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

Posted May 05 2011 1:07pm

Bike month is in full swing! There are not one but TWO bicycle poster shows and Saturday looks to be a busy day. We’ll be having our Dutch Demo & Rental Bike Sale, the Lady’s Army Bike Polo Tournament begins, Twin Oaks library & Yellow Bike Project have a kid friendly bike-in book swap, and end it all with your blue tux or corsage for Bike Prom.

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 5

Liquor Bikes presents: Cinco de Mayo BMX Jam
4 PM, 9th Street BMX Park
BMX Jam hosted by local BMX frame builders Liquor Bikes.

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.

Poster Cabaret Bicycle Print Show Opening Party
6- 9 PM, Gallery Black Lagoon, 4301-A Guadalupe
This month long exhibit, organized and curated by Poster Cabaret, features more than 60 art prints inspired by the bicycle.

Intro to Tri Clinic presented by Team In Training
6:30 PM, Jack & Adam’s Bicycles, 1210 Barton Spring Rd
Can’t swim? No Bike? Doesn’t matter! Come to Jack & Adam’s Bicycles on Thursday for an Intro to Tri Clinic presented by Team In Training (T.N.T.). Here are some of the things you’ll learn - What to expect at a triathlon
- gear to get started
- optional gear
- how to obtain a bike (purchase, Craig’s List, ebay, borrow & no, no stealing!)
- recommended 1st time events
- training

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. “Cinco de Fauxmo: I’m not sure how better to tell you than to say it’s almost Thursday again so get your bike ready and come on a ride with us!! This week we’re going to be riding to some of our favorite East Side parks for some some of the standard social time then heading to the ND @ 501 Studios for FAUXMO: *DRINK, DANCE, GET LAID They’re cutting us a deal for bike month so cover is only a buck and beers will be a dollar all night long! Oh, …yeah, If you dress like a robot or a unicorn cover is free!” Meet up at 7:30, ride at 8:00.  Read our article on the weekly ride.

Friday, May 6

Austin Bike Poster Show Opening Party
7 – 9 PM, Frame Corner gallery, 5601 Adams Ave
A show highlighting the 20 best bicycle themed posters designed by Austinites. Limited number of prints will be available for sale for $20. Ten percent of the proceeds will go towards the Lamar Safe Routes to School program. Thirty percent will go to the gallery for hosting and promoting the show. The artists will get 60% of the sales.

Road Cycling Basics hosted by ACA
7 PM, REI Gateway, 9901 N Capitol of Texas Hwy # Ste 200
This free course introduces cyclists to recreational bicycling on the roadway. The course covers bicycle selection and fit, bicycle safety checks, and an overview of simple mechanical repairs. The course will discuss equipment and clothing for riding in all types of conditions. Additionally, this will teach you how to ride safely and confidently in traffic. Taught by Austin Cycling Association. Class is free but you must RSVP .

Saturday, May 7

Shiner GHASP Charity Bicycle Ride
6:30 AM, Met Center 10, 7709 E. Ben White
Join Central Texas cyclists for this traditional ride from Austin to the Shiner brewery.Cyclists will depart from Austin and ride 100 miles through small towns and scenic byways on the way to the historic Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas. Rest Stops are located every 10-20 miles and will be stocked with food, power bar products, drink and cheering volunteers to keep your energy high. There will be port o potties and hand sanitizer at each stop. Rest stops subject to change and we will make every attempt to post any changes online.

Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride: UT Landmarks Public Art Ride
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. This week’s theme: UT Landmarks Public Art Ride. For people with an adventurous spirit and a passion for the outdoors, there’s no better way to experience public art than from the seat of a bicycle. Today’s ride is a campus tour visiting works in the UT Landmarks public art program. We’ll be joined by docents to fill us in on the artists and the pieces themselves. The total ride distance is 6 miles and will travel at a novice-friendly pace. The routes are designed to help riders navigate the city bike routes and other safe bike commuting options. Come by at 8:00 for coffee. Helmets required. Ride size is limited, so please rsvp here . Contact: Stephanie at  Stephanie@mellowjohnnys.com .

