Saluda Bike & Hike Welcomes Cyclists and HikersPublished 4:06pm Friday, March 15, 2013
Services and items for sale include hybrid bike rentals (helmets and locks included), lateral wheel truing, flat repair, replacement road bike tubes, some brake and cable shift selections, tools/repair stand/work bench loan, bike wash area, compressor, commercial-size bike rack. Ask Cole about the store’s Leave-A-Shoe service.
T-shirts and bicycle water bottles bearing the shop’s logo are for sale as well.
Snacks and beverages include several brands of energy bars, trail mix, pretzels, yogurt, energy drinks, bottled water and Starbucks Coffee. For those wanting a traditional sugar rush, Cole also offers Honey Buns.
While Cole is well trained in basic bicycle repairs, he cannot stock parts for the many brands and models of bikes on the roads and trails. “I applaud the bike mechanics,” he said, “because of all the different models out there.”
As business inevitably increases, so will the variety of offerings at the shop.
Hikers can find free mapped out local hikes with latitude and longitude trailhead locations and elevation gains and losses, a western North Carolina hiking library. They can also purchase beautiful wooden hiking staffs.
Visitors can also peruse an assortment of outdoor and cycling magazines, and can enjoy Adirondack chairs, Jimmy Buffet on the stereo and a WiFi connection.
More information is available at www.saludabikeandhike.com. Phone number is 803-609-2190.