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Old 08-31-15, 01:16 PM
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What's new around Houston? (or anywhere else is also welcome)

It's been quiet in here lately.

I started riding the Saturday Society Cycle Works Shop Rides in Sugarland. They have a real fun 30 miler in Sugarland.

I may try the 55 mile ride from Katy Bike Barn on Saturday.

I broke a brand new Parks Chain Tool, trying to replace the chain on my Specialized.

Ordered new wheels and 105 11 speed groupset for the Cannondale.

I think I've only ridden once in the last month.

What's up with you guys????????????????????????????????????
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Sorry to hear about the broken chain tool. You might be able to get a replacement. I think Park has a good warranty.
You should try the NWCC Saturday morning ride. Visit Texbiker.net and check out the event calendar for other rides.
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Thanks for the Texbiker.net reminder.

I didn't even think about warranties. I forget that there are still companies that stand behind their products. I hope I didn't get mad and throw that thing in the trash lol.
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Good luck out of the Katy Bike Barn if you go Saturday coz go you will. Pretty solid pace the whole way. You can always start at the Fulshear Shell about 7:30-8:00ish lots of riders going in all directions. All levels of experience everybody very friendly. Lots of options.
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Which wheels did you purchase?
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Haven't done much riding since May. A few random shorter rides every couple weeks. Haven't been commuting to work either since we moved and bought a house - though we will get back into it since we're actually in a better spot to ride to work through all of THP.
This of course is assuming we still have jobs after this week. Company has been doing huge layoffs again and again. Another round today & tomorrow. Oil industry downturn sucks ass.

Also it's been hot.

Haven't done anything with the bikes. Though I should be getting my old mid-90's Trek 820 from my parent's house soon - I had my dad ship it to me. Going to turn that into my commuter bike, make my current commuter a 'random ride around town' bike, and eventually going to put some fat tires on my cross-check.
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Old 09-03-15, 07:09 AM
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Originally Posted by HtownTREK View Post
Good luck out of the Katy Bike Barn if you go Saturday coz go you will. Pretty solid pace the whole way. You can always start at the Fulshear Shell about 7:30-8:00ish lots of riders going in all directions. All levels of experience everybody very friendly. Lots of options.
I am already starting to feel lazy enough not to go. I may wait until I have someone to go get dropped with me
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I have not ridden any later either. Moved from downtown out to the Porter area and have been spending my time putting the house and shop in order...hope to have time over the labor day weekend to get out on one of the bikes and explore the new surroundings a bit.
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Which wheels did you purchase?
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Which wheels did you purchase?
I went cheap. The hoops are Xinlin XR300 and the hubs are Novatec. Not the coolest looking wheels but I didn't want to spend $1,000 either. They should be plenty good enough for me.

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Company has been doing huge layoffs again and again. Another round today & tomorrow. Oil industry downturn sucks ass.
I hope it works out well for you!
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I ride the Sugar Cycles ride on Saturday and I see the Society group in Sienna on our way back in. Sugar is a very fast shop ride but a good group of guys (and a few gals).

There is usually a group of 6-8 of the guys that will leave SL memorial park at 8:00 on Sunday and ride to Fulshear and back. Usually a more relaxed pace although it all depends on the mood!

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It's been quiet in here lately.

I started riding the Saturday Society Cycle Works Shop Rides in Sugarland. They have a real fun 30 miler in Sugarland.

I may try the 55 mile ride from Katy Bike Barn on Saturday.

I broke a brand new Parks Chain Tool, trying to replace the chain on my Specialized.

Ordered new wheels and 105 11 speed groupset for the Cannondale.

I think I've only ridden once in the last month.

What's up with you guys????????????????????????????????????
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Old 09-09-15, 06:55 AM
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Originally Posted by plonz View Post
I ride the Sugar Cycles ride on Saturday and I see the Society group in Sienna on our way back in. Sugar is a very fast shop ride but a good group of guys (and a few gals).

There is usually a group of 6-8 of the guys that will leave SL memorial park at 8:00 on Sunday and ride to Fulshear and back. Usually a more relaxed pace although it all depends on the mood!

I like Sugar Cycles route a lot. I pretty much did their route, minus the 521 part, on Monday flying solo from Society. I rode with Sugar Cycles about a month after I bought my first bike about 6 years ago. It was 34* and I had not bought any cold weather gear. My toes froze in my running shoes and I am sure I looked out of place. One guy offered to loan me some gear but I didn't want to bother anyone plus I planned on getting dropped. I did. About 8 miles into it. lol. So I rode hard for about 2 months and tried again. 40 miles at 20.2 mph avg. My fastest ride to date. Never rode there again for some reason. I may try again in 2 weeks. Here was my ripoff of their route.

https://www.strava.com/activities/386905167
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Yep sounds like the Sugar Cycles ride! Great ride when you're in shape to hammer, not so much if you're working to get there. The "B" group has gotten bigger and more organized so you should give it another shot. The B group has also gotten pretty fast and they're averaging 20.x routinely. The A group has gotten ungodly fast and I don't even attempt it any longer.

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I like Sugar Cycles route a lot. So I rode hard for about 2 months and tried again. 40 miles at 20.2 mph avg. My fastest ride to date. Never rode there again for some reason. I may try again in 2 weeks.
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