Where to Rent a Bike (Other Than a Bike Shop)
The 21st century bike boom means that two-wheeled travelers have more options than ever when landing in a new destination. According to the Earth Policy Institute, there are over 800 cities in 56 countries operating bike share programs. In an attempt to lure millennials, lighten the carbon footprint, and inspire guests to take a more active approach to vacationing, hotels are also making bikes a permanent amenity — often for free. Whether you stay at Solage Calistoga and pedal through Napa Valley wine country on a cruiser, roll out from The Little Nell to climb mountains in Aspen, or escape to one of Kimpton’s 34 properties, planning a self-guided cycling trip can be as easy as booking a room.
If you want to connect with the local cycling culture or join a more advanced group of riders, consider the Rapha Cycle Club, where a $200 annual membership comes with perks like free cappuccinos and a top-of-the-line road bike for just $25 per day in nine international cities, including New York, London, and Tokyo.