Alamo Bike Shop: One of a Select Number of Jamis Bike Dealers

For some people, biking is an occasional pastime.  For others, it’s a serious hobby.  And for a few of us, it’s an outright obsession.  The good people at Jamis (pronounced “jay-mus”) Bicycles fall into the latter category.  As they say on their official web site, “building the perfect bike is an impossible goal, but it’s the only one that’s worthwhile.”  Such single-minded devotion to cycling excellence makes us proud to be Jamis bike dealers.

Jamis History

The company began in Florida in 1979, with its debut of the Earth Cruiser.  An all-purpose bike with a revolutionary cantilever mechanism, it was instrumental in starting the whole beach-cruising movement.  These cycles are highly prized by their owners and hard as heck to find on the used market.

A year later, in 1980, Jamis released its Boss Cruiser, which featured a double-diamond frame with a Cheeks saddle.  In 1981 the Boss Explorer, a pioneer in the emerging mountain bike market, was greeted by an adoring public.  It was followed by a series of other triumphs in the early 1980s, including such legendary names as the Dakota, Roughneck, and Lightfoot.

Then, in 1985, history was made when Jamis released the Dakar, a full-featured racing bike.  The sensation it caused throughout the biking community was so great that the company still sells the Dakar to this day.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Jamis entered new sectors of the market, debuting their first road bikes.  The comfort models came with upright seating and 700cc tires.  The company introduced its first dedicated mountain bike, the Dragon, in 1993.  It featured a hand-polished, tubular frame with fillet welding, Utegra Hubs, XTR drive train, and Rock Shox front suspension.

Throughout its history, Jamis has been at the cutting edge of cycling technology. The Diablo featured a monocoque frame made from molded carbon in 1998.  Its Dragon and Eclipse models were the first American-made, mass-produced bicycles that included Reynolds 853 tubing.

All of this devotion to a single pursuit has earned the company widespread respect and admiration, as well as a number of awards.  In 1998, the Dakota was named Bicycling Magazine’s bike of the year.  Other Jamis models won the same award in 2000 and 2001.  Additional achievements include best felt bar road bike award in 2011 for the Coda Sport, 2009’s best recreational road bike award for the Ventura Elite, and 2008’s award for best enthusiast road bike, the Xenith Pro.

With offices in New Jersey, Florida, and California, today the company builds a diverse selection of bikes for every kind of rider.  Their line includes three different types of mountain bikes, as well as specialty models for road, street, cruising, children/teens, and women’s use.  Especially popular with the general public are the Hudson Easy and the Hudson Easy 3, outstanding general-purpose bikes renowned for their comfort and safety features.

As time goes on, Jamis continues to serve the bike community by designing and building cutting-edge cycles for every segment of the market.  It’s also proud to sponsor biking clubs, individuals, and multi-sport athletes.  Jamis is a first-class company in every respect, and our team here at Alamo Bike Shop is proud to represent them and their products to the people of South Texas as Jamis bike dealers.

Whether you’re in the market for a new bike, a top-quality pre-owned cycle, or information about our San Antonio bike tours and rentals, we invite you to give us a call or drop by to see us today.  We love meeting other cycling enthusiasts, and look forward to serving you in any way we can.  We wish you a safe and prosperous 2013!

7 Great San Antonio Bike Routes

We don’t want to sound immodest, but San Antonio is a cyclist’s paradise.  There are more great San Antonio bike routes than there are in some entire states!

While downtown is our home base (and one of our favorite places to ride!), it’s surely not the only place in San Antonio for cyclists. Here are a few other must-ride trails around town.  Some are best suited for mountain bikes, others for street or comfort cycles, but each offers a great combination of fun, challenge, and fantastic scenery.

