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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 2/24- 3/2/11

Posted Feb 23 2011 11:12pm

So we’ve been cruising along nice and quiet through the winter until ***BOOM** this weekend hits with an absolutely insane number of cycling events going on. First there is this little get together called NAHBS , then comes a bike-in movie premier, forum on getting cycling more diverse, 2 road races (turns out they are next month!), Critical Mass, Alleycat race (UPDATED), a Tweed ride, and finally the launch party for issue #6 of The Dropout. If you aren’t doing something bike related this weekend, you aren’t tryin’.

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 24

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.

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. “So this week TNSR has been invited to Club 1808 to see The Shears & The Happen-Ins!!! by Austin Music Weekly. Everyone from the ride gets in free & usual drink specials. We will be stopping at a park of course along the way (Mueller Lake Park by the old airport) for games and prizes. We will also have special guests from “The Path Less Pedaled” Meet up at 7:00, ride at 7:30.  Read our article on the weekly ride.

Rapha Movie Premiere
9 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces St
Part of the celebration of the 2011 North American Handmade Bicycle Show. On the big screen at Mellow Johnny’s in the parking lot. Plus, D’Acciaio (Of Steel) a Ben Ingham film. Join in for movie night with food from the Chi-lantro trailer and free New Belgium beer!

Friday, February 25

North American Handmade Bicycle Show- Day 1
10 AM- 6 PM, Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez Street, Halls 1 and 2

For 2011, Austin is the nexus of the custom and handbuilt bike world as the host of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. See our guide to NAHBS for more info .

Developing Programs to Increase Cycling Among African Americans and Women
11:30 AM, University of Texas Campus, Waggener Hall, Room 214

The University of Texas School of Architecture Community and Regional Planning Program in conjunction with the John L. Warfield Center for African & African American Studies and Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop are sponsoring a luncheon seminar entitled, Developing Programs to Increase Cycling among African Americans and Women. Keynote speaker is Mr. Anthony Taylor, Founding Member of Major Taylor Bicycling Club of Minnesota with Nadia M. Barrera City of Austin Bicycle/Pedestrian Project Coordinator and Eileen Schaubert, Community Outreach at Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop. LUNCH PROVIDED RSVP: by Thursday, February 24th.

Kids’ Bike Rodeo and Social Ride- Martin Middle School Edition
2:30 PM, Plaza Satillo, Comal & E. 5th St

So what are you doing on this Friday afternoon? Is it cooler than handing out some free helmets to kids, making sure their bikes are safe to ride then taking them out on the streets, Social Ride style? More than likely not. It’s time again to help the youngins discover that getting around on a bike is pretty awesome. If you haven’t done one of these, you are in for a treat. If you have, this one will be a even better than the last because this time we are leading a Kids’ Social Ride. These rodeos are a combined effort of several groups/businesses including the Bicycle Sport Shop, Austin Cycling Association and a program called Boltage . Social Cycling Austin provides the volunteer muscle for these and it’s truly one of the coolest things we do all year.

February Critical Mass Ride
5 PM, West Mall UT Campus
This bike jamming ride is designed to shout to the world that bikes belongs and occurs on the last Friday of the month. You never know what will happen, but don’t miss this foundation of the Austin bike culture we know today.

Saturday, February 26

Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride: Mueller Meander (extended)
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: Mueller Meander (extended). This 20+ mile route takes us into the wonderful rolling hills of east Austin to check out the new Mueller development. We’ve changed up the route a bit to add some distance. 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 .

North American Handmade Bicycle Show- Day 2
10 AM- 6 PM, Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez Street, Halls 1 and 2

For 2011, Austin is the nexus of the custom and handbuilt bike world as the host of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. See our guide to NAHBS for more info .

Camp Play Day & Bike Rodeo
10 AM- 1:30 PM, Mueller Lake Park, 4209 Airport Boulevard
Enjoy Summer fun in February! Join the YMCA of Austin in this FREE event, open to the public! Bicycle Sport Shop will have mechanics on hand to perform bike-safety checks as part of the children’s bike rodeo and FREE bike helmets will be distributed to participating kids (while supplies last). Call 236-YMCA for more details about this great community event!

Frankenbike #67
10 AM, Cazamance African Food Trailer, 90 Rainey St
Austin’s monthly free bike swap returns. If you’ve got bike stuff to sell or trade, just show up with a table or blanket to hawk your wares.

