Trek Bicycle Store of Fairfield and Trek Women beam with a brand-new glass and brick visage, behind which bike-handlers preside over an expansive stable of Trek-brand two-wheeled steeds as well as the tools necessary to keep bikes running at full bore. The staff help customers navigate through a maze of hybrids, road-touring, triathlon, and mountain bikes saddled to the specifications of a range of age levels. Shelves buckle under the weight of bicycle pats, accessories, and apparel for male and female cyclists. Headlights dissuade foreign objects from collision, accessory bags keep electronics secure, Bontrager and Pearl Izumi’s leather and gel gloves protect hands, and Capo’s breathable fabric tops keep skin cool during pulse-pounding rides and volcano-jumping stunts. To keep older bikes riding like their newer cousins, the store’s technicians pamper rides with a comprehensive regimen of equipment checks, adjustments, and cleaning in a range of bike tune-ups, ensuring sailing as smooth as a freshly buttered pair of roller skates.
Leading more than 30 bike tours across the nation, the cycling enthusiasts at Bike and Roll fuel a passion for healthy, eco-friendly transportation via guided tours and self-guided rides atop rental bikes. Their fleet of two-wheelers stakes a claim to Trek bicycles—the same brand that propelled Lance Armstrong to victory—and other recreation, transportation, road, and children's bikes. Riders can pedal behind a guide during the Ride 'Round Manhattan tour, which circles the Statue of Liberty and the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial before cruising along the Harlem River bike path. More adventurous cyclists can board rental cycles on their own and confer with free maps to conduct a jaunt across the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges while drinking in the skyline and making Waldo spottings along the river. Bike and Roll also outfits patrons with other specialty transportation, such as in-line skates, segways, and magic carpets programmed to swing past the tops of only historic buildings.:m]]
A 99-year-old great-grandmother trades her cane for a unicycle and rolls smoothly across the floor of a vibrantly colored studio. Made possible by an innovative uni-trainer device, similar feats occur regularly during group unicycle lessons held at Just One Wheel's 5,200-square-foot facility. Cofounder Adam Cohen turned to one-wheeled cycling to stay active after being diagnosed with Crohn's disease, then began teaching the entertaining sport of unicycling to any student over the age of 4. During each lesson, groups of up to 12 helmeted students spend 60 minutes laughing, strengthening cores, and ducking prospect scouts from street-performance leagues. Just One Wheel also offers unicycling schools and camps, birthday parties, and miscellaneous open-play sessions.
At Cycle Evolution, fitness instructors lead groups during high-energy sessions aboard RealRyder indoor cycling bikes. Equipped with CoreBalance technology, RealRyder bikes tilt, turn, and lean in the same fashion as actual bikes, enabling users to ride fluidly in three dimensions. The dynamic and functional movements performed on the RealRyder bike throughout a session emphasize the activation of essential core muscles, especially, but the rest of the body receives a challenging workout, as well.
It can be hard to find one's exercise of choice with options such as the back and forth of tennis, the melodic strokes of lap swimming, or an agile jaunt on the balance beam. Guests at Chelsea Piers Connecticut are saved the burden of such decisions as they take full advantage of the 400,000-square-foot facility's exhaustive exercise options. Modeled after the namesake location in New York City, Chelsea Piers Connecticut provides facilities and instruction for all ages and abilities. The Aquatics Center's Olympic size, 50-meter indoor pool caters to adults, while a 6,000-square-foot water play area entertains water-winged children. At the Field House, runners jog on the 1/5-mile track that circles the 100-yard turf field used for lacrosse, soccer, field hockey, flag football, and more. Chelsea Piers also boasts a full Gymnastics Center, two full-size indoor ice rinks, Squash Club, Tennis Club, as well as basketball and volleyball courts. Members can also take advantage of in-house babysitting services in order to secure some much-needed alone time to test-drive the Adventure Center's trampoline Jump Zone or Climb Zone.
"Stationary bike" is a misnomer when it comes to the RealRyder cycles at CoreRyder. True, they won't propel you across the gym like a bodybuilder would if you insulted his tan, but they tilt and lean like a real bike on the road. This movement engages the core, strengthening the gut as legs burn off plentiful calories through cardio.