Bike Austin Member & cycling advocate Tristan Lora

When and why did you decide to become a Bike Austin member?
I became a Bike Austin Member in May 2016. Originally, I joined Bike Austin to see and be a part of group rides. I was new to the city and group rides are the best way to meet cyclists and learn the roads.

What benefits or positive outcomes have you enjoyed as a Bike Austin member?
Thousands of miles ridden around Austin in a vast network of bike lanes and greenways! It is also great to be informed on upcoming events as well as legislation votes in our city that directly affects cyclists.

Why is Bike Austin important to the Austin cycling community?
Information is key! Bike Austin is a community. With Bike Austin, we are automatically connected as friends. Bike Austin helps unite us all for a much larger voice.

Why/how are donations important to Bike Austin’s Advocacy Fund and education programs?
Donations help Bike Austin help our city to always be improving as one of the nations most cycling friendly cities as well as keeping all cyclists safe on the roads. Bike Austin’s job getting crucial laws passed has helped save many lives!

Tristan’s Bike Closet Shop

Tell us about that cool bike closet of yours and what you do for the bicycling community.
I live in the standard Austin condo. I am also a bike nut, so I own multiple bikes. Four right now. Ha! I had to find a way to support my habit of bike hoarding and a place to maintain all of my bikes. At my complex they offer 5’x7’ storage units with a light for a great price, so I transformed the storage closet into a mini bike shop. I have all of the necessary tools for just about anything bike related. I can true a wheel, replace bottom brackets, fix gears, brakes, cables, etc. I started to purchase supplies in bulk last year when I would have some extra money so that I could start helping others in my shop. I posted on my complex’s community board that I was there to help anyone in need. I see a lot of sad tired bikes around and I want to see humans happy riding them around and not complaining about a blown tube or messed up gears. Anyone can drop by, drop off, or come hang with me to fix their bikes up. I love teaching and fixing alike. It has been a great year with the shop and can’t wait to fix more! I have helped over 20 bikes get back on the road and have purchased 5 bikes and built them up to donate to new cyclists that are interested in cycling but didn’t know where to start. My original goal was to have a place to hang my bikes and it has now evolved into a bike shop/storage to help get more bikes on the roads in Austin.

Anything personalized or fun about your experience as a cyclist and why Bike Austin has made this more possible, empowering, safe, groovy, etc.
For me there is nothing better than two wheels pushing my endurance level well beyond what I have ever thought possible every week. I love that I can look on BikeAustin.org on Friday and meet up with a group of friends on Saturday and ride 25, 50, 100 miles! Whatever I am feeling on whatever day, there are Bike Austin members riding somewhere and being social and it’s safer in numbers.

Tristan’s “Romper II” State Bicycle 48×16