Acclimate to Summer Cycling; Get on your bikes and RIDE!

Sure, Summer is still a long way off, even for those of us in Texas. But now is the time to start thinking about the rides we’ll want to do. And the HEAT!

That’s right, we all know it gets hot here, and if you’re new to Tejas you might not be looking forward to the days when the thermometer reaches triple digits. So what can you do to prepare? Start riding NOW!

Fortunately we haven’t had to deal with weather like this. But, Stil, it’s been a cold winter none the less!

February is nearly gone and the sun has been shining, heck we’ve even had a few days where we didn’t need that big, bulky coat. But if you’ve been in Texas for a while you know that March is right around the corner and we’ll be shivering again soon enough.

 

Get on your bikes and ride! Ride now! Get out there before it’s too hot and you’ll acclimate to the blast furnace weather that is on our horizon.

Put on a few layers, maybe a wind/rain jacket and go out for a ride. The positives are that you’ll get to enjoy your favorite rides without battling the hordes of other cyclists all fighting for space on the bike path – think White Rock Lake.

You’ll be out there getting a head start on your cycling buddies which will pay off come spring when everyone starts heading out of town on Saturdays for all the T-Shirt rides that happen every weekend. You’ll quickly see what you need to have adjusted or replaced on your rig, beating the annual rush to the repair shop AND you’ll feel better about yourself! It’s always a good feeling knowing you are out pushing the pedals when most others are complaining it’s too cold – which it isn’t.

So don’t skip your ride just because the weather isn’t perfect. Go out, maybe sprint up a hill to warm up and before you know it you’ll be smiling to yourself and wondering where the heck everyone else is at!

Summer in Texas, where road temps EASILY reach 110*

 

And you’ll be ready for the Summer heat. Because it’s right around the corner and will be here before you know it!

 

 

Bicycle Superhighway Being Built in Dallas/Fort Worth

 

The path between Dallas and Fort Worth.

NCTCOG and regional Mayors have been working hard to make cyclists in the Dallas – Fort Worth metroplex very happy. The Regional Veloweb will include this 64 mile stretch of off-street bike path which is seen in the picture above.

 

(Click here for the Big Picture.)

I can’t wait till the day comes when we can set off from White Rock Lake and ride all the way out west to Benbrook Lake. Imagine what might come from the ability to do that.

Bicycle and pedestrian planner Bud Melton told KERA News that “the trail redefines convenience. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in urban areas like Dallas-Fort Worth, half of all trips — via cars, buses and bikes — are less than three miles, and a quarter of them are less than one.

“We shouldn’t be burning a gallon of gas to be getting a gallon of milk,” Melton said. “People realize that we’re locked in irons when we have to wait 15 minutes to get out of a cul-de-sac to get our kids to school when the school is just on the other side of the block.”‘

 

Continental Street Bridge in Dallas

 

 

 

 

 

From transportation to exercise – and fifteen minute rides to the corner store all the way to building bicycle tourism –  having a trail that spans our region can only be good for all of us!

The Trinity Trail in Fort Worth which runs from just east of Downtown all the way out to Benbrook lake southwest of the city.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information visit the City of Dallas Bike Plan, Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, Fort Worth Trinity Trails, and Bike Friendly Fort worth

Can-Bike Traffic Skills 101 Video

This is one of the best videos I have seen for helping cyclists learn basic skills. Check out Can-Bike for more.

Did you ride your bike today?

Bikeyface sums it up best with the new post about being stuck in a car, in traffic.

Traffic Talk:

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David vs Goliath: A bike industry story.

***UPDATE*** Specialized Withdraws Lawsuit…

 

It truly was a David and Goliath battle this week for a bike shop owner in Canada. Dan Richter owner of the Cafe Roubaix Bicycle Studio in Cochrane, Alberta  found out what it’s like going toe to toe with an industry powerhouse.

(“I $@#&ing HATE Bullies” from RKP here)

 

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Except the David in our story didn’t have the weapons to fight back.

Richter says his lawyer thinks they have a good case to make, but the fight could cost upwards of $150,000 in legal fees, a price too steep for his small company.

