The Berkeley Bikes & Skateboards team keeps skate and bike wheels steady with a comprehensive offering of components, accessories, and maintenance services. Specialists are on hand to adjust brakes, derailleurs, hubs, and bearings in professional tune-ups, and they keep riders safely equipped with a supply of Continental tires, Kryptonite U-locks, and Kali helmets to prevent injury from unexpected downpours of cats or dogs. In addition, the shop carries a full line of custom West Art skateboards hand painted by artists Ian and Adahn Stewart. The colorful decks showcase rhythmic, surreal, and chaotic scenes ideal for displaying on walls or boastful refrigerators.
The savvy staff at Recycle Bicycle carries 13 years in passionate service and cycle surgery to treat your two-wheeler to a refreshing, comprehensive tune-up. They'll use healing hands and dependable tools to check and adjust your headset, bottom bracket, and derailleurs as needed. A thorough cleansing and lubrication of the chain, cog, and chain rings of your drive train leaves the engine hydrated before long charity races through the Rust Belt. After restoring balance to the bike with a truing of the wheels, the dashing specialists will wash the frame and wheels, leaving your iron traveler looking shiny and sleek.
Green Choice Moto helps wayfarers surf the streets aboard one of their ride-ready fleet of gas-less, electric-powered Xingyue scooters. Solo riders or go-minded twosomes can whisk around town for three hours at near 20 mph, enjoying the thrill of dual-wheels, reveling in the rush of wind, and basking in the envy of people commuting via pogo stick. Thrill seekers can rev up the brushless electric motor of the Xingyue TDR 826z, throw their things in the front basket, and cruise through town, or they can hop on a midsize Xingyue TDP 2492 equipped with cruise control, side mirrors, and a horn for answering the call of over-excited, arm-pumping semi drivers. Though not included in today’s Groupon, helmetless riders can rent noggin protection from Green Choice for an additional fee ($5).
The co-founder of the Escuela de Tango, Marcelo Solis, has been an Argentine tango dancer and teacher for more than 25 years. Solis formed the Escuela de Tango dance school in 2012. The San Francisco location is one of a few branches of the school, which is headquartered in Buenos Aires—the so-called capital of tango. In San Francisco, a cadre of skilled instructors offers private lessons with one-on-one coaching as well as group classes suited to all skill levels and astrological signs. If you want to put your new moves into practice, the school frequently hosts and sponsors milongas—special dance celebrations with music, food, and drinks.
Hang Time Kite Surfing gives water-sports enthusiasts one more avenue for exploring the Bay Area's glittery waterways. Through International Kiteboarding Organization–certified kiteboarding lessons, instructors instill students with the skills needed to master both wind and surf. Group and private lessons are geared toward both novice and experienced kiteboarders and range from one to five hours. When boarders are ready to ride the waves solo, Hang Time also sells complete kiteboard packages replete with used or new gear.
Tomaj Trenda has devoted his life to dance. After receiving a Masters degree in dance education, he has been honing the toe-taps of students everywhere from the University of Washington to the National Ballet of Mexico. Tomaj also keeps his skills and stage presence honed by performing internationally throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. Not content to accept old traditions as law, he has spent considerable post-graduate time training in how to teach new motor skills to adults.When instructing people through dance, Tomaj works with the brain instead of against it. Using a measured amount of repetition, he ensures his students learn and retain the steps from every class. Each lesson builds off the skills of the last, creating a strong foundation on which students stack a repertoire of moves and their hope of beating the Greasers in any sudden dance-offs. Leaders learn various root moves and how to combine and vary those moves to create complex and stylistic dance routines.