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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 4/28- 5/4/11

Posted Apr 28 2011 9:56am

Summer weather may be hitting us early, but Bike Month is coming in with a bang this weekend with tons of ways to get out on two wheels. This Saturday will be the final ride in our Urban Living Ride Series , the Taste of Downtown #2, and Mellow Johnny’s is hosting multiple art rides this weekend.

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, April 28

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 April 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. This will be our last demo day this spring, so swing by and check them out!

Registration Happy Hour
5- 7 PM, Bicycle Sport Shop, 517 S. Lamar Blvd
Join BSS for their first happy hour previewing fun things to do this summer, with Real Ale, pizza, registration discounts on the Real Ale Ride (Up the Hills, Down the Beers) and Shammies ‘N Koozies (A Hill Country ride, then float down the Guadalupe River). We’re even taking the trainers outside, so you can join us for a stationary, outdoor cycle class simulating hill country terrain. The $60 early bird price for the Real Ale Ride only lasts until May 1, so take advantage of the savings by registering at the party, and get $10 off the Shammies N’ Koozies registration that night only. Plus, register for both rides at the party and be entered to win a prize. RSVP for happy hour.

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 3/4 Race and Women’s Open at 5:30, Kids Fun Lap at 6:20, Cat 4/5 Race at 6:25, Pro/Cat 1/2/3 at 6:55 and Masters at 7:55.  Races registration $20 for Men, $15 for Women, & $10 for Juniors/College Students. Full season passes and discount punch cards available. USA Cycling annual or one day license and helmet required. One days for sale at race.

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.

Bike Month Proclamation
6 PM, Crockett High School, 5601 Manchaca Road

Join City of Austin officials as we kick off Bike Month with this City Council Proclamation of May as Bike Month.

Thursday Night Social Ride
7:30 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. “Pull on your boots, snap up those pearl snaps and brush up on your stripper moves because this week is the return of… THE HAAAY RIDE!!! For those new to our family, let me break it down. It’s our usual bike ride around town… in your finest western wear… to a gay bar… for an epic dance party… and strip competition with $100 prize for both the mens and womens. (no i’m not joking) After we ride around town in our FINEST WESTERN WEAR we will land at Rain, a fine establishment that caters to the gay community. They are providing some nice drink specials and probably the craziest after ride party of the year. Special thanks to them for having us. These are some really nice people who are supporting biking in Austin. Please thank them for having us when we get there.” Meet up at 7:30, ride at 8:00.  Read our article on the weekly ride.

Friday, April 29

Public Art Lunch Ride
11:45 AM, Mellow Johnny’s bike Shop, 400 Nueces St

For people with an adventurous spirit and a passion for the outdoors, there’s no better way to celebrate Art Week and experience public art than from the seat of a bicycle. Today’s ride is short to allow time to enjoy lunch at the new Open Room Austin in Sand Beach Park. Bring a bag lunch. We’ll be joined by a docent from the City of Austin’s Art in Public Places program to fill us in on the artists and the works themselves. The total ride distance is 3 miles and will travel at a novice-friendly pace. General group ride expectation:  helmet, bike in good working condition, water and nutrition, flat changing tools, no headphones, and please park in the street. Ride size is limited, so rsvp .

April 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.

Mellow Johnny’s Spring Classic Kick-Off Party
7 – 10 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces Street
The third annual Mellow Johnny’s Spring Classic Kick-Off Party, held on the eve of the Mellow Johnny’s US Pro XCT race, will benefit the Texas High School Mountain Bike League for the first time ever. The party will be held on Friday, April 29 at 7:00 pm at Mellow Johnny’s. The league is part of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) and will host its inaugural season in 2012. The Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop is hosting the party which will include the league’s athletes and coaches and top male and female pro riders from around the country. The event, free and open to the public, will offer attendees a chance to enter raffles for prizes and learn more about the league. Additionally, athletes from the league will have the opportunity to shadow the pro teams and receive even more valuable advice during the pro cross country race the following day.

Saturday, April 30

2011 Mellow Johnny’s Classic at Juan Pelota Ranch
8 AM, Juan Pelota Ranch, Dripping Springs, TX
Two days of mountain bike racing at Lance Armstrong’s ranch in Dripping Springs. The race idea all started with a tweet by Lance that he wanted to hold a mountain bike race at his ranch near Dripping Springs, Texas.  Since then, the race has become not only the biggest MTB race in Texas, but part of USA Cycling’s Pro XC Tour, and one of the largest in the United States.  For 2011 we will again host the best and brightest professional men and women’s mountain bike racers from around the world (Texas too!) as they race for the 2011 USA Cycling Pro XC  Tour crown AND elusive points during an Olympic Selection year.

Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride: Kids & Family Public Art Ride
9:00 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: Kids & Family Public Art Ride. Toin us in a two-wheeled celebration of Public Art in Austin and Kids on Bikes. We’ll take a bike tour visiting public art in the neighborhood near Zavala Elementary. This free, family-friendly ride covers 3 miles with 3 stops including activities related to the art works. The ride is co-hosted by Austin Cycling Association, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, Safe Routes to School and City of Austin’s Art in Public Places. The routes are designed to help riders navigate the city bike routes and other safe bike commuting options. Come by at 8:30 for coffee. Helmets required. Contact: Stephanie at .

