Texas Bicycling News June 17th

The Dallas Team


This team will ride from the Lone Star State to Chi-town.

Christine Kania
I am a middle school teacher in the Chicago suburbs. I completed my first Biking for Babies ride last year with Team Dallas, and I am so excited to be back this year as a team leader. I believe that the best way to live out the pro-life message is to live your own life in a way that …

Program teaches bicycle riding

By Javier Vargas, The Shorthorn staff        www.theshorthorn.com

Students have an opportunity to teach children with disabilities how to ride a bike this week.
UTA and the Down Syndrome Partnership of North Texas are hosting the iCan Bike summer camp. iCan Bike is a five-day program aiming to teach children with mental disabilities how to ride a bicycle in a week. From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, the camp will occupy the far side of Maverick Activities Center, said Elizabeth Hammond, Down Syndrome Partnership of North Texas program specialist.
“[Bicycles] will be their primary type of …

Pastor on 1,000-mile bike ride from Texas to Tennessee

By Kendall Kirkham        www.wmcactionnews5.com

NASHVILLE, TN (WMC) – Pastor Matt Gaston of University Park United Methodist Church (UPUMC) in Dallas is trading the pulpit for the pedals.
Gaston began a 15-day journey on his bike June 10, and aside from a few short breaks, doesn’t plan on stopping until he reaches Nashville.
Gaston is taking part in Pedal for PT, celebrating a new partnership with the church and Project Transformation (PT).
This past spring, a proposal was passed to relocate the Project Transformation offices to unused …

Colnago Recalls Bicycles and Frame Kits Due to Crash Hazard


Recall Summary
Name of Product: Bicycles and bicycle frame kits
Hazard: The front brakes can detach from fork during use, posing a crash hazard.
Remedy: Replace
Consumers should stop using the recalled bicycles and bicycle frame kits and contact Colnago America for a free inspection. If the hole in the front fork for the brake mounting bolt is not at least 12 mm in depth, the front fork will be replaced free of charge.
Consumer Contact: Colnago America Inc. toll-free at (844) 265-6246 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday or online at www.colnago-america.com and click on “Colnago recalls bikes and frame kits” for more information.
Recall Details
Units: About 400 in the United States and 34 in Canada
Description: This recall involves all Colnago CF10 and Colnago V1-r racing bicycles and bicycle frame kits that fit 28-inch wheels. “Colnago for Ferrari” is on the downtube and the Ferrari logo is on …

King Racing Group

This lady has grown to be a heck of a bike racer! Tomorrow she be be the new series week 2 leader in our open womens! Congrats

This Week’s Activities

Fort Worth Bicycling Association

Burleson and Beyond
Thursday, June 18, 2015 8:00 am
Burleson: Commerce Street

The Rusty Chain Gang Romp
Thursday, June 18, 2015 9:00 am
Benbrook: YMCA

Tour de Cure for Diabetes
Saturday, June 20, 2015 7:00 am

Tour D Italia
Saturday, June 20, 2015 8:00 am

Mostly Massey
Saturday, June 20, 2015 8:00 am
Crowley Chicken Express

Joe Pool Lake Marina
Saturday, June 20, 2015 9:00 am
Joe Pool Lake Lynn Creek Marina

River View
Sunday, June 21, 2015 8:00 am
Rio Vista: High School

The Rusty Chain Gang Ramble
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 9:00 am
Ft Worth: Christ Lutheran Church

Watermelon Waltz
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 6:00 pm
Everman: Jerry’s Place

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Bike to Work Day to be celebrated at two locations on May 12

By The Woodlands Township        www.woodlandsonline.com

THE WOODLANDS, Texas – Two locations in The Woodlands will host the kickoff of the 2015 Bike to Work Day on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, beginning at 6:30 a.m. The Bike The Woodlands Coalition will be hosting a morning gathering at the new Whole Foods Market in Hughes Landing and at the new location of the Black Walnut Café on the corner of New Trails Drive and Research Forest Drive. Other sponsors of the event include Huntsman and Jones & Carter, Inc.
May is National Bike Month, and the entire month is an opportunity for bicyclists to share …

