If you walk into AtOmic Cycles on Front Street in New Bern, North Carolina, you are immediately struck by the smell of fresh rubber tires and the absolutely overwhelming number of choices there are in the cycling world. Lucky for you owners Thomas and Claire Hewitt are not only avid cyclists themselves, but they love sharing their knowledge with cycling enthusiasts and newbies alike! Whether you need help with information on, advice for sizing of a new bike, ideas on local riding routes, cycling “education” or just help maintaining/building/repairing your bike, AtOmic Cycles is your place. Providing customers with that kind of all-encompassing shop was always the Hewitt vision.
Several years ago, while on a mountain biking trip in Chattanooga, Tennessee with good friends, the idea for AtOmic Cycles was born. The Hewitts’ friends had once been part owners of a bike shop themselves and were the perfect people to help Tom and Claire flesh out this idea. “Turning what you love doing for fun into your profession is a dream come true,” Hewitt admitted.
But, the Hewitts didn’t want to open any bike shop. They wanted a Bike Shop that not only provided Top Quality Bikes and Superior Maintenance Services, but that evoked their passion for ALL types of riding and the Cycling Lifestyle!
After much research into the southeastern United States markets, discussions with major bike brand representatives, and looking for that all-important downtown business district, the Hewitts and AtOmic Cycles found Front Street and made New Bern their home. “We love the quaintness and small-town feel of New Bern. And, we are fortunate to have so many amazing places to ride right here around us as well,” Claire Hewitt shared.
AtOmic Cycles is now celebrating 6 years in business! The Hewitts have expressed their amazement at how quickly they’ve achieved many of the milestones in their original business plan from 2009. Part of that success has to be attributed to the atmosphere the Hewitts have created – you’re welcome in their shop to visit, talk bikes, talk life, talk riding routes or just enjoy a cool drink along your way. A low-key, friendly atmosphere never goes unappreciated in amazing small towns like New Bern.If you’d like to find out more about AtOmic Cycles Bike Shop, please find us on Facebook (AtOmic Cycles Bike Shop) visit our website, or stop by 504 South Front Street.