Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

Features / Living

May 18, 2014

The cycling life

Bicycling is growing in popularity, and Johnson County rides rank high among cyclists

Johnson County —

Do you remember how it felt, when you were a kid, to ride your bike down the biggest, steepest hill in your neighborhood, with your hands tightly gripping the handlebars and the wind stinging your face? Do you remember the surge of excitement, the thrill of freedom that came with mounting that bicycle and setting off to explore the world around you?

Do you think that being grown up means you have to leave that behind? Well, you don’t —not at all. Since May is National Bike month — and since Johnson County boasts two well-known bike rides coming up over the next 69 days — this could be the perfect time to rediscover the thrills and the freedom of exploring the world on two wheels.

Dave Garrett, owner of Spokes bicycle shop in Burleson, said he sees more people every day being drawn to cycling. They come in to buy bikes by the pair, and even whole families are taking up cycling together.

“People can get so caught up in everyday stuff and they are finding out that biking is a great way to relax, to get some exercise and to spend time together,” Garrett said. 

Garrett opened his shop on July 1, 2009, offering everything a new cyclist needs to get started, and everything the more experienced cyclists need to stay on the road. In addition to a wide range of bike styles — road bikes to mountain bikes to hybrids — for cyclists of all ages, Spokes also sells all the accessories, from helmets to pedals to clothing and shoes.

Garrett said his business has grown as the public’s interest has grown. Now located at 140 N.W. John Jones Drive, Garrett will soon be moving to a new location in Burleson’s Old Town district, which Garrett called “a more bike friendly area.”

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