Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup December 12th

Ready2Roll
Title:     B1 – Beginner Ride # 1 – Waller North
When:     01.04.2014
Location:     Waller Stadium 1835 Field Store Rd, 77484
Description:     Beginner Ride #1 Cycling Clothing Sale – Donations accepted of gently used cycling gear for our Newbies!

Ready2Roll
Title:     B2 – Beginner Ride #2 – Hempstead to Monaville
When:     01.11.2014
Location:     21890 Fairgrounds Dr, 77445 30.07768
Description:     Cycling Clothing Sale – Donations accepted of gently used cycling gear for our Newbies!

Ready2Roll
Title:     Ready2Roll Cycling Training Series Ride #1 – KATY SOUTH
When:     01.18.2014
Location:     Katy Mills Mall, Katy Mills Circle, Katy, TX
Description:     Distances: 28 / 37 / 50


787 Racing Mountain Bike Skills Clinic
Spicewood, TX
01/18/2014
USAC Permit Number 2014-208
Event Description
787 Racing Mountain Bike Skills Clinic Hosted by Tristan Uhl Learn cornering, ascending, descending, jumping up and down ledges and hopping skills from Tristan Uhl. Tristan has competed in world championships, achieved national championship podiums, and won 2013 TMBRA Pro State Champion title. Tristan has ridden every type of terrain imaginable from Brazil to New Zealand and would like to pass his knowledge on to you.
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Pace Bend County Park Mountain Bike Trails. …


Flat Creek Crossing Ranch Jingle Bell Ride
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Saturday, December 21, 2013        9:00 AM to 2:30 PM
Flat Creek Crossing Ranch
County Road 201 & Ulrich Road, Johnson City, TX (map)
Flat Creek Crossing Ranch is open again on Saturday Dec 21 for mountain bikers!
Gates open 9:00am – 12:00pm, ride until 2:30pm
Gate fee is $10, proceeds benefit Child Inc.
Bring your own beer & meat (that would be “BYOB&M” I guess?) for an after ride social gathering of friends, our very own Ride Coordinator Tony will have his famous grills fired up and ready for you to cook.
You can show up any time between 9 & 12 to ride alone or with your…


Texas A&M University Police Receive Crime Prevention Awards
By: Michael Oder        www.kbtx.com

COLLEGE STATION Texas A&M University Police’s Bait Bike program nets the department one of three awards at the Central Texas Crime Prevention Association ceremony in Austin Tuesday.
The Bait Bike Program was honored as Crime Prevention Program of the year. Started in 2009, the program has had success thanks to the patrol officers and investigators who work diligently to reduce bicycle theft on…


Bag to the Future
How CamelBak changed the way we all ride
By: Vernon Felton

You know you’re in for some suffering when the ride you sign up for is called the “Hotter ‘N Hell 100”. This is especially true if you are doing said ride in Wichita Falls, Texas during the month of August. In fact, in August of 1988, when a young road rider named Michael Eidson lined up for the Texas century, the mercury was consistently pushing past a hundred degrees Fahrenheit in Wichita Falls, which made Eidson ponder the following question: How the hell am I going to possibly get enough water?

The answer to that question changed the world of outdoor sports. This was because Eidson, who was an Emergency Medical Technician (or “EMT”) by trade, answered his dilemma by snagging an IV bag from one of the…


Thoughts on Timmy Duggan and Quiting
Blog of Ken Day and Bicycle Racing            Texas Racing Life
Thoughts on Timmy Duggan and Quiting
If cycling fans haven’t heard, Timmy Duggan decided to retire from professional cycling. I’m sure it was a very hard decision for him. Here is a great interview from Velonews.com on what lead to the decision.

I loved how he talked about using cycling to learn how to set goals and achieve things. Cycling is great in this way. It has definitely taught me the lesson that anything worth having in this life will be hard to attain, and you will have to work extremely hard to achieve. This carries through to my home and work life.

What really struck me was how he talks about cycling being a part of you, but making sure that you have other parts of your life that are important. I believe this also means having something to fall back on. In Timmy’s case, this is skiing and his family business in real estate.

