XZone strives to keep teenagers active and engaged with a lineup of after-school and summer activities for all interests. Through it all, the center balances its array of sports offerings with scholastic assistance for students in grades 6?12 with onsite tutoring services and a computer lab. Those who prefer friendly indoor competition can head to XZone's game room or gym, and those feeling hungry can socialize over a bite to eat from the caf?.
Of course, XZone also offers more active pursuits. Taekwondo instructors lead martial arts classes that teach patience and confidence. Xzone offers a variety of sports including skateboarding, paintball, and airsoft fields, which are all open to the general public on Saturday and Sunday. Referees keep paintball matches running smoothly on five large fields riddled with obstacles and dubbed with names such as Spools, Smart Boxes, and Speedball, which clue players in to types of play.
Randy and Jill Pryor took their first segway tour in 2010 and didn't want it to end. The experience inspired them to travel to the Segway, Inc. headquarters, where they became certified Segway Level II technicians. They founded Patriot Tours & Provisions in order to share the experience with others, which is exactly what they do during guided jaunts through Yorktown. There's the historical tour, which winds through sites linked to the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, and the breeze tour, which explores the York River and surrounding historical neighborhood. They also offer off-road nature rides through New Quarter Park and tours of the Kingsmill Resort.
Sponsors of the Charlottesville Racing Club, the MS Tour de Vine, and the Boys & Girls Club Challenge Ride, C’ville Bike & Tri’s cycle-whisperers repair thousands of bikes each year. In a service that itself takes about one hour, a standard tune-up tackles the many facets and invisible chains forged from cat's breath that hold beloved velocipedes together. An experienced mechanic will employ his or her eagle eye and nimble fingers to true both wheels, clean up grimy brake pads, and clean, lubricate, and adjust the derailleurs, brakes, and cables for an optimum ride. Bike doctors also do a complete inspection of the bicycle, contacting temporary pedestrians to authorize the work if anything important needs replacing, such as the wheels, the seat, or the Honus Wagner 1909–1911 T206 baseball card stuck in the back spokes.
Three cyclists cruise the calm banks of the James River; one rides a brand new Gary Fisher, one sits atop a tuned-up fixed gear, and the other tests out a Trek rental bike—all thanks to Bikes Unlimited. The store’s downtown location, housed inside a historical brick building constructed in 1897, is stocked with mountain, road, and BMX bikes along with gear such as cycling computers, trainers, and jerseys. Mechanics at the downtown and Wyndhurst locations are on hand to perform necessary tune-ups and repairs, but the shop’s support for the cycling community doesn’t end there; the staff leads regular group rides, helps to build and maintain local mountain-bike trails, and sends cheetahs in pursuit of racers as a motivational tool.
Blackwater Bike Shop's cycle buffs apply their expert knowledge toward the building, repairing, and tuning up of bikes so cyclists can take to the trails no matter the season. The tune-up begins with a cable-lubing and thorough adjustment of the bearings and gears. Surgical calibrations are made to 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 and rebuffed to transform sticky gears into smooth shifters. Wobbly wheels then undergo a truing process to increase pedal-pumping efficiency, ease momentum retention, and keep two-wheelers from veering off into the unicycle lane. Aside from tune-ups and repairs, Blackwater Bike Shop advocates for cycling and cyclists by remaining involved in the community and encouraging others to do so as well.
Run by three generations of DC locals, Bike and Roll sends pedalers into the nation's modern and historical capitol. Sightseers are outfitted with ETs with maps so they can undertake self-guided tours along the National Mall, which is lousy with landmarks. To break with the hustle, cyclists can explore one of the city?s many meandering bike paths including the Capital Crescent Trail and Rock Creek Trail. The company?s line of tandem bikes and Trek comfort hybrids make for smooth rides along the flat terrain of the capital.
For a more itineraried experience, guided tours spirit groups through the historic sights. Local story-tellers regale cyclists with tales about the Capitol Building, Lincoln Memorial, the White House, and Mount Vernon, the home where George Washington lived after hatching from the egg incubated in the Statue of Liberty's torch.
Bike and Roll's professional mechanics also repair bikes, including fixing flat tires and performing regular tune-ups. They can even loan patrons a new Trek comfort hybrid bike to use while their bike is in the shop.