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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 2/17- 2/23/11

Posted Feb 17 2011 9:00am

After a bout of real winter weather, Austin is back to what we expect: sunny and in the 60s and 70s. It’s going to be a great weekend to ride!

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, February 17

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 article on bike polo for more info.

Bicycle Advisory Council
6 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.

Thursday Night Social Ride
7:00 PM, Plaza Satillo, Comal & E. 5th St.
Now winner of two 2010 Best of Austin Awards ! The large weekly ride from the Facebook group Social Cycling ATX that popularized social cycling in Austin. “Wow this weather is incredible! It looks like Spring is here. All you Social Cyclers of the cold hating type, pump up your tires, throw a little lube on the chain and come back to your Thursday Night Bike Crew. It’s time. We’ve missed you. But be sure and come to our well lit winter time meeting spot, Plaza Saltillo at East 5th and Comal. We have a special mission this week as we ride through our city’s streets. Somewhere, at some park (i know, you don’t) there will be a keg stashed in the bushes courtesy of a really cool guy and one of our riders. It’s good beer, it’s free and it’s hidden. Let’s ride around and go find it. After we find and finish our hidden treasure, we will head down to the original TNSR hangout, the Jackalope, for a very special evening of Irish culture (FREE JAMESONS, while supplies last) and $2 buck pints of anything in the house. The fine folks who make our favorite companion to a cold beer will be there to hang out with us. Pretty damn cool. Thanks once again Jackalope for hooking this town up!” Meet up at 7:00, ride at 7:30.  Read our article on the weekly ride.

February Full Winter Moon Cruise
11:59pm, Lamar Blvd Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge, Lady Bird Lake

Monthly full moon ride. Since the heaviest snow usually falls during this month, native tribes of the north and east most often called February’s full Moon the Full Snow Moon. Some tribes also referred to this Moon as the Full Hunger Moon, since harsh weather conditions in their areas made hunting very difficult. Austin’s biking tribes have braved the snow, and we’ll do it again if we have to — though it seems unlikely that this ride will have any, as a low of 50 degrees is currently forecast. But what it lacks in snow will be made up for in riding, so be there!

Friday, February 18

Traffic Skills 101 sponsored by Austin Cycling Association
5 PM, REI Downtown, 601 North Lamar Boulevard (There will be a Saturday class on the road at Freewheeling, 2401 San Gabriel St)

2 Day class taught by LAB-certified instructors of Austin Cycling Association to get you comfortable riding on the road. Registration is required . Day 1- Classroom – This fast-paced, three-hour course prepares cyclists for vehicular cycling and is perfect for someone interested in commuting by bicycle, or starting to use a bicycle for recreational purposes. This course will teach you cycling specific traffic laws, and how to ride in traffic or on the trail safely, legally, and confidently. The course also covers bicycle selection and bicycle fit, bicycle safety checks, fixing a flat, on-bike skills, foul weather riding, night riding, and crash avoidance techniques; recommended for everyone age sixteen and up. Day 2- On the Road – If you would like to ride (or drive) your bicycle in traffic safely, legally, and confidently, this course is for you! Designed for cyclists with an understanding of vehicular cycling principles who have already taken the Traffic Skills 101 Classroom course; this three-hour course includes hands-on bicycle safety checks, a basic bicycle fit, fixing a flat, on-bike drills, and critical crash avoidance techniques.

Saturday, February 19

The Walburg Classic Road Race
8 AM, Walburg, TX

24-mile rolling course with hills, false flats, likely wind and an uphill finish in the German town of Walburg. There will be an up-hill finish just before reaching
the town of Walburg. Racers will take the course 1-3 loops depending on category. Directions to Walburg: From Austin & Houston take I-35 North to exit 268 (FM 972) 3 miles north of Georgetown go east on FM 972 4 miles to Walburg. Parking: 1/2 m south of 973 on 1105.

Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride: UT Landmarks Tour
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: UT Landmarks Tour. For people with an adventurous spirit and a passion for the outdoors, there’s no better way to experience public art than from the seat of a bicycle. Today’s ride is a campus tour visiting works in the UT Landmarks public art program. We’ll be joined by docents to fill us in on the artists and the pieces themselves. The total ride distance is 6 miles and will travel at a novice-friendly pace. Helmets required. Special information: Ride size is limited, so please rsvp to eileenstx@yahoo.com . Also, if weather happens to cancel the ride, please check web site for updated information. We will not ride if the temperatures are below 50 degrees at ride time. The routes are designed to help riders navigate the city bike routes and other safe bike commuting options. We average 12mph for distances between 15-25 miles. Come by at 9:00 for coffee. Helmets required. Contact: Stephanie at  Stephanie@mellowjohnnys.com .

Saturday Caffeine Cruise
10:30 AM, Lift, 215 South Lamar Blvd

A new ride from Social Cycling Austin. Let’s try a coffee ride that doesn’t leave *too* early in the morning. We will meet at Lift at 10:30 and leave by 11:00 am. From there we will ride over the new Pfluger bridge flyover and ride through the east side to Cherrywood Coffee House. Our final stop will be Spiderhouse for still more coffee and/or beer/margaritas etc. This will be a no drop ride at a social ride pace. There will be enough time at all stops to order food if you like.

Sunday, February 20

Pace Bend Road Race
8 AM, Pace Bend Park, Spicewood, TX

Located on scenic Lake Travis in the rolling hills west of Austin, the Pace Bend RR is one of the largest cycling races of the season. As one of the few events in Texas to feature full use of the roadway (no “center line” rule), cyclists from have found the race’s classic 6.2 mile circuit, punctuated by sweeping curves and short, steep climbs, a prime opportunity to test themselves. It’s also an excellent course for spectators to get up close to the action.

AFWC Ladies Ride
9 AM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces St.

Join the women of the Austin Flyers Women’s Cycling Club every Sunday for an intermediate, ladies-only ride. This friendly, 2.5-3 hour ride averages 15-16 mph, with routes varying each week. It is a great opportunity for women looking to continue their fitness, learn new routes and meet new riding partners. Beginner women are encouraged to check out the Saturday Scout-a-Route ride for a shorter, more casual route.

Monday, February 21

Heavy Metal Fitness Ride hosted by Social Cycling ATX
7:30 PM, Lamar Blvd Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge
The Heavy Metal Fitness Ride has returned! 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, February 22

Ladies’ Bike Maintenance Class
6:30 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces St

This class is designed just for women and taught by the women of Mellow Johnny’s. Spend some time in our service department learning the fundamentals of caring for your bike. This friendly, supportive class covers basic cleaning, drive train maintenance to ensure the longevity of your bike, and flat repair. Bring your bike and any questions for a fun and informative evening. RSVP to Emily at emily@mellowjohnnys.com

Wednesday, February 23

Hump Day Ride hosted by Social Cycling ATX
Noon, 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.

Leander / Cedar Park Social Ride
Meet up at 7 PM, Ride at 7:30 PM, Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S. Bagdad Rd, Leander, TX

The Leander / Cedar Park Social Ride is held every Wednesday at 7pm at Robin Bledsoe Park at 601 S. Bagdad Rd. In Leander Tx. We usually roll out around 7:30 – 7:45 sharp and welcome and encourage riders of most skill levels no matter what type of bike you ride. I say most skill levels because we do ride at night along streets and usually only go about 10-14 miles and a fairly slow pace. The routes change up sometimes and there are often themes to the rides, just to keep it fun. Drinking usually ensues but not by everyone. We do occasionally have kids that ride with us and we do try to keep to non busy-ish streets and some sidewalks when the streets are busy. We encourage lights and helmets and obeying the law for the most part. We do ride with traffic not against it. I’m sure its pretty obvious that we have pretty much modeled ourselves after the Thursday Nighs Social Ride only in Leander on a different night and a lot smaller.

Restorative Yoga for Cyclists
7:30 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces St
Spend your winter keeping the body warmed and relaxed with Restorative Yoga for Cyclists at Mellow’s Johnny’s. Long miles accompanied by yoga will help you release tension, stay injury-free and set you up for a blazing Spring. Our class is great for non-cyclists, beginners and elite athletes. Join us after a ride, run or long day at work or school. Every Wednesday 7:30-8:30pm (downstairs) Suggested donation of $10 or $5 if you bike ride to class. Mat provided by MJ’s.

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