Loose Nuts Cycles

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I’ve been sitting here pondering (over a nice cold beer) what exact thing that made me REALLY dig Loose Nuts Cycles in Atlanta GA.  This weekend we had the opportunity to visit the guys at the shop and finally get to see what it was all about.

The Adventure Starts Here
The Adventure Starts Here
Bike Shop
Bike Shop
Bottle Openers
Bottle Openers

Both Chris and Tyler were extremely down to earth and welcoming upon our arrival.  We travel with a two year old, so our focus and conversations can kind of bounce around based on what she has decided to climb on, hide under or get into.

Loose Nuts Cycles
Loose Nuts Cycles
Chris - Loose Nuts Cycles
Chris – Loose Nuts Cycles
#LNCBTEAM
#LNCBTEAM
We work well together!
We work well together!

We toured the super cool shop, housed in an old movie theater and drooled on all the various Salsa and Surly bikes they had in stock.  I find choosing one model from either of these brands crazy difficult based on all of the possibilities and enjoyed talking about the characteristics of each with Tyler, who encouraged us to come out for the demo day in November.

Brooks Saddle, Belgian Beer corks, and MORE COWBELL!
Brooks Saddle, Belgian Beer corks, and MORE COWBELL!
Forks, Forks and MORE Forks
Forks, Forks and MORE Forks
More Bikes!
More Bikes!

The shop has a personality that makes you just want to hang out and plan your next crazy cycling expedition.  Loose Nuts Cycles is more than just a place to get your bike worked on or snag the latest Surly or Salsa creation.  Loose Nuts Cycles is about having a beer, finding a bike that makes you smile and challenging yourself to RIDE that bike.

Rhys May Jewelry
Rhys May Jewelry
Salsa - Adventure Bike Bike
Salsa – Adventure Bike Bike

We look forward to dropping back by the shop and sharing our adventures in the future and hearing about all of yours!  Hope to see you there.

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On the Road in an Hour!

The other weekend we had NO PLANS for the two precious days we get a week to spend as a family doing what WE want.

So over our first morning cup of coffee we started throwing out a few ideas. We settled on heading for the ocean. The critical piece to being able to pull off this trip on such short notice was our ability to quickly get on the road in an hour.

Adventure Family in Motion
On the road in 1 hour, Can you do it?

 

In an effort to see you get out more often on family adventures we’ve compiled a quick list of tips that have allowed us the luxury of just picking up and hitting the road at a moments notice!

 

1. You don’t need all of the things you think you do

If it’s a weekend trip, take it easy on the clothing, food, books, beer, computers, and games. Try to stick with just what you need, this will save time packing (and unpacking), not to mention space in your car.

                       a. Ladies: Think light… Do you really need your hair dryer, straightener, full-size shampoo and conditioner, nail polish, and cosmetic bag the size of a suitcase? Have a small (size of a “clutch”) travel toiletries bag always packed.

2. Have you gear organized.

We keep all our camera gear ready to go and have the van stocked with regularly needed items (baby wipes, trash bags, water bottles, phone chargers and camp chairs).

a. If camping, have your stuff all prepped in a large Tupperware, insuring you don’t forget things.

b. For cycling, keep all your helmets, shoes and bike accessories in the same place. Have your bikes already prepped with tire repair kits and water bottles.

 

3. Plan while on the road.

We rarely have the full trip planned before we depart. The majority of lodging, restaurant, or local attractions can all be researched WHILE you are driving (by the passenger of course) via a smart phone and adds an element of excitement to your voyage. Don’t be paralyzed at home planning the trip.

We hope these few simple tips lead to more adventures on the road for you and your family.

Please share with us your tips and recent adventures!