Diving for more than 30 years, Ron Busch?PADI master instructor and owner of Coral Key Scuba and Travel Center?first decided to share his passion for underwater exploration in 1995 by building a facility that catered to all facets of scuba and snorkeling. Since its construction, the center has been recognized as a PADI five-star training center that offers scuba and snorkeling classes, professional gear, and diving trips to far-off locales such as Indonesia.
An avid traveler, Busch entrusts day-to-day duties to the center's manager, Randy Partch, a PADI master scuba diver and trainer who teaches 16 different diving specialties and boasts certification to repair and service many different brands of scuba equipment and one kind of Xerox machine.
For almost 20 years, Colorado Sports Rental has helped visitors and locals alike get their adrenaline pumping in any season with gear in affordable rental packages. In the summer, they lend out recently purchased jet skis, fishing boats, and dirt bikes; the winter months bring new models of skis and snowboards from brands such as Burton, Neversummer, and Salomon, which patrons can rent for a day or all season. To accommodate resort hoppers, the staff can also supply ski racks and Thule boxes for the tops of cars.
Golden Bear Bikes is an outdoor sporting store that caters to myriad biking needs––housing a bundle of bike apparel, tools, and accessories, as well as offering various tune-up services. Rainy-day riders can shield themselves from cloud tears and exploding soy-sauce packets with the water-resistant Bontrager Clearly Seen rain shell ($34.99), and bodybuilding bikers can comfortably curl their pedal-propelled road ponies with a pair of Gore Bike Wear Countdown Summer lady gloves ($39.99). A quick tune-up ($55) adjusts the front and rear brakes and derailleurs, lubricates the cables and drivetrain, checks the ball bearings, and ensures cycles roll smoothly over inconveniently placed birthday cakes.
The mechanics behind the service counter at Jinji Cycles pride themselves on top-notch bicycle maintenance and repair for cyclists of all stripes. Rather than prescribing one-size-fits-all solutions for every bike that comes wheeling through the door, Jinji adheres to an hourly policy for all maintenance. This approach ensures that each cycle receives the proper attention it needs and none that it doesn’t, preventing wastes of time and resources on wheels that don’t need truing or handlebar ribbons that don’t need combing. Those looking for a new bike can consult the mechanics for assistance; the showroom’s racks house models by revered brands such as Felt, Handsome Cycle Co., and Argon 18.
Campus Cycles owners Mark Velat and Bobby Verenna grew up in the cycling world. Mark has been riding and racing for more than 30 years now, and Bobby broke into the retail end back in sixth grade. At their shop, patrons reap the rewards of their expertise when shopping from shelves of sturdy bikes and gear from brands such as Giant, Cannondale, and Electra, in addition to children's two-wheelers and tricycles. Their service department’s technicians recalibrate bikes with tune-ups, and fit specialists match individuals with the ideal cycle. Patrons can also visit on demo days when big-name manufacturers show off their latest products and let riders take them out for test-drives on nearby mountain trails or paved roads. Meanwhile, the store's Get to Know Your Bike classes give riders basic repair and maintenance skills so they can remedy minor damage incurred when tires pop on fiberglass banana peels littering the road.
LoDo Spokes owner Justin Spencer could likely tell you anything you want to know about bicycles. He's spent well over 15 years in the cycling industry and encountered all forms of the pedal-driven vehicle, even the kind Ben-Hur and Messala used in their famous bicycle race. But he won't try to sell you a new bike. Instead, he wants his customers to be happy with their current rides.
A look inside LoDo Spokes' brick storefront is like a glance into Mr. Spencer's bike-filled mind. In this space, Mr. Spencer and his team true wheels, change brake pads, and install new cables for brakes and gears. In most cases, they can tune up bikes the same day. In addition to possessing a dearth of bike knowledge, Mr. Spencer's and the crew are well versed in tuning up skis and snowboards, ensuring that all equipment is finely tune and ready to tackle the freshest powder of any season.