Most guided sightseeing tours pose severe health risks—muscle atrophy, loss of bone density, and blinding rage, to name a few—due to the lack of physical activity. You’ve probably suffered one or all of those symptoms while on these tours:
Skate Escape is a convenient bike and skate shop located at Piedmont Park’s 12th Street entrance. An Atlanta institution for decades, this casual, laid back shop feels like it was decorated by tween-aged skater boys, but it carries an impressive stock of products and a knowledgeable staff. Whether you’re in the market to buy a new bike or to rent skates, bikes, or gear for a day or two, the staff at Skate Escape will get you kitted out with whatever you need. If you’re new to riding or just have a casual interest, renting the basics offers you a chance to try different products before you commit to a purchase. There is limited parking at the shop, but get there early to score a spot in the lot or on the street, especially on Saturday mornings when the greenmarket is held in the park.
Started by owners Mark and Dave, Decatur Bikes moved to Decatur three years ago and still continues to cater to fellow athletes in the community with equipment, repair services, and advice. Mark and Dave guide patrons through the shop’s selection of high-quality brands to find a ride that will maximize efficiency and comfort without replacing the seat with a La-Z-Boy. Each bike bought at the shop comes with free basic adjustments for life, and the shop’s experienced technicians are always available for more extreme fix-ups. Decatur Bikes also sells a variety of bike apparel, nutritional bars, and supplements for athletes' various needs.
For more than 25 years, Play It Again Sports has bedecked kids and adults with high-end, wallet-friendly athletic armor and gear so that they can kick, swing, punt, and take flamboyant exception to referee calls with gusto. New inventory arrives every day, and the friendly staff can lead quality-seeking shoppers to the top brands lining the spacious storefront shelves, including Callaway, Titleist, Nike, Adidas, Easton, Prince, and more. Prices vary by item, but you'll have enough credit to purchase a ton of different athletic accouterments. Baseball fans can outfit themselves with an Easton BMX baseball glove ($29.99), while divot devotees can load up on a dozen Titleist PROV1 recycled golf balls ($19.99). Otherwise, get started on a random collection of medicine balls, hockey sticks, and 25-pound weights so that you're prepared to play any sports that appear to you in dreams.
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.