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Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup January 3rd

Bike Shops added to the Texbiker.net List
Division One Bicycles    1620 E 7th St    Austin    TX    78702

Windmill Bicycles    2209B Manor Road    Austin    TX    78722

Bicycling Goals For Richardson – 2014
Bike Friendly Richardson
What do you think the 2014 Bike Goals for the City of Richardson should be? Please post your ideas that would help improve biking in our city – and would cost little to nothing out of their budget. We’ll see if we can politely bring them to their attention.
I’ll start:
- Safe Passing Ordinance. They passed it in Plano and…

Chihuahuan Desert Bike Fest in February
Texas Mountain Trail

The terrific folks at Desert Sports and Big Bend Ranch State Park are once again holding a GREAT mountain biking festival for beginners through expert riders, the Chihuahuan Desert Bike Fest.  February 13-15, the trails in Big Bend Ranch State Park, Lajitas and Big Bend National Park will be explored with patient and skilled guides.  The event is a benefit for the Big Bend Trails Alliance, which does important development and maintenance work on the region’s trails, so the…

Ray Porter

Ray truly lived the way most strive to, both on the bike and off the bike. Because of that, he inspired many of us to strive to be better; better riders, better friends, better family, and better to those in need. So now friends and family, let’s celebrate the life of one of the greatest men we were lucky enough to know in our own journeys.
We encourage you to ride your bike if you like. Be comfortable. If you’re wearing a kit, wear a kit. Just don’t have too much at the cash bar and…

The rise of curbs: Protected biking’s second act begins
Michael Andersen, Green Lane Project staff writer

Austin workers set modular precast curbs in place on Third Street downtown.
After five years of using parked cars and plastic posts to create the first generation of modern protected bike lanes, U.S. cities are starting to experiment with the next step: curbs.
In Chicago, Cyburn Avenue and State Street are likely to get the city’s first curb-separated bike lanes. In Seattle, the city has used two wholesale road reconstructions, on Linden Avenue and Broadway, as chances to install cement curb separations. In Austin, two blocks of 3rd Street downtown are now…

Walnut Creek Trail Closures for 2014
Austin Ridge Riders
As part of the ongoing partnership that ARR enjoys with the City of Austin, we are going to be doing all we can to help with the trail closures at Walnut Creek during the installation of the new paved multiuse path.  However, rest assured, that these closures are TEMPORARY and absolutely necessary for the SAFETY of the trail users.  Because there will be heavy equipment and laborers that are unfamiliar with trail users, it was in the best interest of both to temporarily close portions of the trail from January 4th until September 1.  To that end, here are some things to consider with the trail closures:

1. Making sure that when a trail closure is put in place we abide by it. While we have a great relationship with the City we don’t want to give them a reason to question it;

2. Communicate the plan to as many people as possible. Let them know the…

The January edition of the DATES-Line Newsletter
This month’s edition includes the following:
Upcoming Rides
The Hilly Chili Ride
2014 Southwest Tandem Rally
League of American Bicyclists Classes
DATES Officer Nomination
Ride Reports
Christmas Lights Ride
DATES Annual Meeting
DATES Membership Renewal
DATES Rides & Activities

January edition of The Pedaler
San Antonio Wheelmen
The Pedaler Newsletter
Happy New Year!  I hope that you brought in 2014 with family and friends.  Although I didn’t make any official resolutions for this year, I am going to do my best to ride more this year.

