Breaking the Ice Bike Ride

Mike and Frank on the TV show American Pickers talk about breaking the ice. I broke the ice today with the first ride of 2015. I was watching the temperature around noontime as it slowly moved to 60 degrees. I was determined to ride today with cold weather supposed to arrive tomorrow and stay with us for 10 days or so.

I started getting ready to ride donning two long sleeve jerseys, leg warmers, shorts, jacket and full finger gloves. I figured riding the Kingwood trails I would be in the shade a lot and it could be chilly plus I could sweat off some of the extra pounds I put on over the holidays. I pressed the start button on the Garmin 510 at 12:51 and finished at 2:37. It did warm up to 66 when I got home but it still felt chilly. I did not regret wearing the cloths.

There was nothing exotic about the route other than I wanted to go at least 15 miles. I ended up riding 18.86 miles. Being on my MTB I didn’t set any fast average speed but I did realize the extra weight of this bike can wear me out even going up the few inclines around here. I wandered around the trails north of the river and crossed over the river into Atascocita to get those extra miles.

A few other bikers were on the trails and most were not dressed to the extent I was. Two riders I came upon were wearing shorts and T-shirts. This is way too under dressed for my thin blood. Another lady was dressed similar to me but no helmet. Not a good idea with the sudden trail turns and uneven surface in places. Yesterday I needed a helmet at home when I was putting away Christmas decorations. A tall candle stand with a large candle on the top fell over from the shelf above my head with the candle landed solidly on my head. That HURT! I stopped and took a break to get my senses back.

Charts and stuff from the ride: (click the image to see it full size)

April 26th Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup

Let’s Talk Mountain Bikes
By Darryl            LOVING THE BIKE
It’s another one of our Let’s Talk features, and my good friend Shawn is in to get you talking about mountain bikes.

Shawn runs the website, and in this video he poses an interesting question to all of you….especially if you’re primarily a road cyclist. Oh, and Shawn just happens to be a video graphics master and includes some cool stuff in this one. …

Austin City Council may give more consideration to clarity of bike parking requirements

Cyclists may soon receive more consideration from city officials regarding the convenience of parking downtown as Austin continues to strive to be a more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly city.
An ordinance proposed by the city’s Planning Commission and Public Works Department amends Austin’s Land Development Code to redefine and clarify bicycle parking. The ordinance would clarify various parts of the code, including taking bike parking into consideration when modifying parking for motor vehicles for…

Vote for the Face of Biking in Dallas, then Party!
Bike Friendly Oak Cliff
Voting is up!

And so are all the rest of the photos from Dallas Cycle Style’s 2013 Cyclist Census.

Who do you think should be crowned 2013 Face of Biking in Dallas? We have some great candidates, including a notable OC resident, Marcy

Voting continues through Saturday 4.27.13 at high noon and we’ll announce the winners at the bicycle party that night! …

Building a Temporary Workshop
by John  
We are going to be doing some remodeling in the fall and one of the pieces of the project is a bike workshop in the garage.  Today I have to pull the car out to do work on my bike and that is a complete pain.  I had some free evenings this week and decided to set up a temporary workshop for the time being.  This is a few feet narrower than the final in the plans, but it will…

This Is The Sight I Want To See In My Town

I was heading home down Arapaho Road in Richardson, when a small group of cyclists caught my eye. This wasn’t the typical lycra clad, roadie group that you see running a training ride through my town. Instead, it was a bunch of regularly dressed, casual cyclists making their way to the…

Why Did You Start Mountain Biking?
Super simple question, and I want to hear your story.

Watch me tell why I started mountain biking in the below video.

Link to BSS Pace Bend Race results

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by Il Pirate Austin Ridge Riders

Here the links to all of the results (Pace Bend Race, Overalls & Team Challenge):

Pace Bend Race:


Team Challenge Race:

Team Challenge Table:

 Message from ARR President and Race Director Cindy Weisinger
by Il Pirate
Thanks to all who came out to Pace Bend for the race this weekend! We couldn’t have possibly had better weather and the trails were in superb shape. Everyone seemed to be having a good time out there, and I do hope my perception on that is accurate!

Many thanks to Bicycle Sport Shop and ALL our incredible sponsors for helping make this a…

Race Photos from Pace Bend Weekend
by Il Pirate        Austin Ridge Riders
All XC photos from last weekend are up! Get them here:

And don’t forget to search for your bib number! There were a fairly high amount of untaggable photos at Pace Bend, so check the galleries manually if the search doesn’t give you what you want.

Big props to Cindy, Leif, and all of the other volunteers and race crew that…

Know rules of road when walking, running, cycling
By Bill Cullins        San Angelo Standard-Times
SAN ANGELO, Texas — Observe the cyclists, runners and walkers you see the next time you’re out on streets in our community.

You’ll see numerous violations of basic bike-pedestrian safely guidelines and probably spot several people who are breaking the law without knowing it.