  1. Located near Helotes, Government Canyon State Natural Area offers a variety of routes for both beginners and experienced cyclists.  The area known as the “front country” is relatively tame, very similar to the trails at nearby McAllister Park.  The section known as the “back country,” on the other hand, is perfect for those seeking mountain bike-level challenges; it’s rife with drop offs, hard switchbacks, and steep rises.  There’s a small fee for daily use of the area.
  2. Long known as the “cleanest little park in TX,” O.P. Schnabel Park has dramatic cliff overlooks and other sites that are ideal for bikers of all skill levels.  Trails range from paved, level routes to challenging loops well off the beaten path.  The areas around Leon Creek are especially well suited to mountain bikes.  You’ll also find a track specially designed for BMX riders, complete with jump sections.  Each trail is marked according to level of difficulty.
  3. Already well known in the San Antonio area, the Leon Creek Greenway was recently extended by the addition of 15 miles of new trails.  It connects with routes in or close to Bamberger, Cathedral, and O.P. Schnabel parks.  While this trail is paved, don’t think it’s easy; there are steep climbs and other advanced features.  Take plenty of water with you.
  4. Olmos Basin has come a long way from the days when it consisted of a few short walking trails.  The local cycling community has transformed it into a challenging but ultra-fun location for bikers, with trails that wind through deeply forested areas and sometimes offer a narrow passageway between trees.  While most of the area is flat, the terrain offers plenty of challenges for experienced riders.  Much of it follows local flood plains, but other sections are rocky and uneven, offering a taste of all-terrain biking without being too difficult for novice or intermediate-level cyclists.
  5. Short but full of San Antonio sights, the new 4.5-mile stretch of the Salado Creek North Greenway starts at Voelker Park.  It follows the twists and turns of the stream until the asphalt/concrete pavement disappears.  The riding surface turns into a stony, uneven path that’s filled with roots and large rocks to watch out for.  In other words, this is a perfect route for technical cyclists.  Be aware that this trail is open to walkers and pets as well, so watch out for both as you ride.
  6. About 30 minutes east of San Antonio is a folksy little town named New Berlin, though it’s commonly known as Britzkie Station.  In the center of this charming community is the Britzkie Station and Café, known far and wide for its pies and its delectable fried catfish platters.  But for cyclists, the main attraction in this rural area is the hundreds of miles of dirt roads that take you past some of the prettiest farmland in Texas.  Ulrich Road, a tree-lined, highly shaded route just out of town, is especially popular with bikers, photographers, and nature lovers.
  7. McAllister Park, an almost 1,000-acre park between Jones Maltsberger and Wetmore, was opened in 1968. It now offers ten miles of natural dirt trails for cyclists, as well as many paved paths, a dog park, picnic areas and pavilions. The 5.8-mile Blue Loop trail circles the perimeter of the park, and provides a nice variety of scenery, with some intense drops, climbs, and technical sections. Mud Creek Loop is another unpaved trail near the Optimist Pavilion, covering about 1.5 miles. Watch for other cyclists and pedestrians, as this park is very popular amongst walkers.

You can find out more about these routes by visiting Texas Trails. But before you set out on your latest biking adventure, make sure your cycle is in good shape first.  Bring it by Alamo Bike Shop and we’ll be happy to give it a thorough inspection, perform any needed maintenance or repairs, and suggest other great local trails.  Looking for routes in downtown San Antonio? Give us a call; we offer San Antonio bike tours in the beautiful downtown center. In the market for a new bicycle? We’ve got a great selection, no matter your preferences. Drop by and see us soon!

6 San Antonio Sights to Explore While Cycling

San Antonio is one of the premier vacation destinations in the United States, and with good reason.  There are few places where you’ll find such a rich combination of culture, history, and scenic beauty.  The mild climate means that virtually any time of year is perfect for a visit.  The city is especially popular among cyclists, since most of it is bike-friendly.  So here’s a look at some of the best downtown San Antonio sights that can be explored by cycle.

  1. The Riverwalk – The San Antonio river meanders through the heart of the city, and along its shady banks you’ll find cafes, restaurants, shops, bridges, bars, and miles of pathways perfect for bikers and walkers.  You’ll also enjoy wildflowers and park-like settings along its course.
  2. San Antonio Missions National Historic Park – This federally maintained site contains four of the five historic missions built by the Spanish in the 17th through 19th centuries.  An eight-mile biking and hiking trail takes you past each of these magnificent examples of traditional Spanish architecture.  Immerse yourself in the past as you explore the rich history of colonial Texas.
  3. La Villita – Spanish for “little village,” this is the oldest neighborhood in San Antonio.  It features galleries, shops, and restaurants that reflect a variety of cultural influences, including French, German, Mexican, and Spanish.
  4. King William Historic District – Settled by German immigrants in the 1800s, this is the oldest of Texas’ historic districts.  It offers plenty of opportunities for exploration, with tree-lined streets along the San Antonio River, funky little shops and galleries, mammoth homes, and an eclectic selection of restaurants.
  5. Pearl Brewery – This is the high spot of a three-mile loop that takes riders past the historic 1888 Pearl Brewery, which is now a cultural, educational, and dining center.  Visit the local shops and peruse goods ranging from wallets made of duct tape to near-priceless antiques from the Old World.  Enjoy a meal in one of the three restaurants, browse the mammoth displays of art, and then cycle back to downtown San Antonio for a refreshing beverage and a spot in the shade.
  6. The Alamo – We saved the most obvious for last.  For this ride, start at the site of Texas’ most famous battle and ride past many of the city’s attractions to HemisFair Park, home of the 750-foot-tall Tower of the Americas.  There you can chain your bike to the base and take the elevator to the top of the tower for a great meal and panoramic views of the surrounding city.

Come See Us When You’re In Town

Alamo Bike Shop provides a full range of biking services, including tune-ups, maintenance, and repair.  If you don’t have your bike with you, then we’ll be happy to let you use one of our rental cycles, tell you about other bike riding tours, and answer any questions you might have.  And, if you’re in the market for a great pre-owned bicycle, then browse our current selection.  We look forward to meeting you!