For more than 30 years, County Cycles has been outfitting riders of all ages with bikes of all types. It provides customers with a wide range of gear and cycling accessories from parts and helmets to road and mountain bikes from brands such as Trek, Bianchi, and Felt. Its technicians are trained to work with bikes of all major brands, and can lubricate cables, adjust seats, and fix busted tires so that bikes can ride on their own instead of being pulled by horses.
At its full-service, well-maintained facility, Midway Pro Bowl caters to bowlers of all dedication levels. Its optional bumpers bolster beginners, whereas onsite bowling lessons employ instructors certified by the United States Bowling Congress to elevate skills. The pin-falling activity on Midway Pro Bowl's 32 lanes is monitored by automatic scoring systems, and fashionable bowlers can turn lanes into runways with sparkling new balls and accessories from its well-stocked pro shop. After the game, a full-service lounge conjures postgame relaxation with alcoholic beverages. Alternatively, the most dedicated competitors can refuel with burgers, hot dogs, or pizza from the snack bar before taking to the arcade to spar with virtual foes rather than playing bowling-ball dodge ball with real-life foes.
With 100 disc-golf courses located within 100 miles, Fairway Flyerz is an emporium for the disc-golf enthusiast and can happily jumpstart a beginner's entry into the sport. Visitors peruse an impressive inventory of more than 2,500 discs from top industry brands such as Innova and Discraft, a large assortment of bags, and designated practice baskets, which provide a safer landing zone than the neighbor's unsuspecting forehead.
Disc golf is a hybrid sport played on outdoor courses similar to yet smaller than golf, and, because most are free to play, the sport has little barrier to entry except for a few discs.
The optical experts at Eyes of Mendota banish clouded perceptions of the world with single-vision, bifocal, and progressive lenses, which tuck into frames by designers such as Tag Heuer, Burberry, and Gucci. The eyewear technicians also outfit shoppers with contacts, sunglasses, and designer monocles. Before ordering a pair of spectacles or lenses, patients can schedule an appointment for an eye exam and walk out with a fresh prescription.
Separated by about five miles, Como & Phalen Golf Courses have one salient feature in common: both 18-hole courses nestle on the western shores of lakes that inspired each course's name. But despite a similar aesthetic, the two courses present distinct playing experiences.
Sculpted through the parkland of Phalen Park, Phalen Golf Course spans 6,100 yards to form a par 70 layout that will test golfers' accuracy with every club in their bag; fortunately, players can practice shots before the round at an on-site driving range.
For its part, Como Golf Course arcs over rolling terrain dotted with numerous ponds and sandtraps, its undulating landscape compensating for a modest 5,581-yard length. The deviously sloped greens make for hard breaks and fast putts, so golfers should hone a gentle touch by warming up at the practice green or playing a practice round with a soft-boiled egg.
Phalen Golf Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Length of 6,100 yards from the tips * Course rating of 67.5 * Slope rating of 116
Como Golf Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Length of 5,581 yards from the middle tees * Course rating of 67.5 * Slope rating of 122
Family owned since it first welcomed customers in 1887, Strauss Skates and Bicycles has supplied every subsequent generation of Saint Paul's skaters and bikers with top gear and repairs. Specializing in hockey, the store stocks gear such as blades, boots, and skates, which resident sharpener Scott hones using more than 40 years of industry experience.
When that gear starts to smell, the Strauss team calls in the Sani Sport machine, whose 16-minute cycles kill nearly 99% of bacteria from hockey equipment so referees don't have to hose players down in between periods. In addition to its hockey goods, the Strauss crew spruces up bikes with in-depth tune-ups and offers custom head-stringing services for lacrosse players/