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Your Local Bike Shop . . . for Life!

Serving Lexington, Rockbridge and the Allegheny Highlands

At Red Newt Bikes, we’re passionate about bicycles. We believe that bikes offer a simple solution to many of our communities’ complex problems. Bikes are great for your personal health and for the health of our environment. Bikes can help you save money on transportation, and bikes can provide you with endless miles of fun with your family and friends.

We want to help connect you to the gear and the groups that will support and celebrate your style of cycling.

We want your time at our shop to be a friendly, encouraging experience.  We want you to feel comfortable stopping by – ask a question, connect with others interested in outdoor activities, pick up something that will help you enjoy your journey. We hope you’ll be a lifelong customer.

QUESTIONS? Call the shop (540) 463-7969

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Dave Walsh, owner, Red Newt Bikes

Dave Walsh

Sometimes referred to as the “accidental advocate”, Dave started bicycling to work as a way to reduce his carbon footprint (and you can often see him out on the streets commuting on his Salsa Fargo). He since served as a Board member of the Virginia Bicycle Federation, the Rockbridge Area Conservation Council’s Transportation Committee, and continues advocating for safer road markings, more bike lanes and other actions to make Virginia even MORE bicycle friendly than it already is.  Dave helped organize and coach a local NICA team and is passionate about helping people feel safe while enjoying cycling. 

Dave graduated from Barnett Bicycle Institute and the Appalachian Bicycle Institute. He is a member of the Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association as well as the National Bicycle Dealers Association. He is a League of American Bicyclists Certified Safety Instructor, a graduate of Adventure Cycling Association’s Leading Tours Training Program, is certified in Wilderness First Aid, and is a member of the  Bicycle Tour Network Association.

Dave loves the history, the flora and fauna, the views and the feeling after a good day’s ride. He loves sharing the sites and stories of Virginia with cyclists of all levels and ability. In a group ride, he tends to ride “sweep”, bringing up the rear while sharing information and observations about the area and the experience. Dave tends to be kind of quiet a lot of the time, but his wit and wisdom never fail to engage those who connect with him.

Tasha Walsh, owner, Red Newt Bikes

Tasha Walsh

Tasha started her adult riding on a hand-me-down 1970 something Schwinn, then graduated to a second-hand Bianchi geared for flatlands. There were many a hill that she walked that bike up, but her love of being outdoors and moving on the road kept her going. These days she rides bikes made for the Appalachians (her favorite is a Surly Longhaul Trucker) and she still tends to be the last one to the top of a rise, enjoying the ride along the way. Tasha is also a graduate of Adventure Cycling Association’s Leading Tours Training Program, a League Certified Instructor, and an American Red Cross CPR/First Aid Instructor.

Tasha’s background includes experience organizing and facilitating group adventures. She loves creating space and opportunity for people to enjoy themselves and have unforgettable positive experiences. Her jovial nature and positive, encouraging outlook relaxes and connects with those around her

Brant Wyman, fit expert, Red Newt Bikes

Brant Wyman

Brant has loved bicycles all his life. Brant was a Bronze medalist in the National championship & road professionally for Raleigh Bicycles’ National team for 12 years. During the 70’s and 80’s he owned multiple bike shops and bike repair service in Texas, and sold Lance Armstrong his first bike (a gray Basso) Brant moved to Rockbridge County around 1999 and has coached Washington & Lee’s club team. He still rides every day and wants folks to have all they need to enjoy cycling in the area. Brant is Red Newt's resident bike fitting professional. To get the most comfort and performance out of your bike, learn about our Bike Fitting options.

Bryan Walsh, bike mechanic, Red Newt Bikes

Bryan Walsh

Bryan is passionate about getting outdoors and taking journeys.  After living on the trail while completing the Triple Crown of hiking (the AT, CDT, and PCT), his love of outdoor adventure is now focused on helping people get out on their bikes. He has joined the team to help spruce up older bikes, fix up broken bikes, and build up new bikes. Bryan has an ability to tackle things that seem difficult and break them down into doable steps and can help others do the same.  He provides the brawn behind our pick-up and delivery service and his attention to detail assures our customers are satisfied!

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Find your dream bike today and visit us for a test ride. We'll ensure that you're on the right bike to meet your needs and the right frame size for a comfortable, safe cycling experience.