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Old 03-04-09, 07:34 PM   #1
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Anyone out there who is looking for someone to ride along with for 20+ miles? i'm just getting back into cycling after a few months of inactivity. I would join a club, but I'm still settling in at the moment, and would like to find someone who enjoys a relatvely informal ride.
I live in the Heights area, and though I'm not opposed to meeting up with people from other areas, it would probably be easiest if they were up here on the NW side of downtown.

Other than that, I'd just like to say that I'm already missing it up there in the DFW/Denton area. The dry, temperate air, the wide-open countryside, as well as all the accessible-by-bike bars that dot the area.
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Old 03-07-09, 03:52 AM   #2
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I am not really into the bar scene, but I bet there are plenty of bars in the Heights with many bicycles locked up out front during business hours. Watch out for the increased police attention being given to the bars along Washington Avenue. If you want to cross Buffalo Bayou, Rudyard's at 2010 Waugh, and Catbirds in the 1400 block of Westheimer seem popular with those who get there by bicycle.

Others may have more info about the Heights area, and I will ask around. I am trying to get started up again riding myself, but if you have only been out of it for a few months, I will probably slow you down; I am not as young as I used to be, and it takes me a lot longer to build up miles. I also have some large dogs who need long walk-jog-walks, so that cuts into my cycling time.
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Old 03-12-09, 04:01 AM   #3
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I will recomend the taco ride at west end bikes a real laid back group 30 or so miles with a stop at a cheap mexican resturant in the middle for breakfast. They meet at 5427 Blossom on sunday 7:15a. If you want something real laid back there is the montrose bike gang that meets every tuesday night at midnight and rolls out around 12:30 at 1201 westheimer byob. As far as bike accescible bars you won't find any in true heights because it's dry. Between heights, downtown, midtown and montrose you should be able to find some type of bar/club that's bike accescible you like unless you are looking for topless that would be galleria area.
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Interesting, that the Heights is dry. I had heard of that before, but thought it was a thing of the past. Then, while passing through that area, I looked around a bit, and there are indeed no bars in the main part of the Heights.
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No Starbucks also, if I remember right they stopped one from opening.
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Old 03-14-09, 11:13 AM   #6
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Not all of the Heights "area" is dry, there's a coffee shop just around the block that sells beer and wine. Though I was surprised not to find any alcohol at the Krogers on 20th. I circled the aisles twice thinking that maybe I had missed the one with "adult beverages"
Thanks for the suggestions, my neighbor handed me a packet of routes here in the Houston region, and I'm thinking of just choosing a different one every Sunday morning. But I will definitely look into those bike shop rides. I just read earlier about Bike Marts, so maybe I'll hit that up tomorrow or next week.
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pm me your email address I will send you a pdf full of rides maps in the houston area
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Can't help you with the rides, but I can offer you advice about the bars! (I've ridden to all of these). Also keep in mind it's just Heights proper with the ban on alcohol - Woodland Heights, Norhill, and Sunset Heights are not dry.

Onion Creek on White Oak attracts tons of cyclists - from mountain bikes to fixed gears to serious road racers. Big deck, lots of places to park your bike. Also in that general vicinity are 6th street and Beer Island.

I've heard good things about Cedar Creek on 20th, but I haven't been there yet. Also heard that Big Star bar near there is very cool.

On Studewood and 7th - Antidote coffee shop has a heck of a happy hour and a nice outdoor seating area. Also lots of bikes there.

To the south in Montrose - Rudyards on Waugh and Welch is a haven for cylists. They are located on a street with a bike lane, have a bike rack, and also a nice fence that people lock up to as well.

Darkhorse Tavern on Washington. Also a bike lane (though lots of people park in it). Not many places to lock up (I use the street signs outside), but the bar is cool (it saved my sanity after Ike hit).

KC's tavern on TC Jester is near the White Oak bike path, and is a decent sports bar if you like that sort of thing.

I've lived in Woodland Heights for 3 years now, and I love it - it's one of the best neighborhoods in Houston. Once you explore a bit, you'll find the cool stuff. I can't help you with the weather, though - you'll have to get used to the humidity. Now is the best time of year, enjoy it!!!
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I checked out onion creek last night. that place is great!
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I second the recommendation for Onion Creek. Also - Blue Line Bike Lab is just down the street. Sometimes I'll leave my bike at Blue Line for a tune-up, then walk down to Onion Creek for lunch. By the time I'm finished with lunch the bike is ready.
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Old 04-28-09, 09:34 PM   #11
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heh, I actually live just around the corner from there, no need to ride a bike!
It took me a while to stumble on it, since I don't have many people to drink with here. But the food servings are generous, and they have a good selection of beer to boot.
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heh, I actually live just around the corner from there, no need to ride a bike!
It took me a while to stumble on it, since I don't have many people to drink with here. But the food servings are generous, and they have a good selection of beer to boot.
what do you mean you don't have many people to drink with? Did you just move here or something?
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Old 05-13-09, 08:21 PM   #13
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Yep, just moved here a few months ago.
In the past few weeks I've been meeting up with the group from iCycle and riding with them. It's usually a group of about 5-10 riders of mixed age (15-50) going roughly 15-30mph depending on the conditions.
I think they're having a social ride sometime in the next couple of weeks. They, we, plan on stopping at a few bars here and there.
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Old 05-26-09, 01:18 PM   #14
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I've been doing some rides along the bayous, mostly White Oak and Brays. I'd be up for an evening ride now and then. Wouldn't mind hearing about that social ride, too.
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Old 05-26-09, 08:20 PM   #15
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As for missing the country side you might wanna check out Spring/Tomball and farther north.
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