FWBA Upcoming Rides

Fort Worth Bicycling Association

Bike Out Hunger – Weatherford
Saturday, May 2, 2015 8:30 am

Spring Spoke Spin
Saturday, May 2, 2015 8:00 am
Springtown High School

Joe Pool Lake Marina
Saturday, May 2, 2015 9:00 am
Joe Pool Lake Lynn Creek Marina

Wagging Trail Bike Ride
Saturday, May 2, 2015 9:00 am

Craddock set to soak in experience at Liege

By Spencer Powlison        velonews.competitor.com

LIEGE, Belgium (VN) — Lawson Craddock is an eager student of the sport. Whether it’s in the mountainous, week-long tours in Spain or the hilly Ardennes classics, the Giant-Alpecin rider is happy to be back in the classroom, in the WorldTour peloton.
His early season was blighted by a nasty crash at the Tour Down Under, but the 23-year-old American jumped back into racing, after many hours on the indoor trainer, at the Volta a Catalunya and then the Vuelta al País Vasco.
“I was really happy with how I was feeling in those two races,” he said. “Especially coming back from an …

Colorado RIver Bikefest

Pedal Pushers        roy-pedalpushers.blogspot.com

Ballinger, Texas
Registration was well organized with plenty of help. The Noon Lions Club must have a lot of active members willing to help out on local events.

… Line up time. I did not get an official rider count, but I would estimate over 100 riders participated. …

T-Shirt Ride Party

Friday, May 1, 2015, 7:00 PM

Proper Printshop
800 Montana El Paso, TX

11 Cyclists Went

The El Paso Bike Month kick-off event begins at 7 p.m. Friday, May 1, at Proper Printshop, 800 Montana, with ride beginning at 7:30 p.m. Ride around downtown area and return for printing party of the 2015 Bike Month t-shirts. $10 donation for t-shirt. Live music, BYOB. Information: ElPasoBikeMonth.com

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Paralyzed Rider Spurs Trek Bicycle Recall


An accident that left a cyclist in a wheelchair has spurred a Trek bicycle recall of nearly a million of the company’s bicycles. The product recall covers bicycles manufactured from 2000 to 2015. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued the Trek bicycle recall when news of the 2014 accident hit the press earlier this week. At least two other riders were injured due to a faulty quick-release lever on the bicycle’s front wheel.
Details of the Trek Bicycle Recall
The Trek bicycle recall involves all models years since …

Bikeabout TX

By Gordon Hodge        www.crazyguyonabike.com

Day 8 La Grange, TX to Lake Somerville, TX: Met another cycle tourer today
Thursday April 23, 2015, 42 miles (68 km) – Total so far: 277 miles (445 km)
weather: 67-85F, no wind, partly cloudy road conditions: lot more ups than down leaving the Colorado river valley. fairly busy traffic with no shoulder most of the day, stayed glued on rear view mirror. moving avg. 7.5 mph. saddle time 5:33
Left Oak motel in La Grange around 0900. Went by the 66 year old bakery on the town square but only sweet stuff, so I went down the road and settled for a Sonic breakfast sandwich. Headed out NE on hwy. 159 and then hwy. 237. This route takes you through the towns of Warrenton and Round Top which are known for weekend antique flea markets. Thank goodness it is a weekday, as I hear the traffic is very busy on spring and fall weekends. You could see the infrastructure for all the activities and everything was closed even the eateries. Round Top was a very pretty town I thought. I did take a short break there. A local cyclist caught up me and …