Please be sure to make plans to join us for this weekend’s rides.  On Saturday, January 4th, I’ll be the ride starter for the Krueger Canyon-River Road ride.  If you like hills, it’s a great ride.  I’m serving as the

Ride List
New for 2014, Velo Paso will be posting news and info on rides in and around El Paso!
Sunday, January 5, 8:30AM – Sunday Ride – Meet at Hospital Parking Lot (Edgemere and 375) – Pace: Intermediate and Advanced – Distance 40 miles – To: Hueco Tanks Entrance- Hosted by EP Cyclists **Helmets and (2)H2O bottles required**

Sunday’s at 9:00 AM – Sunday Morning Bicycle Ride (MTB) – Meet at the Northeast trails at 9:00am. The cross country ride will be mid level loop with occasional advanced sections – Hosted by Chuck’s Bicycle Repair **Helmet and water required**

Sunday, January 5, 9:30AM – Central/NE Romp – Meet at Newman Park (Richmond at Alabama) Head over Scenic Drive then back to Central/NE El Paso to Hondo Pass, then return with option to ride up McKelligon. 30 miles, moderate (15-17 mph) pace. Charlie Gallarzo, 915-241-3373; and Sylvia Mejia, 915-740-9033 – Hosted by El Paso Bycicle Club **Helmets and water required** – please arrive 15 minutes early…

Cyclist dead after being hit by car
Times Record News

A man on a bicycle was killed Friday evening when he was struck by a vehicle.

The accident happened in the 100 block of North Scott near Warren Street about 6:20 p.m. The identity of the victim was not immediately released. The man was apparently struck by a white GMC vehicle.

A witness at the scene said the victim was…

FrostBike 50 Interview

Ready for your first race of the New Year WheelBrothers? Maybe you have already hit the streets this year, but if you are looking for a great way to kick off 2014, look no further than the 12th Annual FrostBike 50. Check out our interview with Stacey Gascon, the host of the event, scheduled for January 12th, 2014.

Why join FrostBike 50?
It is a great way to start your BP MS 150 training. We are the first recommended ride of 2014. In order to participate in the National MS society’s April 12th ride you must ride in at least two recommend rides.

How long has your ride been around?

This is the 30th year for the National MS Society to ride the BP MS150 from Houston to Austin.  In 2013 more than 100,000 cyclists raised over $80 million dollars to help create a world free of MS.  Please join us again in 2014 for the ride of your life!

This is the 12th annual FrostBike50. There are three routes again this year 17, 45 and 55 miles. We try to…

Ray Porter Memorial: Race Against Cancer
Texas Mountain Bike Trails
Big Pig Racing will be hosting the 2nd annual Race Against Cancer!

This will be a 6-hour endurance mountain bike race on the beautiful East Texas trails inside Tyler State Park. We are also happy to announce that due to the strong impact of cancer in our community and the overwhelming success of last years event, we have founded the Big Pig Cancer Foundation to make all of this years donations tax deductible and help provide an avenue for supporting local families in their time of need.

In light of our communities recent loss, this year we have officially renamed the event in honor of local endurance, mountain bike legend Ray Porter who passed away on December 27th after being diagnosed with Cholangiocarcinoma on November 13, 2013. Ray and his wife Gina have been active supporters of the Dallas / Ft. Worth mountain bike community for many years and…

Never Stop Pushing

DORBA and the mountain biking community lost a hero with a large heart this week.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and family as we mourn the loss of a good friend.If you were one of the many Ray Porter helped along the way you know his heart. If you had to compete against him you know what a phenomenal athlete he was and I doubt anyone minded losing to him. While there will be a significant void no one can fill, Ray would have told us to push on and make greater strides.

As I step down as DORBA President and Della Bird steps up, I ask each member to become more involved; to participate in trail work days, help with DORBA events, teach a skills or beginner clinic, encourage others to join and be a positive influence on the mountain bike community.  As a member and President, my greatest joys have been giving back to the…

White Rock Lake
by Bill Chance            billchance.org

I always seem to get sick between Christmas and New Year. Since I haven’t been able to breathe, I haven’t rode my bike since the day after Christmas. I miss it.

