Man, it’s hot out there. Maybe not the best day for a ride on the Virginia Capital Trail, at least not midday. But when it cools down — maybe in September? — there are great options for riding Virginia’s newest greenway.
Back in late May I wrote about Richmond Cycling Corps unveiling The Kickstand, a bicycle rental, sales and service shop right on the Cap Trail (as it’s affectionately known). Well, the Kickstand opened in July, and it’s even cooler than I imagined.
It’s located in the grassy parking area just west of the Intermediate Terminal Building, next to where Gillies Creek enters the James River. You can’t miss the repurposed shipping container, now that it’s painted teal and has dozens of bikes arrayed around it. It’s soft opening was July 16, and the shop hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Weekday hours will be Wednesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to noon and 4 to 8 p.m.
The Kickstand also sells basic bike gear, like tubes and chain lube, and offers an on-site mechanic for tune-ups and tweaks. Maybe the coolest aspect of the venture is that it offers jobs staffing the shop for the RCC youth. Part of that job description is trail patrol. Every day the Kickstand is open, the kids, who have been trained in first aid and basic bike maintenance, head out for a 20-mile round trip on the trail offering mechanical assistance, first aid, water, and other aid to any trail users who might need it. They will also be available by calling a designated number, with the Kickstand serving as dispatch.
If you need to rent a bike, the Kickstand is now your place in downtown Richmond. To learn more, click here.