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Top Bike Rentals In Houston

April 12, 2014 8:00 AM

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Whether you live in the city of Houston or are a visitor to this bustling metropolitan area, there are plenty of reasons to take time to explore. Houston is filled with a wide variety of activities and sites, some that are better viewed from the seat of a bicycle rather than an automobile. Fortunately for us, there are several businesses that specialize in bike rentals so that one can simply park the car and let the adventure begin.
Planetary Cycles
8715-B West Loop S.
Houston, TX 77096
(713) 668-2300
www.planetarycycles.com

In 1994, Planetary Cycles first opened its doors to the city of Houston. As the years have passed, this bike rental establishment has grown considerably and has maintained a certain quality of equipment and knowledge for those seeking the right bike for their adventure. Those seeking a day riding the trails or even participating in a local cycling event will find everything they need at Planetary Cycles. This store has mountain bikes and road bicycles available for rent. All current models are well maintained and available for daily or weekend rentals.

Houston Cycling Center – Southwest
6607 S. Braeswood
Houston, TX 77096
(713) 777-5333
www.northwestcyclery.com

It’s never been easier to plan a bicycle outing in Houston. The Houston Cycling Center makes your reservation process simple by offering an online order form. All available bikes are listed along with specific details about each piece of equipment, including size, photos, availability and price. For a reasonable deposit, one may reserve their bike of choice to ensure that they are able to secure the bike they want for their ride or event. An instant email confirmation is sent, along with a free ride map of the Houston area. Overall, this process also allows for faster checkout at the store and more time on the trails.

West End Bikes
5427 Blossom St.
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 861-2271
www.westendbikes.com

For over 29 years, West End Bikes has been one of the premier bike shops in Houston. By offering a vast selection of bikes from the top manufacturers, West End Bikes makes it easy to just enjoy the ride. Whether you are looking for a daily, weekly or monthly rental, this store has you covered. Riders have the option to rent either a road or mountain bike, depending on the terrain planned and rider preference. This store is located close to downtown Houston and near several fun places to ride, making it easy to begin your journey.

Related: Mayor Parker, City Council Pass Cycling Ordinance

Bike Barn
5339 Weslayan
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 529-9002
www.bikebarn.com

The Bike Barn may very well be the most accessible bike rental establishment in the greater Houston area. With seven locations, this business is able to cater to Houston residents and visitors in every corner of the city. For those who are cycle enthusiasts to the first-time bike rider, the Bike Barn has the equipment available for any excursion or event. The online rental form allows the rider to choose from a wide array of bikes to be reserved at any location for the day or the entire week.

The Pedal Party
2000 Edwards St.
Houston, TX 77007
(832) 429-6977
www.pedal-party.com

Of all the bike rental stores in the Houston area, The Pedal Party is by far the most unusual. Unlike the usual bike rentals, this one is a group activity, much like a party bus for a special event, only pedal powered. This multi-person bike holds up to 16 party goers, is approximately the size of a cargo van and travels at an average speed of between five and eight miles per hour. Generally, this type of bike rental is preferred for those wanting to travel safely to events such as bachelor parties, bachelorette parties, team building events, corporate events, birthday parties, company parties, tailgating, cyclist group events, parades, conventions and more. Riders not only are getting exercise, but are using a very eco-friendly mode of transportation to and from wherever the fun may reside.

Related: Houston Bike Sharing Program Expands

Melissa Moreno is a freelance writer covering all things Houston. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.
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