Watch CBS News

Best Bike Rentals In The Bay Area

(credit: CBS)

Bicycle ridership has dramatically increased in the San Francisco Bay Area over the last 10 years, affording a wealth of possibilities for bike-friendly riding in and out of the city. Locals and visitors alike take to designated bikeways, bridge lanes and assigned public transportation sections to pedal just about everywhere. But not every rider owns a bike, making bike rental opportunities a popular draw for a variety of bike styles and accessories at reasonable prices. Read on for five well-liked bike rental shops around the Bay Area.

Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals & Tours
Various locations around Fisherman's Wharf
2715 Hyde St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 202-8888

Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals & Tours is a local family owned business that has been operating in San Francisco for more than 30 years, and has expanded into New York City as well. Bicycle rentals and biking tours are what Blazing Saddles is all about, as it continues to provide individuals and groups with fun and enlightening sightseeing experiences. All types of bicycles are available for rent, including electric, road, tandem, mountain and kids's bikes, and each comes with a helmet, lock and custom-made map, plus bikes for sale. Whether you are new in town or finally getting around to seeing some of the top spots your beloved San Francisco is famous for, affordable tour packages await you. Tours cover not only the biggies like Alcatraz and The Golden Gate Bridge, but also Bay Area cruises, Angel Island, Monterey and Carmel, and Muir Woods adventures too help lure bicycle friendly visitors and natives alike to Blazing Saddles. Visit the website for full details including rental rates and tour prices.

Bay Area Bike Rentals
427 Water St.
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 836-2311

Oakland, California is such a diverse place, with cityscape, open space, museums and cultural events, waterfront, wineries, ethnic neighborhoods, low-priced and high end dining, and much more. Oakland is a classic and hip, artsy and sophisticated destination all rolled into one great weather-blessed town, so peddling around to explore is a natural pastime here. No bike, no problem. The perfect spot to rent a bike is Bay Area Bike Rentals, where road bikes, mountain bikes, hybrids, family bikes, bike trailers, folding, cargo and electric bikes, including bikes with child seats, are all here waiting for takers. Bike rentals, accessories, locks, bags, clothing and jazzy bike gift items, plus bike repairs are offered. Need to transport your bike in your car? Make it happen with a Saris bike rack for the car, available at the uptown Oakland store. Visit the website to explore more about Bay Area Bike Rentals and the Oakland region.

Wine Country Cyclery
262 W. Napa St.
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 996-6800

Could there any more enjoyable way to spend a beautiful Marin day than to tootle around the region's famed wine country? Start your day of exploration with a stop at Wine Country Cyclery, tucked into lovely Sonoma Valley. Located smack in the heart of the city of Sonoma's historic downtown, and just a block west of the town square, Wine Country Cyclery offers new bike rentals and service, plus all other bicycle-related needs. Serving the Bay Area since 2010, the inviting large shop rents a full selection of bicycles, including endurance road, comfort/hybrid, sport tandem and kid's trailer; rentals are for full day or overnight, and some even rent for a mere one or two hours, depending on the bicycle type, and multi-day discounts are available too. Bikes rent for $30 - $75 per day, depending on the type, with $20 added for overnight rentals, returned by 10 a.m. the following day. All bike rentals include helmets, locks, and the shop's unique winery map that — hooray! — offers renters discounts at many favorite spots around the Sonoma winery area. Visit the website for complete details, and to make an online reservation.

Bicycle Express
131 E. William St.
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 998-1618

Bicycle Express, located in the heart of downtown San Jose, gets a ton of kudos from customers for its knowledgeable and caring staff. A family-owned and operated business Bicycle Express prides itself on three generations of quality bicycles and customer service that has built the shop's trusted reputation for quality service and friendly atmosphere. The shop carries a wide variety of bicycle styles and sizes for rent on daily, weekly and weekend basis. The shop also carries helmets and locks and offers a long list of repair services, often with a one-day turnaround for most work. Great service, a super friendly and caring atmosphere, and attention to the community are repeatedly cited by past and present customers are reasons for the longevity of Bicycle Express.

Cognition Cyclery
903 Castro St.
Mountain View, CA 94041
(650) 386-1955

Cognition Cyclery gets some serious top reviews from its customers, and even newbies in need of quick repair or advice leave the shop totally impressed by the attentive, pleasant and knowledgeable staff, plus the variety of bikes for sale. Top-of-the-line brands and models for sale and rent include best performers such as Specialized Roubaix for sale or rent ($65/24 hours, $250/week). A Specialized Elite store, Cognition Cyclery showcases the latest models and equipment from the world's best bicycle manufacturers. The shop also proudly offers "Guaranteed fit + free lifetime adjustments" on every bike they sell. Visit the website for full details on everything Cognition Cyclery sells and rents, and get a heads up on the "Shop Rides" the shop organizes to get people on their new bikes and enjoy the ride.

Melanie Graysmith is a writer, artist and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She writes on adult education, art and culture, business, and lifestyle topics, and enjoys writing short stories and poetry. She is also a part of the Bay Area independent film community. Her work can be found at


View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.