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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 1/7- 1/13/09

Posted Jan 07 2010 6:13am

With overnight temps in the teens, make sure you bundle up out there this weekend. Despite the cold temperatures, there’s still plenty to do. For those not inclined to cheer the Longhorns tonight, Social Cycling ATX is putting on a Skeeball tournament as part of their Thursday Night Social Ride and Austin will have its first Tweed Ride this Sunday.

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 7

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. So Thursday is the night of the BIG GAME. It’s going to be epic. It’s sure to be exciting, with lots of great play. The competition will be intense, but in the end there can only be one team standing and that team will be the champion… of the first Social Cycling ATX SKEE BALL TOURNAMENT! The holidays are over! It’s time to get back to the serious business of riding your bike. Get that neglected bike back on on the streets and bring your “A” game to the skee ball tourney.  Read our recent article on the popular weekly ride.

Saturday, January 9

Hill Country Randonneurs 200K January Brevet
7 AM, 3108 Creeks Edge Pkwy, Austin, TX 78733
Join the Hill Country Randonneurs in going long. In the true spirit of randonnering, this brevet is a lightly supported ride. The control will be staffed, and there is a mini-mart in case your needs go beyond what will be provided.  Some of these roads are remote, so make sure you can carry enough food and water for 2 hours of riding.  SAG support provided by Nelo’s will be limited so make sure to bring spare tubes and tools for light repairs you may need along the way. The rider check-in will be open from 6:30-8:00am.   You must have a helmet, a tail light and a head light to start. The course is mostly rolling hills, so there is not a lot of climbing, but the wind can be a factor at this time of year.

Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride: New Nelo’s, New Time!
NEW TIME: 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 New Nelo’s. We’ll head north along the west side of downtown with a stop at Nelo’s Cycles new location near Steck and Mesa. Beautiful rolling hills and a downhill return. 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.

Nuts for Nueces Ride Rally
10: 30 AM, Cafe Medici, 2222B Guadalupe St
A ride organized by the For a Bicycle Only Nueces Boulevard Facebook group supporting the proposed bike boulevard on Nueces St. The ride will cover the proposed boulevard with coffee at Juan Pelota’s at the end.


Sunday, January 10

Super Squadra Road Racing Beginner Cycling Skills Clinic and Tactics Seminar
8:30 AM, Bicycle Sport Shop Central, 517 S. Lamar Blvd. and The Driveway Austin, 8400 Delwau Lane
If you’ve wanted to road race or are just looking to improve your skills, now’s your chance to learn from some of the best local pros. Bicycle Sport Shop’s pro team, Super Squadra, will be hosting a series of road racing clinics in January for both the beginner and more advanced racers. The Beginners classes are on Sunday, January 10 and include a skills clinic at The Driveway and tactics seminar at Bicycle Sport Shop Central. The Advanced classes will be the next Sunday, January 17. The skills clinics are $80 and the tactics seminars are $40. You can register for both for $110, $50 for Juniors. All participants can join in on a free 50-80 ride with Team Super Squadra that includes lunch afterwards at Bicycle Sport Shop.


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.

Dapper Dan Dash, AKA the Shannon Tweed Ride
2 PM, Lamar Blvd Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge
At last, Austin get’s its own tweed ride hosted by The Peddler Bike Shop. Dust off your Raleigh 3 speed roadster and knock the moth balls off your tweed. This fashionable ride has no rules except NO SPANDEX or other modern bike specific apparel. There will be a competition for
* Most dapper chap
* Snappiest lass
* Most gallant behaviour
* Most stylish “steed”


Hardcourt Bike Polo
2 PM, Eastwoods Park, 3001 Harris Park Ave
Join fellow bike polo enthusiasts as part of the newly formed Austin Bike Polo Club for a friendly Sunday match every week. 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.

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.

Wednesday, January 13

Hump Day Ride hosted by Social Cycling ATX
11 AM, 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.

Nueces Bike Boulevard Open House
6 PM, Pease Elementary School, 1106 Rio Grande St
The second in a three part series of open houses to get public feedback on the design of a possible bicycle boulevard on Nueces Street. Come make your voice heard on this vital new bike infrastructure. Recently, the League of Bicycling Voters released their proposal for the bike boulevard.

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 XXVII
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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