I started cycling at 21, and never thought about cycling as a career. I know a lot of younger guys that are…


Rudolph’s Revenge Postponed until January 26th.
Texas Mountain Bike Trails

Due to the ice storm that came busting up all our plans last week Rudolph’s Revenge will be delayed until January 26th.

With the full inch of ice that we still had covering the entire trail yesterday the race just wasn’t going to happen this Saturday. But, I’m very happy to report that we have been allowed to re-schedule the race for Sunday January 26th, 2014.

I’m super pumped about all the good vibes out there for the race. It certainly seems like there are a lot of people very…


Lone Oak Ride
Hill Country Bicycle Touring Club
Sunday, December 15th:  Ride starts at 8:30 a.m.  This is a 27 mile and slightly hilly but very scenic ride on the east side of San Antonio.  Bring plenty of water and snacks as this ride is mostly along country roads without service station stops.  Meet at the Lone Oak Café (closed except for the parking lot).  Directions: Take Hwy. 87 East towards Loop 1604.  Turn left at the stoplight by the service station and go…


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Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for February 11th

City Park Ride Pics – 2-10-13
AustinBike.com

After two City Park laps on Saturday, what could be better?  How about two on Sunday?  After the rain we had last night, this was the best place to ride and we also wanted to check the progress on the trail work.

We did two laps, one with lots of pictures and the other just to ride.  The trial was in much better shape today than it was yesterday, mainly because it wasn’t raining.


Gearing up for Spring
Bike Friendly Arlington
With the cold finally behind us, Bike Friendly Arlington has got some social rides and outreach events coming up. That’s right, it’s bicycle season! Check the calendar for all of our events.

Two weekly rides:
Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. we will leave from the patio of the Twisted Root Burger, Hooligan’s Pub and Freebird’s World Burrito. 310 E Abram St, Arlington, TX 76010. Facebook event
Sunday at 2:30 p.m. we will be leaving from the Levitt Pavilion. 100 West Abram Street
Arlington, TX 76010 Facebook event

The pace and distance often varies. We ride on the road and on bike paths. Ride leaders will set a pace appropriate for the group and the route is usually set ahead of time. We follow all…


Southwood Neighborhood Bike Ride in Austin, Tx 02-09-13
by AusTexMurf            www.bikeforums.net
A family friendly collaboration with neighbors, City of Austin Planning and Public Works employees, Austin Cycling Association (Commuter Cycling Class), and Brad Wimberley, local bike shop owner of BIKEALOT Austin. Quite a few nice bikes here as well.
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2013 Chapparal Racing Time Trials
West Texas Cycling Association
Chapparal Cycling Club, as a part of the West Texas Cycling Association, is hosting the 2013 Third Thursday Time Trial series. The first race is scheduled for March 21, 2013. Membership is required. These are scheduled training rides on an open course that is just a little bit shy of 8 miles. Meet at the Chisum Travel Center, 2611 East Slaton Rd , at 6:00pm. TT will start at the intersection of HWY 84 & FM 1585. A couple volunteers are needed. Contact Mike Ivins to help out. These events cannot happen without you! See ya there.


Toll 49:  An Issue for Cyclists
www.tylerbicycleclub.com
If you ride Toll 49, then please read this announcement and act now! The cyclists of East Texas need your help. In less than sixty days, the North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority, or NETRMA, will be voting to ban cyclists from Toll 49. The NETRMA needs to hear from you! Below are a sample letter and letter writing suggestions for your use (in both Word and PDF format). Also included are the mailing addresses for those who…


National Bike Summit – Texan Round-Up!
BikeTexas.org
Join the Texas Delegation of cyclists at the National Bike Summit, March 4-6 in Washington D.C.

The National Bike Summit is the premiere advocacy event of the year. More than 800 advocates, government staff, and cycling enthusiasts of all types come together to tell Congress about the benefits of bicycling.

Meet with advocates, share ideas and be a…


Race Across America to stage shorter cycling race in Marble Falls
By Pam LeBlanc            Fit City

You might have heard about the Race Across America, or RAAM.

