Buda Bike Company is all about bicycles—from start to finish. Shop owner David Barrientos loved his childhood neighborhood’s bike shop in Austin so much, he bought it after college. He has spent his lifetime riding bikes and working on them. He has enjoyed leisurely riding as well as competitive, on roads and off road.
Four years ago, when Austin rent got too high, he opened a brick-and-mortar shop in Buda because research, and personal experience in the area, confirmed a need for bicycle sales and service here--Buda Bike Company. It offers everything a bicyclist needs, including bicycles, parts, gear, clothing, service, and repair.
Over 20 years ago he got his first contract with Austin Police Department to maintain and repair its fleet of bicycles. He has added on a few more area police departments, including Buda’s. Having gained instruction in bicycle repair throughout his life, Barrientos also attended Colorado Springs’ Olympic Training Center in order to become a team mechanic for the Team USA’s Paralympic Triathlon Team.
Barrientos said COVID 19 interrupted bicycle and parts production around the world because manufacturing, parts and basic raw materials mostly come from Asia. The pipeline has slowed even as demand has increased due to more people choosing to enjoy themselves in outdoor pursuits, such as bicycling. It is beginning to rebound, but may not reach pre-pandemic availability for many more months, Barrientos explained. Nevertheless, he still offers a selection of bicycles for all ages, and, always, service and repair.
Buda Bike Company is located in the Buda Mill and Grain complex, at 304 South Main, Suite 102.