Cycling in Casa de Oro-Mount Helix

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Bike Palm Springs gives day-trippers the retro-styled cycling essentials they need to tour the neighborhood on two wheels. The shop's tandem and premium bicycles are bedecked with a Fifties flair, as evidenced by their softly curving frames, handlebar tassels, and propensity to threaten inconsiderate drivers with a knuckle sandwich. A tandem bike also allows one half of your Beat poetry quartet to snap in unison as you tear across the level Palm Springs terrain. Celebrity abodes and architectural sites give you plenty to look at during a carefree day of soaking up vitamin D and clearing the cobwebs from your cardiovascular condition. Helmets and locks are included with your rental.

625 N Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs,
CA
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Over the course of its 22-year existence, Ocean Experience Surf School has helped somewhere in the neighborhood of over 15,000 students to safely discover and refine their passion for watersports. Students 6 or older hop atop surfboards, paddleboards, and kayaks for on-the-water practice under the care of experienced instructors during private lessons and group classes.

The local press and community showers the school's companion retail outlet with praise, which won both the Best Surf Shop and Best Skate Shop in CityBeat's 2010 Readers' Poll. In an effort to give back to the community, the organization runs an afterschool sports program offering surfing and skateboarding lessons to kids up to 18 years old and adults with a note from a certified kindergarten teacher.

4976 Newport Ave
San Diego,
CA
US

The staffers at Cruiser King help pedalers to stay on the road with an impressive supply of bikes for sale or rent, handy cycling gear, and comprehensive maintenance services. At Cruiser King’s two locations, employees oversee a steady supply of the latest bikes from Hampton Cruisers and Fuji, doling them into the waiting hands of new owners or riders borrowing them for excursions, which can range from one hour to one week to cross-Atlantic cruises. Though the shop is known for its top-shelf beach cruisers, it also rents out mountain bikes, inline skates, and surfboards.

4976 Newport Ave
San Diego,
CA
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Even though it derives its name from its street address, Mission Surf could also be named for its literal mission: to get people out in the water. The water-sports shop does everything it can to encourage its customers to surf and paddleboard, from renting out equipment and wetsuits ideal for enjoying a sunny day or attending underwater business meetings. In addition to its surfing gear, the shop also carries bikes from renowned brands including Kona and Linus.

4320 Mission Blvd
San Diego,
CA
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The fashion aficionados at Sportie LA San Diego stock exclusive sneakers and threads in rare and hard to find styles and colors from brands such as Adidas, Clarks, Asics, Fila, Lacoste, Puma, and Sperry Top Sider. Their cache of cool clothes extends to items such as select track jackets, old-school flat-bill hats, and retro wear such as fedoras and suspenders that keep shoelaces from dragging.

953 5th Ave
San Diego,
CA
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Conquer the motion of the ocean with your choice of a foam (a $14 value) or epoxy surfboard (a $20 value). Strap on a pair of in-line skates, roller skates, and skateboards (a $14 value) that are more efficient and more tricked out than everyday walking. Or just relax with a stroll along the beach via comfort cruiser bikes and kids BMX bikes (a $14 value); also available are bike trailers for storage, tandem bicycles, and children's seats such as the alleycat bike trailer (a $20 value). Check out the full list of rentable fun here.

4150 Mission Blvd
San Diego,
CA
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