A cycling experience for those who want to be surrounded by nature, quiet and beauty with no vehicles riding beside you. We will rent mountain bikes for you and deliver your bikes to the entrance of the trail where the TXBT pathfinder waits to lead you on a off-road experience through the park. The route on the trails are selected based on comfort & experience of the group. If the weather is hot, a quick dip in a cool pond could be available to enhance the experience.
At the end of the ride, TXBT transports you to a culinary experience at a private residence overlooking the Colorado River. There you will enjoy a gourmet feast designed around your preferences and may share the adventure again through conversation.
This tour is designed for riders who are curious about mountain biking and those who are very experienced and wish to share that experience with others not so experienced.
The route brings into our line of vision that which makes Austin special – openness and acceptance without judgment.
A brief look at downtown Austin and adjacent districts and neighborhoods in the west, north, east and south. This includes many Austin landmarks, entertainment districts, natural and man-made sites as well as The University of Texas. As you cycle, you experience the edge of the hill country and the flatness of the blackland prairie as Austin sits between these two regions of Texas. The sites are varied-historical and new, creative and unique, man-made entertainment and nature-created zen. We ride through a quiet neighborhood with opportunities to see and climb on a project dedicated to street art, to hear about and perhaps experience a dirt bike park, move past public art, ride over the Colorado River and cycle beside the river on the hike and bike trail to Zilker Park with Barton Springs pool. We may visit entertainment districts such as SoCo, Rainey Street, “Dirty 6th” and perhaps stopping for a break at Jo’s Coffee Shop, home of the well-known “I love you so much” mural.
Then we will move deeper into the South Austin area to delve further into the rich history and how it differs from North Austin. Old plantation lands have evolved into unique and unusual shops & places to eat. Peacocks roam free. There are historic/modern/eclectic homes. A view of the capitol as envisioned by an 1800’s entrepreneur. A Franciscan monastery also known as Castle Bouldin. Oh and there is the Herb Bar. Enough! So much to see.
For your culinary experience, we could stop at The Picnic – exceptional food truck park. In South Austin, we could partake of Amy’s Ice Cream or eat a piece of Home Slice pizza, try the newest Torchy’s Tacos location or…… there are many other choices such as taking time in the Rainey Street district to sample the food there north of the Colorado, aka Lady Bird Lake or known by us locals as Town Lake.
How much we see and ride is driven by the pace chosen by our guests.
We moved to Austin only a few months ago but never really had the chance to truly discover Austin. Being Dutch we love to ride bikes and figured it would be great to have a guide who could help us explore the city. Jacob was our guide and he did a great job! We loved biking through the city and felt completely safe at all times. Riding a bike is something we do every day in the Netherlands, so we felt comfortable biking while wearing flip-flops – I guess that was a first for Texas Bike Tours! We had a fantastic day and definitely recommend booking a tour, not only for visitors but also if you just moved to Austin. There is so much more to see when you’re riding a bike! Let them help you explore this amazing city!
I contacted Deaton and she replied immediately even though I contacted her only a week in advance . A group of 14 Cal fans were all going to Austin for the UT game. We wanted to see Austin like a local but also spend time outdoors. This tour was well thought out for our large group. Deaton took all the personal details ahead of time. When we met at the bike shop the bikes were ready with names assigned and helmets waiting. At the end of our 3 hour tour she had cool wet cloths waiting to refresh us. Jacob was a fun guide even when we quizzed him. Saw the capitol, the Campus, Bevo and some food trucks. Check out the website for photos of our gang. Thanks Deaton and Jacob great job.
Our bike tour was the best ever! My daughter and I traveled to Austin for the weekend for her business. We had several hours that I knew she would be free, so I found Texas Bike Tours online.
From the first contact with Deaton, I knew it would be great, because Deaton was so kind to me in her emails. She went above and beyond to make it an absolutely amazing experience for our first visit to Austin. By the time we arrived, I felt like she was my new friend. Jacob was our guide, and he was the best. He was funny and knew so much about the city. He took us to places/sights that we would have missed on our own. I would recommend Texas Bike Tours for everyone when you visit this city. I can’t say enough good things about Deaton and Jacob……wonderful people whom I will not forget!
