Much like robots, children, and robotic children, bikes need to be regularly recalibrated to keep them from developing human emotions. Keep your bike performing at its functional, unfeeling best with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of services, bicycles, parts, and accessories at Harper’s Bike Shop.
The quirky and experienced staff at Harper’s, named one of the area’s best bike shops by Metro Pulse readers, keep cyclists spinning on expertly maintained rides and stock high-quality bikes and accessories. Experienced technicians perform services such as detailed safety checks ($30)—inspecting metal steeds for loose or ailing bolts, brakes, tires, wheels, and helmet-stealing poltergeists—or a basic tune-up ($50)—which ensures rides stay road-ready, adjusting derails, brakes, headset, and hubs before slightly truing wheels. Wheels maintain a healthy bloat after the included tire-pressure check, and freshly lubed cables and torqued bolts lead to smoother pedaling endeavors. To maintain healthy rotation, patrons can opt for wheel installations, repairs, or adjustments ($4–$35). Pintsize riders tag along on journeys after a child-carrier installation ($20), in which technicians safely affix a kid-size seat to bikes to accommodate youngsters and hitchhiking elves, and a kickstand installation ($8) prevents cycles from toppling onto innocent ant colonies.
Harper's Bike Shop
The riders and technicians at Harper's Bike Shop love bicycles, and their love for riding is matched only by the joy they get from helping other cyclists. For 50 years, Harper’s has outfitted riders for the pathways, streets, and mountain trails around Knoxville. The crew helps riders find bikes to suit their riding needs, and perform custom bicycle-fitting services to ensure a great match. In addition, the crew repairs and rebuilds ailing cycles with a complete list of services that includes adjusting brakes, truing wheels, cleaning drivetrains, overhauling suspensions, and kicking some sense into tires.