Day 9 LK Somerville to College Station, TX: bike problems
Friday April 24, 2015, 42 miles (68 km) – Total so far: 319 miles (513 km)
Woke at 0520 in morning to the sound of rain and distant thunder. I got up to rain fly on. Mike and I were prepared to do this as we knew there were morning storms in forecast. We left fly off as it was a warm and muggy night. I checked the radar on smartphone and saw lots of storms coming our way. I decided to take up camp now rather later. Mike stayed in bed as he had short 25 mile day planned to Navasota and a hotel reservation. I went a couple of hundreds over to a empty group pavilion with roof as it started to rain harder. There was Harley group rally planned for the weekend. There was a food vendor near battling the elements. The storm blew and at least 50 mph. outflow winds and driving rain. I was even getting a little mist blowing through the covered pavilion. As the storm subdued, the food vendor cooked up some sausage gravy and biscuits plus coffee. I texted Mike to let him know. He was afraid to leave the tent as it may blow away. He finally pulled camp and joined me for breakfast. Sure is nice for a biker to have hot breakfast without having to ride the bike in search of food. At 0930 were finally able to …

Day 10-College Station, TX to Richards, TX: a meat cooker day and I was the meat!
Saturday April 25, 2015, 41 miles (66 km) – Total so far: 360 miles (579 km)
The day started like yesterday to sounds of thunder except I was in house. As a practical thinker, I went back to sleep. I finally started ride at 0950. There were good bike lanes leaving this college town. I made a quick stop at HEB for groceries before heading into the rural areas. My goal today was only 41 miles to Richards, TX and cyclist only camp. Temps were 75F starting warming to 87 with sunny sky and light south winds. Perfect for porch sitting but a bit toasty on a loaded tour bike. I took plenty of water and shade breaks even though I was feeling strong and the bike was working well. I had changed my gear ratio to 11-32 cassette(the 9 rear sprocket thingy for non bikers) which made pedaling up hills easier for me and you know by reading my blog that I needed the help. At mile 23 into ride I came upon an unexpected Cajun café. I expected only cows and …

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Texas Bicycling News April 21st

Trek issues recall of QR on disc-brake bikes

by BRAIN Staff        www.bicycleretailer.com

WATERLOO, Wis. (BRAIN) – Trek is working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall bikes spec’d with quick releases that have a lever that opens greater than 180 degrees and can be caught in a front disc brake if left in the open position.
The company said that the issue is not a manufacturing defect on the QR but due to improper use or adjustment. Riders who leave the QR in the open position can potentially have the lever caught in the front disc brake while riding.
Trek found out about the issue when it was investigating an accident. Spokesperson Eric Bjorling said the company notified the CPSC about the potential problem. Trek has learned of three cases involving the relevant QR. According to the …

Richardson City Staff Presents Bike Plan To City Council


On Monday, April 20, 2015 Richardson City Staff presented their Bike Plan to Richardson City Council. The presentation was a combination recap of what they’ve done, as well as their next steps.
It was nice to see how important bicycling is to our city officials and how they continue to see the value of what it brings to our community. It was also nice to see that our little grassroots, advocacy group has …

Ride for Reading

Velo Paso

Saturday, May 16 at 9:00am in MDT
El Paso Downtown Artist and Farmers Market
117 Anthony St, El Paso, Texas 79901
Join us Saturday May 16 at 9:00am at the El Paso Downtown Artist & Farmers Market to deliver books to children eager to read.
Ride for Reading is back for a special EP Bike Month delivery! This time we will be delivering to La Fe Preparatory School.
Meet: 9:00 am El Paso Downtown Artist and Farmers Market, 117 Anthony Street, El Paso, Texas 79901
Ride: 9:30 am approximately 1.2 miles to the school
Arrive: 10:00 am La Fe Preparatory School, 616 E Father Rahm Ave, El Paso, TX 79901
We will be greeted by the children of La Fe Preparatory, excited to receive the …

FR512 Intermediate Trail Ride Brushy Creek

Monday, Apr 27, 2015, 5:15 PM

Brushy Creek Lake Park
3300 Brushy Creek Rd. Cedar Park, TX

10 Mountain Bikers Went

Join Freeride512 for trail riding and sessioning Monday April 27th at Brushy Creek Park in Cedar Park. We will be riding at an intermediate pace but we will stop and session periodically. Ride will be between 6-8 miles and will be “no drop”. We will meet in the west parking lot by the skatepark. Bikes rolling at 5:30. Helmets and water are required…