Texas Bike Tours was incredible from start to finish. I wrote an email asking for some information, and I received a response from Deaton almost immediately, saying she was out on a tour at the moment, but would write to me as soon as she could. That was my first indication that Deaton and Texas Bike Tours was going to take great care of me. From then on out, she answered all of my questions, booked me a tour on her day off, and led our tour herself! The bikes she rented us were awesome, and the bike shop we got them from was incredible. Our entire tour was customized just for us, and every step of the way she offered us choices for where to go next. We saw parts of the city we would have never found on our own, and got awesome pictures every step of the way. I could go on and on and on about how much we loved Deaton and her company, but just take a glance at all the other reviews and you will see that EVERYONE says the same thing…Deaton and this company rule, and if you haven’t signed up for a tour yet, you should do so immediately. Thanks Deaton!!!!
Best thing I did in Texas! Deaton runs the show and she is amazing! Answered all my emails immediately, customized our tour from start to finish, and even booked us for a tour on a day the company was supposed to be closed! You can tell she loves what she does…it comes through in the experience! If you are thinking about doing this tour, think no longer: Book it!! Thanks Deaton, you rock!
This bike tour far exceeded my expectations. I am an avid mountain biker from the northeast and street riding just really isn’t my thing. Deaton went above and beyond with planning my tour. We saw a lot of neighborhoods, Barton springs, the mural wall, and did an 11-mile ride all over the city. All throughout, Deaton shared with me her wealth of knowledge and even included such interesting tid bits about the native American tribes that once ruled the area. However, my favorite part of the tour, besides Deaton’s infectious spirit, was when she took me to a local dirt jump track. I got to rip around some of the jump lines and it was a great experience. Deaton felt more like a friend afterwards than my guide. If you’re ever in Austin and want an unforgettable experience go for a bike tour with Texas bike tours. They can handle any ability level and will personally cater a tour to best suit you.
We spent our first morning in Austin with Deaton who gave us the perfect start for our three-day city visit. We spent the next two days visiting the sites, neighborhoods, restaurants and clubs that Deaton pointed out to us during her three-hour bike tour. She set us up with quality rental bikes and we especially enjoyed the customized extras including a homemade granola bar and an ice cold washcloth to conclude our tour.
My husband and I had such a great time biking through the beautiful trails and neighborhoods that Austin has to offer. Coming from a non-biking city, we were a bit nervous biking through the streets with the regular car traffic, but after the first hour with Catherine, we felt at ease. We even kept the bikes after the tour and did some exploring on our own. Catherine was very friendly and took some awesome pictures of us. Deaton was so accommodating and friendly. She thought of everything you would need for a great bike tour. We’ve been to Austin several times before but you don’t get this kind of experience unless you’re personally biking through the city. Love Austin and loved this tour!
We did a small company retreat and reached out to Texas Bike Tours for one of our excursions. We are in the hospitality business so it takes a lot to impress this group, but Deaton went above and beyond the call of duty!!! She put together a perfect, customizable tour for our group of 8. First off, ahead of time we chatted several times to get the perfect route together. Many times when you do a bike excursion in destinations, their bikes are crappy and someone either has a flat or a chain break or their brakes don’t work. Not here! Texas Bike Tours asked for all of our heights in advance and had the perfect, most updated bikes to ride for our adventure. Not only is Deaton just down right adorable, but she loves Austin and exudes a wonderful spirit about the history of her home town. We stopped along the way and little shady spots to hear the history and then she treated us with a homemade granola bar perfectly packaged with her logo. A great impression! We stopped and took pictures of all of the landmarks along the way and at the end of the tour were handed the most lovely rosemary scented cold washcloths to round out a perfect experience. As we are in the business, we know it’s all about the details and Deaton and her company hit this tour out of the park in our minds!
We highly recommend Deaton and her crew to make your bike excursion in Austin the very best. Thank you for being such a rock star girl!!!
This is an example of a cycling & culinary experience created as a gift from the company to a successful team: The tour begins at or near the company headquarters. From there, we travel west to experience the edge of the hill country and the flatness of the blackland prairie. We see and climb about on a gallery for street art, cycle in a dirt bike park, explore South Austin and have a private tour of an artist’s three-story chalet. Moving from city streets, we cycle the hike and bike trail around the lake to visit an entertainment district. The visual of this historic district is a focused opportunity to see how Austin has changed in the last 10+ years. The experience includes lunch at the premier food truck park to eat Austin-style.
Another example is an experience created for friends visiting to support their college football team as they try to win a football game in the UT football stadium. The experience for them included a UT student as a pathfinder who immersed them in stories of lore and history of Austin and UT.
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