Saluda Outfitters has opened a full-service bicycle shop managed by veteran bike technician and fit specialist Jonathan Tumas. Tumas brings 20 years’ experience in the bicycle industry to the new shop located on the lower level of the outfitter. A Giant bicycle dealer, the outfitter can now provide mechanics, sales, fittings and all aspects of biking needs for beginners to the most experienced riders and on any type of bike, said Tumas, who is already hard at work at the shop.
A recent transplant to Saluda, Tumas is a native of New Bern, N.C., and most recently lived in Charlotte where he has worked for both Bike Line of Charlotte and BikeSource as a mechanic and in sales. Among his other experience, he worked as systems manager for Hilltop Bicycles in New Jersey and as general manager for Sid’s Bikes in New York City.
Tumas studied civil engineering at UNC Charlotte and holds certifications from SBCU (Specialized Bicycle Components University), Trek University, Shimano S-Tec, Sram Technical University and DT Swiss for wheel building, among others.
“I am extremely excited to bring two decades of cycling industry experience and knowledge to Saluda and take creative control of the new shop,” Tumas said. “We want to make sure we provide the right bike for every rider and we guarantee our service, which includes parts, accessories, components, fork service and wheel building.”
On the retail apparel side of Saluda Outfitters, be sure to stop by to check out the spring line of clothing that continues to arrive daily and includes Elan fashions for women and Howler Bros for men. Also, our latest durable and comfortable sock lines for cycling, running, hiking or any other sport such as golf or skiing include Swiftwick, FITS and Smartwool. We now carry a select group of Astral shoes in our expanded shoe department. A sales corner provides convenient shopping for all sales items in the store, which includes any fall/winter fashions still on hand at great prices.
As summer is just on the horizon, don’t forget to enroll your youth in the area’s closest kayak day camp. The Green River School-Youth Kayak Day Camp conducted by Chris and Lydia Wing at H2o Dreams and based at Saluda Outfitters, offers youth ages 8 to 16 opportunities to become familiar with whitewater paddling while learning about the environment and protection of our water resources. The first session begins in June. To register, contact the Wings at (828) 767-7109, email firstname.lastname@example.org or register on the website at www.h2odreams.com.
Saluda Outfitters, located at 435 Main St., just one mile off I-26 at Exit 59 and Ozone Road, continues regular hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and open until 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The shop will be open regular hours Easter Sunday. For information, call (828) 848-4060.