Circle City Bicycles traces its origins all the way to 1922, when original proprietor George Dudgeon turned a childhood obsession with cycling into a career by transforming an old chicken coop into Supreme Bicycle Shop. By the time George died in 2004 at the ripe old age of 100, he left behind a legacy of friendly, personal service and fruitful partnerships with former-stockboy-turned-owner Roy Keller and business associates and cycling enthusiasts Pete Benner and Ed Pope. The current owners ensure George’s passion for bikes lives on through an enthusiastic promotion of local activities, such as assistant manager Bill Hannah’s 28-mile training rides or the Columbus, Indiana Beer Ride. Riders can gear up for workouts and commutes with college cycling jerseys, water bottles, and Gore-Tex socks before speeding down the highway on Scott aluminum-frame roadsters or zooming under subway turnstiles on recumbent bikes.
Mathews Bicycles' proprietor, Nancy Parent, and her crew of experienced cyclists outfit pedestrians with bikes befitting their needs and outfits befitting their bikes. Whether preparing to dirt jump, cruise the neighborhood, or share a double-body bike with a body double, customers can easily match their leg paws to an appropriate pair of pedals thanks to the shop's large stock of styles, including BMX, mountain, road, and tandem. Stop by to ogle catwalk-ready models such as the Trek 3500 mountain bike ($359), Raleigh Route 3.0 hybrid bicycle ($399), Specialized Allez Sport road bike ($929), and Trek Madone 4.5 carbon-fiber road bike ($2,099). To look the part of a bicycle owner while protecting sensitive skin from suicidal balcony gnomes, individuals can pick up a Bontrager circuit helmet ($99.99), a pair of specialized Primo spinning shoes ($64.99), Tifosi Logic photo-chromatic sunglasses ($69.99), and Endura eight-panel cycling shorts ($49.99).
The staff at T3 Cycling & Triathlon knows that a bicycle's fit is crucial to performance and comfort—and so, rather than eyeball how a road or triathlon bike meshes with its prospective owner, they rely on a more precise system. Aided by the Retül system, which uses motion-capture video with 3D LED tracking to measure body angles and movements, they precision-fit customers to their own bike or to a bike make and model of their choice. Chances are they'll have that bike in-house: the store carries recreational and competition road and triathlon bikes from brands such as Felt, Guru, Quintana Roo, Cervelo, BMC, and LOOK. The house mechanics' steady hands also repair bikes during tune-ups or can perform a complete overhaul with cable and bearing replacements.
A 42-foot-long 3-D map of the Monon Greenway lines the walls of Carmel Cyclery, where a friendly team can equip and inform prospective duocyclists of all ages and levels to explore the gorgeous nearby trails or charming downtown Carmel. One of Carmel Cyclery's two-wheeled exerts will outfit you with a free area map and help you determine which rental ride best fits the curvature of your pedaling apparatus. The regal, back-friendly comfort bike dons smooth-riding tires, suspension seat posts, and cushy saddles to pad posteriors, while wrestling tag teams can perch atop the tandem bike for harmonious views of a spandex-free countryside. Travelers can then cruise to their right ventricle's content for up to four hours, during which they'll receive a healthy dose of the Indiana countryside and a healthy distrust of unicyclists.