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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 1/13- 1/19/11

Posted Jan 13 2011 9:02am

Here’s a quick run down of recommended events for the coming week from our comprehensive calendar of all cycling events . Thanks to Jason at ATXBS for letting us know about some events we couldn’t find elsewhere. As always, if there is an event you know about that’s not on our calendar contact us, and we’ll add your event on and possibly add it to the weekly round up.

Thursday, January 13

Thursday Night Bike Polo
5:30 PM, Eastwoods Park, 3001 Harris Park Ave
The Austin Bike Polo Club’s weekday match. All bikes and skill levels are welcome and spare mallets and balls are available if you don’t have any. Check out our article on bike polo for more info.

LOBV Volunteer Hours
6:30 – 8:30 PM, Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E 38-1/2 St
LOBV Volunteer Hours is happening again. “I’ll have some tasks on-hand to work on, such as data entry, phone calls to current members, online research, and updating web content. Bring your laptop computer, if you’ve got one, as most tasks require the use of a computer. This will also be an opportunity for you to learn more about what unique, ongoing, volunteer opportunities are available that will have a direct impact on making Austin better for bicycling.” RSVP if you can to Tom Wald at volunteer@lobv.org , or just show up — we’ll be there.

The Hill Country Ride for AIDS 2011 Kick-Off Party
7 PM, Austin Music Hall, 208 Nueces St
Everyone Invited. Free event, free appetizers and cash bar! Enjoy the band Skyrocket, hang out with the Lonestar Roller Girls, meet other riders, register to be a part of this life-changing event and enter to win a bike courtesy of Bicycle Sport Shop. Come find out why the Hill Country Ride was voted ‘Best Bike Ride’ in the 2010 Austin Chronicle Poll! Free admission and finger foods, cash bar and great live music! RSVP here .

Thursday Night Social Ride
7:00 PM, Plaza Satillo, Comal & E. 5th St.
Now winner of two 2010 Best of Austin Awards ! The large weekly ride from the Facebook group Social Cycling ATX that popularized social cycling in Austin. “It’s going to be cold. Not Donner Party cold, but cold. Dress warmly. Why? Because it’s going to be cold. Ok so let me break down this week’s ride/free food buffet/charity ride sign up/dance party/free beer Thursday Night Awesomeness®. This week we are heading over to the The Hill Country Ride for AIDS 2011 Kick-Off Party for some free food, a cash bar and the chance to sign up for this year’s Hill Country Ride for AIDS. We will then take off on a nice ride around town, ending at the bar you fools can’t seem to stay away from, Barbarella. They are throwing down the TNSR usual…free then cheap beer and will let you stay and dance until very very late.” Meet up at 7:00, ride at 7:30.  Read our article on the weekly ride.

Friday, January 14

Yellow Bike Project Raise the Rex fundraiser
9 PM, Spider House, 2908 Furth St
Now that the Yellow Bike Project has a permanent home on Webberville road, the bike distributing non-profit is seeking a way to spruce up the joint with an awesome sculpture to keep Austin weird. They are working to build a pedaling Tyrannosaurus Rex sculpture out of recycled bicycle parts in front of Yellow Bike HQ. The concept is for a skeleton T-Rex riding on a recycled bicycle.  It would be a wind-driven articulated sculpture making it appear as if the dino was actually riding a bike.  We’re using salvaged bicycle parts. Tickets are $6 and include a raffle.

Saturday, January 15

Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride: Southern Culture Off The Grid
9:30 AM, Mellow Johnny’s, 400 Nueces St
Saturday mornings spent exploring City of Austin bike routes finding new neighborhoods and ways to get around on your bike. This week’s theme: Southern Culture Off The Grid. Today, we head south of downtown via Bouldin, roll through the Emerald Forest and return via Forest Wood and Robert E Lee. Today’s Bike Routes: 31, 82, 84, 25, 11, 64, and 33. These are 2 ways to get from Dittmar north across Lady Bird Lake. The routes are designed to help riders navigate the city bike routes and other safe bike commuting options. We average 12mph for distances between 15-25 miles. Come by at 9:00 for coffee. Helmets required. Contact: Stephanie at  Stephanie@mellowjohnnys.com .

Monday, January 17

Heavy Metal Fitness Ride hosted by Social Cycling ATX
7:30 PM, Lamar Blvd Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge
The Heavy Metal Fitness Ride has returned! Hosted by Social Cycling ATX, this ride is a higher pace and more challenging than their Thursday Night Urban Ride. The ride is 20-30 miles and usually ends with free beer and a dip in the water. Meet up at 7 PM. Ride leaves at 7:30 sharp.

Wednesday, January 19

Hump Day Ride hosted by Social Cycling ATX
Noon, Lamar Blvd Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge, Lady Bird Lake
The latest new ride from Social Cycling ATX. Social paced ride for the riders that can make it out during the work week. We will have a few stops one at a coffee shop and one for lunch. All levels are welcome. Share with your “funemployed” friends.

Leander / Cedar Park Social Ride
Meet up at 7 PM, Ride at 7:30 PM, Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S. Bagdad Rd, Leander, TX

The Leander / Cedar Park Social Ride is held every Wednesday at 7pm at Robin Bledsoe Park at 601 S. Bagdad Rd. In Leander Tx. We usually roll out around 7:30 – 7:45 sharp and welcome and encourage riders of most skill levels no matter what type of bike you ride. I say most skill levels because we do ride at night along streets and usually only go about 10-14 miles and a fairly slow pace. The routes change up sometimes and there are often themes to the rides, just to keep it fun. Drinking usually ensues but not by everyone. We do occasionally have kids that ride with us and we do try to keep to non busy-ish streets and some sidewalks when the streets are busy. We encourage lights and helmets and obeying the law for the most part. We do ride with traffic not against it. I’m sure its pretty obvious that we have pretty much modeled ourselves after the Thursday Nighs Social Ride only in Leander on a different night and a lot smaller

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