Dutch Demo & Rental Bike Sale
10 AM- 4 PM, A2W HQ, 5118 Meadow Creek Dr

This spring, Austin on Two Wheels brought you a series of extraordinary social rides in and around downtown Austin. We made Gazelle Dutch bikes available to ride participants as rental bikes as well as holding a series of bicycle demo days. Now that the series is over, we are making these demo and rental bikes available to you at discounts of 25% or more off of the retail sales prices and accessories at 25-50% off. Gazelle, WorkCycle, and Violet Crown Cycles bikes will be available at great prices as well Yepp child seats, Wald baskets, and Basil pannier bags. Gazelle, WorkCycle, and Violet Crown Cycles bikes will be available at great prices as well Yepp child seats, Wald baskets, and Basil pannier bags.

Trek Demo at Walnut Creek
10 AM- 3 PM, Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park, 12138 N Lamar Blvd
Trek Bikes is bringing their stellar collection of 2011 Demo Bikes to Walnut Creek Park on May 7, from 10am to 3pm. Event will feature select Trek Men’s and Women’s road and mountain models. Test rides require you be 18 or older (or w/parent/guardian) and that you bring along a drivers license and credit card. Also advised to bring along your pedals, especially if you use a less common brand.

Ladies Army III, Women’s Bike Polo Tournament

10 AM, South Austin Tennis Rec Center, 1100 Cumberland Road

The Austin Texas Bike Polo Social Club hosts the 2 day Ladies Army III, and international Women’s Bike Polo Tournament. Co-ed matches will also be played

Twin Oaks Library & YBP Bike-In Book Swap
Noon- 4 PM, Twin Oaks Branch of the Austin Public Library, 1800 S. 5th St

The Austin Public Library (APL) and the Yellow Bike Project have teamed up to host an exciting day filled with books, bikes and fun. Join us for food, crafts, demos, workshops and a huge book swap in honor of Austin’s 2011 Bike Month theme, Austin Bright Cyclists: Be Bright, Be Seen, Be Flashy. Bring your bike, bring your books and bring the kids to celebrate National Bike Month, Austin style!

Bike Prom hosted by Fast Folks Cyclery
9:30 PM, Lamar Blvd Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge, Lady Bird Lake

Music by American Sharks and Thick as Thieves. BIKE POLO RAFFLE fundraiser! + free drink tickets with purchase = WIN WIN for everyone! great prizes from kryptonite, vaya bags, psychlist, tsunami bike shop, mellow johnny’s, velocity, chrome, knog, all city, and surly just to name a few sponsors….Visiting polo players from all over the U.S. and Canada will be in attendance! (without dates wink wink). Dress up, drink up, DANCE DANCE DANCE!

Sunday, May 8

Skeese Greets Women’s Triathlon
8 AM, Texas Ski Ranch, 6700 I-35 N, New Braunfels, TX

The 2011 Skeese Greets Women’s Tri is a short early season event that is perfect for a beginner to test the waters or an intermediate to advanced triathlete to get warmed up for the season to come. The Texas Ski Ranch is a great location that is safe, and participant and spectator friendly. Come join us for an outstanding event and then relax on the beach with food and music. Course: 300 meter swim, 11 mile bike, 2 mile 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.

Monday, May 9

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 10

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 11

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.

“With My Own Two Wheels” Austin Screening Benefitting World Bicycle Relief
7:30 PM, Jack And Adam’s Bicycles, 1210 Barton Springs Road

Come out to Jack & Adam’s Bicycles on May 11th to enjoy a screening of a new documentary “ With My Own Two Wheels “! The film will be followed by a Q&A with Producer and Co-Director Jacob Seigel-Boettner. Donations will benefit World Bicycle Relief, and you will have an opportunity to sponsor a bike for a student in Zambia! and there will be a KEG! Suggested Donation: $5 student, $10 general public. Invite your social justice- and bike-conscious friends!

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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