Houston Bicycle Club

The Houston Bicycle Club is a social cycling club with different rides every weekend for varying levels of riders. Established in 1964, we are the oldest continuously operating bicycle club in the Houston area. Many of the most popular routes in the area were originally designed by HBC members. 

Our weekend out-of-town rides are usually in 40 +/- mile range over rolling to hilly terrain requiring Intermediate level of intensity. These rides are oriented towards experienced riders who can keep up with the group or comfortable finding their own way with maps. Average speeds are in the 15-17 mph range. Check the TeamUp Calendar for upcoming rides and route details including start location and RWGPS route. Please come with a printed map or the route loaded in your phone or bike computer. Maps will not be available at the ride start. Cancellation notices due to inclement weather or if the ride starter needs to cancel will be posted in the Google Calendar.

Houston Sans Car Ride  - On the first Sunday of the month, between 20 and 25 miles, a leisurely leader led ride with a stop at one of Houston’s independent coffee shops at the midway point. The rides start at Stude Park in the Heights, one block from the corner of Studewood and White Oak. This is a great way to explore some of Houston’s most interesting neighborhoods  along with your friends in the Houston Bicycle Club.

Urban Exploration Rides are in-town rides, usually scheduled at least once a month. They are between 30 and 45 miles with one or two rest stops along the way. The typical speed is between 12 and 15 mph, but since these are leader led group rides, no one gets left behind. With the longer distances, we have much more range than the shorter rides, so we can explore even more of the city by bike.  You will probably see parts of the city that you haven’t ever seen by bike, or even by car.

Wednesday Morning Rides  These rides start from the strip center at the NW corner of FM 359 and Rogers Road weather permitting. Several of us usually ride, but new riders should be prepared for the off week when the regulars cannot ride. A moderately fast ~40-mile group starts at 8:00, and a more leisurely paced ~30-mile group starts at 9:00. Routes vary but include out and backs and loops. Some riding along FM 359 and FM 1489 is inevitable. Contact Mitch Winkler for more details.

Other HBC rides:

New Year’s Day Ride  -  Each year, on January 1st, we have our New Year’s Day Ride in the morning, then we get together for lunch provided by the club. The past couple of years, Cleburne Cafeteria on Bissonnet was our starting point and also where we had lunch.

Annual Picnic Ride - Once a year in May, we have our Annual Picnic Ride.  We start the day with a group ride in the morning, and later we get together for a picnic with food and drink provided by the club. Each year’s picnic ride is different, sometimes in town and sometimes away. But it is always fun to get together with everyone to celebrate our club’s anniversary.

Social Rides  -  Occasionally we have other special social rides, just for fun. We have made trips to the 1940 Air Terminal Museum, taken the Port of Houston Boat Tour, and ridden to the Chicken Soup Cookoff. These rides are also a good way to see things in Houston that you may not have known about before, while enjoying the company of your HBC friends.

Around the Loop Ride – About 55 to 60 miles, depending on which route we take. See the downtown skyline from every angle. We do this two or three times a year.

Rides Starters 2023

David Dick, Don Johnson, Mitch Winkler,Sam Nuckols. Brad Letney

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