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Meet Boston's Top Shop for Snow and Summer Sports

By Kelly Church

With a company motto that reads, "All your winter sport needs but the snow," Centre Ski & Bike sells everything someone would need for a day on the mountain or the roads. The Newton, MA retail store sells bicycles, skates, skis, snowboards, boots and all the accessories to go with these summer and winter activities. Centre Ski & Bike President Peter Lieberman says the company also does equipment service and maintenance.

"Come in for equipment tune ups, daily rentals or season-long leases, binding tests- you name it, we do it! Well, except dancing to entertain our customers," Lieberman says.

The shop sells many different types of bikes, something Lieberman credits to an explosion in the types of bike styles offered in general. There's something for all genders, ages, needs, and aspirations: mountain bikes, hybrid bikes, road bikes, all terrain bikes, junior bikes, folding bikes, BMX and stunt bikes and more cross-category bikes. As for snow sports, Centre Ski & Bike sells and rents (both daily and season-long) downhill and snowboard gear and sells Cross country equipment and snow shoes. Lieberman says that with the type of sports technology available now, it makes learning much quicker.

"In days of yore, learning how to ski or snowboard was an undertaking that required often a two-year commitment to get going", Lieberman says. "But that sort of schedule went out with bellbottom pants. With the advent of shaped skis achieving ski capability and control on the mountain has become more of a two-hour exercise."

Lieberman recommends that if you're someone who isn't comfortable undertaking one of these winter sports, rent equipment once or twice before making a purchase to show yourself that you can do it too. Luckily, during the summer, the shop has a lot of deals for skiers and snowboarders. Those families with kids that are 12 and younger who take a junior season lease get a great boon: a free season-long junior pass to Bretton Woods.

During the summer, Centre Ski & Bike offers a great range of bikes: hybrid, road, mountain, comfort, junior and BMX for most every rider and budget. But for those not ready to take the plunge to buy new, the shop keeps a selection of used bikes in stock so everyone can still experience an enjoyable, healthful biking experience.

Centre Ski & Bike is open year round for anyone looking for a fun adventure. Seven days a week (except closed on Tuesdays in summer), customers can find discounted, used and brand new bikes, skis, and snowboards, and bring in any equipment needing a tune up anytime.

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