Al Herrera is no stranger to cycling. Before founding EA Bicycles, he not only established several bike shops in Colombia, but also raced for the Colombian BMX cycling team and trained with the Colombian road bike team. His enthusiasm for the sport is almost palpable, with many of his clients stopping by the shop just for some friendly advice. They also show up to purchase bikes by brands such as Pinarello, Raleigh, and Lynskey, and drop off their current rides for one of three tune-up packages.
Mark Toomey once helmed his own recruitment firm in Nottingham, England, on the outskirts of Sherwood Forest, but a disdain for damp winters led him to the sun-drenched beaches of Siesta Key. Since opening Robin Hood Rentals in 2009, Mark has persevered through what he calls "Florida's harshest winter in 30 years," during which temperatures teetered near the freezing mark. He equips visitors with rental land-based and aquatic craft that let them explore the area without having to saddle a horse or propose to a dolphin.
From its perch near the Jim Neville Marine Preserve, the company fits cyclists with a range of beach, mountain, and tandem bicycles; matches riders to a fleet of two-seat 49cc automatic scooters; and trains visitors to venture off on newer-model i2 LeanSteer Segways. They also let kayakers explore the local waterways from sunrise into the nighttime.
If you love sports, you'll probably also love AM Beach Fun Rentals in Bradenton Beach.
Pick up a tasty meal at their restaurant, located conveniently within the club.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this club — they'll love the scene here as much as mom and dad.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
AM Beach Fun Rentals is calling your name! Give them a call today.
Sports fans know to plan their weekend around Island Action Sports in Treasure Island.
The doors are open for you at this club with their people friendly restaurant and great, home-cooked food.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this club.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
So this weekend, don't do the same old thing. Head to Island Action Sports!
Rob Masserini is about as outdoorsy at it gets—aside from being an avid cyclist, he also has a PhD in chemical oceanography and loves to go whitewater kayaking and alpine climbing. But as he attempted to become an urban cyclist upon moving to downtown St. Petersburg, he decided instead to design electric bikes to roam the urban jungle.
Not just traditional bikes, though; he wanted to design electric bikes. In fact, he started with technology he had used to build underwater sensors for submarines during his PhD research. He enjoyed designing the bikes so much that he custom-built an entire fleet for Rob's Radical Rides, a company for which he charters tours of downtown St. Petersburg. The e-choppers, as Rob calls them (they have ape hanger-style handlebars and flames painted on the bodies), have a range of up to 20 miles depending on whether riders choose to pedal or let the electricity power their ride. Each excursion begins with a safety orientation and test drive, after which groups embark on adventures. If by the end of their tour a customer has really fallen for their ride, they can commission Rob to build them a custom bike of their own.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We rent scooters, bikes, waverunners, kayaks, powerboats and paddleboards.
We deliver scooters, bikes, and waverunners.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
No one else rents scooters in St Petersburg.
What do you love most about your job?
See the smile on peoples' faces when they return.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
This resparked my relationship