In what some consider to be the world’s toughest endurance race, solo bicyclists (or teams, if you prefer) race from the west coast to the east coast, pedaling over mountain ranges, through deserts and in and out of cities. They chug through wind, rain, heat, cold and whatever else Mother Nature flings at them. And because that’s not hard enough, there are no built-in breaks for sleep. Athletes wind up ragged out and…


Rudy’s Ride
Hill Country Bicycle Touring Club
Saturday, March 30th:  Rides begins at 8:00 a.m.  We will meet at Rudy’s parking lot on hwy. 151 and Westover Hills blvd.  This scenic and somewhat hilly 22 mile ride is a good way to get a good workout in a short period of time..  Come and check out this new route that avoids the traffic on Talley Road and some of the hills of the previous ride.  For Information contact Heidi Lynn at…


STCC Babysitter Referral Directory
by sooner1            Shawnee Trail Cycling Club
There are many things in our day to day lives that prevent us from participating in rides and club events.  As our club, it’s rides and events have grown, we are more often encountering couples that want to participate, but because they have young families, it is difficult if not impossible for both partners to get out of the house at the same time.  We also have discovered those in our membership that are of age to offer babysitting services.

We’ve decided to provide a forum to bring these two groups together – so that everyone can get out and ride and be assured their children are watched over and cared for while they’re gone and at the same…


Cycling Polarity
by Ken                Texas Racing Life
I have been riding the WestOaks Ride routinely every Saturday since I started training again in November. It starts at 7am, which is incredibly early for a Saturday. I somehow drag myself out of bed for the 5.5 hour ride. Last Saturday I just couldn’t make it. I had loaded myself up with a mountain of training earlier in the week, and the bed just felt so inviting. I slept in for a solo ride in the afternoon. I rode out to open roads through neighborhoods in East Houston. East Houston is pretty rough. Not the roughest, but not a good neighborhood.

After 4 hours of hard pedaling, I start home, only to be stopped at a train. Already waiting for the train to pass is Wayne, a 56 year old guy on a beach cruiser. We smile and I say hey, because we are instantly…


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Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup January 2nd

The Road to Ourselves: Cycling in the Texas Mountains
By Beth Nobles            BikeTexas.org

From the saddle, I whiz past mountains, yell “howdy” to ranch cattle, and glance up to see hawks circling a crisp perfectly blue sky. My saddle isn’t on a horse, but it doesn’t matter. I have the frontier to myself; the last car passed 30 minutes ago.

There’s something special about cycling the roads and trails of Far West Texas. Pick your speed; take things as slow or as fast as you want. Power yourself down mountain passes. Dawdle and you’ll spot the red blossoms of claret cup cactus. There’s time to look, think, sweat, imagine. You’re free, not confined to the metal box of a car…


Local gear swap/sale…
by In_Yo_Grill                forums.mtbr.com/texas
I’ve been riding for going on two years now. Like many of the guys on this site I’ve changed out parts on my bikes to find the sweet balance of comfort and trail effectiveness. Of course I’m sure I’ve given into some of the hype and marketing…lol

Anyways…let’s get down to the nitty gritty. I have many parts that I no longer use and want to see if we could get the guys together and see if we could help one another out. I guess we could just post up here and then try to organize a gathering of sorts.


Bike Recommendations for my son
by Marker 37            www.bikeforums.net
My son is almost 10 and I would like to buy a trail bike for his birthday. he is about 4’8″ and I am 6’2″. I grew a bunch after my sophomore year in high school, so I figure this bike will last him until he is driving. any suggestions on the size bike to buy and what type of gears, frame, etc, to look for. not looking to break the bank here but am comfortable with $500 on the high side. also would be interested in a used bike of the right kind. appreciate any help.

by DISCDS
I don’t know that it’s realistic to buy him a bike that will serve him well from age 10 to 16. In buying a bike, how it fits is the ultimate factor. (However, I have seen some pretty big kids riding really small BMX bikes and they don’t seem to care much that their knees are only millimeters from hitting the handlebars.)

