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Wheel Life

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Another Bike Shop--Despite its unassuming name, this Westside shop specializes in hardcore mountain biking, building custom bikes and fixing the unfixable.
2361 Mission St., Santa Cruz (831/427-2232)

Aptos Bike Trail--Diamondback, Trek and Mongoose mountain bikes, plus a full-service repair shop.
7556 Soquel Dr., Aptos (831/688-8650)

The Bicycle Trip--Seasoned bike mechanics and an encyclopedic array of bicycles and cycling accessories make the Trip a mecca for local two-wheelers.
1127 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz (831/427-2580)

The Bike Doctor--Based in Scotts Valley, the mobile bike doc makes house calls for tune-ups, paint jobs and overhauls.

Dave's Recycled Bikes--A used bike store with a mix of thrashers and barely used jewels.
318 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz (831/423-8923)

Family Cycling Center--Baby joggers, trailers, or the bike of your dreams, be it road, mountain or hybrid.
950 41st Ave., Capitola (831/475-3883)

Mission Street Cyclery--New mountain bikes, cruisers and tandems, as well as antiques from the 1930s on. Full-service repair.
1211 Mission St., Santa Cruz (831/426-7299)

Santa Cruzers--An array of used cruisers, road and mountain bikes of all speeds.
125 River St., Santa Cruz (831/469-9224)

Seventh Ave. Bike Shop--New bikes, plus used cruisers and mountain bikes in top condition at bargain prices.
680 Seventh Ave., Santa Cruz (831/477-1288)

Spokesman Bicycles--The latest mountain bikes, BMX, road and kids' bikes, cycling clothing and knowledgeable fix-it wizards.
231 Cathcart, Santa Cruz (831/429-6062)

Sprockets--Located in the old Bicycle Center store, this shop carries a full line of road and mountain bikes, cruisers and bikes for children.
1420 Mission St., Santa Cruz (831/426-7623)

Sullivan's Bike Shop--Sullivan's specializes in that rugged staple of beach life, the cruiser.
417 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz (831/457-8554)

Bike Rentals

Bicycle Rental Center--Mountain bikes, tandems, cruisers, kids' bikes and kid carriers. Rent by the hour, day or week.
131 Center St., Santa Cruz (831/426-8687)

Cycle Sense

Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz--A local organization that promotes responsible mountain biking.
23 Burlwood Dr., Scotts Valley (831/438-1254)

National Bike Registry--In the admittedly rare event the police recover a stolen bike, the NBR unites registered cycles with their rightful owners. Registration is $5/year, $25/lifetime.

Pedaler's Express--The cycling cooperative delivers just about anything its intrepid members can carry or haul.
2048 N. Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz (831/426-2453)

Getting There

Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District--Metro buses run from Davenport to Watsonville.

Santa Cruz Airporter--Vans operate daily between Santa Cruz and the San Jose and San Francisco airports.

It's Not a Crime Yet

Bill's Wheels--The quintessential skate-rat shop deals in skateboards only: boards, wheels, trucks, shoes, clothing and accessories.
1240 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz (831/469-0904)

First Inline--No space or time is wasted here on anything that doesn't have to do with inline skating. Sales, rentals, lessons and repairs.
1355 Capitola Rd., Santa Cruz (831/476-1875)

Go Skate--In addition to inline skates and roller skates, the beachfront shop rents surfboards, boogie boards, wetsuits and snowboards.
601 Beach St., Santa Cruz (831/425-8578)

Play It Again Sports--The place to buy and sell used, just-used-once and just-barely-used inline skates, skateboards and skating accessories.
4770 Soquel Dr., Soquel (831/475-1988)

Skateworks--Skates, skateboards and snowboard sales, service and rentals.
129 Bulkhead St., Santa Cruz (831/427-4292)

Ski Shop Santa Cruz--It's worth the trip through the aisles of ski clothing to find the Rollerblade section, which features both sales and rentals.
124 River St., Santa Cruz (831/426-6760)

The Wild Bunch

All American Santa Cruz--Don't be misled by the name: this is the dealership for Honda, Suzuki and Kawasaki motorcycles.
Frontage road, 6990 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz (831/476-8100)

BMW of Santa Cruz--The ultimate shopping experience for the ultimate riding machine. Also an authorized Triumph dealership.
Frontage Road, 5100 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz (831/476-6262)

Santa Cruz Harley-Davidson--It's OK to "just look." The county's only Harley-Davidson dealership welcomes visitors to its museum, which sports vintage cycles and factory-authorized memorabilia.
1148 Soquel Ave. Santa Cruz (831/476-7833)

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