Saluda Bike & Hike Welcomes Cyclists and Hikers

Published 4:06 pm Friday, March 15, 2013


Do you need a bicycle wheel trued? How about a place to rest and take in some good nutrition, after cycling up the Saluda Grade or through the Greenville Watershed?

From basic bicycle repairs and rentals, to hiking maps, healthful snacks and a place to relax, visit Saluda Bike & Hike, located at 459 Highway 176, Suite C, near the intersection of Ozone Drive and U.S. 176, across from the Tickle Family Health Center, Saluda. It’s just a few minutes’ ride for those needing respite and refreshment after conquering the steep switchbacks on Green River Cove Road.

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The immense popularity of hiking and bicycling in the Foothills Region should be a perfect match for the recently-opened shop, which caters to folks who ride and wander along local roads and trails. Owner Jerry Cole enthusiastically offers needed services and products from 2:00-6:00 p.m. Fridays, and 10:00-6:00 Saturdays and Sundays. Cole is not a bicyclist, but he enjoys vintage motorcycles and has a background in motorcycle repair.

Cole first visited Saluda thirty-four years ago, to kayak.  “I lived up here (Saluda) for four years, and saw the need for a shop like this,” he said. “There was no place for them (bicyclists) to stop. (Here) they can get something to eat and drink that’s healthy, and have a place to sit down (without having to pedal).”