Mark Toomey once helmed his own recruitment firm in Nottingham, England, on the outskirts of Sherwood Forest, but a disdain for damp winters led him to the sun-drenched beaches of Siesta Key. Since opening Robin Hood Rentals in 2009, Mark has persevered through what he calls "Florida's harshest winter in 30 years," during which temperatures teetered near the freezing mark. He equips visitors with rental land-based and aquatic craft that let them explore the area without having to saddle a horse or propose to a dolphin.
From its perch near the Jim Neville Marine Preserve, the company fits cyclists with a range of beach, mountain, and tandem bicycles; matches riders to a fleet of two-seat 49cc automatic scooters; and trains visitors to venture off on newer-model i2 LeanSteer Segways. They also let kayakers explore the local waterways from sunrise into the nighttime.
Patricia Junqueira's passion for helping people get fit may only be eclipsed by her passion for fitness itself. Patricia began running when she was 18 years old and since then, she's competed in seven Ironman triathlons–including two World Championship appearances in Hawaii. Using her bachelor's degree in physical education and physical therapy, Patricia fuses her two passions inside Tri-Life Training, an airy, but private fitness studio.
Working alongside a group of certified trainers, massage therapists, and other experts in the field, Patricia engineers personal training programs that establish realistic goals for clients, while measuring their progress along the way. Her team can also help prepare athletes for more intense competition, such as triathlons or races across the ocean floor.
Staffed by a team of experienced and spirited cyclists, Outspokin Bicycles houses a sweeping selection of bicycles, helmets, apparel, and supplies needed for well-balanced bikers. Cuddle fast-moving craniums with a lightweight and durable Giro Prolight helmet ($199.99), or put this deal toward a sharp new mountain-carving contraption such as the Giant's Revel 1 bicycle ($479.99), featuring a competition-inspired aluminum frame and wheels perfect for off-road racing, crag-hopping, and cutthroat newspaper delivery races. Conquer any tacks, glass, or crushed cars blocking your way to monster truck–style tricks with Genuine Innovations' Tire Repair and Inflation Seatbag ($34.95). Outspokin's gear gurus are informed and approachable, ready to answer questions and recommend components for the ideal conveyance combination.
Pedal into the sun and shine on the Pinellas Trail with today's Groupon, which gets you a day-long bike rental from Sun West Cyclery. Sun West is a family-owned-and-operated bike shop that rents comfort bikes, a limited number of recumbents and road bikes, and absolutely no bikes outfitted with road spikes and oil dischargers.“Bicycles. They seem harmless…but are they? Mostly yes, they are harmless…if being LAZY is harmless.
Al Herrera is no stranger to cycling. Before founding EA Bicycles, he not only established several bike shops in Colombia, but also raced for the Colombian BMX cycling team and trained with the Colombian road bike team. His enthusiasm for the sport is almost palpable, with many of his clients stopping by the shop just for some friendly advice. They also show up to purchase bikes by brands such as Pinarello, Raleigh, and Lynskey, and drop off their current rides for one of three tune-up packages.