Texas Bicycling News Digest October 29th

New Route Added: Starbucks to STC

by Ray Garza        biz179.inmotionhosting.com

I added a new bike commuting route from the Edinburg to the STC campus in McAllen. The route starts at Starbucks on University Drive taking you to 29th street to use the bike lanes. When you cross Buddy Owens (3-mile line) you make your way to 31st street which …

Lets take our first night light bike ride!

Saturday, Nov 14, 2015, 5:00 PM

Hailey Elementary
12051 Sawmill Rd, The Woodlands, TX 77380 Spring, TX

16 Night Riders Went

Hello everyone!I am thrilled that there has been such a big response to this meetup.For our first ride we will be heading to the Woodlands outdoor mall! There we can congregate at “Central Park at Market St.” and hop over to Starbucks for a coffee or Potbelly’s for ice cream.I am so excited to meet everyone and share with you our family traditio…

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To all 2015 Garland L. Parise Pineywoods Purgatory participants and volunteers:


On behalf of the Pineywoods Purgatory Association, I would like to personally thank everyone who was a part of this years’ event. From the riders that traveled from as far Shawnee, Kansas to the local volunteers that provided the “boots on the ground” effort that the ride demands. It was a huge success! The George H. Henderson, Jr. Exposition Center and staff have organized and hosted the event for the past three years. While the learning curve …

Austin BikeFest CANCELED


BikeTexas regrets to announce that Austin BikeFest presented by Capital Metro has been canceled. Austin BikeFest was scheduled for October 31.
The weather forecast calls for thunderstorms and rain for much of the day Friday and on into the morning on Saturday. Out of concern for the safety and comfort of our volunteers, staff, and …

Bicycle vs. vehicle crash at Iola and 73rd Street

By JORDAN SIGLER        lubbockonline.com

Emergency crews are responding to a bicycle vs. vehicle traffic accident at 73rd Street and Iola Avenue.
One person suffered moderate injuries, police say.

Eastbound from California

By Kevin OLeary        www.crazyguyonabike.com

Day 26: Sanderson to Langtry, TX
Thursday October 29, 2015, 61 miles (98 km) – Total so far: 1,224 miles (1,970 km)
Sanderson is a quiet town at night and I slept well. I got up at 7am and had my bike loaded and ready to go a few minutes after 8am. As I was putting on my helmet Danny came over to my room and offered to make me a cup of chai tea before I left. I couldn’t turn this down and so I waited a few minutes for him to prepare it. And it was worth the wait; the chai was just like the real thing that I had drank while I was in India (and not the sweet stuff commonly found in the U.S.). After thanking Danny for the umpteenth time for his generosity I finished the chai and got on the road.
Hwy 90 east of Sanderson was a decent road. There was no wind (yet) and …

Week Seven 2015 Preview – Spooky Cross

by joeyTWOwheels        texascx.com

Last week brought the epic rains, and with them jokes about Noah’s Ark and mud butt. The heckling sure was a joy, and it was fun to step out like we were racing in New England for a change. Kudos to the promoters who made their events swim last week – definitely a challenge.
Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 31 – Nov. 1, 2015 Spooky CX …

10/31 and 11/1 Rides! Dam Loop! Tour de Donut!

by Thomas        steinerranchcycling.com

Last weekend’s weather sucked. Saturday has a chance of rain… so keep your fingers crossed! Assuming the weather cooperates, we will roll out of Cups & Cones at the usual 7:30am for the Reverse Dam Loop. We don’t typically do this ride since it is so common for the area, but it has been a while for many of us. There will be options and discussion for adding on if desired.
Sunday is a special ride that I hope everyone in the club attends: Tour de Donut (http://tourdedonutaustin.com)! It is a short ride (about 25 miles) where riders (solo or in teams) race …