So I’m looking at photos I took not very long ago. …

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Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup December 29th

Brownsville groups offer running, cycling options
By YVETTE VELA The Brownsville Herald

Coming into 2014, Browns ville residents have options to make healthy resolutions for the new year: no-cost running or cycling groups.
Saturday morning brought cold and drizzly weather, but that didn’t stop a group of dedicated runners who gathered before sunrise for a weekly run at Rx Running Co., at 3101 Pablo Kisel Blvd.
The Brownsville store, which specializes in running shoes, hosts Saturday morning runs for anyone wanting to get out and improve their running times and distances — or for those who enjoy running as a…

My FitVlog Day 9 and Cycling Allen, Texas!
by Shauna Chan

Here’s my short fitvlog update for this week. I’ve only lost 2 pounds so far~~most likely because of the holiday this week. At least I didn’t gain 2 pounds! haha!
Also, I give a glimpse of today’s bike ride around Allen, Texas! When I…

ARR/RLAG Club Ride @ Rocky Hill Ranch
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Saturday, January 11, 2014        10:00 AM
Rocky Hill Ranch
578 FM 153, Smithville, TX (map)

Look for the Austin Ridge Rider Banner
Austin Ridge Rider & Ride Like A Girl Monthly Club Ride at Rocky Hill Ranch

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…

HBC Ride Schedule

Wednesday 01/01/14New Years Pot Luck Lunch And Ride8:30 a.m.David Dick
Saturday 01/04/14Montgomery9:00amRonald & Lilette Britsch
Sunday 01/05/14Houston Sans Car9:00 amGail Wellenkamp
Sunday 01/05/14Your Ride9:00amNEEDED
Saturday 01/11/14Zube Park9:00amRonald & Lilette Britsch
Sunday 01/12/14Your Ride9:00amNEEDED
Saturday 01/18/14Chappell Hill North9:00amRonald & Lilette Britsch
Sunday 01/19/14Your Ride9:00amNEEDED
Saturday 01/25/14Pattison – Hempstead9:00amRonald & Lilette Britsch
Sunday 01/26/14Your Ride9:00amNEEDED

Trail Grooming – December 28, 2013
friends of colorado bend

This was originally going to be a full weekend trip, but the weekend between Christmas and New Year apparently isn’t a great time to schedule a trail building weekend!  The only other option available was the weekend BEFORE Christmas and we figured that would be an even worse time!  Two couples signed up for the trip, but one couple could only make it for the day, so the weekend became a ‘Day Trip’ for both couples and a late notice was sent out to the trail builders about the change.  With no food or lodging involved, there was no deadline for signing up and all were invited to just ‘show up’ if they wanted to.  Two guys took the offer, so there were…

Upcoming Rides and Events
San Antonio Wheelmen

Wednesday, 1/1:   New Year’s Day Ride
Saturday, 1/4:       Krueger Canyon-River Road Ride
Sunday, 1/5:         Helotes-Castroville Ride

Intermediate & Faster Ride-Carl Barton Park
Woodlands Cycling Club
Saturday, January 04, 2014, 08:30am – 11:00am
Directions:  I45 N exit 84B 336/Frazier Street.  Go right on 336.  Continue east about 3 miles to the park on the right. Turn right into Carl Barton Park at the second exit and park on the left side of the parking lot.  Restrooms are available.

Helmets and hydration are required.

Intermediate group:  average 16-18 mph
Faster group:  average 18-20+ mph

Multiple routes from 40+ miles.  Route is generally decided at the start of the ride based on the group and weather.  Intermediate group about 40 miles.  Faster group 50+ miles.
Please plan to arrive in time to be ready at the start time. …

How To : Ride Your Bicycle in Cold Weather

Bank robber? No, just layered up and ready for a ride in the mid-30′s!

Without the proper apparel, bicycling in cold weather can redefine what it means to be cold and uncomfortable.  Wind chill is a big factor in this equation of discomfort.  So what is a cyclist to do when the mercury starts to dip?

The answer – breathable layers and a windproof outer shell.

Here’s a quick peek at what I wear when the temperatures dip down between 32-49 degrees.

