Buffalo Bayou to the Dairy Ashford Canoe Launch. Contestants…

Driver in accident that killed 3 arrested
The Associated Press        www.kfoxtv.com
LUBBOCK, Texas — A 26-year-old man has been indicted on intoxication manslaughter and aggravated assault counts in a crash that killed three men on a road next to the Texas Tech campus.

The Lubbock County grand jury indicted Texas Tech University student Brian Cody Hawthorne on Tuesday in the Jan. 29 crash that killed passengers Hernandez Almaguer and Kendrick Lamaar Johnson and bicyclist Courtland Whitmore. …

2012 Tour of New Braunfels
by Ken            Texas Racing Life
Thank God the season has started.  With months of looking forward, I was finally at a race day.  I was not surprised to find myself so anxious and ready to see how I matched up against the P12’s after a lot of work in the offseason.

The first race on tap for the weekend was the Omloop.  This is a small circuit race that has a huge downhill with the rest of the course gradually returning to the starting elevation.  After the gun, it was evident that I was not alone in my nervousness, and there were many near crashes in the first few laps.  My plan for the race was to…

New Nationwide Gran Fondo Series
endurancesportswire.com     (found this on Twitter)
RAAM Cycling Challenge Kicks Off in Texas As Part of Nationwide Cycling Events Series

Boulder, CO – The 2012 RAAM Cycling Challenge gets started in Austin, Texas on March 17th as part of a nationwide series of “Gran Fondo” cycling events. Operating under the iconic cycling event brand, Race Across America, RAAM Cycling Challenge is a nine-city series of Gran Fondo events.  With the Gran Fondo distance of 120 miles as the main attraction, each event will also consist of…

Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for October 16th

Members and Friends of BikeDFW,
From 12 to 6 PM this coming Saturday, October 22nd, BikeDFW will be participating in a Bike Fair and Exposition in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, organized by Bike Friendly Oak Cliff and hosted by Richardson Bike Mart. This should be a super-fun event that brings together all kinds of cyclists from all over DFW.
BikeDFW will be running:
A bike safety and education booth
A bicycle powered smoothie stand (like this)
A kids Bike Safety Rodeo (like this)

Levi Leipheimer, Chris Horner & Ben King at Mellow Johnny’s
by Corey Carter

Yesterday Levi Leipheimer, Chris Horner and Ben King of Team RadioShack were in town and at Mellow Johnny’s doing a Q&A and autograph session as part of this year’s Livestrong Challenge Austin event. Fellow RadioShack rider…

Green Chili Cheeseburger Poker Ride/Run 10/23/2011  
Old Tascosa Cycling Club ride
RAGE-N-NUGGET writes “Palo Duro Canyon State Park 10/23/2011 12pm to 3pm
Green Chili Cheeseburgers and Poker Ride/Run. Fabulous prizes and yummy food. All proceeds will be donated to benefit TPAWD employees impacted by wildfire. 10$ donation, Contact Matt Melvin for more info or post on this reply.

Thousands Join Lance Armstrong, Cancer Survivors at the Team LIVESTRONG(R) Challenge in Austin
Event Raises More Than $2.3 Million and Attracts 4,300 Participants to Champion Cancer Survivors
AUSTIN, TX, Oct 15, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Lance Armstrong, cancer survivor, cycling champion and LIVESTRONG(R) founder and chairman, is celebrating 15 years of cancer survivorship by joining 4,300 fellow survivors, advocates and supporters who are…