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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 4/8- 4/14/10

Posted Apr 08 2010 3:45am

Now that Easter’s behind us, weekends are getting full of all sorts of things to do on two wheels. A2W will be holding the Taste of Downtown Tour , it’s first in a series of spring social rides, while the League of Bicycling Voters will be kicking off Austin’s first Bike Summit with a reception on Friday and a full day of sessions on Saturday. If you can get away Monday night for a quick overnight, the visiting cyclotourists from the Path Less Pedalled will be hosting a bike camping trip to McKinney Falls State Park.

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 8

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.

Thursday Night Social Ride
NEW START LOCATION! 7:30 PM, Metz Park, 2407 Canterbury St
A ride from the Facebook group Social Cycling ATX. Meet up at 7:30, ride at 8:00.  “We are staying on the eastside to avoid the mayhem known as the Texas relays. We will stop at Govalle for a dance party then proceed to Shangri-La where they will provide us with our traditional free beering because they are that awesome. Be sure you TIP your bartenders for all that free beer.” Read our recent article on the popular weekly ride.

Friday, April 9

Lunch At The Domain hosted by ACA
11:30 AM, The Domain, Domain Dr. and Esperanza Crossing
Get an early start to the weekend with a Friday lunchtime ride at the Domain. We wind our way up to Parmer, and then ride up to Avery Ranch or Brushy Creek and back. Round trip is 18-19 miles, and pace is usually around 17 mph.
Route is mostly flat, with a few short hills. Ride organizer: Kevin Corry, 512-989-9457,

Juan Pelota Coffee Cruise
5 PM, Juan Pelota Cafe, 400 Nueces St
A fun and friendly espresso at 3 of Austin’s best cafes, vending from 3 of texas’ best roasters. 20 miles of riding, bring cash for coffee and lights for your bike. Ride ends at the Austin Bike Summit Party at Bike Texas!

Austin Bike Summit Kick-Off Ride & Opening Reception
Ride at 6 PM, Reception 7- 11 PM, Bike Texas Headquarters, 1902 E. 6th St.
Join the LOBV as they kick off Austin’s first Bike Summit. Meet at the Lama Blvd Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge to ride to the opening reception at Bike Texas. Food and beer will be served at the reception.

Saturday, April 10

Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride Austin Bike Summit
8:30 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.  Today’s ride is in conjunction with a gathering of the local cycling community. We’ll check out some of the east side as we make our way to the new Yellow Bike Project community bike shop. Riders will have the option to stay for the workshops and demos or roll back to Mellow Johnny’s. These rides are meant for exploring so bring your questions and leave your heart rate monitor at home. We roll faster but expect about 12mph ave pace since we are in town. These rides are meant for exploring so bring your questions and leave your heart rate monitor at home. Come by at 8:00 for coffee. Helmets required. Ride organizer: Eileen Schaubert at or 512-426-4851.

Austin Bike Summit
9 AM- 6 PM, Yellow Bike Project Headquarters, 1216 Webberville Road
The first Austin Bike Summit will be held this weekend to bring all parts of the cycling community together to plan for what’s next in bike advocacy. The summit is hosted by the League of Bicycling Voters , Yellow Bike Project , Austin Cycling Association , and Bike Texas . Registration is free and all are invited.

Barton Springs Pool Treeathlon
10 AM, Barton Srpings Pool
The Barton Springs Pool Treeathlon will be a very, very short and fun “tree”athlon to raise “fun” and funds for purchasing and maintaining trees at Barton Springs Pool. Swim, Bike and Run through Zilker Park to the BIG finish party. Not intended to be an entirely serious athletic endeavor, the Tree-athlon will be a fun way to celebrate Barton Springs Pool, raise tax deductible funds for a pool-related project, and maybe bring back some of the “Keep Austin Weird” vibe.

Taste of Downtown Tour Social Ride presented by Austin on Two Wheels
Meet up at 1:30 AM, Leave at 2:00 PM, BoConcept, 430 W 2nd St
Austin on Two Wheels is teaming up with Keith Byrd from Social Cycling ATX offering three exceptional social rides in April that highlight the best of what Austin has to offer: Taste of Downtown Tour, Pampered Pedal Ride, and Boggy Creek Farm Picnic Ride. Our first tour will include three great downtown restaurants to sample some of the best locally made food our town has to offer. We’ll start at our ride host BoConcept in the 2nd Street District and head to Chupacabra for some Tex-Mex and Margarita samplers. Then we’ll ride to Frank for some artisan sausages finishing at Halcyon Coffee House for coffee and desert before returning to BoConcept. All food and drink samplers, guides and bike vallet are included in registration as well as coupons for future visits to our host restaurants. Bring a bike, your ID, and friends and have a good time. Register before Saturday and save $5. Bring a friend and save $5 more.

Sunday, April 11

Austin Autism Society Bike Ride
8 AM, Berry Springs Park and Preserve, Georgetown, TX
This ride benefits the Autism Society of Greater Austin (ASGA), the local chapter of the Autism Society of America. Choose your route (2.5 miles, 9 miles, 20 miles, 41 miles, or 100K).

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.

Dutch Bike & Cargo Bike Demo Day
1- 5 PM, BoConcept, 430 W 2nd St
Test ride stylish and supremely comfortable Dutch city bikes and cargo bikes at Bo Concept. This demo day is part of a consumer feedback study in preparation for making these bikes available as part of a new concept bike store in Austin dedicated to the simple pleasure of riding with friends, not competition or workouts. This bike demo day is being put on in conjunction with the Discover the City on Two Wheels Spring Urban Living Ride Series .

Monday, April 12

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.

S24O Bicycle Camping Trip lead by Path Less Pedalled
7 PM, Parking lot of Freewheeling Bicycles, 2401 San Gabriel St
This is a ride lead by the bloggers at Path Less Pedaled who are visiting in Austin as part of their cross country tour by bike. This is a self-supported bike ride to McKinney Falls State Park, followed by stories around a campfire! Sleep out in this warm spring weather, then ride back in the morning. Send them an email (pathlesspedaled at gmail dot com) to tell them that you’ll be joining in. $5 entry fee into the state park + a portion of the tent site fees ($16 per site, hopefully split between 4 or more people)

Wednesday, April 14

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!

Fast Folks Ladies Ride
8:30 PM, Fast Folks, 2513 East 6th St
Austin’s fixed gear bike shop Fast Folks has started a weekly ladies ride as an alternative to the normally male dominated rides.

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