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Cycling in Houston(6 posts)

Cycling in Houstontitobandito
Nov 20, 2002 11:49 AM
I'm considering leaving the bicycle friendly confines of the Twin Cities and taking a job in Houston. What do fellow roadies and fat tire riders think of the scene down there? I'd appreciate any insight. Thanks. Or email me at muckrakerrick@yahoo.com!
Houston's Hot!DCP
Nov 20, 2002 1:38 PM
and humid too. You get used to it, and ride early.

Pretty flat unless you drive to the hill country - about 60 miles or so for some hills.

Really nice weather this time of year, although it can be windy. Can ride all year wihtout having to bundle up too much.

Several active groups for road. Depends mostly which part of town you live in, and how fast you you are, for which might be of most interest.

Riding in town difficult and dangerous. Several in town group rides during the season which are pretty good though.

Very active MTB trails at the big city park (Memorial Park) and other areas, although I am not too familiar with them.

I really like living here, except for traffic of course.
re: Cycling in HoustonGeoCyclist
Nov 20, 2002 3:05 PM
A few years ago I did a 4.5 month consulting job at a company in Houston. I brought a road bike and hooked up with the Houston Cycling club (HCC). This was one of several cycling clubs in the area. The HCC is a good club if you are located in West Houston, as the majority of their rides are on the West side of Houston or out toward San Antonio. The Woodlands Cycling club rides on the North side heading toward Dallas. The Houston Racing club rides all over. You have to remember Houston is FLAT and not very cycling friendly within the city, so the cycling is best in the outskirts or head to the hill country (1.5 to 2 hour drive). Anyway, The HCC is very active year around. Big advantage to Houston is the best riding is in the winter!!! There are some really nice bike shops located in Houston.

I didn't do any mountain bike riding while I was there - remember FLAT. But I heard there is some riding up toward the Austin area.
re: Cycling in HoustonInhighgear
Nov 20, 2002 6:13 PM
You don't have to go to the hill country to ride. Brookshire, Cat Spring etc are right outside the about 30 minutes NW. The real ride mecca is San Antonio and Austin both towns have great cycling rides and clubes.

I've never ridden in the city so I can't comment. In Southeast Houston it is flat so I travel to the other side of town (NW) occasionally to get a hilly ride in. Nothing like a big cup of coffee, AM radio, and a early morning drive in the dark with the bike in back on a Saturday to bring the glory back to your life.

And a What-A-Burger on the way home.
re: Cycling in HoustonInhighgear
Nov 20, 2002 6:13 PM
You don't have to go to the hill country to ride. Brookshire, Cat Spring etc are right outside the about 30 minutes NW. The real ride mecca is San Antonio and Austin both towns have great cycling rides and bike clubs.

I've never ridden in the city so I can't comment. In Southeast Houston it is flat so I travel to the other side of town (NW) occasionally to get a hilly ride in. Nothing like a big cup of coffee, AM radio, and a early morning drive in the dark with the bike in back on a Saturday to bring the glory back to your life.

And a What-A-Burger on the way home.
re: Cycling in Houstontitobandito
Nov 22, 2002 7:46 AM
Thanks to all who replied! I hear some cities down there actually tried to BAN BIKES on the road! Barbaric!