The friendly team of peddling professionals at Devil's Gear include certified mechanics who diagnose the aches and pains of bi-cycles in a repair assessment, before administering the required TLC to get it up and running as faithfully as the day it followed you home. The shop's expertise in everything from flats to proper fit adjustment, as well as their ability to service bikes of every make, model, age, and blood type helps explain why they've earned the title of New Haven's Best Bike Shop 2010 by readers of The New Haven Advocate. While this deal is good toward labor services only, Devil's Gear also offers a fleet of rentable bikes ($25.99 a day) to keep cycle-dependent riders from spinning their wheels until their precious velocipedes get back on their feet, though most repairs can be completed in one day.
Cycle Center of Stamford's knowledgeable staff has been equipping riders with the appropriate cycling accouterments and fine-tuning bikes to ensure safe travels for 27 years. Its trove of name-brand gear accommodates cyclists of all ages and skill types, from weekend riders to participants in the Tour de Franks––an annual race to visit every Frank in the continental United States.
While sunlight pours through Smart Cycles's window-lined walls, metal spokes gleam and fan out toward multi-textured tires hitched to a coterie of bicycles. For 20 years, the shop has stocked bikes by brands such as Bianchi, Torelli, and Giant. Frames roll across the floor with help from the store's knowledgeable staff members, each of whom calls on their own cycling experience to acquaint customers with their hybrid, mountain, road, BMX and other flavors of two-wheeled transport. Smart Cycles also styles human saddles in handmade Italian bicycles, such as il Massimo, imported from overseas.Racks of accessories such as jerseys, helmets, and locks ensure on- and off-road safety with reflective and knock-resistant materials. Smart Cycles also repairs and tunes up bikes, from simple derailleur adjustments to complete overhauls, and proffers complimentary safety checks to pinpoint any impending problems or motorcycle identity crises.
Baseball is alive all year-round at All Star Indoor Batting Range Baseball & Softball Academy. Started in 1991 by three baseball fans—Kevin and Brian Gilroy and Frank Rizzo—the facility gives players the chance to practice no matter how many inches of snow or packs of rabid umpires are flurrying outside. The 15,000-square-foot sports haven boasts seven tunnel cages for practicing all aspects of the game. Other elements, such as stadium benches and 7,000 square feet of artificial turf, give the academy the feel of an indoor diamond. To help players take their skills to the next level, the academy also offers private and semiprivate lessons, and maintains a pro shop stocked with essential gear.
Scissors smith Terrell “Big T” Collins of The Cutting Edge Hair Design draws upon experience, a steady hand, and a keen eye to treat men to trim and polished cuts and skin-softening close shaves. Gentlemen can slide into a chair, where Terrell masterfully snips unkempt locks and transforms drab ‘dos according to client preferences. Like Rapunzel's publicity agent, perfectly sculpted crew cuts, fades, mohawks, or carefully ruffled coifs will draw attention to powerful hair as newly sharp gents strut from the shop. After trimming skyward strands, Big T can take to stubbly visages with a straightedge razor and hot lather, masterfully shooing away beards and mustaches and leaving skin sleek.
Bloomfield Bicycle & Repair traces its history back to 1950, when the first shop opened in Bloomfield. Nowadays, with the addition of the Bicycle Cellar, it's a two-shop operation. And although the bikes and accessories are considerably different than the gear that first showed up in the shop windows, its core values?attentive customer service and thorough bike knowledge?are still the norm. The inventory of new bikes and accessories includes top brands such as Trek, Bontrager, and Pearl Izumi, and a dedicated staff is committed to keeping existing wheels on the road with tune-ups, repairs, and inspirational bike whispering.