Tourists and natives alike perch atop rental bikes from Blazing Saddles’ impressive fleet, pedaling down New York City's Greenway Bike Path and thoroughfares on adventures that combine exercise and sightseeing. Cyclists select from an array of comfort cruisers, 24-speed performance hybrids, and mountain bikes outfitted with the thick tread and front suspension necessary to support their riders and the mountain goats that often cling to them. Complimentary helmets and locks accompany each rental, along with detailed maps criss-crossed with routes for self-guided tours. Alternatively, three-hour guided tours of the Brooklyn Bridge area or Central Park give bikers a more structured touring experience.
With a fleet of futuristic segways and classic beach-cruiser bicycles, Bike and Roll Chicago outfits travelers with wheeled transportation to explore the city's paved surfaces. Tour guides lead groups through Millennium Park and along the lakefront to catch the skyline when illuminated by sunrises or backlit by one of Chicago's many moons. Misty Lake Michigan breezes ruffle riders' hair peeking through helmets as they pass by sailboats swaying lazily in the harbors and fishermen casting lines for trout and perch. Bike and Roll Chicago designs routes around classic architectural landmarks such as the Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum as well as popular neighborhoods home to a number of restaurants and art festivals.
Nestled in the heart of Manhattan, Rent-A-Bike-CentralPark encourages city exploration with tandem- and one-person-bike rentals and guided bike tours of Central Park. With longer bike lanes than any other city in the country, New York City fosters two-wheeled travel along Times Square, Fifth Avenue, and other scenic spots. During bike tours, one of Rent-A-Bike's tour guides leads guests through Central Park's pastoral landscape. Bikers breeze past Belvedere Castle and a fort from the War of 1812 before approaching the Obelisk, a public monument from the 1880s that moonlights as a toothpick for the presidents of Mount Rushmore.
Having accrued 15 years of teaching experience, the staff members at Tennis Innovators prioritize exciting instruction and curriculums over barraging students with volley after volley. They appreciate the challenge of holding a child's interest and create fun drills for junior pupils, who can begin to learn racket-swinging techniques as early as age 3. The QuickStart and JuniorExtreme programs act as intriguing introductions to the sport for adolescents and work on improving their coordination, mobility, and athleticism, both on and off the court. In fact, they don't require a court to host their afterschool programs and will adapt lessons to fit any suitable space, such as a gymnasium or the least occupied patch of an in-use baseball diamond.
Classes aren't just for children—the staff hosts adult sessions aimed at improving overall game play and fitness in a supportive environment for fully formed humans of all skill levels. Staffers also lend their management expertise to neighborhood tennis clubs, providing guidance for hiring and training processes, court maintenance, and marketing.
It’s all biking and no frills at this Upper West Side cycling shop, a full-service bike destination has been in the Morningside Heights neighborhood since 1998. The store is owned by veteran cyclist and experienced mechanic Marcos Gratereaux, who helps locals tune up their ride and gear up with an assortment of accessories. Champion Bicycles sells, rents and repairs bikes of all types, and even sells skateboards for anyone not inclined to limit themselves to two wheels. Bicycles hang from the ceiling in the store’s main room and from the wall in the attached space, while the area behind the counter is loaded with merchandise like seats, pedals and water bottle holders. For riders on the go, energy bars are available at the counter.