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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 11/12- 11/18/09

Posted Nov 13 2009 10:02pm

This Saturday offers yet another crazy amount of cycling goodness in addition to all the other regular rides. You’ve got not one but TWO huge bike swaps going on plus trail work, riding and camping with the Austin Ridge Riders AND the Tour Das Hugel for those who want to ride 14,000 vertical feet around Austin for a t-shirt. Also, don’t forget the League of Bicycling Voters meeting is Tuesday night with officer elections. This is your chance to get more involved in local advocacy.

Here’s a quick run down of recommended events for the coming week from  our comprehensive calendar of allcycling 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, November 12

PoloFlyer14Thursday 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.

Imagine Austin Workshop
6 PM, Travis High School, 1211 East Oltorf AND Reagan High School
7104 Berkman Drive

All are invited to participate in this forum to craft a new comprehensive plan for Austin. The City of Austin invites you to imagine the city of your dreams.
Bring your kids, your family, your friends to help write a story about Austin’s future.

Bicycle Sport Shop Bike Maintenance Class
6 PM, Two locations: Bicycle Sport Shop Central, 517 S. Lamar Blvd or Bicycle Sports Shop North, 10947 Research Blvd
This is a free basic maintenance class (including how to fix a flat) taught by one of BSS’ skilled mechanics. In this 1 hour class students will learn the basic skills needed to keep their bike running safely while on the road. We will cover: Pre-ride bike inspection, Changing a flat, Proper cleaning & lubrication, and Tools for your ride.

Encore showing of Race Across The Sky – Leadville Trail 100
7 PM, Cinemark Southpark Meadows, Tinseltown USA Pflugerville, Metropolitan 14, Cinemark Hill Country Galleria, Cinemark Cedar Park
An encore one night showing, experience a One Night Event in movie theatres nationwide featuring the debut of “Race Across the Sky” – a documentary covering the 2009 Leadville Trail 100 bike race, one of the most intense endurance races of all time – and candid conversations with Lance Armstrong, Chris Carmichael, Dave Wiens, and other elite and amateur cyclists who overcame extreme challenges to participate in this grueling race. Read the A2W review of this film.

Thursday Night Social Ride
NEW LOCATION AND TIME!
7 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 p.m. leave at 7:30 p.m. This week meeting back at the Scoot Inn again this week, then heading over to Longhorn Bikes for jousting and keg beer. After we are done playing games we will take a nice long ride ending up at the Iron Gate for more free beer. As usual, our party will be the best in town Thursday night.  Read our recent article on the popular weekly ride.

Jester_coloredSaturday, November 14

Tour Das Hugel
7 AM, MoPac Pedestrian Bridge, Lady Bird Lake

This free ride covers 100 miles of Austin’s toughest hills with 14,000 feet of climbing. Ride as much of the course as you like, but you don’t get the t-shirt unless you finish. Donations to Austin Yellow Bike Project are encouraged.

Mellow Swap
9 AM- 5 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces St

The Mellow Swap is an huge annual bike swap hosted by Mellow Johnny’s bike shop. If you are looking for that certain part to finish out your bike, this is the place to find it. Also BBQ, beer, and music.

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Downtown Austin Plan – Parks and Open Space Town Hall Meeting
9 AM, Austin Convention Center – Ballroom , 500 E Cesar Chavez

Please join the City of Austin along with its lead consultant, ROMA Austin at a “Town Hall” Meeting to share your vision and ideas about Downtown parks. On Saturday November 14th, 2009, we will be meeting to present the Draft Downtown Parks and Open Space Master Plan. We want to use this occasion to get your input and discuss some key issues related to Downtown parks including: Parks Programming and Activities; Priorities for Implementation; and Management and Governance.

