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.
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.
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.
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.
The two-wheeler wizards of Bike Discounters stock bicycles for all types of terrain from top manufacturers such as Schwinn, Redline, and Giant. They keep steeds streetwise with general cycle maintenance—including tire installations, gear adjustments, and wheel truing—as well as tune-ups and a shrine of Say No to Potholes bumper stickers. The shop also carries an extensive array of accessories, from Thule car carriers to Louis Garneau helmets and CamelBak hydration systems.