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Old 11-16-10, 12:53 PM
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Austin bike rentals?

Hey all,

I will be visiting Austin this February for NAHBS and was looking for a road bike to rent - Anybody have a recommendation for a good shop to rent from? I'll use it primarily to get around town, and would prefer something faster than a beach cruiser or mountain bike, as I might decide to get some longer rides in.

Rental or not, what other interesting shops/bike stuff should I visit?

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I know of two places that I'm sure rent bikes here --

http://bicyclesportshop.com/
http://www.bartonspringsbikerental.com/

other bike shops may as well, but these places are what I'm sure of.

The BSS is a full bike shop that happens to rent bikes. If you want to rent a high end road bike, they've got it.

BSBR is not a bike shop -- they just rent bikes, though with as many as they have they must also repair their own bikes. They go more for cruisers, hybrids and electric bikes.

As for shops, Mellow Johnnies is pretty famous around here. (I don't know if they rent, however.)

As for bike things to do around here, you can learn what's going on at --

http://www.austincycling.org/ (roadies, spandex, etc.)
http://atxbs.com/ (midnight rides, social rides, critical mass, etc.)
http://www.austinridgeriders.com/ (mountain biking)
http://austinontwowheels.org/ (he sort of covers everything, but not in depth)

(I don't really know the MTB end of things, there may be better places to look.)

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Hey, that's perfect. Thanks!
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Mellow Johnny's rents bikes: http://www.mellowjohnnys.com/product...rvice/rentals/
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Just had a great experience with Mellow Johnny's today. I'm in town for a week, rented a Trek 2.1 from them for a day to do a metric. 10 miles in, the FD slips and won't shift. I had my tools, so adjusted and re-tightened the set-screw holding the cable...but didn't go nuts, as it's a rental. 10 miles later, it did it again. Gave it the beans, and no more problems. When I returned the bike, I mentioned the problem and they gave me a deep discount on the rental. A+++, would rent again!
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Good to know, thanks! I will definitely visit the shop just to see what's what, but it's nice to know they rent and have good service too.
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In August when I was in Austin, a visit to Johnny Mellow's is a must. Really cool items on display. They have a really diverse selection of bikes and clothes. Some bikes and items I had only seen in magazines ( I am from Houston, so it is not like we do not have high end bike stores ). When I was there the Team Radio Shack bikes from the Tour of California were still sitting in the back area.
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