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Explore all that Austin has to offer in the best way possible--by bike! Whether you want to casually tour around town, get technical on the trails in one of Austin's parks, or go for a long ride out to Lockhart for some BBQ, we have the right ride to enhance the perfect day.
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Rental bikes are available at the Lamar and Guadalupe shops.
Our shop rides are perfect for both beginners that want a group ride to get in some miles and cyclists looking to hammer it out on the hills. Check out the options below and pick a ride (or three) that suits your skill level and availability and hop on! Bring a friend, ride with strangers…just ride!
Be sure to check out the Know Before You Go section at the bottom to answer some common questions regarding the rides like what to bring and where to find updates.
Tuesday Effort Ride, Research Store Every Other Week, Road, 6:00-8:00 PMMarch 12-October 29
Meet at the Research shop for a 16.5-mile route that will include climbing and crank up the pace to 16-17 mph. Re-grouping will be determined by the ride leader. This is definitely not for beginners and is a drop ride as there will be no sweep. Lights are mandatory.
Intermediate Ride, Research Store Weekly, Road, 6:00-7:30 PMMarch 13-October 30
The Beginner+/Intermediate- is aimed at those cyclists who are looking to improve their fitness, bike skills, pace, and endurance. Pace will average 13-15mph for an 18-20 mile route and will include some small hills/rollers. This ride is a no-drop and will have both a ride leader and sweep. Lights are mandatory.
"True Beginners" Road Ride, Research StoreWeekly, Road, 6:00-7:30 PM March 13-October 30
The "True Beginners" is a no-drop ride for those who are just starting or those who have been off the bike for a long time and are "starting over". This ride will follow the same route as the Beginner+ but will be 10-12miles in length with a pace averaging 9-11mph. Ride leadership will include a ride leader and sweep. Lights are mandatory.
Picnic in the Dark, Brushy CreekWeekly, MTB, 7:45-9:30 PMResumes Oct 9, 2019, Year-round
A fast-paced enduro-style ride of the gnarliest trails in North Austin with the Parmer crew. Meet at the Twin Lakes YMCA Trailhead (West of 183A). Suitable for Level 4 riders only, or racers looking to get in some training miles. There will be a few regroup spots after certain trailheads, but riders will be expected to keep pace and finish the sections before regrouping. 13 miles distance at about 10 mph. Lights are very mandatory! Call the shop for same-day weather updates, 512-637-6890.
Level 4: I am comfortable riding over vary and technical single-track terrain. I will ride, or attempt to, over small to medium rocks, roots, and logs and down small to medium drops (think 6-in to 1.5-foot lifts and/or drops or several small ones in a row). I want to increase my confidence riding down larger drops and jumps to improve my wheel lifts and skills for getting up ledges and technical climbs.
Intermediate Road Ride, Parmer StoreWeekly, Road, 9-11 AMYear-round
A 35- and 25-mile road ride divided into two groups. Meet up at 15 minutes before wheels down. The 35-mile route is for advanced intermediate riders and is a drop ride. The 25-mile ride is best suited for intermediate level riders and will be a no drop ride. The great part about this route is riders can turn back at any point along Parmer Lane. There are no stops along the route.
Scenic Saturday, Research StoreWeekly, Road, 9-12 AMMarch 17-November 3
A 20- to 25-mile road ride. Meet up at 7:45 AM, wheels down at 8 AM. The route is for social intermediate riders (think advanced-beginner or low-intermediate) at a 12-14mph pace with no drop. We will be riding slowly up Mount Bonnell and heading over to Scenic Drive. Road bikes are required, daytime lights are encouraged.
All Business Ride, Lamar StoreWeekly, Road, 7:30-10:30 AMYear-round
This ride is faster than our other rides and is meant to be a “go-to training ride.” The ride leaves at 7:30 AM, and riders should show up at 7:15 AM. We keep the pace high but de-emphasize surging; this is a training ride, not a road race. Average speed will be 18-20 mph. We leave the Lamar store and ride a route putting us at around 55-65 miles, to be back at the store around 11 AM. We may change the route last minute depending on conditions. It will be divided into an A/B ride. The A group will regroup at critical points, but it is absolutely a drop ride.
Feel like you’re getting faster but don’t know if you can keep up with the All Business Ride yet? Test the waters of the All Business ride and fall back into the B group if you feel yourself slipping. The route will be similar to the A group to encourage riders and let them see that the goal is attainable. The average speed of the B group is 15-17 mph for 40-45 miles. Keep riding and building your strength and eventually, you’ll be keeping pace with the A group! This is a "flexible no drop" ride, but we recommend having the ability to keep pace for the sake of the other riders.
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