Wielding certifications as a wheel builder, race mechanic, and suspension technician, owner Sam Markovich heads up Peloton Cyclery's service department with a deep passion for all things cycling. After growing weary of businesses that hawked bikes without singing lullabies to them or servicing their parts efficiently, Sam decided to captain his own cyclery where tune-ups, fittings, and classes take priority over inventory. Sam personally presides over fittings, determining the specific needs of athletes atop a fitting cycle or adjusting bikes while mounted in the trainer to enhance safety and riding comfort. Patrons interested in at-home adjustments can attend a wheel-building course or free maintenance class that demystifies two-wheelers and separates them from their single-wheeled ancestors.
Though its main focus is service, Peloton Cyclery does outfit budding exercisers with a huge selection of rides from top industry manufacturers. Cycles by Bianchi, an Italian company more than a century old, cater to specific types of excursions, and affordable KHS bikes tackle myriad terrain.
While unloading their ammo upon enemies, paint-splattered warriors hunt for cover in the outdoor wilderness of Xtreme’s 10 playing fields. They duck behind multistory wooden barricades on the Castle field, navigate a maze of padded pillars and logs on the Arena field, dive into leafy ditches on the Bunker field, and command one of four two-tiered fortresses on the Four Forts field. Much like siblings competing to see who celebrates their birthday first, Xtreme Paintball Park gathers players to engage in competitive scenarios such as capture the flag and elimination. Park staffers expand these play opportunities by constantly building new playing fields and restaging area structures. During private parties, ranks of covered pavilions offer spaces where groups can take a break from excessive sun, rain, and snow as they prepare for the next round.
Play It Again Sports overhauls lockers with high-quality gear and rescues gently used athletic equipment from untimely retirement. Products from brands such as Bauer, Easton, and Wilson make up an all-star lineup across each store's shelves, which are replenished daily with goods for a wide selection of sports that ranges from baseball and hockey to golf and lacrosse. Treadmills and exercise bikes equip bodies with muscular suits of armor, and pintsize and adolescent equipment arms youngsters with protective padding until they eat enough bologna to grow muscles of their own. To ensure its stock remains robust, Play It Again Sports encourages athletes to collect their lightly used gear—including treadmills—and bring it into a local store to either sell or trade.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Fitness equipment, specialized CrossFit
Pro Tip: We have 20,000 square feet of fitness equipment to browse through so give yourself some time.
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Chris and Pam Schmick had spent six months cleaning out the scrap metal from their abandoned silos and just finished drilling thousands of holes in its walls. With little time to spare, they prepared for their climbing gym's grand opening on September 2, 1995—a date on which they had already agreed to hold a regional JCCA competition. The effort they've expended in the nearly 20 intervening years shows: today, climbers scramble on top ropes, lead ropes, and more than 20,000 square feet of lava-free climbing surface.
Instructors prepare visitors to surmount the gym's features in a range of classes, such as Rock Gym 101, which is an introduction to top-rope climbing that covers climbing safety, basic technique, and equipment. Once climbers are equipped with gear from the pro-shop, staff shows them around a multi-level bouldering cave, a main climbing area with 30-foot walls shaped by arêtes, cracks, and waves, and the building's five original silos. Elsewhere inside the gym, six auto-belays safely cradle visitors who wish to climb without taking a class.
After setting its wheels to the pavement in the early 1930s, South Side Cyclery today operates three stores in the St. Louis area that cater to cycling enthusiasts, with two-wheeled steeds, tools, and accessories by brands such as Giant, Specialized, and Schwinn. The ride-wise staff at each location guides riders to new mountain, road, or children’s bikes suited to any size, skill level, or fear of unicyclists. Visitors peruse more than 800 bikes in stock, enjoying free on-site assembly before wheeling their new toy off the lot. New rides include complimentary adjustments for one year, whereas all services—including tune-ups, flat-tire fixes, and chest bumps on the way out the door—also carry a 90-day warranty.