Hector came by our shop over and over again over the period of a few months trying to decide what type of bike he was going to upgrade to. He took his time making a decision and it paid off! He was one of the first riders to get on a 2017 Cannondale Trail bike. You can catch him riding at the Mission Hike and Bike Trails regulalry. Best of luck with you new bicycle, Hector! ... See MoreSee Less
Fastest wheels on the planet? Arguably so! The new ZIPP 808 NSW design combines the best features of the Firecrest with a new surface pattern + hub to make the fastest non-disc wheel ever manufactured by the company. These are going on a local tribike, more photos of the total package coming soon, meanwhile check out the link below for more info on the new Zipp NSW line!
"Outstanding trail systems are associated with outstanding communities."
In my opinion, one of the only things lacking here in the RGV is a substantial trail system that links the growing metropolitan areas that we drive between and visit on a day to day basis. Hidalgo County Commissioner Eddie Cantu is heading the Hidalgo County Precinct 2 Regional Hike and Bike Trail project in the hopes of doing exactly that. Imagine being able to ride your bicycle from town-to-town on a trail that is, for the most part, UNINTERRUPTED. Although we do have local trail systems that we can utilize, they don't prevent the interaction between vehicle and pedestrian. This trail will be a new, safe way for bike riders and cyclist to travel.
There will be a meeting held this evening at 6pm at the Boys & Girls Club of Pharr. Can't make the meeting, but still in support of the cause?! Please fill out one of these forms and mail/fax/email it in asap. Also, for more info, please visit the link below as well.
There's something about being out in the middle of nowhere with just your bicycle that's soothing to the soul. I spent a few hours out on the Sullivan City Trails yesterday. The the extreme summer heat has made the trails loose, yet at they same time they're more than a bit over grown with vegetation from all the rains we had earlier this year. The temps were 100+ by the time I was finished and covered from head to toe in dust, I can't remember the last time I had so much fun on a bicycle. Many more trips to the Sullivan City Trails coming soon! ... See MoreSee Less
Scratch what I said about the 53x11 Monday Ride two weeks ago being the hardest and hottest ride of the year. Last week definitely took the cake! We'll be rolling out again this week, make sure to bring plenty of water, we'll be seeing temperatures in the triple digits again. Wheels down at 6pm SHARP!, see you soon. ... See MoreSee Less
Mo Vas is a cyclist. He rides road, mountain, and everything in between. He turns his own wrenches and knows his way around a bicycle quite well too. Now he's making sure his whole family joins in on the fun! Upgrading from 16" bikes to 20" bikes (and of course making sure his sweetheart has a new bike too!) you can catch them cruising around the UTRGV campus on their new Cannondale's. We wish the Vasquez family the best on their new bicycles! ... See MoreSee Less
"Hey Don!, I'm going to Sullivan tomorrow and try to pull more stupid human tricks on my bike, wanna come out and watch me just in case I break something?"
"Hey Don! I just dropped a supercharger in my Buick, want me to pick you up for lunch tomorrow? I can give you a ride, I'll even buy you a burrito!"
"Hey Don! Do you think we can make a new jump for me to launch myself off of at the bottom of this hill???"
"Hey Don! I'm going to try to PR on Overkill, think you can help me clean up the trail before to the moto-x bikes get here this weekend?
"Hey Don! We're going to have a trail cleaning party/ Don Green Celebration Party in Sullivan this weekend, wanna come out?"
"Hey Don! Wanna drop by my place and check out my new junked car?!"
"Hey Don! Let me go and visit you before you leave back for the Spring and Summer?"
Don Green's answer to me was always, "Yes", except to that last question.
Years ago I stopped going full-roadie/triathlete, I got out of the pool and off the pavement and started playing on the dirt, on the trails, and in the lake. I started to discover mtn biking and living in La Joya quickly discovered another beauty to living out in the middle of no where. The Sullivan City Trails.
Each morning I would wake up before sunrise, throw on a pair of shorts, my shoes and ride out to the best trails in South Texas that were located only a few miles from my home. Day after day I discovered trail after trail and started to try to make sense of everything in the thick brush.
Posting photos on Facebook of my morning rides, Eddie Arguelles who was a frequent to the shop kept telling me that those trails were property of Don Green. He made it very clear that Don was boss out there, on and off the bike, end of story.
I met Don late on a Tuesday morning out on the trails at the bottom of a crazy descent. Rocketing down, rocks flying everywhere I noticed a red pickup at the bottom and an older gentleman standing with a rake and slammed on the brakes.
I stopped and said, "You must be Don Green!". His response was, "And you must be Wally."
And that was that. From that day on I had myself a new best friend, and I made him and everyone else know it too. I would always introduce him to others as "my best friend, Don Green." And although he was a Winter Texan, he would arrive year after year and we'd pick up exactly where we left off, not skipping a beat.
