It's been a long time since I rode my Mongoose bicycle around town. I was king of the road thanks to the pegs it had on it. I could do all kinds of sick tricks. Now that I'm older, it would be nice to have something a little more...grownup.

Can you get handmade, custom bicycles in Texas? Not just yeah, but heck yeah, you can.

Texas Has A Lot Of Places That Build Custom Bicycles

It's a ridiculous, the number of shops. There's a ton.

It doesn't matter if you're looking for a mountain bike, something to ride around town, something you can race on...Texas has it all. Best part is, it's all custom made.

I read an interesting quote about custom bicycles. The quote compared them to suits. Sure you can get a decent one off the rack, but one made just for you gets noticed across the room. I never thought about the difference in buying a bicycle made to fit me specifically.

Yes, A Lot Of Them Exist In Places Like Austin or Dallas

For instance, there's Tomii Cycles in Austin. Daltex is, well, a product of Dallas as you might have deduced.

There's also places like True Fabrication in Austin. Don't forget about Crumpton.

Custom Bicycles Are A Very Involved Endeavour

The websites are impressive. The detailed descriptions about the process, the craft, and how these bikes all come together is mind blowing.

There are plenty of photo galleries that show the process of a bike frame being built, that fits specifically what the rider is going to need. I imagine it has to be a very comfortable ride.

Be aware though, a custom bicycle is going to set you back. I've seen prices range from $750 to over $3,000 and beyond.

Things You See On US-287 From Colorado To Texas

It can be a boring drive, but there are some interesting things along the way.

Russell's Travel Center

Russell's Travel Center is a hidden gem on I-40 W just past the Texas/New Mexico State Line.

Exit 369

This travel center has a classic car museum inside as well as a quaint little chapel.

Hungry? It also has an awesome diner that you need to try.

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