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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 11/19- 11/25/09

Posted Nov 19 2009 10:01pm

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 19

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.

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.

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.

IMBA Trail Care Crew Visit
7PM,
Bicycle Sport Shop Central, 517 S. Lamar Blvd
The International Mountain Bicycling Association is coming to Texas. Chris and Leslie Kehmeier of the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew will be in Austin for a Trailbuilding School. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment. All are welcome to this social event for the IMBA crew and enjoy appetizers, beer and wine.  Please RSVP online.

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 8 p.m. This week the ride is having a canned food drive to help folks out who are having a hard time. Bring a couple of non-perishable food items. Leave the Scoot Inn at 8 and take a killer long cruise, stopping occasionally at stores for refreshments. Then end up at the Sustainable Waves compound for a benefit for local cyclist and Riverboat Gambler musician, Ian Mcdougall, who was hit by a car last month and is facing some massive medical bills. They are providing a few kegs of beer and have arranged for The Finest Kind, a local r&b dub band to provide us with entertainment.  Read our recent article on the popular weekly ride.

Saturday, November 21

Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride: UT Landmarks Public Art Tour
8:30 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 is a campus tour visiting works in the UT Landmarks public art program. The stops today are all on campus so we have added some new works to the previous tour. We ride from the bike shop but have a second departure at 9:00am from outside the Blanton Museum Cafe on the UT campus near MLK and Congress. (The Cafe is located in the west building.) We’ll be joined by docents to fill us in on the artists and the pieces themselves. The total distance is 6 miles and will travel at a novice-friendly pace.Come at 8:00am for pre-ride coffee. Ride organizer: Eileen Schaubert at  eileen@mellowjohnnys.com or 512-426-4851.

IMBA Trail Care Crew Visit
9 AM,
Briarcliff Community Center on Pace Bend Road, 5902 Pace Bend Rd N, Spicewood, TX
IMBAlogo The International Mountain Bicycling Association is coming to Texas. Chris and Leslie Kehmeier of the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew will be in Austin for a Trailbuilding School. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment. Please RSVP online.
9:00 – Noon: Trailbuilding School classroom session at Briarcliff Community Center on Pace Bend Road
Noon – 1:30 PM: Lunch
1:30 – 4:00 PM: Trailbuilding School field session at Pace Bend Park
6:00 PM: Volunteer dinner and social
There also will be a group ride at Lake Georgetown Goodwater Trail on Sunday.

Sunday, November 22

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.

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 23

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 24

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.

Wednesday, November 25

Wednesday 11 AM Ride hosted by Social Cycling ATX

11 AM, Lamar Blvd Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge, Lady Bird Lake

The lasted 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 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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