Try This: Bike + Brew Tour with Bike The South

Photo of 5 people posing for a "selfie" photo with bikes in front of a restaurant with the sign "Five Wits" hanging up
The Bike The South gang + City Editors Trista and Brianna post-ride | Photo via Bike The South

In the midst of the absolute nightmare that we know as ~the year 2020~, local bike aficionado Jim Johnson started a new business in Chattanooga called Bike The South. The idea behind the company is to provide fun, exciting bike tours for people who aren’t necessarily cycling pros. 🚲

Experience

Going on a bike + brew tour with local bike tour company Bike The South 

Photo of Brianna and Trista from behind in a brewery, with a brewer giving a tour.
City Editors Brianna + Trista learning about the brewing process at Five Wits | Photo via Bike The South

What we tried

While Bike The South offers a variety of tours from backroads cycling + farmland biking to overnight explorations — we eased into the bike tour world with a bike and brew tour

There are 3 different options for the bike and brew tour, depending on the day you’d like to go and the length of the ride you’re most interested in. We tried the shorter, 2-mile ride that stops at 4 breweries, where you get a 5 oz. pour at each:

Photo of a bike in front of two large murals. The mural on the left features an interracial couple dancing in front of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, and the right features a Black woman whose hair is full of different people
2 of the murals that are part of EPB’s 10th Street Mural Project | Photo via Bike The South

Don’t miss

The city’s scenery. Because you’re riding with professionals who have equipment on hand in case of emergency + provide safety checks before you start, it’s easy to feel safe and enjoy the ride across Chattanooga. We loved riding past the EPB 10th Street Mural Project and enjoying the sunset as we rode back to our starting point.

Brianna and Trista smiling and giving a thumbs up with their bikes in front of Oddstory.
Parking our bikes before heading into our second stop of the night, Oddstory Brewing Co. | Photo via Bike The South

What we’re still talking about

We originally chose the 2-mile tour because anything longer felt intimidating, but Bike The South’s goal of catering to the non-professionals is truly successful. From offering e-bikes to those who may want a little extra help on hitting the mileage, to making stops to ensure you get a break (and not just on the bike and brew tour — longer tours, like the upcoming Halloween ride, make fun stops for things like a trolley tour + lunch), even the longer rides are really for everyone.

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