Fortunately Mr. Richter went public, and that’s when things got interesting.

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Over the course of the next three days the story of this small town bike shop being slapped around by the big bad corporation spread like a brush fire in West Texas. (Read BRAIN’s coverage here.)

IAMSPARTICUSOn all the social media sites you would run across #ROUBAIX and a mess of other images. People getting behind and supporting the little guy.

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Bike Snob does a good job with this one.

Remember, YourBikeHatesYou did one, too.

And it worked! People stood up and together they said “I am Roubaix – er – SPARTACUS!”

Advanced Sport International – the company who owns the Fuji brand of bikes AND the original owner of the Roubaix trademark (it was a Fuji bike model LONG before they licensed the name to Specialized) – told BRAIN on Monday that “Specialized Bicycle overstepped its bounds when it registered the Roubaix trademark in Canada and then tried to prevent a Calgary retailer from using the name.”

Take a minute and read THAT particular article here.

Yes. It looks as if the little guy got the support he needed when the Bully came over to pick a fight. Cafe Roubaix posted this on their Facebook page last night:

Folks,

We can announce that your voices have been heard. We are now back in discussions with the other party. We are aware of recent announcements by third parties within the industry.

We thank you for your continued support. Also note, we are working on getting a pre-order sorted out for our popular shop jersey. Made by Santini. On our online sales – YOU are amazing people. Needless to say, we will be sorting out orders for a while. Over the weekend, we have received over 3500 emails, hundreds of phone calls and messages, how many #s and @s? Tweets? Do numbers go that high? Our little studio is just barely 900 sqft and cycling fans, cyclists, Velomintus, industry leaders & big shots, pro riders, and icons have all made their voice heard.

Thank you.

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BAM!

I think AngryBuddhist finishes this whole tale well when he asks about the Specialized lawyer:

He is so fired right? I mean his actions just caused the internets to take an unholy crap all over you. But he was surely doing as demanded. Damned if you do and damned if you don’t. They eat their young. Lawyers and sharks and Sin yards.

#CROSSISBOSS

Because #CrossIsBoss!

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DART to DFW

Here in Dallas we have what has become a great light rail system with DART but it’s about to become even better. The Orange line is headed to the airport!

 

You see, I have a dream of being able to ride my bike to the airport, pack it up (I’ll need a cool folding bike) and fly away to some other city. I want to be able to get off the plane somewhere like San Fran or Denver, maybe Seattle and then get out and into their city with my bike and a backpack for a night or two.

Now with DART’s expansion out to DFW airport this dream of mine is becoming a reality.

The DART Orange Line expansion to DFW airport.

There is a public meeting covering this expansion on Dec 11, if you’re at all interested in this project please go out and chat with the people involved and let’s usher in a new era in multi-modal transport in Dallas!

Dallas is becoming more Bike Friendly! Can you believe it?

It seems like only yesterday that Dallas was labeled a bike UNfriendly city (it was last year, actually) now, just 12 months later, the Alliance for Biking and Walking says we’re the 8th friendliest city in America when it comes to miles of bike facilities per square mile.

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Great job, Dallas, let’s keep this ball – or bike? -rolling!

Lock That Thing Up!

Having your bike stolen is one of the worst things you can have to deal with. It’s an invasion of privacy and the loss of a faithful friend.

 

Read SWEETHOME’s review of the Kryptonite U Lock and Cable combo and in-depth study of the art of bike locking. (it’s pretty good, actually)

 

Also, check out this sneak peak into the Dutch ART Foundation who sets the lock security rating. I watched it, it’s worth the snarling.

 

But back to what lock to use. I have always loved the Mini U-Lock / 4 foot cable combo myself. Wear it over the shoulder and ride around the city knowing you can lock your bike to anything you’ll come across.

 

Citi Bike New York City: Urban Ride!

Bike share has become a hot topic over the last few years.  (read my post about Fort Worth’s) It is nice to be able to offer bikes to people on the street. And they’re like the carts you find in the airport; you can check them out in one location for a small fee then return them elsewhere.

 

Now watch the video below to see how one New Yorker goes out for the day on a Citi Bike