The expert caretakers at Barney's Bicycle refurbish bedraggled bikes with a comprehensive, tires-to-handlebars tune-up. With the surgical precision of Doogie Howser, friendly staffers recalibrate wheels to cure listing bikes, adjust brakes and derailleurs, check the bearings, and test out tire pressure. Up-tuners also perform holistic restorations including bicycle tightening and adjustment, general lubrication, and cleansing frames of common contaminants such as gravel dust, mud, and earthworm stowaways. Groupon–holding cyclists can also receive a 10% discount on all over-the-counter two-wheeler essentials, such as gimmick horns and handlebar-mounted convection ovens.
A relaxing day on the water shouldn’t be marred by the inconvenience of transporting bulky watercraft. Worcester Kayak Rentals maximizes customers’ leisure time by delivering its kayaks, standup paddleboards, and pedal boats to launch sites such as Webster Lake, Rutland State Park, and Douglas State Forest. Customers with a roof rack and proper tie downs can also pick up their rentals at the shop. The staffers pay close attention to customer safety, providing US Coast Guard–approved life vests with each rental and carefully inspecting each vessel for damage and stowaway mallards.
Andy’s Sport Shop draws upon four generations of expertise in peddling and maintaining gear for skiers, snowboarders, and scuba divers. During the winter seasons, the staff buffs and waxes snowboards and skis, reducing friction that can melt the snow surface and limit traction while careening downhill. The shop also stocks aqua-ready gear, including scuba fins and weight belts, which provide a useful dive-descent alternative to cement shoes. Outfitted explorers can enroll in a vast offering of scuba courses to pursue sundry certifications ranging from open-water diving to wreck diving to ice diving.
The nimble-fingered neighborhood cycle nurturers at Dash Bicycle Shop repair and restore two-wheelers to tip-top shape before storage season. Roll in your lifeless stallion to a knowledgeable attendant for a thorough basic tune-up. Both wobbly wheels will be removed to undergo cleaning, a hub adjustment, and a truing process to increase pedal-pumping efficiency and ease momentum retention. Surgical adjustments are made to the bottom bracket, headset, and the tension of the brakes, ensuring riders can stop on a dime, pick it up, and buy a Chiclet without ever dismounting. Derailleurs are inspected, adjusted, and lightly cleaned to transform sticky gears into smooth shifters. A lube-up of the chain, cables, and key pivot points on the brakes and derailleurs combats creaky rides, and torque is checked on all bolts to maximize not falling off. After a gussy-up of the frame with a light cleaning, a tire inflation gives the bike cushy pillows on which to dream fondly of next year's smoothed-over potholes.
The Caster family's bike centers have been treating two-wheelers since 1919, and recently received Best of Rhode Island honors from the editors of Rhode Island Monthly. The shop's basic tune-up begins with a safety check and frame wipe-down followed by an inspection designed to determine vintage and appellation. Experts skilled in two-wheelism then adjust bearings, tinker with wheel tension, inspect and lube the drive train, and align the brakes to enable unfettered pumping power.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Equipment cleaning and sanitizing
Pro Tip: Next-day service if dropped off by 6:30 p.m. (Billerica location only). Llease call ahead for confirmation.
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes