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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 2/2- 2/8/12

Posted Feb 01 2012 8:55pm

Here’s a quick run down of recommended events for the coming week from our comprehensive calendar of all cycling events . 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 2

Thursday Night Bike Polo
5:00 PM, Metz Park, 2407 Canterbury St
The Austin Bike Polo Club’s holds 3 hardcourt matches a week, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, at Metz Park. 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.

Thursday Night Social Ride
7:30 PM, Plaza Saltillo, East 5th & Comal
“Hey boys and girls put on your boogie shoes because this week we are headed to Barbarella (as if half of you weren’t gonna end up there anyway) for dancing and free tallboys. This week we have a super secret code word to keep vultures off our free booze. So when you get a tallboy the free ones are only at the middle bar and the code word is HONEY BADGER. Remember the beer is free the bartenders are not so show the tip jar some love.” Meet up at 7:30, ride at 8:00. Read our article on the weekly ride. Join the Social Cycling Facebook Group .

Saturday, February 4

Bike Rodeo/Bicycle Skills 123 Training
9 AM- Noon, Dell Children’s Center, 4900 Mueller Blvd

Become certified to teach the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) Bicycle Skills 123 Clinic curriculum so you can organize and administer children’s cycling skills clinics. The curriculum offers advice on organizing and executing a skills clinic and covers administrative stations such as helmet fitting and bike inspections as well as skills stations covering bicycle handling and rules of the road. Handout materials include detailed course diagrams and recommended clinic layout. Upon completion, Youth Instructors have access to general liability insurance through the LAB’s insurance program and can apply for rodeo kits and helmets through the Austin Cycling Association and Safe Kids Austin Coalition. The certification course is approximately two hours in duration and does not require prior cycling experience. This curriculum and course is sponsored by the National Bike Dealers Association and conducted under the auspices of a NBDA member.

Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride: Another Pleasant Valley Bike Ride – Backwards!
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: Another Pleasant Valley Bike Ride – Backwards! Today we venture onto a southeast Austin route with a foray over the river via Pleasant Valley Rd and rolling back through Travis Heights. It’s a mix of flat, hills, urban and creekside all within minutes of downtown. No, we won’t be riding our bikes backwards but riding the route in reverse just to experience the climbs in a new way. Join us for a pre-ride coffee or snack at 9:00 at Juan Pelota Cafe. Helmets required. If driving to the shop, please park in the street.Contact:Stephanie at Stephanie@mellowjohnnys.com .

Sunday, February 5

AFWC Ladies Ride
9:00 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.

Tuesday, February 7

Bike-in Movie Benefit for ACA: Bicycle Dreams
Doors open at 6:15, Movie starts at 7 PM, Alamo Drafthouse 1120 S Lamar Blvd
Movie showing of Bicycle Dreams to benefit the Austin Cycling Association. Take your seat early at 6:15 pm to order from the menu and chat with fellow cyclists. Movie starts at 7 pm Get inspired and support the ACA and this award winning independent film about Race Across America. Folowing the movie, there will be a raffle and ACA’s own RAAM finisher, Susan Farago, will be on hand for a short Q&A. Buy tickets early. Only 118 will be sold.

Austin Bike Chix Beginner Ride
6:30 PM, Northwest District Park, 7000 Ardath St.
There is a new series of bike rides in town for those new to cycling or for those that just need to dust off that bike. Austin Bike Chix will be offering a series of rides to Austin Area adults. The rides will start at Northwest Park on March 22 at 6:30 PM and will continue on Tuesdays for 6 weeks. The series of rides will be more like mini clinics (with topics ranging from chains to hills) to give new riders knowledge about the bike and confidence to be able to do the shorter distances on some of the local charity rides and beginner rides in town. These rides are perfect for those wanting to do ride in the Tour de Cure or are a first time triathlete. We will be riding on the road, all bikes are welcome. All rides are free.

Full Snow Moon Bike Ride
11:59 PM, Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge, Lady Bird Lake
Lunar monthly midnight ride organized by the ATex Full Moon Cruise Facebook Group . This moon is called the Full Snow Moon – 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. Now, being that this is Austin, Texas, snow isn’t particularly likely (but then again, neither is rain, but we got a whole bunch of that last month!) but either way, rain, snow or moonshine, we’ll be out riding next Tuesday night!

Wednesday, February 8

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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