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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 3/25- 3/31/10

Posted Mar 25 2010 10:08am

UPDATE: I inadvertently left the Rosedale Ride off the list of recommended events. It’s an awesome ride and the shirt design this year is pretty cool. Sorry guys.

Sorry this is getting up a little late this week. Google calendar problems slowed my progress. I guess I can’t complain about free!

The insane crowds of SXSW are over but the great biking weather is just starting. From Critical Mass to the Bacon Ride to riding with Luci Banes Johnson on the LBJ 100, there’s a ride for just about everyone this weekend. Hell, even if you are a grouch about SXSW there’s a ride for you on Sunday. The weather is fair and the wild flowers are blooming so there’s no go reason for you not to be out on your bike.

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 25

Specialized Demo Day
1 – 6 PM, Walnut Creek Park, 12138 N Lamar Blvd
Head to Walnut Creek from 1:00 pm until 6:00 pm to check out the latest offerings from Specialized including their most popular road and mountain bikes for women and men!  Specialized will have expert staff on hand to get you on some great test rides and answer questions about their current models.

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.

PURE Austin Fitness Driveway Crit Series
5 PM, The Driveway, 8400 Delwau Lane
Weekly Thursday night road racing through October that takes place on the closed car-free driving course at the Driveway. Races include Cat 3/4 women’s and juniors race at 5:00, Cat 4/5 at 6:10, Cat 3/4 at 5:30, Pro/Cat 1/2/3 at 6:45 to choose from  Races registration $20. Full and 1/2 season passes available. USA Cycling annual or one day license required. One days for sale at race.

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: “We will meet at the Scoot Inn ONE LAST TIME. Next week we’ll be free of meeting at The Scoot and will be heading to our new meeting place, Metz Park (where the bathrooms have been fixed and will be free of any stench of the past.) It’s back to the basic fun formula for this ride folks. We’ll take a nice long cruise up to the old airport and play on the best playground in town and kick back for a bit. Then when we are ready, we’ll be free to ride some more. When we are done, we are heading back to our original home base at the Jackalope where they will be providing FREE beer for our riders, then some bad ass drink prices when that runs out.” Read our recent article on the popular weekly ride.

Friday, March 26

March 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.

Saturday, March 27

Schulenburg Steeple Chase Bike Ride
8 AM, Wolters Park, Schulenburg, TX

Ride through the beautiful rolling hills of Fayette and Colorado Counties in Central Texas while enjoying the wildflowers and the beautiful handcrafted German and Czech Painted Churches of the area. Proceeds of the ride, which is sponsored by the Schulenburg Lions Club, will be utilized to support the Texas Lions Camp for handicapped children and children with diabetes. Fajita tacos and beverages will be provided after the ride. Distances:     20 miles          50 miles         70 miles.

Rosedale Ride
8:30 AM, Samsung Austin Semiconductor, East Parmer Road
The Rosedale Ride supports the Rosedale School, AISD’s only school for children with multiple disabilities.The Rosedale Foundation has raised over $350,000 for Rosedale School since 1999. Open to cyclists of all abilities, the ride offers different courses to suit anyone. This year the Rosedale Ride has four courses to choose from: a Kid’s Fun Ride; or courses of 20, 43 or 63 miles. The ride begins and ends at Samsung, winding through the gently rolling countryside east of Austin.

LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour
9 AM, LBJ National Historical Park, Stonewall, TX
“Saddle up” with us on March 27, 2010 (9:00 a.m. start time) for the 3rd Annual LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour. Beginning on the air strip of the historic LBJ Ranch at Stonewall, the tour traverses hilly, scenic, traffic-free roads adjacent to the Ranch. Routes of 10, 32, 45, and 62-miles (100 km.)provide the venue for the premier cycle event in the Texas Hill Country.  As an added feature, Luci Baines Johnson leads an additional, special 10-mile historical tour (1PM start time), with narration at each of the landmarks on the Ranch – the Texas White House, cattle barn, old school, old homestead, LBJ grave site. This will truly be a “ride to preserve history”.

Bicycle Sport Shop Pace Bend Race
9 AM, Pace Bend Park, 2011 Pace Bend Road North, Spicewood, TX
As part of the Texas State Championship Mountain Bike Racing Series, The Austin Ridge Riders present the 2010 Bicycle Sport Shop Pace Bend Race!  The fun starts Saturday at 9 am with course pre-riding and other festivities and the racing starts Sunday morning!  All race information, including categories, start times, volunteer opportunities, and even lodging may be found here .

Frankenbike #56
12- 4 PM, Longhorn Bikesm 2308 E. Cesar Chavez
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.

The Bacon Ride 2.010
2 PM, Canterbury & Pleasant Valley St
Come out and get greasy! This is the second annual Bacon Bike Ride, now with 95% less hills! Meet in the parking lot at the north end of the Pleasant Valley Bridge, Canterbury St. and Pleasant Valley St. There will be BLTs at the start, an easy paced ride with fuel stops, and it will end with a bacon cookout and epic challenge! Super special prize for the winner! Bring your bike, your favorite beverages, your friends and some extra bacon if you want! I will bring plenty of pork with me, but if you want to donate to the fat cause you’ll be my hero. For more info, find me on Facebook or email me, . Oink oink!

Sunday, March 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.

Our Town Post-SXSW Pub Crawl
3 PM, Dog & Duck Pub, 406 West 17th St
SXSW is done, the Rodeo will FINALLY be over after two damn weeks, and Texas Relays are right around the corner… so, we’re able to catch a little break and not have to deal with people visiting from other places. This is OUR TOWN and we’re gonna enjoy it in a leisurely fashion this Sunday. Join us for a relaxing cruise to some familiar places that have nice refreshing beverages. We’ll start at The Dog and Duck Pub.  After some mind lubrication we’ll vote on the next stop. Rinse and repeat. Sound good? Then invite some friends. Bring: bike, lock, lights, ID, some form of payment for drinks, and of course your hot ass self!

Monday, March 28

Weekly Ladies Ride presented by Mellow Johnny’s
5:30 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Show, 400 Nueces St
At 5:30 PM, 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 afterward for champagne and strawberries at Royal Blue Grocery across the street. Some things to keep in mind before meeting us for this ride: You need a road bike in good working condition; a helmet; cycling clothing; plenty of water; and are able to ride comfortably for 2 hours without stopping.

Tuesday, March 30

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, March 31

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!

Bike Touring 101: an introduction to a life on 2 wheels
7 PM, Freewheeling, 2401 San Gabriel St
The bloggers at Path Less Pedaled who are riding across the US and writing about it want to share their experiences and help you plan for bike touring. “This presentation will be more of a tutorial on the basics of what to bring. We’ll have our bikes and gear and talk about what has worked for us. If you’re interested in how to go camping with your bike, you should come to our presentation.” The presentation will be outside so dress accordingly.

Wednesday Night Road Ride
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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