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Cruisin in Austin

Discussion in 'BIKE TALK' started by JoeyMac, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. JoeyMac

    JoeyMac

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    I honestly can't get out on a bike as much as I used to, but I still try and I still have fun doing it.

    Here are some of the cruisin adventures I've had so far:

    When I first got here in July it was in the middle of a long streak of 100+ degree days, but I couldn't wait to cruise in the fresh Texas air. A friend from college was in town for the week and he suggested we rent bikes and cruise the lake trail near downtown.
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    rented a bike on my 3rd day in Austin by Joey Mac, on Flickr
    We rented bikes from Barton Springs Bike Rental
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    old friend Travis was in town by Joey Mac, on Flickr
    simple single speed cruisers
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    Downtown Austin by Joey Mac, on Flickr

    What I learned from this ride, is that Austin is way more hilly than I had expected, and also that I should pace myself when riding bikes in 103 degree weather, I suffered some mild heat exhaustion. Still worth the ride though.

    A couple weeks later I bought this from Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop (Lance Armstrong's shop)
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    my first ever BRAND NEW BIKE by Joey Mac, on Flickr

    as you can tell from the caption it's my first ever brand new bike, and I love it. Lightweight aluminum, plus 7 gears.
    I only wish that the gear clustering was more towards the low end instead of the high end, I only get it into 6 or 7 when going downhill and going uphill always wish that there was something between 1 and 2. I might swap out the gears sometime.
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    me on my brand new bike. by Joey Mac, on Flickr
    the first thing I did was go back and conquer the lake trail again. much easier with gears.

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    on a ped bridge by Joey Mac, on Flickr
    over the lake

    I did a bit of riding around town when I could
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    simple 7 by Joey Mac, on Flickr

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    cruising to zilker park by Joey Mac, on Flickr
    It was perfect for riding to the "Blues on the Green" free concert series at Zilker Park

    I joined a couple group rides here too.

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    at the top of the hill by Joey Mac, on Flickr
    This was on the midnight moonlight ride in September. I was the only cruiser that made it to the top of the first hill.

    they say everything's bigger in texas:
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    everything's bigger in texas by Joey Mac, on Flickr

    This one was a different ride a couple months ago:
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    thursday night social ride by Joey Mac, on Flickr

    this guy on the social ride had this party cruiser:
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    party cruiser by Joey Mac, on Flickr
    it had lasers on the front, a disco ball hanging in the back from the tall sissy bar, and some bangin stereo speakers.

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    the giant simple 7 and the capitol by Joey Mac, on Flickr

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    cruisin for coffee by Joey Mac, on Flickr

    I might customize this cruiser at some point, but it's fun riding a new stock bike for a change. I'll update y'all as I have more adventures here in this wonderful bikeable city!
     
  2. udallcustombikes

    udallcustombikes Moderator

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    I grew up in ATX and make it back down a couple times a year. I would love to bring the bikes down with us, but three kids and luggage usually fills the Sport-Ute. Might look into the rental situation next time we come down.
     
  3. nwt76

    nwt76

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    Greenville, TX
    That Gwar shirt just sets the tone.
    I wonder how many other members here know
    who Gwar is ? Never been to Austin, but live 50 miles
    from Dallas. I'm also a Texas transplant moved here from
    Spokane, WA for work. It sure is nice not shoveling snow
    to get out the door to go to work. :mrgreen:
     
  4. big AL

    big AL

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    I love Austin and spent my vacation there last fall. I have a Brotherinlaw who lives there and about a mile from Barton Springs. Came to see the A.C.L. and to ride around on one of my cruisers. Heres some pic's

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    Bike parking at the A.C.L.

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    The springs

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    A.C.L.

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  5. JoeyMac

    JoeyMac

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    awesome pics! that bike looks sweet, I bet even in Austin that still blew some minds. thanks for sharing.
     

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