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Old 05-06-16, 04:02 PM   #301
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Not enough time. May sneak in 20 miles from the house before my wife wakes up though.
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The weather does look good. Team ride with SWCC. I'm the old guy on a red Sworks Roubaix.
I'll be the guy in the Syracuse Orange jersey and tall socks with my green cross check with a for sale sign on it.

I'm only doing 35 though so you'll probably be rolling way ahead of me
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Bike for Mike was awesome as always. I did the 35 mile route, and crushed it. I think my avg speed was around 17 for the whole ride - even on my heavy ass Cross-Check. Commuting to work daily on my heavy ass Trek has really helped.
For this ride its better to do a shorter route because you get back to the winery earlier, and you don't have to worry about the food and beer and wine being gone. So, it was an awesome time. Y'all should have come. I'd estimate there were maybe 300-400 riders.

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Start/End point.


Getting ready to roll out:



Some Fulshear cows



The best rest stop of all time outside the Sweet Tooth candy shop. I had an ice cream, tons of snacks, and enjoyed some rest:


and the beautiful countryside


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Looks fun. Its a great area to ride.
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I missed Mike's ride due to family emergency.
When is the next good riding around Houston?
I'm still out-of-shape...so nothing crazy difficult.
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Katy Flatland is very soon. I haven't registered yet though. Not sure yet.
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You can see rides coming up at the Texbiker.net event calendar. Bicycling Texas | Bicycling events, Texas | cycling events, Texas
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Katy Flatland is very soon. I haven't registered yet though. Not sure yet.
Dang. This makes me sad. Last year I did the metric century and felt pretty proud of myself. This year with Bear Creek Park and most of the George Bush Park trail closed for months, I have hardly ridden at all.

Always liked that event. Very well run. Oh well, Bear Creek looks almost ready to open. Time to get back on the bike. Good luck to all who do the KFC.
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a co-worker just told me that a buddy of his mentioned there was a big wreck at the Katy Flatland this past weekend - someone had to be life flighted out and everything. haven't seen anything about it anywhere. Anyone know anything about it?
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a co-worker just told me that a buddy of his mentioned there was a big wreck at the Katy Flatland this past weekend - someone had to be life flighted out and everything. haven't seen anything about it anywhere. Anyone know anything about it?
I don't know about a wreck, but an ambulance responded to the finish line around 3:00 or 4:00.
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Time to start registering for t-shirt rides leading up to the 150.
All the recommended rides can be found here: 2017 BP MS 150: Recommended Rides - National MS Society
Assuming you're not doing the Ready 2 Roll series....

Here's a list of the ones I'm most likely to attend. Would love company!
* = will 100% be there unless something terrible happens

Feb 4: Pedaling the Prairie
Mar 4: Raven's Ride
Mar 11: Pedal through the Pines
Mar 19: Tour de Houston*
Apr 2: Bluebonnet Express*
Apr 9: Gran Fondo
Apr 23: Tour de Braz
May 6: Bike for Mike*
July ??: Katy Flatland*
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Apr 2: Bluebonnet Express*
Apr 9: Gran Fondo
Apr 23: Tour de Braz
May 6: Bike for Mike*
July ??: Katy Flatland*
Hey sciguy, I'm new to the sport (6 months) and BlueBonnet Express will be my first organized ride. I'm excited, but a little nervous from not knowing anyone, nor how these rides typically go. In particular water and food stations, mechanical help, etc. Would it be possible to link up before the race?

Also, is there a thread that introduces newBs to rides? I like to be prepared for events, so I'm eager to soak up as much information as I can.
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Hey sciguy, I'm new to the sport (6 months) and BlueBonnet Express will be my first organized ride. I'm excited, but a little nervous from not knowing anyone, nor how these rides typically go. In particular water and food stations, mechanical help, etc. Would it be possible to link up before the race?

Also, is there a thread that introduces newBs to rides? I like to be prepared for events, so I'm eager to soak up as much information as I can.
Do you mean at the ride (not a race!) before it starts, or days beforehand? Because I can certainly meet up with you the morning of when we get there.