Barton Springs Pool Treeathlon “Fun” raiser
10 AM, Barton Springs Pool, 2201 Barton Springs Rd
The second annual Barton Springs Pool Treeathlon will be a very, very short, fun and family-oriented event to raise “fun” and funds for Barton Springs Pool. Building on the success of last year’s event, this will be a family-oriented event so that families with kids can be introduced to the joys of Barton Springs Pool and have a little taste of triathlons. Treeathletes will swim ACROSS Bart…on Springs Pool, bike a short loop around Zilker Park, and then run a short course around the Polo Fields. Presented by Friends of Barton Springs Pool in cooperation with Austin Parks Foundation, the Treeathlon is a semi-silly athletic endeavor to raise fun and tax deductible funds for restoring the original rotunda entrance to the Bathhouse and other pool-related work of Friends of Barton Springs Pool.

Frankenbike #69
10 AM- 4 PM, Double Down Lounge, 515 Pedernales
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.

Taste of Downtown #2 presented by Austin on Two Wheels
Meet up at 1:30, Ride at 2 PM, Austin Java at City Hall, 301 West 2nd St.
This food and drink sampler ride was our most popular themed ride from 2010. We’ll stop at restaurants in the downtown area including The Upper Decks , Beets Cafe, Halcyon Coffee Bar Lounge , and the brand new Dive Bar and Lounge to sample the best locally made food our town has to offer. Vegetarian options will be available. *** FINAL RIDE OF THE SPRING 2011 SERIES***

Sunday, May 1

Cedar Park Kid’s Triathlon
8 AM, Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sunchase Blvd, Cedar Park, TX
The purpose of the Cedar Park Kid’s Triathlon is to offer kids between the ages of 7 and 15 the opportunity to experience a multi-sport event in a safe and positive environment. The age you turn during the calendar year of 2011 is the age group in which you will compete in. While competition is always part of any race, it is not the primary focus of this race. The main focus of this event is for the kids, their families and the community to have FUN! Distances: Juniors (7-10): 100m – Swim / 3 mile – Bike / 1k (.6 miles) – Run, Seniors (11-15): 200m – Swim / 6 mile – Bike / 2k (1.2 miles) – Run

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.

Cemetery Cats Cycling Club Beer, Babes, Burgers, and Bike Wash Benefit for Tour de Cure
Violet Crown Social Club, 1111 E. 6th St

Cemetery Cats Cycling Club are dishing up grub, keg beer, good conversation and oh, while you’re around why not throw ‘em a few bones to clean all that winter dirt and grime off the ride? It’s springtime and with it comes new bike adventures and exploration, why not tackle it on a clean whip. Bike Wash- $5, Beer- $2, Burgers- $3. Proceeds benefit American Diabetes Association.

Pedicabbers Drink Beers, a LOBV Benefit
6 PM, Heart Of Texas Pedicabs Shop, Red River and Willow St
“We’re throwing a little party at HOT shop for the benefit of the League of Bicycling Voters. Here is an itemized list of what you chumps can expect - Beer
- 2 Grills (bring something to put on them!)
- Music (provided by our very own Patchen)
- T-shirts with custom bike-related stencils
- Good times”

Playin’ for Pinetop Ride
6:30 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Show, 400 Nueces St

Help us to say farewell to the “Play Me, I’m Yours” pianos which have enlivened the city’s soundscape for the month of April, and also pay tribute to an Austin icon, Pinetop Perkins. Enjoy unique performances at all 14 pianos by Austin artists who are all playin’ for Pinetop. Following the performances the public will be invited to join in and play their own tribute to this blues legend. Since we will be riding into the evening, helmets and bike lights are required!

Monday, May 2
Lend Your Legs Ride hosted by Social Cycling Austin
6 PM, Shipe Park, 4400 Avenue G

New ride, new night, doing good, good times, free bike stuff and TNSR style post-ride hospitality. Starting the evening of April 18th (Monday) and for the next nine Mondays after that, Social Cycling Austin is riding and taking some kids from the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired along with us on tandem bikes owned by the school. There are just 10 tandems, but the more people the merrier. It’s a social ride. We can switch off giving rides and just riding along.

Mellow Johnny’s Ladies’ Ride
6 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces St

Join experienced riders from Mellow Johnny’s for a friendly and easy paced social ride (12-14 mph average). Meet us at the shop for a 1.5-2 hour ladies only road ride. Get more comfortable riding in a group, learn tips & tricks, or come for a social recovery ride after a hard weekend of long miles. What a great place to meet other ladies who enjoy riding bikes, too. This is a no-drop ride but you should be able to ride comfortably for 2 hours without stopping. Routes and distances will vary. Riders should meet at the shop at 5:30 for a 6:00pm sharp roll out. General group ride expectation: helmet, bike in good working condition, water and nutrition, flat changing tools, and no headphones.

Tuesday, May 3

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.

Wednesday, May 4

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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