Bike Barn Red Crank Monthly
September 2015 | VOLUME 9 | HOUSTON, TEXAS 

Rearview Radar - Keeps You Safe!

The all-new Garmin Varia rearview radar is a groundbreaking bicycle safety unit that uses radar to sense and warn of vehicles approaching from behind. This radar system is the first of its kind and features new technology that is convenient to use on any ride. The rear sensor/light unit brightens and flashes as vehicles get closer, and the bar/stem mount display shows relative distance up to 153 yards away. The Varia works independently with a separate head unit or will integrate with the Garmin Edge compatible computers.

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Join us for the movie premiere that follows a handful of cyclists and their compelling stories as they compete in the Trans Am Bike Race, a self-supported transcontinental race across the USA. A 4,233 mile journey with no support teams, it is truly a feat to marvel and a story that will inspire you. Come meet Billy Rice, a veteran of this race and Race the Divide, he is featured in the film and will be on hand to give deeper insight and behind the scene details.


Also, if you are in the College Station area on October 14th, there will also be a showing at the Grand Stafford Theater. Billy Rice will also be in attendance at this showing.



Say goodbye to the summer heat and kick off fall the right way by joining us for our annual Wine Ride on Sunday, October 25th. Enjoy a nice, scenic ride through Santa Fe and finish it off with a complimentary tasting of Texas wines offered at Haak Winery. We invite you to stick around afterwards for a post-ride lunch in the vineyards. There is no cost for the ride but you can pre-order lunches on Haak Winery's sign-up page (link included in RSVP page below). Distances will include both 30 and 60 mile routes and will include a rest stop.


RSVP here!



Join BikeHouston for the 43rd Annual Moonlight Ramble! This fun ride benefiting BikeHouston will be held on October 24th starting at 11:30pm, yep, at night. Registration is now open and starts at $35, sign up as a BikeHouston member today and get $10 off your registration! This ride is a perfect opportunity to test out your Halloween costume. Register now, have a blast and help make Houston a better, safer place for all people on bikes.


More information!


Take part in the Magical Museum Mystery Tour, a fundraiser and social ride benefiting the Houston Bicycle Museum. This fully-supported ride will feature distances of 28, 49, and 70 miles taking riders throughout Katy and Waller County. This ride kicks off at 7:30am on Saturday, September 19th and is sure to be a great time!


Register today!


This popular mountain bike race takes place in the beautiful piney woods of Huntsville State Park and will feature an updated loop with 8.4 miles of fast single-track and jeep roads. Saturday, October 3rd kicks off with the Bike Texas Kids Kup and First Time Racer Clinic. Sunday features the general category races where several payouts and prizes will be up for grabs. Registration is now open.



Join the Galveston Bay Foundation for a fully supported 2 day 180-mile bike ride on October 17th & 18th. This ride showcases the natural beauty of Galveston Bay and both days feature fun and scenic points-of-interest like Crystal Beach, a ride on the Bolivar Ferry, Kemah and even a climb over the Fred Hartman Bridge.


Join the Bike Barn team. Every team member will receive a t-shirt designed specifically for this ride. Plus, team members are invited to a private finish tent on Day 1 to have refreshments and share stories from the day.


Ride and Team Information


Daylight savings time is about to end...don't be caught out in the dark. Introducing Light & Motion's new rechargeable headlights and taillights. Their lights are certified to the ANSI FL-1 standard for light output, guaranteeing you will get the actual amount of light you are expecting. The new Urban headlight lineup, available in stores, features lumen outputs ranging from 350-800...enough for you to see the road and be seen by drivers. And their new Vis 180 Micro taillight that is fully rechargeable and delivers 180 degrees of protective visibility...definitely not your plain old "blinkie" light. Stop by to get yours today and make sure your next ride is a safe one!


Check them out!


A new unique Houston based Triathlon, the Triathlon Grand Prix at Motor Speedway Resort (MSR) Houston. This new format traithlon, taking place on Saturday, September 19th, will be held entirely within the confines of MSR Houston. A unique Swim-Bike-Run and Swim-Bike-Run! Participants will swim 250 yards, ride 5 miles on the race track, and run 1.5 miles on the kart track...then do it all again! Registration is open and spots are quickly running out. Don't miss out on the most fun you will have at a triathlon this year!



Thanks for a great race series, the 13 week Memorial Park Crit race series is finished and was a huge success. Congratulations to all our winners, check them out on the link below. And special recognition to BikeHouston, they were the recipient of a $5,000 donation from everyone that participated. BikeHouston is a nonprofit organization transforming bicycling in Houston by creating safer streets to improve the quality of life of all Houstonians.


Check it out!


Join BikeHouston!


There are many different handlebar sizes and shapes. Finding the right one for you can fine-tune your fit and provide additional comfort. The wrong size can affect your hand position, possibly causing hand numbness, shoulder and neck pain. For optimal control and efficiency, drop handlebars should be about the same width as your shoulders. To properly measure your ideal handlebar will need a friend with a tape measure. Have them stand behind you and measure from shoulder to shoulder along your back at the top of the shoulder. Most bars come 42, 44, 46cm, try and match your shoulder measurement as closely as possible to the bar. Have some questions, please call or email us, we would love to help.


Contact us!


In June this year, Houston lost a great friend and cyclist, Herb Feins. In tribute to him and to help others, there will be a blood drive at the West University store on Saturday, September 19th. Come by between 9am and 3pm that day and share the gift of life with others that might need it someday. The Houston cycling community is a generous and close community, please take the time to support this wonderful cause.

M-F 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12pm-5pm