Our first day in Lake Norman, my husband and I decided to visit Historic Downtown Mooresville. As we strolled along we happened upon Cool Breeze Cyclery (in it’s former location before expanding to their new Exit 33 location) and ventured in to see if we could learn about the area cycling since my husband has raced bikes for over 15 years.
Relocating from Southern California to Lake Norman, we had no idea what kind of cycling and cyclists existed. Seeing such brands as Serotta, Cervelo and Trek, we knew Cool Breeze Cyclery was for serious cyclists.
It turns out that Cool Breeze Cyclery is much more than just a bike shop! Yes, they have “the broadest in-stock selection of bikes in the region”, they offer Expert Bio-Mechanical Fitting, they have an excellent service department and sell all of the cycling clothing, accessories and safety gear for both men and women.
But, they also cater to Triathletes, providing all of the multi-sports gear needed and with a full-time multi-sports coach on staff, the expertise as well. Their store located in the Gateway Plaza at Exit 33 has a fitness/personal training studio where they offer personal training and small group training sessions as well.
If you are serious about your fitness, Cool Breeze also has the science and technology to maximize your efforts:
- Resting Metabolic Rate Test
- Exercise Metabolic Assessment
- Peak Oxygen Uptake (VO2 max)
- Body Fat Analysis
- Exercise Metabolic Specific Zone Classes
- Weight Management
- The New Leaf Metabolic Assessment Profile
The expert staff will evaluate your fitness, provide you with valuable feedback and give you “the tools to help you achieve your goals, from workouts to meal plans.”
In the interest of full disclosure to those of you who are considering moving to Lake Norman, this is NOT currently a road bike-friendly area. The lack of shoulders and narrow roads provide minimal, safe cycling for even the most experienced. My husband has figured out his daily 30-mile ride along the lake avoiding the main roads entirely but commuting by bike would be pretty risky.
Cool Breeze does has weekly group rides, organized by ability levels. Most of these rides are at the Lake Norman State Park or in the bicycle-friendly roads of Davidson and around the business park in Huntersville. (They have a full calendar on their website.)
There are also several fundraising events each year, the most notable being “Ride the Lake”, a 12-100 mile ride created to raise funds for the Lake Norman Red Cross.
You will find all of this information and more when you visit Cool Breeze Cyclery as almost all of the staff are actively involved in our cycling community.
For those of you living on the South end of Lake Norman, Cool Breeze Cyclery is opening a second store “Trek Bike Store of Charlotte” in mid November. It is located just off Exit 18 and across from the North Lake Mall. You can find more information about it on the Cool Breeze website as well.
Please stay tuned for Part 2 of this cycling series of articles which will go into great detail about the local towns’ bike-friendly plans as well as information about current bike paths and those planned for the future around Lake Norman.
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