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Texas dad tackles bike thief after catching him on security camera

www.wjtv.com        video

AUSTIN (KXAN) – One Austin homeowner is thankful his security system has a camera after it helped him get his daughter’s bike back. Craig Buesing was working in the office of his Avery Ranch home Sunday afternoon when someone went inside his garage. The security camera picked it up and alerted him.
“When I looked up, I saw a kid in the garage getting on my daughter’s bicycle,” said Buesing. “[So I] ran out the door as fast as …

FR512 Intermediate Ride City Park

Monday, May 4, 2015, 5:15 PM

City Park – Emma Long Motorcycle Trails
7548 Oak Shores Dr Austin, TX

10 Mountain Bikers Went

Join Freeride512 for an INTERMEDIATE level ride at City Park (Emma Long) on Monday May 4th. I am describing this ride as intermediate because of the technical nature of the terrain, not the pace of the ride. This will be a no drop ride that will focus on improving skills and confidence by sessioning spots or features in a group setting. Membership …

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FR512 Trail Work & Pay Dirt at Rocky Hill Ranch

Saturday, Apr 25, 2015, 11:00 AM

Location details are available to members only.

4 Mountain Bikers Went

If you haven’t heard, FR512 is building new trails at Rocky Hill Ranch!  Freeride512 builds and rides progressive mountain bike trails and features in and around Central Texas. We educate mountain bikers on the disciplines of all-mountain, downhill, and freeride mountain biking and help riders to progress their skills.We are currently building a c…

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More than 100 veterans to bicycle through JC

By Matt Smith        www.cleburnetimesreview.com

Ride 2 Recovery celebrates its seventh anniversary this year and its sixth year of traveling through Johnson County.
Veterans bicycling from San Antonio to Fort Worth will visit Rio Vista, Cleburne and Keene this week.
About 60 veterans participated in the inaugural 2009 Texas trek. About 175 are expected this year.
The veterans are scheduled to arrive at Rio Vista ISD’s Eagle Field about 1:56 p.m. Thursday for a …

The Future of W. Alabama and Bikes


One follow-up from the public engagement CIP meetings was to track what is happening along W. Alabama. To remind everyone – this is the rebuilding of W. Alabama from Weslayan to Spur 527 and will be designed and built in three phases. Full details on the Re-build Houston website here.
BikeHouston and supporters of safe bicycling had a great turn-out at the CIP meetings and many spoke in favor of returning the bike lanes to W. Alabama. And the good news is that there will be bicycle facilities along W. Alabama!
FYI: Bike facility – just means anything that supports a person on a bike from …

Bikeabout TX

By Gordon Hodge        www.crazyguyonabike.com

Day 5- Round Rock, TX to Bastrop SP,TX: trying to get out the hills
Monday April 20, 2015, 53 miles (85 km) – Total so far: 196 miles (315 km)
weather- 52-75, overcast, windy out NNE.
I left comfy hotel around 10 am heading east on hwy 79 towards Hutto and Taylor, then south to Bastrop. I rode past the TX ranger minor league park for the Express. Looks very modern. tonight is $1 dog night and Bark at Park. Maybe another time. The wind was beating me pretty good and I didn’t the energy. I stopped in Hutto, bought stop-n-rob sandwich and went city park for midday break, even though I was 12 miles in the day. Upon leaving, I decided to head on farm roads to hopefully lessen the miles and wind effect. Not much effect, but the ride was prettier. I just grinded out the miles on rolling terrain. The hills were not as …

Day 6- Bastrop SP day off: Nice day to rest
Tuesday April 21, 2015
I took the day off from riding except for the 2 mile roundtrip to eat a hearty lunch. There is a very good place called the Roadhouse right outside of the entrance to west entry of park. I had my normal cheeseburger/fries and it was very good. Other good items on menu also. I sat there for some time uploading Monday’s blog and catching up on other news. No WIFI, but I used my Galaxy Note II phone as a mobile hotspot and it worked great. Back at camp I washed clothes, charge electronics and read my Kindle all at the restroom. All and all, a relaxing day as …

