“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.” ~John F. Kennedy

Here at BikeTown we couldn’t agree more. We love riding our bikes and want to help as many people as we can love riding their bikes, too.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Employee Pick

Every few weeks or so, we are going to put an employee pick on the blog. One of us will pick an item at BikeTown that we particularly like and let you know why it is a favorite.

Kelly's first employee pick is the CamelBak water bottle. CamelBak has taken its bite-valve system and put it on a water bottle. It fits in a water bottle cage and is also easily taken in the car, to the gym, around town, etc. It is also great for kids. It is big enough that mom or dad is not constantly refilling it, and the bite-valve helps keep it from spilling. Another big plus is that it is extremely tough (Kelly knows this because all of her young children use them) and dishwasher safe.

Stop by and check them out. They are one of those items that once you use them, you'll find that they are indispensable. They also come in lots of fun colors! They would make a fun stocking stuffer for someone.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Buck Creek Trails Time Trial #2 Moved to January 6

All right, y'all - the time trial is being moved to Sunday, January 6 at 2:00pm. As that date gets closer, check back on the blog for more details. Enjoy the Christmas season and get out on your bike and ride!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Time Trial Postponed

Well, folks - the weather sure is dreary! Enjoy some time curled up by a fire watching the Cowboys because the rain we got last night means the Buck Creek Trails Time Trial Stage 2 is postponed. The trail is wet and muddy and we sure don't want to make it a mess for all those who volunteer to maintain it. Right now, plan on coming out for Stage 2 next Sunday afternoon, December 16. The date is changed, but everything else stays the same. Hope to see everyone next week. Until then stay dry and warm!

Friday, December 7, 2007

Off-Road Time Trial This Sunday

Remember - this Sunday afternoon is the Buck Creek Trails Time Trial Stage 2! Come on out to the trails and join us in testing ourselves against the course. The time trial will start at 2:00 so be there a little early to register and warm up. Remember, there is no fee - it's free! Bring the kids again. After the time trial is over they will have their own race in and around the parking area. So, once again - please park outside the trail entrance.

It's Christmas season and several of the time trial organizers have commitments shortly after the event, so there will not be a cook-out this time around. However, there will be Gatorade and some holiday goodies for the taking.

Looking at the weather forecast, it seems that we have a chance of rain on Sunday. If it is raining, the time trial will be canceled. As we all know, riding on the trails when they are wet really messes them up and makes a lot of work for those who maintain the trails. If the weather is questionable, check the blog. We'll post an announcement on whether it's a go or not.

Have a great weekend and we're excited about seeing you at the trails on Sunday!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Buck Creek Trails Time Trial Stage 2



Sunday December 9, 2007
2:00 pm
At The Buck Creek Trails
*** NO ENTRY FEE!!!***


For more information, and trail selection for the time trial call 677.2453 or come by BikeTown at 1433 S. 1st in Abilene.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

All of us at BikeTown wish all of you a happy Thanksgiving. Spend some time counting blessings, eating some turkey, and then go for a ride on your bike!

Monday, November 19, 2007

For all you off-road riders who want a little more adventure, come on out to Buck Creek Trails on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm and be part of the weekly night ride. It's fun, it's exciting, and did we mention, it's in the dark? Of course, we don't want anyone getting hurt, so make sure you bring a light with you. If you don't have one, come on in to BikeTown and check out our selection of Nite Riders and TurboCats. They are light, bright, and easy to use.

Check out some pictures of the last night ride. These guys had a great time!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Buck Creek Trails Time Trial #2

We had so much fun at the Buck Creek Trails Time Trial we want to do it again! Plan on joining us out at the trails on December 9 at 2:00. Everyone will get another chance to see how they do against other riders out on the trail. We'll post more information about it as the time gets closer so make sure and check back here regularly.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Is It Really Turning Colder?

Brrr! The wind was nippy this morning when I went out to get a little exercise. Abilene is not exactly the Arctic Circle, but about 15 minutes after I left the house I was wishing I had worn my warmer gloves and taller socks. (My socks didn't quite stay in contact with my tights this morning so I had a very pink, cold band of skin just above my ankles by the time I got back home.) I enjoyed my time out this morning, but was a little chilled from the wind within just a few minutes. There's nothing quite like a little wind and cold to make you uncomfortable on your morning ride, run, walk, whatever it is you are doing. I think I'll check the wind-chill a little better tomorrow and choose my gear accordingly!

Despite this morning's chill, we have had amazing weather so far this fall. There have been plenty of chances to get in some good rides. However, it looks like the colder weather is finally heading our way. Don't let that stop you from going out for a spin! Come on in to BikeTown and see what we have in cold weather gear. Leg warmers, arm warmers, long-sleeve jerseys, tights, socks, gloves, balaclavas, you name it...we have it. Let us help you continue to enjoy riding your bike - even in the cold. Happy cycling!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Good Job!

Congratulations to all those who rode in the Habitat for Humanity ride up Steamboat last weekend. You supported a good cause and, hopefully, had a great ride in the beautiful weather. Some favorite cyclists of ours sent us some pictures of their experience so we thought we'd share.

