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Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for August 6th

Make S.A. more bike friendly
San Antonio has recently made great strides toward becoming a bike-friendly community, but it’s a long climb to the top.
Despite enviable weather (most of the time), the Alamo City ranks 276th nationally in bike commuters. Despite the city’s friendly collective mien — everyone loves S.A., right? — there is often tension between cyclists and drivers.
And as biking has grown in popularity, ghost bikes have been…

Cyclist’s Alaska trip to boost cancer awareness
By Tom Behrens        www.chron.com

Riding a bike for 4,500 hundred miles is not the usual way most travel from Texas to Alaska, but Hilary Hazel has a special reason for relying on pedal power.
She and 22 other cyclists of the Sierra Riders are pedaling their way to Anchorage to raise money and awareness for the fight against cancer, which has afflicted friends and many members of her family and took the life of her fiancé’s father.
“It’s not supposed to be easy,” said…

San Antonio B-Cycle
Yesterday was the 3rd installment of the Something Monday ride. We had a great turnout and had a blast exploring Brackenridge Park and the Japanese Tea Gardens. Big thanks to the The Rivard Report and the Brackenridge Park Conservancy.

Texas Mamma Jamma Ride

Join us the last Saturday of October for the Texas Mamma Jamma Ride and help support Central Texans fighting breast cancer. The Mamma Jamma is a single day bike ride with distances from 13 to 100 miles for every skill level. When you finish, you’ll enjoy an awesome lunch from @TheSoupPeddler and beverages from @InfamousBrewery as you relax and cheer in…

Cyclists, it’s Time to GET LIT!
Shawnee Trail Cycling Club

That doesn’t mean you are to hurry down to your local drinking establishment. It means that we’ve quickly reached that time of year where lights are required on the Wednesday Night Special and Thursday Night Rider. True enough that you don’t need them at the start, but you will have them turned on by…

Ride Choices for a Good Day Out
Shawnee Trail Cycling Club
If you’re new to cycling and, better yet new to group rides, you’re likely to experience some level of anxiety when choosing a ride. We’ve all been in that position at some time in our life. You don’t know the people and don’t understand all the lingo, including the ever important “average pace” and “ride difficulty”. You might see the posted pace as 15-17 mph and say to yourself “I’ve gone…

First Annual Grace Creek Fundraiser Ride/Run/Hike
Longview Bicycle Club
Why: Raise funds for Grace Creek Trail (Ride, Run or Hike)
Where: Grace Creek Trail Head at Maude Cobb Activity Center
When: Saturday, October 12th at 10 AM
Early Registration: $25 Donation and includes lunch and one raffle ticket (through 10/05/2013 at 12:00 AM CST)
Late Registration: $35 Donation and includes lunch and one raffle ticket (10/5/2013 at 12:00 AM CST through 10/12/2013)
Lunch Only: $15 Donation and includes one raffle ticket
The Longview Bicycle Club in partnership with the Parks and Leisure Services Foundation is proud to present the first organized fundraiser for the Grace Creek Trail.  ALL of the registration fees ($25 early – $35 late) are donated to the Parks and Leisure Services Foundation and will go towards the trail fund (maintenance, tools, signage). Please pre-register online before the event. …


Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for February 12th

Beginner’s Bike Ride & Basic Repair Workshop
When     Feb 24, 2013
from 09:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Where     Franklin Mountains State Park
Contact Name     Adrianna Weickhardt
Contact Email     adrianna.weickhardt@txxxx
Contact Phone     (915) 566-6441
In honor of Texas Parks & Wildlife designating February as Bike Month, we are kicking off our beginner’s bike rides and workshops Sunday, February 24, 2013 – Join us for a fun morning designed to introduce a novice rider to the world of mountain bike riding in our beautiful Chihuahuan Desert and Franklin Mountains State Park!  We’ll be joined by Kevin Pearson, President of the NE El Paso YMCA and El Paso’s new Bike Co-op, Dave Wilson, President of the Borderland Mountain Bike Association, and others yet to be announced including local bike shop mechanics, fellow bike enthusiasts, and our volunteer trail builder “extraordinaire”.

