Some of our best memories with our significant other has been spending time riding bikes together. I’m not talking about getting dressed in spandex and heading out for a 50 mile ride, although we like to do that too. I’m talking about checking out an outdoor concert, festival, or movie, packing food and drinks, and mapping out a route to get there. Here’s a few of our favorite local bike dates. Read More
Over the past 2 weeks, several people has stopped by the shop to let us know their bike was stolen. Our first reaction is always sympathy because we have also had a bike stolen. Kristie had her brand new carbon fiber road bike stolen off the back of her the day she picked it up from getting a tune up and new bar tape. She left it strapped to the back of her car with a cable lock around it while she went into a party at an apartment in Turtle Creek for less than an hour. What she thought was a nice upscale neighborhood wasn’t so safe after all. Read More
The first brewery in Dallas was established in 2011 when Deep Ellum Brewing Company opened it’s doors by not playing by the rules. Local zoning laws classified breweries in the same category as chemical, plastics, paint, and insecticide manufacturing. Dallas city code categorized brew masters as the toxic bad boys trying to cause trouble in Dallas. That soon changed when a few other craft breweries entered the scene and made the city of Dallas realize breweries were essential to the revitalization of neighborhoods and made the city money. Thank goodness it did because there are some fine brews coming out of Dallas and we would really miss them. Read More
Working in a bike shop, a question I get a lot is: “Is it safe to ride around the streets of Dallas?” As many of you already know, Dallas still has a ways to go before it’s really considered a bike friendly city. However, if there wasn’t any sense of safety, I sure wouldn’t see nearly as many cyclist out on the road as I do today. It’s no Copenhagen, where the majority of commuters are on bikes, but there are still many relatively safe ways to find your way around the city. The key to that is planning the right route. Read More
The bike scene in Dallas has been getting a lot of attention recently. There were 3 articles posted over the past couple weeks that we thought were great reads and reference tools for anyone who already rides bike in Dallas and for those that are thinking about riding bikes in Dallas. Read More
We discovered a few year’s ago that yoga is a great compliment to riding bikes. Not only does it strengthen your core and build stability to make you stronger on the bike, but it’s a great stress reliever. Join us on Sunday, January 10th at 11 am for the first in a series of weekly yoga classes in our new workout studio. Anne Marie Fayen, a certified yoga instructor and bike commuter will be leading an hour long all levels class designed specifically for athletes on Sundays at 11 am and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm, and Vanessa Strunk, a certified yoga instructor who specializes in trying to make you sweat, will be teaching at 9:15 am every Tuesday. No experience required for the all levels class. First classes is free. Regular classes are $10 or purchase an unlimited monthly pass for $40.
The holidays are my favorite time to shop. I shop for holiday presents for other people and end up getting myself some stuff too. Actually, most of it’s for me. To help with your holiday shopping, we made a gift guide with our favorite products we will be selling in the store. There is something for everyone even if you don’t ride a bike yet. Read More
We decided to take a different approach to our November Rider Profile after we received an email from Katie Fisher. We met Katie on Twitter of all places. We shared a couple of tweets about bike riding in Dallas, but had never met in person. She emailed us an essay about her experiences with bike commuting in Dallas. Her words were moving to the point of giving us chills. We could relate whole heartedly to the explanation of what keeps her riding her bike everyday. Katie was kind enough to let us tag along on her daily commute from North Dallas to Downtown that included a stop at Method Coffee, a jaunt through Exhall Park, and ride on the DART. Take a few minutes out of your day to read her essay. It might change your mind about how you see people who ride bikes as a mode of transportation.
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When you are in a car there is a barrier between you and the rest of the world that acts like a security blanket. You simply roll up your window if you don’t want to hear the outside noise. Riding a bicycle brings freedom and the enjoyment of being outdoors. It allows us to experience our community and wave and say hello to our neighbors and other pedestrians and cyclist. It also makes us vulnerable and exposed to yelling, honking, verbal assaults, and harassment. Read More
I have long been a proponent of the back pack. I love both of my cycling back packs for many, many reason, but mainly because they can carry a lot of stuff and are so well designed that the weight is distributed evenly on my back through my chest and hips allowing the bulk of the pack to not give me back pain. I used to take my back pack grocery shopping and could fit a basket size amount of food into a bag and ride home 4 miles. I loved the feeling of accomplishment that I could go grocery shopping on my bike and get it all home myself. Read More