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Old 04-04-17, 06:56 AM   #1
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THP/George Bush rider question (Houston)

I'm currently riding with 700cx32 AW2 lite Hard case tires. For those of you familiar with these park paths (not dirt), would the wood planked bridges be too hard on a 700cx28 AW2 lite hard case tire? I always slow down a lot when I go over those bridges...especially that long bridge in George Bush Park. I'm wondering if the narrower tire would be too hard on the wheels over time going over the bridges.
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Old 04-04-17, 08:23 AM   #2
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I don't know, as I don't make it down that far into town, but @the sci guy might be able to help you.
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I used to ride them all the time with 700cx23 on my road bike. I never had any issues with them. You should be fine on 28s.
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You'll be fine. I rode the exact same tires (28s) on my Cross Check, and still do on my commuter. I ride over the bridges in THP and GBP and have never had issues. The long boardwalk in GBP is in good shape for the most part. It'll rattle ya but it won't hurt your tires.
I now ride over them on 25s now without issue.
Don't worry about it. Just watch for the big splintering pieces.
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Didn't want to start a new thread so I hope it's okay to tag onto this one, but I've not ridden down in this area. I'm usually riding out in Hockley and Magnolia. What's THP? Where are y'all parking to get to the trails? And, finally, how many miles are there to ride in the park?
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Didn't want to start a new thread so I hope it's okay to tag onto this one, but I've not ridden down in this area. I'm usually riding out in Hockley and Magnolia. What's THP? Where are y'all parking to get to the trails? And, finally, how many miles are there to ride in the park?
THP = Terry Hershey Park, GBP = George Bush Park
Parking can be had in a few places- lot on HWY 6 just south of Memorial Dr, in the lots on either side of Memorial Dr just west of Eldridge, in the lot under BWY 8 at the eastern end of THP, there's also a lot on the south side of GBP just past the gun range off Westheimer Pkwy.

You can do about 50 miles total round trip if you do all of THP, GBP, and Mason Creek Greenway.
I've outlined this before in this post: http://www.bikeforums.net/16787028-post74.html
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There is a lot of good on street riding out this way as well. Our usual Saturday route takes us from GBP to Cinco Ranch to Katy Mills and back to GBP - sometimes further. I've got a bunch of routes on my strava.

Feel free to browse through the Houston Area Rides thread as a lot of this stuff is discussed in there.
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THP = Terry Hershey Park, GBP = George Bush Park
Parking can be had in a few places- lot on HWY 6 just south of Memorial Dr, in the lots on either side of Memorial Dr just west of Eldridge, in the lot under BWY 8 at the eastern end of THP, there's also a lot on the south side of GBP just past the gun range off Westheimer Pkwy.

You can do about 50 miles total round trip if you do all of THP, GBP, and Mason Creek Greenway.
I've outlined this before in this post: http://www.bikeforums.net/16787028-post74.html
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There is a lot of good on street riding out this way as well. Our usual Saturday route takes us from GBP to Cinco Ranch to Katy Mills and back to GBP - sometimes further. I've got a bunch of routes on my strava.

Feel free to browse through the Houston Area Rides thread as a lot of this stuff is discussed in there.
Thanks. I've been keeping up, but didn't go very far back in it. I appreciate your help.
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I generally start in Terry Hershey Park at Memorial Mews Street off Memorial Dr. close to Eldridge. Ride out to George Bush Park where it stops at Fry Road. That's about 12.5 miles one way. Then I go back to where I park and ride out to Kirkwood (in Terry Hershey Park) and then back to where I park...about 32 miles total. Then I might ride back out to the Barker spillway at Hwy. 6, then back to Kirkwood and then back to where I park...about 42 miles total. Terry Hershey Park gets a little hillier the more east you go from Eldridge. A great ride...especially when there's not a lot of people. I plan ot take the day off tomorrow (Good Friday) and ride tomorrow morning before the wind picks up too much.
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I generally start in Terry Hershey Park at Memorial Mews Street off Memorial Dr. close to Eldridge. Ride out to George Bush Park where it stops at Fry Road. That's about 12.5 miles one way. Then I go back to where I park and ride out to Kirkwood (in Terry Hershey Park) and then back to where I park...about 32 miles total. Then I might ride back out to the Barker spillway at Hwy. 6, then back to Kirkwood and then back to where I park...about 42 miles total. Terry Hershey Park gets a little hillier the more east you go from Eldridge. A great ride...especially when there's not a lot of people. I plan ot take the day off tomorrow (Good Friday) and ride tomorrow morning before the wind picks up too much.
Thanks. I'm looking at going out there tomorrow morning, too, to check it out. I'm hoping to get about 40 miles in. It will be my longest ride to date, but I want to extend my mileage.
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Thanks. I'm looking at going out there tomorrow morning, too, to check it out. I'm hoping to get about 40 miles in. It will be my longest ride to date, but I want to extend my mileage.
I'm probably going to start out there tomorrow around 9:00am. If you like, you can call me and maybe we could meet up 832-754-6160. I'm not a fast rider so to speak. I average 13 to 14 mph. and will max out at 15 to 16 mph. depending on a tail wind or if I'm going downhill.
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Keep in mind that THP is under reconstruction between kirkwood and BWY8 so that section is closed.
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Keep in mind that THP is under reconstruction between kirkwood and BWY8 so that section is closed.
Yea, I go as far as Kirkwood and turn around. I'll take him in that area (Kirkwood) if he wants.
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In case anyone decides (like me yesterday) to park at the Addicks Park and Ride and start at the THP extension that crosses under I-10. Don't do it. Big sign at the entrance. Effective April 1 the trail is closed for dam construction until 2019.

Then I found that Park Row is now open all the way to Eldridge and beyond (via Dairy Ashford). Unfortunately it blocks the THP extension and there are solid Armco barriers on both sides of the road. Maybe they will elevate the trail over Park Row at some point. I ended up driving to the parking lot off the I-10 feeder and starting there.

Thanks Sci Guy for mentioning the Mason Creek bike trails. I rode out to Fry and then found the link up by the elementary school and did some exploring. Pretty cool trail with a lot of pedestrian bridges over Mason Creek. I ended up getting nearly 40 miles. It was fun day off. I haven't been that way in quite a while.
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I was there last weekend. At the parking lot you mention, you can go around the barriers. Where they have it blocked off as if you're heading towards George Bush, they made an asphalt path around the work area.
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In case anyone decides (like me yesterday) to park at the Addicks Park and Ride and start at the THP extension that crosses under I-10. Don't do it. Big sign at the entrance. Effective April 1 the trail is closed for dam construction until 2019.
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I rode Park Row the other night from the THP Extension down to the Park & Ride, and back. They did run a path underneath Park Row along Langham Creek going up to the spillway on the THP Extension. But they are doing mega construction at the spillway so until that's done the Extension path is essentially closed I believe. Which is too bad because it's a great mile long sprint path with little traffic. Oh well.

Re: Mason Creek - yeah it's getting pretty nice. They just finished the new bridge that is to the right as you pop out past the elementary school - and that leads up to a bunch of paved paths through neighborhoods - but those have heavy foot traffic.
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