You really need not worry. I was nervous when I went to my first which was the Ravens Revenge ride all the way up in Conroe. I soon found out these rides are very well organized and a well oiled machine.
Bring two water bottles on your bike - you'll most likely never go through both before hitting a rest stop. At the first rest stop I usually empty one water bottle and fill it with Gatorade.
The stops are usually 10-12 miles apart sometimes more sometimes less depending on the ride and area.
I didn't know anyone on my first ride and I've ridden probably the majority of these t-shirt rides solo as well. It's still fun because you'll chat up riders you pass or meet at a rest stop. Or just relax and enjoy some you time. It's great either way.
Arrive early to get your packet and put on your numbers on and get some coffee or snacks before the start.
Then just suit up and wait to roll! There are lots and lots of riders so you'll usually be near someone. The routes are well marked and the map you get usually has a phone number of a SAG vehicle to call if you get lost.
If you get a flat or break down some other way just flag down a fellow rider or a ride marshal and they will help you fix it if you can't yourself. Or the SAG wagon will pick you up and take you to the next rest stop.
Don't stress - you'll leave all the worries behind after the first 2 miles. I did. Now I look forward to these every year!

The Bluebonnet in particular is a popular and well attended ride. It can be very very windy though. My first time I did the 50+ ride and I was only out there with a handful of people and it was absolutely brutal wind. But that's cycling in Texas!

Rest stops are fully stocked with drinks and energy snacks and bathrooms. Worry not. Bring your own food if you want too.

You'll have a great time.
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Anyone know where I can park my car safely near Downtown?

I parked at the skate park across the Bayou from Elenor Tinsy and rode to the CM ride.
Got back to my car around 11pm, and it was smashed and broken into by thugs. The park's parking lot is next to fancy million dollar apartment complex with Mercedes and BMWs, so I thought it was safe. There's even video camera survellance and a security guard on golf cart. But I doubt they'll find the thugs. They're probably master criminals.

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can you park in the discovery green underground garage? or the theater district? The only time I've ever driven down with bikes is for the Tour de Houston, and I've always parked in those 2 lots along Memorial just before you cross to the Bayou Center
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Anyone know where I can park my car safely near Downtown?
I don't know of any place that is safer than any other place. I've never had a car broken into downtown.

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I parked at the skate park across the Bayou from Elenor Tinsy and rode to the CM ride.
What's "the CM ride"?
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Critical Mass.
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I've heard mixed reviews about the atmosphere of those rides. I would like to do the Houston to Galveston ride some day though.
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I've heard mixed reviews about the atmosphere of those rides.
I didn't see any major confrontation with motorists. Didn't see any "militant subculture".
For me, it is fun social ride. I see families, kids. People waving, smiling.
There was an altercation last time, because a car smashed a bike up pretty bad, almost a real fisticuff.

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I'll be skipping the Tour de Houston this weekend unfortunately while my knee recovers. Hopefully after 2 weeks off I'll be in shape for the Bluebonnet. I'd be really pissed to have wasted money on both.
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I'll be skipping the Tour de Houston this weekend unfortunately while my knee recovers. Hopefully after 2 weeks off I'll be in shape for the Bluebonnet. I'd be really pissed to have wasted money on both.
Ow, that sucks.

I'm looking forward to Tour de Houston. It goes by my house this year.

I've never done Bluebonnet. It's in Waller County.
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Condition looking to be very very good for the Tour this year.

Super excited!
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I don't know of any place that is safer than any other place. I've never had a car broken into downtown.
My friend goes to DT everyweek to drink beer and party, for years, and never had broken into.

I go there a few times a year, and got broken into twice already.

Cannot believe on statistic

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Anyone know where I can park my car safely near Downtown?

I parked at the skate park across the Bayou from Elenor Tinsy and rode to the CM ride.
Got back to my car around 11pm, and it was smashed and broken into by thugs. The park's parking lot is next to fancy million dollar apartment complex with Mercedes and BMWs, so I thought it was safe. There's even video camera survellance and a security guard on golf cart. But I doubt they'll find the thugs. They're probably master criminals.
maybe they saw that you were part of critical mass and wanted to get back at you for making them sit at a light for 30 minutes and all the bikes ran red lights...
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Any pics or stories from the Tour de Houston today? I think y'all had an awesome day for it. Really bummed I had to miss it. Stupid knee!
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