Your first layer should usually be form-fitting (so it plays nicer with subsequent layers you put on) and made of a breathable fabric so moisture gets pulled away from your body as you…

P123 Resolution Cross barriers
by noprobXC

Resolution Cross P123 – Sunday
by noprobXC

First lap at the run-up

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Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup December 23rd

Technical Tuesday. Last ride of 2013
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Tuesday, December 31, 2013    3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Barton Creek Greenbelt – 360 Access (beside brick office building)
3755-B Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin, TX (map)
Meet near the gate
Trying to get the Tuesday night Greenbelt/city park rides back online.
Meeting early at 3pm for this one and done by dark in plenty of time to make it to your New Year’s Eve activities.
As usually, moderately easy pace but rocky and ledgy. Not beginner friendly.
Weather should be nice and…

CLINIC! Beginner Basics of Mtn Biking. Limit 4 students. Free of charge.
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Monday, December 30, 2013    3:00 PM
Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
12138 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX (map)
Meet at the picnic tables on the pool parking lot median
I am putting on another clinic. Limit of 4 students. No charge.
Monday 3pm till dark, 1/30/13, Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park.
This clinic is for pure beginners, male or female, and 18 years old or older, who are new to mountain biking who have less than 6 months experience on a mountain bike.  I will be covering the brass-tacks basics to teach a rider how to comfortably and…

Another CLINIC. technical trail riding. Intermediates and up only. 4 student max
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Saturday, January 4, 2014    1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Barton Creek Greenbelt – 360 Access (beside brick office building)
3755-B Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin, TX (map)
meet by the gate.
And another clinic… This one for intermediate riders and up.  We will be working on clearing obstacles commonly found on the Greenbelt back-country trails.
As usual, it’s free.
January 4th, 2014, 1pm, Barton Creek Greenbelt 360 entrance. I may change this to Regents based on trail access conditions and…

Upgrades to area school zones, safer routes for children
Denise Olivas        www.kvia.com
EL PASO, Texas – Walking and bicycling to school is easily one of the best forms of exercise for children everywhere, especially if it’s a safe one.

The City of El Paso has started a campaign to make upgrades to school zones in the city as part of the Safe Routes to School program.

The federally-funded program will add more signs and lights to school zones to more than 30 schools.

Spokesman for the city’s Engineering and Construction Department Martin Bartlett said officials considered schools city-wide that…

STCC 2014 Fresh Start Ride
Shawnee Trail Cycling Club

Its a new year and lets all kick it off with the STCC Fresh Start Ride.  Once we reached a critical mass in our membership, we found that it made sense to organize a ride on New Year’s morning – to start everyone rolling with their fitness goals and to give you a chance to ride with old friends and possibly make some new.  We wanted the distance to be challenging, but not overwhelming – get those legs spinning.  We think you’ll enjoy the ride and it has to be warmer than last years (please)!

We’re planning three pace groups and distances.  This is all about fun and participation, so if there are enough that want an additional distance at a slower pace – let us know [click here].  The routes are being…

First Ride of 2014
San Antonio Wheelmen
Date:     01/01/2014
Time:     10:00 AM
Details:     Leon Springs (Leaderless) Meet in the parking lot near the Starbucks and HEB in Leon Springs. From 1604, head west on I-10 and take the Boerne Stage road exit. Turn left on Boerne Stage, go through the intersection, and make a left into the parking lot. You should download and print one of the maps for one of Tourant-Beauregard routes prior to leaving for the ride.

Cibolo (Leaderless) Meet at the City Hall parking lot in downtown Cibolo. From I-35 North, turn right on FM 3009 (Roy Richard Drive, exit 175) to FM 78; turn left and then…

Hamby Trail Work – 12/28/2013
Longview Bicycle Club
There will be a Hamby trail work day Saturday, December 28, 2013. Come at 9am if you want to ride before hand. Trail work starts at 10am. No experience is required and everyone that shows up to work gets a free lunch after the work day! We will have a cookout and food and drinks will be provided.

