In Poland, Eddie Balcerzak raced professionally and coached Warsaw's KKS Polonia Cycling Club. He continued on this career trajectory in the United States. In 1985, he found employment with the 7-Eleven cycling team, which subsisted entirely on Slurpies, and then linked up with U.S.A. Cycling. While working for the team, he helped the athletes cycle to a silver medal in the Atlanta 1996 Olympics and clinch gold in the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Today, as the owner of South Lake Cycles, Balcerzak shares his wisdom with a new generation of cyclists. He works alongside bicycle mechanics and pro coaches who outfit customers with all the equipment they'll need to race a triathlon or take a joy ride on an aircraft carrier.
The mechanics at Cycle Center outfit bike enthusiasts with custom equipment fittings, expert tune-ups, and a rolling stock of more than 500 bicycles dispersed between the company's two locations. In the interest of both safety and performance, the team makes sure all bikes are carefully assembled and tuned up before the rubber meets the road. They also stock an impressive lineup of apparel and gear, from air pumps that keep tires aptly inflated to helmets that keep heads more protected than a presidential motorcade covered in mosquito netting. In-stock brands include Fuji, Cannondale, and Dahon, a manufacturer renowned for its revolutionary folding bikes.
Oconee Outfitters eliminates pretty much any reason to stay inside?unless of course a customer needs to buy some more outdoor gear. The store stocks kayaks, bicycles, hammocks, and other items that allow for adventure in the great outdoors. The staff also rents kayaks and tunes up bicycles. Then it's off to hit the surrounding trails or kayak down a river.
Bike the Rabbit nestles snuggly on the Swamp Rabbit Trail—a 17.5-mile paved way that snakes along next to the Reedy River. From their outpost, they supply visitors with high quality bike rentals so that they can enjoy the lush flora and fauna of the serene greenway. Their arsenal of bikes includes touring bikes, kids bikes, and bikes with baby seats from brands such as Motobecane, Gravity, and Ozone. Their service department also offers comprehensive tune-ups, detailing, and replacement and repair of parts.