By Sofia Sokolove
Revival Cycles has always been about more than just motorcycles as machines. When they first opened their East Austin custom and vintage motorcycle shop in 2010 on Bolm Road, Revival offered bike enthusiasts a mix of visually dynamic designs and custom expertise. The shop became a place to go not just to get your bike fixed, but to immerse yourself in the style, craft and culture of motorcycles.
In October 2015, Revival brought that same sense of community to South Congress with the opening of their inaugural brick-and-mortar retail storefront. The store, which looks sort of like the coolest, sleekest and most beautifully lit garage you have ever seen, offers custom fabrication, clothing and gear, and was entirely handbuilt by the Revival team. “There was no place where we wanted to buy motorcycle gear in town,” explains Tim Rand, Revival's store manager, “so we said we would make it.” The store joins Sunroom, Tenoverten and Otoko among the South Congress Hotel's newest destination shopping and dining hotspots.
1. The Revival retail store carries high-end motorcycle gear, but also clothing and accessories. “There's something for everyone,” says manager Tim Rand. 2. A cutaway from an Ariel Square Four — one of four in the world — on loan to Revival and on display at their South Congress shop. 2. Everything at the Revival brick-and-mortar was handbuilt by the Revival team. 4. A Moto Morini 500 sits outside the store. The motorcycle was a modified custom build by Revival.
Though famed for their custom bikes, over the past eight years Revival has taken their passion for craft and created a community around it which now includes the bike shop, retail storefront and an annual weekend celebration of all things motorcycle at The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show.
Handbuilt attracts a diverse crowd. Serious motorcyclists to curious non-bikers alike come out to mix and mingle with fellow enthusiasts and talk shop. The show, which returned this year April 8 through 10, brings in thousands of people from Austin and beyond eager to peruse original art, witness the vintage-style trick show at the “Wall of Death” and see custom motorcycles from some of the best builders in the niche business. “It’s as much a show for us as it is for everyone else,” says Rand. “We want to see all those cool bikes in the same spot too.”
Motorcycles, especially great looking ones, continue to rise in popularity (they even graced the cover of TRIBEZA’s Outdoors Issue last year), and the infectious spirit of Revival (and the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show) is enough to inspire even a non-biker to hit the road. Luckily for Austinites, Revival Cycle’s east side workshop and new brick-and-mortar give us a way to bring motorcycle chic to the streets all year long.
by Joanna Steblay
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For those days when it’s too hot to venture out, we went to Austin’s sweet treat professionals and compiled the ultimate collection of DIY recipes to make from your home. Click through the galleries below to learn how to make everything icy and sweet, from poptails for date night to ice cream sandwiches for a dinner party.more
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by James Ruiz
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Hundreds of people are moving to Austin each day, and downtown is one of the major hubs of growth for the city. Local real estate expert Jude Galligan discusses smart urban growth and what to expect this year as the skyline continues to evolve.
Your blog keeps Austin updated on the latest news in downtown. What is the most exciting development happening right now?
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by James Ruiz
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Instead of letting all that inspiration go to waste, we tried our hand at flower arranging to see what we could create. Since we consider ourselves floral design novices, we asked a few top designers...more