Oct 29 Palistine TX

Peg and Jan Bicycle tour 2015        cassh015.com

I tried to correct the problem with people who try to leave a comment getting DB error and the comment not posting. after an hour or so working with the support donkeys it was determined that the DB was corrupt. So they started to look for a backup which is taked every day and found that there backup systems was having trouble and my database was one of those that didn’t get backed up properly since Oct 7th. So no more comments on the blog. Please visit peg and jans facebook pages to comment on the dys activities.
40 some in today. Peg not feeling well so we stopped just north of Palistine and found a nice …

El Paso Bicycle Club

El Paso, TX
543 Cyclists

This is the official calendar of the El Paso Bicycle ClubEveryone is welcome to ride with the El Paso Bicycle Club,  you do not need to be a club member to join us. A complet…

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Local Teen Injured after Getting Hit While Riding Bike


(COLEMAN, TX) – A Coleman teen, 16, is recovering at a hospital in Ft. Worth after he was hit while riding his bicycle Wednesday afternoon.
The teen, who was traveling east down 3rd Street, failed to yield to a stop sign when he reached the intersection of 3rd Street and Commercial Street, causing a driver traveling south down Commercial to impact him around 4:45 p.m., according to the Coleman Police Department.
The teen was transported from the scene to …

Rocky Hill Ranch Intermediate and advanced beginner ride.

Saturday, Nov 14, 2015, 9:30 AM

Rocky Hill Ranch
578 Farm-to-Market 153 Smithville, TX

32 Mountain Bikers Went

Helmets required.  Great trail 9, 11, or  12 mile loops.   $10 fee charged by ranch, “cash,”.   The trail has some challenging uphill and some loose gravel.   Camping available also check Rocky Hill website for more detail.The first few miles are the toughest then it smoothes out a bit.Ride at your own risk.

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Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup January 28th

Bike plan draws fans, foes
By Robert Cadwallader        www.star-telegram.com
Consultants studying how to make Mansfield streets more bicycle friendly outlined Monday a preliminary long-range package of road signage, striping and expansion projects that could cost $11.1 million if all were implemented.
The plan also offered a buffet of options and combinations starting at $12,500 for 50 roadside signs warning motorists to look out for bike riders. The recommendations would become part of the city’s master thoroughfare plan, which would help guide the scheduling of the improvements.
The study, which was unveiled at a joint meeting of the City Council and Park Facilities Development Corp. board, will be…

Pedal fees
Feedback sought for proposed mandatory bike registration
By Lindsey Gawlik        www.thebatt.com

Mandatory bicycle registration may become a requirement in the future for Texas A&M bicyclists, according to the Bike District Plan proposal discussed in December by the Transportation Services Advisory Committee.
Texas A&M faculty and Student Government Association are searching for input on the proposal, which if enacted could require all bicyclists on campus — including visitors — to purchase a bike permit each year for up to $10, said Brittany Bounds, Graduate Student Council president and history graduate student.
Bounds, who is a member of the Transportation Services Advisory Committee, said Transportation Services is considering…

Fort Worth Trail Workday – Gateway Park – 2/1/2014 – 8:30am
by beechnut        forums.mtbr.com
Gateway Park Workday – 2/1/2014 – 8:30am
There is only a few hundred yards left to completely open this season’s trail corridor. We expect to have enough folks to spread out and begin working on trail surface, so expect to see rapid progress in the next few workdays.
Lunch on Saturday will be Spaghetti. We’ll have Italian sausage on the side for the…

Police ID cyclist killed on way to work
The Brownsville Herald
Brownsville police have identified a cyclist killed early Monday morning as a Matamoros man who was headed to work.
Police say Alejandro Abundis Alonso, 45, lived in Matamoros and was riding his bicycle to the Burger King on Alton Gloor when he was struck and…

Tuesday: Intermediate/Advanced Mountain Bike Ride at the Ant Hills
Houston Cycling Club
Tuesday, February 4, 2014    6:15 PM
15200 Memorial Dr, Houston, Te (map)
Look for group and ask if it’s us! call me, Jeff @ [masked] if you have any questions or are going to be late.
This will be a medium to fast pace ride through the Ant Hills of Hershey Park! Bring WATER, spare tube/tire, snacks, etc…Helmets required. Call if you are going to be late so we can…

