Lately I’ve become excited about biking. In fact, I’ve been riding a LOT. I first caught the bug doing the indoor kind called spinning. That’s where you lock yourself in a room with 20 other people and jam some really loud music for about an hour — while riding a funny looking stationary bike. Anyway, that’s what got me into it.
I recently bought a mountain bike (pictured) AND a road bike (cuz I wanted to do both). My road bike is what they call a hybrid. It sorta looks like a mountain bike with skinny tires. And, I also bought a mountain bike for my son so we could ride the trails together.
As it turned out, I bought all three bikes from three different shops in the Hamilton Mill area so I thought I’d write this post to share my experiences and give some links to those shops. Since I had great experiences with all three shops, I can really recommend all of them! Each is slightly different depending on what you want, but all of them passed inspection with me
My hybrid bike is pictured below. I had to steal this picture off the KHS website (can’t believe I don’t have a good picture of it yet myself). I bought it from Addicitive Cycles up in Hoschton. I went there before any other shops because a reliable source told me that “all the real serious bikers go there”. Based on what I saw going on there, I guess I could imagine that to be true. Since I’m just a total newbie to biking, I can’t really confirm or deny that for sure. You can judge for yourself. BUT, I can say that Cody and his team up there were awesome, friendly and made me feel very welcome even though they obviously deal with a pretty “serious biker” clientele.
I only had my hybrid for about a week when I realized that I really wanted a mountain bike too (for the trails) and the hybrid for the roads and the paved trails in Mulberry Park. My mountain bike (top photo) is a Specialized (that’s the brand) and I bought from Outback Bikes located in the Hamilton Mill Publix shopping center. I LOVE that bike. It’s super cool (I think). Outback Bikes is a great little shop. They actually have two locations. They had good inventory also. Great service (not just saying that either). By the way, if you want to start mountain biking in Gwinnett, Ft Yargo is a great trail to start on.
I bought my son’s bike over at Knight Bikes & Skateboards. As you can tell from the name, they have bikes and boards. It’s a bigger shop so they have pretty good inventory of both. I think they had a few more “middle-of-the-road” bikes and bikes for kids, etc. It might be the family bike shop of the three (although Outback certainly fits that bill too).
Are you into biking too? Please let me know in the comments here.