While my husband was attending a soccer referee clinic in Austin, I decided to rent a bicycle at Bicycle Sport Shop.
The shop is located at 517 S. Lamar, in the heart of Austin. This store is a great place to begin your tour through the city on a bicycle. The streets have bicycle lanes which make it very nice when riding along side cars on busy roads.
If you are already a bicyclist you will be very satisfied with the assortment of brands and styles of bikes they have available for you to rent at Bicycle Sport Shop. Because I already owned a aluminum bike I knew I was considering upgrading to a carbon style, so I wanted to make sure the bike I rented was of the style and design I was considering for in my future purchase.
After speaking with the Bret, the young salesman in the store, about my plans he selected a bike he thought I would enjoy and had it adjusted for my height. Included in the bicycle rental is a helmet, pedals that work with your shoes, and a trails map. You can add a cycling computer and lock for an additional fee.
Bret suggested to ride out from the shop to Walnut Creek Bike Trail, which was approximately five miles one way.
So with helmet and bike gear in place I was heading out the door on a beautiful white carbon bike.
Leaving the shop, I headed down Lamar and turned right onto Barton Springs which is a very happening part of Austin. Lots of restaurants and retail shops are located in this area. As I reached the famous Congress Avenue Bridge, I decided to stop to take some pictures of this very scenic view of the city and Lady Bird Lake. I admire how Austin has been able to keep so much “greenery” in a city of many people and growing..
After the photo-op, I headed down the iconic 6th Street, which is especially so at night. I browsed a few of the stores, particularly those with funny names and catchy phrases in their windows. After few laughs and giggles I resumed my ride.
I crossed under Interstate 35 and discovered a new up and coming “yuppies” community offering beautiful apartments and condos. I was intrigued with how they’ve decorated old buildings with very beautiful and artfully fascinating graffiti. The builders have done a superb job of incorporating retail spaces on the street level of these buildings, too. Therefore you will come across coffee shops, restaurants and microbreweries.
The Walnut Creek Bike Trail was a great area to test out my bike as I could focus on the ride and not the cars! It is exclusively for bikes. No cars are allowed! There are distance marks throughout the trail so you know how far you’d biked. Most people are biking leisurely, enjoying the scenery and fresh air.
Bike riding for me is very relaxing as it allows me to cover a lot of territories as well as gives the freedom to stop and enjoy things that I typically can’t get to or see from my car. I had a blast taking pictures and exploring the unique parts of Austin. I encourage you to rent a bike and see parts of Austin you otherwise might never know.