It is a reservation only workshop limited to 20 participants (Need reservation by Friday before program day), so please call the park headquarters between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at (915) 566-6441 to make your reservation.  A regular $5.00 entrance fee and a $3.00 activity fee apply = total of $8.00; however, Texas State Parks Pass holders only pay $3.00 since all TSPP holders receive free entrance in to all Texas State Parks. …

Upcoming Webinar for Rural Officials: How Does MAP-21 Affect Rural Communities?
Alliance for Biking & Walking: People Powered Blog
If you advocate in a rural area, it’s likely that your public officials will need to learn new rules for how rural communities can access federal transportation funds for biking and walking projects.

Please consider inviting elected officials and municipal staff in your community to an upcoming webinar on how the new federal transportation law, MAP-21, will affect rural governments. On the webinar, local public officials will learn how rural communities can access federal bicycle and pedestrian funding from their state department of transportation, and what these funds may be…

Gravel Time!
by Bryan

Another great SPINISTRY event! This time it was loads of gravel and a wicked fun time on wade road with epic chucks of gravel flying over my head with Chris Carlson putting the hurt on everyone! Thanks to Kevin and Volunteers for the hard work and continuing to give use great routes! Late in the race my teammate on Giant Factory South Adam Koble took advantage of Carlson stretching out the field as I hit it hard for…

Thousands of Kids Learn Helmet Safety at Annual Texas A&M Event

Texas ENT & Allergy, Aggie Athletes Involved (AAI) and Texas A&M Athletics, along with supporting sponsors want to encourage child safety by giving away free bicycle helmets on Tuesday, February 12. The program will be held on the Texas A&M campus at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium and will begin at approximately 9 a.m.

For the fifth year in a row, approximately 2,800 bike helmets (provided through Academy Sports + Outdoors) will be presented to surrounding area second graders. This year’s event will include…

Bikes prohibited along parts of the river
By Noi Mahoney            www.mysanantonio.com

The city of San Antonio recently added signage to remind bike riders that riding is prohibited from Guenther to Alamo streets, near the Blue Star Arts Complex, along the San Antonio River.

Other areas where bicycles are prohibited include the horseshoe and east channel of the River Walk, Commerce to Lexington avenues and from Villita to Nueva streets.

In San Antonio, any violation of bike ordinances or…

New Bikes for the MTB Crowd!
by djcurtin            It’s Time To Ride!
We’ve always loved mountain bikes.

It’s not my thing personally, but being a part of Bicycle Sport Shop means, at a certain level, an appreciation for fat tires and trails. I’ve tried and tried to be a mountain biker and it hasn’t worked out too well. So I compromised by becoming a cyclocross racer. Still, a part of me always thinks, “I need a mountain bike.” And that part isn’t all that small.

For the vast majority of our folks, it’s all about mountain bikes. Heck, it’s the reason we exist to a large extent—Hill’s passion for trail riding led him to lead us for the past thirty years, not to mention to Laura, as mentioned here. For the shop’s fat-tire die-hards the thought process is, “I might like to try a road bike. Maybe.” But they’re always up-to-date on the latest and…


Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup for August 15th

Tapatio spring ride…sat at 5
by pebblehoppertj        forums.mtbr.com
We are doing the Tapatio springs course…..we are meeting at bass pro shop at 415 . The wheels down at 5 pm
And a bike in good working condition
This is a self support ride…

North Central Texas
by kjfp            forums.mtbr.com
Where are the best trails (XC) within 1 – 2 hours drive from Witchita Falls? If there is one place you would recommend what would it be? You can PM me if you prefer. I tried Dorba but their site is under renovation. THANK YOU! …

Moving to San Antonio
by 40Acres            forums.mtbr.com
Hey Guys,
I will be moving to San Antonio in the middle of next year, and I need some advice on what part of town to live in.

I am hoping to live within 5-10 minutes of a mountain bike trail, but I will more than likely be working downtown so I don’t want my commute to be too long.

Anybody on here use San Antonio’s public transportation? …

The theft was in Oregon and Washington states but the story could take place in Texas.

Bike Thief Gets Owned

A Portland cyclist finds his stolen bike on Seattle’s Craigslist and conducts a DIY sting, gets bike back and thief arrested on a felony charge.

This article goes with the one about bike theft above.

Don’t Mess with Cyclists! (Especially not their bikes)
The Wheel Brothers – Cycling in Texas
What would you do if your bike was stolen and a few days later you found it posted for sale on Craigslist? Would you forget about it? Cut your losses? Or would you get it back? Well Simon from Portland, Oregon loved his bike so much that he dared to go where not many people would go and set out on a mission to get it back.