My general recommendation is almost ALWAYS to go to a local bike shop (LBS) and be sure it fits before you buy. But, that advice is generally given with the thought that the bike is going to be used for quite some time. I don’t know that shelling out the price for new bike is the best way to go at his age. (But then again, I don’t understand parents dropping big money for Air Jordans for tiny kids that will outgrow them in a…


City Park Ride Pics – 1-1-13
by John                      AustinBike.com

What better way to start off the year than with a ride.  Although it was cold and had rained for most of yesterday, the trails at City Park drain well, and by the afternoon they were perfect (unless you were running a small block 8 on the back.

Five of us headed out for two laps and Brian caught up with us and joined in on the riding even though he…


Replacing a Bottom Bracket
by John            AustinBike.com

The bottom bracket contains the bearings that help keep your crank spinning smoothly. Modern bottom brackets now have outboard bearings meaning that they sit outside of the shell, not inside like years ago.  This makes them more durable and able to withstand more torque and pressure.  However, especially in the case of Shimano, the bearings are not really…


Replacing Crank Rings
by John                AustinBike.com

If you have a Shimano crankset and need to replace the rings, the job is not that difficult if you have the right tools.  I think the whole job took me under 30 minutes.

The first step in the process is to take off the chain.  I highly recommend either SRAM chains or getting a SRAM removable link on a Shimano chain.  This allows you to take a chain apart and put it back together without a…


Tuesday Ride at Walnut Creek – Intermediate ride level
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Tuesday, January 8, 2013        4:30 PM
Walnut Creek Park
12138 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX (map)
Getting dark earlier so starting this at 4:30 pm so we have time to get a full loop in.
Please be there and be ready to roll by 4:30 pm. We meet in the parking lot near the pool in the middle of the island.

Any question please call/text  me at [masked]
Intermediate level ride with no drop.
Ride at your own risk and helmets are required!


Tuesday: Intermediate/Advanced Mountain Bike Ride at the Ant Hills
Houston Cycling Club
Tuesday, January 8, 2013        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


Georgetown Cyclopaths January Rides

RIDE SCHEDULE – January 2013Short RidesLong Rides
DayDateTimeMeet atMilesMapMilesMap
Saturday1/5/20139:00 AM Dale’s Essenhaus Restaurant in Walburg32 miles WA746 miles WA8
Sunday1/6/201412:00 PM Berry Springs Park35 miles B65
Saturday1/12/20139:00 AM Catholic Church in Andice35 milesA1248 milesA14
Sunday1/13/20131:30 PM Berry Springs Park32 miles B39
Saturday1/19/20139:00 AM Liberty Hill Elementary School32 miles L1245 miles L1
Sunday1/20/20131:30 PM Berry Springs Park32 miles B68
Saturday1/26/20139:00 AMGravel Parking Lot in Weir27 milesWE251 milesWE8
Sunday1/27/20131:30 PM Berry Springs Park36 milesB34

Somerset Big Bird Ride
Hill Country Bicycle Touring Club
Saturday, January 26th:  Wheels down at 9:00.  Meet at the Park and Ride across from Bill Miller’s at south loop 1604 and Hwy 16 South for a 30 mile ride over mostly flat terrain with some gentle hills. We will travel backroads between Somerset and Lytle and pass by an ostrich farm, where we hope to see Big Bird and his siblings. Several options for lunch: bar-b-q, Mexican, pizza.


The power of #bikeschool
by Darryl            lovingthebike.com
If you don’t already know about the absolute biggest and greatest online meeting place for cyclists, then you most definitely need to check out #bikeschool in 2013.  If you don’t know the whole #bikeschool story and what it’s all about, have a quick read through our description of this weekly cycling Twitter chat.

#bikeschool really has taken on a life of its own, and we have the incredible online cycling community to thank for this.  Although I was one of three people who first created and launched this fun-loving cycling chat, I’ve sort of stepped down from the weekly organizing and hosting.  Our #bikeschool community is so…


Seeing the South from a bike seat
Written by Kevin Kirkpatrick        www.desmoinesregister.com
Avid bicyclist Roger Netsch is preparing for a new cycling challenge this spring.

The former Indianola High School educator has ridden more than 30 Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, three Ride the Rockies and several other state rides.

