Featured in the Taunton Daily Gazette last October, Spark Bike Run Sports culls high-end sporting equipment from around the world to outfit running, biking, and sports enthusiasts of all types with the latest gear and accessories. Peruse Spark's selection of quality goods from such name brands as Dakine, Asics, Jamis Bicycles, La Sportiva, Serfas, and Specialized, or enlist the guidance of a sports-loving staffer to navigate thoroughfares lined with men's and women's apparel, swim caps, bicycle helmets, and more.
The nimble-fingered neighborhood cycle nurturers at Dash Bicycle Shop repair and restore two-wheelers to tip-top shape before storage season. Roll in your lifeless stallion to a knowledgeable attendant for a thorough basic tune-up. Both wobbly wheels will be removed to undergo cleaning, a hub adjustment, and a truing process to increase pedal-pumping efficiency and ease momentum retention. Surgical adjustments are made to the bottom bracket, headset, and the tension of the brakes, ensuring riders can stop on a dime, pick it up, and buy a Chiclet without ever dismounting. Derailleurs are inspected, adjusted, and lightly cleaned to transform sticky gears into smooth shifters. A lube-up of the chain, cables, and key pivot points on the brakes and derailleurs combats creaky rides, and torque is checked on all bolts to maximize not falling off. After a gussy-up of the frame with a light cleaning, a tire inflation gives the bike cushy pillows on which to dream fondly of next year's smoothed-over potholes.
Segway of Newport makes the world smaller by equipping customers with wheeled transports ideal for exploring Newport’s beauteous scenery. Crowned by TripAdvisor voters as the town's best tour company, Segway of Newport offers regular guided group tours atop Segways, Ultra Motor electric bicycles, and Dahon folding bikes. After a brief training session, patrons masterfully steer Segways toward Thames Street and onto scenic 10-mile Ocean Drive. Here, they coast past Newport Country Club and Gooseberry Beach before peering over the Cliff Walk's jagged edges and pondering whether the ocean is bouncy. Ultra Motor electric bikes reach speeds up to 20 miles per hour, driven by feet or their own enchanted power, whereas 7-speed cruisers or 21-speed mountain bikes allow riders to set a pace of their choosing.
Originally a clearinghouse for the glamorous Saks 5th Avenue department store, Saks 5th Avenue OFF FIFTH has blossomed into a universally respected retailer of high-end clothing and accessories for women and men. Like the fact that neckties can work in a pinch in a ribbon-dancing competition, Saks 5th Avenue OFF FIFTH is one of the fashion world's best-kept secrets with its deep discounts on apparel and accessories from more than 800 different top brands and respected designers, such as Rag & Bone, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Balmain, and Halston Heritage. Guests shop in-person or online for faux or real fur pieces, timeless cropped leather jackets, luxurious handbags, slim-fit suits, and on-trend shoes.
During the summer months, Stephen Fox and Eliza Gilford do their best to ensure that the verdant forests, rippling ponds, and white-sand beaches of Martha's Vineyard constantly echo with the laughter of children. As the owner and camp director, respectively, of Martha's Vineyard Adventure Camp, the duo engages children ages 7-15 in local exploration and education during adventure camps built on a wealth of wilderness activities.
Led by certified and experienced staff members, campers steer mountain bikes along winding trails in the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest, practice deep-sea fishing in the Vineyard Sound aboard a Coast-Guard-licensed boat, hike through wildlife sanctuaries, and hone kayaking skills in Sengekontacket Pond. Throughout the adventures, counselors keep kids focused on wilderness education, demonstrating ways to appreciate the outdoors without harming the ecosystem or asking the wrong raccoon for its autograph. Staff members also focus on safety; each counselor is CPR, first aid, and lifeguard certified, and is never in charge of more than six campers at a time.