It's Time to Ride

Have you been considering ditching the car to start commuting to work in a more pleasant way? Do you like riding on the Hike and Bike Trail and want to start try out some more secluded trails? Are you wanting to gather the family up for a fun new tradition? Sometimes you just need one little push to make that daydream a reality. 

We created a few lists to help you get out and ride. Depending on the type of cycling you want to explore, you may need a few things customized for that experience. First, you'll need a bike and a helmet. Do you have a bike? No problem! You can always check a bike and helmet out from the Rentals Department.

Thinking about Mountain Biking?

Grab a bike and connect with nature as you learn to ride its many surfaces. Getting started on a mountain bike can seem scary or daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. For your first rides, be sure to choose the right trail for your ability, as taking on too much can turn you off the sport. Beginner-friendly Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park is a great place to start because it also offers harder trails you can build up to as you progress in your abilities. Join group rides and meet fellow riders who will happily give you pointers.

Where to Ride: 

Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
Slaughter Creek Preserve Trail
Reimers Ranch Park
Brushy Creek Regional Trail

Who to Ride With:

MTB Beginner to Intermediate Ride, Parmer Store
Austin Ridge Riders
Ride Like a Girl

Prepare For The Journey

Trek Marlin 7

The best, affordable way to explore our vast local trail system is to grab a solid 29" wheel hardtail like the Trek Marlin 7.

Rally MIPS

With MIPS technology, an adjustable visor, and deep coverage over the back of your head, this helmet is ready to get rowdy.

Serfas TSL-1200 Headlight

Want to have a blast ripping through the woods at night? You’ll need lumen output and battery power to keep your path lit.

CamelBak Lobo

Stay hydrated and keep your bike essentials at hand.

Thinking about a Family Outing?

Finding outdoor activities for the whole family can sometimes be tough. Biking is a fun and easy way to stay healthy and fit while teaching your child independence. It also offers alternative transportation to your favorite family activities whether it be cruising to the park, the museum, or taking the little one to school. Depending on your child’s age, we have trailers, child seats, and a wide-range of kids bikes in all sizes. This video and our staff can help narrow down your choices.

Where to Ride: 

Hike and Bike Trail
The Veloway
Southern Walnut Creek Trail
Brushy Creek Trail

Who to Ride With: 

Family Coffee Ride, Bee Cave Store
Take a Kid Mountain Biking

Prepare For The Journey

Trek MT 201

Expose your children to the fun and feel of cycling before they can manage long distances alone by attaching them to your bike with a Mountain Train.

Riprock 16 and Riprock 20

The new Riprock series of bikes have features specifically designed to maximize the excitement and simplicity of teaching and encouraging your kids to get out and ride.

Burley Bee

Keep your little ones safely stowed and towed in this trailer.

Nutcase Little Nutty

Let your kids express their creativity with fun helmets that feature an easy magnetic buckle for pinch-free on and off.

Camelbak Mini M.U.L.E.

Keep your kids happy when snacks and refreshments are always within easy reach.

CamelBack Eddy Kids Bottle

Your kids will love staying hydrated with the fun designs and easy bite straw of this insulated bottle.

Thinking about Commuting to Work?

Start your morning traffic-free and energized by commuting to work by bike while you help the environment! If you follow the rules of the road, are visible with hi-vis and/or lights, and ride predictably and defensively, commuting by bike can be as safe as commuting by car. Get started by exploring a route on the weekend to find a safe option and plan for how much time you’ll need in the morning.  A waterproof backpack or pannier bag will help haul the essentials to and from work. Be sure to arm your bike with a good U-lock.

Where to Ride:

Use the bike option in Google Maps and find the best route from home to work (but always make sure to pre-ride to check it out). Live far? Use Cap Metro to help bridge the gap.

Who to Ride With:

The whole city at Bike to Work Day on May 19! With coffee, snacks, and mechanical support stationed around high-commuting areas, it’s a great time to take your commute for a test ride. 

Prepare For The Journey

Fairdale Lookfar

Fairdale creates amazing riding bikes designed here in Austin with inspiration from the local cycling scene.

IZIP E3 Dash

The capabilities to ride longer & faster on e-bikes while still getting a great workout when you want it makes this bike an amazing value in its own right.

Bontrager Rear Trunk Bag

Once you arrive at your destination, this bag removes in seconds, making it easy to lock your bike up and take your goods with you.

Urban 350 Commuter Combo

Light your way and be seen by motorists with the high-value Urban 350 light combo.

Ultra 410 U-lock

The Abus Ultra 410’s shackle locks on both sides for extra security and easily mounts to your bike when not in use so you can always make sure your bike stays where you left it.

Specialized Echelon II

With many of the same comfort and ventilation features of it’s race-driven counterpart, the Echelon is a great value for commuters looking for a reliable lid.

Thinking about a new way to Workout?

Get into biking for a low-impact sport that will have you taking in the sights and sounds of Austin as you explore the city like never before. The Bicycle Sport Shop Club is a great resource to meet like-minded individuals and fitness partners that will keep you motivated. If you’re uncomfortable starting on the road, the Veloway and the Southern Walnut Creek Trail are amazing protected bike paths that will give you a workout. Set your sites on an upcoming triathlon, charity ride, or our Real Ale Ride ride to help you reach your goals.

Where to Ride:

Southern Walnut Creek Trail
Hike and Bike Trail
Shoal Creek
The Veloway

Who to Ride With:

Women's Ride Day
"True Beginners" Road Ride Research Store
All Levels Road Ride Parmer Store
Beginner Road Ride, Lamar Store

Prepare For The Journey

Specialized Sirrus

Specialized Sirrus and Vita bikes are perfectly designed to handle many experiences of cycling from a brisk fitness ride, a loaded commute, or a simple pleasure cruise on a beautiful bike path.

Specialized Women's Vita Sport Carbon

All of the functionality of a top selling fitness hybrid platform pushed to the extreme limit of performance within this category of cycling.

Mini-Wedgie Bag

Carry your essentials out of the way and safe from the elements with this seat bag.

CamelBak Podium Chill Bottle

Keep your cool with this easy to grab and squeeze bottle.

Bontrager Ion 800 RT

Grab this daylight visible front light to make sure you’re always visible to motorists no matter when you like to ride.

Bontrager Circuit Shorts

The Bontrager Circuit’s Dual density chamois provides support in just the right spots for a comfy ride, so you’re always ready for more.




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