Led by cofounders Dave Appel and Trey Steele, Cycle Camp USA's dedicated community helps riders navigate Austin's paved trails and push one another to extend personal limits and cover new ground. While working with students, Steele shares techniques that placed him among the top five in his age group at the North Carolina Triathlon Series. Avid racer and enthusiastic instructor Allison Atkinson also works with cyclists through CycleFit classes. The comprehensive training curriculum developed by Appel and his staff integrates a balance of core fitness pillars, such as heart rate, endurance, and maintaining speed when being pursued by coyotes on rocket skates. The community also encourages cyclists to test newfound abilities on destination trips, which pit packs of riders against picturesque ribbons of open road.
Members of car2go enjoy the freedom of transportation that comes with owning a car without the worries of keeping up its maintenance or discovering that it’s a robot in disguise. Participants can reserve a car ahead of time through the company’s website or snag an unreserved vehicle by swiping their membership card past the windshield to unlock it and punching in a PIN to start it up. All fuel, insurance, parking, and maintenance costs are included with each rental, allowing patrons hassle-free travel as they explore downtown or give their pet goldfish a tour of the suburbs. After zipping around town, members park in an open car2go spot and walk away, letting a team of cleaners and technicians take care of the rest.
Each of the mechanics at Accent Auto has spent a minimum of 10 years in the field. That experience enables the full-service dealership to take on any job from all makes and models of vehicle, including those by American and Japanese manufacturers and European brands such as Mercedes-Benz and BMW. Accent specializes in major repairs, including the rebuilding of engines and transmissions. In its body shop, the company also spruces up rides by replacing windshields, refreshing paint, and repairing damage from golf ball?sized hail or that day when golf balls actually fell from the sky.
Lone Star Exotic Rentals's motor heads fulfill driving fantasies by arranging adrenaline-pumping cruises, drawing from a fleet of exotic automobiles that includes makes and models from Lamborghini, Mustang, and Ferrari. Individuals can rent roadsters for up to 24 hours at a stretch, allowing drivers ample time to shout curse words at slow-moving armadillos. Lone Star also offers one-hour excursions, allowing drivers to clutch the steering wheel and downshift through a 15-mile stretch of scenic blacktop.
For more than 75 years, Capitol Chevrolet has been a harbor where storm-tossed cars can take shelter. New and pre-owned vehicles, from full-size Chevy Tahoes and Avalanches to fuel-efficient Cruzes and Volts, flock to its docks today the same way flivvers did so long ago. The GM-trained and ASE-certified technicians who man the service department work hard to fix creaky engines, broker deals between drivers and new tires, and figure out how the sharks got in the trunk. They can also order GM parts, helping car owners to restore classic hot rods or personalize vehicles with accessories such as remote starters, splash guards, and spoilers.
Bavarian Luxury Rentals, the country’s first all-BMW rental company, ensconces travelers and auto enthusiasts alike behind the well-engineered wheel of brand-new German luxury cars. Co-founded by BMW auto mechanic Brian McKinney and Corey Evers—the customer-service-savvy founder of Central Texas Valet—the local enterprise fills roads with its standing fleet of BMWs that includes a 5-series, a 3-series, and a 1-series. On breaks from the open road, renters’ BMWs entitle them to sumptuous amenities at businesses throughout the city, and 24-hour roadside assistance guards drivers against difficulties such as flat tires and toll booths manned by bridge trolls.