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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 5/13- 5/19/10

Posted May 12 2010 10:28pm

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, May 13

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.

Bike to 1st Annual Films for the Forest
6 PM, Hot Mama’s Espresso Bar, 2401 E. 6th
Bike to this fun event on the East Side. BikeTexas is providing bike parking for this benefit, presented by the Rainforest Partnership and Richard Linklater. There will be live music starting at 6, and complimentary cocktails all night!

Thursday Night Social Ride
7:30 PM, NEW LOCATION: Fiesta Gardens
A ride from the Facebook group Social Cycling ATX. Meet up at 7:30, ride at 8:00.  “We are going to ride around town, then head to Nomads for 2 kegs of Sierra Summerfest, a DJ and a good time. Special thanks to Nomads for hooking us up” Read our recent article on the popular weekly ride.

Friday, May 14

Political Pedal
4:45 PM, City Hall
he Political Pedal is an annual Bike Month tradition for elected officials to participate in a leisurely bike ride with the cycling community. This year so far, there are RSVPs from Congressman Lloyd Doggett, State Representative Donna Howard, Travis County Commissioner Sarah Eckhardt and Austin Councilmembers Sheryl Cole and Laura Morrison.

Fast Fridays Ride
7:30 PM, Lamar Blvd Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge
A brand spankin’ new weekly ride: “1 gear or several gears please come out and pedal hard with us!!! this will be weekly ride starting this friday…its similar to the metal mash but no free beer at the end of the ride… however would like to park drink afterwards…hope to see you guys and gals out there…Fast Fridays!!!”

Saturday, May 15

Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride: Join the Austin Public Library Tour
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 the ride will join the Austin Public Library Tour. Today’s ride will cruise up to Recycled Reads (5335 Burnet Rd.) and join the Austin Public Library Bike Tour. The family-friendly tour will stop at the North Village, Quarry and Yarborough branches to see what makes each one unique. The tour finishes back at Recycled Reads with a party. Snacks will provided at each stop. Expect families and kiddos on the tour so the average pace will be slower than normal today. 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 Public Library Tour
9 AM, Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Rd

In honor of Bike Month, The Austin Public Library and the Austin Cycling Association are hosting a family-friendly Bikes & Books Tour of Austin’s North-Central Libraries. The bike tour will begin at Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Road, then go to the North Village, Old Quarry, and Yarborough Branches before ending with a celebration back at Recycled Reads. Each stop will feature a mini tour of the branch, a light snack, and the chance to check out as many books, CDs and DVDs as you can carry in your panniers. So please join us, let us show you how bike-friendly Austin is, and how the Austin Public Library is just a short bike ride away. Registration for this event is available now .

Blessing of the Bikes
10:30, Mosaic, 5619 Airport Blvd
Please join in the first annual Blessing of the Bikes. We will receive a blessing and celebrate the bicycle, the role it plays in forming our communities, the relationships which it helps to build and foster, and its role as a sustainable transportation alternative. All ages and faiths welcome.

Freewheeling “Mini Maintenence Clinic” Saturdays in May
10:30 AM, Freewheeling Bicycles, 2401 San Gabriel St
Come by any Saturday in May at 10:30am and learn how to change your own flat.  The class will be reviewing basic maintance, fixing flats and pre ride check over. Class size will be limited to 5 so please come in and sign up soon, or show up at 10:30. Freewheeling will be offering 20% off Tubes,Tire Levers, patch kits, Bento boxes and under seat bags to those that complete the class. The Good Bike cafe will be open for coffee and pastries after the class.

Bicycle Intro Class
1 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces St

You recently bought your very first bike. Now what? Mellow Johnny’s  has created a class that is designed to inform, educate, and practice riding your new bicycle. We will begin in the classroom going over the basic parts of a bike and how it works. After that, we will spend some parking lot time learning how to properly start and stop, change gears, and finally will take it out for a real practice run on some of central Austin’s best loved paved trails and neighborhood streets. This class is open to all and is a must-do for anyone that is new to bike riding. The class is taught by Eileen Schaubert, a master instructor with the League of American Bicyclists, and head of education and advocacy at Mellow Johnny’s.

Sunday, May 16

Sunday Morning Fixie Ride
8:20 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.

Monday, May 17

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.

The 6:00 Social
6 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Show, 400 Nueces St
Mellow Johnny’s has a new weekday ride. It’s the 6:00 Social. It’s not the “ladies” ride. It’s co-ed. Meet at Mellow Johnny’s on Monday evenings and leaving at 6p. The ride will be 30 miles for 2-2.5hrs at 13-16mph; through neighborhoods, official bike routes, crossing a couple of large roadways, and two short sections on access roads. Helmets and lights are required (it will be dark before we return).

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, May 18

The Tuesday Morning Ride
8 AM, locations vary

A new weekly social ride from the Facebook Group Social Cycling Austin. The Tuesday morning ride is for those of us that are tired of sleeping off our hangovers in the mornings…and seeing how some of us don’t have to work first thing in the morning, why not get on our bikes and simply ride? Our goals are simple: meet for coffee at 8am-ish. Wheels down at 8:30am, and we mean that. We will leave you if you are late. Ride for an hour or so, and cover about 10-15 miles at a moderate pace-push yourself. Bring skinny tires on a bike in good working order. Bring a water bottle and flat-changing tools–helmets and locks are good ideas too. Have fun, meet new people, maybe drink more coffee after the ride. The locations will change every week; visit to find out which.

Wednesday, May 19

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.

Ride of Silence
Meet up at 6:30, Ride at 7:00, Lamar Blvd Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge, Lady Bird Lake
On the evening of Wednesday, May 19th, 2010, cyclists all over the world will ride in honor and in memory of fellow cyclists that have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. In Austin TX, we will start an eight-mile ride originating and ending on the Pfluger Bridge. This ride will last approximately one hour. You are riding with the rest of the world in this 8th annual memorial ride. Please treat the pre-ride gathering and the ride with respect to what the intention of the ride is for – to honor/grieve/remember fallen cyclists. Maintain silence during the ride, using only hand signals to relay ride support or caution.

Free Yoga for Cyclists
7:30 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces St
Cyclists, Come in for Restorative Yoga at Mellow Johnny’s Every Wednesday from April 14 – May 26. Lengthen and loosen muscles while preventing injury with John Trujillo and Anne Haskett. Join us after a ride, run, or a long day at work. Mats are provided by MJ’s.

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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