Bike-Friendly Companies

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/16/bike-friendly-companies_n_3605514.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

So I would like to say that I helped put the Houston bike scene on the social map with PedalHouston.  It’s been a fun project to work with and I definitely need to get back on the ball with it just because I want to keep it relevant and current with the status of the growth in Houston.   Which in that area has been significantly growing faster than I had imagined thanks to the help of a city council that supports the idea of a cycling lifestyle city, especially inner city.

With that said, I’ve always had a fantasy of the Heights Bike trail turning into a flourishing trail business.  What I mean by that is I always imagined small cafes and eateries building alongside the trail promoting business by bike.  Take the trail and stop in for a morning coffee or an afternoon lunch during your ride.  It will become more busy bike traffic for people trying to get through there but it also promotes that lifestyle more.  It’s not necessarily a great business model from just getting cyclists but they can have e front end for walk-in customers and a back end facing the trail that gears the cyclists coming through.  I’d like to see and maybe it’ll catch on the longer these trails get around the city.  I think it’s cool that there are implanted city arteries of bike trails to get in and out onto main routes and that it connect to downtown and hopefully the UH campus.

There needs to be a coexistence between cyclists and motor vehicles.  I really believe that it helps the pedestrian levels increase that also helps with crime rates and safety of areas because it’s almost safety in numbers.  The more people walking around, the less likely to have creepers or whatnot.  It’s why places like NY or Austin that you can walk around town without feeling creeped out if you see a random person walking the streets and wonder what they’re up to.

Maybe I’m just blowing smoke but I feel like it should happen. I’m game for more businesses to focus towards the bike scene.  Also, when you see bike racks full, it DOES get people’s attention.  It makes them want to stop in and see what’s going on and why so many people rode in to that spot.

2013 FPSF Schedule

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STAGE 6
    Conflicts of Interest
  • Calvin Harris vs Postal Service:  Postal Service wins. You never know when you’ll see them again.
  • Of Monsters and Men vs Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: If you want to have Little Talks you go with OMAM or jump around with a buncha sweaty people, you Macklemore it up.
  • Passion Pit vs The Heat and the Heart: Passion Pit.

Nevermind, I guess I made my mind up.

Back on the saddle…

So I haven’t been on the old roadie saddle as much as I used to be mainly because of this unbearable “heat wave” that is basically the entire summer of 100+ degree weather in Austin and all over Texas, but I decided to today.  Hitting up the ~30 mile mark was nice but the last 7-8 miles just kicked my ass.  So 30 miles in rolling hills is not exactly the same as doing that in the flatlants of Houston.  It will definitely take some getting used to in the fact of knowing how to attack certain climbs and how to use the descents efficiently.  I hate when you feel like you’re not even moving much less pedaling.  It makes me think man, you’re better off walking.

I just think all things come into play.  Eating the right things.  Training your core properly.  Learning to be consistent.  My riding style is all over the place.  If you were to ask me where I’m best at, I would tell you that I have no idea.  It would be awesome to be a climber but I haven’t figured out my thresholds yet so I’ll usually “bonk out” and switch down to low gears.  Can I sprint?  Haha, I have no power.  I can get a good push off in the beginning but my finish is laughable.  On a descent, it’s just fun.  Hunker down and pretend you’re a flying squirrel.  Calculating how long you should pedal before cruising or if you should pick up the momentum again to ease up on the resistance up the hill again.  It’s all relative and just like any other sport, it’s a craft.  It’s what separates you from others, having that “it” factor to know what to do when.  You can just feel it.

So if you have a Garmin or an iPhone, get the Strava app and join the PedalHouston or PedalAustin club.  I understand that it limits you to 5 rides to upload a month on a free account but it’s a great way to share a favorite route of yours and share with others to try out if they do choose to do so.  Community, guys. Love the stats on attacking climbs and elevation change notes.  Not much use in Houston but elsewhere, it’s pretty cool.  Ridiculous seeing climbing ranges for the Leadville reaching around 8000 feet.  Killer.

  • Note to self: Buy gloves.  The same monster that lives in the dryer that steals socks apparently stole both pairs of my riding gloves.

Update: Whoa!!  New news from Strava

No More Ride Limit!
Free users can say goodbye to the monthly 5 ride upload limit — you can now upload your rides on Strava to your heart’s content. Keep riding and when you’re done, ride some more.  Analyze all your rides and monitor your progress and milestones.

Houston Critical Mass

Check out this vid.  You’ll need a Facebook account to see it actually but it’s cool that it will be presented at the Houston Critical Mass event tonight.

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Everyone needs to get a bike if they don’t have one.  Hoping to get a group going to hit up the one next month.  It’ll be warmer so hopefully more people are down.As for PedalHouston.com, it’s been great getting the feedback that I have been receiving but also just the general interest in it.  It’s good to know that there is an outlet available for Houston.  I know there are plenty of them out there but I am glad I can help to do what I can to help out.There are a lot of great things to look forward to on the website and hopefully we can see how much of a culture we can grow with this thing.  Until then, bundle up and get out there and ride.  I surely need to.

Houston Critical Mass

Check out this vid.  You’ll need a Facebook account to see it actually but it’s cool that it will be presented at the Houston Critical Mass event tonight.

Everyone needs to get a bike if they don’t have one.  Hoping to get a group going to hit up the one next month.  It’ll be warmer so hopefully more people are down.

As for PedalHouston.com, it’s been great getting the feedback that I have been receiving but also just the general interest in it.  It’s good to know that there is an outlet available for Houston.  I know there are plenty of them out there but I am glad I can help to do what I can to help out.

There are a lot of great things to look forward to on the website and hopefully we can see how much of a culture we can grow with this thing.  Until then, bundle up and get out there and ride.  I surely need to.