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Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup January 1st

Tuesday: Intermediate/Advanc­ed Mountain Bike Ride at the Ant Hills
Houston Cycling Club
Tuesday, January 7, 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 wait for you. Wheels rolling by 6:30! See you there

Upcoming Events
Waco Bicycle Club
Events on January 20, 2014
Monthly Club Meeting
Location: Uncle Dan’s BBQ
Description: Uncle Dan’s is located at 1001 Lake Air Dr. Come early to hang out, socialize and eat some really good BBQ.

2014 Annual Membership Banguet
Woodlands Cycling Club
The 2014 Annual Membership Banquet will be held January 13th, 2014 at Cilantro’s Mexican Restuarant (formly Rico’s) at 7:00 PM. Seating is limited so get there early to assure a seat.

2014 Membership Due’s – 2014 Dues’s will be payable at the membership banquest in the amount of $25.00 /individual and $35.00 /family until January 31st. Starting February 1, 2014, membership dues will be increasing to $30.00 /individual amd $40.00 /family. …

2014 Texas State Senior Games Championships – San Antonio
CYCLING • Saturday, March 29, 9:00am (10k Time Trial), Following the time trials – approximate time 11:00am (20k Road Race),  Sunday, March 30, 9:00am (5K Time Trial), Following the time trials approximately 10:30am (40k Road Race) • Texas Research Park, 14815 Omicron Drive • All participants must wear an ANSI or Snell approved helmet.  Cyclists must report 30 minutes prior to start times. Numbers will be distributed at the event check in.  Chip Timing.

20k & 40k Road Race map
5K Time Trial map
10K Time Trial map

New Year’s Day Ride
Plano Bicycle Association

And they’re off………..President Andrew serves up some good post-ride eats!……..Super way to start 2014.



Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup December 28th

Middle Of The Road (MOTR) Rides

January Club Ride at Rocky Hill Ranch
Austin Ridge Riders
Saturday, January 11, 2014 – 10:00
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 no one gets left behind or lost, we will get you back to the trail head for the after party;)

Remember to bring your helmet, plenty of water, and cash for the park entry fee. Everyone is also invited to bring a dish to share after the ride: i.e. cookies, chips, dips, salads, fruit, drinks, etc.

You do NOT have to be an ARR member to attend the club ride but we do ask that you…

February Club Ride on the granite at Reveille Peak Ranch!
Austin Ridge Riders
Saturday, February 8, 2014 – 10:00
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 no one gets left behind or lost, we will get you back to the trail head for the after party;)

Remember to bring your helmet, plenty of water, and cash for the park entry fee. Everyone is also invited to bring a dish to share after the ride: i.e. cookies, chips, dips, salads, fruit, drinks, etc.

Parking will be in the main parking area in front of the pavilion, look for us near the ARR banner.

You do NOT have to be an ARR member to attend the club ride but we do ask that you…

San Angelo Bicycling Association

Jan 1 – PBA New Year’s Day ride
Plano Bicycle Association
Wednesday, January 01, 2014, 10:00am


4 Pace Groups:
JACK RABBITS:  19-21 MPH      David Appleby             DISTANCE:  40 MILES+/-
COYOTES:  17-19 MPH              Steve Standifer            DISTANCE:  35 MILES+/-
BOBCATS:  15-17 MPH              Jerry Hubbard              DISTANCE:  30 MILES+/-
ARMADILLOS:  13-15 MPH        Alex Dulaney               DISTANCE:  30 MILES+/-
Food and Hot Chocolate will be served when you…

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Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup December 10th

Road Bike Party 2 – Martyn Ashton

Road Bike Party 2 is here! Martyn Ashton and two very special guests take you on a new journey with a new bike in RBP 2.
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Incredible stunts and amazing tricks all completed on a £15,000 Colnago C59 Italia? It can only be a Road Bike Party! Lycra-clad trials legend Martyn Ashton’s first Road Bike Party was a YouTube sensation, so a sequel HAD to be made, bigger and better than before! Martyn was in the middle of filming when his life was…

Volunteers Needed at Fat Chuck’s Revenge Saturday December 21st!
Austin Ridge Riders

Volunteers needed for Fat Chuck’s Revenge at Rocky Hill Ranch on Saturday, 12/21.  Tshirts, food, and of course SHINER BEER!! Contact Amy Miller…

Bike tragedy remains unsolved: Search for hit-and-run driver continues

Excerpted from CultureMap:
BY TYLER RUDICK        www.bikehouston.org
Chelsea-Norman-memorial-December-2013_105309Without any leads or suspects, the Houston Police Department’s hit-and-run unit continues its investigation into the death of Chelsea Norman — a Whole Foods staffer who was fatally struck by an unknown driver while cycling home from work on Sunday night.

Friends and family have set up a makeshift memorial for the 24-year-old San Antonio native, piling flowers and candles at the scene of the accident on Waugh Drive just south of West Gray.

