Biketek welcomes all cyclists for supplies, repairs, and tune-ups, whether they ride recreationally or compete in triathlons. In addition to road, triathlon, mountain, single-speed, and hybrid bikes from Felt, Jamis, and Raleigh, the shop stocks a sizeable collection of gear from Giro, Sidi, Topeak, and Shimano. GU and Hammer Nutrition products, meanwhile, give riders the power necessary to win races and corral herds of stampeding tricycles. For six months after they purchase a new bicycle, buyers can come back to the shop for free maintenance and fit adjustments.
On the upkeep side of Biketek’s coin, technicians repair and maintain rides with tune-ups, part installations, and other services. They also fit bikes to riders with Body Scanning CRM technology, which uses software and noninvasive laser-pointer body measurements to determine the ideal saddle height, angle, and fore-aft position, as well as handlebar height and rotation. Although everyone can purchase a fitting session, Biketek offers one free to anyone buying a new road, triathlon, or cyclocross bike.
A sprawling, 32-acre sports metropolis set on the Ohio River’s Neville Island, RMU Island Sports Center’s multipurpose facilities encompass activities from ice-skating to miniature golf. An indoor, 42-tee driving range throughout most of the day, the 100-yard field and domed, 75-foot high ceilings of the Golf and Sports Dome house baseball, softball, kickball, and flag football events by night before hosting after-hours singles parties for terrestrial blue whales. Adjacent to the dome, clients can execute graceful pirouettes or high-speed slap shots at the skating rink, which offers hockey leagues and lessons, figure skating programs, and public skate sessions. To fully immerse themselves in the Center’s scenic location, guests can catch riverside breezes at the RMU Island Rapids Miniature Golf Course, where golfers must contend with subtle slopes, two waterfalls, and heckling barnacles as they steer orbs through the immaculate 18-hole putters park.
A team of PADI (Professional Association of Diving instructors) -certified diving instructors makes up Splash Water Sports, where they help customers learn and discover the arts of scuba diving. They offer a variety of different courses, ranging from pool-based introductory classes to certifications, emergency training, and extreme training for areas such as caves. Additionally, Splash Water Sports has the only instructor-development course in the Pittsburgh to be rated 5-stars by PADI.
The Nesbit family has run its namesake bowling alley for more than 65 years, welcoming generations of customers into its friendly environment. Eight lanes of lightly stained wood welcome casual bowlers or committed summer league competition, and the lane's gray alleys accommodate bumpers for novice bowlers or bumper-car drivers gone off course.
The Nesbits also use their business to bring people together for community fundraising events, as well as their annual, hotly contested Nesbit's Lanes Open. The 30-year-old tourney puts combatants through a treacherous gauntlet of qualifiers, match play, and finals as they vie for a cash prize.
With more than 100 years of combined experience, Peak Ski and Snowboard Center's staff and technicians help outfit snow shredders and fine-tune gear to ensure optimal downhill dashes all winter. Techs prepare skis and snowboards for slick snow carving with smoothing base grind and repair, full base and edge sharpening, and hot wax to keep skis from growing rugged mountain beards. A thorough deburring ensures riders' edges have a better grip to deftly maneuver through hairpin turns and snow-spraying stops. Clothing pros draw on personal snow-sporting experience to bedeck shoppers with a variety of slope-set apparel and accessories, including insulated gloves from Scott and Candy Grind ($29.99+), jackets and pants from Descente and Quicksilver, and accessories from Skullcandy and NXTZ ($10+).
Under the guidance of PGA-certified professional Ed Vietmeier, golfers gain control of delinquent swings in one-hour sessions conducted at Vietmeier Golf Center's expansive driving range. Throughout the lesson, club-toting trainees launch TaylorMade practice balls into the stratosphere from the center's synthetic hitting mats while Ed pinpoints bad habits, tightens up poor techniques, and digresses into tangents about his childhood mashie niblick. A video camera captures all the action, providing players with a visual aid to understanding the technical underpinnings that result in unsightly snap hooks or slices, while also helping them better comprehend Ed's corrective advice. Aside from being a sound practice venue, the center's range runs along the highest point in McKees Rocks, affording a breathtaking view of the city of Pittsburgh, which is reachable in two swings for those with the latest set of gravity-resistant golf balls.