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Experts and Novices Alike Stop by Aztec Cycles before Hitting the Road

By Marina I. Jokic

Aztec Cycles has been serving the biking community in Stone Mountain and its surrounding areas by providing expert and affordable repairs, a slew of information, and free bike safety checks. Michelle Dunbar, co-owner at Aztec, opened the shop together with her husband, who has been working with bicycles for over thirty years. Aztec Cycles can repair a wide range of bike models and thrives on repeat customers.

Dunbar sums up Aztec Cycles as "an affordable bike shop that can service everyone's needs no matter what they paid for the bike." She and her husband make it a priority to go the extra mile for every customer in terms of ensuring safety and peak performance of the bike, and recommending necessary maintenance without being pushy.

The shop also organizes affinity groups that meet outside of the shop every Wednesday and Saturday to ride along the bike paths in Stone Mountain into Atlanta. The activity fosters camaraderie among the cycling community, and has cemented Aztec's reputation as a reliable resource.

Dunbar wants people to know that their shop offers a wealth of information about cycling and not just technical repairs. Promoting education about bikes, safety, and the local terrain, for example, is an essential pillar of Aztec's operational philosophy. "We want to make sure that they are safe first and foremost," adds Dunbar.

Dunbar shares that what inspired them to open the shop is her husband's passion for cycling and fixing bikes. "It was time for him to do his own thing," she says. "We were blessed to be able to have our business in Stone Mountain and we were blessed again when our current location was graciously offered to us," she says.

In addition to their regular repair and tune-up services, Aztec offers a variety of cycling activities for the community. They provide technical assistance for the YMCA during their annual Kids' Triathlon and Healthy Kids Day. Dunbar notes that the shop also offers a ladies-only group ride every Wednesday evening.

At Aztec's maintenance classes for the Boy Scouts, Dunbar and her husband also offer private lessons for those who want to learn to ride, especially for kids who are eager to shed their training wheels.

Dunbar specifically recommends the Atlanta-Decatur bike path, which is one of the safest and most well maintained. "Nice, long, easy stretch, no hills all the way to Decatur," she says. This particular path is also a great way to avoid riding on roads. The Arabia Mountain path, on the other hand, is for those not afraid to ride alongside cars, and it also offers a predominantly hilly terrain. Lined with beautiful scenery and rolling peaks, the Stone Mountain Park path is another of Dunbar's favorites.

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Marina Jokic holds a bachelor's degree from Connecticut College in Russian and East...

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