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It all started with a deflated basketball. Though longtime friends Mike Kennedy and Eric Martin scoured downtown Boston for an inflating needle to fill it, no shops in the area carried one. They were frustrated—and they realized that other Bostonians looking for athletic gear were likely frustrated too. So in 1983, they opened City Sports, a shop stocked with all the footwear, athletic apparel, and sports equipment that the metropolis had been missing.

Nearly three decades later, Mike and Eric's neighborhood business has expanded to 20 shops across the East Coast. In addition to stocking popular brands such as Vibram, The North Face, and Patagonia, the store engineers its own CS by City Sports line. Shoppers include yogis, cyclists, and tennis players—anyone seeking to outfit active lifestyles, whether they're playing a team sport or braving the hike up the world's largest gumdrop. In addition to footwear and apparel, the staff stocks fitness equipment such as kettlebells, lifting gloves, and dumbbells.

44 Brattle St
Cambridge,
MA
US

What better way to spend an afternoon then by renting a comfortable bicycle from Bicycle Exchange in Cambridge Massachusetts. Then, enjoy the outdoors with the breeze in your hair. Located just outside Porter Square, the Bicycle Exchange is the ultimate in convenience for hitting the town on your wheels. You will most likely fall in love with the ride and want to purchase a new bicycle. Luckily, Bicycle Exchange can assist with all your purchasing needs as well. From the experienced rider to your child’s most memorable first bicycle, Bicycle Exchange is sure to have an answer for all your cycling needs.

2067 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge,
MA
US

Step off the stage and onto a bicycle at Broadway Bicycle School. Here you can learn what bicycle would be right for you, purchase bikes and parts, learn how to repair a bicycle and discovering how to build wheels. The folks at Broadway Bicycle School have displayed their passion for cycling since 1972, showing it in their work at the shop every day, and they also participate in various events in the cycling universe. Shoppers can browse in-store or online for several different bicycle models, apparel, accessories and more. Classes are available at all levels, and details can be found on the shop’s website. Folks can also bring their bicycles into the shop for repairs or choose the Stand Rental option to be the mechanic. Ride away today at Broadway Bicycle School.

351 Broadway
Cambridge,
MA
US

In 1967, a pair of rock climbers founded the first Eastern Mountain Sports store to share their passion for nature and provide the hard-to-find gear they used to explore its wildest depths. Since then, the outdoor-gear-and-apparel purveyor has expanded to encompass 69 retail locations and 11 outdoor-adventure schools between Maine and Virginia. Using input from their own climbing-school guides, they design, engineer, and test much of their own gear and apparel—often amid harsh conditions on Mount Washington Observatory’s wintry peak.

In each store and adventure school, a knowledgeable staff outfits customers for year-round camping, hiking, kayaking, skiing, and other outdoor expeditions. Bianchi, Jamis, and Marin bikes speed cyclists along paths, and multipurpose backpacks help adventurers keep their secret diaries safe from bears. Stores also stock men’s and women’s seasonal outdoor apparel and high-tech outdoors electronics such as altimeters, GPS tools, camping lanterns, and portable audio devices.

To ensure customers venture out with the proper gear, Eastern Mountain Sports also backs up services and products with a satisfaction guarantee. Upon request, they can replace products, adjust climbing gear, and perform maintenance on bikes, skis, and snowboards. Staff members may also recommend their favorite trails, climbs, and rivers, or help customers embark on international adventure tours conducted by Austin-Lehman Adventures.

1041 Commonwealth Ave
Boston,
MA
US

1048 Commonwealth Ave
Boston,
MA
US

Come into International Bike Center to find out for yourself why so many people are calling this the best bike store ever created. Harold, the owner, is often there to take care of you himself, and if not one of his staff is uniformly friendly and knowledgeable about all of your biking needs. International Bike Center has a wide variety of bikes for sale from the best brands, as well as all the parts, accessories, and apparel you could ever want. If you buy a part in store, the mechanics will install it for you for free. They also guarantee free servicing for any bike you purchase with them for two whole years after the sale. If you buy a bike for your tyke, you can also participate in the kid’s trade up service, allowing you to return an outgrown bike within two years for credit toward the next bike.

89 Brighton Ave
Allston,
MA
US