One of the few bystanders, a man who made the 911 call, told KHOU Channel 11 that he…

New Year’s Day Family Ride
Hill Country Bicycle Touring Club
Event:     New Year’s Day Family Ride
Start:     January 1, 2014 10:00 am
End:     January 1, 2014 12:30 pm

Venue:     Ingram Park Trailhead
Wednesday, January 1st:  Let’s start out 2014 with a leisurely bike ride (or go as fast as you can safely), with plenty of time to sleep into the New Year. The ride will start at 10 a.m. from the Ingram Park Via bus station (410 & Ingram Rd.).  This ride on the Leon Creek Trails Trail-head to its end at the Valero Trailhead (at IH 10) is approximately 24 miles in length with shorter route options. The trails are mostly flat with a few small rolling hills. Bring the family, kiddy trailer & …

TRP Spyre / Spyre SLC Recall Notice
by Bike Rob        www.bikerumor.com

Tektro USA/TRP Brakes has issued a voluntary recall notice affecting about 4000 Spyre and Spyre SLC mechanical dual piston disc brake calipers sold from April 2013 to December 6, 2013. This includes both black anodized and silver finishes, sold with 140mm or 160mm rotors. The company has also filed a report with the CPSC in accordance with their guidelines.

In a statement released earlier today, TRP stated “We have identified a specific condition that could result in failure or one or both of the brakes when installed on a bicycle.”

The Spyre caliper uses a dual piston design in which ball bearings move within opposing ramps. We have discovered that in a specific scenario, the balls can be…

27.5 Mountain Bikes: Are They Worth The Hype?
Texas Mountain Bike Trails
If you have been following the bike industry, you no-doubt have heard plenty of hype about the new (or old) 27.5 wheelsize. Unless you’re under a rock somewhere I would almost guarantee that you have.

But, is the hype worth it? Here’s my thoughts after riding roughly 8 different 27.5 bikes from 4 different brands, plus you definitely want to check out the great infographic from Singletracks.com.
27.5 Mountain Bikes

Many of you guys may recall that I have been pretty skeptical of the wheelsize, relegating it to an automatic second place in XC behind 29ers. I didn’t buy into the marketing hype that I seemed to be getting fed by…

PBA Bike Build/Children’s Advocacy Center Bike Build
Plano Bicycle Association
Children’s Advocacy Center bike build- Alright folks, the CAC should be receiving 50 bikes in today for a total of about 65. They are asking if we can come Wednesday to tweak the bikes and put some of them together. I won’t be able to make it until about 6 PM, but if anyone can make it earlier let me know that…
Both the 12/7 bike build and the 12/8 Children’s Advocacy Center bike build are canceled and will be rescheduled due to the weather.
Standby for the reschedule dates and times.

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Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup December 4th

TransAm bicycle touring rides in the family
Posted by Rich        spokesman.com

CYCLING — Pedaling a bicycle across the United States is the equivalent of a graduate degree in American Studies, only you’ll be in better shape than when you started.
I made the journey in 1976 betwixt college and career (left), and on Monday my daughter, Hillary, at the same age, finished her TransAm trip 37 years later.
My favorite youngest daughter and her cycling partner Katy Howell reached St. Augustine, Fla., completing the Adventure Cycling Association’s Southern Tier Route across the USA. Hillary started riding in September from San Francisco to San Diego, and then eastward through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, …

The Racing Post December Edition

4 Genco Mongolian Bike Challenge
6 Moving Forward: Into my Off-season
8 Lesson in Pain
10 Cat 1 Teamwork and Victory
14 Springtown Spin
17 Sociological Concepts in Cycling
19 Houston Cross
21 Race Report – Cat 2 Road Championship
26 The Giant Story and What’s new for 2014
28 Pedaling Circles – Ride the Nett
30 SPECIAL REPORT ~ Interbike 2013
35 Tour de Gruene Time Trials
38 Women 4 – Second Time Around
39 MSU Racing – David Barrett
40 Hangin’ On 2014
42 Photo Essay: TRP Winter Crits

Planning To Give a Bicycle for Christmas? Don’t Forget the Helmet!
www.thevindicator.com (Liberty, TX)
With Christmas approaching, many parents are planning to give their child a new bicycle – maybe even their first bicycle. This is an excellent opportunity to teach children about the importance of wearing a helmet to protect their head. According to National Safe Kids, helmets can reduce the risk of severe brain injury by up to 88%, but only 45% of children wear bike helmets. According to National Safe Kids, bicycles are associated with more injuries in children than any other product except automobiles. Other studies from the organization found that nearly half of the hospitalizations related to bicycles are traumatic injury to the brain. Helmets should be considered an…

Dirt Derby
Kids of the Dirt Derby.

Midwestern State University Cycling Team
Join our sponsor, Hotter ‘n Hell 100 and the Wichita Falls Bicycling Club for the Fantasy of Lights ride and Winter Social. 6pm, in the Dillard Parking lot, on December 12th.

