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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 12/31/09- 1/6/09

Posted Dec 31 2009 6:57am

On Tuesday, I mentioned that in 2009 over 4200 bike related events occurred in Austin yielding an average event every 2 hours. 2010 doesn’t seem to be letting up. Social Cycling ATX’s Thursday Night Social Ride and the Full Moon Cruise tonight will ensure you can ring in the New Year on two wheels in style. Speaking of style, be sure to be downtown at 6 PM tonight for the First Night parade including the latest creations from Austin Bike Zoo. On New Year’s Day there are several chances to start the New Year right or pay the penance for the previous night’s bacchanalia. Yes, 2010 is looking good.

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 31

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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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. This week Social Cycling ATX is putting on a TWELVE HOUR bike event that spans two years. We ride around on a nice long cruise ending up at the 21st Street Coop (map here: ). The bike friendly folks over at New Belgium have set us up with a couple of kegs of the good stuff. DJ Blake Brandon is spinning in the New Year for a NYE dance party. After we are done dancing in the New Year, the ride continues and it’s Whiteside’s show. The pace will pick up a bit, but not too fast. He’s going to take you on another nice long cruise, then back to the 21st St Coop for another keg of New Belgium and some more dancing. This promises to be epic. To hell with the overcrowded downtown scene, this will be our own private rolling nightclub. Parking will be no problem.  Read our recent article on the popular weekly ride.

Friday, January 1

January Full Moon Cruise: Blue Moon
1:00 AM, Lamar Blvd Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge, Lady Bird Lake
The monthly Full Moon Cruise just so happens to coincide with ringing in the New Year this month. This full moon will be a Blue Moon so wear something blue.


Resolution Ride
10:00 AM, Bicycle Sport Shop, 517 S. Lamar Blvd.
Join Bicycle Sport Shop in celebrating the New Year on a 53 mile cruise around the City. The ride will be leaving the Central BSS Location at 10am and taking the in-town loop to the north location. We will meet the north crew at 11am and head out Jollyville towards 620 for the dam loop. Both stores are closed that day and this will be an unsupported ride, so be sure to bring your phones, tubes, pumps/co2, bars, gels, etc.

Le Hangover Rover 2010 Alleycat Race
12:00 PM, Lamar Blvd Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge, Lady Bird Lake
Start the year off right on you bike with this New Year’s Day alleycat race. Registration is 25 cents and there will be two race groups: fast class and cruzin’ class. You will need a digital camera.


Juan Pelota’s 1st New Year’s Day Ride
12:00 PM, Juan Pelota’s Cafe @ Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces St
A New Year’s Day ride through Central Austin’s biggest hills with a climb up Mt. Bonnell as a midpoint. Free coffee at the start and free beer and black eyed peas at the finish.


Saturday, January 2

Friends of Flyers Ride & New Sponsor Kickoff Party
Ride: 9:00 AM, Party: 6 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces St
flyers_tee_jerseyTo celebrate Mellow Johnny’s new sponsorship of the Austin Flyers Women’s Cycling Club, the club and shop will be having a kickoff ride and party. They’ll have 2 routes to choose from (a 27 mile loop and a 43 mile loop) and groups to accommodate all fitness levels and paces. Pre-ride coffee and ride food supplied compliments of Mellow Johnny’s so arrive early at 8:30 if you need a little jump start to your day. Later in the day, the Austin Flyers Women’s Cycling Club is kicking off 2010 with a party to celebrate their new sponsors: Mellow Johnny’s, Pedal Hard, TX Orthopedics, Holland Racing and more. There will be a club member only meet and greet at 5:30. Bring your friends and families for a night of good people, food, drinks, music and fun prizes at Mellow Johnny’s.

Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride: Southern Culture Off the Grid
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 Southern Culture Off the Grid. Head south of downtown via Bouldin, roll through the Emerald Forest and return via Forest Wood and Robert E Lee. Today’s Routes: 31, 82, 84, 25, 11, 64, and 33. These are 2 ways to get from Dittmar north across Lady Bird Lake. Check back to see what the Scout-A-Route crew has in store for the new year. New start time for the winter months, new routes and some pre-ride mini clinics. 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.

Sunday, January 3

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.

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.

The Dropout Issue #2 Release Party
7 PM, Fast Folks, 2513 E. 6th St

Join Austin’s bike culture zine as they release their second issue. $5 for a copy. Get ‘em while they last as issue #1 sold out. Free beer by Lone Star and a raffle ticket for cool prizes when you buy a copy.


Monday, January 4

acalogo09Austin Cycling Association January Meeting

Dinner: 6:30 PM, Meeting: 7 PM, Max’s Wine Dive, 207 San Jacinto Blvd
The Austin Cycling Association is mixing things up a bit by taking their monthly meetings on the road to various more socially conducive locations. January’s meeting will feature A2W’s own Elliott McFadden as guest speaker.

Tuesday, January 5

Dirt Derby End of Season Party
6:30 PM, Hammerhead Bicycles, 6706 Burnet Lane (NOT Burnet Road)
To celebrate the end of the Dirt Derby mountain bike and cyclocross series, the event organizers are putting on this party which will include drawings for custom frames and other prizes, track stand competitions, and food and beer. We promise this one won’t get canceled!

Wednesday, January 6

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.

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!

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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