Joni, Carey, and Patrice decided they would try to tame the beast at the ride up Steamboat Mountain. Great job, girls!

Along the way they got a little encouragement from Carey's husband. He had written their names on the pavement to help them get through those last few miles. What a great guy!

If there is anyone else out there that has some pictures of a great ride or event, send it our way and we'll see what we can do about getting it published. Make sure you tell us all about the picture: who, what, when, where, why, etc. Here's our email: biketownabilene@yahoo.com (There is also a link at the bottom of the blog.)
Enjoy the gorgeous weather while it lasts and happy cycling!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Bike Use and Care Workshop

For those of you who want to find out a little bit more about how to use and take care of your bicycle, this workshop is for you! It will be held at BikeTown on Saturday, November 3, from 9:00 -10:00 am. Coffee and a little breakfast snack will be provided. There is a small fee of $10 per participant to cover the cost of some items you will be using during the workshop. There are only a few spots left, so contact us soon by email or phone to get your name on the list. When we fill all the spots we will start a waiting list and let those people get first chance at the next workshop.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Buck Creek Time Trial Results

Thanks to everyone who came out and tried the trail at Buck Creek. It was a beautiful afternoon for a ride and we had quite a few people do their best to be the best at Buck Creek this year. Thanks to the Abilene Bicycling Club for providing all the yummy food for the event. We appreciate it! Thanks also to Greg Allen, Andrew Andress, Gary Fraser, and Donna Dorsett for organizing the event and getting the word out. It was a great time and I'm sure lots are looking forward to the next one. All right, now on to why you are really reading this. Here are the results:

1. Andrew - 26.46
2. Drew - 26.49
3. Greg - 27.13
4. Luke - 27.15
5. Gary - 27.23
6. JR - 27.57
7. Jim - 28.28
8. Steve - 29.29
9. Brandon - 30.44
10. Chris - 31.54
11. Martin - 32.43
12. Richard - 32.58
13. Nathan - 34.51
14. Bob - 36.08
15. David - 36.11
16. Sterling - 36.31
17. John - 40.10
18. Jason - 40.33
19. Hayden - 40.40
20. Matt - 40.57
21. Cheyne - 51.38
22. John* - 1.07.56

*Unicycle rider

After the time trial there was a Kids' Kup held in the parking area. All the kids who participated did great - good job guys! Can't wait to see all of y'all out on the trails!

Thanks also need to go out to Buzzy and Carolyn Andress for helping with the grills. Everything sure was delicious. Thanks to Thad Carey and Michelle Allen for timing all the riders. We couldn't have done it without you. A special thanks to Richard Valdez - you put in a ton of time maintaining the trails and for that we are very appreciative - it's one of the best places around to ride off-road.

For those of you who would like a copy of your start or finish picture, email us at biketownabilene@yahoo.com and we'll email you a copy.

Friday, October 26, 2007

More Info on Buck Creek Trails Time Trial

This Sunday, October 28th, make plans to be at Buck Creek Trails for an off-road time trial. Buck Creek Trails is located on East Lake Road just across the street from the water treatment plant. The trails are on the east side of the road. Plan on parking outside of the fence since the normal parking area will be in use for other activities during the time trial. Food and drinks will be provided free of charge. Bring the kids with you and load their bikes up, too. When the time trial is drawing to a close, a Kid's Kup will be held in the parking area. The time trial fun starts at 2:00 pm with the Kids Kup starting around 3:00 or 3:30, depending on how many riders are still out on the trail. (If mountain biking isn't your thing, bring your road bike and enjoy a spin out around Ft. Phantom Lake.) Come on out, enjoy riding the trails in the beautiful weather, and see if you can post the best time at Buck Creek this year. Hope to see ya there and remember - helmets are required.

Good luck to everyone riding or running in the Habitat for Humanity run/ride on Saturday!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Buck Creek Trails Time Trial

Abilene Bicycling Club & BikeTown


Sunday October 28, 2007

2:00 pm

At The Buck Creek Trails



For more information, and trail selection for the time trial call 677.2453 or come by Biketown at 1433 S. 1st in Abilene.

Check back on the blog for more detailed information later this week.

Friday, October 12, 2007

We love riding our bikes!

“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.” ~John F. Kennedy

Here at BikeTown we couldn’t agree more. We love riding our bikes and want to help as many people as we can love riding their bikes, too.

If you already love riding your bike, stop by our store and see what gear we have to make that love affair with your bike even better.

If you are frustrated with your ride, bring it in and let us help you fix it up. Our bike technicians have over 100 years of experience among them. We will make you happy with your bike and how it rides.

If your bike has been sitting in the garage for years and is calling for you to take it for a spin, ride it by us first so that we can make sure it is safe and ready to ride.

If you are just starting out with the whole bicycle thing, come talk to us. We love to help start people down the road of cycling enjoyment.

We really just love riding our bikes and want you to come along for the ride!