In March, Netsch and five of his cycling friends will bike across the southern part of the U.S. The 3,010-mile bicycle ride will start in San Diego on March 1 and end more than a month later in St. Augustine, Fla. The cyclists will pass through Phoenix; El Paso and Austin, Texas…


Have Yourself a Merry Little Bike Ride
by Ken                Texas Racing Life
I lead an alternative lifestyle, because every year between Thanksgiving and New Years, I lose weight.  This is the heart of base training in cycling, and I believe can determine how your race season will go.  But I find it to be the hardest time of year to train, with no light and terrible weather. In the end, you just have to get out there and ride.

Last year between Christmas and New Years, I did a whopping 18 hours on the bike, which was around 4 more hours than I had ever done in a 7 day stretch. This year, I wanted to do more. …


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Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for December 12th

‘Green lanes’ double in U.S. in 2012
by Steve Frothingham                Bicycle Retailer & Industry News
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — The number of protected bike lanes, also called “green lanes,” in the U.S. has doubled in 2012 and is on track to double again next year, according to Bikes Belong.

Green lanes have a physical separation, such as a curb, parked cars or plastic posts, between moving cars and bikes.

“Increasingly, U.S. cities want to make riding a bike a practical and comfortable way to get around for short trips,” said Martha Roskowski, director of the Green Lane Project. “The growing popularity of urban living, the decline in driving by young people and a desire for more attractive public places are inspiring cash-strapped…

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Tuesday: Intermediate/Advanced Mountain Bike Ride at the Ant Hills
Houston Cycling Club
Tuesday, December 18, 2012        6:15 PM
15200 Memorial Dr
Houston, Tex (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

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Chainring in 2013 Ride
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On Sunday December 16th Corinth Cycling and the Harden Dental Team will be doing a 100 mile ride departing Crownover Middle School at 10:00am. This ride will follow the route linked below and will have sag support thanks to Darrell Hull who will provide his pick-up and driver. You can bring your wheels, bottles, food etc. We will provide a cooler for some drink and food storage.

The ride will be a “base mileage ride”. Speed you ask? It will be conversational pace, no hard efforts. Everyone is welcome for the whole ride or portion there of…

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The Pedal Pusher – December 2012
Northwest Cycling Club, Houston
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Forty Degree Spread
by Steve A                DFW Point-to-Point
Big Temperature Swings Mean You Lug More Around – No, I Didn’t Take Off the Cotton Socks!
Absent things like lightning, “postal mix,” and other precipitation events, the toughest weather facing a bicycle commuter is, IMO, really large temperature spreads. A thirty degree spread usually means a big rise through the day. We had two days this week with bigger temperature swings than that. Thirty degree swings often occur in North Texas. 49 in the morning and 80 on the way home.

Still more challenging are those unusual days with a forty degree spread. These bigger swings are less common, but occasionally occur in the winter when a warm front sweeps through shortly after dawn. We’re talking 30 degrees on the way to work and 70 on the…

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Trainer Rides
by Ken                Texas Racing Life
Houston usually has beautiful weather for winter training. The weather is very mild through the winter months, and there are not many super rainy days. Because of this I have never bought clothing for extreme conditions below 40 degrees. This is my weather cutoff, and buying clothing for colder conditions is just not worth it. For times when it is colder,  I have the trainer.

The last two days have been around 30 in the morning, so it was too cold for me to commute to work. Plus, I have lost one of my winter gloves (I suspect my dog). By the time I get home from work, it’s dark and cold again. This is always the most depressing time of year, when I spend the…

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Race Preview – Outback Cyclocross Race Weekend – Dec. 15-16, 2012  
texascx.com
Can you believe this crap? We’re almost done.

The first of the remaining three weekends (or No. 10 for those battling in TX Cup) is finally upon us. So c’mon out – here’s our chance to make some news in sleepy Waco.

Bicycles Outback team stars, Ian and Cat Moore are working with the ultra fast Bryan Fawley to promote a stellar new event. Here’s all you need to know:

New course in TXCX. Is there any other venue on the calendar that you can compare it to?
Yes, After I meet with Ian and Cat as they showed me the area…my mind was running wild. This course will have a few features that will remind you of  Tough Cross and…

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