Austin’s trails aren’t just for hikers; they are prime attractions for cyclists and joggers. Cyclists also can make liberal use of Austin’s many bike lanes on streets for both commuter purposes and fitness. To get you going on any of these paths, local businesses specializing in cycling and running offer novice athletes and seasoned pros ample choices for outfitting their favorite mode of travel.
Located in the historic warehouse district in downtown Austin, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop offers customers a hub for cycling life. The store sells bikes for racers and commuters, and fixed gear “fixies” for fitness. It also offers services by professionals to keep your bike tuned; parts and gears for speed, function, and style; apparel for performance and fashion; and rental bikes. Unique to Mellow Johnny’s is the store’s offerings of showers, lockers, and storage for downtown bike commuters. The shop also has loaner bicycles for people who bring in damaged bikes for repair and a coffee shop for waiting while a bike is repaired (or just for hanging out with fellow cycling enthusiasts or interested novices).
The Peddler is a well-known local Austin business located close to Hyde Park and Tarrytown homes, offering a full service shop that can handle anything from road to mountain bikes, BMX to commuter bikes, and everything in between. The store sells new bikes of all kinds, can provide a tune up for your current ride with a speedy turnaround time, and offers professional and friendly advice. Brands carried at The Peddler include Surly, Raleigh, Orbea, Look, Fairdale, Linus, Redline, Diamond Back, We the People, DK, and SE bikes. They also carry or can special order any part or accessory from companies like Brooks, Velo Orange, Nitto, Ortlieb, and many more. Customers seeking a new bike can receive a professional bike fitting to ensure the new ride is perfectly suited to their body’s unique measurements.
Austinbikes is a small, local cycle shop that offers in-store repairs and merchandise sales of carefully selected stock. They are the only licensed and certified Cyclesoles dealer in central Texas. (Weighing as little as 17g each, Cyclesoles is the only footbed system on the market that molds the foot in a correct cycling position, in perfect form and alignment, helping improve cycling performance while alleviating foot pain, knee pain, and hot spots). The store also offers professional bike fittings and is known for its friendly staff and quick service times.
Rogue Running, founded in Austin in 2004, offers a broad assortment of running shoes, apparel, nutrition, and accessories for running enthusiasts or those just starting out. The store also features a specialized running program, which trains over 3,000 runners per year, from beginners to marathoners to ultra-marathoners. The local business has two locations, one in Downtown Austin and another in Cedar Park (not far from the Avery Ranch neighborhoods), both focused on introducing elite level training concepts to the everyday runner or jogger. In 2009, Rogue created a non-profit with the mission to create an Olympic level competitive running team that inspires and cultivates the physical health, emotional well-being, and personal achievement of the youth of Austin.
RunTex’s mission is to engage Austin runners in being an endurance athlete as a way of life. This lifestyle can lead to many years of enjoyment and health. The staff at RunTex can train and outfit you, help you put on an event or find a coach, and help you find a running group to help stay motivated. Originally founded in 1988, the local chain now has three locations in Austin close to Barton Creek, Lake Austin, and Allandale. One of the most popular offerings at RunTex is ATX Training, a program that creates a comfortable environment for groups of people aiming to change their lives through weight loss and improved fitness.
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