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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 3/10- 3/16/11

Posted Mar 10 2011 6:30am

The weather is great so whether you want to check out downtown art with IArtCongress Thursday, race the Cronometro time trial on Saturday, or pedal with God on the Spiritual Spokes on Sunday, it’s a great time to ride your bike!

SXSW kicks off this weekend with the Interactive portion before the Music and Film portions take over the downtown area next week. As has become SXSW tradition, Bike Hugger will be hosting a Mobile Social on Tuesday that is open to the general public with an after-party with lots of free schwag.

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, March 10

Gazelle Dutch Bike Demo Days
4- 7 PM, Austin Java at City Hall, 301 West 2nd St
Austin on Two Wheels in partnership with Gazelle Bicycle USA is bringing Dutch bikes to Austin! In addition to making Dutch bikes available on our Urban Living Rides , we will also be holding demo days if you can’t make one of our rides and want to try out one of these great bikes. On 2nd and 4th Thursdays from March to May between 4- 7 PM, we’ll give you a free coffee drink with your test ride of one or more of our Gazelle Dutch bikes. We’ll have a Basic, Tour Populair, and Cabby box cargo bike on hand to try out.

IArtCongress Ride
5 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces St
IArt Congress on your bike. How well do you know the secrets of Congress Avenue? You are invited to get the insider’s tour of the cultural heart of downtown. Join riders from Mellow Johnny’s as we explore Congress on our bikes.  Ride your bike down to Royal Blue Groceries, located on the corner of 4th and Nueces, on Thursday, March 10th for a small wine tasting at 5:00pm.  Then at 6:00pm, join us as we ride our bikes along the avenue and participate in quizzes, a scavenger hunt, and tours through the cultural attractions and favorite businesses of downtown’s thoroughfare. Helmet, front and rear lights, and a bike lock required along with a sense of adventure.  For more information contact Stephanie at .

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. “Take the blue pill and have your Thursday night reality changed forever while chasing the rabbit biker down the hole. Dress up futuristically, black and sexily, agently, lady in redly, cyber punkly, or come as you wantly towards a bike in movie showing of The Matrix! ATXBPSC , Neo, Thursday Night Social Ride, Morpheous, and you team up for a mind altering night of mayhem! We’ll end up at Waterloo Cycles with prizes for best costume and they’re generously providing a keg of beer. All donations will go towards The Ladies Army 3 Bike Polo Tournament so pitch in what you can. Do not miss this event because you cannot be told what the Matrix is, you have to see it for yourself!” Meet up at 7:00, ride at 7:30.  Read our article on the weekly ride.

Friday, March 11

Traffic Skills 101 sponsored by Austin Cycling Association
5 PM, REI Downtown, 601 North Lamar Boulevard
Cycling Traffic Skills 101- 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. On the road class on Saturday.

Saturday, March 12

The Cronometro Road Time Trial
9 AM, J. Lorraine Ghost Town, 14219 Littig Rd, Manor, TX
The Cronometro is the perfect excuse to become one with your TT equipment before the season gets fully underway. Not to mention, see how all of the winter trainer sessions are paying off! There’s a super cool start house (think Tour de France!!!), great music and a professional announcer to get your mojo going. Can you say chip timing? Yes — there’s that too! Not really into Tri/TT Bikes? No problem — there’s Road Bike (think Eddy Merckx), Single Speed, and Tandem categories to boot! The course is a 12 mile loop – all right hand turns. It consists of a challenging mix of false flats, rollers, one nasty climb, and a few really fast descents. And yes, it starts at a bona fide Ghost Town!

2nd Annual Schulenberg Dance Hall Ride
9 AM, 531 N. Main Street, Schulenburg, TX
Sugar Cycles presents the second annual Texas Dance Hall Ride, that will take place on Saturday, March 12, 2011. Multiple ride options include 15, 35, 45 and 65 miles. All distances start in front of the historic Senglemann’s Dance Hall on Main Street. Riders of all ages and capabilities will be able to tour the famous Painted Churches constructed by German and Czech communities during the 1890′s. The riders will also get to experience three of Texas’ historic dance halls, all over one hundred years old, Sengelmann’s, Swiss Alp and Moravia. An art/craft show, art tractor parade and live music with street dancing will start soon after the 9am send off, for family and friends waiting on the riders. Activities will flow into the Dance Hall of your choosing early in the afternoon. Plenty of free parking and showers will be available. All proceeds go to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of America the Schulenburg chapter. The ride also benefits and raises awareness for The Historic Texas Dance Halls.

Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride: McKinney Falls
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: McKinney Falls. This 20 mile out and back ride provides a variety of riding terrain (flat, climbs, descends!). We will stop at the park for a break and to regroup. Then head back to the shop. 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 .

Sunday, March 13

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.

Spiritual Spokes Ride
4:30 PM, Doug Sahm Hill next to Palmer Auditorium, Butler Park
The latest ride from Social Cycling Austin: Mike Kaylani and Rebecca Greenlee (two non-traditional lovers of God) will be leading you on a ride that doubles as a worship experience. Church will be in service from the moment our wheels go down to the moment we pick our butts off some chairs after a few cold ones. Typical format will be to ride, hang at a destination and talk about faith, ride some more, and wrap up by hanging at a place where we can chill together while drinking cheap beer.
WHAT YOU NEED: Lights, Lights, Lights, Inspiration, and an Open Mind

Monday, March 14

Bike Month Planning Meeting
3:30 PM, One Texas Center, 13th Floor, 505 Barton Springs Rd
Help plan the 2011 Austin Bike Month activities for May. More info or to RSVP to Nadia Barrera at

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 15

Mobile Social SXSW 11
5 PM, Brush Square Park, 4th & Trinity St
The Mobile Socials are’s intersection of bikes, technology, and culture. For SXSW, Bike Hugger is back in Austin, riding, blogging, partying. Please to ride with us and have a good time. No SXSW badges required for the Mobile Social. There will be a post ride party with lots of schwag to be given away.

Wednesday, March 16

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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