Who wants to bang out muggy laps around the reservoir jogging trail when you could be coasting around the Park Drive, wind whipping through your hair? If it's the expense of buying new in-line skates and protective gear that has you reaching for your sneakers, "S&B" just sweetened the deal: From now until June 22, roll into any of the following stores with this page in hand and you'll get a markdown on both skates and equipment.
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Blades Board & Skate will discount its Rollerblades (normally $139 to $199), Salomons ($139 to $399), and K2's ($139 to $349), as well as protective gear, by 10 percent -- helmets start at $20, and a three-pack of elbow, knee, and wrist pads usually sells for $30. The store will even throw in a free lesson to get you started. Peck & Goodie -- a tiny shop with a vast knowledge of what works best for each customer's needs -- offers the same markdown, and so does City Sports (Rollerblades are $100-$150, Salomons are $170 or $180, and K2's are from $150 to $250. A three-pack of pads by K2 is normally $30). Downtown shoppers can hit G&S -- 10 percent off blades, protective gear (including helmets, which are regularly sold for $25), and skates for the kids ($45 to $150). Panda's staff will help you find the perfect pair (they're trained as ski-boot fitters) -- and with the enormous selection, you should be able to. The store also rents skates ($15 for two hours, $20 a day), and if you decide to invest in a pair of your own afterward, you can apply the rental fee against your purchase. New York Pipe Dreams will also cut 10 percent off prices on skates and equipment.
Blades Board & Skate, 120 W. 72nd St. (212-787-3911), 160 E. 86th St. (212-996-1644; call 212-807-6011 for more store locations); Peck & Goodie, 917 Eighth Ave., near 54th St. (212-246-6123); City Sports, 153 E. 53rd St. (212-317-0541); G&S Sporting Goods, 43 Essex St. (212-777-7590); Panda Sport, 9213 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn (718-238-4919). New York Pipe Dreams, 1623 York Avenue, near 85th Street (212-535-7473)
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J.Crew men's and women's summer sportswear, accessories, and shoes are up to 70 percent off. Women's cotton checked dresses were $68 and are now $35, men's cargo shorts were $42 and are now $16. 125 W. 18th St. (212-463-0200, ext. 227); A.E., M.C., V.; Tues.-Sat. 9-8, Sun. 9-5; 6/12-6/17.
Michele Saint-Laurent Maternity Paris has spring and summer maternity dresses for $49 to $99 (retail, $279 to $549), and pants for $29 to $49. Lycra skirts, pants, and Capris that were $89 to $129 are now $19 to $69. 1028 Lexington Ave., near 73rd St. (212-988-8686); A.E., M.C., V.; Mon.-Fri. 10-7, Sat. 10-6; 6/11-7/14.
Alexis Bittar's bright, hand-painted Lucite jewelry, which also sells at Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys, will be mostly 50 percent off. 555 Eighth Ave., near 37th St., twentieth floor. (212-279-3638); A.E., M.C., V.; Fri. 4-8, Sat. 12-6; 6/15-6/16.
Heat getting to you? Call Homes Sales Enterprises for a discount on an air conditioner: A 5,000-Btu Frigidaire was $215 and is now $172; a 10,000-Btu Amana was $360 and is now $298. Prices include free local delivery (usually within 24 hours). (800-221-2897 or 718-241-3272); cash or certified check only; Mon.-Fri. 9-5; 6/17-7/8.
Rafe New York classic multicolored bags will be 50 to 75 percent off retail. A wood-handled straw tote was $190 and is now $57. 1 Bleecker St. (212-979-1863); A.E, M.C., V.; Tues.-Thurs. 11-7, Fri. 11-8, Sat. 12-8, Sun. 12-6; 6/12-6/17.