When Brian McInerney reflects on the humble beginnings of Wheel Fun Rentals, Inc., he points to his childhood passion for bikes. "As far back as I can remember, I had a real love affair with bicycles," he recalls. During a trip to Italy in 1987, Brian's affinity for cycling blossomed into a full-fledged obsession when he spotted locals' transporter of choice, the surrey. Inspired, he began importing the Italian four-wheelers to a rental business in the U.S. that eventually expanded into Wheel Fun Rentals, now a nationwide web of shops that also loans out bikes, electric cars and mopeds, and man-powered watercraft. Adventuresome athletes can also compete in activities such as surrey scavenger hunts and blindfold obstacle courses navigated via shouted instructions from a seeing teammate or exceptionally long rounds of trial and error.
For more than 25 years, Play It Again Sports has bedecked kids and adults with high-end, wallet-friendly athletic armor so that they can kick, swing, punt, and take exception to referee calls with gusto. New inventory arrives every day, and the friendly staff can lead quality-seeking shoppers to the top brands lining the spacious storefront shelves, including Callaway, Taylor Made, Nike, Adidas, Easton, Horizon Fitness, and more. Prices vary by item, but you'll have enough credit to purchase many different athletic accouterments. Ice fans can outfit themselves with used skates (figure or hockey), and divot devotees can load up on golf balls or golf discs. Otherwise, get started on a collection of P90X workout accessories so that you're prepared to play any sports that appear to you in dreams.
Awarded a spot on Bicycle Retailer's Top 100 Bicycle Retailers 2010 list, Nytro Multisport's knowledgeable staff of bicycle mechanics diagnoses and repairs two-wheeled troubles. During the basic tune-up, a team of pedal-pod pediatricians tenderly tends to your velocipede with a drive-train lube and adjustment, inspection and adjustment of front and rear brakes, an axel-skewers and bolts inspection and tightening, and a tire and tire-pressure check. Furthermore, front and rear hubs, seat-clamp bolt, seat-binder bolt, and stem-clamp bolts are all adequately adjusted. Inspection of pedal crank-arm attachments, a quick frame clean, and a lollipop for well-behaved bicycles completes the comprehensive check-up. With mechanics versed in bicycle bereavements of all types, Nytro cares for bicycles in-house and usually have repairs complete in one to three days, lessening the chance of owners falling prey to segway seduction. Parts are not included.
The StreetStrider combines the active exercise of an elliptical machine with the untamable motion of wild bicycles. Riders partake in a full-body workout as they propel the three-wheeled machine with a fluid, elliptical motion. Joints relish the low-impact exercise, while hands control dual hand brakes, change gears with twist grip shifters, and turn aircraft-grade aluminum frames toward grocery stores, scenic paths, or jealous gyms.
Within Revolution Bike Shop’s warehouse storefront, expert mechanics true wheels and build bikes on the shop's floor in full view of customers, thus hinting at their mission to form an accessible and egalitarian community of bikers. In addition to showcasing their labors, mechanics collaborate with customers to design and build their dream bikes, and the staff sponsors a bike team and organizes weekend rides. They also help budding cyclists navigate the vast inventory of apparel and accessories and hone in on the ideal bike for leisurely weekend rides or high-speed ice-cream-truck chases.
At La Jolla Shores, the ocean bottom slopes gently out to sea and the waves roll gently toward the beach, where seals can be found sleeping in the sun. This unique ecology makes the area an ideal entryway into the ocean, which the native La Jollan owners of La Jolla Kayak take full advantage of, leading kayaking excursions past the steep cliffs and through the secluded sea caves where humans first learned to douse fire. Alternatively, snorkel tours allow explorers to dive into the 6,000-acre Underwater Park to spy the leopard shark, garibaldi, and dolphins swimming underfoot. To facilitate journeys, La Jolla Kayak transports visitors' kayaks to the beach straight from its outfitting shop, which also houses complimentary lockers and rents out wetsuits to keep love-struck sea lions from slipping notes into divers' pockets.