Pushing off from from Waterfront Park, paddlers in kayaks and on standup boards from Freeport Kayak Rentals can go exploring in the surrounding bays. Traverse the waterways to Wampum Island, where you can stop to search for shells or practice etching S.O.S. into the sand. Duos can share rowing duties in tandem kayaks, scoping the waterscape for local wildlife such as egrets, gulls, and other shorebirds. Each rental includes lifejackets and paddles, as well as a brief orientation and safety tips for your journey.
Hand-painted murals of surreal city skylines, rolling fields, and sunrise-speckled ocean views surround customers inside The Hub, a full service bicycle shop and service center. In the midst of the modern artwork, a dedicated crew works to equip riders with gear for pedaling past similar scenes in the natural world, relying on expertise they’ve gleaned from working in development and design with K2 bikes to maintain and repair rides. The knowledgeable staff guides cyclists through expansive show-room floors filled with parts, helmets, and bicycles of various styles including BMX, road bikes, mountain bikes, and beach cruisers from brands such as BMC, Kona, Bianchi, and K2. Bike riders themselves, the staffers work to educate each customer who walks through the door, championing the environmentally friendly form of transportation beloved by small, lazy dogs in baskets everywhere.
During more than 70 years in business, South Shore Bicycle & Fitness has equipped countless athletes with the gear they need to enjoy on- and off-road cycling excursions. Rows upon rows of bikes from brands such as Giant, Pinarello, and Trek offer both children and adults a variety of machines designed specifically for urban, road, or mountainous travel. The shop's walls are lined with fitness gear, apparel, and shoes from brands such as Bontrager, Giordana, and Gaerne, saving riders the discomfort of wearing scuba gear during morning bicycle commutes.
Board? Check. Paddle? Check. Flying-fish swatter? Check. That's all the customers at Surf's SUP need before they go skimming across the water of Great South Bay. Luckily, the staff is on-hand to provide the equipment, give lessons, and even teach yoga atop paddleboards.
From a storefront near the Queensboro Bridge, LIC Bicycles rents out a fleet of high-quality bikes that offer trusty transportation through the streets and sights of the Big Apple. Check out a Scott Sub 20 all-terrain model to play games of bike chess in Central Park or call ahead to reserve a road bike for negotiating the treacherous dips and spikes of Wall Street. All rental bikes include locks, a city map, and a basket to cart around valuables or hitchhiking groceries. Helmets are mandatory with all rentals and can be checked out for an additional $5. In order to rent a bike a refundable deposit is required and the prices, depending on the model of the bike, start at $200. Once the bicycle is returned, depending on your bank, the deposit is returned to your account immediately on weekdays, and could take a few days to show if you rented on the weekend.
With a duo of licensed mechanics within the folds of its premises, Victor's Bike Repair tends to the weary rides of cyclists. Tune-up services lend themselves to the upkeep of aching bicycles, as mechanics adjust brakes, true wheels, and braid handlebar ribbons. Additionally, the repair shop boasts an ability to repair any brand, make, and model of bicycle.