Houston Area Bike Commuters

by the sci guy        www.bikeforums.net

I did a search of this sub-forum, and didn’t find an existing thread for Houston area commuters. I know there’s not a lot of us, but I thought maybe a thread where we could post our bikes, and talk about our routes, and ask questions would be nice.
And who knows, we might see each other out there!
Here’s my ride: …

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Cyclists show off team spirit, jerseys on BP MS 150

By Joy Sewing        www.chron.com

The Karbach Brewing Company’s 170-member cycling team has its priorities in order for this weekend’s BP MS 150.
“We love to ride bikes, we love to raise a ton of money for a great cause, and we love to drink beer,” said the team’s captain, Adam LeSage.
Their team jersey reflects those passions. It’s called the Weekend Warrior American Style Pale Ale jersey, named for the Karbach brew, and features the Houston skyline.
Last year, the team’s Rodeo Clown Double India Pale Ale jersey won the …

Legally Speaking: The door zone

By Bob Mionske        velonews.competitor.com

The Door Zone. What do you need to know about the ‘DZ?’ Just three words: Don’t go there. If you remember anything from this column, that should be it. The DZ refers to the section of roadway that can be reached by a vehicle door opening, and many cyclists spend a lot of time in this serious sector of surprise.
Car doors are great for drivers but not so much for cyclists. Of course, if all vehicle occupants checked before flinging open their door, it wouldn’t be a problem, but that small safety measure is a bit Polyanna-ish. The lack of driver concern combined with a misunderstanding of ‘far to the right’ statutes and …

Bike hooks sold at Home Depot being recalled

by BRAIN Staff        www.bicycleretailer.com

WATERLOO, Iowa (BRAIN) — The maker of bike storage hooks sold exclusively at Home Depot is recalling about 120,000 of the hooks because they can detach and allow a bike to fall.
The recall involves hooks sold under the Husky Securelock brand, used with the Husky Trackwall garage storage system. They were manufactured in China for Waterloo Industries of Iowa. The hooks were …

Abilene police’s bike unit gets $4,100 check

by Christopher Collins        www.reporternews.com

ABILENE, Texas – Though you may have seen them at parades, ArtWalk or other local events, the Abilene Police Department’s Bike Unit is at once “highly visible” but also “very stealthy,” the unit’s supervisor said Wednesday.
Lt. Joe Tauer oversees the 15-officer detail, which takes to mountain bikes at high-population gatherings to keep the peace and interact with the community.
The unit was formed in 1995. Tauer is one of …

The Blackland Classic – Saturday • Apr 11 2015


Partly Cloudy, 67 degrees, wind 7 mph.
» Men Cat 2/3     » Men Cat 3/4
» Men Cat 4/5     » Men Masters 15-18 Junior
» Men Masters 35+ Cat 4/5     » Men Masters 40+
» Men Masters 50+     » Men Masters 60+
» Men Masters 9-14 Junior     » Men Pro/Cat 1/2
» Women Cat 4     » Women Juniors 9-14 Junior
» Women Masters 40+ Cat 3/4     » Women Open

The Blackland Classic – Sunday • Apr 12 2015


Mostly Cloudy, 73 degrees, wind 8 mph.
» Men Cat 2/3     » Men Cat 3/4
» Men Cat 4/5     » Men Juniors 15-18 Cat 4/5
» Men Juniors 9-14 Junior     » Men Masters 35+ Cat 4/5
» Men Masters 40+     » Men Masters 50+
» Men Masters 60+     » Men Pro/Cat 1/2
» Women Cat 4     » Women Juniors 9-14 Junior
» Women Masters 40+ Cat 3/4     » Women Open

B/IG – Know How to Handle Your Bike

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015, 6:00 PM

River Run Plaza
1071 Country Club Rd El Paso, TX

11 Cyclists Went

The Beginner / Intermediate Group program meets at River Run Plaza, 1071 Country Club Rd. on Tuesday nights. Lesson begins at 6 p.m., followed by ride at 6:15 p.m. The April 21 lesson is on the basics of shifting, turning and braking. Upper Valley rides offered for both beginner and intermediate level riders.

