Spokes have populated the space around 1630 West University Avenue for 65 years, turning stoically as numerous bike shops have come and gone. The spot’s newest cycling incarnation, Chain Reaction Bike Shop, owes its staying power to owner Raleigh Faust and his staff of experts who cater to collegiate commuters, recreational cyclists, and serious athletes alike. Inside the unvarnished wooden storefront, rows of rides from Scott, Jamis Bicycles, and Surly await ownership. Every bike purchased at the shop comes with a lifetime of free service adjustments, making owning a bike as hassle-free as combing a hairless cat. Technicians see to these new rides, taking more than a dozen measurements for individualized fittingsand performing maintenance services that range from spot repairs to comprehensive tune-ups.
Brasingtons Adventure Outfitters' knowledgeable staff arms outdoor recreationists with a vast array of rugged, nature-ready products from well-known national brands. Shield eyes from sunlight and hairdos from jealous wind gusts with a variety of Columbia hats ($14–$45). Mountain Safety Research's PocketRocket portable stove ($39.95) lets campers boil 1 liter of water in less than 3.5 minutes, leaving plenty of time to mark trails with jelly beans and give a CamelBak water bottle ($8–$35) to a thirsty bear. In addition to suiting up warriors for battle with the great unknown, Brasingtons also hosts adventurous events, including kayaking demos on the Santa Fe River every Saturday.
Norm White has more than 25 years of bicycle-industry experience under his spandex waistline, and puts his know-how to work at Daytona Bicycle Center, which he cofounded with his wife, Carla. The Whites outfit cyclists with an array of bikes for all riding styles and maintain the shop's inventory with comprehensive repair and maintenance services. Pedal-powered contraptions produced by Trek conquer roads, races, and mountain trails, and accommodate riders of all experience levels and ages. Before making a purchase, clients can take bikes for a spin to make sure that the saddle is comfortable, the gears change smoothly, and the wheels stay on. Each new bike comes with a free tune-up, and subsequent maintenance packages can be purchased for everything from basic adjustments and cleanings to complete disassembly. The shop also dispenses high-quality parts and biking apparel, such as shoes, gloves, and robotic legs that pedal for the biker.
Escape impending donkey invasions by taking your cobwebbed bicycle out of its dusty nook and bringing it in to Bike Fitters. The bike geniuses know how to make a rust-riddled beater ride as smoothly as a hoverboard, and today's Groupon will get you a full basic bike tune-up. Bike Fitters' skilled mechanics inspect the bike from top to bottom, taking care to note any signs of wear or nests of raccoons. Wheels are adjusted, tire inflation perfected, sticky bits lubed, and brakes primed to optimum efficacy. Following the wheedling, the mechanics also perform a test ride, ensuring optimum safety during the course of all motorless, thigh-powered exploration. Whether you purchased your bike from Bike Fitters or not, they know how to make it a well-oiled, land-cruising machine that will never burst into flames for no reason. See here for Bike Fitters' extensive bike tune-up checklist.
The pedal experts at Santos Bike Shop pair shoppers with loaner two wheelers and quality gear and fix up bicycles to ensure their road- and trail-worthiness. Among the Giant bikes available for rental, the Revel 1 ($25/day, $200 deposit) sports a lightweight ALUXX aluminum frame, and the patriotic Anthem X 3 29er's ($45/day, deposit is cost of bike) 29-inch wheels and Maestro suspension inspires bald eagles to fly in victory lap formation. Protect noggins with Giant Talos helmets ($44.99) and keep hands shielded from handlebar burn with a pair of Spenco T.2 Elite riding gloves ($49).
The Golf Hub is helmed by teaching professional and owner Steve Roberts, a player who has championed a number of section PGA tournaments over his career. Roberts lends his time-earned expertise to golfers looking to improve through lessons or the outfit's offering of irons, apparel, and accessories by such brands as Nike and Titleist. During individual instruction, Roberts analyzes each player's personal swing profile with TrackMan technology, identifying issues in skills such as backswings and follow-throughs. The Golf Hub also punches up each ball's individuality by performing custom labeling onsite, emblazoning orbs with anything from personal photos to company logos to lost-cat flyers.