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Ask An Expert: Best Bike Rides In DFW

April 6, 2013 8:00 AM

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(Photo by: PASCAL POCHARD CASABIANCA/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo by: PASCAL POCHARD CASABIANCA/AFP/Getty Images)

Adelaida Diaz-Roa, co-founder of Villy Customs and Chief Brand Officer, pushes the pedals of Villy Customs. Originally from Colombia, she, Fleetwood, and their team offer “make your own” custom beach cruiser bicycles that not only catch the eye but are known to cause rubbernecking with their vivid colors and classic styles. Everything is put together by customer selection from the style and color of the frame to including tinted fenders, the hue of the tires and chainguard, the model and color of pedals, seat, grips and even badge! Showy and flashy!

Adelaida Diaz-Roa
Villy Customs
1407 S. Akard St.
Dallas, TX 75215
(214) 596-8420
www.villycustoms.com

Adelaida DiazRoa is currently seeking her marketing degree at the SMU Cox School of Business as she works at Villy Custom as the chief brand officer. She’s been utilizing her marketing skills to build the business since 2010. The following trails were suggested for those who enjoy beach cruiser style bikes, most of the time, requiring smooth terrains.

The Katy Trail
www.katytraildallas.org

The Katy Trail is a great place to experience city and nature at once. Smoothly weaving its way through Uptown past popular hangouts, this trail is known for its social scene as much as its scenery. Joggers, walkers, and cyclists frequent this paved trail. The Katy Trail is great for beginners and people watchers, but caution should be taken to avoid traffic both crossing streets and with runners. Cyclists tend to stay to the left and those on foot to the right. The trail stretches 3.5 miles from the American Airlines Center downtown to the Central Expressway.

Related: New Bike Speed Monitors On Katy Trail

White Rock Lake
www.whiterocklake.org

White Rock Lake provides some of the most picturesque landscapes on a paved path.Totaling about 9 miles, this trail in East Dallas offers views of the blooming Arboretum and Sunset Bay, as well as opportunities to watch the kayakers and quackers dotting the waters. This is also a shared trail, so those on bicycles may wish to take lesser traveled paths to enjoy the serenity of this route. 

Arbor Hills Nature Preserve
www.plano.gov

Arbor Hills Nature Preserve provides about 2.5 miles of paved trails near Plano Trails that give a reprieve from all that Texas sun. Beginner bikers and middle experience cyclists will both enjoy this suburban journey filled with fountains, foliage and curb appeal wherever one looks. This is the trail to make stops and take a few photos from the view atop pavilions and enjoy the North Texas mixture of terrain.

Spring Creek Nature Area
www.dallascounty.org

Spring Creek Nature Area measures in at four and a half miles of paved pedaling distance through the woods in the Richardson area. Nearby parking is available and the trail is easily accessed from the highway. If the curvy, voluptuous nature of this trail gets to be too much, there are plenty of benches to take in the view along the way. Bending and winding, this is a trail for those who love to take their two wheels and steer.

Trinity Trails/Fort Worth Branch
www.trinitytrails.org

Trinity Trails/Fort Worth Branch is a grand tour of Fort Worth, connecting renown attractions like the Japanese gardens and even the Fort Worth Zoo. Spanning 40 miles in all, some of these trails are paved and others are more rugged, offering variety and a true sense of exploration without going far from home.

Related: Plano Encouraging Residents To Bike To Work


Kena Sosa is a freelance writer in Dallas. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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