The experienced staffers at H2O Craft Rentals tend a fleet of fully equipped patio boats, Yamaha jet-skis, ski boats, and XCR series fishing boats. Each craft comes equipped with amenities that suit its purpose, with patio boats featuring with barbecues for grilling the day's catch and fishing boats bearing a fish finder to garner an advantage in games of Marco Polo. Customers can launch right from the marina or take advantage of the tow-and-go service and load vessels onto a trailer to ferry to a different body of water. This service enables boaters to cruise a range of area waters, whether coasting across the California Delta, Don Pedro Lake, and Lake Camanche, or plumbing the waters of Lake Tahoe for mackinaw trout and salmon.
The smell of new rubber tires is hard to miss in Robby's Bicycles, the walls lined with hundreds of new bikes just waiting to zip around the streets. In addition to selling new two-wheelers, Robby's tunes, repairs, and safety checks faithful bikes.
Concept Cyclery embraces cyclists of all experience levels with attentive staff, a range of bikes and gear, and dedicated resources for female cyclists. During the 22-point tune-up, a resident bicycle whisperer takes stats on any ailing parts of the pedal-powered machine. A thorough drive-train cleaning leaves chains shiny and gunk-free, and both brake and derailleur adjustments ensure stress-free stopping and shifting. Hubs, headsets, and bottom brackets spin in ideal alignment after adjustment, whereas delinquent wheels return to the straight and narrow after a truing. Spoked steeds receive a global wipe-down and roll out of the shop a rejuvenated marvel of metal, ready to stand up to mouthy drivers and potholes.
Since 1976, Trek Bicycle Store has helped promote eco-friendly commuting and healthy exercise by building, renting, and servicing bikes. Attending constant product and service clinics to stay ahead of innovations, technicians use components by brands such as Trek, Gary Fisher, and Bontrager to assemble custom rides and deftly adjust existing mounts to match their users' height—preventing possible injury from amateurs trying to outfit tires with platform shoes. By purchasing a bike from the store, Trek customers receive free tune-ups for the duration of its life, ensuring a loyal, healthy mechanical steed.
Like a perfectly broken-in glove or a lucky bat, RD Academy stays with ballplayers for years and years. It also plays an important role in a ballplayer's development.
When Santa Clara University head baseball coach Dan O'Brien founded the academy, he didn't design it for just one age group, but instead as a resource that players can turn to from the moment they pick up a ball to the moment they have to pick out a college. The academy's youth camps, for instance, emphasize the game's fundamentals to kids aged 7–13. When the time comes to move up to the next level, the academy organizes high school showcases, where ballplayers can impress college coaches without hurling a fastball through their bedroom window, and then immediately repairing the window.
A bicycle is like any metallic organism whose parts come loose and whose chains decay under the stress of the outside world. Calmar Bicycles is staffed by friendly and highly knowledgeable cycle pros who are certified when it comes to massaging a peddler to a state of road-ready confidence. A standard tune-up entails a complete inspection and adjustment of a bike’s derailleurs, a brake adjustment for quicker and easier stopping, and a scrutinous look at all critical fasteners. Then a bike’s bearing assemblies go under the knife to crispen crucial connections before wheels are removed for a true truing, cables are lubricated to achieve minimal resistance, and a light cleaning makes the curious creature blue-ribbon ready.
Tread Bikes suits up cycling enthusiasts with a cornucopia of pedal-pushing gear and apparel, all organized in tidy racks that make for easy browsing. Select RD cleats by Pearl Izumi ($95) use direct-vent technology to cool down overheated tootsies, and the Fox Head Flux helmet ($99.95) keeps cyclers from having to cruise around town in a propeller beanie. Customers can also wrap torsos in the lightweight Carbon Ion jersey by Louis Garneau ($94.99), made from carbon-fiber fabric that assists in reducing static electricity while ushering circulation to the upper body. Tread Bikes' shop boasts a play area for children and welcomes dogs, so long as they are housebroken and aren't wearing rollerblades.