Inside-Out Sports keeps leg jockeys motoring with a catalog of specialty items in a 2,500-square-foot store replete with helpful gait analysis tools. A knowledgeable staff composed entirely of runners, triathletes, and future uncles assists customers with treadmill stride analysis and Fit Kit and F.I.S.T. dynamic bike fitting. Favorite shoe brands such as K-Swiss and Saucony (running shoes start at $89.99) insulate foot rockets from scorching the ground.
The Bicycle Chain is a chain of specialty bike stores offering bicycles, service, and repair, as well as cycling accessories. These titans of two-wheelers contain full-service repair centers staffed with friendly, knowledgeable salespeople and qualified technicians. Today's Groupon is good for one Tune-Up package, which gives any chromatic cruiser the attention needed to forgo future therapy and remain comfortable for riding. All brakes, shifters, brackets, and bearings, as well as the tire pressure, will be adjusted to the ideal level for riding safely over a vast field of banana peels. Frames and forks will be polished, and chains and gears wiped down and lubricated where necessary. Cranks, bolts, and pedals will be tightened until the bike is ready to be cleaned and polished like Yul Brynner's head. Post primping, The Bicycle Chain's mechanics will advise you of any problem areas, such as a worn brake pad or piece of spinach in your teeth.
Hundreds of decks, shoes, and skateboards from brands such as Mystery, Slave, and Emerica crowd the shelves of Delicious Skateboard Shop, all clamoring for their inauguration at the store's 25,000 square feet of skate-park space. Divided into two levels, the Factory Skateboard Park's indoor area accommodates beginners on an upper floor with 3-foot banks and low ledges as seasoned boarders soar over 9-foot ramps, grind down seven-stair handrails, and skim over pyramids' tombs of mummies wrapped in kneepads. Outside, concrete obstacles challenge tricksters as they build up speed on a concrete bowl and snake run. Along with arming pupils with skills and new tricks during lessons and summer camps, the staff of expert skaters also hosts birthday parties in which revelers attempt to blow out the candles by ollying over the cake.
It's no surprise that Spinz Bike Shop's owner, Mike Foster, loves bikes. After all, he's been selling them since 1986. He continually updates his stock with the latest brands, which are designed for different kinds of high performance, whether it be distance or tricks. His shop?also ensures that clients' bikes stay in pristine condition by offering bike-maintenance services, including standard and deluxe tune-ups.
Most Saturdays, Foster invites fellow enthusiasts to join him on a 20-plus mile ride exploring the nearby scenic countryside at a moderate pace.