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 Saturday rides are usually away from the city with distance options from around 30 miles to between 60 and 70 miles for the longer riders. We try to use routes in rural settings, smooth roads and low traffic levels. The rides are not supported, but normally have stores along the route that make convenient rest stops.
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 Challenge Rides are in-town rides, usually scheduled at least once a month. They are between 40 and 45 miles with a couple of rest stops along the way. The typical speed is between 14 and 16 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 – Ride to the Swinging Door for barbecue . Here’s how it works: Two groups start at 9:30 a.m. from two different starting points:
1. Fulshear Park and Ride
2. Swinging Door BBQ, Hwy 359 in Richmond, TX.
Group 1 rides from Swinging Door to Fulshear. Group 2 does a loop and comes back to Fulshear. The two groups converge at the Shell station in Fulshear and ride to the Swinging' Door together. Eat a light lunch at the Swinging Door BBQ . You can't beat their "fold-overs" for 4 bucks. They have a big table waiting for us each Wednesday. After a brief (optional) "digestion loop", the Fulshear starters ride back together; the Swinging Door starters finish.
Total distances range from as short as 30 miles to as much as 48 miles. Moderately fast pace.
Other HBC rides:
New Year’s Day Ride and Potluck - Each year, on January 1st, we have our New Year’s Day Ride in the morning, starting at the West University Community Center. This is a leader led ride, about 20 miles in length. Then we return for the potluck. The club provides the main course, and our members bring their favorite dishes to share with all of our HBC friends. We have prizes and share stories, brag about how many miles we rode the previous year and set new mileage goals for the new year. This is a great way to start the new year.
Annual Picnic Ride - Once a year in May, we have our Annual Picnic Ride. These rides 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.
Lake Houston Ride - Ride from Houston to dip your wheel in Lake Houston and then ride back. Depending on where we start, about 65 to 70 miles.