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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 1/28- 2/3/10

Posted Jan 28 2010 8:43am

My apologies for getting the weekly event round up out late this week, but our full calendar of events needed some major updating and now has all the upcoming ACA rides, Traffic 101 classes and mini clinics and TXBRA road races as well as most of the charity rides on the calendar for this spring. Being the end of the month, the Critical Mass ride and Frankenbike are on the board. In addition, the Austin Cycling Association will be having the second meeting under their new more sociable format which this month will include presentations by three local bicycle framebuilders at the new Yellow Bike Project Headquarters.

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 28

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 recent article on bike polo for more info.

Thursday Night Social Ride
7:30 PM, The Scoot Inn, 1308 E. 4th St. (Corner of 4th and Navasota
A ride from the Facebook group Social Cycling ATX. that has gotten so big it had to abandon the Pfluger Bridge start location. Meet  at 7:30 p.m. leave at 8 p.m. Details on this week’s ride: “We are going to take a nice ride around town, stop at a covered area for some bike games for prizes from Ozone Bike Department, ride some more then end up at the Thursday Night Social Ride’s original watering hole, The Jackalope, where they are throwing down 300 pints of Harpoon IPA. After all the high fallutin’ beer is gone, you get your Lone Stars for a buck.What a deal, what a steal. The Jackalope was the first bar that gave Social Cycling ATX some love and continues to be our stongest supporter. Be sure and tell them thanks and throw some extra tips the bartender’s way for all of those free beers they are pouring us.” Read our recent article on the popular weekly ride.

Friday, January 29

January Critical Mass Ride
5 PM, West Mall UT Campus
This bike jamming ride is designed to shout to the world that bikes belongs and occurs on the last Friday of the month. You never know what will happen, but don’t miss this foundation of the Austin bike culture we know today

Saturday, January 30

Traffic Skills 101 Mini Clinics: Traffic Laws and Crash Avoidance
8:30 AM, Mellow Johnny’s, 400 Nueces St
If you’ve ever wanted to brush up on your bike safety but cannot swing the time for the full Traffic 101 classes offered by the Austin Cycling Association, here’s your chance to pick and choose the portions you need help with in bit sized amounts. ACA will be offering Traffic Skills 101 Mini Clinics starting this week through March in easy to schedule one hour segments. Each class is $10 or $5 if you are already an ACA member. Take the whole series for $50 or $25 for ACA members. This week is Traffic Skills 101 Mini Clinics: Traffic Laws and Crash Avoidance with optional hosted ride Marathon Preview

Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride: Marathon Preview
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 is Marathon Preview. Scout out the City of Austin Bike Routes. Today’s ride is the easy way to do 26.2 miles. We’ll ride the marathon course (with two slight modifications) passing through some of Austin’s most scenic neighborhoods. Today’s 8:30 am mini-clinic covers Traffic Laws and Crash Avoidance. $5 ACA members / $10 non-members. Check the clinic listing for more details. These rides are meant for exploring so bring your questions and leave your heart rate monitor at home. Come by at 9:00 for coffee. Ride organizer: Eileen Schaubert at or 512-426-4851.

Tour of New Braunfels Road Race
9:30 AM, St. Jerome’s Catholic Church, 7955 Real Road, San Antonio, TX
Day one of this road race with Cat 5 to Cat 1/Pro racing. Saturday’s St. Jerome’s Grand Prix is going to be a europic – both euro and EPIC!!! TM – road race with 18 turns for each 16 mile loop.  Small roads, windy sections, ups and downs, and a finish at the top of a 1-mile false flat.

frankenbike_smallFrankenbike #54 aka FrankenBabe # 2
Noon- 4 PM, Rio Rita,1308 E. 6th Street, Austin, TX 78702
Special to this Frankenbike: All girls who bring there bike to FrankenBabe # 2 get a free bike tune-up. Austin’s semi-regular bike parts swap is back. Need a saddle or set of pedals to finish off that project bike? Have a box of never used or lightly used bike parts in the garage your significant other wants you to get rid of? Frankenbike is your answer. Stop by for a bit or stay all afternoon to hawk you wares. As always, admission is free, recycling great stuff is priceless.

