Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: Ocean Kayaks
and Aqua Glide SUP Boards
Pro Tip: Very Accommodating
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Being on the Beach
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
If you're looking to explore the waters of Huntington Harbor, it's a safe bet that Julie?the operator of Sunset Water Sports?has just the kayak, stand-up paddle board, or even electric karaoke boat for you. What sets her business apart is something she calls the "the one-on-one." She and her husband Chris grew up on the shores of the harbor, and love nothing more than watching visitors discover its natural beauty for the first time. They also teach their guests how to use the rental equipment, patiently helping folks find their footing on the stand-up paddle boards or get acquainted with equipment during fishing charters and whale-watching expeditions. In addition to tours of the local waters, they also lend their maritime expertise to more somber occasions, leading beautiful and respectful sea burials.
The friendly attendants at Cycle San Pedro put patrons in the saddles of rental bikes and nudge them in the direction of LA's many landmarks and attractions. Riders can point their handlebars in the direction of the LA Maritime Museum or the Battleship USS Iowa, or content themselves with a leisurely cruise along the waterfront so they can gather some air in their lungs to keep as a souvenir. Rentals are available by the hour, while tours put a knowledgeable guide in the point position for explanations of the route's sights and sounds.
At City Grounds, a team of riders and cycle mechanics promote eco-friendly transportation by offering equipment and services for urban cycling needs. Knowledgeable staffers constantly seek out innovative equipment and accessories from manufacturers around the globe, stocking digital odometers by Blackburn, chains by Kryptonite, and Lezyne CO2 cartridges to combat against glass shards on city streets. They can also fit customers with bicycles for several riding styles including BMX, mountain biking, cyclocross, and commuting. Besides bike nuts and bolts, City Grounds also attends to riders' style with a selection of bold graphic tees as well as sleek backpacks and bags by Chrome, Herschel, and Manhattan Portage.
When Brian McInerney reflects on the humble beginnings of Wheel Fun Rentals, Inc., he points to his childhood passion for bikes. "As far back as I can remember, I had a real love affair with bicycles," he recalls. During a trip to Italy in 1987, Brian's affinity for cycling blossomed into a full-fledged obsession when he spotted locals' transporter of choice, the surrey. Inspired, he began importing the Italian four-wheelers to a rental business in the U.S. that eventually expanded into Wheel Fun Rentals, now a nationwide web of shops that also loans out bikes, electric cars and mopeds, and man-powered watercraft. Adventuresome athletes can also compete in activities such as surrey scavenger hunts and blindfold obstacle courses navigated via shouted instructions from a seeing teammate or exceptionally long rounds of trial and error.
Servicing street stallions for more than four decades, PV Bicycle Center's expert technicians tune up two-wheelers in seven steps. To jump-start the full-frame physical, bikes are hoisted into the air like chain-clad cheerleaders, allowing their frames, spokes, and handlebar pompons to undergo a thorough scrubbing. Next, technicians strip components and degrease them in an ultrasonic cleaner. Submitting your cycle to a shifting and brake adjustment improves its ability to switch speeds and stop, leaving it too well-adjusted to author a spiteful memoir about its winter in the garage. Further adjustments to hubs, bottom brackets and headset bearings encourage peak performance. Finally, adjustors carry out minor wheel truing, check the tires, and breathe new life into your bicycle's rubber lungs.
Seven days a week, the staff at Aviation Cyclery ensures smooth pedaling for casual and experienced cyclists alike with repair services and a large inventory of bikes and accessories. Using their vast knowledge of two-wheeled transport, they pair customers with small to large items that fill the shop from storefront to rear wall. These range from bells to baskets and helmets, as well as sleek vehicles such as cruisers and front suspension mountain bikes. Professional mechanics situated on one side of the store fix faulty bikes by inflating tires, truing wheels, and programming bells to play a warning for squirrels crossing the street.