REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.), a national retail cooperative selling outdoor gear and clothing, offers a variety of free classes, clinics and events for both children and adults at the store located in downtown Austin. Free Austin store classes include rock climbing, guided hikes, attracting outdoor birds, map and compass basics, bicycle maintenance and photography. Refer to the REI website for specific dates and details. Registration is generally required and class space is often limited, so sign up in advance. REI Austin-Downtown stocks gear and clothing for camping, climbing, cycling, fitness, hiking, paddling and more. REI in downtown Austin also has bike shop offering a full range of professional bike shop services. REI in downtown Austin also offers a wide selection of outdoor rental equipment. There is also an REI store in Round Rock and one in the Gateway shopping area.
Skater-owned and operated, Texas RollerGirls is an all woman flat track roller derby league composed of four fifteen-member teams. Public bouts are held at the Austin Convention Center and skating rinks throughout Texas and the United States. Live music is provided at each Austin bout by local bands. Texas RollerGirls have been featured on shows such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Access Hollywood, The CBS Morning Show and on the A & E Channel reality show “Rollergirls” and in publications such as Spin, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Playboy Magazine, Newsday and Penthouse.