Blue Water Aquatics’ owner Randy Swift and his team of instructors open up Earth's final frontier to students of all skill levels with diving and snorkeling classes. Classes include basic courses such as Open Water Diver and specialty courses such as Night Diver, Underwater Photographer, and Squid Wrestler. Combining classroom, indoor pool, and open-water sessions, the programs equip the divers with sequentially more challenging skills in safe environments. The pro shop also proffers services such as gas fills, scuba repair, and rentals.
A bicycle is like any metallic organism whose parts come loose and whose chains decay under the stress of the outside world. Calmar Bicycles is staffed by friendly and highly knowledgeable cycle pros who are certified when it comes to massaging a peddler to a state of road-ready confidence. A standard tune-up entails a complete inspection and adjustment of a bike’s derailleurs, a brake adjustment for quicker and easier stopping, and a scrutinous look at all critical fasteners. Then a bike’s bearing assemblies go under the knife to crispen crucial connections before wheels are removed for a true truing, cables are lubricated to achieve minimal resistance, and a light cleaning makes the curious creature blue-ribbon ready.
Like a perfectly broken-in glove or a lucky bat, RD Academy stays with ballplayers for years and years. It also plays an important role in a ballplayer's development.
When Santa Clara University head baseball coach Dan O'Brien founded the academy, he didn't design it for just one age group, but instead as a resource that players can turn to from the moment they pick up a ball to the moment they have to pick out a college. The academy's youth camps, for instance, emphasize the game's fundamentals to kids aged 7–13. When the time comes to move up to the next level, the academy organizes high school showcases, where ballplayers can impress college coaches without hurling a fastball through their bedroom window, and then immediately repairing the window.
Tread Bikes suits up cycling enthusiasts with a cornucopia of pedal-pushing gear and apparel, all organized in tidy racks that make for easy browsing. Select RD cleats by Pearl Izumi ($95) use direct-vent technology to cool down overheated tootsies, and the Fox Head Flux helmet ($99.95) keeps cyclers from having to cruise around town in a propeller beanie. Customers can also wrap torsos in the lightweight Carbon Ion jersey by Louis Garneau ($94.99), made from carbon-fiber fabric that assists in reducing static electricity while ushering circulation to the upper body. Tread Bikes' shop boasts a play area for children and welcomes dogs, so long as they are housebroken and aren't wearing rollerblades.
Whether meant to scale mountains or drift down street shoulders, the mounts and cycling gear at Summit Bicycles ease any odyssey atop two wheels. The extensive selection ranges from Trek bikes for road and mountain to hybrid and commuter bikes that trump getting to work by hiding overnight in a coworker's trunk. Well aware of the importance of finding the ideal frame, the store lends out high-end bikes for test runs via its demo program, allowing riders to get a feel for the saddle's political bent before taking it home to meet their parents. For current owners, Summit's technicians repair and tune up already-owned bikes and help browsers find accessories such as tire-patching kits, electronic heart-rate monitors, and apparel from Bontrager and Pearl Izumi.
Recognized in 2008 as one of Bicycle Retailer’s Top 100 Bike Shops in the U.S., The Bike Connection serves all bipedal peddlers looking to buy, rent, or maintain a velocipede. The full tune-up unleashes professionally trained and certified mechanics upon the two-pronged mobile devices, serving up liberal brake and derailleur adjustments, truing crooked wheels, and tightening any loose bolts looking to jump ship. The technicians then free up the crankset’s angular potential with a bottom bracket adjustment, un-break brakes, and shower cranky chains with liberating lubricants. With more than 25 years of bike-tinkering experience, this fully equipped, family-owned bicycle asylum returns aging bicycles to a vigor reminiscent of their training-wheel years.