Pace Bend Park Single Track Mountain Bike Trail Days
9 AM, Pace Bend Park, 2805 N Pace Bend Rd, Spicewood, TX

arr-web-banner The Austin Ridge Riders in cooperation with Travis County Parks are developing an extensive network of mountain bike designed single track trail on approximately 900 acres of classic rugged hill country parkland in the center of Pace Bend Park. The ultimate build out will be around 20+ miles and feature interesting terrain, lots of flowing contour trail, fun dips and rollers, challenging climbs, fun down hills, spectacular views, interesting ledges and rock features as well as a surprising number of shady sections. Join the Ridge Riders for building in the morning and riding in the afternoon with optional camping overnight.

Sierra Club Green Energy Bike Tour
10 AM, Austin City Hall Plaza, 301 W 2nd St
Join the Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Route crew to celebrate Green City Austin. The morning ride partners with the Sierra Club to highlight some of Austin’s Greenest spots. Departing from City Hall on Cesar Chavez where the day’s festivities take place. Helmets required.

Frankenbike #52
11 AM- 4 PM, Space 12, 3121 E 12th Ave
frankenbike_small 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.

Downtown Biketopia: NEW Routes for Urban Explorers
3 PM, Austin City Hall Plaza, 301 W 2nd St
Join the Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Route crew to celebrate Green City Austin. The afternoon ride explores some of Austin’s newest bike facilities. Climbing lanes, lane diets and reverse angle parking are just some of the latest implementations of the City’s Bike Master Plan approved in May, 2009. Departing from City Hall on Cesar Chavez where the day’s festivities take place. Helmets required.

Sunday, November 15

Sunday Morning Fixie Ride
NEW TIME! 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.

Capital City BMX Weekly Race Series
1 PM, Capital City BMX, 15010 FM Road 620 North
The Capital City BMX opened in November 2008 and offers you a chance to learn and race BMX. BMX races are held every Sunday with rider check-in 1-2 PM. Cost $10/rider. (There is also practice time on Monday’s and Friday’s. Check Capital City BMX for more info.)

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.

Monday, November 16

Heavy Metal Fitness Ride hosted by Social Cycling ATX
7 PM, Lamar Blvd Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge, Lady Bird Lake

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, November 17

Most shouldered their bikes up this wicked hill.
Shoulding the bike up the hill at the Dirt Derby.

Dirt Derby
5:30 PM, Austin/Del Valle Motorcross Park, 15400 Pearce Ln, Del Valle, TX
Austin’s weekly cyclocross series returns for its fourth season at the the fully illuminated motocross course and surrounding fields at Austin/Del Valle Motorcross Park (ADVMX). There are A, B, beginners, women’s, and children’s races in cyclocross and short track mountain bike. New this year are monthly 4 week series and A2W and Violet Crown Cycles have  come on board as sponsors of the cyclocross series. Each time you race you are entered into a drawing for a custom cyclocross frameset by Violet Crown Cycles. The more you race, the more chances to win.  $10, women, beginners and kids only $5. Second race same night $5. All types of bikes are welcome.

Edge Composites Wheel Demo
6- 8 PM, Dirt Derby Austin/Del Valle Motorcross Park, 15400 Pearce Ln, Del Valle, TX

Meet up with Bicycle Sport Shop at the Dirt Derby to try out some of the best wheels on the market. On hand will be sets of Edge Composites’ 29ers, 29er tubulars, 26″ tubulars, 26″ XC Clinchers, 26″ All Mountains and more. Enjoy enjoy the races, free food and beverages from Real Ale.

League of Bicycling Voters Meeting
7 PM, George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina St

lobvlogoforweb League of Bicycling Voters will be holding a board election. LOBV members can make nominations for the election. To vote in the election of board directors, you must be an LOBV member in good standing. Bylaws specify the qualifications for LOBV membership, and these include, among other things: attendance at a previous LOBV meeting, and timely payment of dues. For those who haven’t paid dues to LOBV, but are interested in participating, please join at http://lobv.org/join.html. Dues can also be paid the night of the meeting.

Wednesday, November 18

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 chuck@mellowjohnnys.com if you plan on attending on of the classes. Classes fill up quickly so RSVP soon so you don’t get left out!

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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