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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 2/18- 2/24/10

Posted Feb 18 2010 9:15am

This weekend should be beautiful, and there are plenty of chances to get out and ride your bike. For those wanting to raise their heart beat there are two separate road races and for those wanting something more social the Tour D’Vegan will be visiting many of Austin’s better eateries offering vegan fair.

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 18

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.

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.

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. Details on this week’s ride: “It’s going to be an awesome early Spring night in Austin and we’ll take full advantage. We’ll take a nice long ride to a park, play some bike games for prizes from Ozone Bike Department, ride some more, have some more fun then end up at the afterparty at our home away from home… The Jackalope, where they are providing the usual hospitality and FREE BEER.” Read our recent article on the popular weekly ride.

Friday, February 19

Traffic Skills 101 sponsored by Austin Cycling Association
5 PM, REI Round Rock, 201 University Oaks Blvd, Suite 1100, Round Rock, TX
Do you want to ride your bike but are afraid of traffic? Or are you an experienced cyclist who would like to learn how to get more courtesy and respect from motorists? If your answer to any of these questions is “yes”, you should take Traffic Skills 101, the League of American Bicyclist’s (LAB) street cycling course for adults. Traffic Skills 101 will help you ride safely and effectively – to work, to the store, around your neighborhood, or around the state. Traffic Skills 101 is taught by LAB-certified instructors, and the curriculum covers everything from bike selection to simple maintenance to fixing a flat, to strategies for riding a bike safely and confidently. It is taught to very small classes (generally 5 to 10 students), in two sessions: 4 hours on a Friday evening and 5 hours on a Saturday morning. Registration is required.

babFeb10WEBBikes Across Borders Benefit
9 PM, Ruta Maya, 3601 S Congress Ave

The benefit will include music from local acts Minor Mishap Marching Band, The Bike Band and Tres Bien Ensemble, as well as puppet shows, pictures and stories from this year’s bike migration to Monterrey, Mexico, as well as much much more! Suggested donation $5. Bikes Across Borders’s mission is to build solidarity partnerships by promoting autonomous transportation & cultural arts. BAB is based at the Rhizome Collective, a center for community organizing & urban sustainability in Austin, TX.

Saturday, February 20

Walburg Classic
8 AM, Walburg, TX

24-mile rolling road racing course with hills, false flats, likely wind and an uphill finish in the German town of Walburg.  Race rollout from parking, racing starts at Walburg Mercantile restaurant at left turn connecting FM 972 / FM 1105.  FM 1105 out of town to Theon, continuing to Schwertner. Take a right turn at Schwertner on FM 487.  Next turn is on FM 301 heading south/right. Take a right turn on FM 972 back into Walburg. There will be an up-hill finish just before reaching the town of Walburg.

Traffic Skills 101 Mini Clinics: Basic Maintenance and Flat Repair
8:30 AM, Mellow Johnny’s, 400 Nueces St
If you’ve ever wanted to brush up on your bike safety but cannot swing the time for the full Traffic 101 classes offered by the Austin Cycling Association, here’s your chance to pick and choose the portions you need help with in bit sized amounts. ACA will be offering Traffic Skills 101 Mini Clinics starting this week through March in easy to schedule one hour segments. Each class is $10 or $5 if you are already an ACA member. Take the whole series for $50 or $25 for ACA members. This week is Traffic Skills 101 Mini Clinics: Basic Maintenance and Flat Repair with optional hosted ride Southern Culture Off the Grid.

Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride: Southern Culture Off the Grid
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. Scout out the City of Austin Bike Routes. Head south of downtown via Bouldin, roll through the Emerald Forest and return via Forest Wood and Robert E Lee. Today’s Bike Routes: 31, 82, 84, 25, 11, 64, and 33. These are 2 ways to get from Dittmar north across Lady Bird Lake. Today’s 8:30 am mini-clinic covers Basic Maintenance and Flat Repair. $5 ACA members / $10 non-members. Check the clinic listing for more details. 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 eileen@mellowjohnnys.com or 512-426-4851.