Running into Don morning after morning out on the trails was a blessing. I was attempting some wicked stuff out there and it was great to know there was an Angel watching over me while I ate-it (crashed) time after time, over and over again.
He was a boost whenever I was down, when it seemed life was getting the best of me. He would always say, "Damn!!, must be great to be you!" Don was always particularly interested in my personal life, wanting to know who I was dating, and always asking, "Why are you still single!".
My last visit with Don was a memorable one. He was in the hospital, right before open heart surgery, and he was enjoying dinner with his daughters, wife and myself. He was cheery, in a great mood, slurpping down his milk shake while asking the nurse if she wanted to go out on a date with me. True story! As I left I gave him a big hug and told him how thankful I was to have him in my life.
Time passed and I received a phone call at the shop. It was Don, but he didn't sound quite like himself. He told me he was going back home in a couple of days and he wanted to tell me, "goodbye".
I quickly responded how I had a meeting after work, but I could drop by and visit him in the morning, pick him up for breakfast. He quickly made up an excuse. I said, "No problem, I'll jet from work right now and we can hang out for a bit!" He was quick to respond in a saddened voice again, "No Wally. Not this time."
He didn't have to say much else, I knew why he didn't want me to visit. I let it go and told him, not to worry, I'd see him soon enough. He told me, "I'll see you soon."
That was it.
Don Green passed away today and as great of a friend we all lost, I know we've gained another angel. I'll never forget and always miss his laugh, his smile, and the love he showed everyone in our cycling and especially mtn biking community. He was the bestest of friends and I'll never forget how much he did for me in my cycling but more importantly personal life. ... See MoreSee Less
And speaking up upgrades... Rey was referred over to us by a great friend & one of the RGV's fastest mtn bikers. He's been hitting the trails hard, unfortunately his bicycle from a big-box store lasted only a handful of rides. He needed something that was going to get him through each ride and most importantly last him a long time. The Cannondale Catalyst fit his needs perfectly. Good luck, Rey, we'll see you out on the trials soon! ... See MoreSee Less
Clip-on aero bars will only take you so far, and there comes a time when we have to say goodbye. Hello tri-bike. Jorge purchased a road bike from us years ago and as aero as it was he was ready to step up his game to a full on aero triathlon bike. The Felt IA is without a doubt one of the fastest bikes on the planet! He'll be using his new steed at the upcoming Half Ironman in Austin. Best of look Jorge, we're sure we'll be seeing you flyby on a ride/race in the very near future! ... See MoreSee Less
The more Cannondale Lefty's that we get out the door and on the trails the more we love them! From the super cool/light/stiff fork to the Si crankset which is easy to work on an maintain, in hard-tail or full suspension, these bikes are awesome! This one is headed to the mountains down south with many adventures waiting! ... See MoreSee Less
Registration is currently open for the RGV's biggest triathlon of the year, and we've have had a record number of registrants so far! Our event fills to capacity every year, so don't get left out, register through the link below!
The photographer (myself) seems to have had technical difficulties last week taking the group photo, so we'll start today off with a group photo from one of our first 53x11 ride's way-back-when. Last week was fun, 40+ mph winds and 100+ temp's too! Today's not looking to be much different. Wheels always down at 6pm, see you soon! ... See MoreSee Less
Check out the sky in this photo! But the rains couldn't keep a small bunch of hardcore riders away from our 53x11 Monday Ride. Luckily it didn't pour on us that day, and it's looking (very!) highly unlikely like we're going to see a drop today either. Wheels always down at 6pm, we'll see you soon! ... See MoreSee Less
Young Allan is a triathlete and part Coach Sandy Triplett Overly's Jr. Maniac's Triathlon Team. Sandy's team has a great roster of up and coming kids who are the future of the sport that most of us love so much. Allan came by with his parents and was looking for a bicycle that he could grow into as he continues to ride. The Felt F95 Jr. with 650c wheels did the trick well. We hope to see Allan for years to come as he grows into this bicycle and in the sport of triathlon as well! ... See MoreSee Less
There are very few triathletes who would attempt a 6.2 mile swim, a 261.4 mile bike, and 52.4 mile run. We are fortunate enough to have a local athlete, Memo Tijerina Jr, who will be attempting the distance at the Ultra 520K Texas this October in Salado, Texas. Read up on him and a few others who will also be participating through the link below.
Robert X Lopez visited our shop years ago ordering his first tri bike. After years of use (and many multisport events and races later!) he decided to upgrade to something a bit... A LOT more aero! We ordered the bike as a frameset, assembled this bicycle piece by piece and we believe the end result speaks for itself. Here's a great shot of him with his daughters as he was taking his new steed home yesterday. Many well wishes on your new ride Robert, we hope you see tons of miles, smiles, and podiums together! ... See MoreSee Less
"Please, Wally! I beg you PLEASE let me do the Hell of the South this year, I promise we're going to get our next bicycle from you!" Eddie would joke with me, but it didn't take much more for me to give in.
