I want to test ride some Specialized and Kona XC and mountain bikes. I live in Fayetteville, Tennessee (just above the Alabama border). The closest bike shop to me is in Huntsville, Alabama, but it doesn’t sell either Specialized or Kona.
Are there any bike shops in Tennessee, or in Alabama as far south as Birmingham, or in Georgia as far south as Atlanta, that allow “real” test rides? By “real” test rides I mean something more than just a “parking lot” ride. I mean a ride in the dirt over some bumps.
I’m getting back into riding after many years of not riding. Bikes have changed a lot. The biggest thing I’m trying to decide is hardtail or full suspension. I plan to joy ride only. Dirt roads, fire roads, and light trails. No racing and nothing extreme. But I’m 42 years old and ride comfort is very important to me.
I don’t know anybody that rides bikes, so I don’t have any means to test ride except going to bike shops. So I want to ride some hardtails and full suspensions in the kind of terrain that I plan to ride in once I buy a bike.
Can anyone recommend a good Specialized and/or Kona bike shop based upon my location?