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200-plus veterans to Ride 2 Recovery on April 21

JC Jones | Herald staff writer        kdhnews.com

More than 200 injured veterans will ride April 21 through Killeen on the nearly 500-mile Ride 2 Recovery Texas Challenge.
Fort Hood will host a dinner on post Tuesday evening, and a ceremony will be held on post at 9:30 a.m. the following morning for the cyclists before they depart for …

Lauren Trout: The One Woman Show at Saila Bicycles


There’s something appropriate about a relatively unknown frame builder working under the name Saila (that’s alias spelled backwards). But though she’s not a household name, Lauren Trout’s got nearly a decade of experience under her belt building some of the world’s nicest titanium bikes. Those years rival or surpass plenty of big name builders with even bigger “personal brands.” Trout learned to wield a torch after getting hired as an entry-level finisher at Seven Cycles. She worked her way up to the production welding department where she spent years honing her …

Dancelli Is Fun

Pit’s Fritztown News

I’m just back from a 20-mile ride in the Rockport/Fulton area, where we are staying at a condo of some of our friends. It was fun, simply fun, to ride the vintage Dancelli again after more than a year. The “old” feeling again of the downtube friction shifters, the fast acceleration of the lightweight wheels, the agile short frame: all that contributes. And the raw data aren’t too bad either, considering that I’m still trying to get back into …

Houston’s Bike Plan in a Nut Shell.


The bare bones of the Houston Bike Plan
The Houston Bike Plan will ultimately deliver a blueprint for how Houston can develop and maintain a complete bicycle network, as well as identify potential funding mechanisms. The end result will include:
A map outlining the bike network that will include trails, on-street facilities, and bike routes.
A Bicycle Toolbox that will identify needed: projects like trails, bike lanes, and safe neighborhood streets; policies like bike parking, facility maintenance, and transit integration; and programs like Bike Share and Sunday Streets.
An Implementation Strategy that will prioritize projects and identify funding sources.
Timeline of the Houston Bike Plan …

Challenging mentality of “you can’t blame people for making a mistake”

Bicycle Austin        bicycleaustin.info

Starting a new thread regarding the recent crash death in Lost Creek.  Someone in a large TX municipal police force (not a cop, but handles crime records) wrote the following about whether the driver would be charged:
“Most likely he’ll receive a Failure to Yield Right of Way citation.
Unfortunately, that’s often the only thing a driver can be charged with on many fatalities.  We’ve had at least 3 motorcycle fatalities in the past 6 months where it was just that – the car didn’t see the motorcyclist, hit and killed them and was issued a FTYROW citation.  It’s awful, but on the other hand, people make mistakes and law enforcement can’t really charge every person who made a mistake with a  crime.  On a positive note, our vehicular homicide unit has just recently been assigned a DA to …

Texas Two Steppin Birds!

365 Days of Birds        www.365daysofbirds.com

Molly and I continue to bike and bird across Texas. We have now finished the Hill Country and are starting to bike NE towards the Ozark Mountains. Here are a few last photos from the Hill Country where “Two Steppin” birds are not the only ones to make music! …

Spring North Tour: Texas – Ozarks – Big Muddy River

By Richard Hoeg        www.crazyguyonabike.com

Texas Invades Minnesota!: Bluebonnets
Took a 17 mile training ride this morning in Granbury, Texas. The bluebonnets are out … as our many other wildflowers. For years I have wanted to bike on roads with fields full of bluebonnets alongside. This morning that desire became reality, and I have also learned that bluebonnets are a kind of lupine. In northern Minnesota purple lupines have become common along the highways in June. I just never knew what …

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