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Locally owned bike shop rides into Deep Ellum with big plans to be a hub

Bike shop rides into Deep Ellum with big plans to be a hub

Brookyn Bicycle Company Bedford Seven Speed
Local Hub in Deep Ellum will carry bikes from Brookyn Bicycle Company. Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Bicycle Company
Deep Ellum Bag Works cap
Local Hub also will carry caps from Deep Ellum Bag Works. Local Hub/Facebook
Girl on bike for Local Hub in Deep Ellum
Local Hub wants to create a community of riders. Photo by Kristie Holt
Brookyn Bicycle Company Bedford Seven Speed
Deep Ellum Bag Works cap
Girl on bike for Local Hub in Deep Ellum

Deep Ellum is where it’s at these days, and now the neighborhood is getting a bike shop. Local Hub opens this summer next door to BrainDead Brewing on Main Street, with a mission to “transform Dallas into the biking city it’s meant to be.”

Owners Kristie Holt and Justin Shannon — he owns Spokes Pedicabs in Oak Cliff, and her retail experience includes Bicycle Habitat in New York — expect the biking community to grow exponentially, as people think about riding as more than just a form of exercise but a viable way to get around town.

“We decided to open the shop because there was a need for a commuter bike shop in Dallas,” Holt says. “We want to help people discover the joys of cycling not only as a form of exercise, but also for transportation.”

Their goal with Local Hub is to form a community of riders, giving them a place to meet others, learn more about cycling and find quality gear they can’t find elsewhere in the city. The shop will carry five main categories of bikes:

  • Fitness: Performance bikes used for commuting, trail riding and daily exercise.
  • Touring: These bikes are for long-­distance riding and commuting.

  • Fixed gear/single speed: Urban commuting bikes for riders wanting a modern­-style ride.

  • Dutch style: Designed for urban commuting, these step­-through bikes accommodate riders dressed for work or social occasions.
  • Kids: Assortment of bikes appropriate for small children, youth and teenagers.

But it’s not only about the bikes. Local Hub also will host 
hands-on repair workshops, skills seminars, movie nights, weekend group rides and yoga.

You can learn more about Holt and Shannon’s two-wheeled dream at the Homegrown Festival on May 9 in downtown Dallas, where Local Hub will have a display booth. Visitors can get a glimpse at the store’s featured items, including Brooklyn Bicycle Company bikes, caps from Ellum Bag Works, and leather growler and six­-pack holders from Fyxation.