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I just received a SHTC invitation to serve on the Governance Committee.

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
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HTXCX is this weekend at the Brock Park Golf Course. Want a real European style stair run up? We have you covered. This will be a weekend of cyclocross racing, not to be missed. ... See MoreSee Less

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A Helmet Saved My Life.

As some of you know, about a month ago, Janice and I️ were leading a recreational group ride on the CC. Although we had posted less than 48 hrs. notice, we were excited to have 15 people on the ride.

It was a fun ride overall but on our way back to the lot, I️ took a quick, misfortunate spill on the cement incline under Cypresswood bridge b/t Armadillo dash and the backside of NRidge.

After 15 years of safely hiking, MTBing, and horseback riding on this trail, my number was simply drawn.

The cement incline smashed my right shoulder open like an egg. My left ring finger broke also. I️ later realized that I️ also had a bleeding right ear and a fairly good sized knot in the hairline above my right eye.

Surgery included 11 screws and a plate and 3-6 month recovery.

My helmet didn’t crack on the outside but the foam is compressed 2-4 millimeters throughout right side, especially around my right forehead and temple area.

This Christmas, invest in a good fitting helmet for yourself and your loved ones. In 2018, commit to wearing it Every Ride, Every Time.

Thank you for reading my story and a helmet may save your life as well.

❤️🚵‍♀️👍
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Thursday GOOFing Around Ride

December 14, 2017, 6:45pm - December 14, 2017, 9:45pm

Ride with your WOBBC friends from iCycle down the bike path and through Oak Forest, Shepherd Park Plaza, and Garden Oaks neighborhoods to check out the Christmas Lights. Stop at The Petrol Station f...

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UPDATE ON 12/2/2017 GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING OF THE SHTC:

The turnout was fair for the meeting, but it was nice to see that cycling members were the largest group in attendance, by far. Some highlights:

* The Lone Star Hiking Cub, GHORBA and the petition of cycling members (74) and those present all went on the record in objection to the BOD selection of a motorized member (Steve Burke) as cycling director.

*. In conjunction with the Treasurers report, a question was asked by a cycling member about a pending reimbursement that has been approved for $2k+ to Ed Ponikvar. The President (David Todd) explained the nature of the expenses as necessary Coalition purchases (i.e. web hosting fees, and other administrative costs).

* President was asked about the Coalitions reimbursement policy and process and replied that there isn't one. Since the coalition has such limited funds, most people donate their expenditures and don't expect reimbursement. It was noted that members who are planning work should have a clear picture of what can be purchased and eligible for reimbursement and, if anything, the path of not

*John Blum requested a governance committee be created with multiple representatives from each discipline (Cyclists, Hikers, Equestrians, Motorized) to review the bylaws and processes of the SHTC. The President conducted a vote of members present, which was affirmative and volunteers were requested. Lisa Gibson volunteered to lead the committee and there were no other volunteers. The President agreed to send an email to all members asking for volunteers - so please consider if you have interest please send an email to BOD at samhoustontrails.com. (and cc vp@ghorba.org)

*STATUS of the MOU – this is the agreement allowing the SHTC to take over responsibility for all recreational trails in the forest – this is on hold at the moment. Not sure why.

*STATUS of the new Equestrian trail: Linda Secrist is now project manager and she gave a bleak report on the outlook: The grant contract ends in June 2018, with no further chance of extension. They have to build the trail (including 2 bridges) before then, spending $325k dollars – but they have no matching funds and still await a “Charge Service” agreement with the Forest Service before they can start work. It appears they currently have no chance of building this trail. They are trying to partner with another group – the Wild Turkey Foundation (something like that) who do have the necessary agreements in place, but this sounds like a long shot.

* The newly appointed Cycling Director, Steve Burke, presented some status information about Double Lake and Huntsville C57 trails, supplemented by John Blum and Jon Power. He said that he would be inquiring about the signage standards and the items that need to be addressed in order to open the trails. He mentioned that there will be grants requested by the Coalition on the behalf of the cycling trails. This, despite the fact that any grant application submitted by the Coalition will not likely be approved. Steve was proactive in approaching and talking to cycling members before the meeting, and we had a chance to get to know him. He is a good guy and he did confirm our worst fears about his appointment: The SHTC board have been talking to him for months about him becoming the cycling director, and he was unaware of how cyclists were offered 2 days to volunteer for the position. He seemed unaware of any of the politics and appalling treatment of cyclists by the coalition board. We stressed that our criticism of his appointment were not personal and directed at the board and not him.

