If you ask the team at Tri-California Events what a triathlon is all about, you might hear about swimming, biking and running, but what you?ll hear the most about is how fun they are. As each racing season emerges, the team gets to work running fun races from the mud-filled MORE Obstacle Course in the spring to Scott Tinley?s Triathlon in fall, replete with on-road and off-road options. One of their most popular events is the Wildflower Triathlon, now one of the largest triathlons in the world. During this packed event many athletes camp out for the weekend to ensure a memorable experience and to make s'mores as race fuel.
When Brian McInerney reflects on the humble beginnings of Wheel Fun Rentals, Inc., he points to his childhood passion for bikes. "As far back as I can remember, I had a real love affair with bicycles," he recalls. During a trip to Italy in 1987, Brian's affinity for cycling blossomed into a full-fledged obsession when he spotted locals' transporter of choice, the surrey. Inspired, he began importing the Italian four-wheelers to a rental business in the U.S. that eventually expanded into Wheel Fun Rentals, now a nationwide web of shops that also loans out bikes, electric cars and mopeds, and man-powered watercraft. Adventuresome athletes can also compete in activities such as surrey scavenger hunts and blindfold obstacle courses navigated via shouted instructions from a seeing teammate or exceptionally long rounds of trial and error.
At Wheel Fun Rentals, visitors can traverse surrounding areas in fun pedal-propelled vessels while soaking in oft-overlooked scenery, which would not be possible while buckled to a car seat or an Acme rocket. Established in 1999, Wheel Fun Rentals provides locals and tourists with an engaging way to sightsee while promoting a healthy lifestyle. Customers can rent a wide range of vehicles, such as a surrey ($25–$35 per hour), cruiser bike ($8–$9 per hour), or mountain bike ($9 per hour).
Treating customers and their bikes to friendly, attentive service, the bicycle doctors at WheelHouse tweak cycling steeds for optimal navigation of roads, trails, and the pathways in between. Through its customized tune-up offered exclusively to Groupon subscribers, riders submit sprockets and steel to a thorough adjustment of all components, including brakes and shifters. Mechanics clean, tighten, and lube derailleurs while cleaning and truing wheels. Hubs, brackets, and headset get full adjustment, purging unhealthy emotional disconnect between bike and pavement alike. While similar to the package 2 WheelHouse tune-up, the specialized Groupon treatment dotes on the bikes in deeper detail than they typically enjoy.
The owners of E-Bikes Santa Barbara believe that their city's lush parks, breezy boardwalks, and scenic streets are best seen by bike?and that it's even better if said bike is powered. A fleet of rental, late-1990s-model Lee Iacocca e-bikes speed along with throttle-activated 36-volt lithium-battery-powered electric motors, or let riders propel themselves by pedal. Bikes are equipped with padded seats and storage bags, and can travel up to 27 miles on a single charge. Meanwhile, a selection of bikes to accommodate all riders are available for rent, providing yet another way to explore the town.