A Brooklyn fixture since the early 1980s, Mr. C's Bicycles attracts enthusiasts of all stripes to its two-story, Seventh Avenue bike boutique. Professional bike fitters Carlos Valentino and Alessandro Matteucci maintain a fitting studio where they measure cyclists and analyze results to match them with their ideal handle-barred steed from manufacturers such as Cannondale, Trek, and Schwinn. The shop's daily crop of visitors can turn up serious cyclists training for the Tour de France as well as tourists renting bikes for a unique way to tour the boroughs or train to drive the family back home to Topeka in a rickshaw.
Having accrued 15 years of teaching experience, the staff members at Tennis Innovators prioritize exciting instruction and curriculums over barraging students with volley after volley. They appreciate the challenge of holding a child's interest and create fun drills for junior pupils, who can begin to learn racket-swinging techniques as early as age 3. The QuickStart and JuniorExtreme programs act as intriguing introductions to the sport for adolescents and work on improving their coordination, mobility, and athleticism, both on and off the court. In fact, they don't require a court to host their afterschool programs and will adapt lessons to fit any suitable space, such as a gymnasium or the least occupied patch of an in-use baseball diamond.
Classes aren't just for children—the staff hosts adult sessions aimed at improving overall game play and fitness in a supportive environment for fully formed humans of all skill levels. Staffers also lend their management expertise to neighborhood tennis clubs, providing guidance for hiring and training processes, court maintenance, and marketing.
With a fleet of futuristic segways and classic beach-cruiser bicycles, Bike and Roll Chicago outfits travelers with wheeled transportation to explore the city's paved surfaces. Tour guides lead groups through Millennium Park and along the lakefront to catch the skyline when illuminated by sunrises or backlit by one of Chicago's many moons. Misty Lake Michigan breezes ruffle riders' hair peeking through helmets as they pass by sailboats swaying lazily in the harbors and fishermen casting lines for trout and perch. Bike and Roll Chicago designs routes around classic architectural landmarks such as the Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum as well as popular neighborhoods home to a number of restaurants and art festivals.
Nestled in the heart of Manhattan, Rent-A-Bike-CentralPark encourages city exploration with tandem- and one-person-bike rentals and guided bike tours of Central Park. With longer bike lanes than any other city in the country, New York City fosters two-wheeled travel along Times Square, Fifth Avenue, and other scenic spots. During bike tours, one of Rent-A-Bike's tour guides leads guests through Central Park's pastoral landscape. Bikers breeze past Belvedere Castle and a fort from the War of 1812 before approaching the Obelisk, a public monument from the 1880s that moonlights as a toothpick for the presidents of Mount Rushmore.
Amid the bustle of Manhattan's honking horns, hustling crowds, and non-stop traffic, Brooklyn Bridge Sightseeing provides several avenues through which customers can take in the city at a much more leisurely pace. The staff rent out single and tandem bikes on which independent riders can explore the city, while friendly guides lead curated pedicab tours and walking tours of Central Park and nearby landmarks. Their popular horse and carriage tours provide a romantic option. During these excursions, the driver leads a horse-drawn carriage on a scenic jaunt past iconic New York City attractions that may include Central Park Zoo, Sheep Meadow, and the high-rise in which Oscar the Grouch secretly lives.
From its prime location in the heart of Manhattan, Central Park Bike Shop outfits visitors with a pair of rental wheels for cruising to the city’s nearby attractions. The shop rents out bicycles suited for both adults and children as well as tandem bikes—perfect for taking a romantic ride through the park or chaining up outside your apartment to prove you have friends. For those already in possession of a bicycle, the expert mechanics on-staff perform tune-ups that include adjustments, lubrication, and cleaning of all major components.