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The Best Places To Buy A Bike In Nashville
by TJ Anderson
Traditionally, Nashville hasn’t been seen as the most walk- or bike-friendly mid-sized city in the country, and that’s fair. We have room to grow there. But things are changing for the better, and local government’s putting effort toward stoking those fires as we move forward.
I was just reading about the Metropolitan Department of Nashville and Davidson County’s call for input on our city's biking/walking needs — the responses will be used to help inform how funds are invested in various communities for sidewalks, bikeways and the like. (If you’d like to put your two cents in, click here.)
That’s just a start — there’ll be a lot more to come as The WalknBike plan — a yearlong effort to upgrade the Strategic Plan for Sidewalks and Bikeways in Nashville — gets going.
Interested in learning more? You can grab more info at the Nashville WalknBike website, and the public WalknBike kickoff meeting is Friday, April 15 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Nashville Public Library (615 Church S.).
These efforts are welcome to a lot of us, particularly Nashville’s bike/cycling enthusiasts. For a city that’s hasn’t been overwhelmingly geared toward bikers’ needs, we have a strong community of folks who are passionate about life on two wheels (I asked some of them for input when I posted about great places to ride in Nashville recently).
Few things underline the health of that community like the crop of busy, independent bike shops we have in the area. Looking for a place to buy a new bike, or get your old one fixed? These are some great options, all around Nashville (and Brentwood).
2802 12th Ave. S.
If you’re looking for that perfect, restored vintage bike — or are just passionate about the recycle/reuse ethos — there’s one place you definitely want to look in Nashville: 12 South’s Halcyon, whose staff keeps fixing up used/older bikes at the core of their business. They won’t just sell you a fixed-up used bike, either; they’ll fix up your bike, and if you want to learn how to do it yourself, there’s a community work bench at the shop that everyone’s invited to use.
103 South 11th St.
Historic East Nashville is one of the more bike-able parts of Nashville, and naturally the neighborhood isn’t lacking in the independent bike shop department. Eastside Cycles has a wide selection of bikes for commuters, mountain bikers and every cyclist in between, along with apparel, accessories and the like. If you’re exceptionally particular, they’re great about helping with a custom build, too.
99 Seaboard Lane, Suite 1000, Brentwood
Rod Bickel — the founding RB of R.B.’s — has legit cycling credentials, with loads of triathlons and duathlons under his belt. He and his staff can help guide you toward the right bike/equipment if you’re looking to go that hardcore, but they’ll also help if you’d just like to ride to work on sunny days — R.B.’s keeps a strong focus on finding the bike that snugly fits the rider.
934 Jefferson St.
Launched as a bike courier service in 2009, Green Fleet has grown into a well-stocked bike sales/repairs shop downtown/right on the border of busy (and bike-able) Germantown. Green Fleet’s a great place to turn if you’re still getting to know the city, too, since they also run fully guided Nashville bicycle tours.
Hope you find the right bike-shop home in this mix. Have a favorite I should add?
Looking for a new home in an area that’s welcoming to a passion for cycling? I’d love to help you find the right place and the right space — give me a call or send me an email, and tell me about what you’re looking for.
TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....
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