An avid cyclist, the owner of Spin Bike Shop helms a staff of certified mechanics and professional racers. Together, they keep their shelves stocked with bikes for all seasons and activities: cyclocross races, road riding, triathlons, mountain trails, and moon jumping. Inside, shoppers can peruse cycles from big-name brands such as Specialized, BMC, Ridley, and Santa Cruz. Mechanics perform a slew of services—such as fittings, repairs, demo-bike rides, and rentals. Staff members also teach classes on how to make basic roadside repairs, perform complete tune-ups, or use a bike frame to fend off an agitated mountain lion. When the staffers aren’t wrenching on bikes, they’re hosting events and welcoming cyclists and triathletes to join their teams and clubs.
The staff at Cain Park Bicycle stocks bikes and bike accessories for pedal pushers of all stripes. Acquire an adult-oriented velocipede such as the Bianchi C2C Via Nirone 7 2300 ($650), or teach a tot about the liberating loneliness of the open road with a Kazam Kid's balance bike ($75). The two-wheeled emporium proffers bikes from Biria, Rocky Mountain, and Miele, among other well-known brands, and delights in fixing up ailing cycles of any make, whether they need a tune-up or complete rebuild.
Throughout a golf-teaching career that spans more than two decades, Greg Jones has taken everyone from inner-city students to PGA professionals under his wing and showed them how to properly swing the golf club. He takes a natural approach to the game, helping pupils develop a comfortable swing that fits their style of play, rather than instructing students to mimic the swing of a PGA professional or legally adopt an Iron Byron. Regardless of whether the lesson is for juniors or adults, private or in a small-group setting, Greg breaks techniques down into their basic components, making it easier to develop a repeatable game both on the course and on the range.
AllScapes Ohio's band of green thumbs concentrates its landscaping expertise on commercial and residential properties throughout Summit and Cuyahoga Counties. Led by founder Trevor Arnold, the team keeps grass and gardens blooming through services ranging from weekly turf maintenance to full installations of new lawns. General landcape projects can also be accentuated with additions such as retaining walls and water features. Before committing to any project, homeowners can ask for a price quote from a landscaping technician—delivered for free without the rates of an expensive carrier pigeon.
For more than half a century, Buckeye Sports Center has outfitted outdoorsfolk with winter and summer sporting gear from brands such as O’Neill, Connelly, Nordica, and Dynastar. Every season, full-time employees diligently test the store’s selection of snow boots and ski equipment to match Midwestern snow conditions, factory-trained boat mechanics service Mercury motors and jet skis, and recreation scientists research ways to conquer the unexplored frontier of water-vapor sports. Knowledgeable staff members match customers to perfectly fitting skis, boards, and boots, and a fleet of Hobie kayaks and glistening powered speed and fishing boats opens up lakes and rivers for fun-filled voyages of exploration.
Inside Kent Cycle, rows of handpicked, name-brand bikes from Surly, All-City, and Torker idle atop sleek hardwood floors, hungry for the chance to feel pavement beneath their tires. Elsewhere in the shop, mechanics keep mounts riding smoothly with regular tune-ups, and riding gear such as gloves, messenger bags, and long-sleeve jackets keep torsos free of moisture and safe from road debris and juggling pins lobbed by unicycle gangs.