Since its founding in 1980, Sun & Ski Sports has remained true to its philosophy: “do a few things, but do them better than anybody else.” The shop stocks equipment in five categories of extreme and outdoor activities, including camping, skating, running, bicycling, and water and snow sports. It specializes in these to ensure its merchandise maintains a high standard of quality, and its employees are knowledgeable participants in the sports their department represents.
Bikers can drop off their steeds for tune-ups from certified mechanics who put all brands through the rigors of a 12-point inspection, checking chains and adjusting wobbly pedals and malfunctioning spoke-card motors. While waiting, curious eyes might linger on a North Face two-person tent, a Blackburn Airtower bicycle pump, or a vast selection of shoes from brands such as New Balance and Asics. Men and women can traipse nearly barefoot in the park with Vibram FiveFingers, which offer minimal structural encumbrances for a more natural stride, or cast their feet aside for the new-wheeled prowess that comes with a Fuji SL-1 LE Ultegra performance road bike.
Safety comes first at New Heights Rock Climbing Gym. Before strapping in at the gym’s top-rope climbing course, all guests have to complete a training lesson that teaches them the skills needed to safely surmount the gym’s walls. Students learn how to tie weight-bearing knots, help friends safely ascend and descend the walls using belaying techniques, and recognize the difference between rocks and Styrofoam coolers that just look like rocks. Once instructors deem them ready, students can then latch onto the colorful rocks sprinkled throughout the climbing space, using their upper-arm strength and path-finding skills to surmount the vertical obstacle course. The angled bouldering course rises over padded mats, allowing guests to safely climb the inclines while working against gravity pulling down their own body weight. The gym opens its doors to parties of all sizes, with one designated instructor for every eight partygoers to ensure climbers stay safe and agile.
The Italian word superleggera translates to super light in English and traces back to pre-WWII cars designed by Giuseppe Seregni and Felice Bianchi Aderloni. Superleggera also denotes something that excels because of the passion and inspiration of the manufacturer or designer, the extra effort put into it. These fast, light, and strong vehicles are a source of inspiration at Superleggera Cycling & Multisport, and the store’s experts strive to channel that kind of passion and inspiration as they pair bikers with brand new two-wheeled steeds to ferry them up mountains and over roads in search of the fountain of eternal hamstring heartiness. The cycle-minded staff also tunes up and repairs bikes and outfits riders with Capoforma jerseys, energy bars, and flat sealants for patching up arrow-pierced tires while on the run from Cupid.
Midwest Sporting Goods has outfitted athletes since 1976 with the high-quality equipment and apparel for sports ranging from cross-country to cheerleading. Knowledgeable staffers are on hand to fit soccer and football players with new cleats or help outfielders find a glove that fits like a glove. Apparel by Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour fill the clothing racks and the store's in-house graphic designer can even customize duds with embroidered names and screen-printed zodiac signs.
The joys of riding a bicycle are many and beloved by many. Smells, which are dulled to undetectable levels in four-wheeled transit, are piquant from the fresh-air perch of a bicycle seat. The scenery of the country or of the city—its alleyways, byways, and other quaint little ways—comes to life in a colorful panorama of shops, sidewalk folk, nature birds, and little dogs. Tom’s Bicycle outpost is located adjacent to River Parks, allowing velocipedalists to take to the park’s paved trails or wheelie over to the deceptively inedible Turkey Mountain. A helmet is included with the rental, ensuring that the vast collection of Oscar Wilde quips you have stored in your brain are well-protected.
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 your swing and break down your form on a high-definition video display. GolfTEC’s certified teaching professionals point out your flaws and strengths and coach you on how to permanently improve your game, from tee to green. Sensors chirp with approval whenever you execute a perfect stroke or crack an especially witty golfing joke.