Bike Connection's mechanics keep two-wheelers in road-ready shape in addition to maintaining a broad inventory of cycles, parts, and accessories. The shop stocks fully built bikes from brands such as Specialized, KHS, and Surly, plus an abundant supply of wearables such as Giro and Bell helmets and Pearl Izumi gear for men and women. And in the service department, technicians tune up and clean up parts ranging from tires and brakes to headsets and clipped-on baseball cards with numerous, tiered maintenance packages.
Staffed by experienced golfing professionals and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the three laws of golfing robotics, GolfTEC’s motion sensors and high-speed cameras monitor swings and break down each individual’s form on a high-definition video display. Sensors chirp with approval whenever they detect the perfect stroke or an especially witty golfing joke. GolfTEC’s certified personal coaches will point out flaws and strengths while providing golfers with tips on how to permanently improve their game from tee to green.
At Two Seasons Cycle & Ski, the 7,000-square-foot store stays well stocked with gear, apparel, and accessories to prepare customers for outdoor adventures any time of the year. Men, women, and youngsters can peruse racks full of snowboarding gear by major brands such as Burton and K2 Snowboards and skiing merchandise from top brands including Atomic and Völkl Skis, or call upon Dr. Robert S. Steinberg, podiatrist, for help with finding a properly fitting ski boot. When the ski lifts stop running and snowmen melt back into lifeguards, skiers can put away their gear in favor of the extensive inventory of bicycles and accessories by brands such as Shimano, Cannondale, Trek, and Schwinn.
Since opening in 1948 with eight lanes and a staff of wiry high-school kids resetting each pin by hand, Wood Dale Bowl has grown with its community to become a beloved entertainment destination. Current owner Mike Melone started at the alley when he was only 14 years old, bussing tables and chasing pins led astray by delinquent bowling balls. Mike signed as a partial owner with fellow manager Chuck Hall in 1978, taking over control of an alley that was part sports venue, part community gathering spot. Whether stewarding Fenton High School’s women's bowling team to three state championships or joining volunteers to rebuild the lanes after a devastating 1987 flood, Mike and Chuck have ensconced Wood Dale Bowl into the neighborhood consciousness. Their work also shows within the current facility, which hosts 16 Brunswick lanes, automatic scoring systems, cosmic bowling nights, and league opportunities for adults and children.
Country Ridge Stables provides a beautiful, modern environment and is fully equipped for horse-riding lessons suited for both equine amateurs and veterans of the stirrup and saddle. A two-hour lesson from the experienced instructors will cover an hour of groundwork and an hour of riding for a full-spectrum sampling of the basics. Swing and cavort across the 75x200-foot outdoor arena while imagining that you're on your way to rescue the maiden or male baseball player of your personal preference. After two hours, you won't transform into a master equestrian, but you will feel confident and grounded around horses and understand the basics of mounting and riding. Before your lesson, you'll receive a personally fitted certified riding helmet from the accessory experts at Saddler's Row, protecting noggin and nogginnards alike from unnecessary dents and damage.