After 13 years of living in nearby Statesville, the French family decided Elkin was the right place where Adam French could put his mechanical skills and love for bicycles to work for them. The business, which naturally grew from years of BMX riding, is located at 227 W. Main St. in downtown Elkin.
Biking was more than just a hobby for French; it was his passion. After riding BMX since childhood, he opened Downtown BMX as “a benefit and asset to the trail system” in and around Surry County including such events as the Mountains-To-Coast ride which starts in Banner Elk and travels a total of 565 miles to Atlantic Beach this year.
French hopes Downtown BMX will be part of a “support system” for cyclists from the Surry Scenic Bikeway and other bike enthusiasts. His shop not only sells new bikes, but he also does repairs. Although he specializes in BMX (for extreme cyclists), Mountain Bikes (hard trail bikes), and Trails Bikes (with full suspension), he also services other bicycles and even tricycles for children.
Downtown BMX is more than just a full service bike shop. French and his family are very interested in the community, working with the schools to create safety classes and fundraisers, and looking forward to starting a seniors riding group.
Interested individuals can contact French through his website at www.DowntownBMX.com or at https://www.facebook.com/downtownbmxmountaintrail.
Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Twitter @TBeanieTaylor.