There's no entry fee to Hell of the South. If you've purchased a bicycle from us, you're in. It's really that simple. But Eddie was on some vintage rides. We'd tease him about his Cipollini paint job endlessly. I'd made a single exception only for him.
Wally's Hell of the South was renamed "Eddie's Hell of the South" after the our good friend said goodbye to us unexpectedly one early April morning.
I don't think I had ever seen anyone enjoy the "HOTS" course as much as Eddie did. He would walk into our shop year round asking loud enough for everyone in the store to hear, "Is it July yet?!!!"
July came this year, and we rounded up the usual suspects who wanted to endure the 55mile course that mixes the RGV's toughest dirt and caliche roads which forms the hardest road racing course in the RGV. This year we also saw a battle like no other.
Casey Swansonn who has just come off the Belgian Waffle Ride in California and is headed for Ironman #3 at the end of the month. He's a triathlete, but you think "roadie" when you see him ride. Puro watts.
Emmanuel Lopez (aka: Ironmanny) who is undoubtedly one of the fastest athletes in South Texas who recently CRUSHED the half-iron course in Galveston and has won every single multi-sport event in South Texas this year.
Freddie Pereyra (aka: Fast Cholo) who always takes a podium spot at every mtn bike event he enters and who has also become just as potent on the road as he has on the dirt.
And lets not leave out Alex Spishakoff who is the only two time winner of the event. Alex's pedal stroke is as smooth as a babies behind and thanks to his CX skills, he knows how to maneuver a course like no other.
The day went by in the blink of an eye. Wheels down at 7, our usual neutral roll-out unil Conway, and then BAM! The first stretch of dirt began. Casey popped out of the dirt forest road in first with Freddie hot on his tail. But the bad-luck counter started. Manny got a flat, Fernie crashed and there were a slew of other casualties with flat tires along that first portion.
At the halfway point Casey came rolling in first and Emmanuel a close 30 seconds back. One by one all the riders started rolling in to Cuevitas as I handed them water, soda, oreos and snickers bars. The day would end with Ironmanny crossing the line first which would also get him his name etched in our HOTS Cup for a second time.
The last finishers? Monette & Mario. Seeing them come into our shop was priceless. The look of contentiousness on their face was perfect. They were both covered in dirt from head to toe, and completely ecstatic about the fact too! Their smiles and laughs said everything.
I know Eddie is still watching this race every year. I like to think of him laughing his pants off as he sees everyone ride, flat and crash through these roads. I also like to think he's watching us after the event when we're all sitting around, bbq'ing fajitas and throwing back a cold beverage (or two.... or three....).
Wanna see a few photos our event? Take a look at photos by Ramon Hermida Multimedia through the link below. Wanna join in on the fun? If you've purchased a bicycle from us you're already in! Just give us a buzz next year around Memorial Day and we'll get you on the start list. But first, enjoy these photos!!
Wally's Bicycles will be closed for the 4th of July Holiday. Our 53x11 Monday Ride will also resume next week. We hope you enjoy time off with family, friends and hopefully squeeze in a bicycle ride between there too! ... See MoreSee Less
The battle will go on forever (at least in my family it will), but now you can take the rivalry to the pool! Wally's Bicycles now has official The University of Texas at Austin & Texas A&M University swim goggles and swim caps in stock. Now you can support your alma mater while your training for your next Ironman. Grab one while you can! ... See MoreSee Less
Wally's Bicycles is proud to be the first official retailer of Fast Cholo Sealant in the Rio Grande Valley! We've been using this stuff in-house for a long while and now it's available for purchase over-the-counter! Whether you have an existing tubeless setup or just looking to prevent flats on your current tubes, nothing works better than Fast Cholo Sealant! See for yourself, you won't be disappointed! ... See MoreSee Less
I think this is THE MOST adorable picture we've ever taken here at Wally's Bicycles! Anaia's dad walked out of our shop with his Cannondale Slate and she walked out with a matching Cannondale too! She instantly fell in love with the pink ride, and we instantly fell in love with her great personality and of course, the way her new bicycle matched her Hello Kitty outfit. There are few activities I enjoy seeing more than kids riding bicycles with their parents. We wish Anaia many well wishes on her new bicycle!!! ... See MoreSee Less
We've been waiting a while for one of these to arrive, and even though this one is going to a very happy home, we're ecstatic to have this in our shop the next couple of days. The Cannondale Slate is the "do-it-all" bicycle. I won't say much, but rather let the pictures do the speak for themselves. Way cool!!! ... See MoreSee Less