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December 7th Texas RBR Gathering Report(8 posts)

December 7th Texas RBR Gathering ReportTig
Dec 7, 2002 2:40 PM
Today, December 7th, a date what will live in infamy, 3 RBR regulars in Texas gathered for a ride in the Clear Lake area south of Houston. Dave Hickey, from Dallas, planned on being in the area for his son's hockey game and suggested a gathering. MXL02 and myself gladly showed up, not just for the cool RoadBikeReview T-shirt and cycling cap from our benevolent webmaster gregg (thanks gregg!), but to actually meet other cyclists from the RBR forums. If other RBR visitors are as nice as these 2 guys, this is a very special bunch indeed! Maybe one of them can provide the actual mileage since I don't use a computer on my fixte.

We set out for adventure at 8AM in chilly 40 degree air under sunny skies and mild winds. We worked our way through the Clear Lake 'burbs, past a few nasty petrochemical plants, and into a beautiful little waterfront town called Morgan's Point. We ran upon a pleasant rider (sorry, I forgot his name) who joined in for the ride. Dave and MXL02 were pleased with the scenic, smooth, winding roads through the trees. This is part of the local club's century route.
Dave Hickey on his cool LOOK singlespeedTig
Dec 7, 2002 2:46 PM
Here's Dave Hickey on his oh-so-cool LOOK Bernard Hinault single speed. MXL02's namesake bike can be seen hiding behind Dave. I found that shooting pictures while riding is a challenge, so I commend MB1 and his excellent photography.
Kemah BoardwalkTig
Dec 7, 2002 2:49 PM
Riding on, through the town of Seabrook, we crossed the big bridge to Kemah and got the blood really flowing. Our planned stop in the Disney-like Kemah Waterfront was a brief but welcome stretch of the legs. This is a great place to take the family with your choice of 7 or 8 excellent restaurants, rides, shops, and a hotel. There are plenty of antique stores in the nearby area. All it needs is a bike shop and we'd be set!
From left to right, MXL01, Dave Hickey, and Tig.
Kemah Boardwalk 2Tig
Dec 7, 2002 2:52 PM
One more Kodak moment with a few shrimp boats before we leave to ride through League City.

We rode a few miles with a wonderful tailwind on the smooth, wide shoulder of a new road. We spent plenty of time talking about the usual stuff, rides, bikes, and the fun characters in the RBR forums! Were your ears burning? :-) A few miles later, we returned to our starting point at Bay Area Schwinn to drool over the new frames from Merckx, Pinarello, the cool Bianchi Milano, and the sexy Dyno Kustom Kruiser Roadster (sorry, girl not included).
Nice Pics!...and nice LX23 on that 'Nago, MXL02gregg
Dec 9, 2002 8:24 AM
Wish I coulda been there....looks like the good weather is holding up for you guys, as it is here in the SF Bay Area.

Wish I'd known about it...hycobob
Dec 8, 2002 9:30 AM
I would have taken off work for an RBR ride. Why didn't you take them on the wonderful WeeMart ride? Of course if the SCCC went that way we'ld get a bad rep from the all-out hammerfest heading into Alvin. Did you add the San Jac Monument? I actually made the ride last Saturday then got stupid and forgot the Sidis on Sunday...can't win for losing.
Wish I'd known about it...Tig
Dec 8, 2002 1:27 PM
It was advertised at the top of the General board and a few threads were posted, but I guess you missed them. If I knew your email addy or saw you, I would have gladly told ya'. Sorry!

We skipped the monument to avoid the oh so wonderful endless petrochemical plants of Stinkadena. Maybe you can make it if there's another gathering around here.
Thanks to Tig and MXL02......Dave Hickey
Dec 9, 2002 6:18 AM
It was great riding with new friends. I'm really impressed with the Houston area cycling community.