Bring: Lawnmower, Weed Eater, Loppers, Chainsaw, Rake, Shovel, Hammer, Nails, etc.

If you don’t have tools there will be plenty extra so come anyway!

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Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup December 1st

Texas Cross State Challenge
Dex Tooke
11-13-13.  The Crossing is completed.  Unoffcially, 873.5 miles.  64 hours, 33 mins.  13.54 avg. mph.
I want to thank my crew for their sacrifice, relentless support and hard work.  I want to thank everyone that supported me and helped push me across this vast state.

You can read the complete ride report HERE.

I owe this record to Kalleen Whitford, Leah Folsom, Kevin Jones, Daniel Sanchez, Douglas Hoffman and Joni Tooke.

Some people may find it hard to believe that the Texas Cross State distance is longer than RAW ( 857 miles). Believe me.  I have done both and Texas is longer.

At 5:00 am on a cold, misty morning which most people consider a stay in bed and snuggle under the covers type of day, 4 crew members, 2 UMCA officials and myself departed the Oklahoma/Texas state line 7 miles north of Perryton, Texas. Our destination was Mexico, 873 miles away.
My ride is a November Wheelhouse carbon fiber frame, Di2 Ultegra 10 speed, clip on aero bars with bar end electronic shifting and 38 mm carbon clincher wheels with Chris King hubs. Months of preparatory labor was now going to be put to the test.  The gathering of crew, coordination of crew travel arrangements,  UMCA record attempt application fees (2), record attempt application checklist, rider waiver, crew waivers, certification of
officials, clothing checklists, cold weather clothing checklist, bicycle accessory checklists, first aide checklist, officials road log sheets, nutrition/hydration checklists, electrical checklists, follow vehicle set up, chargers, inverters, auxiliary vehicle set up, roof racks, nutrition data sheets, spare bike, crew supply checklist, north­south route book, south­north route book, hour chart, rider menu, website updates, budget….

Winter Cycling in Texas
Bike Noob

My friend Rick had a great idea for a Sunday club ride.
“After two challenging days in the saddle, my aging legs are looking for a recovery spin at a long slow distance pace,” he posted. As a bonus, he suggested a starting time of 9 a.m. — much more civilized than the 8:15 a.m. start we traditionally have.
I and one other person posted that we would be there. When I got to our Starbucks starting place, however, a total of 10 riders had showed up. Two other club rides were going south at a fast pace, and to a very hilly route west of the city.
“I think posting that this would be at a conversational pace is what…

San Antonio Wheelmen

Upcoming Rides and Events
Saturday, 12/7:       Freiheite Ride
Saturday, 12/7:       Annual Holiday Party
Sunday, 12/8:         Rebecca’s Mirror Ride


Dallas Tweed ride Sunday Dec 8th

The Dallas Tweed ride is happening Sunday, December 8th.  We’re meeting, once again, at the Grassy Knoll at 3.30.  From the Facebook event page:

Pip pip, jolly good show, and a ‘ello guvnor to you all! It’s time to break out the monocles and knickers and prepare for the 2013 Dallas Tweed Ride! There will be classic riveting action like cucumber sandwich tosses, Mary Poppins kissing booths, umbrellas jousting, and a…

Black Friday Ride #5 Recap and Pics
Bike Friendly Richardson
Last Friday, Bike Friendly Richardson, hosted our 5th annual Black Friday Bike Ride. The event isn’t a race, a charity ride or even an advocacy statement. The Black Friday Ride is just a nice, alternative way to spend the country’s busiest shopping day by riding a bike, instead of dealing with mad rush of crowds fighting over flat screen TVs. Unlike shopping, the ride is a relaxed, low paced, no-drop cruise around town.

This year’s group was amazing as always. On bikes ranging from mountain to road, a little over a dozen riders gathered at the new Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson. As a group ride leader, this is a good amount. Fewer is…