Personal Touch Pools & Ponds’ technicians care for backyard bodies of water in every season. In the summer, they open pools and fire up filtration systems. In the fall, they infuse pools with special winterizing chemicals and cover them until spring. And year-round they provide regular maintenance—cleaning the pool and adjusting water chemistry—and perform repairs, renovations, and new construction of custom ponds and in-ground pools. Personal Touch specializes in seamlessly replacing worn vinyl pool liners to prevent leaks; it also converts traditional swimming holes into eco-friendly saltwater pools so you can expand your hermit-crab breeding operation.
The two-wheeler wizards of Bike Discounters stock bicycles for all types of terrain from top manufacturers such as Schwinn, Redline, and Giant. They keep steeds streetwise with general cycle maintenance—including tire installations, gear adjustments, and wheel truing—as well as tune-ups and a shrine of Say No to Potholes bumper stickers. The shop also carries an extensive array of accessories, from Thule car carriers to Louis Garneau helmets and CamelBak hydration systems.
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.
Board? Check. Paddle? Check. Flying-fish swatter? Check. That's all the customers at Surf's SUP need before they go skimming across the water of Great South Bay. Luckily, the staff is on-hand to provide the equipment, give lessons, and even teach yoga atop paddleboards.
InMotion's indoor cycling studio hums with upbeat energy, energizing music, and the low churn of state-of-the-art stationary cycles. The certified instructors and cyclists, which include former swimmers and current runners, draw on their athletic strengths to lead students through challenging spinning workouts. A unique playlist of motivating and up-tempo music powers students through intervals and sprints, as digital landscapes play across two screens, giving riders the sense that they're cycling down a country road or through a black-and-white zombie apocalypse. Each FreeMotion bike's cadence, power, and heart-rate monitor keeps track of rider progress and stats, all of which can be downloaded onto a USB drive and analyzed at home.
The technicians at Cheshire Cycle know bikes inside and out, not only because they repair them on a daily basis, but also because they spend hours and hours riding them. The adventuresome crew even sponsors a road-racing team that took home more than 50 top finishes in 2012 alone. They couple this insider knowledge with advanced technology to perform like-a-glove fittings and offer services that range from basic tune-ups to total overhauls. Their shop stocks reputable brands, including bikes by Scott, Jamis Bicycles, and Stolen BMX and clothing by designers such as Louis Garneau, Fox, and Pearl Izumi. Whatever bikes or equipment the staff don't have on the shelves they can order from a catalog supplier or have the elves in the backroom make from scratch.