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.
Youngblood Bicycles' staff of avid cyclists fine-tune two-wheeled steeds with expert service and outfit riders in gear from pro brands, including Bell, Hincapie, Giro, and more. Veteran mechanics can call upon their bike-whispering skills to fix flats ($17), provide tune-ups ($65), or prevent bicycles that operate too well from becoming self-aware. Helpful pedal-pushers can also employ their passion for cycling to capably guide buyers through any purchase. A stylish logo jersey ($90) and pair of bib shorts ($110) by Hincapie keep riders sleek, aerodynamic, and in compliance with modesty laws, and a protective Bell Influx helmet ($65) shields your thoughts from divebombing carrier pigeons.
Push Skateshop, which TransWorld Skateboarding recognized as "Shop of the Month" in December 2007, fuses a full-service skateshop with a contemporary art gallery. It adorns its walls with belly-up decks ($35–$60), some of which are the shop’s own line and all of which are painted with museum-worthy motifs. Riders who select a deck can affix trucks ($45–$65), bearings ($11–$55), wheels (most are $30–$35), and sidecars for squirrels. Lest skaters lack the proper fashion for freestyling, Push Skateshop flatters feet with more than 75 kinds of shoes and protects men's and women's bodies with stylish asphalt armor from more than 50 brand-names, including Zero, Krooked, Planet Earth, Volcom, RVCA, Matix, and Emerica.
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.