Cyclist dies from injuries in weekend hit-and-run
By Carol Christian        www.chron.com
A Houston bicyclist has died from injuries suffered in a weekend hit-and-run accident, police said.
Chelsea Norman, 24, was pronounced dead Wednesday at Memorial Hermann Hospital.
The accident happened about 10:20 p.m. Dec. 1 in the 1600 block of Waugh Drive in the Montrose area, according to a news release from the Houston Police Department.
Police said the cyclist was riding south on Waugh at West Gray when she was hit by an unknown vehicle. The driver left without giving aid.
Norman was a wine specialist at…

UPDATED Bicyclist Dies Three Days After Hit-and-Run in the Montrose
By Craig Malisow         houstonpress.com
UPDATE: The victim has been identified by her boyfriend as Chelsea Norman. He tells us Norman clocked out of work at Whole Foods at 10:17 pm Dec. 1, and was likely hit between 10:20-10:35 pm, while riding home.
She was found lying face up in the bike lane, with her bike 20-30 feet from…

SRAM Recalls RED WiFLi 10-Speed Rear Derailleur
Posted by molly            www.cxmagazine.com

Via SRAM’s press release below, select 10-speed SARM WiFLi medium cage rear derailleurs are subject to a recall. Please spread the word and stay safe.
SRAM worked with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and other global authorities on a voluntary product recall of SRAM RED 10-speed medium cage rear derailleurs. SRAM has determined that there is a potential for the derailleur parallelogram to jam and no longer shift.
This presents a safety issue. As a result SRAM is actively retrieving and replacing all affected SRAM RED 10-speed medium rear derailleurs. SRAM has already begun a…

Soleus adds Strava compatibility to its software
by BRAIN Staff
AUSTIN, TX (BRAIN) — GPS device brand Soleus has added compatibility with Strava to its Sync desktop software. The software upgrade allows users of Soleus’ GPS watches and bike computer to upload activity data from their computers to their Strava accounts.

Soleus launched in 2012 with a line of affordable GPS devices, including the $99 Draft bike computer. The new software is compatible with all Soleus GPS models.

“We couldn’t be happier to form a partnership with Strava as they continue to do great things for our industry,” said David Arnold, founder and CEO of Soleus. “We have been thrilled by the demand for our…

State CX Race is January 4th!
The Violet Crown Sports Association

Link to video of one lap around the course: …

Race Your Strengths and Train Your Weaknesses
by Shawn            www.texasmountainbiketrails.com
As I was packing the car for a 13 hour road trip to Colorado last week, I looked up and saw my road bike hanging in the garage. It’s been hanging there for a while… I travelled a lot for work in November and spent very little time on the bike – any bike. Whenever I rode, I rode the mountain bike – because I like it better.

I am a mountain biker through and through. The only reason I ever got a road bike, was so I could extend my riding season by a couple of months when I lived in Colorado and so that when trails finally opened, I could actually pedal the darn thing up the mountain. When we moved to Texas, I started racing road and had a great time doing it. I met a lot of great people and learned a whole lot. One of the things I learned from a former Pro roadie was that you need to race your strengths and train your weaknesses. Sounds super simple, doesn’t it?

By now, you must know what you’re good at and what you need help with. If you don’t, I urge you to sit down and think about it for a minute. In order to get better at anything, you need to know what you need to improve. For me, it was sustained efforts – that’s what I was not good at and where I was getting clobbered. I could sprint with the…

Race Preview – TERRA X – Dec. 8, 2013
by joeyTWOwheels        texascx.com

If you’re a long-time #TXCX racer, you may realize that something is a bit amiss about this weekend in Houston:

Terra X is on Sunday while Bikesport is on Saturday. Say wut?

Yes, it’s crazy town.
But that’s not all – Terra X is going in reverse.

TerraX 08Dec2013 Flyer-Permitted – Rev 2Both of these long-standing events are very well run and held in solid Houston locations. Craig Fitzgerald of Woodlands Cycling is the Race Director for Terra, and he answered some of our most burning questions:

This course is great for spectators – compact park, an amazing playscape for anyone bringing kids and miles of…

December 7th & 8th Rides
Steiner Ranch Cycling Group
Saturday There was reported 12 riders and they did the Avery Ranch Loop.

Sunday There were about 9 riders and they did the Tour de Steiner Ranch.

DAM LOOP – Saturday December 7th at 8:30am at Cups & Cones

On Saturday December 7, 2013 the Steiner Ranch Cycling Group (SRC) will be co-hosting a ride that will roll out from Cups & Cones at 8:30 am this Saturday. As it is expected to be brutally cold and possibly icy we may cancel the ride for safety reasons. Please check in on our Facebook page and check your emails and this website.

The dam loop a challenging ride and is about 45 miles with over 3,000 feet of climbing. I have included a map but effectively we bike out 620 right on Four Points Blvd. into River Place through Westminster Glenn up to City Park Road to the 360 up to Bee Caves back to…

PBA Bike Build
Plano Bicycle Association

The most Highfalutin Holiday Social Event of the Season…The PBA Annual Bike Build!

Come one, Come all!  What could possibly be more rewarding than to assemble bicycles for children in need?  Drinking FREE BEER and eating PIZZA while doing so!  Whether you have assembled a bike before or not, we need you!  We need Bike Chicks just as much as we need Bike Studs, because we all know that most Bike Studs refuse to read the instructions.

Come with or without tools (however, tools are preferred).  Tools that would be especially handy would be: …

Cranksgiving 2013 Photo Gallery
Austin Ridge Riders

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