Experience Something New This Holiday
Break out of 2020’s cycle of repetition by getting out of the house and doing something new on a bicycle. Try one of these ideas for a fun mountain, road, gravel, or family outing or use them as inspiration to jam some joy into this holiday season.
Choose your adventure
Adventure 1: Spend a Day at the Ranch (MTB)
Spend a day riding the trails of Milton Reimers Ranch, a nature preserve located near Hamilton Pool in Dripping Springs. The ranch has over 18 miles of mountain biking trails, with green, blue, and black diamond options and a fun new flow track. There is also top-notch rock climbing, white bass fishing in the Pedernales River, and hiking around the panoramic views of the Texas Hill Country for the non-MTB'ers in your pod.
“Reimers is a fantastic place to ride, it has multiple trails of all skill levels and you’re never that far from the parking lot. It has something for everyone!” -Stephanie M, BSS Customer and Club Captain
Prepare the Ranch Necessities
Adventure 2: Fly Down Spider Mountain (MTB)
Pack up the crew for an exhilarating day at Spider Mountain conveniently located just outside Austin on the banks of Lake Buchanan. It's Texas’s first and only mountain bike park with a chair lift, and the only year-round lift-served park in the US! After a lift ride to the top, choose from nine downhill trails ranging from beginner green to expert black and ride down the mountain. Make it a full weekend by camping (when it’s open again) or staying at Thunderbird Lodge down the road.
"Spider Mountain has taken my son and I from being very timid bike park riders to being comfortable when we visit new parks around the country. The different trail difficulties and styles at Spider help keep my skills sharp for local riding as well. And it being open all Winter is amazing.” -Steven M, BSS Customer
Prepare to Send It
Adventure 3: Tour the Countryside (Road)
Roll out of Austin and tour the countryside on 52 miles of scenic roads with almost 2k feet of climbing. Pick up essentials from the Lamar shop before heading to Lake Pflugerville. Take a moment to relax on the beach, or keep going until you hit Cele, home of the famous Cele Store. An 1891 saloon turned BBQ joint, you may recognize the Cele Store from movies like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Secondhand Lions, and A Perfect World. Next stop, Manor. Refill your water bottles and grab snacks before heading back to Austin. Most of this route is on country roads, with some miles on the Southern Walnut Creek Trail (featured in our family outing).
"This route is a perfect mix of seeing the city and the countryside. Once you ride out near Cele (which is the coolest old BBQ joint) the roads have little traffic and rolling hills." - John R, BSS Customer
Prepare for BBQ
Adventure 4: Take a Caffeine Cruise (Road)
Spend your day the Austin way, on a casual bike ride to see some uniquely ATX sights with a stop for beverages. This ride begins at Mueller, follows a low-traffic route through east Austin, and utilizes the shady and peaceful Boggy Creek Trail. The halfway point is at Flitch Coffee, a local shop housed in a remodeled 1952 Spartan trailer and surrounded by plenty of patio space. Be sure to say “Howdy” to Jake the coffee dog, often found lounging on the deck.
“I enjoy this route because it’s low traffic and I can get a quick ride and coffee in before work. Flitch is a favorite because it’s locally owned, the baristas are friendly, the coffee is delicious, and the ambience is chill and relaxing.” -Laura N, BSS Staff
Prepare to Take it Easy
Adventure 5: Pedal From Park to Farm (Gravel)
Experience part of the 30-mile route from our Holey Roller ride, consisting of mixed terrain roads, beginning and ending in Buescher State Park in Smithville, TX. This route has gravel, dirt, and paved surfaces that wind through piney woods and open farmland. Once back in the park, enjoy your after-ride meal with beautiful views of the lake from a shaded picnic table. You can visit for the day or set up camp and give yourself time to enjoy a hike under the tall trees, fish, or paddle the 30-acre lake.
“Buescher is a beautiful place where you can do it all! Spend a day hiking, biking, hanging on the lake; you can’t go wrong with this destination.” -Courtney O, BSS Customer
Prepare for the Grind
Adventure 6: Ride with Heart (Gravel)
Take a ride under the big Texas sky on gravel and county roads with very little traffic, endless expansive scenery, and no hills. This ride begins and ends in Schwertner. “A little town, a big heart,” Schwertner has a cafe, a post office, and a stop sign. Most of the route is on county roads, but when you are riding the gravel sections, it seems as though they have been groomed perfectly! You’ll still would want to leave the skinny tires at home for this one, though.
"Schwertner is a great place to get away for a day on the bike. With barely any elevation gain and very little traffic, the mix of light gravel and asphalt makes for easy gravel miles and a good introduction to gravel riding. It's just a good ride that is accessible to all skill levels.” -Jonathan J, BSS customer
Prepare for Texas Skies
Adventure 7: Take a Break at Brushy (Family/Chill)
Brushy Creek Park is truly a family-friendly escape. With splash pads, baseball diamonds, canoeing, and a variety of playgrounds, it’s a kid's paradise. It also has mountain bike trails for all levels and a hike and bike trail that leads you through 6.5-miles of beautiful scenery. You can ride the full 13 miles from one end to the other or pop in at one of the several access points along the trail and ride the distance of your choosing. Load up the bikes with a picnic, frisbee, kite, and other accessories of fun and see where the day takes you.
"Brushy Creek is so beautiful and diverse and has trails that my 4 year old can zoom through on his balance bike, my 6 year old can enjoy on her bike, and that challenge my husband and I all day long on our mountain bikes!” -Christy C, BSS Customer
Prepare the Family for Fun
Adventure 8: Wind Through Nature (Family/Chill)
Spend an afternoon moseying down miles of wide, paved trail without a car in sight. This route down the Southern Walnut Creek Trail departs from Govalle Park and winds along Austin’s east side through walls of trees and foliage. You’ll pass several parks along the way, and will likely catch a game of golf, rugby, or cricket during your ride. Ride as many miles as you desire, then return to the park for family games, a picnic at one of the shaded tables, or let the kids run around the open field.
"Whether I'm on skinny, gravel, or knobby tires, the Walnut Creek Trail is often included in my rides. It's a great place to get a workout, get from one part of town to another, get to a trail system, or just get "away" without going too far from home." -Rachael C, BSS Staff