Seriously, guys, this place is cool.
I mean, can't you tell from looking at it? Halcyon Bike Shop
is Nashville's only used bike store. They rescue bikes from the landfill and fix them up. Then, they sell what could have been an expensive bike for cheap.
Not only that -- they have a full bike repair shop in the back and a little shop of bicycle accoutrements. I did see some merman notepads, too, just in case.
I stumbled upon this little store driving down Granny White to Frothy Monkey, my favorite coffee shop of the week. A low, handmade sign reading "Bike Shop" points down Halcyon Drive. I later took my bike in for a new chain (and some air in the tires) as it has been sitting beside a tree all winter long. I waited maybe five minutes on the sweet picnic table out front and paid only $15 for the labor and the new chain.
This summer, they are teaming up with the Oasis center to give youth the chance to win a free bike! All that's required is participation in a workshop that will teach bicycle maintenance, repair and safety.
The Halcyon Bike Shop is an open-air store of friendly people. There is a definite subculture here, and while they do not advertise an environmental bias, it is there. They forego air conditioning in favor of cotton, cut-off clothing. Their vibe is low-maintenance and easy-going. (The mechanic was asking the girl repairing a tire in a swingy cotton skirt if the group was going out dancing that night.)
It's not all talk for them -- this is their life and livelihood. I just hope that the broader environmental culture will catch on to what the Halcyon Bike Shop already has developed: a network of people who are working to revolutionize our current system of transportation and waste.