*The District Ranger usually attends to make a report on FS activity, but he was conspicuously absent. Jason Morton was there at the start, and he mentioned that Warren was in his office that morning, but he still did not attend the meeting.

Overall, the state of the SHTC is pretty bad. Perhaps there is finally opportunity for all groups to recognize this and take action to reform it. We are working on a number of options and will keep you posted.
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anyone wanting to upgrade?

got this Marin bike 29er with a fox float 32 air shock, avid hydro brakes, continental x king tires, raceface wide handle bars 1x10 set up with raceface 32t front

Mediume 16-17" frame

Let me know if with questions..... thanks!
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I'll be heading to Huntsville State Park this Tuesday. Most of the trails in the park are still closed. Does anyone know if the trails right outside the park open? ... See MoreSee Less

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Paydirt in the snow! ... See MoreSee Less

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Last call: work party at Double Lake this weekend sponsored by GHORBA, Tailwind Bicycles and Back Pew Brewing. Tailwind will give volunteers 15% off accessories and 5% off bikes or framesets. And Back Pew has provided post work refreshment. Free camping is available too. And GHORBA has donated some other goodies to give away or raffle off. ... See MoreSee Less

Shred, Shovels & Smores

December 8, 2017, 8:00pm - December 10, 2017, 4:00pm

Free camping! Come join trail gnomes for a weekend of trail work, riding, and good times around a camp fire. Trail work will commence Saturday morning. Tailwind Bicycles in Kingwood is giving workers ...

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For those of us who couldn't make the SHTC meeting what happened? ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you for letting me be a member. I am from Birmingham, AL and will be in the Houston area on Tuesday, December 12th. I will be landing at Houston Hobby around 8:00 AM and plan to rent a bike and ride til early afternoon until my meetings start. My questions are:

* Where do you recommend renting a mountain bike?
* I am thinking of riding the Lake Houston Loop.

I ride all singletrack here in B'ham so do you think the Lake Houston Loop would be fun or do you recommend others? Location is not an issue, hopefully something less than 90 mins away.

I appreciate your help.
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Bargains on jerseys, shorts, bibs, and more cool stuff. Take advantage an help at the same time. ... See MoreSee Less

Bargains on Cycling Apparel

December 16, 2017, 10:00am - December 16, 2017, 3:00pm

Handlebar Bicycle Club was fortunate to receive the donation of a large quantity of unused cycling & triathlon clothing from manufacturers and vendors in the Denver area. We will be selling this gear ...

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Once again, WTB - large size hard-tail MTB. Budget <$1k. This is for a co-worker - nice young fellow lives near C-wood, but limited budget (young family, etc). Age, model, wheel size not so important - just needs to be serviceable and reliable to get him out on the trail. ... See MoreSee Less

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Is the Justin Brindley trail the one near Sugarland? ... See MoreSee Less

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John Blum shared his post to the group: GHORBA. ... See MoreSee Less

Shred, Shovels & Smores

December 8, 2017, 8:00pm - December 10, 2017, 4:00pm

Free camping! Come join trail gnomes for a weekend of trail work, riding, and good times around a camp fire. Trail work will commence Saturday morning. Tailwind Bicycles in Kingwood is giving workers ...

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I need help, does anybody knows a shop or a place that I can get a rear shock with the brain on my 2013 specialized epic marathon? Also need one for a 2006 epic comp with brain too. Thanks in advance. ... See MoreSee Less

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Brindley Trail in Sugar Land - Just wondering if Brindley is currently a GHORBA trail. I don't think its on the website anymore, It got whacked by Harvey pretty good, More fell into the Brazos but its finally back open. Rerouting the entrance now, and Greg A Gorsha is shaping the trail back to what I call "How Wheel Status" aka FAST. ... See MoreSee Less

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Team Fresh out of Tyler recaps their 2017 Bike Barn Classic experience. Thank you Andy, Willow, and Jessie. Glad you enjoyed the event and see you next year ... See MoreSee Less

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This Saturday, December 2nd, jack Brooks park will be closed from daylight until noon for a kids run benefiting 4h in Galveston county. The sheriff will sweep the park at 0700 and all streets into it will be closed. Sleep in then ride in the afternoon. ... See MoreSee Less

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