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.