The dog days of summer are officially over now and the temperatures are slowly but surely beginning to fall. Come out and join us this evening at 6pm for our 53x11 Monday ride. The pace is always "a little faster than conversational" and we now have the Chic-fil-A prime back again! See y'all soon! ... See MoreSee Less
Determination. Olivia is the perfect example. She's going to compete AND complete at the South Padre Island Triathlon come October. She has the swim and run nailed down, now she's going to begin working on the cycling, and the Cannondale Synapse is going to help her get there. We're wishing Olivia all the happiness in the world on her new bike and the best of luck at her first triathlon come October 2nd. ... See MoreSee Less
You might remember young Alan from weeks back, part of Coach Sandy 's, Jr. Maniac Team, he's an up an coming triathlete. But today we have even better news! His mom has caught the bug too and is about to join her son on the road! Sylvia is ready to conquer the road on her new Cannondale Synapse. We couldn't think of a better bicycle for her to get started in the sport. Good luck, Sylvia!!! ... See MoreSee Less
We saw a ton of rain this past weekend, but we're betting on clear skies for this afternoon's ride. Should we see any downpours before then we'll post a cancellation notice on this photo. Meanwhile grab your favorite bike and cycling gear, we hope to see you this afternoon. Wheels down at 6pm sharp, we'll see you soon! ... See MoreSee Less
he year was 2008 and I literally went to Las Vegas with 200$ to my name and stayed on the floor of my buddy Jack Murray's room at the Imperial Palace. Interbike is the bicycle industry's annual trade show and having left a very comfortable job & lifestyle managing a shop in Austin I was determined to open up my own shop in the RGV. Unfortunately many manufactures and companies wanted nothing to do with a person in my shoes.
But rewind four years before that...
I was working at Jack & Adam's Bicycles in Austin, Texas when I saw a gentleman enter our shop decked out with Ferrari brand clothing from head to toe, I just knew this guy was from The Valley. I approached him and his wife (Cindy) and we struck up a conversion that lasted well over an hour and talked about everything from the RGV, to his kids, hobbies and of course much about bicycles. As we closed conversation he told me his name was "George, like the one dollar bill", and that he was a buyer at Joe Brand McAllen , he made me promise if I was ever back in town, to go by and visit him.
Years later I moved back down and on one of my very first group rides I ran across that same gentleman that was wearing all the Ferrari gear. We were on a TEAM MCALLEN CYCLING group ride and once again, instantly hit it off.
Vegas wasn't nice to me that first year. Booth after booth, meeting after meeting I was turned town trying to get lines for my shop. I was morally defeated and ready to throw in the towel when I crossed paths with the gentleman in this photo. He gave me a pep-talk that I'll never forget that would change the history of my shop to be. I'll forever be grateful.
Jorge Medina was THE very first person to purchase a mountain bike from our shop many years ago. It was an all aluminum Felt Virtue on 26" wheels. Recently him and his wife, Cindy, decided to upgrade to a 27" platform. The new all carbon Felt Decree fit the bill perfectly.
If you know Jorge & CIndy you know they are not only great people but also have THE NICEST stable of bikes, their collection is unparalleled. The best part is that they use every single one of their bicycles regularly. From the vintage steel bicycles to the full on aero TT bikes, to their fixie/single speeds, they all get used!
I am very grateful that I can call this couple my friends, and I wish them endless miles of smiles as they hit the trails together on their new steeds. ... See MoreSee Less
Alora Valladares is a cyclist. At 10 years young she rides more miles than most adults, having completed a 100k (62 mile) bike ride at this past year's Jalapeno 100 and also being a regular at our 53x11 Monday Ride. She started on a Wal-Mart bicycle, then upgraded to a 24" kids road bike, then graduated to a 650c bike. Now she's grown a bit more and is on her first 700c (adult road bike), a carbon fiber Cannondale Synapse dressed in Shimano Road 105. Plain and simple, she is the future of cycling! Keep a look out for this superstar kiddo at a ride near you!!! ... See MoreSee Less
There comes a time when we have to say goodbye to our entry level, all aluminum, hardtail mountain bike. Rosie came by our shop looking for an upgrade. Something light, something in carbon, and something preferably in pink too. The Cannondale Habit fit the description (and Rosie) like a glove! You can catch Rosie tearing apart the trails on her new full-suspension Lefty, make sure to tell her "hi" if you do! ... See MoreSee Less
Not only do we have a cool new limited edition jersey available, but the first ever official Wally's Bicycles cycling cap is now available too! We apologize for taking a while to get on this one, but as they say, better late than never & we promise you won't be disappointed! ... See MoreSee Less
There are very few people in the cycling community that would open their home to a complete stranger, and lets be honest, not only open their home, but invite them in, cook them breakfast and make them coffee (by the dozens!) after a long morning bike ride. There have been endless group rides that most of us have started & ended at Jose Mendez's house.
