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How Have Your Bike Renting Experiences Been?(5 posts)

How Have Your Bike Renting Experiences Been?peterkg
Sep 9, 2002 1:20 PM
I'd like to rent a bike to ride with friends when I head home next weekend. I plan on bringing my pedals and saddle, but I know that it will be next to impossible to get my position to be exactly the same. Will this prove to be a problem, minor inconvenience, or unnoticeable?

My experience is that almost nobody rents road bikes.Scot_Gore
Sep 9, 2002 1:35 PM
Seems like most shops that will rent at all have no true road bikes in the rental fleet. Mountain and comfort bikes are the staple of the stable.

Hope you find a different experience.

Does renting a mtn. tandem w/road tires at Cannery Row count?gregg
Sep 9, 2002 1:43 PM
Have only rented once, purely for recreational purposes. My first and only experience on a tandem, and it was quite fun! If anyone is ever in Monterey, CA, I highly recommend trying it.

How hard do you plan to hammer on your ride? If it is just a mellow, Sunday morning ride, I wouldn't sweat the details too much.

But, if you are planning on putting in some serious miles (depends on rider, but say ...over 30 miles), I would try to get the shop to at least match the stem length to something you are used to.

Without more details on you and your planned ride, I would guess it should only be a minor inconvenience.

i did a 10,000ft climb on a rented bike :)briko51
Sep 9, 2002 6:07 PM
i was in maui last month and rented an R600 C'Dale from West Maui cycles (2 days for $60) and rode up Haleakala Crater. amazing climb, rises from the beach to 10,023 ft...coolest ride i ever did...was very happy with the service and the bike :)
I rented and it was greatbigrider
Sep 10, 2002 4:26 AM
I went to New Orleans on business for a week and searched the internet for a bike shop, called ahead for price and bike rental options, and rented the bike for a day, with my pedals, and did 50 mile ride along the levee of the Mississippi. It was worth the money and a lot better spent than what some of my colleagues rented to ride when they were there.

Measure your seat height from the center of crank to top of seat. Also a quick tip for setting your saddle is take a plumb bob off the tip of your saddle on your bike and see where the string cuts across the chain ring on your crankset when your bike is on flat ground. When you go to quickly set up your saddle use a string and weight to get the tip of the saddle in the same position and adjust the saddle height. Repeat until both are right and it takes less than five minutes.