Like the bicycle cogs they frequently fine-tune, Plaine and Son’s highly trained staff works together to keep the business running smoothly. Plaine and Son has been expertly stocking and servicing bikes, skis, and snowboards since the 1960s. With cycles from brands such as Specialized and Trek and boards and skis from Atomic and Salomon, employees have a huge cache from which they help outdoor adventurers select the right gear based on riding styles or how many jet skis they plan to haul behind their bikes. Staffers also enlist the Specialized BG Fit Program and other fitting tools to pair riders with the right-size bikes. Once fitted, bikers can join in on Plaine and Son’s weekly group rides or enjoy free workshops in the store, which focus on biking basics such as how to mend a flat or jump the public pool blindfolded.
Signature service: Bicycle retailer and service
Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Brands Used: Campagnolo, Shimano, SRAM, Topeak, Axiom, Fuji, Raleigh,Trek
Pro Tip: We have tons of accessories and parts, largest collection that is open to the public in the area.
Bike World USA's staff all boast some level of expertise in bicycles, but the store's most incredible asset, according to the manager, is its deep shelves. "Our warehouses grant access to just about any replacement part on the spot," he says, "cutting wait time drastically." Whether someone brings in a bike for repair, tune-up, or soup-up, the team readily tackles the task, drawing upon thousands of brand-name components and accessories already in stock. They're also perfectly willing to follow instructions from experienced cyclists or make comprehensive recommendations to new ones, such as which helmet is a good fit or which set of training wheels is most invisible. In fact, the manager has only one piece of advice everyone needs to know before they come visit: "Drive up Sarnowski Drive. The next road over is riddled with potholes."
Victory Cycle Works owners Nick and Erin Engelson call upon 20 years of experience and certification from BikeFit to provide services that ensure both comfort and performance for cycling patrons. They keep rides in shape with tune-ups as well as repair services available in-house, through pickup and delivery, or performed on-location with mobile service. Fittings can benefit those looking for a new bike as well as improve the positioning of current bikes, preventing cyclists from having to add an extra seat for the massage therapist. During each bike fitting, Nick invites clients to mount a Dynafit CompuTrainer fit bike. His method properly aligns bike components to work with the natural rhythm of each rider's joints, allowing them to achieve a synergy of feel, function, fitness level, and foundation.
Though the locally owned ABC Sports and Fitness has been in business since 1989, its sparkling rows of modern fitness facilities make it seem brand new. Past its rows of circuit machines and strength-training equipment lies a full gymnasium with a cushioned indoor track, where instructors lead more than 80 fitness classes throughout the week. Within a private cycling studio, 30 professional indoor bikes bustle and hum during group spinning sessions. Changing rooms house sleek wooden locker rooms and a sauna, along with showers where guests can belt out commercial jingles in privacy. While visiting the gym, members can also take advantage of onsite childcare facilities, professional tanning booths, and regular senior-citizen community group meetings.
Founded in 1905 by the store's eponymous "CK"—Charles Klarsfeld—the shop has seen many bikes roll through its doors over ten-and-a-half decades. Today, the current owners continue to scuff up the floor with the tire tracks with the latest and greatest velocipedes, stocking more than 500 bicycles from brands such as Schwinn, Raleigh, and Trek in its subterranean storeroom. In the upstairs show room, cycles from everyday commuters to specialty BMX and mountain bikes flaunt their shiny frames amid cycling apparel from brands such as Garneau and Massimo. Meanwhile, trained techs in CK Cycles' onsite service shop perform a range of services, from doing yearly tune-ups to rectifying the faulty, albeit supercharged modifications made by sitcom tool-show hosts.
The two ships of Lake George Shoreline Cruises offer a new way to
have a romantic dinner or even learn a little history about Lake George, whose picturesque majesty has earned it the nickname the Queen of American Lakes. Aboard the Adirondac, up to 400 customers can
grab a beverage at one of its two bars and head to the second-deck atrium, which is exposed to the sunlight during the day and stars in the evening.