As evidenced by its name, Rocket Electrics specializes in electric bikes, a vehicular curiosity that requires a flick of the wrist to get moving. Rentals travel about 20 miles on a single charge and can go as fast as 20mph. Rocket Electrics will also do tune-ups for traditional bikes and e-bikes, and offer a mobile bike-repair service that comes to you. They host public bike tours almost every day of the week, including a brunch tour, food tour and a tour of Lady Bird Lake. You can also book a private tour for a more curated ride.
As the Austin transportation debate rages on (and on and on), there’s a commuter population that’s happily in the know: cyclists. Those who prefer to pedal their way around town, becoming regulars at the best Austin bike shops and taking advantage of the city's outdoor activities, seem to have it all figured out—and who could blame them? Austin’s bike friendly nature, generally pleasant weather and bikeable streets make pedal-power an excellent way to tour the best things to do in the Texas capital, whether you're with kids or riding solo. If you're renting a ride, buying a new one or simply getting an old favorite fixed, Austin’s best bike shops abound.