Based out of Orlando North Airpark, Start Skydiving is the top-ranked skydiving outfit by users of Dropzone.com. That's because the company and its roster of licensed instructors provides an array of skydiving services, including a skydiving team and tandem dives. During tandem experiences, duos exit the plane at 10,500 feet in the air, then free-fall for about 50 seconds or just long enough to spell "parachute". Customers can treat their tandem jumps as a once-in-a-lifetime thrill, or they can view it as the foundation of their training as a skydiving student. Either way, Start Skydiving can document these mid-air adventures with professional video and picture packages.
The pedal experts at Santos Bike Shop pair shoppers with loaner two wheelers and quality gear and fix up bicycles to ensure their road- and trail-worthiness. Among the Giant bikes available for rental, the Revel 1 ($25/day, $200 deposit) sports a lightweight ALUXX aluminum frame, and the patriotic Anthem X 3 29er's ($45/day, deposit is cost of bike) 29-inch wheels and Maestro suspension inspires bald eagles to fly in victory lap formation. Protect noggins with Giant Talos helmets ($44.99) and keep hands shielded from handlebar burn with a pair of Spenco T.2 Elite riding gloves ($49).
Just steps from Crystal Lake?and situated directly between Lakes Minnehaha and Mineeola?Clermont Waterfront Bikes and Boards provides ways to explore surroundings by both land and water. Rent a standup-paddleboard or kayak to explore the plethora of nearby waterways after taking an introductory lesson that is included with each rental. Landlubbers can borrow bikes to cruise along the car-free South Lake Trail, which connects to a network of other soothing Central Florida Trails.
Just a few steps from more than 22 miles of scenic trail-ways, West Orange Trail Bikes and Blades Co. provides tourists and locals with rentable bikes to explore the surrounding splendor. Stretching along Lake Apopka and through downtown Winter Garden, the path passes by boutiques, ice-cream shops, and historic destinations to jump off and explore by foot. Hourly and full-day rentals are available, and bikes can be delivered directly to any of the surrounding hotels. Those craving a more curated experience can sign up for guided tours, which traverse local trails, through populated downtown areas, and alleys filled with One Man's Treasure. Thanks to the range of bicycles offered, West Orange allows renters to get the right bike for hitting the trails or harmonizing to a rendition of "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head."
At A&J Cycles, certified mechanic Robert Gagne draws from more than 20 years of motorcycle-repair and custom-building experience to keep treasured two-wheelers of all models running smoothly and safely. He and his staff of motorcycle enthusiasts have a multitude of vital accessories at their disposal, from tires and seats to protective leather gear for men and women. In the garage, services such as engine overhauls, customizations, or routine tire and oil-change services are performed.