A full-service bike shop embracing road, mountain, and casual riders alike, Santa Monica Mountains Cyclery suits every whim and riding style, from its mechanics performing basic repairs or complete system overhauls to its supply of custom-built frames and wheels. Two-wheeled mounts from brands such as Trek, Jamis, and Knolly wag their handlebars from racks along the wall, and the shop rewards new adopters with a slew of perks, from free tune-ups for a year to unlimited cups of coffee for owners and hot WD-40 for bikes. In addition, 5% of all pre-tax profits help benefit organizations dedicated to preserving California’s natural gems and cycling havens, such as the Santa Monica Mountains Fund and the Mountains Restoration Trust.
At the core of Santa Barbara Fitness Tours is the recognition that you don't need a car or a fancy boat to see everything the city has to offer?and in fact, you may be better off without them. Given Santa Barbara's abundance of natural beauty and relatively small size, it can be more enjoyable to go exploring by other means, whether you're riding down the boardwalk on a beach cruiser or surfing the coast on a longboard.
But the company doesn't just give people the means to see the area's sights; thanks to its corps of guides, it also shows them the best places to go. Fifth-generation Santa Barbaran Nick Brown takes groups hiking along coastal bluffs as well as kayaking in view of sandy shores and distant mountains. Meanwhile, veteran cyclist Brian Rand leads mountain bikers on both leisurely trips into the back country and more vigorous trips down rocky trails, depending on their level of experience and whether they are allergic to mountains.
Trail And Mountain's owner inherited a love for the outdoors from his father, an avid hunter. Though the son never cared for hunting, he has followed that passion for nature for the rest of his life, honing wilderness navigation skills by hiking landscapes from the Catskill Mountains to the hills of North Carolina. Today, he marries this experience with certifications in first aid in a quest to introduce others to California's wilderness. During single- or multiple-day excursions in Santa Barbara County and beyond, he helms tours and helps coordinate activities for tourists ranging from day hikes to whale watching to paragliding.
Throughout her 15 years as a certified personal trainer, Karyn Graham has earned an unusual nickname: “The Butt Queen.” The moniker references her signature workout, the Karyn Technique, which firms glute muscles without bulking up thighs. Karyn teaches her eponymous classes at RPM Fitness Studio, a boutique workout venue she co-owns with her sister, Cynthia. The duo finesses clients’ physiques with rigorous spinning classes, whose minimal joint impact renders them ideal for injured athletes and knee models. Complementary Pilates classes, conducted on mats or Reformers, streamline physiques by building long, lean muscle. Five-week Slimfit Bootcamps fuse Pilates with cardio-kick, boxing, body-fat analysis, and nutrition counseling.
Dedicated to fostering a safe environment for L.A. cyclists, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition reaches out to the community via advocacy campaigns and builds awareness through bicycling events and group rides. Members work to promote cycling as a viable means of transportation by campaigning for more bike lanes throughout L.A., advocating for more-serious bike policies, and educating motorists and low-flying zeppelin pilots about street-sharing etiquette.
Metro BMX's off-road dirt track is composed of curves, hills, jumps, and landings. Just as importantly, it's full of biking and motorcross enthusiasts of all levels ready to race, ride, teach, and learn. Count Kris Mulhause among them; Kris, a 27-year veteran, 10-time state BMX champion, and 2007 National Cruiser champion, operates the track and holds lessons for riders of all levels. On top of his racing experience, Kris holds a bachelor's in kinesiology and teaching credentials in physical education. At Metro BMX he opens the track to students, teaching them starting-gate balancing, turn techniques, and why it's not cool to make engine sounds with your mouth when you're on a bike. Metro BMX is a family-friendly track that invites adults and kids alike to spend time riding, watching, or even hosting a birthday party.?