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Greenville SC--Swamp Rabbit, Bike Co-op, Fellow Travelers?

Old 09-16-17, 07:03 AM
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Greenville SC--Swamp Rabbit, Bike Co-op, Fellow Travelers?

Well, we finally did it--we've downsized and now are Greenville SC immigrants, exiled from Atlanta traffic, traffic, traffic.

A couple of questions:

Bike co-ops?
As a result of extensive, albeit far in the past, bike flipping--I have several boxes of parts destined for a bike co-op. I found the Village Wrench on the west side of Greenville, but are there any bike co-ops on the east side, Taylors or Greer?

Swamp rabbit trail?
After trying trail entrances near the Zoo and Mayberry Park, I've settled on parking near the Swamp Rabbit Cafe. It's unusual, however, that I see any C&V? Have we become that rare?

C&V in Greenville?
Any shops with a C&V inventory? I'm still supporting three 25" framed bikes ('82 Schwinn Super Sport SL, '83 Centurion Pro Tour and '84 Miyata 610) all with similarly stout wheels and ShunTour drive trains. I've got boxes of reserve and backup parts, a vise and a good truing stand. Still, it would be good to know about ad-hoc bits and pieces possibilities and also--fellow travelers locally?

Three bikes is too many now that we've downsized, the Miyata 610 stares out the door longingly.
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Watching with interest. Might visit next spring. Flights to Savannah have gotten way too pricey.
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I've never seen a good co-op in the Greenville area, I used to live there. Asheville has a couple of good co-ops if you get that direction.

Lucky Bikes will have some vintage stuff, typically they have high prices. Most of the rest of the shops don't want to be bothered with it. Really hard to find any shops that are vintage centric. Come up my way and you can find just about anything you want in my workshop.


To travelers, Southwest flies into Greenville, really has opened up some affordable flights. From there, you are 1 1/2 hours from Asheville, which is always worth a trip. Trails are really, really behind being developed. Hopefully Swamp Rabbit will be the first of many!

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Come up my way and you can find just about anything you want in my workshop.
We go to Asheville a couple of times a year. It's not a stretch to get to W'ville. For a while there was a BBQ place that was decent. Last time I was there when I went up to pay there was a guy about my height in front of me. He turned to go. I sotto voce grunted hello. Then I paid my bill. I realized after it was Bill O'Reilly. Go figure.
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I'm about an hour away in Greenwood, and someday I hope to actually get back on the bike! Go to Sunshine Cycles on N. Pleasantburg and ask for Mike McMillan - the shop has been there since '76, and they may still have some goodies tucked away in the back. You're also not too, too far from Greensboro's Cycles de Oro, home base for the CR listmeister Dale Brown.

Your other option to consider is Lucky Bike - may have to dicker, but the last time I was in there they had a lovely 60s Paramount with steel cottered Stronglights ...
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Not exactly Greenville SC, but there's gentleman starting a very cool bike shop, specializing in vintage steel and recumbents (yeah, I know), in Sylva NC. It's to be called the Bicycle Underground, but I'm not finding them on the internet.

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