Sunday, January 31

Tour of New Braunfels Road Race
9 AM, Canyon Park Road, 1700 Canyon Park Rd, Canyon Lake, TX
Day two of this road race with Cat 5 to Cat 1/Pro racing. Sunday’s Omloop boasts a fast 2.1 mile circuit with one slightly uphill 90-degree left hand turn, a tough little climb, a stunningly scenic overlook of Canyon Lake, a rapid descent, another left hand bend and a quick run-in to the finish.  This is great course and Tobin always dials up the good weather.

Sunday Morning Fixie Ride
10:20 AM, Posse East, 2900 Duval St
The ride is focused on fixed-gear bikes, but everyone is welcome. The ride will proceed at a social pace from the UT campus on various routes of 25-35 miles.

Weekly Ladies Ride presented by Mellow Johnny’s
3:30 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Show, 400 Nueces St
Starting at 3:30 sharp, it’s a 2 hour ride for ladies only. Join experienced riders from Mellow Johnny’s for a friendly and moderately paced social ride (14-16mph average). Get more comfortable riding in a group, learn tips & tricks, and meet other like-minded cyclists. Stay afterwards for champagne and strawberries at Royal Blue Grocery across the street! Some things to keep in mind before meeting us for this ride: Have a road bike in good working condition, Bring a helmet, Wear cycling clothing, Bring plenty of water, Are able to ride comfortably for 2 hours without stopping.

Monday, February 1

acalogo09Austin Cycling Association February Meeting

Dinner: 6:30 PM, Meeting: 7 PM, New Yellow Bike Project HQ, 12th & Webberville Road
This month’s Austin Cycling Association meeting will hear from local bike builders and see their work. Our special guests for the evening will be James Flatman of Alchemy Bicycle Company; Cody Baron, Clark Davidson and Cole Thompson, co-owners of True Fabrication Bicycles; Brad Cason of KirkLee Bicycles; and Elliott McFadden of Violet Crown Cycles. After an initial presentation by each builder, you will have the opportunity to talk one-to-one with the bike builders and get a closer look at their products. The Yellow Bike Project is the perfect setting for our meeting. Please feel free to bring food and beverages to enjoy during the program.

IMPROV Pub Crawl hosted by Cyclidactyl Bike Club
7 PM, Uncle Billy’s Brew and Que, 1530 Barton Springs Rd
“Basically what we are doing is a pub crawl for the people! We’ll have all the happy hour/specials of all the bars in austin printed on a list. We’ll take a general consensus, come up with a route & then drink. rinse, lather, repeat. It’s all improv on the spot. Ages 21+”

Tuesday, February 2

Tuesday Night Bike Polo Match
5 PM, Joslin Park, Manchaca St & Redd St
In the last month, Austin Texas Bike Polo Social Club has added matches in South Austin on Tuesday nights.

PURE Endurance: 10 Things You Need To Know Before Clipping In
7:15 PM, PURE Austin Quarry Lake, 4210 West Braker
Sara Krause, regular contributor to Austin on Two Wheels, and Shae Rainer, Pro Mountain Bike Racer, are putting on a free lecture at Pure Austin for those interested in endurance racing or getting ready for the The Dirty Dozen or Super 6 Hour Mountain Bike Races. you will learn about:
* Nutrition Strategies: food and hydration before, during and after the event
* Racing Strategies (Solo and Team)
* Gearing up For The Race: What to wear and how to prepare

Wednesday, February 3

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.

Weekly Bike Maintenance and Flat Repair Classes hosted by Mellow Johnny’s
6 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces St
Every Wednesday at 6pm Mellow Johnny’s has bike maintenance and flat repair classes. Learn how to fix a flat tire and add life to your bike with simple maintenance and repairs. Please RSVP to Chuck at if you plan on attending on of the classes. Classes fill up quickly so RSVP soon so you don’t get left out!

Wednesday Night Road Ride XXVIII
7 PM, Check site for start location
Formerly the Thursday Night Road Ride, this after dark fitness ride returns after a 7 month hiatus. All levels of riders are welcome on this 20-25 mile night ride with stops to regroup. This is a “friendly drop” ride. This means that if we can see your lights, you won’t drop be dropped. Lights are mandatory and helmets strongly recommended. Come early and enjoy drinks and food before and after the ride.

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