Founded by an Ironman athlete and staffed by a stable of knowledgeable sportspeople, TriSports outfits triathletes with cycling, swimming, and running gear. Outfit feet with a pair of hot-pink women’s Saucony ProGrid Kinvara kicks ($89.95) or treat tender toe-holders to a pair of men’s Brooks Adrenaline GTS 11 running shoes ($99.95)–winners of Runner’s World Best Update category in 2010. Legs jealous of their pampered nether-neighbors can dry their resentful tears on the soft chamois cloth of men’s Louis Garneau Comp tri shorts, ideal for cyclists and frequent sitters ($59.95). Meanwhile, aquatic athletes can improve underwater sight with TYR Velocity goggles ($14.95) and reduce coif-induced drag with a De Soto Neopreme swim cap, which provides 3 millimeters of insulation from chilly waters and the cold-hearted taunting of sea otters ($25.95). Each purchase allows customers to support 80 TriSports-sponsored athletes around the world without chasing them down after a workout and dousing them with a tub of gatorade. Additionally, the altruistic outfitter contributes to a host of charities, including the Challenged Athletes Foundation. TriSports has donated more than $650,000 during the past three years.
Ordinary Bike Shop is a full-service bike and repair shop run by a trio of knowledgeable bike professionals who are skilled in the eldritch magicks of healing sick bicycles and exorcising the spirit of flatness from possessed tires. During their tune-up of your pedal-powered conveyance, they’ll adjust your bike’s bearings, hubs, headset, bottom bracket, brakes, and derailleurs, as well as lubricate all cables, check bolts for tightness, and give the frame and wheels a quick bath. The mechanics will also make recommendations if any parts need replacement. With your bike restored to its full cruising capabilities, you can once again hitch rides to work behind buses and fill the streets with the pleasant scent of burning rubber as you zip through congested traffic.
The serious cyclist needs more than just a bike—there’s a whole inventory of gear, parts, and accessories that make bicycling fun, safe, and comfortable. That’s where ProBike Tucson steps in, offering the both essential bicycling components and new technology-enhanced gadgets, plus a team of techs to the keep bikes running smoothly. Riders outfit themselves in Garneau helmets, Oakley eyewear, and Shimano shoes that help improve performance while competing in cyclist fashion shows. Peruse ProBike’s selection of bikes, which spans brands from Pinarello and BMC to Ridley. Customers can chat with staff members to choose what kind of cycle would be best for their wants, whether road, mountain, tri, or urban bike.
Fitter Tim Carolan and mechanic Scott Anderson work to ensure that each cyclist's machine runs optimally with the cyclist’s body and with the road. Bikes can roll in for tune-ups and complete overhauls. For especially mysterious problems—perhaps when the brake stops working or when the bicycle bell keeps attracting unwanted mountain lions—the shop’s staff is happy to take look and determine the problem.
Bikefit professional Kurt Rosenquist and his full staff seek to maximize the potential of every cyclist. During appointments that last between one and three hours, the team uses a specialized process that takes into account the cyclist's biomechanics, customizing bike settings for efficient use without discomfort and recommending equipment. The staff also changes flat tires, tweaks current equipment, builds custom bicycles, and uses a dialed-in machine to assist customers. All of their efforts are geared towards sending riders cycling off comfortably into the sunset with a lower risk of injury from overuse.
As Tucson Bike Tours' groups and guides cruise the city, they're also rolling through history. While traversing a modern wire mesh bridge in the shape of a rattlesnake, they can look down and see the train tracks that transformed Tucson from a tiny village to a bustling city. In the neighborhood of Presidio, they can take in both ancient Hohokam settlements and the birthplace of the world's greatest modern marvel, the chimichanga. The route includes plenty of enviable residential neighborhoods, too, from the adobe homes of Barrio Viejo to the sculpture-studded Dunbar Springs.
The mechanics of Bike Masters treat cycles to the repairs and tune-ups that keep life rolling along. They also pair riders with brand-specific bike clothing and accessories such as carriages that give kids, dogs, or stuffed animal collections a place to ride with you. Their armada of bikes spans all cycling varieties, helping customers begin their two-wheeled adventures on bikes ranging from mountain and road to BMX and beach cruisers. Anyone who purchases one of these rides also pedals away with lifetime complimentary tune-ups, a 30-day price match guarantee, and a basic bike fitting.