Freehub hack
An Old Guy On Two Wheels

Recently rebuilt a wheel for somebody.  I also replaced the freewheel body.  His cassette had started to dig into the spline on the freewheel.  Local bike shop owner told me he’s seeing this a lot.  The lighter metals on freehubs are softer than the cassettes.  This is what happens when racers generate high torques during sprinting and climbing.  You rarely see this on older freehubs, especially bikes  used just to get around.
It’s a shame to throw away a nice component like this.  So I tried a repair hack.  Can’t remember where I heard about this. …

Craft Sportswear North America
Some fresh Custom Kits for our friends in Texas, Bat City Cycling. Check out their race on February 22nd

Increase core strength to prepare for long bike rides
Cyclists should focus on cardio, strength before the BP MS150
By Amy Chien        www.chron.com

Mid-April sounds like a long time away, but if you’re a cyclist planning to compete in the 2014 BP MS150 ride from Houston to Austin, you’ll want to start your athletic preparations now. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced rider, you’ll want a good foundation of cardiovascular fitness and improve your strength through weighted workouts.
No, it’s not just about logging miles on your bike. For training purposes, you can add swimming or running to your cardio workouts, and weight training can build the upper-body strength for a boost when riding over rough terrain or obstacles.
Andre Trinidad, endurance competition coach and…

CX Shenanigans No. 27
by joeyTWOwheels        texascx.com
This is overdue, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge the best racers in all of Texas. So here they are, best of the best in the very best state, 2013-2014.
Elite Men Andrew Beres, Ride Away Cycling Club
Elite Women Catherine Moore, Squadra di Servitori
SS Steven “Chaos” Thomspon, Dallas Bike Works
Expert Men Derrick Saunders, Colonel’s Sho-Air
Amateur Men Tim Spence, Mafia Racing
Amateur Women Missy Hardeman, Squadra di Servitori
Novice Men Ray Frias, Team Yacht Club
M40+ Marc Bergeron, Unattached
M50+ Don Losawyer, Dallas Bike Works
M60+ Chris Thibodeau, Violet Crown Sports Assoc
MU19 Austin Schneider, Northwest Cycling Club
MU15 Tallon Pemberton, Unattached
WU19 Betty Rodriquez, Northwest Cycling Club
WU15 Antionette McCall, Mafia Racing
MU10 Brayden Harshaw, CX Project 2015
WU10 Hazel Levy, CX Project 2015

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Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup January 25th

McAllen Arbor Day Walk, Run, Ride and Race 2014
by Erica Proffer

McAllen’s annual Arbor Day activities features a bike tour, 5k and 10k run, family walk and a criterium (bike race). Hundreds of people turned out for this year’s event. This is a quick look at some of the participants.

Sunday Ride Division1 / Boneshaker Project
Crisp winter morning ride from Division1 bike shop with the Boneshaker Project crew.

A cycle of losses
As tensions grow between bikers and drivers, death toll comes into stark focus
By Dane Schiller        www.houstonchronicle.com
Teenager Miguel Marcial pedaled his bike along a narrow, dark stretch of Richmond Avenue early one morning last July, following closely behind his older brother. The immigrant dish washers had worked the late shift and were both biking to a nearby pharmacy to buy toilet paper.
Only a few feet from the drug store’s parking lot, a brand-new BMW driven by a law student, Steven Moritz, who had just left the Estate Lounge, smacked 17-year-old Marcial from behind and launched him head-long into an oak tree.
The vehicle didn’t stop, according to police. It dragged Marcial’s orange and white bike beneath it for six blocks before disappearing into the humid summer gloom.
“If I had not pulled in, we would both be dead,” Miguel’s brother Palemon recalled hauntingly last week.
Marcial was one of at least 23 bike riders killed on Houston streets in the past five years, according to police and safety reports, as well as…

