DURHAM – Whether you’re brand new to biking or gearing up for your next ride, Terra Mountain Bike and Sport has got you covered.
The newly opened bike shop at 360 Main St. specializes in mountain bikes, but also offers a great selection of pedal-assisted electric-bikes (e-bikes), road bikes, and kids’ bikes.
Store owner Aaron Kestenbaum, who is an avid cyclist himself, says biking trails are abundant throughout the area and offer a unique opportunity to enjoy nature.
“I always see people biking around here, so I thought it would be a good place to give it a shot,” said Kestenbaum. “Rockland Preserve Singletrack, Wadsworth Falls State Park, Millers Pond State Park — I think these are just some of the great biking places we have here.”
Aside from the bicycles, customers can browse through a wide selection of safety gears, tires, repair tools, and accessories. In addition, the shop offers tune-ups, repairs and fitting services.
As the business grows, Kestenbaum hopes to start accepting used bicycles and stock his inventory with more pedal-assisted e-bikes.
“E-bikes are great and I really want to introduce them to more people,” said Kestenbaum. “They allow you to ride more, and if you can ride more, you can have more fun and explore more places.”
Additionally, Kestenbaum plans on organizing guided tours of the area for customers.
After working as a general contractor for over 25 years, Kestenbaum designed the shop almost entirely himself. The interior of the 2,000-square-foot space organically combines a mix of industrial and natural elements.
“I wanted to bring my own taste into decorating. I wanted to bring in a little of the country style because of the area but also some of industrial and sporty features because of the bikes,” said Kestenbaum.
A Durham resident of 30 years, Kestenbaum says the shop received great support from the community and believes the business will flourish as spring arrives. The shop mechanic Matt also believes Terra Mountain Bike is set to succeed as it is a “perfect bike shop that the town truly needs.”
“It’s awesome, and it caters to all your biking needs,” said Matt. “Come check us out.”
Terra Mountain Bike and Sport is open Monday to Friday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.