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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 12/3- 12/9/09

Posted Dec 03 2009 6:13am
Assuming the impending winter weather doesn’t throw a kink in things, there is a bunch to do this weekend including the Urban Farm Bike Tour, Congress Avenue Roll, and Austin Cycling Association Holiday Party.

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, December 3

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.

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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.

Thursday Night Social Ride
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 meeting at the Scoot Inn, taking a nice long cruise with a stop at what is the greatest playground in town. Then heading down to Club Deville where the crew of Table Manners with Hobo D and Digg are spinning some nice old school hip hop for a Social Ride dance party. There will be a b-boy/b-girl crew putting on a break dancing exhibition for us as well as a projectionist artist displaying his work on the wall of the coolest patio downtown. Club Deville is throwing down the free beer for us, with cheap beer specials afterward to help ya’ll with your flow.  Read our recent article on the popular weekly ride.

Friday, December 4

Fabulous Fixed First Friday
6 PM, State Capitol Grounds
The first Friday of the month means Fabulous Fixed First Friday alleycat races. Bring $5, a bag and a fixed gear bike to race. Come and cheer even if you don’t plan to race so you can start your weekend right.


Bikes Across Borders Winter Caravan Benefit
8 PM, Club Deville, 900 Red River
Bikes Across Border is having a fundraiser to help with their Winter Caravan. $5 suggested donation. Bikes Across Borders has organized more than fifteen bike delivery caravans since 2001, sending over 700 bicycles to Mexico, Central America, and Cuba. We facilitate the donation of bike tools, used bicycles and parts to support community organizations & bicycle cooperatives locally and in Latin America.


Saturday, December 5

Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride: Mueller Meander
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’s theme is Mueller Meander. Today’s ride cruises through the east side to check out the new Mueller development then visits Cherrywood before returning. Helmets required. These rides are meant for exploring so bring your questions and leave your heart rate monitor at home. Come by at 8:00 for coffee. Ride organizer: Eileen Schaubert at or 512-426-4851.

biketourUrban Farm Bicycle Tour
9:00 AM leaving the Sunset Valley Farmer’s Market (24 mile), 9:30 AM leaving Bicycle Sport Shop Central (14 mile), and 10:00 AM leaving the Downtown Austin Farmers Market (10 mile)
Discover Austin’s local food-producing gems on a family-friendly bicycle tour, including stops at urban farms, school and community gardens and more—featuring farm tours, sampling local food products and fabulous prizes, including a fully-outfitted cruiser bicycle. Benefits Urban Roots Youth Launch, a youth development program that uses sustainable agriculture to effect lasting change for youth 14-18 years old, and to nourish East Austin residents who have limited access to healthy foods.

Congress Avenue Roll
6 PM Capitol Sing-Along, 7 PM ride down Congress Ave, State Capitol Grounds

The Congress Avenue Roll – Join other cyclists rolling along Congress Avenue in an informal ride enjoying the festivities and showing off our holiday lights. We’ll depart from Mellow Johnny’s bike valet at 11th & Congress next to The Old Bakery right after the tree is lit. We aren’t a parade so stop for the red lights and stay in the right lane. If you have questions, look for a ride escort lit up with a Flashbak. 6-7 pm is the KUT Capitol Sing-Along featuring John Aeilli and thousands of revelers on the steps of the State Capitol. 7 pm is the official Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting.

Sunday, December 6

acalogo09Austin Cycling Association Holiday Party
10 AM, Patterson Park, 4200 Brookview Rd
This year’s ACA holiday party will be held at beautiful Patterson Park from 12-3 on Sunday, December 6th. The park is located at 4200 Brookview Rd. near the Mueller development. Join us for hosted rides leaving at 10 and 11 a.m. and food will be served at noon. Of course, vegetarian options are available. The space is covered, so the party will be rain or shine. Rides will still depend on good weather. Cost is $12/person for food and beverages plus registration fee.

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.

Don't miss the Austin Bike Zoo rattle snake at the First Night parade

Don't miss the Austin Bike Zoo rattle snake at the First Night parade

Bike Zoo’s 1st Night Costume making workshop
11 AM- 3 PM, HOPE Farmer’s Market, 5th and Waller St

New Years is fast approaching and the Bike Zoo is inviting folks to come celebrate with us during the 1st Night Austin Grand Procession. Bicycle animals will be rolling the streets and we will be creating a bit of new performance work. We would love to have folks join us to celebrate the joy, grace and beauty of riding bicycles by creating beautiful costumes that embody what makes them feel beautiful, graceful and amazing while pedaling. We will be doing costume making workshops around town prior to the event so come out and join us, get ideas and/or work on your own gorgeousness at home and come ride with us on New Years Eve. More details to come, but in the meantime we hope to see you this Sunday for costume fun and farmer’s market goodies!

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.

santaslovealleycatSkelliCyclists Present: All For Santa’s Love Biking Scavenger Hunt
5 PM, Thunderbird Coffee Bar, 2200 Manor St

Disgruntled Elves versus Renegade Reindeer! Join the SkelliCyclists for the skellies team drawing party for the upcoming biking scavenger hunt event! Pitted against one another in a friendly fierce ATX city-wide biking scavenger hunt, Disgruntled Elves and Renegade Reindeer battle it out for all of Santa’s love. Once and for all, to see who will prove to be victorious or who will be destined to be either reindeer porridge or ground elf meat used to fill reindeer feed bags. Race is for SkelliCyclists members, but they will be adding extra spots for non-skellies to spice things up a bit. All Skellies will bring 2 canned food donations to gain entry in the live drawing! … and $5 if you get drawn to participate.

Monday, December 7

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, December 8

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, December 9

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 Street Bike Boulevard Open House: Project Discussion and Public Design Exercise
6 PM, Pease Elementary School, 1106 Rio Grande St

Nueces Street was identified as the best initial location for the first bike boulevard in both the Master Bicycle Plan and draft Downtown Plan. Bike boulevards are on-street bike routes that either prohibit car traffic or limit it to slow, local only traffic with the use of traffic calming devices like bollards, medians, one way only car traffic, and roundabouts. The goal is to create a bike way that is welcoming to bicyclists of all experience levels. The City of Austin wants your input on the bike boulevard design at this open house.

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 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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