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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 2/25- 3/3/10

Posted Feb 25 2010 8:03am

Despite the snowfall this week, spring is right around the corner, and it shows with the plethora of activities this week. Tonight will be a fundraiser for Mariel Mentink who was hit by a car on New Years Eve while on Monday APD Chief Art Acevedo will be the guest of a forum on bike safety and laws. On Friday and Saturday you’ll have two opportunities to meet bike industry guru Gary Fisher, and monthly favs Frankenbike, Critical Mass, and Full Moon Cruise are back.

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 25

Bike For Your Rights: Benefit for Mariel Mentink
5 PM- 2 AM, Shangri-La, 1016 East 6th St

Early on New Years day a cyclist named Mariel Mentink was hit from behind on her commute home. The 40m/ph hit and run collision left Mariel struggling for her life in the Brackenridge ICU. Doctors and nurses are still tending to her broken vertebrae, skull fractures and many other cracked bones and injuries. We as Mariel’s friends, and a bicycling community, want to show our support for Mariel and her amazingly strong family. We plan to do this by having an event/fundraiser for her. There will be tons of bands and DJ music. This events purpose is to support Mariel financially and also to help to increase bike safety and driver to bicycle awareness. All proceeds from the door, donations, raffle and donated booze are going to Mariel and her family

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.

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: “This week we are heading to yet another benefit for hit and run victim and local cyclist, Mariel Mentink. The benefit we had for her a few weeks ago went really well. A ton of ya’ll showed up for that great evening and we raised a really good amount to help Mariel out. But ya’ll haven’t seen nuthin’ yet. Her friends got together and organized an AWESOME evening and we are going to be there.” Read our recent article on the popular weekly ride.

Friday, February 26

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.

Traffic Skills 101 sponsored by Austin Cycling Association
5 PM, REI Gateway, 9901 N Capitol of Texas Hwy, Ste 200
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.

A Talk with Gary Fisher
7 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces St

Friday night team presentation UT Cycling Team Hotel San Jose stay afterwards for a Q and A with Gary. Learn about the new Cronus Road Bike line food provided Bayou City Seafood Saturday morning Ride with Gary Fisher from Mellow Johnny’s 9am start time – 35 to 40 miles on the streets of Austin. All are welcome!

Saturday, February 27

Primavera at Lago Vista Road Race
8 AM, American Drive, Lao Vista
Two days of road racing with $3880 per day in prize money. Same racing schedule for both days. Saturday’s loop is 5.5 miles; Sunday’s loop is 4.4 miles. Directions from IH-35 (North of Austin) go west on FM 1431, 21 miles to Lago Vista. Go left (south) on Lohman’s Ford Road for 3 miles, then right on Boggy Ford for 2 miles, then left on American Drive to Start/Finish.

Traffic Skills 101 Mini Clinics: Group Riding Skills and Etiquette
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. This week is Traffic Skills 101 Mini Clinics: Group Riding Skills and Etiquette with optional hosted ride Scout-A-Route Ride.

Ride with Gary Fisher
9:00 AM, Mellow Johnny’s, 400 Nueces St
Ride starts from Mellow Johnny’s at 9am, to travel 38 miles southeast of Austin and back. Gary Fisher will lead the ride along with staff and sponsored teams. All levels are encouraged to come, we will have SAG vehicles, ride support, and maps. Stay afterward for an autograph signing by Gary.

Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride
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.  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.

Y at the Park: Camp Play Day & Bike Rodeo
10 AM- 12:30 PM, Mueller Lake Park, 4209 Airport Boulevard

Enjoy Summer fun in February!  Join Bicycle Sport Shop in supporting this FREE event open to the public!  Bicycle Sport Shop will have a mechanic on hand to perform bike-safety checks as part of the bike rodeo and FREE bike helmets will be distributed (while supplies last).  Call 236-YMCA for more details about this great community event!

Frankenbike #55
11 AM- 5 PM, Hammerhead Bikes, 6706 Burnet Lane

Austin’s semi-regular bike parts swap is back. Need a saddle or set of pedals to finish off that project bike? Have a box of never used or lightly used bike parts in the garage your significant other wants you to get rid of? Frankenbike is your answer. Stop by for a bit or stay all afternoon to hawk you wares. As always, admission is free, recycling great stuff is priceless.

Full Snow Moon Cruise
11:59 PM, Lamar Blvd Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge, Lady Bird Lake
These cruises have been going strong as an annual event for over 25 years now but have become a monthly affair in the last two years. This month’s ride is a Full Snow Moon.

Sunday, February 28

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, March 1

Bicycling Forum with APD Chief Acevedo
7 PM, One Texas Center, 3rd Floor Conference room, 505 Barton Springs Rd
Last March, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo attended a public forum with the cycling community – answering questions and concerns gathered from cyclists all over Austin. Join us for the March ACA meeting where the Chief will be back to give an update and answer new questions. The meeting will be co-hosted by members of the Austin Cycling Association, League of Bicycling Voters, Yellow Bike Project, the city’s Bicycle Advisory Council and BikeTexas. At the forum, cyclists submitted questions which were collated and organized into topics. The Chief and his staff were given the questions ahead of time so they could research statistics and internal APD policies. This kept the meeting productive – instead of hearing “We’ll get back to you on that” cyclists heard real numbers regarding tickets and crashes. The hottest topic was APDs lack of familiarity with traffic laws as they apply to cyclists. Curious to know what APD has been done to address this and other issues brought up at last year’s meeting? Join the cycling investigative team – ask questions and come hear the answers. Bike Valet provided by Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop.

Tuesday, March 2

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.

Yellow Bike Project collective meeting
7 PM, Yellow Bike HQ, 1216 Webberville Road
Monthly meeting of the community bike shop.

Wednesday, March 3

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.

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!

Wednesday Night Road Ride XXXI
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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