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May be moving to Houston. How is Houston for cyclists?(6 posts)

May be moving to Houston. How is Houston for cyclists?Ambishawn
Jan 20, 2003 10:05 PM
Flat, hot & humid summers, good winter cycling! nmbsdc
Jan 21, 2003 12:55 AM
re: May be moving to Houston. How is Houston for cyclists?grandemamou
Jan 21, 2003 4:43 AM
I'll add lots of cars, lots of agressive drivers. I lived there in early 90's and remember riding as a challenge. I spent a few weeks there in late summer this year. It took nerves of steel to ride on some of the roads. I used "old routes" that used to be pretty good, but no more.I'm sure there are better routes. IMO not a cycling friendly city.

That said, there is a large and active cycling community. There is a pretty active race scene as well as lots of rec riders. The Katy Flatland is an excellent century. I still try to get in every year.
re: May be moving to Houston. How is Houston for cyclists?Inhighgear
Jan 21, 2003 5:36 AM
I hated the summers in Houston until I started cycling. Now I love being here. Cycle year round, no winter blues or trainers, last weekend (Jan 16) was a glorious 55 degrees, blue skies, bright sun.

There's two great cycling clubs, Northwest Cyclery in the Northwest, they have the best terrain, rolling hills, trees, many small community towns and a great deal of variety to chose from.

And Space City Cycling Club, in Clearlake (NASA) with more flat terrain. Many top notch and some state ranked riders. The terrain is flat, blow and go stuff. Awesome rides.

I ride with both groups to mix it up. And there's many training rides associated with the MS 150, the Piney Woods 100, Hott'r n Hell 100, Ride for the Roses, Bluebonnet Century, Space Race, Coastal Ride, Beauty and the Beast Ride, and many more.

Then there's always Austin and San Antonio (San Antonio Wheelmen) who have great clubs and great rides.
Good observations on the clubs/locationsTig
Jan 21, 2003 10:40 AM
You picked the best 2 areas/clubs to ride, from my experience, having ridden road here since '87. I live in Clear Lake, so I ride with the SCCC and/or Wolf Pack every week. Northwest has the best roads though.

Some new roads have improved riding here around the Bay Area, yet other old routes are no longer safe. I couldn't imagine living in Houston itself and trying to ride. I'd have to DRIVE to all the decent rides!

Although it isn't as nice as Austin, we have plenty of rural routes here that don't require driving to get to. Just ride from home and within a few miles, you're away from the city and in the country.

I rode MTB in Memorial Park (Ho Chi Mihn & Cambodia trails) yesterday since the weather was perfect in the low 70's. We pay for our mild winters with hot summers, but riding in that heat makes us strong!
Had some amazing T-storms/flash floods when we visited [nm]bent_spoke
Jan 21, 2003 6:30 AM