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.
The cycling enthusiasts at Big Shark Bicycle Company cultivate a collection of bike-related products, events, and classes to cater to cyclists of all levels. They host a variety of races and events including 15K races and group rides every Saturday. And, to help bikers train for such events, Big Shark Bicycle Company also offers classes covering topics such as cycling 101, how to dress for winter biking, and basic training for racing.
With parts and accessories designed by CatEye and Pearl Izumi, the specialists at Columbia Bicycle Center prepare cyclists and their rides for the streets of St. Louis and the rocky trails of southern Illinois. The team carefully selects each product through careful research and divination experiments, stocking their shop with rides by Scott, Bontrager, and Raleigh—a company that has been building bikes since 1887. In addition, the shop stocks helmets, shoes, pumps, gloves, and inner tubes to keep riders safe and ready for upcoming adventures.
Doc’s Harley-Davidson works to keep owners and aspiring riders outfitted with knowledge, maintenance, and necessary equipment, earning Dealernews's 2007 Grand Prize for “best practices in retailing” and community involvement. Amid 28,000 square feet of parts, accessories, and service space, owner Patty Bush and her staff of motorcycle specialists consistently update the shop with innovations and promotions while maintaining a commitment to quality that began with Patty’s father, Doc, in 1955. In addition to equipping riders with new and preowned Harley-Davidson motorcycles and gear, the staff educates newcomers with a blend of classroom instruction and real-road experience that instills confidence when handling tricky turns or encountering speed-limit signs that involve fractions.
Unlike summer etiquette lessons or math camp, four days of baseball keep kids active and healthy while teaching them social skills and confidence. Whether or not kids go on to become players, they’ll learn the importance of sportsmanship as the friendly instructors make each day fun. Balls-n-Strikes pairs one certified instructor to every six kids. This ensures that the game will not have to go into the 16th inning before your child gets a chance to bat, and also removes the need to make up additional outfield positions such as "assistant to the regional shortstop" and "human foul pole."
Five Star Pool Care makes pool maintenance go swimmingly with round-the-summer care for residential pools. When it’s time to open for the season, technicians travel to homes to uncover resting pools, including removing any stains, assembling equipment, and filling them back up with chilled champagne. During the dog days, maintenance experts keep backyard oases in top shape by vacuuming the pool and performing full inspections. As fall approaches and the temperature drops, closing services prep the water for the winter months by lowering the water level and adding shock and algaecide to keep lagoon monsters from hibernating inside.