Tour d’Vegan hosted by OrganicAthlete
9:30 AM, Lamar Blvd Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge, Lady Bird Lake
The Austin chapter of OrganicAthlete is planning a Tour d’Vegan bike ride around Austin, with stops at vegan-friendly eateries. On the menu? Everything from raw food to vegan cupcakes. The ride, about 24 miles at an easy pace, starts at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 20 at the Pfluger pedestrian bridge over Lady Bird Lake. Planned stops include Cheer Up Charlies, 1104 E. Sixth St.; Wheatsville Coop, 3101 Guadalupe St.; Counter Culture, 120 E. North Loop; Get Sum Dim Sum, 4400 N. Lamar Blvd.; Zpizza, 452 W. Second St.; Beets Cafe, 1611 W. Sixth St.; Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop, 1905 S. First St.; and a few others. Specials and discounts will be available, so bring some spending money.

Self Treatment and Injury Prevention Seminar
11 AM, Bicycle Sport Shop, 517 S. Lamar Blvd
The static position and repetitive motion of cycling can lead to overly tightened muscles and fascia (the soft connective tissue that binds muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones). Join us as Dr. Ross Bomben of Austin Performance health teaches Active Release Techniques® and Trigger Point therapy. Stay happy healthy and enjoy your bike more with this informative seminar.

Sunday, February 21

Pace Bend Road Race
8 AM, Pace Bend Park, Spicewood, TX
The 2010 Pure Austin Pace Bend Road Race will be better than ever this year, brought to you by Team Hotel San Jose and Team Geri Atrix. Race organizers have taken the classic Texas Hill Country road race venue, built upon the success of last year by adding many of your inputs and suggestions, included a little creativity of our own, put in a lot of hard work, and have created a racing event that you are not going to want to miss. As always we will have the entire road for shoulder-to-shoulder racing on the ten kilometer hilly circuit. Get that – no centerline rule. Races that have been grouped in wave starts by like skill-set will go clockwise with an uphill finish near Camp Chautauqua.

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.

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, February 22

CycliDactyls present: The Hot Pants Dance Prance ride and party
10 AM, Ego’s, 510 South Congress Ave

The latest ride and party put together by the bike group CycliDactyls: “Dust off those Hot Pants that you act like you never bought, Grab your bike & meet the CycliDactly Crew down at Ego’s @6:thirtyPM for a night of booty shakin’ & Heart Breakin’. We’re hosting the “Hot Pants Dance Prance” ride, which means nothing below Mid-thigh. The ride (BYOB) will be another mobile dance party, that will end at Uncle Billy’s for the Real Dance Party!!! DJs Alchemist Prime & Mike Blendz will be wreckin’ the 1s & 2s Until 2am! There’s a $5 cover, but guess what? I’ll make you a deal. All participants of the ride pay NO COVER & THE FIRST KEG’S FREE!!! How’s that sound? Plus, this ain’t no lonestar people, this is delicious 6%abv Uncle Billy’s beer. After the keg, we got $3 House Pints & $4 Calls (Jameson, Jager, Bulleit, etc..) What YOU need: Lights, ID, Hot Pants, Wicked Awesome Dance Moves. See you there!”

Tuesday, February 23

Tuesday Night Bike Polo Match
5 PM, Joslin Park, Manchaca St & Redd St
In the last month, Austin Texas Bike Polo Social Club has added matches in South Austin on Tuesday nights.

Wednesday, February 24

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.

Nueces Bike Boulevard Open House
6 PM, Pease Elementary School, 1106 Rio Grande St
The third in a three part series of open houses to get public feedback on the design of a possible bicycle boulevard on Nueces Street. Come make your voice heard on this vital new bike infrastructure. Recently, the League of Bicycling Voters released their proposal for the bike boulevard.

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!

Wednesday Night Road Ride XXX
7 PM, Check site for start location
Formerly the Thursday Night Road Ride. 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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