In fact, many of those individuals might flunk the following “quiz” related to…


Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for April 9th

Time Trials 2012
Northwest Cycling Club
Sunday, April 15th starting at 7:30 AM will be the beginning of the 2012 NWCC Club TT series. The venue will again be Warren Ranch Road. Please note that we will be starting promptly at 7:30. No rider will be started after 8:00 due to traffic and safety concerns. If by chance more than 30 riders show up we…

Bicycle Seats and Numbness in Male and Female Cyclists
Dr. Gabe Mirkin’s Fitness and Health E-Zine
April 8, 2012
Several studies have shown that male bicycle riders can become impotent from pressing their genitals against a bicycle seat. A study from Yale showed that compression from a bicycle seat can cause loss of feeling in a woman’s genitals (J Sex Med 2006;3:1018-1027). Now, a new study from Yale shows that the lower a woman sets her handlebars, the more she bends forward and the harder she presses her genitals against the bicycle seat to cause this loss of genital feeling (J Sex Med, published online March 5, 2012).

Women who suffer the most genital numbness set their handlebars below the height of their seats. Riders set their handlebars low to lower their bodies so they can go faster. More than 60 percent of the force you press on your pedals is lost by the air resistance against you and your bike. So, to go faster, you make yourself lower and…

CamelBak expands into new markets

Bike racer Michael Eidson was looking for a better way to stay hydrated during a sweltering road race in Texas, the “Hotter’N Hell Hundred.”

The emergency medical technician filled an IV bag with water and slipped it into a tube sock.

He stuffed it down the back of his bike jersey and sipped from the IV tube as he pedaled. Eidson didn’t have to slow down or take his hands off the handlebars while he…

Red River Riot recap
by bikedenton
I’ve spent much of my life driving past interesting roads, especially those dirt and gravel ones you never have a reason to drive down. I feel a burning curiosity to go down those roads that don’t have stores, parking lots, or even houses. Sometimes the roads stretch to the horizon, and sometimes they curve and disappear into a tunnel of trees. The emptiness that draws us in isn’t actually empty.

Gravel grinding is celebration of those roads.

Last Saturday, I went up to the Texas/Oklahoma border to ride Spinistry’s Red River Riot gravel grinder. 130 miles of desolate roads through rolling prairie and tough hills. The terrain just north of Muenster is far more rocky and hilly than I’m used to seeing around Denton. The elevation was killer, something like ~6800 feet total in the…

Register to Ride in the Georgetown Grand on May 19 – 20
by Keith Hutchinson  
Register now for the Subaru of Georgetown Grand by Holland Racing, the state criterium championship weekend on May 19 – 20. The one-mile downtown criterium course sanctioned by USA Cycling has eight turns with plenty of places for spectators to get close to the racing action on the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas.

Register for the races or the non-competitive recreational ride and get all the details at The Subaru of Georgetown Grand offers $30,000 in cash prizes.

Saturday Racing: Racing on the downtown circuit course starts at 9 a.m. and continues…

Injured Veterans To Cycle 350 Miles From San Antonio To Arlington For Texas Ride 2 Recovery Cycling Event
More than 200 cyclists including injured veterans and their supporters will set off Monday, Apr 16, on the Ride 2 Recovery Texas Challenge sponsored by UnitedHealthcare, a seven-day, 350-mile ride from San Antonio to Arlington.

Texas Challenge cyclists will start their journey at Brooke Army Medical Center’s Center for the Intrepid in San Antonio and ride through central Texas with overnight stops in San Marcos, Austin, Ft. Hood, Waco and Cleburne. The ride will conclude in…

Sunday, April 15th, Social Event: Join us at Brietske’s for a piece
San Antonio Wheelmen
Sunday, April 15th, Social Event: Join us at Brietske’s for a piece of pie (paid for by the Club) after the New Berlin ride. Remember to wear your Wheelmen Jersey.
Saturday, April 21:  Southside Mission
Sunday, April 22:  Kendalia-Crabapple
Sunday, April 22:  Fiesta Wildflower

STCC at the Track, Training Opportunities
by sooner1                Shawnee Trail Cycling Club

Not technically a group riding opportunity, but several club members are already riding at our velodrome on Tuesday evenings.  The track is open to all certified cyclists, not just Shawnee Trail CC.  If you’ve not ridden at the Frisco SuperDrome before, you’re missing a fantastic training opportunity.  This facility on the Collin County Community College Campus in Frisco, Tx, is one of the premiere outdoor track venues in the country.  The track is a 250 meter loop with turns that are banked at 44 degrees.  The ride is a little different, on fixed…

Huntsville HS Mountain bike race, Smithville, TX 2012

TexasMTBtrails        via Twitter
What a TERRIFIC video! Congrats to the HHS Hornets on their victory! You guys