Driving 160 miles from Portland to Seattle, Washington, He contacted the thief under the impression that he wanted to buy the bike. Everything was set up, he had a Seattle phone number and his friends were ready to call the police. How did it all go down, you’re wondering? Well on this particular day was a good day for Simon. A bike chase was involved, the police came and he had enough evidence recorded to bring him down, all the way…

Not sure how this survives sliding across asphalt.

The Invisible Bike Helmet: An Airbag On The Go
by Josh Constine            techcrunch.com

People die trying to look cool. Vanity is the sad reason why people don’t wear bike helmets. So two Swedish women set out to invent “the invisible bicycle helmet”, They’ve succeeded, and the end product isn’t a made of clear plexiglass and there’s no lightbending-stealth technology. In fact…

Next Club Meeting – Lone Star Cyclists
Date: Monday, August 20, 2012 – 7:30pm
As summer comes to an end and schools are starting up again so are our club meetings. I want to encourage each of you to attend the meeting Monday August 20th at 7:30 pm. We will meet at the Bob Duncan Community Center in Vandergriff Park, 2800 S. Center St. Arlington, TX

Our guest speaker will be from…

Complete Streets Policies on the Rise
Alliance for Biking & Walking: People Powered Blog
According to a report released today by the National Complete Streets Coalition, over 350 communities across the U.S. now have Complete Streets policies, 150 of which were adopted last year alone. The 2011 Complete Streets Policy Analysis documents the widespread adoption in a variety of communities and reflects the growing sentiment that streets should be so much more than conduits for motor vehicle traffic.

“As residents of communities across the country increasingly desire the ability to walk, bike or take transit to and from jobs, shops and schools, we’re seeing more and more localities understand the importance of…

Minneapolis couple completes 14-month 12,200 mile bicycle trip around U.S.
by: Randy Furst            www.startribune.com

From the tense border towns in west Texas to the boarded-up communities of upstate New York to the homes of hospitable strangers, a Minneapolis couple biked the perimeter of the continental United States over the past 14 months, and have come back with a host of stories and impressions.

Anne and David Winkler-Morey, both 54, returned home last week after a 12,200 mile bicycle trip that took them through 34 states, two Mexican states and two Canadian provinces.

Both are educators. Anne was a college professor at St. Cloud State University where she taught history and race relations until she was laid off in 2010. David is a social worker at Anthony Middle School in Minneapolis. He took a year’s leave. They cashed in an insurance policy, sold their car…

Cycle for Hope to benefit Children’s Miracle Network, UMC Celebrate Today Fund
Cycle for Hope, a seven-mile bike ride on the Texas Tech and University Medical Center campuses will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The ride starts and finishes at UMC. The event is targeted to the general public, and cycling enthusiasts are encouraged to participate. Riders will have the option…

Mansfield Bicycle Recycler Connects Needy with Transportation
by Doug Magditch        KDAF-TV

MANSFIELD, Texas— “My dad showed me a lot about bikes, too, when I was growing up,” said Jason Toombs, executive director of Pedal Power.

Toombs, an avid mountain biker, has been using two-wheeled transport for decades. Working as a full-time distributing manager, he’s more of your “weekend-warrior” bike enthusiast. …

Father-daughter biking trip adds adventure, understanding
Posted by Kim Hilsenbeck        haysfreepress.com

In less than a week, two bicyclists will ride into Austin and end their 1,700-mile cross-country trek at the state capitol.

Given this is Central Texas, a mecca for serious cyclists, some may consider the feat mundane. But the pair is not your run-of-the-mill bike riders.

Bianca Derka, 12, of Buda, and her father, Pavel Derka, 52, will finish their big bike adventure after more than two months on the open road – blogging about…

Cyclists Feeling Unsafe on Basin Roads, Increased Traffic and Fatal Wrecks to Blame
By Jen Kastner        NewsWest 9
MIDLAND – In almost every direction you turn in West Texas, vehicles are racing along our roads. There are more of them and many of the drivers are distracted. Wrecks are happening daily and too many of them are deadly. It’s one of the darker sides of the booming Basin.

If you’re nervous to ride a car along the roads, imagine being on a bike.