Upcoming Rides and EventsSan Antonio Wheelmen

Saturday, 2/1:         Bullis County Park Ride
Sunday, 2/2:           Southside Mission Ride
Saturday, 2/8:         Cibolo Ride
Sunday, 2/9:           Toutant-Beauregard Ride

Wahoo Fitness RFLKT+ and Cyclemeter App v10.0.4
BY Ray Garza        RGV Cycling
Cyclemeter iPhone App
In my last post, Wahoo RFLKT+ and Wahoo Fitness App v3.5.2, I talked about pairing up and using the RFLKT+ bike computer with the Fitness app on my iPhone. It worked great and solved some of my problems I had while cycling at night. I liked the fact that I no longer need my ANT+ dongle and adapter cable to read my ANT+ compatible sensors. I also liked that I can now read my bike computer when I cycle at night (something that I do often). Check out the write-up for additional information. This time around I’m pairing up the RFLKT+ with the ever popular Cyclemeter App from Abivo.
Everyone has their favorite bike computer app and Cyclemeter seems to be on everyone’s list. It’s a very stable and configurable application that is great for multi-sports. I wanted to try it out since it now supports the RFLKT bike computer system. First thing out of the bag is that the support comes at a price. You see, if you want to…

Skills Clinic #96: RCP’s Loop 13 NEW DATE
Dallas Off-Road Bicycle Association
Saturday, February 1, 2014       10:00 AM
Rowlett Creek Preserve
2525 Castle Rd
Parking Lot at Castle Drive and Centerville Road
Garland, TX (map)
Please Note the NEW DATE Feb 1
Skills Clinic #96 RCP’s Loop 13 Jeremy Morse will be your instructor. Jeremy is among the very best bike handlers in North Texas. And he is a very good, patient, clear, and experienced mountain bike instructor. (And he is a nurse to boot!)
What: Loop 13 at Rowlett Creek Preserve has a variety of obstacles, most notably some rock gardens.
Who: The clinic is only for intermediate mountain bikers, or…

What’s Coming Up?
Hill Country Bicycle Touring Club
17th Annual Garner State Park Weekend- 2/14/2014 – 2/17/2014
Join us for a weekend of camping, hiking and, of course, biking. For those of you without RVs or tents, there are cabins to rent for the weekend. Ride Leader: Vanessa Leal
Spring Club Picnic- 3/22/2014
Join us for our semi-annual club picnic at Southside Lions Club Park. There will be various routes and distances to choose from, followed by food and fun. Bring your outdoor toys (kayaks, canoe, fishing, etc…). Ride Leader: Amanda McCoy…

Rudolph’s Revenge 2013 Results

Yeah, it’s 2014, but hey… We’re rebels here at TXMTB.

30 Mile Men’s Open
Place    Bib #    First Name    Last Name    Chip Time    Speed
1    60    Chris    Wright    *1:59:38.377    15.046
2    49    Steven    Allen    *2:02:45.387    14.664
3    37    Thomas    Attaway    *2:05:22.390    14.358
4    39    Josh    Storm    *2:05:23.413    14.356…


Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup January 24th

Cycling pedals money into Cove
Wendy Sledd | Herald staff writer

Wheels turned and bicycle spokes sparkled in the sunlight Saturday at the annual Megan Babb Memorial Classic. But other shining moments occurred when visitors who came to Cove for the race spent their money in the city.
Betty Price, Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce president, said the city benefitted financially from the event, both directly and indirectly.
“About 300 riders attended. We had 18 rooms spending an average of $89 per night, plus $50 for…

Bike the Trails in Texas State Parks this February
AUSTIN— February offers an ideal time to pack up your bike and explore hundreds of miles of trails that wind through Texas State Parks. The parks’ safe and scenic environments offer both easy and challenging rides hugging lake shores, beneath towering pines, through rolling hills and along mountain trails open to exploration any day of the week.
With hundreds of miles of biking trails throughout the state park system, it is easy to find a trail close to home that cyclists of all ages can enjoy.
Skill ratings and trail descriptions are available on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Biking activity page. Cyclists can also view a video roundup of what it’s like to bike in a variety of state park settings, including Brazos Bend State Park.
Trail levels range from beginner, including Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park’s flat and paved park roads in Mission, to the most…

