After spying his first electronic bike while teaching in China, owner Garnet Caldwell vowed to bring the unique and potentially revolutionary vehicles to his hometown. He told the Times Free Press, "These bikes are for people who just want to get out and ride," explaining that they can go about 20 miles before needing to be charged and, like a championship racewalker, can reach speeds of up to 20 miles per hour.
The bikes, available at the shop for rental or sale, come in all sizes and run off a battery that is recharged via a traditional wall outlet. Chattanooga Electric Bikes caries models from Ezip, Izip, Stromer, and Pedego, as well as conversion kits to help traditional two-wheelers to make the jump to electric. Certified technicians ensure bikes are held to the highest safety standards and don't become sentient, and they can service any brand of electric bicycle.
Sixes Pit Bicycle Shop peddles in all things pedals; the shop sells, rents, and repairs bicycles. Customers in the market for a new bike can browse the selection of KTM models, including hardtail and full-suspension bikes. Those who just want a few hours of biking enjoyment can rent a Kona, KHS, or KTM, and children's sizes are also available. And people whose bicycles have boo-boos can bring them to Sixes Pit's technicians, who are on hand to perform an array of repairs, including adjustments, tire, pedal, and chain installations, and wheel trueing.
Recumbent bicycles release bodies from the strain of bending over handlebars by seating riders in an ergonomic, reclined position, cushioning the body on a larger area than traditional bike seats. U-Man Power outfits cyclists with a large fleet of two-wheeled and three-wheeled recumbents that take the strain off backs as they pedal. The shop's staff also repairs bicycles and stocks a wide variety of bike parts and accessories, such as helmets and T-shirts sized for both riders and their bikes. A lounge welcomes cyclists of all skill levels to chat, sip sports drinks, and nibble powerbars.
Lauren Whitmore Powers knows what it's like to be out of shape—she was more than 80 pounds heavier before she discovered boot camp. Her transformation from heavy to fit inspired her to become certified in Schwinn cycling and Level 1 CrossFit so that she could help others achieve the same kind of results. Today she acts as program director of Total Fitness Revolution, working alongside a team of 15 other instructors that includes lifelong athlete Rashad McDade, yoga and pilates teacher Michelle Wade and CrossFit Coach, Richard Bowen. This team of trainers helms one-month boot camps and one-on-one training sessions, as well as small-group classes that cover the ins and outs of CrossFit, Pilates, yoga, and Zumba.
When students take a spin class at Any Body Fitness, they know they’re pedaling atop sleek, professional-grade cycles. That’s because the staff at Any Body Fitness contains more than just certified spin instructors; in fact, staffers’ primary task is to scout out and sell top-shelf cardio, strength, and aerobic equipment. The employees outfit everything from modest home gyms to sprawling commercial wellness centers with ellipticals, treadmills, and weightlifting benches. So, when they select the stationary bikes that instructors use to punch up spinners’ heart rates, they do so with a solid understanding of the industry. Personal trainers, nutritionists, and active-lifestyle mentors act as equally knowledgeable resources for clients seeking wellness help outside of spin class.