Mark Toomey once helmed his own recruitment firm in Nottingham, England, on the outskirts of Sherwood Forest, but a disdain for damp winters led him to the sun-drenched beaches of Siesta Key. Since opening Robin Hood Rentals in 2009, Mark has persevered through what he calls "Florida's harshest winter in 30 years," during which temperatures teetered near the freezing mark. He equips visitors with rental land-based and aquatic craft that let them explore the area without having to saddle a horse or propose to a dolphin.
From its perch near the Jim Neville Marine Preserve, the company fits cyclists with a range of beach, mountain, and tandem bicycles; matches riders to a fleet of two-seat 49cc automatic scooters; and trains visitors to venture off on newer-model i2 LeanSteer Segways. They also let kayakers explore the local waterways from sunrise into the nighttime.
West Orange Trail Bikes and Blades sends pedalers zipping down the 24 miles of paved pathway that comprise the tree-lined West Orange Trail. As the shop is located directly on the trail, bikers don't have far to lug their dual-wheeled chariots before pushing off toward such destinations as downtown Winter Garden and Lake Apopka. Cyclists can choose from a selection of bikes, consisting primarily of Raleighs, including customer favorite, the Raleigh Venture—a seven-speed bike with a suspension seat post and adjustable stem. Hop atop a Raleigh Revenio 3.0 road bike for a smooth jaunt down the pavement, or pick out a tandem bike to share a spin with a quadriplegic octopus, whose four good arms are enough for him to still do his part.
Staffed by a team of experienced and spirited cyclists, Outspokin Bicycles houses a sweeping selection of bicycles, helmets, apparel, and supplies needed for well-balanced bikers. Cuddle fast-moving craniums with a lightweight and durable Giro Prolight helmet ($199.99), or put this deal toward a sharp new mountain-carving contraption such as the Giant's Revel 1 bicycle ($479.99), featuring a competition-inspired aluminum frame and wheels perfect for off-road racing, crag-hopping, and cutthroat newspaper delivery races. Conquer any tacks, glass, or crushed cars blocking your way to monster truck–style tricks with Genuine Innovations' Tire Repair and Inflation Seatbag ($34.95). Outspokin's gear gurus are informed and approachable, ready to answer questions and recommend components for the ideal conveyance combination.
While stationary bikes implicitly imply immobility, ON1 Cycle’s RealRyder bikes are anything but immobile. Designed to engage core muscles in addition to legs, the stationary cycles tilt, lean, and gallop when kicked just like real bikes do. Certified instructors lead six different types of sessions that range from the music-infused Happy Power Hour to the intense High Octane course, which incorporates high-intensity interval training. Students can tinker with their own bike settings and choose how hard they wish to pedal during the adaptable classes.