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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 1/20- 1/26/11

Posted Jan 20 2011 9:54am

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 20

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.

Bicycle Advisory Council
6:30 PM One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Rd, 8th floor large conference room

The Austin Bicycle Advisory Council is a committee of Austinites representing cyclists’ interests to the City of Austin and meets monthly to advise staff of the City of Austin Public Works Bicycle and Pedestrian Program. This month, Capital Metro will be doing a demonstration of the new 3 bike bus rack at 5:30.

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. “I’m calling it. This week’s ride is going to be this year’s coldest ride. No doubt about it, it’s going to be cold. As this week’s ride organizer it’s my responsibility to tell you to dress properly. I would NEVER, for instance, tell you to show up wearing only face paint and a thong. It would also be EQUALLY irresponsible for me to advise you to forgo the hat and mittens for the bottom half of your two-piece and a smile. And I could not, without MUCH guilt, say to leave your jacket at home, stick a sock on it and come peddle around town with us on what it looking to be a gorgeous winter night. Screw it… POLAR BEAR CONTEST! The least clothed rider wins a $25 gift certificate to Ozone bikes. Prizes also awarded most appealing and most disturbing attire. Winners to be picked at last park stop. After we ride, we’re heading to the Gypsy Lounge for drinking free beer and warming up our cold bits.” Meet up at 7:00, ride at 7:30.  Read our article on the weekly ride.

Saturday, January 22

Big Chill Adventure Sprint & 12 Hour Race
8 AM, South Shore Park at Lake Bastrop, Bastrop, TX
The Big Chill Adventure Race offers something for veterans and beginners alike.  We serve up all new stuff this year as well as some old favorites plus all the things you have come to expect from us… a tough as nails race, awesome shwagg, cool special tests, and more. New to the ‘Chill’ this year is Too Cool’s famous “skip point”.

Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride: Mellow’s To Nelo’s
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: Mellow’s To Nelo’s. We’ll head north along the west side of downtown with a stop at Nelo’s Cycles near Steck and Mesa. Beautiful rolling hills and a downhill return. 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 .

Austin Ridge Riders Club Ride & Campout
11 AM, Colorado Bend State Park, Lampasas, TX
The weather was against us the last time we planned a ride and camp-out at Colorado Bend State Park but it is such a fantastic place we’re going to try again in January. Our good friends with the Waco Bicycling Club have been working on the trail system at CBSP and the expanded trails are wonderful. You do not need to be an ARR member to participate in club ride. However, you must sign a waiver and properly wear a helmet during the ride.  As ARR provides lunch for Saturday’s ride participants and dinner and breakfast for those who camp…please RSVP to so we can get a good head count and stock up on provisions.

Monday, January 24

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.

Tuesday, January 25

Ladies’ Bike Maintenance Class
6:30 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces St.

This class is designed just for women and taught by the women of Mellow Johnny’s. Spend some time in our service department learning the fundamentals of caring for your bike. This friendly, supportive class offers you a choice of 2 tracks: basic cleaning and drive train maintenance or flat changing. Bring your bike and any questions for a hands-on experience. RSVP to Stephanie at

Wednesday, January 26

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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