Thursday, May 11, 2017

Photos Of Houston Grand Criterium

Here are some photos from last Sunday's (May 7th 2017) Houston Grand Criterium.  Weather was great and the crowd was having fun!

Here is a short video of a race finish

A race finish

And some pictures:
Men's Pro Category 1 racers

Men's Pro Category 1 racers









Just past the finish line


Close finish

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Text When George Bush Park Flooded Needs Adjusting

I have previously written about one of my favorite bike commuting tools the USGS SMS Update when George Bush Park is flooded.   Unfortunately this tool no longer seems to be effective.  The Army Corps of Engineers is strengthening the dam and moving the current water gate and this looks to have effected the USGS sensors in the dam.  From September through November 2016 the USGS wasn't even providing text updates.  The service has resumed but the park was flooded this morning at just over 82'.  In the past the park was always passable up to 84'.  So I am thinking I may need to change my SMS alert to anytime the water level is above 80'.  I'll keep playing with it and please let me know what you are finding

Flooded George Bush Park
Hard to see in the dark but this is looking East towards Barker Cyrpress after passing the wood boardwalk.  The path is flooded


George Bush PArk Flooded at just over 82'

Monday, January 9, 2017

Houston Marathon Crash Race

This Sunday January 15th, 2017 is the Houston Marathon.  In the wee hours of the morning before the runners start a group of cyclist will race the course.  Here is a link to Facebook page for info and here is a link to the page to register.  Race starts 4 AM at Rusk St and St. Emanuel.  Riding in the dark through deserted, car free, Houston streets sounds like a blast.


Event Flyer


Video From Last Year's Race



Thursday, October 13, 2016

Houston's Energy Corridor Getting Dutch Inspired Intersections

Today the Energy Corridor Business District just announced that intersections at Highway 6, Eldridge, and Dairy Ashford along the I-10 frontage road will get new pedestrian and cycling friendly redesigns.  The article goes into detail but this video is a great explanation of the design coming soon to the Energy Corridor:

                                        Video explaining "Dutch Junctions"

Friday, September 16, 2016

HTX Bike Fest 9/17/16- Rain Or Shine!

Tomorrow is HTX Bike Fest.  Last years festival kept getting cancelled due to rain but the organizers are saying tomorrow's festival goes on rain or shine.  We made it our to the festival two years ago and had a good time.  This year there will be over 50 bike industry vendors, a swap meet, gold cup races, and plenty of bike ramps, and flatlanders doing their thing.




Monday, June 20, 2016

Photos: Houston Bicycle Museum

Some photos of the Houston Bicycle Museum.  They are located at 1313 Binz St, near the Houston Kids Museum.





Signed Eddie Merckx and Team 7-Eleven Caps

Tour De France room.









Penny Farthing
See the peg just above the rear wheel?  That is what the rider would use to step up to the seat


1940's or '50's Campagnolo quick release and derailleur


1985 Bianchi Centenario

1963 Cinelli

Brooks saddle with bar from seat rail to the top tube



Saturday, June 18, 2016

Pictures: George Bush Park Still Flooded

George Bush Park has been flooded since April 18th.  Today's June 18th email alert from the USGS has the Barker reservoir at 90.87 feet and it needs to get to 84' to be passable.  In the past when the park has flooded it seemed like the park lost about .50-.75" of water per day.  If that is true we are six to eight days from being able to ride through the park again.  If we get no more rain- please please please!

USGS Chart of elevation of reservoir water at Barker Reservoir

I decided to check out the park and see what it looked like after being under water for two months.  Below are the pictures of my ride.  I entered the park from the FFPS soccer fields on the West side of the park. I've never seen it this flooded and, unless a lot water is let out from the reservoir, I have a hard time seeing the path clear for weeks.  Again, everything is conditional on NO MORE RAIN!
Warning side as soon as you enter the multi-use trail from the bridge that leads to the FFPS soccer fields