This jersey design started off as a design made by Michael Castillo at RGV Print Depot for Pepe's 50th birthday party over a year ago. It's something that we wanted to see become a reality. So as of today, we now have the official jersey of "Pepe's Cappuccino Ride" available for purchase. This is a one off print, so grab one while you can! ... See MoreSee Less
Mariela is an avid runner, student at the University of the Incarnate Word, and also happens to be my girlfriend's little sis too! And even though the whole family has already taken her new bike for a spin, she'll be taking her Cannondale Catalyst up to school to use on all the trails San Antonio has to offer. We wish you nothing but the best and many happy miles together! ... See MoreSee Less
The best road cycling glove is back in production and in our shop! After a long hiatus the Oakley Factory Road Glove (2.0) is back along with some new limited edition items for the Olympics. Grab 'em while you can! ... See MoreSee Less
We always have beverages, a lot of the time pizza, but every once in a while a special occasion comes up and we get a taco cart to come out and help us celebrate! Fernando is off to grad school and all of us from Wally's Bicycles & the 53x11 Monday Ride sent him off in style. Check out these photos from last week, we'll see you again this evening, wheels down at 6pm sharp! ... See MoreSee Less
Here's some eye-candy to start your day off with. Wally's Bicycles first 2017 Supersix Evo. Really diggin' the paint scheme, then again, I'm more than a little partial to black and red. :) This one is finding itself a new home at altitude, in the mountains too! ... See MoreSee Less
The big event is less than two months away, registration is up and we're expecting our even to fill to capacity another year. Don't procrastinate! Register today for the RGV's biggest tri of the year through the link below:
When we opened our doors for business, Wally's Bicycles was strictly a road and tri shop, with a heavy emphasis on triathlon. Then I discovered X-Terra/ off-road triathlons and I was hooked on mtn biking. Later (with the help of Sandy Triplett Overly) kid triathletes came on the scene and the demand was created for us to carry kids bikes for the superstar triathletes of tomorrow.
I am pleased to say that the journey continues and I have been chosen to be an Official USA Triathlon Mechanic for the upcoming ITU Long Course World Championships that will be held at the end of September in Oklahoma City. With my new position I will also have opportunities to travel and wrench at more events in the future. Very humbled and very stoked all at the same time! For more info on the event, check out the link below:
Everyone knows him! He's a superstar athlete and co-founder of Team Turbo too. Camilo comes from a family of a triathletes (his Pops and two kids are very familiar with the podium) and just recently he ordered himself a Cannondale Slice. What's the first thing he did when he got the bike? He took it apart! Piece by piece, Camilo build up the bike to his specs complete with a SRAM Red 22 drivetrain, Osymetric rings, Zipp 808 NSW wheels and matching Zipp aerobars to boot! You can catch Camilo rocking the course (and this bike) at the upcoming Ironman Cozumel later this year. Good luck, Camilo! ... See MoreSee Less
Ride for twenty five to thirty minutes. Find shade. Sit. Drink. Rest. Repeat. This went on for many hours yesterday. A scorching 105 by the time I threw in the towel. Trees provide good shade, but caves are even better, you can feel the coolness radiate from the rock. Don isn't around anymore... But he still is. I've been previewing the trails and as soon as the SPITRI is over, we'll organize a clean-up crew/ BBQ/ pachanga out there to help get the trails back up to speed. Stay tuned! ... See MoreSee Less
This photo was just too great to wait until next week to share. Tonight we had a very special edition of the 53x11 Monday Ride as we bid farewell to one of our longtime employees who will be moving away to continue his education and begin working on his PhD. We'll have more photos next Monday, meanwhile enjoy this great photo from tonight's ride! ... See MoreSee Less
Winner winner chicken dinner! #FastCholo took the sprint two weeks ago (see photo) and Alex Spishakoff took it last week. A ginormous thank you to Chick-fil-A of Sharyland for sponsoring our 53x11 Monday Ride. Wheels always down at 6pm sharp, today promises to be a scorcher, we'll see you soon!!! ... See MoreSee Less