Saturday Caffeine Cruise
10:30 AM, Little City, 916 Congress Ave

A new ride from Social Cycling Austin. Last week was our first caffeine cruise and it was a complete success (Thanks to all of y’all that woke up and Rode)! It was a full day of bikes, coffee, bikes, beer, bikes, margaritas, bikes and swimming(!) that continued well into the night. We will meet at Little City located on 916 Congress Ave @ 10:30, grab some coffee, meet your fellow riders and leave promptly at 11. From there we will head north to Thunderbird coffee at 1401 Koenig (this is a Long stop, with enough time to eat, drink and be merry). The ride will (officially) end up at Rio Rita with some of their most delicious (and nutritious) bloodymarys.  This is a NO drop ride at a Social pace.

NAHBS BBQ and Pub Pedal from Bicycle Sport Shop
BBQ at 6:30. Ride leaves at 8:30 pm, Bicycle Sport Shop, 517 S. Lamar Blvd

The North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS), a showcase of talented individuals from around the world whose original art form is the bicycle, is coming to Austin February 25 through 27. And we’re inviting these talented custom builders to Bicycle Sport Shop for a party with a few of our own local originals, including Real Ale, music by The Rust Tones, Amy’s Ice Cream, Austin Barbecue Co., a photography exhibit by Austin Details and more. If you own a hand-built bike like the ones featured at NAHBS, bring it to the party and show off your personal Austin original. A photographer will be in-store to take a portrait of you and your bike. Plus, all hand-built bikes can be parked inside the store during the party.

Four Points Rumble All Gear Alleycat Race
7:30 , Fast Folks, 1105 East 6th Street
This time all gears are welcome for the NAHBS weekend alleycat race sponsored by Fast Folks and Cinelli. Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd. $5 entry. Afterparty and tricks competition at 902 E. Cesar Chavez.

Bike Courier Championship Fundraiser
9 PM, Red 7 Night Club, 611 E 7th St
Austin has been named the host city for the 2011 North American Cycle Courier Championships (NACCC) and we need your help putting on this world class event.  The spectator-friendly races will take place just north of the Capitol Building Oct. 7-9. More than 350 couriers from all over the country will compete on a closed course while performing mock deliveries at designated check points. Additional events include sprints, track stand competitions and a bike polo tournament. Come out for a night of fundraising as we raffle off prizes supplied by Chrome, Mellow Johnny’s and more! All ages! Music and DJs all night!! $1 Brooklyn Lager till the keg floats!

Sunday, February 27

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.

North American Handmade Bicycle Show- Day 3
10 AM- 5 PM, Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez Street, Halls 1 and 2

For 2011, Austin is the nexus of the custom and handbuilt bike world as the host of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. See our guide to NAHBS for more info .

Green Garden Bike Tour
11 AM, Zilker Botanical Gardens, 2220 Barton Springs Road
Let’s explore 4 gardens on 2 wheels! The Green Garden Bike Tour is part of the City of Austin’s Green Garden Festival. The tour will make stops at demonstration gardens located at City Hall, One Texas Center, Parks and Recs, and Zilker Gardens. Our docent will be Darcy Nuffer from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The free tour is limited to 20 riders so rsvp early – the tour will fill! Helmets and signed waiver are required.

Dapper Dan Dash/Shannon Tweed Ride
2 PM, Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge, Lady Bird Lake
We meet up at the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge and won’t tarry long (after the initial photographic opportunities), so please be on time. Most likely, we will be traveling north, so as to utilize the recently-completed leg of the bridge across El Calle Cesar Chavez. Generally, we will make our way up to the south steps of the Capitol Building, for the obligatory throw-your-hat-in-the-air photo, then stop at a pub or two for fortifications. We may head back south on the bicycle boulevard (and marvel at its magnificence), and then head east for a spell. We will eventually end up at the west side of the Austin Convention Center, hopefully no later than 4:00 p.m., so that we can catch the tail end of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show.

Dropout bike zine Issue 6 Release Ride and Party
4 PM, Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge, Lady Bird Lake
Austin’s very own bike zine, THE DROPOUT, has Issue 6 coming hot off the presses this week and we will be celebrating with a ride around town and a party at the Heart of Texas pedicab shop. If you’ve been to one of the previous parties, you know that they are nothing short of EPIC. If not, you are in for a treat!  To begin the celebration, we’ll be meeting SUNDAY (not Saturday) at the new & improved Pedestrian Bridge at 4:00, and leaving at 4:30 SHARP for a ride around town. The pace will be social and we’ll do our best not to let anyone dropout of the ride! We’ll ride around town for a few hours then arrive in grand fashion at the Heart of Texas Pedicab Shop to have some drinks, hang out, talk bikes and sweat!

Monday, February 28

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, March 1

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

Wednesday, March 2

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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