4 pedals of the rose, TT#3, Lindsey Park
February 2 @ 1:45 pm – 5:00 pm
Tyler Bicycle Club

This winter the Tyler Bicycle Club and East Texas Triathletes are hosting a mountain bike time trial series. This series will consist of 4 time trials, one time trial at each of the Tyler area trails.
Venue:     Lindsey Park, 12557 Spur 364, tyler, TX 75709 United States

Texas Cycling
with Tyler Paige, Brant Speed and Charlie Upshaw at Pedal Hard At.

Race Across Texas
This is a work in progress as details are developed.
(1/23/14) Today is kind of our birthday. 1/23/10 was our very first event, the Red River Riot. Spinistry was around a few months before that, but we hadn’t found our identity yet. The rains that fell that day just as the race started pretty much clamped down our Long, Hard & Dirty mantra going forward.
We’ve always said that we wanted to give people memories and have stories to share. The last couple of months have really driven home to us our responsibilities along those lines. It’s on us to make sure that the events we put on are worth your time and money. We have an obligation to provide unique events that aren’t for everyone but allow your accomplishments to be appreciated by all.
This means that sometimes we have to go outside our own comfort zone and push our limits a bit. Today we are announcing a new Spinistry event for later this year. It’s definitely not for everyone, and we have…

A Long Day in the Saddle
84.6 Miles
That’s a new distance PR for me. Not since my Durango to Moab day 2 50 miler ride (http://www.strava.com/activities/20542419) have I put in this many miles. And even then, it was only 50 miles.
Very rarely to I get time to put in basically a whole day on the bike. As it turns out the wife and kids were out of town this weekend, which afforded me the luxury of such a ride.
gran-fondo-1-v1That and the Strava Gran Fondo Challenge kept staring me in the face every day that I uploaded my ride data to Strava.
With the wife and kids away, I began thinking I could go for a nice long ride, shooting for a possible century ride. I briefly tried to see if there…

Interview – Ride For Refuge 2014 – Austin, TX
Hey Wheel Brothers! If you love attending races that benefit our local community, and support a great charity, the Ride For Refuge is right up your alley. Interested? Check out this interview with Erica Schmidt, the host of the event. Mark your calendars for February 8, 2014!

Why join your ride?
All proceeds from the event will be used to support refugees, asylees and survivors of human trafficking from around the world starting new lives in Texas.  Each rider will receive a free raffle ticket for prizes including $100 gift certificates to Uchi restaurant; Sway restaurant and a free stay at the Driskill Hotel.
How long has your ride been around?
The Ride originated in Canada as a grass roots ride for all levels of riders. Traditionally,   the ride in other cities is informal and supported by the communities where they ride. Ride for Refuge has been going strong for…

Austin B-Cycle reports usage stats for first month
By Pam LeBlanc        www.austin360.com

Have you spotted those groovy red bikes with the big baskets cruising around downtown?
The city’s new bike share system has been up and running since Dec. 21, and we’ve got some statistics about their usage.
As of Jan. 21, users had made 3,880 trips on Austin B-Cycle bikes, according to Movability Austin.
The system currently has 11 stations in the downtown area. By March 1, that network will expand to…

Hypothesis: freezing rain and sleet make streets slippery
An Old Guy On Two Wheels
Test:  Ride around on said streets after winter storm.
Results:  Hypothesis confirmed.  Slippery.
IMG_1293Not the end of the world that everybody was expecting.  I-35 is open, although at about 1% of it’s usual volume.  Starbucks was open (clerk was probably wondering if he should call the authorities about an escaped mental patient riding his bike).  McDonalds, gas stations and various other retail establishments were open.
Light traffic.  Most people behaving…

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