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Feb 2014 01

DSC04787Picture courtesy of BellaCakesofAndrea

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 4 years since I started this project back in 2010.  It’s amazing to see the growth of the bike community.  You meet some pretty influential people that want to see the bike community grow and as for the bike community, it’s a big THANK YOU to you because you guys are the reason why Houston has really flourished in making the city a bike-friendly one.  Sure there are still tons of hurdles to break and ways to make the city more and more bike conscious but it takes time and it takes awareness.

If you have friends that don’t bike, try to get them on one.  If they don’t want to, at least try to show them why it’s important to give cyclists space on the road and it’s not really that hard to give them that space.  It’s still a person’s like on that piece of machinery.  People want bigger and faster but sometimes, even getting on the little piece of metal on two wheels can get you from point A to point B quicker than some of the traffic you have to sit through sometimes.  Take care of each other on the road.

There are tons of events that happen all around town now and they can be pretty easy to find thanks to social media.  Twitter groups, facebook groups, bike shop groups and just groups of friends riding around town.  PedalHouston is here to be able to keep you in touch with all those things where they can but it’s up to you to find that group that’s the perfect fit for you.  Thanks for sticking around and making PedalHouston useful and hope to keep providing great information for whomever needs it.

CHEERS!!

May 2013 01

Bone Thugs N Harmony once said in their youthful harmony to “Wake up, wake up, wake up, it’s the first of the month.” And in this case, it’s National Bike Month! What does that mean exactly?  It’s whatever you want it to mean.  Do you want to ride every day this month?  Do you want to start an organized ride to raise awareness or just for fun?  Create a bike pub crawl?  Ride the neighborhood with the family or even take it to a park.  Is it your first time trying to ride a bike?  Well there’s no time like the present.

The League of American Bicyclists put out a pretty handy pamphlet that includes a bunch of ideas to be active around the city: http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bikemonth/pdf/guide_redesign_2013.pdf

Remember that Memorial Day is around the corner and there will sure be lots of events going on around the city, not to mention the ever-so growing musical festival of FREE PRESS SUMMER FEST.  It might be wise to bike to the event as you can find parking and rally down to the festival so you don’t have to worry about expensive parking and sit in a traffic line that never goes anywhere.

Yes, Houston had their official “Bike to Work Day” last month but it doesn’t mean that you can still do one during the official national “Bike to Work Week” from May 13-17th.

Check out the calendar to see any local bike store (LBS), city or social riding events are going on.  The weather is starting to get warmer so bring plenty of water/fluids with you on your rides.  Stay hydrated and ride safe.  Helmets, lights, reflectors, fog horns, whatever you need to see and be seen.  Enjoy seeing the city from the bike.  It’s more awesome than you think.

We are celebrating bikes ALL month long!

BikeHouston Monthly Happy Hour- West Alabama Ice House- Wednesday, May 8th (6:00-8:00 p.m.)
Houston CycloFemme- Sunday, May 12th (8:30 a.m.)
Texas Medical Center Bike to Work Day- Wednesday, May 15th (11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.)
Ride of Silence- Wednesday, May 15th- (7:00 p.m.)
Energy Corridor Bike to Work Day- Thursday, May 16th (6:30-7:30 a.m.)

More events and information to follow!!

Jan 2013 07

Some people head to the gym.  Some people head to the park.  Some people head for the open road.  New year resolutions aren’t cliche, they are our free pass at a fresh start to do something positive with our life.  Riding your bike has a lot of those positives.  It can be social, it’s definitely fitness related and it’s also therapeutic for your mind as well.

In the past couple of years, there has been a great surge of cyclists in the Houston community.  Thank social media for the infectious spread of meetups and bike crawls.  Thank your local bike shops for their weekly ride initiatives.  Last but not least, thank your local cycling advocation groups and city affiliates for making a lot of the bike trails possible.  You can throw in food trucks, as well – thanks to their moving target, we wouldn’t have those random excursions on bikes to find where they are located for an exciting nosh.

Critical Mass rides – they get a bad rep but for a majority of the time, it’s a group of people who simply want to ride with their friends and have something different to do on a Friday night (every last Friday of the month).  It’s meant to be a message that cyclists are here and we aren’t going anywhere and we demand to be a part of the streets as well.  It’s all perspective and riding in a large group lets you be seen easier.  Practice safe riding (helmet, lights, ride defensively) and keep up with the group, otherwise pay attention to the signs and traffic lights.  Nothing makes you invincible out there so think smart.

There are plenty of things to do in the new year.  New social eateries always opening up, as well as bike-friendly establishments always looking to push a good social ride to stop by during or after their ride.  It’s amazing what things you see on bike that you wouldn’t usually pay attention to in your car.  A lot of people are intimidated to share the street with cars but you have to plan your ride out and ride safe routes.  Once you figure it all out, it’s smooth sailing and addicting.

Also helps to  look the part.  JK. Picture courtesy of teh interwebz.  Thanks Interwebz!

Sep 2012 08

Because you don’t have enough to follow in your own life, we’ve got you covered in every aspect of social media.  All of them with their own special purposes.

http://goo.gl/p13xY
Google+ – A loose laid back version of local news, events, random bike links.

http://app.strava.com/clubs/pedalhouston
Strava – Got the Strava app on your phone? Add your rides here.

https://foursquare.com/pedalhouston
Foursquare – Find great check-ins for riding.

http://facebook.com/pedalhouston
Facebook – The default social media connection in addition to Twitter.

http://twitter.com/pedalhouston
Twitter – Hi, I’m Twitter.  Read my tweetables.

Aug 2012 06

It never helps to cut costs and do things on your own, especially when you know it was “easier than you thought.”  Bar tape.  Change it up.

Courtesy of Bicycling.com’s Maintenance page.

Jun 2012 01

It never fails to watch this video and make your day. Never lose your excitement for life!

May 2012 15

For those that have been using the Contact page, make sure you add contact [at] pedalhouston [dot] com to your address book.  Not sure whether or not you guys have been receiving the replies.  Check your Spam mailboxes to see if we returned your e-mail.  Thanks again for the support and feel free to send e-mails regarding and questions, up-coming events you want seen on here or want to post anything specific on the website.

Thanks and keep riding!  Be safe!

Apr 2012 13

Titanium 1

Posted In Blog,General

Why isn’t this kid in the Tour de France?

Feb 2012 02

Have you taken a glance at the bike path feature on Google Maps yet?  It’s quite impressive to see how many bike paths there are around Houston especially around well populated areas, not to mention in the greater suburban areas around Houston.   It’s a lot easier to find bike friendly routes.  They also help indicate designated lanes and trails.  It’s greatly growing and people need to be aware of that.  Drivers need to realize that they have to take a defensive driving approach to cyclists and also cyclists have to take on the same approach as well.  Take a proactive approach to how you ride and be aware of your surroundings.

Dec 2011 05

Been meaning to post this video up.  It’s that simple.  Simple words to live by and just in time for the holidays.  Spread the joy this season.