Many businesses talk about reducing their carbon footprint, but Nashville B-cycle actually replaces the footprint with bike tire tracks. They do this by hooking up B-cycle members with their fleet of sturdy, modern bikes. More bike riders mean less car emissions, more healthy people, and exactly the same number of moons orbiting the Earth. Determined to make a difference in the community, the bike-sharing company is also partnered with the Nashville Mayor’s office and the Metro Nashville Health Department.
It hasn't taken long for Ride615 to entrench itself in the Nashville area’s bicycle community since opening its doors in April 2012. Each Saturday morning, the shop hosts community bike rides, leading cyclists on 30–45-mile jaunts in order to boost their endurance levels and encourage neighborhood squirrels to get in shape. Back at the shop, the staff maintains a fleet of high quality bicycles and accessories from brands such as Garmin, Shimano, Raleigh, and Santa Cruz that fill the wish lists of avid cyclists.
The mechanics at Cycle Center outfit bike enthusiasts with custom equipment fittings, expert tune-ups, and a rolling stock of more than 500 bicycles dispersed between the company's two locations. In the interest of both safety and performance, the team makes sure all bikes are carefully assembled and tuned up before the rubber meets the road. They also stock an impressive lineup of apparel and gear, from air pumps that keep tires aptly inflated to helmets that keep heads more protected than a presidential motorcade covered in mosquito netting. In-stock brands include Fuji, Cannondale, and Dahon, a manufacturer renowned for its revolutionary folding bikes.
For baseball fans looking for a serious environment to improve their skills, 3-6-5 Baseball Academy offers a 6,000-square-foot full-turf facility, as well as instructors who have all played at either the collegiate or professional level. Practicing baseball is as American as apple pie or as Dutch as appleflappen, which is why the gooey center of 3-6-5 Baseball Academy contains the indoor batting cages, pitching mounds, and the ProBatter Pitching Simulator. The simulator uses video effects to accurately mimic the feeling of batting against a Major League pitcher—without the hassle of cussing matches and an umpire whispering dark secrets in your ear.
35 years of PADI dive-training experience go into the Scuba Shack's certification programs, which are limited to a small class size of up to six people. Experienced instructors introduce novices to skills like breathing underwater during the PADI Open Water Diver Course, one of the world's most popular scuba courses. Students learn what's necessary to be a safe and confident diver, and certification may be earned in as little as two weekends. Scuba Shack also offers dive travel to several destinations, such as the Bahamas, and the Cayman Islands.