With the price of gas continually inching upwards, renting a bicycle is a great way to save money. When you are in the market for a new bike, renting a bicycle is also an affordable way to try out different brands and models before you make a purchase.
When you are on vacation, renting a bicycle is often times much more convenient than transporting your own bike. They say that the road less traveled always leads to more interesting destinations and when you ride a bike, you will be able to go down trails and paths not accessible by car. So you are almost guaranteed to see more than you could if traveling by car!
The first step in renting a bicycle is to find a rental agency nearby. Once there, you'll find an expert ready to fit you with the bike that will take you where you need to go. Here's the type of interaction you can expect when renting a bicycle.
- You'll be asked what type of bike riding you plan to do. For example, will you be touring, racing, or mountain riding? The answer you provide will help ensure you rent the right type of bicycle.
- Once the rental operator selects a bike for you, he will ask you to get on. If your toes are struggling to reach the ground, you need a smaller bike frame. When straddling the bike frame with your feet flat on the ground, there should be about 2 inches between the frame and your body. The rental operator will help select the proper size.
- Next he will adjust the seat and the handlebars so they are in a position that's both safe and comfortable.
- With the basic adjustments fine-tuned, the bicycle rental operator should then: check that the brakes are functioning properly; check the tire pressure and inflate as necessary; check that there are no loose parts; check that tire treads are not worn; check the gears; and check that the chain is lubricated and does not have any broken links.
- Before leaving, it's a good idea to take a short spin on the bike to ensure it works properly and that it's the right bike for you.