The City of Sacramento is zoned to include cyclists as welcome passengers on the road. Major intersections and thoroughfares have designated bike lanes and those traveling by car are frequently encouraged to share the road. This, along with the American River bike trail, a sequestered 32-mile bike path and nature trail running from Beale's Point in Folsom to just outside downtown Sacramento, makes Sacramento a great place to roam on two pedals. Aren't sure you want to commit to bike ownership or just want to have a taste of what cycling has to offer? Rental bikes are available throughout the city. Here are five of the best places to rent.
American River Bicycles
9203 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95826
www.americanriverbicycles.comAmerican River Bicycles is conveniently located next to the American River bike trail, making it perfectly placed for a bike launch. This full-service bike shop and rental facility offers rentals by the hour and day and is open seven days a week. After enjoying the beauty of the trail along with the speed of a bike, you may decide that biking is for you. If that's the case, American River Bicycles carries plenty of high-quality bikes for beginners or professionals with brands like Giant, Redline and Sun.
114 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Practical Cycle has a practical message: "If you decide to ride a bike, you'll have a better life." With a motto like that, you know you can trust the bicycles it offers. Practical Cycle rents hybrids, electric bikes, children's bikes, cruisers and even tandem bikes by the hour or day. Practical Cycle rental bikes are also available within Old Sacramento so they're easy ride to many of Sacramento's major tourist attractions and/or a ride on the American River bike trail.
River Rat Raft and Bike
4053 Pennsylvania Ave.
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
When you rent a bike from River Rat, it's because you want an outdoor biking adventure. With this in mind, River Rat offers "front-suspended aluminum mountain bikes tuned each week to ensure a safe and enjoyable rental experience." This way, while you're out carving up the trails, you don't have to worry about a break down and being stranded too far from home. Rentals can be made by the hour or by the day and include a helmet. River Rat will also require a $250 deposit per bike.
Giro D'Oro Cycling
2260 E. Bidwell St. Suite #1126
Folsom, CA 95630
Giro D'Oro Cycling doesn't just rent bicycles, it creates awe-inspiring cycling experiences. Founded on the belief that California's Gold Country is a great place to "experience a bike trip and explore all the treasures Northern California has to offer," Giro D'Oro offers "fully supported bicycle tours through scenic terrain all year round." Bring your own bike or rent one. Most rentals are included in the tour package or range from $30 per day to $100 for five days.
City Bicycle Works
2419 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
www.citybicycleworks.comCity Bicycle Works rents both hybrids and road bikes by the hour or by the day. Its rental time is flexible; if you want to return the bike early, it will refund any surplus you may have paid. Located in the heart of downtown, City Bicycle Works is open seven days a week, making any day a great day to tour the city on two wheels. After enjoying a nice bike ride, City Bicycle Works can help you transition to your very own bike.
Laurel Hanson is a freelance writer uncovering Sacramento's healthy food secrets in local restaurants, locavore havens, and even local foraging. Her work can be found on Examiner.com
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