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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 7/29- 8/4/10

Posted Jul 28 2010 9:12pm

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, July 29
Thursday Ride & Swim by Social Cycling on the Dirt
Meet at 9:30 AM, Leave at 10 AM, Zilker Trail Entrance (North West side of Barton Springs)

A new off road ride from Social Cycling Austin’s spin off Social Cycling on the Dirt. “The ride will be best suited for non beginners or at least non whiners. I don’t mean to be rash but these trials can be unforgiving if you don’t know… what to expect. We will ride for an hour or two and then swim at Barton Springs. If it is wet we stay off the trails and ride either Lady Bird Lake Hike & Bike or Shoal Creek.”

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
7:30 PM, Fiesta Gardens
A ride from the Facebook group Social Cycling ATX. Meet up at 7:30, ride at 8:00. “Hey Everybody! It’s pretty damn hot outside, but don’t let that keep you inside, being lame and watching TV. Join us this week on the Thursday Night Social Ride instead. We’ll be riding bikes, hanging out at parks and this week we are going to stay cool with a MASSIVE water balloon fight along the way. Keep on reading for the details.” Read our article on the popular weekly ride.

Friday, July 30

July 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.

Saturday, July 31

Mr. Fancy Chef’s Farm Ride
8:30 AM, The Peddler, 5015 Duval St
Join ACA Ride Director and super fancy chef Greg Ritter for a ride to two of Austin’s best farm offerings.  Greg got his Mr. Fancy Chef credentials while cooking at Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio in San Francisco and has cemented his position as food nerd by teaching at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Austin for the past 8 years. “We’ll start at the Peddler and then toddle over to Boggy Creek farm stand first. After we’ve gotten what we’d like there, we’ll head down to the SFC’s Downtown Farmers’ Market. Feel free to ask me about ingredients and how to prepare them or just shoot the poop about food in general. After the Downtown market, we’ll go to Juan Pelota’s and enjoy fellowship with Eileen and Stephanie’s MJ ride. The hosted part of the ride will officially end at the coffee shop as I like to chat for a while, but maps will be offered to anyone who wishes to head back to the Peddler before I’m done babbling. I usually head back toward the Peddler by noon.”

Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride: Another Pleasant Valley Bike 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 is week’s theme is Another Pleasant Valley Bike Ride. A new east route with a foray over the river via Pleasant Valley Rd and rolling back through Travis Heights. It’s a mix of flat, hills, urban and creekside all within minutes of downtown. Come by at 8:00 for coffee. Helmets required. Ride organizer: Eileen Schaubert at or 512-426-4851.

Frankenbike #60: 2 Days of FrankenBike!
10 AM- 10 PM, Ozone Bike Department, 3202 Guadalupe
Austin’s monthly bike swap is back but this time for 2 days and with music & beer. Bands on SATURDAY @ 6pm. Bastards of 76, Creeperweed, the Stuffies then Woodgrain.

Sunday, August 1

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, August 2

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).

August Austin Cycling Association Meeting: My bike is my office
6:30 PM, Whole Foods Market, Sixth Street and Lamar

Have you ever dreamed of getting paid to ride your bicycle? At ACA’s August meeting, we’ll hear from people who do that every day. Learn the pros and cons from our panel of pedicab drivers, bike delivery folks, bicycle messengers and possibly a bicycle police officer. Thanks to Whole Foods, who have offered the use of its plaza-level meeting facility, we invite you to purchase food and beverages and make your way to the plaza level via the elevator or outside stairs. Look for the Global Offices.

Restorative Yoga for Cyclists
7:30 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces St

Come in for Restorative Yoga at Mellow Johnny’s during our summer sessions Mondays and Wednesdays from June through August. 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. Suggested donation of $10, $5 if you ride your bike to the class. Mats are provided by MJ’s.

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, August 3

Yo!ga Ride!
7:30 PM, North East Side Town Lake @ I35 Bridge
A weekly ride from Social Cycling Austin that ends with yoga in the park and maybe a dip in Barton Springs. Bring a yoga mat, bathing suit, towel, lights for your bike, water and a lock.

Wednesday, August 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.

DLA Piper Beginners Program for the Pure Austin Fitness Driveway Series
5:15 PM, The Driveway, 8400 Delwau Lane
This clinic is for both women and men.  Every month the first 45-minutes will consist of a fixed routine focusing on the basic mechanics of competition situations. We encourage repeat participation in order to gain familiarity with carving your bike at speed.  The last 45-minutes will include skills and tactics simulations. Topics will vary from month to month but the goal will always be to help you race or ride in a group more effectively. If you’re a veteran of the sport please stop by and pick up a few new tricks. NO USAC License Required.  Clinic Fee = $20.   Approve helmets MUST be worn when on bicycle.

Restorative Yoga for Cyclists
7:30 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces St

Come in for Restorative Yoga at Mellow Johnny’s during our summer sessions Mondays and Wednesdays from June through August. 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. Suggested donation of $10, $5 if you ride your bike to the class. 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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