Fredo’s 30th

So a few months ago I decided I wasn’t going to be a home body and I was going to get back into the outdoors. On my 30th birthday I decided to go and just grab my mountain bike and go! The next 30 years and beyond I am going…

Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for February 12th

29 inch tire choice for central texas
by rivertrash
Looking at 29 tubeless tires for cross country riding in central texas any suggestions? trail I ride the most is the Madrone with Flatrock, Austin and SA trails sprinkled in? …

Getting new bike, need advice
by rjackh
Im in the market for a new bike. I was set on a 2012 trek cobia for a while, but I just found a new 2011 trek fuel ex 5 at the lbs for just a couple hundred extra over the cobia. What do yall think I should do? I ride single track and XC, nothing too serious as I live in Houston. I am not sure if i should go for the hardtail 29er or the full suspension 26. Thanks for any advice. …

Fort Worth Bicycling Association Club Rides
Beginner’s and Casual Ride, Art’s Park Trail Head Benbrook (details)
Sat, February 18, 2012 10:00 am
Grandview Gallop, Venus TX (details)
Sun, February 19, 2012 9:00 am

U.S. team announced for final UCI Track World Cup
By: Cycling News
USA Cycling has announced a strong line-up for the fourth and final round of the UCI Track World Cup, which starts in London on Thursday, February 16. The event will be used as a test event for the Olympic Games which take place in August. …

Dotsie Bausch (Irvine, Calif./OUCH Pro Cycling)
Madalyn Godby (Louisville, Colo./enCompass Racing)
Sarah Hammer (Temecula, Calif./OUCH Pro Cycling)
Jennie Reed (Seattle, Wash./OUCH Pro Cycling)
Lauren Tamayo (Asheville, N.C./Exergy TWENTY12)
Cristin Walker (Houston, Texas/Momentum Coaching Group p/b Atomic)

Alsatian Race Report
Camilo Borondy Notches First Win of 2012 at Alsatian Country (by Doug Martin)
Castroville, Texas – With the peloton still shivering from the cold start, Camilo Borondy warmed up the engines quickly, launching a vicious attack on an uphill section just moments into the men’s cat 3 road race last Sunday morning. “The roads were pretty crappy and winding,” recalls Borondy. “Kevin Girkins [Team Seton Brain and Spine] got on my wheel right away, and from there it was history. 2 or 3 guys tried to come across, but…

MS 150 Route Maps 2012 Houston – Austin
Bike Brookshire
BP MS150 Route MapComplete 2012 MS 150 Route Maps for the Houston to Austin ride with rest stop locations. Several starting point and ride options on each day to make this years ride a new experience from years past.
Printable PDF Maps: …

8:00am – Cup o Joe
Corinth Cycling Club
by Scott Franklin
When: Sat Mar 3, 2012 8am to 9:30am  CST
Where: Ronny Crownover Middle School
Event Description: The Cup o’ Joe is a beginner level ride of around 15 miles. The ride heads south to Hickory Creek and stops for drinks at Starbucks on the way home. The ride leader for this ride is Bob Troyer. The route can be found by clicking on the link…

Real Estate: Former burger restaurant, bicycle shops are sold in Pantego
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
…And an entity called Westover Granbury, headed by Fort Worth real estate investor Sam Brous, has bought the long-vacant former bicycle shop a block to the south, deed records show. …

…At the other property, Westover Granbury bought the 5,400-square-foot building at 1607 Bowen Road from a Boca Raton, Fla.-based trust. Brous did not return phone calls seeking comment on plans for the property. …

February Newsletter Published
Dallas Area Tandem Enthusiasts
The February edition of the DATES-Line Newsletter is published and available for download from the newsletters page. This month’s edition includes the following:
Upcoming Rides
Valentine’s Ride
Celina Training Series
Ben Wheeler/St. Patty’s Day Ride
Southwest Tandem Rally…

USA Cycling names 21 to U.S. team for 2012 UCI Pan American Road & Track Championships
by Ron Callahan  
…A young group of discretionary nominees will compete for the red, white and blue in the men’s road race. The riders set to toe the line include Lawson Craddock (Houston, Texas/Trek-Livestrong), Nate Brown(Covington, Tenn./Trek-Livestrong), Ty Magner (Athens, Ga./TT1), Rob Bush (Louisville, Ky./Chipotle Development Team), and Matthew Lipscomb (Decatur, Ga./Hincapie Development Team). Additionally, Craddock and Brown will race the clock in the men’s time trial.

Cedar Hill Road Race – Day 1
McKinney Velo

Led by typically strong efforts from Mike “Brownie” Brown (top left) and Steve “Oz” Weber (bottom left exhibiting his tried and true recovery method), a number of McKinney Velo racers made memorable 2012 season debuts on day one of road racing at…

2012 Copperas Cove
by velossimo

2012 Copperas Cove from Velossimo Racing on Vimeo.