Within a 2,000-square-foot shop, Backdrop Sports maintains and sells equipment that can turn the area’s roads and backcountry into outdoor playgrounds. Ready to fix up rides that tackle snow, dirt, or asphalt, the crew of experienced technicians performs tune-ups that help to renew skis and snowboards and improve gear performance. Leaving no detail untouched, they tune skis and snowboards by hand, waxing and grinding bases before giving each board a much-needed hug. Paying similar attention to bicycles, mechanics tighten, adjust, and lubricate everything bikes need to operate smoothly on challenging trails. The staff also can build custom bikes, cut new splitboards, and help customers navigate the store's stock of men’s and women’s apparel, mountain bikes, and snowboards.
The multi-talented Chris Buckner is a veteran mountain biker, who leads small group lessons atop scenic local trails. Chris not only shares his two-wheeled wisdom, but also supplies rental bikes so students don't have to stuff their own into their trunk or into their pocket. When Chris isn't taking tires to the dirt, he also tints windows—a skill he's honed since 1998—at Axiom Glass Tinting. There, you can have your car upgraded by licensed professionals, or learn how to do it on their own via Axiom's instructional glass-tinting program.
Fraser River Bike Tours & Rental's Tom Littlewood has been an avid cyclist for nearly 30 years. When the former psychologist first hit the roads of New Westminster, especially the Queensborough Bridge, the most common sight was of big rigs as they rumbled past. Now, with bike-friendly routes such as the Queensborough Loop being built along the Fraser River, Littlewood and other cyclists hear not the roar of traffic but the bark of sea lions as they park themselves on the shores for a front seat at the salmon runs. Eagles, heron, and other wildlife also congregate during runs, forming a rich, natural tapestry that cyclists pedal by on one of Tom's bike rentals, often during guided tours. At first, biking for Tom was not a passion, but a prescription. At 33, his doctor gave him a choice—undergo open-heart surgery or saddle up on a bicycle. Tom soon incorporated his prescription pedalling into both his personal and professional life. He began advising his own patients, who were afflicted with anxiety or sleep disorders, to cycle for the exercise, the fresh air, and the sassy feeling of wearing spandex in public. Later, he worked with disadvantaged children to teach them bicycle mechanics in a program he also helped establish in other places, including Cuba. Today, Tom estimates that he bikes 300–400 kilometres a week. He laps the Queensborough Loop five or six times a week with groups. As an advocate of biking who strongly associates the sport with weight loss, good health, and peace of mind, Tom enjoys sharing his passion with others at Fraser River Bike Tours & Rental. Perhaps even more than relaxed group rides, he likes his power rides. So even on days after he's led tours, he climbs aboard his two-wheeled steed and begins pedalling without a moment's hesitation.
Get around Alki beach the quick way by renting one of their various types of foot-powered transportation. Regular bicycles are available, but, for the more adventurous spirit within you, you’ll want to check out the surrey. Whether you opt for the single surrey or double surrey, a great time with family and friends is sure to follow. Spending a sunny day with a few of your favorite people pedaling down the beach is difficult to top, and this rental shop gives you all of the tools you need to get started. Other rental options from mopeds to surfboards are available, so be sure to check it out for all of your beachside needs.
For Beautiful Bike founder Peter Cannon, it was love at first bike. Within months of his first ride at age 10, he progressed from wobbly pedaling to bunny hopping up and down the block. This aptitude for tricks helped him turn his love into a career; he spent the '80s as a competitive BMX racer. After retiring from the circuit, Peter founded Beautiful Bike to share his velocipedestrian love with the world. Today, his indoor cycling classes help riders improve their form while getting in shape. During these sessions, students climb atop revolutionary RealRyder bikes, which combine stationary bikes' stability with real cycles' ability to lean and bank. This innovative combination simulates the sensation of outdoor riding without the hassle of encountering traffic or having to share air with wild beasts.