Cyclist, Serge Eberhard, says, “Drivers pass by you and they honk at the last minute when they…

GCCA Masters at State Crit Championships

This year our ?masters team competed in the age-based Texas State Crit Championships in Roundtop, Texas, north of Austin.  Promoted as the Georgetown Grand, Holland Racing coordinated an family-oriented set of activities and a very professional series of races during the weekend of May 19-20.  Three of our team members competed in the 50+ race and one in the 40+.  With three teammates working together in the 45 racer 50+ field, GCCA was able to bring back the breaks and work for the fittest rider on that day.  With eight 90 degree turns and an uphill finish, the course was one that required power out of the corners and a constant effort to avoid gaps…

Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for May 20th

San Antonio?
by vesteroid        www.bikeforums.net
I may have a job offer here and was hoping to get some insight on the area.

Anyone local want to share their opinions of the bike culture, riding season, or anything else about the area you think may be important to someone considering a move?

reply by Werkin
I don’t have much to say regarding the open ended question, for the bike centric topic a few comments. The riding season is year round. There are a few somewhat limited urban bike paths, one is central city and scenic. Regularly scheduled group rides for road cyclists are mostly in the Northeast, North central, and Northwest Bexar county areas. Challenging hills can found near the city…

June Babies Birthday ride
El Paso Bicycle Club
Saturday, June 2        7:30 AM
Meet at 6049 Ojo de Agua for this annual ride where the route will be 1 mile for every year-baseline is ride leader’s 45th birthday. Food and treats will be available afterward. Bring your bathing suit! Please park on Via Descanso behind our house. Moderate pace. Patty Van Tine, 915-667-0202

GDB Summer Bash
Come join us for the Summer Bash! Rides! Cash Prizes! Camaraderie!
Sunday, July 8th, 2012
Sunnyvale Town Center
356 Tripp Road, Sunnyvale TX
This event will replace the Sunday Roll and will have 2 routes available for riders: The Sunday Roll and The Undulating Roll. The Sunday Roll will have minimal hills and the usual Sunday Roll pace. The Undulating Roll will be a moderately paced ride and include a few of the hills surrounding the…

Memorial Day Lite Tour
Lone Star Cyclists
Have you heard about people getting on their bikes and riding from coast to coast? While most of us can’t do that, we can do a light tour over a long weekend. And here’s your chance!

May 26-28, Memorial Day weekend, we will do a light tour in East Texas. We’ll start near Tyler and pedal down to Henderson. The next day we’ll travel to Longview and then on the last day head back to Tyler.

Maximum daily mileage will be 55 miles. We’ll have the whole day to enjoy the ride, with beautiful scenery and no telling…

Song in Multi-Part Harmony
by Steve A        Dallas Point-to-Point

Chandra and I worked the riding course at the Irving Bike Fest yesterday. I was a little conflicted doing so, knowing Torrance was hosting a TS 101 course a few miles to the Southwest, but it was unclear what help Chandra might be able to count on and I knew Torrance had some help. And this was for kids. Nowadays, kids really have few sources of good…

Real Ale Ride
by Roy and Christine        Pedal Pushers

On the way to Blanco Friday afternoon, we came in on the road to be used for the ride’s return route. I wanted to take a picture of an example of some of the hills. As I found out the next day, the return route was the tame part of the ride. My Garmin showed ten 5% hills, three hills over 10%, and an uncountable number of 2-3-4%. And that was the first 13 miles of the ride to the first…

Levee work
by ajpwilkerson            Brazos Valley Mountain Bike Association
We have received word that some work may be done on the levees, possibly starting this week. This may or may not impact the trails. We are trying to get more information, and will pass on whatever news we get as soon as we get it. Stay tuned!

Viva Streets
by Ray Garza        Ciclistas Urbanos
Some interesting sites and sounds.

Livestrong Texas 4000 cyclists gear up for long ride to Alaska
Pam LeBlanc, Fit City
Nevermind the saddle sores, scorching heat and mountains the 43 University of Texas students who strike out on their bicycles from Austin in two weeks are determined to make it all the way to Alaska.

That’s nearly 4,700 miles, for the record. And it’s not all downhill.

This year’s scrappy cyclists, known collectively as the Livestrong Texas 4000 for Cancer, will launch their 70-day journey on June 2. Along the way, they’ll raise awareness about cancer and money to…