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.
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.
Signature service: Stand-Up Paddleboard Rentals
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Pro Tip: Dress comfortably. Don't be afraid to get wet and to enjoy the day. Water and snacks are recommended.
How is your approach different than that of other professionals in your field?
We offer stand-up paddleboard rental services in a non-intimidating environment. We [take] the extra effort to make sure you are comfortable on your board and safe on the water.
What's one tip for first-time customers that will make them feel like regulars?
Be prepared to have fun, get wet, and relax on your adventure. [Bringing] a bathing suit, sunscreen, water, and a snack is recommended.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
My wife and I developed a passion for paddleboarding on a family trip in St. Augustine a few years ago.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
[Paddleboarding is a] unique way to explore the waters and a great workout while your at it.
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.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Flyboard and wakeboard instruction
Recommended Age Group: All ages
Escaping the heat becomes a priority for city dwellers in the summer, and the people of Atlanta have just such a refuge at Lake Chatuge. The two-hour-away locale boasts crystal-clear waters, a mountain backdrop, and Mountain Wake, a water sports shop that rents wakeboards, standup paddleboards, and flyboards to visitors.
if you're giving wakeboarding a try, the set-up includes a system in which participants are pulled 500 feet down the lake while holding onto a handle connected to a cable 20 feet off the water. Anyone new to the sport might want to try out a lesson first. And because Mountain Wake's coaches now stand on paddleboards to stay close to riders, beginners no longer have to ask their coach questions solely by tying a note around a seabird's foot. The staff also teaches people how to soar above the water or dive in and out of the waves like a dolphin during flyboard lessons.
The value of teamwork—this is the overriding lesson the staff at Lowell Paintball hopes its players take from the game. As players shuttle through the wooded field to find the opponents' flag, they’re incentivized to work together, ducking behind trees and climbing into bunkers to provide enough cover so that their teammates can advance or take a nice cat nap. As play unfolds, judges keep an eye on all the action to ensure safety and that all the rules are being followed.